Film Photography Class

Learn or re-learn how to use your film camera in an interactive class

Learn or re-learn how to use your film camera in an interactive class

Have you ever considered shooting with a film camera? Ready to give your digital rig a break? Come and discover (or rediscover) the wonder of photographing on film. This class will teach you how to get correct exposure and ease your mind about not looking at the back of the camera (you digital people) to see if you got the shot! We will learn how to load film, what the buttons and dials do on analog cameras, and we’ll even touch on developing your own film.

Film cameras are being re-discovered as photographers look to step out of the digital world and try something new. They want to look back to the days when one took the time to value every photo on a roll of film.  This nostalgia also enjoys a certain “cool” factor.  

This five-hour photography workshop will teach the basics like getting the correct exposure and details unique to using film.  

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Though many have tried, you can’t exactly replicate the look of film with a digital camera. Notice how this shot, taken in May 2019, still has that nostalgic look

Though many have tried, you can’t exactly replicate the look of film with a digital camera. Notice how this shot, taken in May 2019, still has that nostalgic look

Film can reveal tonal qualities digital cameras leave behind

Film can reveal tonal qualities digital cameras leave behind


Did you find a camera at a garage sale or on Craigslist? Bring it! Did you shoot film back in the day and your old rig is sitting there collecting dust? Put a battery in it and bring it! Did the family hand-me-down end up in your possession? Yep, bring it. How cool will it be to shoot through a lens that has seen so much of your family history?

Bring whatever film camera you have. 35mm cameras will probably work best for this class, but if you have a medium format, bring that! Typically film is not available for some older cameras like Kodak Brownies, but we can probably help you figure that part out.

You know that camera you inherited from your gramps or the one you got at that garage sale? If you buy film for it, we’ll show you how to shoot it! (If you are not sure that film is available, call us.

You know that camera you inherited from your gramps or the one you got at that garage sale? If you buy film for it, we’ll show you how to shoot it! (If you are not sure that film is available, call us.

We will teach basics from loading film to setting for correct exposure

We will teach basics from loading film to setting for correct exposure

This class is being instructed by two very experienced photographers. Jeff Donald is the Executive Director of the Florida Center for Creative Photography. He is an avid nature photographer, travel expedition leader. and His work has been published in national nature and conservation publications. He has traveled extensively in Africa, Asia and Central America in pursuit of his photographic studies.

Chip Weiner is an award-winning photojournalist, commercial photographer, and has been a photography instructor for over a decade. His work can be seen in Creative Loafing newspaper.

The next class is scheduled SAturday August 10 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 p.m.

Cost for this film photography class is $40.00 and includes two rolls of 35 mm film!

Click here to register for Film Photography Class

Click here to register for Film Photography Class

Course Content

9:00 -11:00 Classroom learning at the portico in downtown Tampa

11:00-11:45 Lunch on your own at the portico (they have great inexpensive food there)

11:45-12:00 Travel to shoot location in Ybor city

12:00-12:15 Q & a

12:15 - 2:00 practice shoot

2:00 - 2:30 Q & a and wrap up