Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

at BKC - Gowanus

Course Details
$95 6 seats left
Start Date:

Tue, Oct 15, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

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Gowanus, Brooklyn
Gowanus Darkroom 119 8th St Ste 212
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 13 and older
Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this darkroom class:

In three hours, we’ll show you how to take a 35mm black-and-white film negative and print it using an enlarger and traditional chemistry. You’ll learn how to make test strips, contact prints, enlargement prints and how to properly develop, fix, wash and dry your print. This is a very basic introduction to the darkroom, covering only the printing phase.

Who should take this class:

Experienced digital shooters and photo novices alike are invited to try their hand at the traditional black and white darkroom process. Even if you're not a photographer and just have a box of old negatives at home, with this Crash Course you can start examining and printing those negs onto real photographic paper


Q: What is the minimum age requirement for kids to attend? 
A: All ages are welcome.

Q: Are materials provided and included in the price of the class? 
A: Yes, all resin-coated photographic paper and all development chemistry is included in the cost of class. We’ll also provide sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process. 

If you have processed black & white negatives at home, bring them with you and we’ll show you how to make prints from them. You can also bring unprocessed 35mm film to the Darkroom at least 2 days in advance of class and they can process your film for you.

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Refund Policy
Students must give notification 72 hours or more in advance to receive full refund/transfer credit. Request made within 72 hours will be charged a 25% withdrawal fee. No refunds granted after the beginning of class.


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6:30pm - 9:30pm TBD 1 $95
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Question from Anonymous
Is there a follow up class you can take?
Answer from anonymous
Yes! Crash Course: Developing Film and Crash Course: Color Darkroom are both great classes you can take after this one.
Question from anonymous
Do you also do developing 120 mm film?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! This class is focused on printing from existing negatives using enlargers in the darkroom. Students can drop off black and white 35mm or 120 films for processing at the darkroom in advance (at least 2 days) or bring your own processed negatives and can use either format for the class. The school also have spare negatives for those who just want to learn.
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
If you are interested in learning how to process film (35mm or 120 formats) you should check out Crash Course: Developing Film of the Analog Film Lab.
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Reviews of Classes at BKC (315)

(315 Reviews)
Crash Course: Darkroom Basics
Reviewed by Daphne P. on 7/26/2018
It was a really fulfilling and informative class. The amount of time was just the right length to get the hang of basic film developing, and get your money's worth. I'll definitely be back soon!
Crash Course: Darkroom Basics
Reviewed by Fujiko F. on 8/15/2018
Crash Course: Darkroom Basics
Reviewed by Scout M. on 10/19/2016
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