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“The shape of water” is a photographic workshop focused on nature waters photography with a darkroom experience; a full immersion through a whole weekend side by side with a professional photographer, structured through a one day excursion along a mountain creek up to its springs located in the heart of Abruzzi National Park mountain ranges, Central Italy, to develop topics related to the nature waters shooting photographic techniques and the proper use of tripods and ND and polarizer filters, followed by a darkroom session to explore film processing and B&W printing with analog and mixed analog/digital techniques.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in photography and nature and to those photographers who aim to improve photographic skills on nature and landscape photography and traditional black and white processing and printing techniques. Topics ranging from photographic composition to use of filters will be addressed, with a final introduction to darkroom, film processing, and black and white printing on variable contrast photo papers.

A film camera is required for those who wish to use and process film. It is also possible to use a digital camera to produce digital printed negatives; in this case, participants must bring their own laptop computer with photo enhancing software installed (preferably Adobe Photoshop).

A tripod and ND and polarizing filters are required for each participant.

The workshop will be held in English.

Workshop is scheduled as follows:


Day 1 – Friday

2,30 – 3,30 p.m.: meet and assistance upon arrival; accommodation;

4,30 – 7,00 p.m.: introduction to the workshop and the darkroom;

8,00 p.m.: welcome dinner in a family country restaurant.

Day 2 – Saturday

9,30 a.m. – 4,30 p.m.: photo hiking easy excursion along the Rio Torto mountain creek up to the Schievo Cave, with packed lunch; subjects: photographic composition, slow shutter speed photography, use of ND and polarizing filters;;


5,30 p.m.: tea break;

6,30 – 8,30 p.m.: film processing and/or digital negatives printing;

9,00 p.m.: free dinner.

Day 3 – Sunday

8,45 a.m. – 1,15 p.m.: printing session from film (by enlarging) or digital (contact) negatives;

1,30 p.m.: free lunch;

3,00 – 5,30 p.m.: analysis of results and final discussion.


The program is indicative and subject to change if necessary to facilitate the participants’ work.


Tuition fee: euro 400.00

Participants: from min. 3 to max. 6

Sali d’Argento annual membership fee (mandatory – not included in tuition): euro 20,00


Fee includes: photographic workshop and guided excursion, private transport, use of darkroom, supplies, welcome dinner, overnight accommodation (two nights), tea and coffee available all the time.

Supplies provided include:

  • 2 135/36 or 120 black and white roll films;
  • VC 18×24 and 24×30 photo paper for contact sheets and prints;
  • OHP digital A4 negative sheets;
  • Chemicals and their waste disposal.

Fee does not include: everything not specifically mentioned.

Any additional supplies (not included) are available on location upon request.

Participation is open to “plus ones” even if not interested in photography, at 30% discount on tuition fee.

Any further information by writing to info@salidargento.org.