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The Skillery is a Nashville coworking space with resources and programming for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small teams and independent professionals, all aimed at making work meaningful, satisfying and unabashedly fun.

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Film Photography

  • The Skillery 1323 6th Ave N Nashville, TN, 37208 United States (map)

In the age of iPhones and Instagram, it feels good to get your hands on something real. Film photography is like screen printing or recording to tape — it's unadulterated, human art-making, and our city is all about it. FILM PHOTOGRAPHY is a class for those who want to learn about photography in its original form, and it's also a class for those who already use film, but want to up their game. Participants will learn to channel their creative visions from shooting the first frame through creating a final print.

Key Takeaways:
In the first class meeting, instructors from Nashville Community Darkroom will guide students step-by-step as they learn to use a Holga Camera, a popular medium format camera that has earned a cult following for its simplicity and the dreamy quality of the photos it produces. In the second class, participants will develop their film in the Nashville Community Darkroom's photography lab. In the final class, participants will learn to print their images on black-and-white photographic paper in the darkroom. At the conclusion of the series, participants will take home the Holga cameras they learned to use, as well as the final frame-ready prints.

  • Holga 120N Camera, negatives, and black-and-white prints suitable for framing
  • An understanding of black-and-white film photography and photographic principles
  • Hands on experience working in a darkroom
  • Working knowledge of medium format film
  • Tips for planning and shooting great photographs

Who's it For:
This is a multi-level class appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about film photography. No previous photography experience is necessary.

When/Where Does This Class Meet?
This class has three sessions on April 14th, April 21st, and April 25th.

Session 1: Introduction to Film Photography
Tuesday April 14th; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
at The Skillery
Students will get an introduction to the course, receive their cameras, learn about the cameras, load the film, and handle the film. Discussion will also include basic photographic techniques (rule of thirds, framing, focus, lighting, etc.)  Students will leave with a roll of film loaded in their camera, plus another roll to shoot.

Session 2: Film Development
Tuesday April 21st; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
at the Nashville Community Darkroom
Students will learn how to roll film onto reels and develop their own negatives.

Session 3: Printmaking
Saturday, April 25 1:00p to 5:00p OR Tuesday, April 28 5:00p to 9:00p (participants choose a session, with each session limited to 4 participants)
at the Nashville Community Darkroom
Students learn basic darkroom printmaking, and select several negatives from which to make prints. Instruction includes contact sheets, use of the enlarger and darkroom chemicals, grain focusers, filters (time permitting), and other basic darkroom techniques.)

About the Teacher:
Erin Kice has a B.A. and M.A. in photojournalism and mass communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has worked as a photographer and printer, has managed darkrooms, and has taught traditional photography at all skill levels. She is currently a communications consultant living in East Nashville. She is a founding Board Member of the Nashville Community Darkroom Board of Directors, as well as a founding member of the NCD.

Heather Lose earned her BFA in photography and visual communications at the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her M.A. in Professional Media Practices from the Journalism Department at the School of Mass Communications and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University. She is a fine artist, photographer, and teacher. She has been a film photographer for over 20 years. Her photography centers around documentary and environmental portraiture, and she exhibits her work on a regular basis. She’s interested in seasonal fireworks stands, the disappearing South, and how people mark their territories—and communicate through the written word—in urban environments. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Tennessee State Museum. Her images can be seen at, and she can be found on twitter and Instagram.  Heather is a founding Board Member of the Nashville Community Darkroom Board of Directors, as well as a founding member of the NCD.

Questions about this class? Contact Erin Kice / Heather Lose at

Later Event: April 18
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