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    Black & White Printing Basics (May Session) - Spring 2023

    Another Individual

    FACULTY Macsen Baumann
    DATE / TIME May 21, 2023 | Sunday 12:30-5:30pm
    TUITION $135
    Payment & Refund Policy
    Scholarship Opportunities
    FORMAT In-person, enrollment is limited to 10 students; review our COVID-19 Safety Protocols for information about requirements for students, faculty, and staff.
    LEVEL Foundation
    PREREQS None. Students will need to bring black and white negatives that are developed and ready to print from.


    This is a one-day workshop designed for beginners in the black and white darkroom, but it can also serve as a refresher for anyone who is rekindling a relationship with the darkroom. Bring negatives that you've processed (or had processed through a lab) and come explore the fun part: making prints! We’ll cover everything from the basic printing steps, to more advanced printing techniques like dodging, burning, and using filters. Most importantly you’ll have a chance to print in the black and white darkroom alongside a seasoned pro who can lend personalized advice – every print is different, and requires special attention! You can become a better darkroom printer in hours with the assistance and feedback of one of our instructors.

    Topics covered include:

    • Printing and evaluating a contact sheet
    • Creating the best possible print from a negative, with correct exposure, contrast, and tone
    • Using different filter techniques, like split filter printing
    • Localized exposure control through dodging and burning
    • Print evaluation techniques
    • Darkroom workflow
    • Printing in a community darkroom, and much more!
    Take this workshop in tandem with our Black & White Film Photography Basics workshop for a perfect two–day introduction or refresher to the beauty of black and white photography.



    • Students must bring black and white negatives that are processed and ready for printing, and a box or folder to take home completed prints
    • PCNW will provide black and white paper for darkroom printing during the workshop


    Image credit: Lilly Everett