Introduction to Black and White Darkroom Evenings Workshop

A photograph of hands holding tongs and grabbing onto darkroom trays in a photographic darkroom, all in red light


What will we be doing?

Over four weeknights, you will learn the basics of black-and-white photography – from capturing images through to printing in the darkroom. You will learn how to develop film, make contact sheets and print individual images. Whether you are a first-time film photographer, or are looking for a refresher course, this workshop is the perfect way to delve into the world of black and white photography darkroom printing.

This workshop is for the complete beginner right through to advanced photographers who want to learn the full black and white process, from shooting a roll of film using a traditional analogue SLR camera right through to developing your very our prints in the PhotoAccess darkroom.

PhotoAccess runs these workshops every quarter so if you miss out on this one, there’s always another one around the corner!

When & where?

Introduction to Black and White Darkroom (Evenings course) will occur on Wednesday nights, June 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 2024, 6 to 9 pm each night at PhotoAccess.

PhotoAccess is located within the Manuka Arts Centre
Corner Manuka Circle & New South Wales Cres,
Griffith ACT (next door to the Manuka Pool)


Week 1
Participants will meet at PhotoAccess and will be provided with a SLR camera and roll of 35mm B&W film. A few hours will be spend shooting as a group.

Week 2
Developing your 35mm and or 120 B&W film and an introduction to the PhotoAccess darkroom.

Week 3
Intro to scanning film. Creating a contact sheet from your roll of film in the darkroom.

Week 4
Printing your images in the PhotoAccess Darkroom

What will be provided?

All required equipment and materials will be provided, including an analogue SLR 35mm Camera, a role of black & white 35mm film, photographic paper and all the chemicals and equipment required to process and print your negatives and photographs.

You’ll have a PhotoAccess notebook & pencil to take notes and will receive to take home digital PDF guide to black & white darkroom photography (just in case you forget something after the workshop!).

What to bring?

Your enthusiasm (and your lunch)! We supply you with a 35mm camera, film, paper and all other materials.

However, if you would like to bring along your own film camera, 35mm or medium format (120 film) you are more than welcome, but please make sure that your camera is in good working order!

The Fine Print

Enrolments for this workshop close at midday 12pm Friday May 31st, 2024. As a not-for-profit, our financial margins are narrow and classes require a minimum number of participants to run. In the event that PhotoAccess cancels a workshop, refunds will be paid in full or a transfer allowed free of charge. If a class is postponed, we will endeavour to reschedule at a time convenient to enrolled participants.

PhotoAccess will happily refund or transfer workshop fees up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop. If less than 7 days’ notice is given, PhotoAccess can offer a partial refund. Alternatively, enrolment can transfer to another workshop plus a $50 transfer fee. If less than 48 hours are given, no refunds or transfers can be given.