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The Analog Film Lab

  • Bushwick Community Darkroom 108 Thames St Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)



Who should take this class

Experienced and intermediate digital shooters who would like to try their hand at shooting film.  


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 Bushwick Community Darkroom 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.  If not, we do have a few older models that you can use during class, so please contact us if you might need to borrow one.  Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.  Of course, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby if you'd rather buy lunch.



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)

15 sheets of resin-coated photographic paper

All development chemistry



Earlier Event: August 9
Field Guide IV: The Studio
Later Event: August 10
Field Guide II: The Street