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Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

  • Bushwick Community Darkroom 1087 Flushing Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)

Who should take this class

Experienced digital shooters and photo novices alike are invited to try their hand at the traditional black and white darkroom process.  Even if you're not a photographer and just have a box of old negatives at home, with this Crash Course you can start examining and printing those negs onto true photographic paper.


What you will learn

We've teamed up with Bushwick Community Darkroom to offer these classic analog classes.  In three hours, we’ll show you how to take a developed 35mm black-and-white film negative and print it using an enlarger and traditional chemistry.  You’ll learn how to make test strips, contact prints, enlargement prints and how to properly develop, fix, wash and dry your print.  This is a very basic introduction to the darkroom, covering only the printing phase. For a more detailed workshop covering the full process from capture to print, try our full-day Analog Film Lab.


What to bring

PLEASE NOTE: We won't be processing film into negatives in this class.  If you have developed black & white negatives at home, bring them with you and we’ll show you how to make prints from them.  You can also bring undeveloped (still in the canister) 35mm film to the Bushwick Community Darkroom at least 2 days in advance of class and they can process your film for you at $6.00/roll, or bring the film to your lab of choice.  Just in case, we'll have sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process.





Materials provided (included in cost of class)

8x10 resin-coated photographic paper

All development chemistry



Earlier Event: January 28
Digital Photo I: The Basics (9 weeks)