Introduction to Darkroom Photography

develop yourself

course description

This course is aimed at the complete beginner, who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the technical processes underpinning traditional photography, and the historical developments that continue to inform its concepts, language and techniques to this day. You will be guided through the darkroom processes from shooting a roll of film, to developing a set of prints. As well as acquiring technical skills, receive a historical overview of the subject, and have the opportunity to experiment with the creative possibilities of manual development and printing.

prior experience


equipment required

everyone will be provided with paper and film.

If your ticket does NOT include a camera; you will need to bring your own working 35mm film camera

this course will be of interest to

Participants should have an interest in photography and want to try traditional photographic processes, to develop their creative practice.

course overview

Day One

Camera controls. Historical background to darkroom photography, how to load and control your camera for best exposures. guidance on getting the best shot and basic control of natural light. Opportunity to go out and shoot a roll of film in response to creative brief.

Day Two

introduction to printing. Creating photograms and experimenting with creative processes. Printing a contact sheet. Using the enlarger and chemical Machine Printing.

improving on printing techniques, printing single images, applying more advanced skills. Applying multigrade filters. At the end of the 4 sessions you will have learnt how to use your camera and developed the confidence to take and develop a roll of film. You will create a contact sheet, be aware of how to edit and select the best images and understand how to enlarge and print using the darkroom facilities. You will take home a selection of darkroom prints.

course dates

Saturday 18th April 2020 and Saturday 25th April 2020

course price

£190; without a camera

£220; with a loan camera


Lasma Poisa

Lasma Poisa is Latvian lens-based artist, currently living and working in Manchester. Poisa’s practice uses methods of documentary, portraiture and performance through both still and moving image. Poisa’s work has been exhibited in Brick Lane, London and in the exhibition From Common Differences as part of Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography. Her work was recently published in German Magazine, Nido. She has held a number of residencies, including in Photography at Swansea Metropolitan University and was Arts Outreach Coordinator at Locws International. Poisa currently works at The University of Salford.


Peel Building

Salford Western Gateway


M5 4WX


Peel Building 51 Crescent
Salford M5 4WX