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The Analog Film Lab

  • Gowanus Darkroom 119 8th St. Suite 212 (Entrance at 160 7th St) Brooklyn, NY, 11215 United States (map)



Who should take this class

Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film.  Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting. 


What you will learn

This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day.  

First we’ll meet at the Darkroom (check the location of your class in the left column) and we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera.  You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood.  From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints.  Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.


What to bring

Bring your old film-based SLR if you have one.  We do have a limited number of cameras available for rental at $8 per class.  Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.  There are restaurants and cafes nearby as well.



If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking Field Guide I or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: DSLR, prior to taking this class.


Materials provided (included in cost of the class)

1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
All resin-coated photographic paper
All development chemistry
Optional camera rental available



Please confirm your class location in the left column above

Bushwick Community Darkroom 
110 Troutman Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Gowanus Darkroom
119 8th St. Suite 212 
Brooklyn, NY 11215



Earlier Event: May 15
Crash Course: DSLR+
Later Event: May 17
Field Guide I: The Camera