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

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

Regular price $135.00
Macsen Baumann
DATE / TIME May 21, 2023 | Sunday 12:30-5:30pm
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 must have a 35mm SLR Film Camera


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

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