Beginning Black & White Film & Darkroom | November-December

Beginner Black & White Darkroom

Date  | Tuesdays, November 5 – December 10, 2024

Time  |   6 – 9 PM

Location |  Rocky Mountain College

of Art & Design (RMCAD)

1600 Pierce St, Denver, CO 80214

Cost  | $450 Member and $495 Non-Member

Additional Materials Fee  | $50

Instructor  |  Jackie Webster

Skill Level  |  Beginner to Intermediate


Beginner students will learn the basics of black and white photography, including camera controls, film development, and making simple photographic prints in the darkroom. Intermediate students who have an understanding of the basics will be reacquainted with printing techniques and introduced to advanced methods of exposing film and alternative printing approaches.

Course Description:

Students will learn about small and medium format cameras, and how to use them to properly expose roll film. We’ll cover all phases of the darkroom from how to set up, to how to develop roll film, and how to make enlarged prints from their own film (negatives). The emphasis of this course will be on skill building through an understanding of the process and hands-on work. Students will be encouraged to develop troubleshooting skills and take steps to discover their own individual style.

Depending on each student’s interests and level, specific lessons may be assigned by the instructor to support the student’s individual learning goals. By the end of the course each student will be able to work independently in the darkroom, developing and printing their own film.

  • How to use a manual 35mm or medium-format to properly expose black and white film
  • How to properly use basic darkroom equipment to develop roll film and enlarge
  • photographs onto resin-coated photographic paper
  • The basics of darkroom chemistry and how it works
  • Lab safety and proper photographic chemical handling
  • Considerations when selecting a film (intermediate students)
  • Print manipulation, including burning, dodging, and advanced contrast control
    (intermediate students)
  • Adjusting your personal process to achieve chosen outcomes in you photographs

Materials Needed:

  • 35mm or Medium format camera with manual controls
  • Minimum of 6 rolls of Kodak TMax 400 film (35mm/24 exposure) or 120mm depending on camera size,
  • Dedicated work apron and nitrile exam gloves in your size