Formed in 2011 by four like-minded photography enthusiasts who wanted to embrace the traditional aspects of photography. Initially holding events and workshops in spaces where they could convert toilets and cupboards into darkrooms, they have now found a home at their new darkroom on Western Road.

This Spring, the collective are holding a series of workshops exploring and celebrating analogue photography from the 19th Century to the modern day. Three separate six week courses held over the next five months will investigate portraits, Victorian photography and the weird and wonderful world of the ‘Toy Camera’. It’s the perfect opportunity to put down your smartphone, and learn the science and history behind the camera.

From February to March, the Portraits course will cover some of the basics needed for portraiture, including exploring different lighting techniques, best ways to pose models and the use of light meters. Using a variety of film cameras and types, participants will then be shown the basics of producing black and white prints in the darkroom.

The Victorian Photographer course will transport participants to the dawn of photography, with hands-on evenings experimenting with early techniques to make cyanotypes, calotypes and salt prints; processes very familiar to early Victorian photographers. Starting with contact prints, the six-week course will finish with the production of portraits.

Plastic Fantastic Cameras will explore the use of inexpensive and playful toy cameras such as the LOMO series that offer many creative possibilities. Choose from a range of cameras (experiment with a fish-eye lens or even take four sequential images a split second apart to create a picture in the same frame), come on a series of photo walks and learn how to process your films. After, why not submit your images to Leicester Lo-Fi’s zine, Dev Stop & Fix?

Formed in 2011 by four like-minded photography enthusiasts, Leicester Lo-Fi embraces the traditional aspects of photography. Initially holding events and workshops in spaces they could convert toilets and cupboards into darkrooms, they have now found a home on Western Road in the Westcotes area of the city.

As well as holding workshops, they have a fully equipped darkroom offering black and white printing. They can process black and white and colour films and have facilities to process most sizes of film. Members gain reduced rates on evening darkroom sessions and film processing.

All courses are held at Leicester Lo-Fi Photography’s studios at 376A Western Road. To register for any courses visit leicesterlofi.co.uk

Portraits

Thursdays: 22 February, 1 March, 8 March, 15 March, 22 March & 29 March 2018, 6-9pm.

Photographic portraiture has been an important aspect of photography since the 1840s. The course will cover some of the basics needed for portraiture. It will look at different types of portraiture, explore different lighting techniques, best ways to pose your models and the use of light meters, using a variety of film cameras and film types. You will be shown the basics of producing black and white prints in the darkroom. All cameras and materials are provided.

Victorian Photographer

Thursdays: 12 April, 19 April, 26 April, 3 May, 10 May, 16 May 2018, 6-9pm.

Discover the art of the Victorian photographer with this hands-on, six week evening class. As part of this course you will produce cyanotypes, calotypes and salt prints, in a process which would be familiar to photographers who witnessed the invention of photography. Beginning with contact prints and ending with the production of portraits. No previous experience is needed and all materials provided.

Plastic Fantastic Cameras

Thursdays: 24 May, 31 May, 7 June, 14 June, 21 June, 28 June 2018.

6-9pm.

Discover the weird and wonderful world of the ‘Toy Camera’. These inexpensive and playful cameras offer a smorgasbord of new creative possibilies. Choose from a range of cameras for a series of photo walks. Learn to process your films in colour and black and white and submit your work for Lo-Fi’s photo Zine ‘Dev Stop & Fix’. Cameras and materials are supplied.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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