Eric Kim made an appearance in Toronto this weekend, doing a film focused workshop. I've been shooting strictly 35mm film for the past 10 months now and naturally, this workshop intrigued me. He covered a lot of basic techniques when it comes to street photography as well as basic design and art theory, but the meat and potatoes which I was interested in was the world of 35mm film. How to develop it. How to work and shoot with it. What is C-41 or pushing and pulling? The topics and discussions were endless. It was great to soak up all this information from Eric, (film expert) Jan, Neil and the other students.
Day 1 included a lesson on 35mm film basics and learning how to develop rolls of BW film at home (or as I like to call it, 'Breaking Bad'). Day 2 included lectures and being out on the streets shooting with Tri-X 400. We were challenged to shoot 2 rolls of film, then develop it for review the next day. Usually shooting 1 roll of film in 1 day is A LOT for me, so this was particularly challenging. I also gave myself another (personal) challenge -- shoot with an off-camera flash. With Eric just being a few steps away from me, I could soak up any needed info, tips and encouragement when shooting with flash. Day 3 included photo reviews and critiques and a bit more shooting.
With the workshop literally just ending a few hours ago, I can honestly say it was a good experience. For me personally, I felt there was a lot of repetitive info re: street photography basics (but I can understand it being very helpful for the newer students who need it). I learned a lot when it came to working with 35mm film and the developing process - which is exactly what my objective was with attending the workshop. It was a very positive experience and Eric really is a great source of information and not to mention a really nice bloke.
As an added bonus, we were able to meet and spend time with photographer Thorsten Overgaard, who was in Toronto holding a workshop of his own. I was able to chat with him and get some more inspiration and insights.
It was an exhausting weekend, but definitely a great one.