Learn to Use the Darkroom

There are currently two workshops on offer for those wishing to learn or revisit monochrome darkroom practice:

Making Negatives – Black and White Film Processing, covering the practical knowledge and techniques required to hand develop exposed B+W film, using daylight tanks, in order to make negatives for scanning or enlarging;

Introduction to Black and White Printing, which guides you through making high quality prints from B+W negatives, with traditional enlargers and tray development.

These replace the previous 1 day course, and taken together give you a detailed grounding in the fundamental knowledge and techniques for monochrome darkroom process, equipping you to refine and perfect your practice. They are timed to work in tandem and can be booked together as a mini course, Friday evenings, 6-9pm and Saturday afternoons 3-6pm:

£95 including all materials / chemicals.
£75 concessions (student/ UC/ OAP)

Friday 26th, Saturday 27th April
Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th May
Friday 7th, Saturday 8th June
Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd June
Friday 13th, Saturday 14th July

Please follow the links to learn about each course in more detail.

Who’s it for?

Complete novice photographers, those with some previous photographic knowledge, or professional digital practitioners who want to expand their traditional process knowledge. If you are booking a film dev workshop, please bring an exposed B+W film to process (not XP2 or other C-41 process B+W film!) For printing workshops, please bring B+W negatives.

Getting to Darkroom Birmingham

The workshops take place at Darkroom Birmingham, at The Old Print Works, 506 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham. 15 mins bus ride from New Street Station, 50 bus route A435. Parking / The Mix Cafe / international restaurants nearby / 10 mins walk to Moseley Village / Ladypool Road.


Dan Burwood is an artist, photographer and educator with 20 years experience leading photographic workshops. Dan established Darkroom Birmingham in 2012 and has run a wide range projects since, including community photography training, exhibitions and analogue and digital tuition. 

Payment details and terms

Maximum participants for each session: Film Dev – 8, Printing – 6.
Minimum participants for any session – 4.
£50 deposit to reserve a mini-course, balance due on attending. Deposit returnable up to 1 week prior to booking.
Gift vouchers available, for individual workshops or whole courses. Arts Print Vouchers- on a hand print by Dan Burwood – available on request.

To book, or for further information, email info@darkroombirmingham.co.uk, or message Dan on 07779159217 with the following information:
– Name of course participant/s
– Date of course booking
– Concessions / discounts on booking
– Deposit or full payment
– Mobile phone number for payment link