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Sat, 16 Jul



Photography: Introduction to the Darkroom

Learn the essentials of using a darkroom to product black & white film negatives and photographic prints.

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Photography: Introduction to the Darkroom
Photography: Introduction to the Darkroom

Time & Location

16 Jul 2022, 09:30 – 16:30

Ipswich, 9 Stoke St, Ipswich IP2 8BX, UK

About The Event

Tutor John-Christian Jacques  will teach you about resources and materials you'll need to develop traditional analogue black & white negatives in a spiral-type developing tank, make a contact sheet from them and then a photographic print using an enlarger in the darkroom.

You'll learn about different types of enlargers, films, chemicals and printing papers available to photographers. At the end of the workshop, you'll have developed a roll of film, a contact sheet of images and at least one image printed to 10" x 8".

You'll learn:

  • To place the undeveloped film in a developing tank correctly
  • To mix developing and fixing chemicals for film and prints 
  • To safely develop the film and make exposure test trips and contact sheets
  • To load, focus and set apertures on an enlarger
  • To place paper in the enlarging easel and develop, fix and dry a print
  • Health & safety/good practice in the darkroom

You'll need:

  • To bring along an undeveloped film of black and white images that you've shot. Use a film such as Ilford's HP5 or FP4 or Kodak's Tri-X. Please ensure that it is NOT C41 colour process B/W film. 
  • To wear old clothes or wear an apron or lab coat just in case of spillages/splashes.
  • 10 x 8 Multigrade (or similar) printing paper


  • Darkroom Techniques workshop

    Your ticket includes photographic chemicals but you'll need to bring an undeveloped b/w film and 10 x 8 multigrade printing paper Your ticket also includes lunch/refreshments

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