Darkroom Skills – Introduction to Printing Silver Gelatin Photographs in Black & White

You will learn to make 8x10 black & white photographs on silver gelatin photographic papers in a traditional “wet” darkroom. You will mix photographic chemistry, lay out your processing steps, expose photographic paper, and create traditional black & white photos. You will first make a “contact sheet” to better view your negatives, and then use the contact sheet to select a negative suitable for printing. You may as well know up front. Not every negative is a masterpiece; some print better or more easily than others. Some negatives will never make a photograph. Some will, but that’s for you to decide.

You will use graded & variable contrast papers and expose and develop your photograph. You will learn a systematic way to arrive at your preferred exposure. You will evaluate your work to refine and improve results. You will learn to “dodge & burn”, use filters, paper flashing, and other techniques to affect your photograph. You will learn bleach & redevelopment and toning techniques to further refine your prints and improve their archival stability. You will leave with quality black & white prints suitable for framing.

Friday – Meet & Greet and Familiarization with Facilities & Equipment

Saturday – Lecture & Practice

Lab Procedures & Safety, Chemistry, Papers, Supplies.

Making a Contact Sheet & Using it to select a negative to print

A procedure to create your work print

Photograph Printing - Refining your print technique

Sunday – Lecture & Practice

Photograph Printing - Refining your print technique

Print Toning, Bleach & Redevelopment

Monday – Practice & Wrap up

Photograph Printing & Print Toning

What to Bring:

Notebook, pen/pencil, Willingness to learn, Patience

A more specific list of all equipment and materials needed, will be sent to you via e-mail in advance of your course.



Be sure to specify which dates you would like to attend on this workshop.

For more information please visit our website at www.workshopsinmt.com


Workshops In Montana
7079 Hwy 83 N
Condon MT 59826
406-754-2891
sherry@photoformulary.com