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Gowanus, Brooklyn
Gowanus Darkroom 119 8th St Ste 212
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215
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Class Level: Intermediate
Age Requirements: 13 and older
Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this photography class:

This 8-hour intensive workshop will combine shooting, processing, developing and printing classic film photography into one action-packed day. 

After meeting at our partner darkroom, we'll demonstrate how to properly load film and set up your camera. You'll get a refresher on shooting mechanics and using your light meter, then we'll each shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood. From there you’ll learn how to process the exposed film using a film reel and developing tank, and start making contact prints. Finally, we’ll be enlarging negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so that you can take home beautiful 8x10 prints that you’ve made entirely on your own.

Who should take this class?
Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film. Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting.

Be in a weather-appropriate attire for going outside.

If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking Field Guide I or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: DSLR, prior to taking this class.


Q: What is the minimum age requirement for kids to attend? 
A: All ages are welcome.

Q: Are materials provided and included in the price of the class? 
A: No, you need to bring your old film-based SLR if you have one, though we do have manual SLR cameras to rent. 

Materials provided (included in cost of the class):
  • 1 roll of Kodak Tri-X black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
  • All resin-coated photographic paper
  • All development chemistry
Since this is an all-day session we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch.

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Students must give notification 72 hours or more in advance to receive full refund/transfer credit. Request made within 72 hours will be charged a 25% withdrawal fee. No refunds granted after the beginning of class.


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Question from Philip G.
Hi all, I do not have an old film-based SLR. If I decide to rent a manual SLR camera from the class, how much will that cost? How many of them are available? Is it preferred to buy a camera for this class? Thanks!
Answer from Jenn C. CourseHorse Staff
Hi! It is advisable for students to bring their own old film-based SLR if you have one, but if not, the school has manual SLR cameras you can rent for $10.
Question from Georg R.
Would a 35mm rangefinder camera be appropriate to bring instead of an SLR?
Answer from Jenn C. CourseHorse Staff
Yes, a rangefinder camera would be perfectly acceptable!

Reviews of Classes at BKC Brooklyn Central

(287 Reviews)

Attended: The Analog Film Lab
Instructor was super relaxed & class good for someone who wants a quick course in film photography


Attended: The Analog Film Lab
Loved it. Teacher was great.

philip n.

Attended: The Analog Film Lab
Loved it! Learned tons. Instructor was EVERY knowledgeable.

praveen p.

Attended: The Analog Film Lab
Great experience Excellent training

Chris Z.

Attended: The Analog Film Lab
Generally this is a great course. You have a chance to put your hands on the whole B&W darkroom process, which is a great experience. However, the class is too short. I wished I had more time to practice and make more prints, but that would make it a two day class then.

School: BKC Brooklyn Central

BKC is a photo, video and creative education center located in the heart of Dumbo, Brooklyn.  Our basic philosophy is simple: cut the crap.  We’re founded upon the idea of learning by doing, whether it's hands-on classes in studio lighting, a workshop on shooting HD Video for Youtube,...

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