Beginner Darkroom returns to DCP as an in-person workshop! Please view our COVID policies and procedures here. When you register, you will need to sign our COVID policy agreement and waiver. Everyone entering DCP is required to wear a mask at all times.
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 entering DCP 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!
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: Do I need to sign DCP’s COVID-19 liability waiver?
A: Yes, any student attending classes and workshops must sign a COVID-19 liability release and will receive a copy for their records. Anyone who refuses to sign the release won’t be allowed in the building and is not eligible for a refund.
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 7 days or more ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. A cancellation between 5 to 7 days ahead of scheduled date will receive 50% refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 4 days 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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