Darkroom Photography (tuition-free)

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.

Note that this classroom is accessible by stairs only; please contact Fleisher for more information.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

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:

  • 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, the 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 the 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 inch photo print files*

  • Canned air or Dust-Off*

  • Anti-static cloth*

  • Three-ring binder notebook for storing negatives and prints*

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

  • Dry hand towel

Places to go for supplies: