Two Day Film and Darkroom Workshop.

10 am to 4 pm  both days £295 is inclusive of film, papers and chemistry.  


This two day film and darkroom workshop will guide you through the process of shooting film, getting it processed, creating a contact sheet and then printing an image which you have shot for you to take home. If you’ve always fancied having a go at shooting film and working in the darkroom but don’t own a film camera I will provide one for you. We’ll take a roll of Ilford film on location in Saltburn by the sea, one of the jewels of the North Yorkshire Coast to get some great shots. Returning back to the studio and darkroom to process the film, produce a contact sheet and create a print of your work to take home.

I have been shooting black and white film now for over 30 years and in 2012 was approached by Ilford Photo to become one of their Analogue Artisan Partners to teach film photography and of course to spread the word about this wonderful medium of photography, so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. I keep my darkroom workshops to a very small group, a maximum of two people, allowing plenty of one to one time with me.  

 What you will learn.

Day One

On the first morning you’ll spend some time getting some great shots in Saltburn by the Sea where I will show you how to assess the correct exposure using a hand held light meter rather than using the camera’s light meter. Consistency of achieving the correct exposure every time is paramount.

Back to the darkroom where you will learn about what chemicals to use and how to mix and use them to process your own film, whilst giving you an overview of the different effects the chemistry, timings and temperatures will have on the finished negative. I’ll show you how to produce a contact sheet, you will go on to create your own from which we can review your images and choose the one you would like to print to take home.

Day Two.

The second day is all about the printing. Having chosen the image you would like to print I’ll take you through the next stage which is choosing the chemistry and paper selection, I’ll show you how to use an enlarger and explain the importance of safe lights. Next I’ll show you how to make test strips and how to use them to assess how you are going to print your final print which will include paper grade choice, correct exposure, dodging and burning and split grade printing.

The workshop is kept very small to a maximum of two people so that throughout the two days you are encouraged you to ask as many questions as possible, so that when you leave you have had a richly rewarding experience, filled with enthusiasm and eager to continue your journey being an analogue photographer and darkroom technician.

“The artisan art of analogue black and white photography is a beautiful, engaging process taking you on an addictive path to expressing yourself and creating an individual piece of art.” Keith Moss.

This workshop would make a great gift for the photographer in your life so if you would like to buy as a gift please get in touch and I can organise a gift voucher for you..

If you have any questions please get in touch on 01287 679655 or email I will be happy to help.

CAPACITY: Max: 3 per date

DURATION: 10am – 4pm approx.

WHAT TO BRING: A film camera 35mm or medium format. Or I can provide one if you don’t have one.

NICE TO BRING BUT OPTIONAL: Wide angle lens, short telephoto lens, ND graduated filter, ND filter, Red, Yellow or Orange filter, Tripod.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Film, appropriate chemistry, papers and negative carriers are all included in this course. Tea & Coffee and a light lunch is provided. Minimum age 18. The course will begin at the studio but some of it will take place outdoors, please dress appropriately and wear suitable footwear. We will provide tongs in the darkroom but please be aware that you will be working in an environment where chemicals may be handled.

GETTING THERE: We ask you to organise your own accommodation and transport as everyone has different requirements. There is a wide choice of hotels and B&Bs in and around Saltburn by the Sea and Whitby.

If you need more information, please email or phone 01287 679655.

LOCATION: Keith Moss Photography Studio, 65 High Street, Brotton, Saltburn by the Sea North Yorkshire TS12 2PP