Photography tips with The Photo Parlour

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Photography editor, Leah Wareham talks analogue photography tips with owner of The Photo Parlour, Dan Wheeler.

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Dan Wheeler, owner of The Photo Parlour

The Photo Parlour, an independent professional film lab, first began 5 years ago in Derby, when owner Dan Wheeler needed his own darkroom after years of building home made ones.

Fast forward a few years, and after a lot of long hours and hard work, Dan quit his day job at Derby college and is now located in Nottingham offering darkroom memberships, film
processing, printing services, studio and gallery space hire and many different creative workshops.

As one of my favourite places in Nottingham, there’s really nothing else like it, there is always someone around to offer friendly advice on photography, and speaking from experience, the space is lovely to exhibit work in too, with lots of gorgeous natural light!

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Jake Howe, deconstructing a camera

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I asked Dan what he thought was the best advice for analogue photographers, in particular those just starting out on film, so here’s what he said…

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Dan’s top tips for photography:

1. Find a camera that works for you and stick with it.

2. One camera, one lens, don’t be tempted to buy loads of other stuff! You should be concentrating on making photographs, not what equipment you are using.

3. Play around with different types of film, but find a good one that works for you and stick with it, standardising things is good!

4. Work out if you prefer colour or black and white and stick with one of them for a while.

5. Work out what kind of a photographer you are. Think about what you are into and keep it close to your heart,

6. And finally, make books, or even just thinking about making books is important!

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Jake Howe // @hotpinkbulb

David Severn // @davidsevern_photo

James Marvin // @jamesmarvinphoto


Photographs and words by Photography Editor, Leah Wareham

Instagram // @leahwarehamphoto