Darkroom: Color Photography

Please note, this is a tuition-bearing class and not a tuition-free class as indicated in the winter edition of FreeHand. We apologize for the error and any inconvenience.

In this class, you will develop 35mm or medium format negatives, and print enlargements in a darkroom using similar color chemistry to the ones used in your local Mom & Pop Foto-Mat. Do you want that funky 70-80’s retro look in your 8×10 or 11×14 sized shots? Do you want a hands-on approach rather than pressing a button on your smart-phone? You will master all of this in one term.

Pictured work by Corin Bellomia, Amanda Durham, Dominique Ellis, Emad Hasan, Amanda Jensen, Estefania Orozco, and Sarah Hill.

This Monday class is eight sessions in order to accommodate the two holidays that occur during the winter term: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, and Presidents’ Day, February 18. The class will not be held on these days and there will not be no makeup sessions.

What you will learn:

  • How to develop color negative film using different chemistry

  • How to enlarge, color correct, and print your own color photographs using traditional chemistry

  • How to solarize a print in color! (a phenomenon in photography in which the image recorded on a photographic print is wholly or partially reversed in tone. Dark areas appear light or light areas appear dark.

  • Experiment with different developers to play with print contrast

Required supplies:

  • An exposed roll of color film (35MM, or 120MM), or any previously shot sets of negatives.

  • You will need a camera to shoot new rolls of film.

  • 8×10 photo print files

  • Canned air or ‘Dust-off’

  • Anti-static cloth

  • 3-ring binder notebook for storing negatives & prints

  • Places to shop for supplies:
    Webbcam, 241 N. 12th, 215-923-8380, webbcam.net