Learn classic photography at Vrå Folk High School

At Vrå Folk High School, you can choose classic photography. It is a wide subject, with many different niches. It is not important whether you prefer to take digital or analog pictures, what is important is how the picture looks in the end. How does the picture look when one is holding it in their hands, or when it is hanging on the wall? This, you can learn in Analog Photography.

Learning is for everyone

At Vrå Folk High School, you will learn both new and old photo techniques, and you receive a range of photo projects, where you can put the theory into practice. You do not need to have used a camera before to partake in this subject – and you do not need to own a camera either. You can borrow one from the Folk High School.

The pictures that you and your classmates take will be discussed together, so that everyone can train their eyes on what makes a good photo and what does not…

We have many discussions about photography and its content – on techniques and expression. You sharpen the eye and become a much better critic and photographer. Some of the techniques taught are:

  • Liquid emulsion
  • Cyanotype
  • ‘Kill your darlings’
  • Bromoil
  • Toning
  • Painting with light

Some of the content taught are:

  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Still-life
  • Staged photography


Vrå Folk High School has many international students; therefore, you have the chance to meet others from foreign countries. Due to this, many of the subjects at the school are taught in English.

Photo house – Darkroom, studio, gallery and much more

We have a photo studio with a flash system and Northern Europe’s biggest darkroom. In the darkroom, there are enlargers that can take up to 13x18cm negatives… But we also have a scanner, printer, and a computer with photoshop installed.

The digital technique has made it possible for everyone to take photos. In Analog Photography, you can learn the old classic techniques from the bottom up.

Therefore, working in the darkroom is important. In the darkroom you can do things that computer programmes cannot. Here, quality is considered in the final print, the chosen photo paper, the chosen technique and not least, the durability of the photo. In the darkroom, you can work with both digital and analog negatives. Why either/or, when one can take the best from both worlds?

The possibilities are nearly endless in your pursuit for the right technique regarding your chosen image.

Vrå Folk High School has a unique selection of old cameras. You can try:

  • Rolleiflex
  • An old Hollywood lens
  • Large Format
  • Olympus
  • Canon
  • Nikon
  • Diana

We have many different camera models, both digital and film.

On top of that, you will have the opportunity to try the power of exhibitions and framing. Each year in spring, the Analog Photo class partakes in the Stenum exhibition.


Emil Schildt

Teacher of Classical Photography and short courses with photography, including portrait, model, novel photography, old techniques, etc. Emil has taught at Vrå Folk High School since 2002.

He is a self-taught photographer and artist, and is internationally recognized for, among other things its Bromoil works.

He has had exhibits at, among other things, Gallery A in Lønstrup, at the art fair North and at the annual Stenum exhibition a little outside of Vrå.

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