film photography workshop

Film Photography Workshop


Explore the ageless beauty and art of shooting film on Saturday 6 July 2024




Workshop Dates

Upcoming Dates


Saturday 6 July 2024

Group Size

Workshop is limited

to 8 persons

Workshop Price

$495 per person


Includes model, 2 rolls of film, processing and hi-res scanning.

Are you fascinated by the vintage allure of film photography? 

Ready to immerse yourself in the art of capturing moments through the lens of a classic 35mm camera? 


Then look no further. My upcoming 35mm Film Photography Workshop will be a wonderful journey into the realm of analog photography.


In an era dominated by digital cameras and iPhones, there’s a unique allure to taking photographs when shooting with a 35mm film camera. Join me for a memorable experience where you’ll learn the art and craft of traditional 35mm film photography. 


Each participant receives one roll of 35mm Colour Film and one roll of B&W Film, PLUS processing, scanning and delivery of your images by Lazarus Film Lab Gold Coast.


Yep, this is all INCLUDED in the price. 


I offer a hands-on approach that caters to photographers of all skill levels. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned shooter looking to rekindle your love for analog photography, then there’s something for everyone at my film photography workshop.

Rediscover your world – one frame at a time.


Throughout the class, you’ll dive into the fundamentals of 35mm film photography, from understanding camera techniques and film types to mastering exposure to composition ideas. 


Discover the unique characteristics of film, including its rich colours, distinct textures, and timeless appeal. Learn how to carefully compose each shot, knowing that every frame is precious and finite. Experience the magic of manually winding film, finishing that precious roll, and then the anticipation of waiting for your film to be processed. (Talk about delayed gratification). 


My 35mm film photography workshop isn’t just about technical skills; it’s about fostering creativity and expression. Discover how shooting film encourages mindfulness and intentionality in every photograph you take.


Don’t miss this opportunity to step into the world of 35mm film photography. Reserve your spot today and embark on a journey of creativity, nostalgia, and endless inspiration.

The 35mm Film Photography Workshop Format


The day will be split into three bit-sized sessions. 


Part A 10.00am-12.00pm


We’ll begin by getting to know your camera – before we even put a roll of film in. Because every 35mm film camera is different, so we’ll spend time getting to know yours. This is vital if you’re going to be able to focus and expose your shots correctly. 


Next we’ll get familiar with setting the aperture, setting the shutter speed, ISO and how to focus manually. Another key point to explore is how to get the exposure correct using the inbuilt light-meter in your camera. There is far less tech involved with these cameras (yay!) but it’s important to understand how to use it. 


DSLR users will be familiar with these terms, but the process (although very simple) is very different on a film camera. Together we’ll have a look at the different film types and the looks they produce in analog photography, both colour and black and white. And then comes the fun part – we load the film and get shooting.


Part B: COLOUR 12.30pm-2.30pm


This is a location shoot with our colour film. 


The location around COHORT is like having a purpose-built sets for us. To help us we’ll also have a model so we can really maximise the location and create some extraordinarily vibrant portrait images. I’ll also set a few tasks to explore other options and ideas to assist in shooting some abstract, still-life and landscape images. 


Part C: BLACK & WHITE 3.15pm – Sunset


Our second location with be all about form, texture and contrast shooting with our Black & White film. 


Just like the colour session, I’ll set you some tasks and shoot ideas to explore but this time with a greater emphasis on light and the impact it has on the subject. Our location at The Spit is also going to offer some beautifully moody landscape imagery as well as some incredible black and white portraits with our second model for the day.


1 roll 36exp colour film

1 roll 36exp black and white

Processing and scanning of all film


On location tuition and instruction from Andrew Thurtell


A 35mm Film Camera




Need A Camera?


If you don’t have access to a 35mm film camera reach out to me on the link below. 


From Crystal:

Have been on two of Andrew’s photography class now and my photos just keep getting better and better. His flexible teaching methods and hands on approach makes the courses practical so you get in there and learn photography faster. Love his classes and will keep going back for more, as I have had so many “light bulb” moments when it comes to my photography that I can’t wait for more enlightening!

Beginners Photography Workshop

From Kellie:

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful day I had on Saturday at the Beginners Photography Course with Andrew. I was nervous I would be the stupidest there and not take anything in but I learned so much and had a fabulous day!

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From Kirsten:

Today I did this workshop with the amazing Andrew Thurtell. I learnt so, so much…totally invaluable experience and many lightbulb moments!

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Prefer a One-On-One Film Photography Workshop?


About your workshop host Andrew Thurtell

Andrew’s professional photography has featured in numerous campaigns for many leading Australia’s brands.


Andrew has worked with many of Australia’s leading celebrities and athletes: Delta Goodrem, Formula One star Mark Webber, Jessica Mauboy, Ricky Ponting, Mitchell Johnson, Hawthorn AFL, Shelley Craft, Ashley Hart, Lleyton Hewitt, Master Chefs George Calombaris, My Kitchen Rules chef Karen Martini, Olympic basketballer Liz Cambage, Bondi Vet Chris Brown, Olympic Gold medallist Sally Pearson and All Blacks captain Kieran Read.


In addition recent campaigns include the Swisse-Scudera Ferrari campaign shot in Maranello Italy, Ricky Pointing in Mumbai, India and Toshiba Medical.


You can explore my work on my advertising and campaign photography page.


The philosophy of my beginner photography classes are simple: to finish the photography class a much more accomplished, passionate and skillful photographer than when you started.