Weekend Analogue Photography Workshop - multiple dates

Course Overview

Forthcoming workshop dates:

20th-21st January

3rd-4th February

3rd-4th March

7th-8th April

19th 20th June

Learn the whole process of analogue black & white photography photography in one weekend. From exposure and composition (we'll take you out to take photographs in the local area) to processing your film, printing up contact sheets and making enlargements.

This course will equip you with the skills required to use a darkroom without assistance.

Summary of activities

Saturday –

Using a 35mm SLR Camera and/ or, for those with prior knowledge of 35mm camera operation and exposure control, a medium format camera. Overview of analogue process using large format camera to make photo paper portraits

  • How the camera works.
  • Shutter/ shutter speeds and its associated effects.
  • Aperture and its effect on depth of field.
  • Setting correct exposure using the light meter in the camera.
  • Combining Aperture and shutter speeds.
  • Film ASA.
  • Loading Film into the camera.
  • Going out to take photographs in the local area.

Film processing (Developing photographs)

  • Introduction to film processing equipment.
  • Practising loading films onto spirals.
  • Introduction to process room.
  • Load films.
  • Process films.

Sunday –

Darkroom Session (Printing photographs)

  • Introduction to darkroom/ materials.
  • Darkroom etiquette and health & Safety.
  • Making a contact sheet of your negatives.
  • Making enlargements from negatives (10” x 8”).
  • Various printing techniques.

What you will learn

Workshop participants will gain:

  • An awareness of how to use 35mm cameras confidently and competently.
  • An understanding how to compose and expose analogue material
  • An understanding of how to expose black & white films.
  • An understanding of how to develop black & white films.
  • An understanding of how to print black & white films
  • The confidence to work independently in the darkroom in the future

About your Instructors:

Dan Burwood is a photographer and teacher based in Balsall Heath, Birmingham. He uses a wide range of approaches – documentary, portraiture, landscape – and techniques, to investigate and reflect on the contemporary world. As well as varied personal and commissioned work produced in the UK, he has produced bodies of work in Cuba and Syria and Brazil.

In 2012 Dan created Darkroom Birmingham as a cornerstone of traditional photographic practice for the photographic communities of the West Midlands and beyond. Shared ideas and practice, and the authentic engagement with individuals and communities that charactarises his own work, form the basis for working with Andrew to found Some Cities

Andrew Jackson - Is a photographer and lecturer (PGCE/FAHE) having taught at numerous colleges and universities. He gained a First Class Honours Degree in photography at Wolverhampton University and an MA with distinction in Documentary Photography at Newport (University of Wales). His work is held in The Garman Ryan Collection at the New Walsall Art Gallery and at The Library of Birmingham National photographic archive. He has had solo exhibitions at The Focal Point Gallery, The New Walsall Art Gallery, The Unit 2 Gallery and as part of a commission from the London School of Economics at The Atrium Gallery .In 2012 he was nominated for the Prix Pictet photography Prize. He is the co-founder of Some Cities CIC

Email: info@some-cities.org.uk

Andrew: 07790 962 689 Dan: 07779159217


No experience of analogue photography is needed.


You may bring your own 35mm camera on the day or use one of ours, subject to availability.

All chemicals, film (one roll – 36exp) and paper are provided


This workshop is open to participants 16 and above

Prior Experience



Maximum number of participants is 6, minimum 3.

Book your place

Concessions / Discounts

Discounts are available to the unwaged, students and OAP's - proof is required of your status at the first session. Please get in touch for the discount code.


Please note: this course takes place in an upstairs room accessed via a staircase

Terms & Conditions

In the event of Darkroom Birmingham having to cancel or postpone a course you are entitled to a full refund or a later slot on a course. If you cannot attend a workshop you have booked, a 50% refund is available. Absolutely no refunds can be made 14 days before the workshop.

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Date: 20-21st May

17-18th June

8-9th July

12-13th August

23rd-24th September

21st-22nd October

Time: 10am - 3pm Saturday and Sunday

Location: Old Print Works

506 Moseley Road

Duration 1 weekend

Cost: £150.00