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Gaard Coffee Hide - West One

8 Fitzwilliam Street


S1 4JB

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Welcome to the Masterchef, Bake Off & Great Pottery Throwdown... of Film Photography!

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The date is subject to change if the Government decides to amend its current roadmap, but we will keep everyone informed as we receive new information.

AT LONG LAST! Film Photographers, Enthusiasts, Amateurs & creatives!

In Spring last year we planned for the very first Film Photography Collective in Sheffield which unfortunately came to a halt due to the pandemic!

We are now delighted to bring you the new date for our first event! Let us explain how it works…

Welcome to the Master Chef, Bake Off & Great Pottery Throwdown equivalent of Film Photography! You will receive a refreshing hot drink on arrival courtesy of Gaard 2, a roll of 35mm film, then you will have your film developed, scanned & emailed back to you after the event.

Just like on TV, contestants will be assigned a specific theme, where Photographers have just 90 minutes to shoot 36 images on their own Film Camera of their best images & meet at the final destination.

Professional Commercial & Film Photographer Joey, alongside the experimental & highly skilled film developer Tim, will select the best collection based on the day’s theme; with a Film Developing Kit & Roll of HP5 presented to the winner.

We will select our favourite 3 images from each participant & post them on our dedicated Instagram Collective ( @thesheffieldphotographer ) giving everyone the exposure they deserve (pun intended)! If you don’t wish to have your images posted, please just let us know!

We will be onsite at GAARD 2 from 9am. The task will begin at 10am but we ask that Photographers arrive before 9:20am to ensure they have signed in, coffee ordered & get their roll inserted into their camera. Due to Covid-19 measures, we will be stationed outside, but feel free to mingle with other photographers. We are aiming to build a positive & friendly community, so make sure to get stuck in. The final destination is HYGGE CAFE where you will be delivering your roll of film! We will be onsite at the final destination from 11am-12:30pm.

As with all film photography, there is an element of risk involved. Every film camera has had a different life & might be carrying some unknown damage or flaws which may affect your images. We are not responsible if your images don’t come out as planned, however, Harrison Cameras offer great advice & a repair service which we advise you use if you are unsure. If you receive your images & they don’t come out as expected, send your photos to us on Instagram @thesheffieldphotographer & we will help identify the problem.


Do I need my own 35mm Film Camera?

For our first event, YES. Please do not forget to bring your own 35mm Camera as we do not have any spares.

Can I bring someone with me?

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions of 30 people events, you CANNOT bring anyone else to GAARD 2 (once the event has started you can meet up with others in line with Government Guidelines). We are basing the entire event outside to help with social distancing measures & are following strict government guidelines.

Can I get my negatives returned to me?

Negatives will be kept at Harrison Cameras Store on London Road for up to 6 months after the event for you to collect, however, if you bring an extra £2 with you on the day, we will post your negatives back along with a special surprise!

Do I need to wear a mask?

You aren’t required to wear a facial covering as we will be outdoors, but if you would like to wear a mask, then please feel free!

I’m not feeling very well, what should I do?

If you aren’t feeling well or you are showing Covid-19 symptoms, please make sure to follow government guidelines. Please DO NOT turn up to the event if you are showing any signs of illness.

Can I get a refund if I am feeling ill?

Unfortunately, we are unable to issue refunds unless it is more than 7 days before the event start.

I don’t know how to put a roll of film in my camera, what should I do?

We are trying to limit social contact due to Government restrictions & we won’t be able to directly help you. We recommend watching a relevant YouTube tutorial for your camera prior to the event. We will have a variety of our own 35mm Cameras to demonstrate on if you need help.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to & from the event?

The Supertram stops on West Street & is easily accessible on foot. Search ‘ Gaard West One’ for directions. Car Parking is £2 all-day in town on a Sunday!

My Film Camera has no automatic functions, how can I expose properly?

We highly recommend downloading an app such as LUX which offers light meter capabilities. Don’t forget to set your film speed once you receive it on the day!

I only have a medium format camera, can I take part?

For our first event, we will only be giving out 35mm film, well, that’s not to say you can’t use a 35mm adapter…. Panoramic style….

What happens if I arrive late?

A member of the team will remain at GAARD 2 for 30 minutes after the event begins, in case you get lost or arrive later than expected. If you arrive any time after this & we will already be en-route to the final destination.

Can I work in a team with others?

By all means work with other photographers, that is what the Collective is all about, especially if you don’t know the city very well. We are, however, looking for originality in the work, so shooting the same subjects as your peers may not work in your favour.

Can I bring my own film?

The short answer is NO. In order to keep the event fair for everyone, we have pre-selected a roll of film that everyone will use. We are working with our partners to find more and more interesting rolls to use, this may however increase the price of the event tickets in the future.

What are the judges looking for?

They are looking for an original set of photos that best represent the chosen theme. It’s important that all 36 images feel cohesive & tell a story, the overall winner will be selected based on the entire series of photos, so shoot carefully!

My film photos usually come out too dark, what should I do?

We recommend using an app such as LUX when metering the light in a scene. Often, the internal meter inside a 35mm Camera may expose for the sky, making your foreground too dark; this is frequently the case with cameras where you have little choice over camera and lens settings. There are a few ways to make your image brighter:

1. Meter for the darkest part of the image to ensure the shadow detail is retained. Point your phone camera at a shadowed part of the scene & use those settings.

2. Slow your shutter speed if you have manual settings, don’t go below 1/60th of a second when shooting handheld as a rule of thumb, unless you’re aiming to capture motion blur.

3. Open your aperture wider to allow more light into the camera, if you’re shooting at f/8, maybe opt for something wider like f/4 or even f/1.8 if your lens can achieve it!

4. Find a brighter composition! It may sound simple, but often you are shooting a scene that is simply too dark for your camera, lens & film speed.

5. Select a faster film speed! ISO 800 will offer you plenty of sensitivity to light, but you pay the price for a more sensitive film in grain/noise and over cost! $$$

I see other photographers with blurry backgrounds, how do they do it?

There are a few ways to capturing a blurrier background:

1. Choose a lens with a longer focal length, avoid wide-angle lenses

2. Choose a camera that has a larger film plane, such as a medium or large format camera.

3. Choose a wider aperture lens. f/1.4-f/2.8 will offer you the desired effect.

4. Move closer to your subject, this may sound simple, but hold your finger close to your eye and watch as the background blurs!

I really struggle to get my images in focus, how do I get them sharp?

We hear this all the time with film photographers, we are so lucky to have amazing autofocus capabilities with today’s technology, & the art of manual focus is lost & requires patience, here’s how:

1. If your camera has a split focus system, you just need to align the line in the middle of the circle. Find a straight vertical object in the frame which might help, sometimes you need to turn the camera 90 degrees if there are no vertical lines to help with focusing.

2. Shoot at a smaller aperture! A change from f/4 to f/8 can definitely help bring more of the scene into focus, however, don’t forget by doing this you are darkening your exposure so may need to slow your shutter speed (see above FAQ)

3. Choose a wider lens! Due to the physics of light and lenses, often the wider the lens you choose (perhaps 28mm) the depth of field (area in focus) gets larger, meaning at a wider aperture ( e.g. f/4) more of your image will be in focus. Every lens is different, so be sure to enjoy learning about your lenses’ individual characteristics.

4. Choose a camera with a smaller sensor/film plane! Have you ever noticed why every photo on your phone looks in focus? This is due to our good old friend Physics. The smaller the sensor, the larger the depth of field becomes.

I didn’t finish my roll of film by the end of the event, what should I do?

There are a couple of options, we will remain on-site at HYGGE CAFE about 30 minutes after the event finishes ensuring we have collected everyone's film & anyone running late gets their film to us. If you didn’t get through them all, you can always wind on your film & deliver the photos that you took, this won’t impact your chances of winning the £50 Harrisons Gift Voucher as we are reviewing the series images you have delivered. Quality not Quantity!

I want to crop/edit my photos after the event! Can I do that?

The beauty of our Film Collective competition is to highlight the quality of your compositions, metering, focussing, subject choice & personal style ’IN CAMERA’. Once you drop off your film at the end, that’s it! Make every frame count & don’t take the photo until you’re happy with it. Once you receive your digital scans from Harrisons, by all means edit your images however you like (and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @thesheffieldphotographer)

Rules / T&Cs

1. Only rolls of film provided by The Sheffield Film Photography Collection (TSFPC) are to be used on event days

2. Anyone arriving 30 minutes after the start time will not be able to participate. Tickets are non-refundable up to a week before the event date.

3. Copyright always remains with the photographer. By entering this competition, you give permission for TSFPC to use your images and name on social media & promotional materials. TSPFC will not pass on your images or data to a third party without your permission in line with GDPR.

4. As you will be shooting film & leaving your roll with us, you won’t be able to edit or amend your images for the purpose of the competition.

5. TSFPC will not accept any responsibility for loss or damaged cameras, lenses or equipment, and responsibility for personal safety at the event is held by you or your parent/guardian.

6. TSFPC will not accept any responsibility for rolls of film which don’t develop correctly due to any circumstance. See the FAQ section for equipment problems.

7. Do not trespass on private property to get photographs, we will not be held responsible for your actions.


Joey & Tim x

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Gaard Coffee Hide - West One

8 Fitzwilliam Street


S1 4JB

United Kingdom

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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