Introduction to Darkroom with Sebastian Sussmann


The DNDR Intro to darkroom courses is suitable for absolute beginners or for those in need of a refresher course.

Day 1

Morning :

Developing black and white film 35 and 120mm:

Load and develop black and white film learning the technique Seb uses for clients and commissions.      We talk a bit about what the process is actually doing to the film and the factors that affect processing


After lunch we clip our films and head over to the darkroom and make contact prints.  Seb will introduce you to the basics of using an enlarger and we learn to make test strips for exposure and start understanding what contrast filters do. Students should have produced a contact print and a proof of their first neg by the end of day 1

Day 2

The second day is entirely dedicated to darkroom printing. The course will cover:
Darkroom rules and etiquette and preparing the chemicals
Choosing the negative for print
Preparing the negative and your workspace
Making the first print
Testing exposure
Working with filters
Multiple filters
Dodging, burning and vignetting
Working with condenser or diffuser enlargers

Depending on student interest or skill level and time permitting we may cover

Split grading, pre/post flashing, solarization, double exposures, creative borders, photograms, lumen prints, bleaching or toning.

Tutor information:

Sebastian founded Double Negative Darkroom in 2009 and has been teaching photography and darkroom techniques for over 5 years. The darkroom has evolved into a vibrant photographic and artistic community with a strong backbone of practice, teaching and research. Sebastian works professionally as a silver gelatin fine art printer and is considered to be a Silver Gelatin specialist.


All paper and chemicals are included in the price . We work only with Resin Coated (not fibre) papers during this course.

Bring along 2 rolls of exposed 120 or 35mm black and white film.  Make sure it is NOT a C41 black and white film like Kodak BW400CN. We can process this but the negs  are dense and take a long time to print.  Try perhaps a Tri-x or an Ilford HP5.

Also bring indoor shoes and an overall or change of clothes, there may be splash-back from the chemicals.

You can bring along some cameras or other photo equipment to test or if you have any questions. If you have examples of black and white images you really like, bring them along and we can talk about how you can achieve the same kind of prints.

Coming dates:

Intro to Darkroom courses run on the first full weekend of alternate months.

4-5 April (SOLD OUT)
6-7 June (4 places left)
1-2 August

Details for booking:

The course runs with a minimum of 3 students

To book email:

Course Cost: £150

One thought on “Introduction to Darkroom with Sebastian Sussmann

  1. Daniel Willis

    Sebastian has an amazing knowledge of photography. He talks about light and the processes of developing and printing in a way that is very inspiring. The one day course we took I found to be very good as it catered for people of all abilities. The course I felt maybe could be simplified in that it could either start with the processing of a film rather than the shooting of it. Then people could bring negatives with them to print from. Or there could be more focus on the shooting of a film, so as to give students a better understanding of exposure behind the camera. If there was a tutor to show different camera settings and different ways of shooting and focusing and then to see how that process affects negatives you take into a dark room. Seeing a good negative or a more versatile negative as a pose to a flat one and how that then affects the printing process. I would personally still really like to do this as in theory as a pose to practice it’s quite hard to grasp and is a constant learning process.


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