Introduction to Black & White Photography

  One Day Intensive Course 11.30am - 5.30pm

Introduction to Black & White Photography

One Day Intensive Course Saturday September 21st, 2019 – Time: 11.30 am – 5.30 pm 

No. of Places: 6 max Course Fee: €130 (€120) Gallery of Photography Members)

Our Introduction to Black & White Photography course with Master printer Pete Smyth is a one day intensive course. The course will teach you about camera functions, choosing the correct type and speed of film, shutter speeds, and working under differing lighting conditions and introduce you to the basics of film processing and printing techniques. Each participant shares an enlarger, this ensures that you get plenty of hands-on experience while also giving you the opportunity to learn from your fellow students.

Printing in the Darkroom at Gallery of Photography

Is this course for me? This course is ideal for everyone from absolute beginners who don’t quite know what those knobs and numbers do, to those who would like to learn how to process film and make their own prints. This course introduces you to your manual camera controls, choosing the right film, getting the correct exposures, enlarging lenses and accessories, film processing, good darkroom practices and printing your own prints.

What do you need to bring? A camera: To get the most from this course we would advise that you will need access to a camera. If you have a camera, please bring it (ideally a fully manual 35mm SLR camera). If you don’t yet own one and would like advice on what to get, your course tutor will be happy to advise you. Please note: we do not provide cameras for course participants. Film: In order to get off to a flying start, we recommend that you bring an exposed (i.e. used) film of traditional black and white 35mm film, shot on even the most basic point and shoot camera. Please ask our helpful staff when you book your course place for advice on which film type to purchase. Notes and guidelines will be available for you, but you may find it useful to bring a pen and notebook.

What do we supply? The Gallery will supply all chemicals, enlargers and photographic paper. As you begin to experiment with printing you may want to purchase different types of paper.

Where does the course take place? This course is held in the Gallery of Photography suite of darkrooms, which are located in the basement of our building in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Our darkroom facilities include; film processing room, Black & White darkroom catering for all formats from 35mm to 5″x4″. The darkroom is available to Gallery of Photography members for hire, they are communal facilities offered at non-commercial subsidised rates.

How do I book a place? In order to secure a place we advise that you book well in advance as places are heavily oversubscribed. You may book by calling into the Gallery in person, or by telephone. We regret that we cannot accept bookings by email – please telephone to check availability of places.

Selecting a Black & White negative for printing

Selecting a Black & White negative for printing

Time : 11.30 am – 5.30 pm

Where : The Gallery of Photography’s Darkroom Places : 6 max

Cost : €130 (€120 Gallery of Photography Members)

To book / for further information:

Email us at or phone us on 01-6714654

Terms and Conditions: Places are booked only on receipt of full course fee which is non refundable. The Gallery reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course if necessary. The Gallery does not accept responsibility for injury to individuals or any loss or damages to property or personal possessions. This does not affect your statutory rights.

Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin