Darkroom: Black and White Photography

This class provides students with the basic skills to print and manipulate black-and-white images in the darkroom. Learn how to operate a 35mm camera’s settings for greater control, develop film, and print from negatives. This class offers you one-on-one darkroom instruction. Work with the instructor as you learn to finesse your printing technique.

Special Notes
This is an in-person class which will take place in our Darkroom Photography Studio with strict social distancing protocols and a maximum of 5 students in the space. Students will be required to wear masks for the entire duration of the class. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 2.

What you will learn:

  • Basic knowledge of film camera usage

  • Ability to develop film and print from negatives

  • Learn specific printing techniques such as dodging and burning, using contrast filters, etc.

  • Hands-on knowledge of color toning, solarizing, and spot toning

Required supplies for this class:

  • The lab fee is for the use of studio; students are required to purchase additional supplies. You don’t need to bring anything to class on the first day, instructor will explain what these materials are, and how they’re relevant, in the first class. Supplies with asterisk* are mandatory and should be purchased by around the third week of term.

  • Single lens reflex camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speeds*

  • Kodak Tri-X / Ilford HP5 35mm film*

  • Ilford IV RC photographic paper (25 sheet box)*

  • 8×10 photo print files*

  • Canned air or Dust-Off*

  • Anti-static cloth*

  • Three-ring binder note book for storing negatives and prints*

  • #25 red filter, when photographing skies in B&W, this filter helps bring out definition in clouds

Places to go for supplies: