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Developing Film in the Darkroom

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Developing Film in the Darkroom

This class is designed to give a hands-on introduction to working with film photography and the process of developing black and white 35mm film. A portion of the class will also be devoted to exploring the medium of film and how it is different from digital photography. While this class is geared towards 35mm format, students can also work with and develop 120 mm, or medium format, film stocks. 


  • Exploring the different types of film available and how each film has a certain look and nuance that can suit a photographer's style and shooting conditions
  • Discussion of why a photographer would choose to work with film
  • Film is a mixture of art and science. This class will also review the various types of chemistry available to develop film and the various types of papers used in printing the negatives
  • Each student will expose and develop a roll of 36 exposure Black-and-White film in the darkroom and print a contact sheet from the developed negatives.
  • If time permits, we will also make a few enlargement prints from individual negatives


This class is for students using various types film cameras. This is a great class for amateurs who have an interest in the film medium and professionals who want to offer a unique service to their clients. A basic understanding of the fundamentals of photography, including aperture settings, ISO, and shutter speed is helpful; however, not necessary.

Schedule and Format

This is a six hour, two-day workshop. Class will meet at Precision Camera for three hours in a classroom setting. On a separate day, the class will reconvene for three hours in the darkroom for a hands-on experience. Students will have an opportunity to develop a roll of film in the darkroom and make a contact sheet using an enlarger. The darkroom is located at 5305 Bolm Rd in east Austin. 

About the Instructor

Anthony Maddaloni is a professional photographer specializing in fine art film photography. A graduate of the State of New York at Purchase's Fine Arts Program, Anthony has been shooting professionally and teaching photography for over 20 years. Anthony has worked and taught at various locations around Austin, including the University of Texas, Dougherty Arts Center, the McNay Museum, and other locations as well as private and group lessons. Anthony is currently producing a book of portraits of people who love to swim at Barton Springs Pool, titled 68 Degrees.


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