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Analogue photography: 1 year course

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Studying Analogue photography at Laboratorio

The photography workshops are designed for students wishing to learn and experiment with the language of photography in order to develop their portfolio with their own images.

In these laboratories, you will work in a stimulating training environment where creativity, innovation, originality and excellence are encouraged and developed.

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Why choose this course at Laboratorio Firenze?

Florence is home to the oldest company in the world still operating in the field of photography and image communication, the historic Fratelli Alinari photographic archive. Their collection of over 5,000,000 photographs documents the history of Florence, Italy and the world from the mid-19th century to the present day.

In Florence, it is possible to visit this huge collection and learn the most refined 19th century artisan techniques, such as direct contact printing from original glass plates and collotype.

Florence, as well as being the cradle of the Renaissance, has a long tradition and reputation in the world of art and cultural events, proposing prestigious exhibitions that perfectly intertwine past and present.

As long as there are places available and you have been accepted, you can start at the beginning of the month or mid-month at any time of the year. During the lessons, you will be followed by your tutor at the necessary pace depending on your level at the start of the course. No more than 10 participants per tutor are allowed in each class.

This experience will allow you to apply all the photographic techniques acquired, both printing and shooting, to your final photobook.

You will share a unique space with artists from different disciplines where you can discuss ideas and projects.

In this course, you will acquire everything you need to develop a professional photography portfolio that will allow you to enter the world of art and work.

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Tutor: Gloria Marco Munuera

All our courses are personalized.

Your tutors will assist you with care and dedication, clarifying any doubts you may have and following at your own pace.

A maximum of 10 students per course allows us to best follow your technical and artistic evolution.

Courses are held on:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
In the morning: from 9,00 to 12,00
In the afternoon: from 13,00 to 16,00 or from 17,00 to 20,00

Laboratory Description

Yearly course

1 year / Basic and advanced photography

  • Camera functions and manual exposure
  • Film development
  • Darkroom printing
  • Alternative printing techniques and toning
  • Lighting for shooting
  • Knowledge of the digital world
  • History of photography


In this course, you will learn the basic principles and techniques of analogue black and white photography in the darkroom. At the beginning, students will be introduced to the basic functions of the 35mm manual camera, which they can either rent at school or bring their own camera. Students will focus on producing well exposed and developed images and mastering the technical aspects of film development and analogue printing by magnification. The course will be based on the understanding and operation of the camera, manual exposure, composition, studio lighting and development of all darkroom material.


Advanced students who have mastered the basic technical aspects of the darkroom will be introduced to several alternative processes including cyanotype and liquid emulsion and to advanced darkroom development techniques. All advanced students will begin to create a body of work that reflects their personal style and ideas. This level also includes knowledge and techniques for shooting colour and black and white images with DSLR (single lens digital SLR) cameras. Special emphasis will be placed on the different aesthetic and visual results, as well as the presentation and correction of basic images using Adobe Photoshop.

By the end of the course, students will have developed an understanding of photographic language and have acquired a more critical eye.


The lessons consist of a combination of practical demonstrations, theoretical and slide presentations, critical theory, individual and group criticism and supervised work in the photo lab.


You should have a 35mm camera that allows manual adjustment of shutter speed and aperture. Alternatively, if still available, you can rent cameras and a tripod at school for the duration of the course.

You will also be asked to purchase your film and black and white paper for lessons.

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