Darkroom Essentials & Processes

7/11 – 8/15; Thursdays, 6pm-8:30pm, Chris Gould

Course Description

This introductory class covers all of the key basics in Black and White Darkroom printing: Film development, printing, and critique. Learn the essential steps and key processes to get you on your way to printing your images! Students will gain the techniques to grow in skill and confidence. Instructor will go over the needed materials in the first class. Students should bring an assortment of negatives to class, if available.

This class contains the same information as our Film Camera Basics and Basic BW Film Development one-day workshops, in that usage of film cameras will be addressed, and the second day of the class is dedicated to hand processing B&W film.


Photo Center Orientation is not required for this class, and students will be considered oriented for membership or day pass purposes after the second week of the class.


Chris Gould

Dates and Time

July 11 – August 15
Thur 6 – 8:30pm

Class Platform


Class Number


Class Fee



Summer 2024 registration opens May 18 at 10am

*Priority registration for active scholarship recipients starts May 15

Instructor Bio – Chris Gould

Chris Gould is a photographer from Santa Rosa, California who has enjoyed taking pictures since he was a little kid. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and works in the black and white analog tradition -finding joy in the craft as well as the results. Chris has worked as a clerk and darkroom tech at the Harvey Milk Photo Center for over 10 years. He currently teaches currently teaches Darkroom Essentials and Processes and Basic Black and White Development.

Photo by Dave Christensen