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B&W Wet Printing Class (4hrs)

B&W Wet Printing Class (4hrs)

4hrs course for single or two people.

Workshop Project Room

 Basic Black and White Printing. 4hrs

  • A brief tutorial on different paper types and chemicals
  • Learning the darkroom, including what chemicals do what, using the timer and setting up the darkroom
  • Making contact sheets on RC paper
  • Judging your negatives and choosing the correct negatives for what you what not achieve
  • Tutorial on different contrast grades and how these will effect your final print
  • Making test strips to judge your contrast and exposure
  • Printing several negatives to learn the how to make a basic work print
  • Learning the basic techniques of dodging and burning
  • Creating several finished RC prints from negative to dried print
  • Learning the difference between RC paper and Fiber based paper and a basic tutorial of options on the market
  • Learning the importance of dry down with Fiber based paper
  • Understanding the importance of proper development times, wash times, drying and flattening of fiber based papers

Advanced Black and White Printing 4hrs

  • Learning how to split contrast print your negatives for a larger tonal range
  • Learning how to pre flash (or fog) your paper to create the intended base for your print
  • The benefits of experimenting with different developers to achieve your final vision, including their benefits and flaws
  • Experimenting with two bath development and development with a water bath
  • Using different toners to achieve your final vision using both selenium and sepia as well as a tutorial on different available options
  • Using bleach to (post dodge) your prints
  • Basic overview of properly storing archival quality prints

About the Private Darkroom

Within the private darkroom you will be able to produce colour prints by machine and B&W 'wet' prints using trays. You will have access to 3 Devere 504 enlargers and also 1 10x8 Devere enlarger.  You will able to print from 35mm up to 10x8 negative. The maximum print size for colour resin, B&W resin and B&W fibre print is 20x24 inch. 

To be able to use the private darkroom you will need to complete a workshop for the type of printing you'd like to do; Colour printing, B&W resin printing, B&W fibre based wet printing etc. Those who want to use the space solely for colour machine printing, who are already partaken in the colour workshop previously, can rent the space for colour printing without taking part in another workshop. 

The space is available to use alone, or in collaboration with other specialist printers and assistants.  A maximum of 3 people at one time can use the space. For collaborations you can work with your own printer, (so long as they have done the appropriate workshop), a Rapid Eye in-house printer, or an accredited printer Rapid Eye will recommend, depending and suited to your project.

As time goes on, we will be adding different alternative printing solutions for techniques such as Cyanotypes, Platinum printing, Toning etc.

We are currently running workshops in colour printing and also B&W wet processing in resin and fibre. All materials are included in workshop price.

For all workshop enquiries get in touch by calling 02077299292 or send us an email on if you wish to change the starting time of your booking.

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