dot-art Darkroom: Analogue Photography Weekend

dot-art Darkroom: Analogue Photography Weekend

dot-art Darkroom: Analogue Photography Weekend

Venue: dot-art Darkroom
Date(s): 11.12.21 - 12.12.21
Time(s): 10:00 - 17:00

This weekend workshop will take beginner photographers through the whole process of shooting and developing black and white film. Participants will be guided on a fun and relaxed photo walk followed by a day of processing their very own images in the darkroom. Suitable for complete beginners who are new to photo making.


***To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660***

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December, 10am – 5pm

(£150 for a one-weekend course)


In a small group, you will be guided through the whole process of film photography from shooting to developing your work. You will be taught each basic component and process of using darkroom equipment, culminating in creating your very own black and white photographs using Ilford chemicals and photographic paper provided by the tutor.

Day 1:

  • Introduction & Health & Safety
  • Loading & using your analogue camera
  • Analogue photowalk around the beautiful and historic business quarter, focusing on exposure, composition and metering
  • Mixing chemistry
  • Processing your film
  • Drying & cutting negatives
  • Lightbox viewing & phone app inversion
  • Questions & a brief outline of Day 2 (darkroom)

Day 2:

  • Introduction to the room and materials & health & safety
  • Different kinds of format
  • Setting up the enlarger
  • Making a contact print
  • Making a test strip
  • Creating the first print
  • Using filters
  • Dodging & Burning
  • Creating your final prints

Tutor: Clare Marie Bailey

Clare is based in Anglesey and works as an analogue photographer and instant Polaroid artist. She also co-hosts the Sunny 16 Podcast and has just had her work published alongside Andy Warhol and other instant photography artists in the amazing new book: Polaroid Now.


11th and 12th December, 10am – 5pm

(£150 for a one-weekend course)


dot-art Darkroom

The Cotton Exchange Building

Old Hall Street, (Ormond Street side), L3 9JR




You will need to bring your own film camera and roll of film (Ilford HP5+ film, 24 exposures is ideal – usually around £4.50 per roll).

All other chemicals and photographic papers will be provided on the day.


There are a maximum of 3 places available on each session, so early booking is essential.

Cancellations / Refunds

Once you have made your course booking you are committed to it. This is because our courses have very small student numbers, and often sell-out and are unavailable to others. Therefore any cancellations may result in a place not being filled, or a course not being able to run.

Cancellations are permitted up to 30 days before the start of a course, and a full refund will be issued. Refunds will not be made for cancellations less than 30 days before the start of a course. If you are unable to attend due to illness, personal or professional commitments you do not have the right to a refund.

If you wish to cancel your place on a course that has not yet started and you have a friend or colleague who can take your place we can accommodate this substitution.

dot-art may use your details to contact you about forthcoming events, classes or developments that may be of interest.