George Eastman, the founder of Kodak, coined the advertising slogan, “You push the button, and we’ll do the rest.” DCP is adopting that philosophy for this unique workshop. All cameras, supplies, and processing are provided!
The Brownie Hawkeye camera is stylish, easy to use and just fun to shoot with. It was introduced in 1949 and ushered in a golden age of photography. Earlier cameras were either complicated to set up or ugly basic black boxes.
This workshop is the perfect activity to do with a child, friend or spouse. You can bring someone for free and share a camera, but keep in mind that there are only 12 frames on the roll! If your shooting partner would like their own camera and film, they’ll need to register for the workshop.
We’ll first get together online for a short class to go over some of the joys and challenges of shooting with such a simple camera. We’ll also talk about the process of loading film.
A couple of days later we’ll meet on location, and each of you will get a refurbished Brownie Hawkeye and a specially modified roll of 120 film to shoot with. We have a few customized cameras that have had their lenses reversed. They focus at about 5 feet and have an interesting, stretched effect around the edges of the frame. You can choose which camera you’d like to shoot with. The close-up cameras are first come, first serve since there are a limited number.
We’ll load up our film and go for a walk, taking pictures along the way. There are only 12 photos on a roll, so this will be a different experience for most of you. You’ll have to slow down and be more deliberate with what you photograph. Fewer frames can actually lead to greater creativity.
If you would like to shoot an additional roll of film, we’ll have a few extra rolls on hand. The additional cost will be $30 and includes processing and contact printing. The instructor will select only one of your rolls of film to be included in the image review. Payment is by cash or credit card at the time of the on-location shoot.
We’ll meet back up, unload the cameras, and our darkroom assistant will gather up all the film and cameras. We will take care of the film getting processed, sleeved, and scanned. A contact sheet will be made.
When we meet back online about a week later, the instructor will go over scans of everyone’s film and show how a little processing can enhance, and sometimes save, a picture that is over or under exposed.
A little later you’ll receive an envelope in the mail with your processed film and a digital contact sheet. You’ll also get an email with a copy of the digital scan.
The cost of the workshop covers the $40 lab fee which includes use of the camera, a modified roll of film, hand processing, negative preserver, digital scanning, emailed files, physical contact sheet, and mailing of the material.
Q: Do I need to wear a mask for the on-location shoot?
A: Masks are not required while outdoors during the on-location shoot. You can view our COVID policy and procedures here.
Q: How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?
A: Like in the classroom, the online sessions are demonstration classes where you do not need to have any gear during the class.
You’ll be expected to be on video during the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.
Q: Can I bring my own 120 film?
A: No. These cameras were designed to use 620 film. We have to modify each of the 120 spools we provide in order for them to fit properly.
Q: Can you provide an additional roll of film if I want to shoot more?
A: Yes. We’ll have a few extra rolls on hand. The additional cost will be $30 and includes processing and contact printing. The instructor will select only one of your rolls of film to be included in the image review. Payment is by cash or credit card at the time of the on-location shoot.
Q: Can I share a camera?
A: This workshop is the perfect activity to do with a child, friend or spouse. You can bring someone for free and share a camera, but keep in mind that there are only 12 frames on the roll! If your shooting partner would like their own camera and film, they’ll need to register for the workshop.
Q: Where is the class held?
A: The first and third classes will be held online using Zoom. The second class is an in-person outdoor shoot in Dallas. The instructor will provide more information about the specific location that you will meet.
Q: How will I know if the class makes or not?
A: If the class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the day before the scheduled class date.
Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 7 days or more ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. A cancellation between 5 to 7 days ahead of scheduled date will receive 50% refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 4 days of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.