Intermediate Darkroom

Learn more advanced developing techniques and spend more time printing to create finished, high quality RC and fiber prints with precision and creativity.
Upcoming Workshops
Sun
Apr 14
$265
EARLY BIRD PRICE (expires 04/06)
9am-5pm at DCP - Early Registration: $265 - Late Registration: $290

In the beginner classes you learned the basics of black and white photography, processed film and made basic prints on RC paper. Now you’re ready to move on to more advanced processing and printing techniques.

You’ll learn about different developers, how they affect sharpness and contrast range and how to change the effective ISO of your film. We won’t actually be processing film in this workshop. You’ll bring ready to print negatives. You’ll learn to print with variable contrast filters and how to finesse the exposure to bring out shadows and control highlights. You’ll also print on fiber paper and learn how it compares to RC. This workshop offers more printing time overall and will help you to use all your new skills to create finished, high quality prints with precision and creativity.

Our new darkroom facility was custom built just for teaching small group workshops. We have a film processing area, a printing darkroom with 10 enlarger stations, custom sinks, abundant air conditioning and ventilation systems, and wise teachers to help you develop your skills.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

An overview of advanced film processing techniques

  • developer dilutions
  • temperature control
  • agitation: what it does, why it’s important, and how to do it
  • push/pull processing
  • film/developer combinations for acutance and/or sharpness
  • alternative developers

You’ll be printing your own negatives in the lab with coaching by instructor

  • resin coated paper
  • condenser vs. diffusion enlarger heads
  • practical printing exercises with contrast controls
  • contrast grades and filters
  • dodging & burning
  • advancing from resin-coated paper to fiber base
  • archival processing: washing fiber prints

Prerequisite: *IMPORTANT* You must have completed either the Beginner B&W Darkroom classes at DCP or had equivalent private darkroom tutoring at DCP. If you had your basic darkroom training elsewhere, please contact us before registering.

What to bring: 35mm or 120 B&W negatives to print from.

  • Maximum number of students is 10, minimum number to make a class is 6.
  • Cost per person is $265 early registration, $290 late registration (lunch included).
  • Doors open at 8:45am.
  • Workshop starts promptly at 9am and ends at 5pm.
  • Classes may be held in the upstairs classroom, up one flight of stairs, no elevator access.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • You must have completed either the Beginner Darkroom classes at DCP or had equivalent private darkroom tutoring at DCP. If you had your basic darkroom training elsewhere, please contact us before registering.
  • We will provide aprons and non-latex gloves for those who may have heightened sensitivity to the chemistry.
  • Registration price includes $35 material fee:
    – Up to 10 sheets of Ilford RC printing paper
    – Up to 10 sheets of Iflord fiber printing paper
    – Print processing chemistry

Q: Will we learn how to use film cameras?
A: No, we won’t be covering basic camera operation or shooting concepts.

Q: Will we be developing film?
A: No, you will need to bring ready to print negatives. If you are interested in learning how to process black and white film, please check out our Beginner Darkroom class.

Q: Are there previous requirements for this workshop?
A: Yes, you must have completed either the Beginner B&W Darkroom classes at DCP or had equivalent private darkroom tutoring at DCP. If you had your basic darkroom training elsewhere, please contact us before registering.

Q: I’m under 18. Can I take the classes or workshop?
A: Yes, but only if an adult registers to take the classes with you.

David Brown

David has 40+ years of experience in the darkroom doing both monochrome and color film processing and printing. He’s been a wedding and commercial photographer and has worked as a full-time darkroom technician.

He taught high school briefly after college before being employed by a security surveillance company that used 35mm film. David maintained over a hundred cameras, designed an in-house darkroom for the company, and processed, printed and archived tens of thousands of feet of film. Now retired from his “day job” as an analyst for the Department of the Treasury, he maintains a working darkroom for personal work. While using state of the art digital for color, all black and white work is done with film and silver gelatin printing.

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