Course Information

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for anyone with a sound understanding of traditional darkroom photography or digital photography who would like to explore the potential of platinum & palladium printing to produce stunning hand processed black and white images. 

What does the course involve?

The course will enable you to explore the whole process from producing digital negatives in Photoshop, learning the chemistry and materials involved, hand coating paper with light sensitive platinum and palladium solution, exposing, developing, mounting, health and safety and the role platinum and palladium printing has played in the history of photography. By the end of the course you will have made at least three (approx.) 10x8’’ final prints to take home with you. 

To speed up the process it is required prior to the course that participants sends the tutor 4-5 images digitally via email so digital negatives can be made and ready for the day. For more information on requirements please email: cookg@bridgwater.ac.uk 

What makes this course special?

Platinum and Palladium printing is an alternative print process that uses noble metals in the sensitizer, which yields the widest tonal range unparalleled to any other metal based photographic process. This is why platinum & palladium printing is regarded as the most expensive and collectable of print methods. 

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements excepting an enthusiasm to experiment with alternative photographic processes, however it is anticipated that participants have Patience and a delicate approach in the craft of physical making.

How long is the course?

The course is a one day course.

What are the College attendance requirements?

The course starts at 9:30am and runs until 5pm.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

There are no additional costs to the course but as both platinum and palladium are both expensive chemicals to print with you will be limited on the size and number of prints you will be able to print over the course of the day. 

What are the progression options?

We have a range of evening Photography Courses run between both the Bridgwater and Taunton College campuses that offer introductory and more advanced photography tuition. 

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