The DCP darkroom is now open for rentals! After many requests, and now that we’re all getting more comfortable being with other people, we’re making our very wonderful darkroom available for rental. You’ll be able to use DCP’s space, materials, and guidance from our experienced darkroom manager to bring your film and art to life.
Our facility includes a loading room, film processing area, a printing darkroom with 10 enlarger stations up to 4×5, a range of lenses, multi-contrast filters, custom sinks, lightbox, drying racks, ample air conditioning and ventilation systems. . . it’s an awesome space. Original design of the darkroom was strategic, allowing for larger groups that can train and work together without tripping over your fellow photographer.
The rental fee includes use of equipment, accessories, and chemicals. This is for black and white film and printing only. Our experienced darkroom manager will be there for oversight and answering questions. Rentals can be booked in half-day or full-day blocks.
**FIRST TIME RENTERS AT DCP MUST ATTEND A BRIEF ORIENTATION the morning of their rental to go over basic knowledge of darkroom processes and etiquette. If you’ve never worked in a darkroom before, you’ll need to take our Beginner Darkroom Workshop or similar. Please see the important information on the Details tab.
Q: Do I need to attend orientation even if I know how to use darkroom equipment and chemicals or have worked in another darkroom?
A: Yes, you do. Every darkroom has different etiquette, layout, and safety procedures. The only exception is if you have worked in the DCP darkroom before .
Q: Are masks required when I come for darkroom rentals?
A: YES. Even though CDC guidelines have loosened on masking, because you’ll be in an enclosed space with others for an extended time, we require masks at all times that cover your nose and mouth.
Q: How many people can be in the darkroom at one time?
A: Including our manager and/or assistant, the maximum occupancy is 12 people.