Darkroom 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 teacher as you learn to finesse your printing technique.

Participants must have a valid Fleisher membership. Please note that our tuition-free classes for adults fill very quickly. If you are considering purchasing a membership in order to register for a tuition-free class, please click “register” to check whether or not the class is full prior to your purchase.

What you will learn:

  • Basic knowledge of film camera usage

  • Knowledge of developing film

  • Ability to print from negatives

  • Ability to finesse their prints with knowledge of printing techniques such as dodging and burning, using contrast filters, etc.

  • 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: