Darkroom Workshops

I regularly run Film Photography and Darkroom Printing workshops for groups from beginner to advanced level in my darkroom in Trim, details below. One to one training is also available from €220 per day. Sample images made by past attendees can be seen in the Workshop Gallery.

Workshops are run with a maximum of four participants.

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BEGINNER'S DARKROOM WORKSHOP
Yellow Steeple, Trim


This workshop is designed for the beginner and teaches the basics of film development and darkroom printing using various dodging and burning-in techniques. No previous Darkroom experience is required and this workshop would also benefit someone who has not been in the Darkroom for a long period but who wishes to get a revision course.

Venue: Trim, Meath.
Date: 24th Sept. 2022
Time: 10:00 to 17:00
Cost: €110
Prerequisite: No prior experience required.
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COLOUR PRINTING WORKSHOP
Puffin


This workshop is an introduction to traditional RA-4 Colour Printing. Covering all the the basics so you can continue to print at home or in any Darkroom. No previous Darkroom experience is required to participate in this workshop.



Venue: Trim, Meath.
Date: 15th Oct. 2022
Time: 10:00 to 17:00
Cost: €110
Prerequisite: No prior experience required.
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INTERMEDIATE DARKROOM PRINTING
Loughcrew


If you have been practicing for a while in the darkroom and are enjoying making prints on Resin Coated paper but now seek to move up a level, this workshop is for you. Covering some of the more advanced printing techniques such as Split-Grade Printing and also introducing you to using Fibre Based paper which is widely regarded to produce superior results to Resin Coated. I will show you how the procedure of using Fibre Based paper differs from Resin Coated and what extra precautions are required to make archival prints. The workshop will cover the following:

- f-stop printing
- Split-Grade printing
- Paper Flashing
- Water-bath development
- Selenium toning for image intensification
- Archival processing procedures relating to proper fixing and washing of Fibre Based papers
- Print presentation

Even if you never plan to use Fibre Based paper, the printing techniques used in this workshop will still benefit users of Resin Coated paper. You can use 35mm up to 4x5 inch negatives for this workshop.

Venue: Trim, Meath.
Date: 10th Sept. 2022
Time: 09:00 to 18:00
Cost: €125 (SOLD OUT)
Prerequisite: Beginner's Darkroom Workshop or similar.
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LITH PRINTING
Lith Print


Lith printing is a very creative printing process with results unlike conventional black and white printing in several respects. The prints produced using this technique can often be described as looking more graphic but may also be soft and subtle. Lith prints are colourful even before toning and may contain warm coloured mid and light tones to high contrast cold coloured shadow tones. The process is so unique that no two prints will ever look the same. No previous experience of lith printing is required to take part in this workshop and all materials are included in the fee. However, a basic knowledge of how to make a B&W enlargement is required. You will get to use some of the papers and chemistry currently available on the market and learn the controls required to produce beautiful lith prints. Example images can be viewed in the gallery page on this site.

Venue: Trim, Meath.
Date: To be confirmed.
Time: 10:00 to 18:00
Cost: €125
Prerequisite: Beginner's or Intermediate Darkroom Workshop or similar.
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PRINT TONING WORKSHOP
Sepia Toned Print


This workshop covers the toning of black & white prints (Resin Coated & Fibre Based) with Sepia, Selenium, Gold and Polysulfide toners, as well as multiple toning techniques combining these toners to create beautiful dual and multiple tone effects. You will also learn how these toners improve the archival properties of your prints.

Venue: Trim, Co Meath.
Date: To be confirmed.
Time: 10:00 to 18:00
Cost: €125
Prerequisite: Beginners or Intermediate Darkroom Workshop or similar.
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INFRARED FILM PHOTOGRAPHY
Carrickdexter Castle


This exciting one day Infrared B&W Film Photography workshop is a great introduction for anyone interested in this unusual film. This workshop will teach you all the basics required to use black and white infrared film. I will show you how to expose, focus and develop various types of Infrared film currently on the market. I will also dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about using Infrared film. This is an outdoor workshop which will start with a discussion and presentation of examples of infrared prints. Then it’s out to shoot some selected locations to put the theory to the test. Shold the weather not cooperate, we will then shot some interesting studio portraits with infrared films. Participants will need to bring a 35mm film SLR camera plus a tripod. Two rolls of 35mm film will be provided and are included in the workshop fee. Medium and large format cameras may be used in addition if desired.

Venue: Trim Castle & Bective Abbey, Meath.
Date: To be confirmed.
Time: 09:00 to 17:00
Cost: €100 (Workshop fee includes 2 rolls of film)
Prerequisite: Good understanding of your camera's exposure controls.
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ADVANCED DARKROOM PRINTING & BLEACHING
White Water on the Boyne


This workshop covers some little known but very effective bleaching techniques to improve your negatives and prints, or rescue those that are made but maybe you are unhappy with. Printing with graded papers and using 2-bath development techniques to control contrast is also covered. This workshop will take your printing to a whole new level. The following topics are covered:

- Printing with Graded Papers
- 2-Bath Print Development
- Bleach & Re-development techniques
- Pre-Development Bleaching
- Print Reduction & Intensification
- Negative Reduction & Intensification
- Localised Bleaching techniques

Venue: Trim, Meath.
Date: Please contact me to arrange a suitable date.
Time: 09:00 to 18:00
Cost: €125
Prerequisite: Intermediate Darkroom Workshop or similar.
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ZONE SYSTEM WORKSHOP - Please contact me to arrange a suitable date.

Presented in a practical and easy way to follow, this workshop may be the most valuable of any for the serious B&W photographer. Designed primarily for large format users, I will also show how 35mm and medium format shooters can use the Zone System. All the tests required are easy to do and no expensive equipment is needed. Please note this is not a printing workshop but does involve testing in the Darkroom and outdoors.

Venue: Trim, Co Meath.
Date: Please contact me to arrange a suitable date.
Time: 10:00 to 17:00
Cost: €125
Prerequisite: Good understanding of camera exposure controls and basic knowledge of film development and darkroom printing.