Introduction to Black and White Photography:

Darkroom and Film Processing

A two day course

Saturday 28th July  – Sunday 29th July

10.00am - 5.00pm


Saturday 18th August  – Sunday 19th August

10.00am - 5.00pm


This course will introduce you to the processes of traditional black and white photography including exposure, processing film and making prints in the darkroom.

We will begin the course with a brief presentation on a history of landscape photography and themes in contemporary practice. This will give you inspiration and a context before spending some time as a group photographing in the nearby landscape. You will also be introduced to the functions of the camera including exposing film correctly. You may bring your own camera but please ensure that it has an auto and a manual setting. If you don’t have your own camera, we can provide one.

After lunch you will be shown how to load film into a dark tank and to hand develop your film.  At the start of the second day you will be introduced to the enlarger and produce a contact sheet of your film using the dry-to-dry paper machine to process your test strips and contact sheet.

Having considered selections for enlargement from your contact sheet you will spend some time learning and refining your enlarging and tray developing techniques. 

We have a number of 35mm SLR cameras should you need the use of one. If you wish to use your own camera, please do so (including medium format). 

The cost of the course includes a film, photographic paper and developing chemicals.

There is always plenty of free tea, coffee and biscuits. However, we can’t provide lunch, so please bring a packed lunch.

Please bring outdoor clothing and footwear for our our morning walk. Whilst aprons and protective gloves will be provided, please wear practical darkroom clothing as you may developer or fixer on your self!