Jan
13
11:00 AM11:00

Analog Film Lab

Prerequisites:
If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking 1 Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up!  or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: Camera Basics, prior to taking this class.

Materials provided (included in cost of the class):
- 1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
- All resin-coated photographic paper
- All development chemistry
- Optional camera rental available

$195.00

$175.50 /Basic Members
$156 /Emerging Members
$136.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:

Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film.  Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting.

What you will learn:

This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day.  

First we’ll meet at the Darkroom (check the location of your class in the left column) and we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints.  Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.

What to bring:

Bring your old film-based SLR if you have one.  We do have a limited number of cameras available for rental at $10 per class.  Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.  There are restaurants and cafes nearby as well.

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Feb
10
11:00 AM11:00

Analog Film Lab

Prerequisites:
If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking 1 Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up!  or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: Camera Basics, prior to taking this class.

Materials provided (included in cost of the class):
- 1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
- All resin-coated photographic paper
- All development chemistry
- Optional camera rental available

$195.00

$175.50 /Basic Members
$156 /Emerging Members
$136.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:

Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film.  Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting.

What you will learn:

This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day.  

First we’ll meet at the Darkroom (check the location of your class in the left column) and we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints.  Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.

What to bring:

Bring your old film-based SLR if you have one.  We do have a limited number of cameras available for rental at $10 per class.  Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.  There are restaurants and cafes nearby as well.

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Feb
12
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

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Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018

  • 6:30 PM 9:30 PM

Prerequisites
None!

Materials provided (included in cost of class)
All resin-coated photographic paper.
All development chemistry.

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

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.

 

What you will learn

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. For a more detailed workshop covering the full process from capture to print, try our full-day Analog Film Lab.

 

What to bring

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.  We’ll also provide sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process.

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Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

Crash Course: Color Darkroom

 

Prerequisites:

None, although we do recommend taking Crash Course: Darkroom Basics, which introduces students to the Black & White darkroom.


Materials included:

Color photographic paper
All darkroom chemistry



$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
The Analog Color Darkroom workshop is for anyone interested in learning about the color photography printing process in the traditional color darkroom. If you're a digital shooter looking to discover the unparalleled dynamic range, smooth tonality and dreamy rich colors of analog negative film and paper, this is the perfect introductory class for you. 

What you will learn:
The class will cover basic enlarger operation, contact printing of negatives, as well as color filtration to balance out color casts and achieve a great-looking print. Additionally we'll discuss proper darkroom etiquette and safety so that you'll be able to use the color darkroom with confidence. In a few short hours, you'll be well on your way to creating luminous photographic enlargements with that extra magic that only analog technology can provide.

What to bring:
We'll introduce you to the printing of contact sheets and enlargements exclusively from pre-processed negatives. Shot, undeveloped film can be dropped off and picked up at Gowanus Darkroom or your nearest photo lab (you can request "C-41 process-only" which will yield the finished negatives). Alternatively, you can drop off your film at least 2 days in advance at Bushwick Community Darkroom and they can process your negatives as well. 

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Feb
21
to Apr 11

Essential Black & White Darkroom (8 weeks)

Prerequisites:
None.

Location:
Gowanus Darkroom
119 8th St #212, Brooklyn, NY 11215
 

$650.00

$585 /Basic Members
$520 /Emerging Members
$455 /Pro Members

Includes 2 month limited membership to Gowanus Darkroom ($400 value)
Limited membership includes unlimited access to darkroom space and facilities during normal operating hours

Who should take this class:
Are you a digital photographer looking to expand your knowledge of photographic technique and history?  Maybe you took a darkroom class in school and want to get back to your roots?  Is there something about photos shot on film that you love but can't explain why?  If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should definitely check this class out.

What you will learn:
The great standard-bearer of photography is the black & white darkroom.  Over a hundred years of innovation can be accessed here, and we'll introduce you to a wealth of techniques photographers have been honing for decades.  

Over 8 weeks we'll cover basic darkroom skills, including black & white film processing, test strips, contact sheets and negative enlargement.  We'll delve deep into more advanced techniques like contrast filtration, dodging and burning, combination printing, print toning, hand-coloring, cyanotype, mural printing and more.  You'll complete printing assignments each week with included lab hours, plus a final project to be submitted to our regular Student Shows.

What to bring:
A 35mm or 120mm film-based camera.  All darkroom chemistry included with the price of this class.  Film and paper may be purchased separately.

You'll get a temporary membership at the darkroom during the course of the class ($400 value) with printing time included in the price of this class.

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Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Developing Film

 

Prerequisites:
None

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
There's nothing quite like good black-and-white film for smooth continuous tone and unmistakable vibe.  Whether you're a recent acquaintance or long-time lover of analog, you'll probably want to learn the fascinating physical process of developing your own black-and-white film.  Through careful selection and manipulation of chemistry, you can actually achieve the most creative variation of your images at the film developing stage, and you'll feel like quite the alchemist as well.

What you will learn:
In this class you'll learn to properly load a film reel and development tank, taking care to do so in a completely dark environment  We'll show you have to negotiate the multi-step film development process, including when to make changes to produce different results, and what to watch out for to avoid problems.  And we'll show you how to properly wash, dry and store your processed negatives for archival purposes, so that they still look great many decades from now.

What to bring:
Bring a roll or two of fully-shot black-and-white film.  This can be 35mm or medium format, but it must be traditional process black-and-white (not Kodak T400CN or Ilford XP2, which use color chemistry to produce black-and-white results)

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Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Analog Film Lab

Prerequisites:
If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking 1 Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up!  or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: Camera Basics, prior to taking this class.

Materials provided (included in cost of the class):
- 1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
- All resin-coated photographic paper
- All development chemistry
- Optional camera rental available

$195.00

$175.50 /Basic Members
$156 /Emerging Members
$136.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:

Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film.  Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting.

What you will learn:

This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day.  

First we’ll meet at the Darkroom (check the location of your class in the left column) and we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints.  Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.

What to bring:

Bring your old film-based SLR if you have one.  We do have a limited number of cameras available for rental at $10 per class.  Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.  There are restaurants and cafes nearby as well.

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Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

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Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018

  • 6:30 PM 9:30 PM

Prerequisites
None!

Materials provided (included in cost of class)
All resin-coated photographic paper.
All development chemistry.

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

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.

 

What you will learn

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. For a more detailed workshop covering the full process from capture to print, try our full-day Analog Film Lab.

 

What to bring

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.  We’ll also provide sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process.

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Mar
19
6:00 PM18:00

Crash Course: Color Darkroom

 

Prerequisites:

None, although we do recommend taking Crash Course: Darkroom Basics, which introduces students to the Black & White darkroom.


Materials included:

Color photographic paper
All darkroom chemistry



$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
The Analog Color Darkroom workshop is for anyone interested in learning about the color photography printing process in the traditional color darkroom. If you're a digital shooter looking to discover the unparalleled dynamic range, smooth tonality and dreamy rich colors of analog negative film and paper, this is the perfect introductory class for you. 

What you will learn:
The class will cover basic enlarger operation, contact printing of negatives, as well as color filtration to balance out color casts and achieve a great-looking print. Additionally we'll discuss proper darkroom etiquette and safety so that you'll be able to use the color darkroom with confidence. In a few short hours, you'll be well on your way to creating luminous photographic enlargements with that extra magic that only analog technology can provide.

What to bring:
We'll introduce you to the printing of contact sheets and enlargements exclusively from pre-processed negatives. Shot, undeveloped film can be dropped off and picked up at Gowanus Darkroom or your nearest photo lab (you can request "C-41 process-only" which will yield the finished negatives). Alternatively, you can drop off your film at least 2 days in advance at Bushwick Community Darkroom and they can process your negatives as well. 

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Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Developing Film

 

Prerequisites:
None

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
There's nothing quite like good black-and-white film for smooth continuous tone and unmistakable vibe.  Whether you're a recent acquaintance or long-time lover of analog, you'll probably want to learn the fascinating physical process of developing your own black-and-white film.  Through careful selection and manipulation of chemistry, you can actually achieve the most creative variation of your images at the film developing stage, and you'll feel like quite the alchemist as well.

What you will learn:
In this class you'll learn to properly load a film reel and development tank, taking care to do so in a completely dark environment  We'll show you have to negotiate the multi-step film development process, including when to make changes to produce different results, and what to watch out for to avoid problems.  And we'll show you how to properly wash, dry and store your processed negatives for archival purposes, so that they still look great many decades from now.

What to bring:
Bring a roll or two of fully-shot black-and-white film.  This can be 35mm or medium format, but it must be traditional process black-and-white (not Kodak T400CN or Ilford XP2, which use color chemistry to produce black-and-white results)

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Mar
31
11:00 AM11:00

Analog Film Lab

Prerequisites:
If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking 1 Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up!  or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: Camera Basics, prior to taking this class.

Materials provided (included in cost of the class):
- 1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
- All resin-coated photographic paper
- All development chemistry
- Optional camera rental available

$195.00

$175.50 /Basic Members
$156 /Emerging Members
$136.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:

Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film.  Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting.

What you will learn:

This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day.  

First we’ll meet at the Darkroom (check the location of your class in the left column) and we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints.  Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.

What to bring:

Bring your old film-based SLR if you have one.  We do have a limited number of cameras available for rental at $10 per class.  Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.  There are restaurants and cafes nearby as well.

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Jan
1
12:00 PM12:00

Book a Private Lesson (Pick your date and time)

Book a private lesson in either Film Processing, Darkroom Printing, or an advanced lesson. (dates flexible).

Film Processing Lesson // $100

1 Hour
Learn to process one roll of black and white film from start to finish.
Chemistry included.

Darkroom Printing Lesson // $150

2 Hours
Learn to print one black and white image from a negative, and take home one archival print.
Chemistry included.

Color Printing Lesson // $180

2 Hours
Learn to enlarge and print from a negative and take home the prints.  Chemistry included.

Private Advanced Lesson // $100/hour (minimum purchase 2 hours)

Price per hour
Decide what you would like to learn, such as dodging and burning, print spotting, print toning, mounting, split contrast filtering, etc.

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Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Analog Film Lab

Prerequisites:
If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking 1 Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up!  or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: Camera Basics, prior to taking this class.

Materials provided (included in cost of the class):
- 1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
- All resin-coated photographic paper
- All development chemistry
- Optional camera rental available

$195.00

$175.50 /Basic Members
$156 /Emerging Members
$136.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:

Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film.  Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting.

What you will learn:

This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day.  

First we’ll meet at the Darkroom (check the location of your class in the left column) and we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints.  Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.

What to bring:

Bring your old film-based SLR if you have one.  We do have a limited number of cameras available for rental at $10 per class.  Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.  There are restaurants and cafes nearby as well.

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Dec
11
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Developing Film

 

Prerequisites:
None

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
There's nothing quite like good black-and-white film for smooth continuous tone and unmistakable vibe.  Whether you're a recent acquaintance or long-time lover of analog, you'll probably want to learn the fascinating physical process of developing your own black-and-white film.  Through careful selection and manipulation of chemistry, you can actually achieve the most creative variation of your images at the film developing stage, and you'll feel like quite the alchemist as well.

What you will learn:
In this class you'll learn to properly load a film reel and development tank, taking care to do so in a completely dark environment  We'll show you have to negotiate the multi-step film development process, including when to make changes to produce different results, and what to watch out for to avoid problems.  And we'll show you how to properly wash, dry and store your processed negatives for archival purposes, so that they still look great many decades from now.

What to bring:
Bring a roll or two of fully-shot black-and-white film.  This can be 35mm or medium format, but it must be traditional process black-and-white (not Kodak T400CN or Ilford XP2, which use color chemistry to produce black-and-white results)

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Dec
8
to Dec 9

Wetplate Photography Workshop (2 Days)

Teacher: Galina Kurlat

Wet Plate Workshop
525.00
Quantity:
Sign Up Now

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create in-camera tintypes using the wet collodion process. Students will learn the history of the process, techniques of preparing the plate, how to pour collodion, exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing.  Participants will also learn how to use large format cameras, and get a chance to take home their own beautiful  4x5 and 5x7 plates.

Invented in 1851, the wet collodion process was used widely throughout the end of the 19th century. Each image is handmade by the photographer. The metal plates are exposed in camera while still wet, developed and fixed in a darkroom. Each student will have the chance to photograph a portrait and a still life during the workshop.

Galina Kurlat was born in Moscow in 1981 and emigrated to the United States in 1989. She received her Bachelor of Media Arts Degree from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute in 2005. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in a number of public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX and The Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.

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Nov
27
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

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Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018

  • 6:30 PM 9:30 PM

Prerequisites
None!

Materials provided (included in cost of class)
All resin-coated photographic paper.
All development chemistry.

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

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.

 

What you will learn

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. For a more detailed workshop covering the full process from capture to print, try our full-day Analog Film Lab.

 

What to bring

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.  We’ll also provide sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process.

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Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Developing Film

 

Prerequisites:
None

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
There's nothing quite like good black-and-white film for smooth continuous tone and unmistakable vibe.  Whether you're a recent acquaintance or long-time lover of analog, you'll probably want to learn the fascinating physical process of developing your own black-and-white film.  Through careful selection and manipulation of chemistry, you can actually achieve the most creative variation of your images at the film developing stage, and you'll feel like quite the alchemist as well.

What you will learn:
In this class you'll learn to properly load a film reel and development tank, taking care to do so in a completely dark environment  We'll show you have to negotiate the multi-step film development process, including when to make changes to produce different results, and what to watch out for to avoid problems.  And we'll show you how to properly wash, dry and store your processed negatives for archival purposes, so that they still look great many decades from now.

What to bring:
Bring a roll or two of fully-shot black-and-white film.  This can be 35mm or medium format, but it must be traditional process black-and-white (not Kodak T400CN or Ilford XP2, which use color chemistry to produce black-and-white results)

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Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

Analog Film Lab

Prerequisites:
If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking 1 Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up!  or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: Camera Basics, prior to taking this class.

Materials provided (included in cost of the class):
- 1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
- All resin-coated photographic paper
- All development chemistry
- Optional camera rental available

$195.00

$175.50 /Basic Members
$156 /Emerging Members
$136.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:

Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film.  Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting.

What you will learn:

This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day.  

First we’ll meet at the Darkroom (check the location of your class in the left column) and we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints.  Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.

What to bring:

Bring your old film-based SLR if you have one.  We do have a limited number of cameras available for rental at $10 per class.  Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.  There are restaurants and cafes nearby as well.

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Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

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Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018

  • 6:30 PM 9:30 PM

Prerequisites
None!

Materials provided (included in cost of class)
All resin-coated photographic paper.
All development chemistry.

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

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.

 

What you will learn

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. For a more detailed workshop covering the full process from capture to print, try our full-day Analog Film Lab.

 

What to bring

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.  We’ll also provide sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process.

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Oct
2
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

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Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018

  • 6:30 PM 9:30 PM

Prerequisites
None!

Materials provided (included in cost of class)
All resin-coated photographic paper.
All development chemistry.

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

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.

 

What you will learn

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. For a more detailed workshop covering the full process from capture to print, try our full-day Analog Film Lab.

 

What to bring

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.  We’ll also provide sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process.

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Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Developing Film

 

Prerequisites:
None

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
There's nothing quite like good black-and-white film for smooth continuous tone and unmistakable vibe.  Whether you're a recent acquaintance or long-time lover of analog, you'll probably want to learn the fascinating physical process of developing your own black-and-white film.  Through careful selection and manipulation of chemistry, you can actually achieve the most creative variation of your images at the film developing stage, and you'll feel like quite the alchemist as well.

What you will learn:
In this class you'll learn to properly load a film reel and development tank, taking care to do so in a completely dark environment  We'll show you have to negotiate the multi-step film development process, including when to make changes to produce different results, and what to watch out for to avoid problems.  And we'll show you how to properly wash, dry and store your processed negatives for archival purposes, so that they still look great many decades from now.

What to bring:
Bring a roll or two of fully-shot black-and-white film.  This can be 35mm or medium format, but it must be traditional process black-and-white (not Kodak T400CN or Ilford XP2, which use color chemistry to produce black-and-white results)

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Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Analog Film Lab

Prerequisites:
If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking 1 Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up!  or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: Camera Basics, prior to taking this class.

Materials provided (included in cost of the class):
- 1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
- All resin-coated photographic paper
- All development chemistry
- Optional camera rental available

$195.00

$175.50 /Basic Members
$156 /Emerging Members
$136.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:

Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film.  Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting.

What you will learn:

This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day.  

First we’ll meet at the Darkroom (check the location of your class in the left column) and we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints.  Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.

What to bring:

Bring your old film-based SLR if you have one.  We do have a limited number of cameras available for rental at $10 per class.  Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.  There are restaurants and cafes nearby as well.

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Sep
13
to Nov 8

Essential Black & White Darkroom (8 weeks)

Prerequisites:
None.

Location:
Gowanus Darkroom
119 8th St #212, Brooklyn, NY 11215
 

$650.00

$585 /Basic Members
$520 /Emerging Members
$455 /Pro Members

Includes 2 month limited membership to Gowanus Darkroom ($400 value)
Limited membership includes unlimited access to darkroom space and facilities during normal operating hours

Who should take this class:
Are you a digital photographer looking to expand your knowledge of photographic technique and history?  Maybe you took a darkroom class in school and want to get back to your roots?  Is there something about photos shot on film that you love but can't explain why?  If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should definitely check this class out.

What you will learn:
The great standard-bearer of photography is the black & white darkroom.  Over a hundred years of innovation can be accessed here, and we'll introduce you to a wealth of techniques photographers have been honing for decades.  

Over 8 weeks we'll cover basic darkroom skills, including black & white film processing, test strips, contact sheets and negative enlargement.  We'll delve deep into more advanced techniques like contrast filtration, dodging and burning, combination printing, print toning, hand-coloring, cyanotype, mural printing and more.  You'll complete printing assignments each week with included lab hours, plus a final project to be submitted to our regular Student Shows.

What to bring:
A 35mm or 120mm film-based camera.  All darkroom chemistry included with the price of this class.  Film and paper may be purchased separately.

You'll get a temporary membership at the darkroom during the course of the class ($400 value) with printing time included in the price of this class.

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Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Developing Film

 

Prerequisites:
None

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
There's nothing quite like good black-and-white film for smooth continuous tone and unmistakable vibe.  Whether you're a recent acquaintance or long-time lover of analog, you'll probably want to learn the fascinating physical process of developing your own black-and-white film.  Through careful selection and manipulation of chemistry, you can actually achieve the most creative variation of your images at the film developing stage, and you'll feel like quite the alchemist as well.

What you will learn:
In this class you'll learn to properly load a film reel and development tank, taking care to do so in a completely dark environment  We'll show you have to negotiate the multi-step film development process, including when to make changes to produce different results, and what to watch out for to avoid problems.  And we'll show you how to properly wash, dry and store your processed negatives for archival purposes, so that they still look great many decades from now.

What to bring:
Bring a roll or two of fully-shot black-and-white film.  This can be 35mm or medium format, but it must be traditional process black-and-white (not Kodak T400CN or Ilford XP2, which use color chemistry to produce black-and-white results)

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Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Cyanotype Workshop

Quantity:
Sign Up

Price: $225

Price includes all materials.

See the following gallery for inspiration:

Who should take this class
Anyone with an interest in printmaking and/or antique photographic processes. An understanding of photographic fundamentals may be helpful, but is not necessary.

What you will learn
Students in this course will learn how to make prints using the  cyanotype process, which produces rich blue prints with brilliant highlights.  We will cover all aspects from chemistry to print finishing.

What to bring
Gowanus Darkroom will provide chemistry, paper, brushes, gloves and aprons. Students will need to bring their own print materials.

Print materials can include just about anything. A classic use of cyanotype was making prints from plant clippings, and the term “blueprint” comes from the fact that building plans were printed using the cyanotype process. Traditional photographic printing will work best large format negatives, but Gowanus Darkroom can provide workable digital negatives for those who send artwork at least 7 business days before class.

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Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

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Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • 6:30 PM  9:30 PM

Prerequisites
None!

Materials provided (included in cost of class)
All resin-coated photographic paper.
All development chemistry.

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

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.

 

What you will learn

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. For a more detailed workshop covering the full process from capture to print, try our full-day Analog Film Lab.

 

What to bring

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.  We’ll also provide sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process.

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Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

Analog Film Lab

Prerequisites:
If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking 1 Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up!  or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: Camera Basics, prior to taking this class.

Materials provided (included in cost of the class):
- 1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
- All resin-coated photographic paper
- All development chemistry
- Optional camera rental available

$195.00

$175.50 /Basic Members
$156 /Emerging Members
$136.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:

Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film.  Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting.

What you will learn:

This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day.  

First we’ll meet at the Darkroom (check the location of your class in the left column) and we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints.  Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.

What to bring:

Bring your old film-based SLR if you have one.  We do have a limited number of cameras available for rental at $10 per class.  Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.  There are restaurants and cafes nearby as well.

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Jul
31
6:00 PM18:00

Crash Course: Color Darkroom

 

Prerequisites:

None, although we do recommend taking Crash Course: Darkroom Basics, which introduces students to the Black & White darkroom.


Materials included:

Color photographic paper
All darkroom chemistry



$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
The Analog Color Darkroom workshop is for anyone interested in learning about the color photography printing process in the traditional color darkroom. If you're a digital shooter looking to discover the unparalleled dynamic range, smooth tonality and dreamy rich colors of analog negative film and paper, this is the perfect introductory class for you. 

What you will learn:
The class will cover basic enlarger operation, contact printing of negatives, as well as color filtration to balance out color casts and achieve a great-looking print. Additionally we'll discuss proper darkroom etiquette and safety so that you'll be able to use the color darkroom with confidence. In a few short hours, you'll be well on your way to creating luminous photographic enlargements with that extra magic that only analog technology can provide.

What to bring:
We'll introduce you to the printing of contact sheets and enlargements exclusively from pre-processed negatives. Shot, undeveloped film can be dropped off and picked up at Gowanus Darkroom or your nearest photo lab (you can request "C-41 process-only" which will yield the finished negatives). Alternatively, you can drop off your film at least 2 days in advance at Bushwick Community Darkroom and they can process your negatives as well. 

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Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Cyanotype Workshop

Quantity:
Sign Up

Price: $225

Price includes all materials.

See the following gallery for inspiration:

Who should take this class
Anyone with an interest in printmaking and/or antique photographic processes. An understanding of photographic fundamentals may be helpful, but is not necessary.

What you will learn
Students in this course will learn how to make prints using the  cyanotype process, which produces rich blue prints with brilliant highlights.  We will cover all aspects from chemistry to print finishing.

What to bring
Gowanus Darkroom will provide chemistry, paper, brushes, gloves and aprons. Students will need to bring their own print materials.

Print materials can include just about anything. A classic use of cyanotype was making prints from plant clippings, and the term “blueprint” comes from the fact that building plans were printed using the cyanotype process. Traditional photographic printing will work best large format negatives, but Gowanus Darkroom can provide workable digital negatives for those who send artwork at least 7 business days before class.

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Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

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Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • 6:30 PM  9:30 PM

Prerequisites
None!

Materials provided (included in cost of class)
All resin-coated photographic paper.
All development chemistry.

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

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.

 

What you will learn

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. For a more detailed workshop covering the full process from capture to print, try our full-day Analog Film Lab.

 

What to bring

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.  We’ll also provide sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process.

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Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

Analog Film Lab

Prerequisites:
If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking 1 Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up!  or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: Camera Basics, prior to taking this class.

Materials provided (included in cost of the class):
- 1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
- All resin-coated photographic paper
- All development chemistry
- Optional camera rental available

$195.00

$175.50 /Basic Members
$156 /Emerging Members
$136.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:

Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film.  Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting.

What you will learn:

This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day.  

First we’ll meet at the Darkroom (check the location of your class in the left column) and we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints.  Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.

What to bring:

Bring your old film-based SLR if you have one.  We do have a limited number of cameras available for rental at $10 per class.  Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.  There are restaurants and cafes nearby as well.

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Jul
3
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Developing Film

 

Prerequisites:
None

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
There's nothing quite like good black-and-white film for smooth continuous tone and unmistakable vibe.  Whether you're a recent acquaintance or long-time lover of analog, you'll probably want to learn the fascinating physical process of developing your own black-and-white film.  Through careful selection and manipulation of chemistry, you can actually achieve the most creative variation of your images at the film developing stage, and you'll feel like quite the alchemist as well.

What you will learn:
In this class you'll learn to properly load a film reel and development tank, taking care to do so in a completely dark environment  We'll show you have to negotiate the multi-step film development process, including when to make changes to produce different results, and what to watch out for to avoid problems.  And we'll show you how to properly wash, dry and store your processed negatives for archival purposes, so that they still look great many decades from now.

What to bring:
Bring a roll or two of fully-shot black-and-white film.  This can be 35mm or medium format, but it must be traditional process black-and-white (not Kodak T400CN or Ilford XP2, which use color chemistry to produce black-and-white results)

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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Crash Course: Color Darkroom

 

Prerequisites:

None, although we do recommend taking Crash Course: Darkroom Basics, which introduces students to the Black & White darkroom.


Materials included:

Color photographic paper
All darkroom chemistry



$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
The Analog Color Darkroom workshop is for anyone interested in learning about the color photography printing process in the traditional color darkroom. If you're a digital shooter looking to discover the unparalleled dynamic range, smooth tonality and dreamy rich colors of analog negative film and paper, this is the perfect introductory class for you. 

What you will learn:
The class will cover basic enlarger operation, contact printing of negatives, as well as color filtration to balance out color casts and achieve a great-looking print. Additionally we'll discuss proper darkroom etiquette and safety so that you'll be able to use the color darkroom with confidence. In a few short hours, you'll be well on your way to creating luminous photographic enlargements with that extra magic that only analog technology can provide.

What to bring:
We'll introduce you to the printing of contact sheets and enlargements exclusively from pre-processed negatives. Shot, undeveloped film can be dropped off and picked up at Gowanus Darkroom or your nearest photo lab (you can request "C-41 process-only" which will yield the finished negatives). Alternatively, you can drop off your film at least 2 days in advance at Bushwick Community Darkroom and they can process your negatives as well. 

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Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

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Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • 6:30 PM  9:30 PM

Prerequisites
None!

Materials provided (included in cost of class)
All resin-coated photographic paper.
All development chemistry.

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

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.

 

What you will learn

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. For a more detailed workshop covering the full process from capture to print, try our full-day Analog Film Lab.

 

What to bring

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.  We’ll also provide sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process.

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May
22
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Developing Film

 

Prerequisites:
None

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
There's nothing quite like good black-and-white film for smooth continuous tone and unmistakable vibe.  Whether you're a recent acquaintance or long-time lover of analog, you'll probably want to learn the fascinating physical process of developing your own black-and-white film.  Through careful selection and manipulation of chemistry, you can actually achieve the most creative variation of your images at the film developing stage, and you'll feel like quite the alchemist as well.

What you will learn:
In this class you'll learn to properly load a film reel and development tank, taking care to do so in a completely dark environment  We'll show you have to negotiate the multi-step film development process, including when to make changes to produce different results, and what to watch out for to avoid problems.  And we'll show you how to properly wash, dry and store your processed negatives for archival purposes, so that they still look great many decades from now.

What to bring:
Bring a roll or two of fully-shot black-and-white film.  This can be 35mm or medium format, but it must be traditional process black-and-white (not Kodak T400CN or Ilford XP2, which use color chemistry to produce black-and-white results)

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May
19
to May 20

Wetplate Photography Workshop (2 Days)

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Teacher: Galina Kurlat

Price: $530

Materials included.

In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to create in-camera tintypes using the wet collodion process. Students will learn the history of the process, techniques of preparing the plate, how to pour collodion, exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing.  Participants will also learn how to use large format cameras, and get a chance to take home their own beautiful  4x5 and 5x7 plates.

Invented in 1851, the wet collodion process was used widely throughout the end of the 19th century. Each image is handmade by the photographer. The metal plates are exposed in camera while still wet, developed and fixed in a darkroom. Each student will have the chance to photograph a portrait and a still life during the workshop.

Galina Kurlat was born in Moscow in 1981 and emigrated to the United States in 1989. She received her Bachelor of Media Arts Degree from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute in 2005. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in a number of public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX and The Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.

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Mar
27
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

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Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • 6:30 PM  9:30 PM

Prerequisites
None!

Materials provided (included in cost of class)
All resin-coated photographic paper.
All development chemistry.

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

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.

 

What you will learn

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. For a more detailed workshop covering the full process from capture to print, try our full-day Analog Film Lab.

 

What to bring

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.  We’ll also provide sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process.

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Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Developing Film

 

Prerequisites:
None

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:
There's nothing quite like good black-and-white film for smooth continuous tone and unmistakable vibe.  Whether you're a recent acquaintance or long-time lover of analog, you'll probably want to learn the fascinating physical process of developing your own black-and-white film.  Through careful selection and manipulation of chemistry, you can actually achieve the most creative variation of your images at the film developing stage, and you'll feel like quite the alchemist as well.

What you will learn:
In this class you'll learn to properly load a film reel and development tank, taking care to do so in a completely dark environment  We'll show you have to negotiate the multi-step film development process, including when to make changes to produce different results, and what to watch out for to avoid problems.  And we'll show you how to properly wash, dry and store your processed negatives for archival purposes, so that they still look great many decades from now.

What to bring:
Bring a roll or two of fully-shot black-and-white film.  This can be 35mm or medium format, but it must be traditional process black-and-white (not Kodak T400CN or Ilford XP2, which use color chemistry to produce black-and-white results)

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Mar
18
10:00 AM10:00

Analog Film Lab

Prerequisites:
If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking 1 Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up!  or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: Camera Basics, prior to taking this class.

Materials provided (included in cost of the class):
- 1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
- All resin-coated photographic paper
- All development chemistry
- Optional camera rental available

$195.00

$175.50 /Basic Members
$156 /Emerging Members
$136.50 /Pro Members

Who should take this class:

Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film.  Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting.

What you will learn:

This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing into one action-packed day.  

First we’ll meet at the Darkroom (check the location of your class in the left column) and we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints.  Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.

What to bring:

Bring your old film-based SLR if you have one.  We do have a limited number of cameras available for rental at $10 per class.  Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.  There are restaurants and cafes nearby as well.

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Mar
8
to May 3

Essential Black & White Darkroom (8 weeks)

Prerequisites:
None.

Location:
Gowanus Darkroom
119 8th St #212, Brooklyn, NY 11215
 

$650.00

$585 /Basic Members
$520 /Emerging Members
$455 /Pro Members

Includes 2 month limited membership to Gowanus Darkroom ($400 value)
Limited membership includes unlimited access to darkroom space and facilities during normal operating hours

Who should take this class:
Are you a digital photographer looking to expand your knowledge of photographic technique and history?  Maybe you took a darkroom class in school and want to get back to your roots?  Is there something about photos shot on film that you love but can't explain why?  If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should definitely check this class out.

What you will learn:
The great standard-bearer of photography is the black & white darkroom.  Over a hundred years of innovation can be accessed here, and we'll introduce you to a wealth of techniques photographers have been honing for decades.  

Over 8 weeks we'll cover basic darkroom skills, including black & white film processing, test strips, contact sheets and negative enlargement.  We'll delve deep into more advanced techniques like contrast filtration, dodging and burning, combination printing, print toning, hand-coloring, cyanotype, mural printing and more.  You'll complete printing assignments each week with included lab hours, plus a final project to be submitted to our regular Student Shows.

What to bring:
A 35mm or 120mm film-based camera.  All darkroom chemistry included with the price of this class.  Film and paper may be purchased separately.

You'll get a temporary membership at the darkroom during the course of the class ($400 value) with printing time included in the price of this class.

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Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

Crash Course: Darkroom Basics

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Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:30 PM  9:30 PM

Prerequisites
None!

Materials provided (included in cost of class)
All resin-coated photographic paper.
All development chemistry.

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

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.

 

What you will learn

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. For a more detailed workshop covering the full process from capture to print, try our full-day Analog Film Lab.

 

What to bring

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.  We’ll also provide sample negatives for use in class if you just want to learn the process.

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Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Crash Course: Pinhole Photography

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With MAX KRISTULA-GREEN

What to bring

Nothing

Prerequisites

Knowledge of darkroom film processing or printing techniques would be helpful but not required. 

$85.00

$76.50 /Basic Members
$68 /Emerging Members
$59.50 /Pro Members

Description

Go back to the basics and learn about the origins of photography. The camera obscura, or pinhole camera, strips photography of all the fancy gears and gadgets breaking it down to its bare bones: a black box, a hole, and light. Learn how photographers have achieved certain effects by creating their own handmade cameras and make your own! 

In this workshop you'll learn the aesthetics of pinhole photography and construct your own pinhole camera using a simple cardboard box. We'll venture outside to capture images and then develop them in the darkroom. You'll walk away with your own hand-made camera and impressionistic views that hark back to the very beginning of photography.

Who should take this class

Anyone interested in analog and alternative photographic processes.

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