First Konrad provides a tour of his own darkroom space, and introduces the key ingredients that dictate how pictures print: paper, exposure, and contrast. He checks a series of images by developing initial test prints, and then explores options for refining the images in the darkroom via cropping, burning and dodging, and adjustments to the development time. When he's finished making prints, Konrad shows how to clean up the darkroom and introduces different paper choices and resources for black-and-white film photographers to explore.
Skill Level Intermediate
- Over the last 40 years, I've had the pleasure of working in a darkroom with some amazing photographers. I've always been passionate about the black and white print and in this course I'd like to share with you the fundamentals of black and white dark room printing. I'm Konrad Eek, a photographic professional, and I work in all the digital ways that are out there now, but my training came in the old school with gelatin silver printing under the hum of the safelights and the rushing of the water in the sinks.
In this course, what I want to share with you is some of what I've learned over the years. We're gonna start up with the basics of how to set up an enlarger. We're gonna talk about how to test for proper exposure and proper contrast. Then we're going to show you the simplest proper development process to generate a consistent image. While we're doing this, we're going to work with RC papers because of their speed and ease and we'll take it a little farther in tools for manipulation.
We'll do selective exposure adjustments to make the negative a more interpretive device, rather that something that dictates a specific result. We're gonna do selective development as well to change the result, and finally, we'll take the prints we've made and I'll show you how to properly care for them and preserve them so they'll last a long time.