Introduction to Film Photography

5/17/2019 - 5/19/2019

Film is again becoming a popular form of photography, and it's no surprise why. The cameras are cheap, the look of film has a timeless and vintage look, and more importantly, film photography has a magic to it that's fun.

Film photography lets you get your hands dirty. The cameras require more tactile manipulation and you can take control of the whole process yourself. There is also the magic of seeing your own photographs as they come out of the developing tank and being able to see a moment, 'frozen in time' – one that you had to wait a week to see. And film is also so easy to learn!

So, come and learn the joy of film photography. You'll develop a greater control of your camera, we'll shoot color film, shoot and develop black and white film, and we'll look at the options for viewing, scanning and printing film photos.

And, at the end of the course, you'll be able to post your photos onto Instagram. We promise.

Students will learn the following skills:

  • The discipline of shooting film
  • Exposure for film photography
  • Film speed, aperture and shutter speed
  • Loading and unloading film
  • Shooting color film
  • Shooting black & white film
  • Developing black & white film
  • Archiving negatives
  • Scanning film
  • Outsourcing color film development

Note: We will outsource color processing to The Darkroom in Missoula. This class will cover how to develop black & white film only.


Meeting Times
  • Friday, May 17: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Meeting Space

Your class will meet in The Quarry* at Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
210 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802

*Enter the glass doors at 210 N. Higgins Avenue, go straight ahead to the end of the hall, turn left, go down the stairs, take a U-turn, go straight ahead to the classroom.


Parking downtown is free after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.


This class begins Friday at 7:00 p.m. and ends Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, May 17th
Evening: Introduction to class
Saturday, May 18th
Morning: Introduction to shooting film / Hands on with cameras
Afternoon: Field Shoot - Color
Evening: Field Shoot - Black & White
Sunday, May 18th
Morning: Developing black & white film
Afternoon: Lecture: scanning your color images
Evening: Hands on: viewing, scanning, and sleeving negatives


Required Equipment
  • 35mm film camera and lens (that works)
  • Flash drive
Optional Equipment
  • Laptop computer
  • Portable light box or tablet
  • Loupe
RMSP Provided Equipment
  • 2 Rolls of Film (Kodak Professional Tri-X 400, Kodak GC/UltraMax 400)
  • Scanners
  • Black and white film processing chemistry
  • Light boxes
  • Tanks and Reels
  • Negative Sleeves
Tuition: $160
Deposit: $0
This course is past its starting date.


Cal Stewart

Cal Stewart is an Australian photographer, currently based in Missoula, MT, who shoots a mix of commercial, conceptual, documentary and fine art portrait photography. Cal has undertaken projects in Montana, Europe and northern Africa. Cal is passionate about the use of film as a capture medium because of its history, aesthetic value and the unique possibilities it can offer to the artistic process. A Rocky Mountain School of Photography Summer Intensive graduate, he has explored much of the world with his camera and is passionate about helping you do the same.

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