Black and White Photographic Print Processes - The Essentials (short course)

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Why study this course?

This workshop is aimed at photographers and visual artists using photography who have a personal project in progress. You will have access to the black and white and colour darkroom. There will be introductions to both black and white and colour printing. However, you should already have some experience of working in a darkroom.

More about this course

This course offers you the opportunity to develop a range of advanced techniques to improve your print quality and creative expression. This is a hands-on, practical course that will also address the place of analogue in contemporary photographic practice. 
The printing and processing skills taught in this course will lead to the production of exhibition-quality prints. You'll also develop an appreciation and understanding of darkroom techniques. It should also lead to a gaining of confidence in your own photographic practice and give you a skill base that you can carry forward into any future photographic endeavours you undertake.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

It's aimed at those with a basic knowledge and understanding of darkroom practice and is a follow-on course to the Introduction to Photography course.

Course structure

You will build on your existing experience of black-and-white analogue printing. You'll learn how to improve print quality and judge the right grade and quality paper needed for the image. There will be an exploration of the use of flashing and controlled fogging, and you'll learn specialist techniques such as lith printing, toning and the process of solarisation. We'll also help you reach a high standard of print finishing and print mounting for presentation and you're encouraged to produce a series of work.

We have two fully equipped professional darkrooms with a wide range of enlargers for both 35mm and medium format film for you to make use of throughout the course. Specialist processes will be taught through talks, demonstrations and workshops, while practices will be developed through assignments and discussion. The approach to learning is creative and experimental, with individual attention given to each student. 

Workshop materials are supplied, and you'll be advised on appropriate materials to purchase for your work to make what is considered to be a good print, focusing on the choice of the correct grading of paper. The course will also look at the chemistry of process for both film and papers, how to make your own developers and how to choose the right developer for your film and paper. 

The first week will consist of an overview: the different types of enlargers and photographic papers, making a contact sheet and making test strips. The following weeks will be used to hone printing skills such as dodging and burning, paper flashing and how to make your own developers to get the best print from your negative. The aesthetic of the print will be discussed in terms of paper type, cropping and image size.

Course dates

Course dates

Autumn dates will be confirmed in August


One day a week for five sessions

Day and time

Saturday, 11.30am to 5.30pm

Maximum class size 12
Contact hours 25


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

The course fee includes the cost of materials.??

Terms and conditions

Please read our?terms and conditions?before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.