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. Since it’s so close to Halloween, costumes are encouraged!
PART ONE – A BIT OF HISTORY & SHOOT DOWNTOWN
We’ll first get together at the Dallas Public Library 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.
After our discussion, each participant 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 of film, providing the perfect opportunity to slow down and be more deliberate with your photography. 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.. 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.
At the conclusion of the photo walk we will all meet back up, unload the cameras, and our darkroom assistant will gather up all the film and equipment. Your film will then be off to be processed, sleeved, and scanned!
PART TWO – IMAGE REVIEW
A few days after the photo walk we will meet in the upstairs classroom at the Dallas Center for Photography for an instructor-led image review. We will explore the scans of everyone’s film and show how a little processing can enhance, and sometimes save, a picture that is over or under exposed.
Participants will leave class with their processed film in a protective sleeve, and a digital copy of their images.
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: 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 bring my own brownie camera to shoot with?
A: Yes, however your camera may not be able to take our modified 120mm film. Bring it along and the instructor can take a look at your camera to see if it could be used during the photo walk.
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: Part One of the class will be held at the J. Erik Johnson Central Library in downtown Dallas. We will meet in one of the library’s conference rooms before walking around the nearby downtown area. Part Two will take place a few days later in the upstairs classroom at the Dallas Center for Photography.
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.