Black & White Darkroom: Beginner & Intermediate | March

Black & White Darkroom: Beginner & Intermediate

Date  | Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, March 6 – 31, 2023

Time  |   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MST

Location |  Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design (RMCAD)

1600 Pierce St, Denver, CO 80214

Cost  | $429 Non-member | $390 Member (plus a $40 materials fee per student)

Materials Fee  |  Additional $40 per student

Instructor  |  Michael Snively

Skill Level  |  Beginner and Intermediate


This is a continued beginner and intermediate class. Beginner participants will learn the essentials of shooting & developing film, as well as darkroom proofing and printing. For those at an intermediate level this class is a continuation of the introductory class, in which we further explore and practice film exposure, film developing, and refine darkroom printing skills.

Course Description:

In the intermediate portion of this workshop, we will introduce the Zone System, push/pull film developing, and split-contrast printing as we move towards an understanding of The Fine Print. You will also get a chance to print on, and tone fiber-based paper. This is a great class for hands-on practice to improve skills and habits, moving towards the production of the fine print.

Beginners in the class will be introduced to B+W film photography. We will cover the basics of camera operation and light-metering. In the darkroom – film developing, proofing, and printing on photographic paper are introduced.

  • Film development
  • Proofing
  • Printing on photographic paper

Materials Needed:

  • 35mm or medium format camera capable of manual exposure
  • 4 to 8 rolls of B&W film
  • Hand towel and/or apron
  • Note-taking supplies
  • Binder for holding negatives and prints