Black & White Darkroom: Beginner | January – February

Black & White Darkroom: Beginner | January – February

Date  | Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, January 23 – February 17, 2023

Time  |   6 PM – 8 PM, MST

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

1600 Pierce St, Denver, CO 80214

Cost  | $429 Non-member | $390 Member

Materials Fee  |  Additional $40 per student

Instructor  |  Michael Snively

Skill Level  |  Beginner, or returning Darkroom users


Participants will learn the essentials of shooting with film, developing film, and proofing then printing in a traditional black and white darkroom.

Course Description:

This class is an introduction to black & white film photography and traditional darkroom printing. Students will learn basic manual camera operation and light metering. In the darkroom, film developing, proofing negatives through contact printing, and printing individual negatives on photographic paper will also be learned. Additionally, darkroom tools (including equipment and chemistry), as well as methods and techniques will also be discussed. This class is also a great “refresher” course for those looking to return to traditional darkroom use.

  • Basic camera use and metering
  • Darkroom navigation
  • Film developing
  • Proofing
  • Basic printing
  • Dodging & burning

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