City Lit black & white darkroom printing course at Photofusion

City Lit are holding their Traditional black and white darkroom practice: stage 2 course in the Photofusion darkrooms on Monday afternoons from 10th June for 5 weeks.

This course is aimed at those who have had basic experience of black and white analogue printing but who would like to improve their skills to produce good quality prints. Taking the topics covered in the stage one you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in producing prints and learn what factors are involved in making what is considered to be a good print. Concentrating on choice of the correct grade of paper for the image and negative density you will learn about types of paper, resin and fibre, sizes. You will learn about using the printing easel and framing of image for visual effect and a range of printing techniques and processes.

What topics will we cover?

– Dodging, use of dodgers to lighten areas of the print
– Burning in prints to improve print.
– Types of paper, which paper is suitable and where to obtain it.
– Flashing, a more advanced technique
– Use of Toners
– Spotting prints
– Archival drying.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

– Judge a negative and use the right grading to get a well balanced visually pleasing print
– Judge which parts of the print need ‘holding back’ or ‘burning in’ for maximum visual effect
– Understand the principle of flashing
– Spot your print so that it is ‘clean’ and approaching exhibition quality
– Understand the differences between resin and fibre paper and when to use them
– Understand print mounting and finishing for presenting and exhibiting.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an intermediate course. You are expected to understand the basics of black and white printing.

You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, hand-outs and health and safety information and will be invited to take part in group discussion. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring black and white negatives. Ideally from a black and white film such as Tri-X or HP5. It would be a good idea to bring your own paper although some will be provided. Ilford warm tone is a good all round paper. The paper can be RC (resin coated) or fibre based.

Do I need to have an interview before I can enrol?


What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.

Fees & how to book your place

Full fee: £173
Concession: £117

For more info and to book your place please visit the City Lit website: