Dougherty Arts Center

Christopher Zaleski has been an artist and portrait photographer for over thirty years, completing an MFA in Fine Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. Christopher teaches a variety of classes at The Dougherty Arts Center on portrait, portfolio development, and medium format photography all concentrating on black and white film and printing using the amazing optical black and white darkroom at The Dougherty Arts Center.

Classes at The Dougherty Arts Center are offered at convenient times in the evening and on Saturdays with open darkroom times available while enrolled in film photography classes.

Film Noir Atmospheric Lighting
Six week session 6pm-9pm $175
Learn to work with available light and ordinary lamps to create atmosphere in Black and White portrait film photographs, being able to imagine the look of the image and to control highlight to shadow ranges. Work with models provided by the instructor to make film camera photographs, process the film, and make prints in the Darkroom.

Class open to students with or without previous film and darkroom experience.

Students to provide Camera, Film, and Printing Paper. Instructor to provide Models for some class sessions, lighting equipment, and chemicals for Darkroom.

Class will cover how to:

Understand and be in control of film camera functions

Make exposures with predictable results of highlight to shadow ratios

Aquire the ability to work with available window light, outdoor light (depending on the Season), and to work with ordinary lamps to understand qualities of light (direct, bounced, and diffused)

Develop the ability to be in control of a portrait shoot, planning, brainstorming, and still being open to ideas as they happen during a shoot; how to previsualize images.

Remembering the Past; returning to Film and Darkroom Printing
Six week session 6pm-9pm $175
Designed for people with film and darkroom experience who have not worked with either in a while since the advances with Digital Cameras. Return to the idea of not knowing exactly what images will be until you process and print them; this makes previsualising images a much more emotional, memeorable, and magical experience that will be relived and transformed in the Darkroom, leading to Prints to frame and live around everyday.

Class will cover:

Having Control of Camera Operations
Previsualising Images
Careful exposures to allow Darkroom printing to be efficient and enjoyable
Understanding lighting situations
Processing film
Darkroom Printing
Setting up photoshoots and projects as a way to use photogrphy to document or interpret our lives

Studio Lighting of Portrait and Still Life
Six week session 6pm-9pm $175
Learn to work with Studio Lighting Equipment to be in control of lighting atmosphere indoors to be more versitile scheduling photoshoots after Sunset. Work with both Models and Still lifes for a variety of types of photographs, from images of Art Objects to product photos with challenging materials and surfaces. Improve Darkroom skills by printing the photos made during the previous sesion in the Darkroom. Film may be processed during class or sent out to a processing lab.

Class could be open to students with or without previous film and darkroom experience, but more suited to photographers with experience wanting to acquire lighting skills.

Students to provide Camera, Film, and Printing Paper. Instructor to provide Models and Still Life Objects for some class sessions, lighting equipment, and chemicals for Darkroom.

Class will cover how to:

Understand and be in control of film camera functions

Make exposures with predictable results of highlight to shadaow ratios while leaning to work with qualities of light (direct, diffused, and bounced)

Aquire the ability to work with Studio Lighting Equipment
 
Develp the ability to be in control of a shoot, planning, brainstorming, and still being open to ideas as they happen during a shoot; how to previsualize images.

 

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