This was a highly appropriate lesson today.
It is something I've been experimenting with during the course, and here (not in any form of chronological order) is some of the stuff I've been experimenting with.
Instax. This is a small instant camera. Think absolute budget end of the polaroid market. It gives a cartridge of 10 prints, which develop before your eyes. I'm using it in pretty much the same way as any other camera, and comparing what it produces, and what a DSLR (Or Med Format) produces.
The comparisons are various, from the tactile feel of the little print, to the development process, it feels more intimate and personal than digital, with its instant gratification of a vibrant Jpeg on your viewing screen.
Medium Format. I've booked out a Bronica Etrsi, and ran some film through them. I am still astonished at the vibrancy of 30+ year old film I found that I'd used in my own Bronica some decades earlier, and will comment on the current results when I get the film back...
Large format (5x4). I've booked a tutorial for this, and expect to use it as a portrait medium in a few days. I've just put this here as a place holder.
Darkroom. For the first time in 30 years, I ventured into a "proper" darkroom. To be a bit "silly" for a moment, it is an experience, not just a mechanical manoeuvre or two. The smell, the inherent cold of the room, the red safelight that bathes the equipment... They are all part of an experience of creation. The wait, the calculations, the drying...
DSLR. I've upgraded from my 5D Mk 11's to a 5D SR during the course of this course. I have found it a completely different challenge, and more different (Not necessarily difficult) than I thought it would be. It is a more technological piece of equipment than the Mk 11's, and I continue to develop with it.
Possible mediums to experiment with...
Well. Here goes. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.