Beginner Darkroom

Learn to process your own black and white film, make contact sheets and work with an enlarger. Using chemistry and light you'll create unique prints, completely hand made by you.
Upcoming Workshops

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Beginner Darkroom returns to DCP as an in-person workshop!

Photography can be so much more hands-on than pixels trapped behind a glass screen. Liberate your images into the real world! You’ll learn to process your own black and white film, make contact sheets, select the best frame for printing and work with an enlarger. Using chemistry and light, you’ll create unique prints, completely hand made by you.

This introduction to black and white darkroom is for only two kinds of people: those who have worked in a darkroom and want to get back into it and those who haven’t done it yet! It’s the perfect blend of science and art and as close as you’ll get to alchemy.

Our darkroom facility was custom built specifically for teaching small groups. We have a film processing area, a printing darkroom with 10 enlarger stations, custom sinks, ample air conditioning and ventilation systems, and wise teachers to help you develop your skills.

What to bring:
  • A mask. Everyone in the DCP darkroom must wear a mask at all times.
  • One roll of exposed 35mm or 120 Kodak or Ilford black and white film. No XP-2 or similar C41 process film. If you aren’t sure, write us and ask!

  • Cost per person is $265 early registration, $290 late registration.
  • All DCP members receive a discount on class registration! Not a member? Join now!
  • Workshop price includes lunch and a $20 material fee (film and print processing chemistry and archival sleeve for processed film, and up to 10 sheets of Ilford RC printer paper).
  • We will provide aprons and non-latex gloves for those who may have heightened sensitivity to the chemistry.
  • Doors open at 8:45am. Workshop starts promptly at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Classes may be held in the upstairs classroom, up one flight of stairs, no elevator access..
  • Maximum number of students is 10. Minimum number to make a class is 6.
  • Parking is available in the DCP parking lot or along Algiers Street.

 

Q: What is DCP doing to keep instructors and students safe during COVID?
A: The health and safety of our instructors, staff, and students is DCP’s top priority. You can view our COVID policy and procedures here.

Q: Will we learn how to use film cameras?
A: No, we won’t be covering basic camera operation or shooting concepts.

Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: Yes, we will be providing individually packaged lunches. The cost is included in your registration fee.

Q: I’m under 18. Can I take the classes or workshop?
A: Yes, but only if an adult registers to take the classes with you.

Q: How will I know if a workshop makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be cancelled, you will receive an email no later than the night before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive no refund or 50% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Whitney J. Daude

Originally from Ding Dong, Texas, Whitney assisted her parents in loading their 35mm cameras with film in hotel rooms on vacation from a young age. She received her BFA in Art, with a concentration in Photography, from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2017. After graduation, she accepted the Photo Lab Coordinator position at UTA, assisting students in navigating lighting studios, digital print labs, an alternative process lab, and a black and white darkroom. More passionate for the black and white darkroom, Whitney has found that the safelights have proven to be a safe space since graduation. Since 2015, she has assisted instructor and photographer Scott Hilton in professional projects. Additionally, she assisted both renowned wet plate photographer Lisa Elmaleh in tintype workshops and Alan Ross in fine art printing during their DCP workshops.

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