Darkroom Skills – Variable Contrast Printing for 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 and expose photographic paper using a variable contrast printing system to create black & white photographs. If you haven't done so already you will start by making a “contact sheet” to better view your negatives, then use the contact sheet to select a negative suitable for printing.

You will use variable contrast papers and expose and develop your photograph. You will learn a systematic way to arrive at your preferred exposure using variable contrast filtration. 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 results. You will learn bleach & redevelopment and toning techniques to 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.

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

Workshops in Montana
7079 Hwy 83 N
Condon MT 59826
406-754-2891
800-922-5255
sherry@photoformulary.com