BW Film Processing

This BW darkroom workshop for beginners is intended as a ‘see how it’s done’ as well as a ‘do it yourself’ activity. You are encouraged to bring along a 35mm-24 exposure or 120mm exposed undeveloped film, that will be processed by you as part of the workshop.

Who would benefit from this workshop:

  • People with no previous practical processing or printing experience, including those, who might have seen darkroom work done but not had any hands-on engagement with it at any significant level.
  • Those who may have done darkroom work some time ago and are seeking a refresh program to update them on the contemporary process.

What will you learn?

  • How to safely work with chemicals, storing, preparation, disposal and safety.
  • What equipment you need to develop black & white film.
  • Loading your film into a spiral, ready for processing
  • How to process black & white film. Preparing and processing your film. Temperatures, agitation, washing, and drying.
  • How to store and care for your negatives
  • How to evaluate your negatives

This workshop is intended for beginners. It is an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about analogue photography and processing. The duration of the workshop is 3 hours from 10 am to 1 pm. This workshop is structured for one or a maximum of two students. We provide a personalized learning experience.

We believe that the best way to learn is by tailoring the workshop to the specific skill level and interests of the participant. To ensure that you get the most out of the workshop, we will finalize the dates and content after consulting with you. This consultation allows us to create a bespoke workshop that will focus on the areas you want to learn. And it will give you the best possible outcome.

For beginners, we offer a range of topics that will give you a solid foundation in analogue photography. The topics include an introduction to the B/W darkroom, which includes setting up a darkroom and its essential components, such as safelights, timers, trays and other equipment.

We also provide an overview of the history of analogue photography. That includes the origins of photography and the evolution of film cameras and darkroom technology. We also cover darkroom health and safety. We will teach you the safe way to handle and use darkroom chemicals.

Our workshop will also cover darkroom equipment, such as enlargers, developing tanks, and other essential tools. We will teach you how to load film into processing spirals and basic film processing.

The workshop aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of analogue photography. Whether you are interested in photography as a hobby or a career, this workshop is perfect for anyone looking to learn or enhance their skills and knowledge.

Overall, this BW Darkroom workshop for beginners provides a unique and engaging learning experience that focuses on your interests and skills, providing an opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of analogue photography and film processing technique.


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