Course: Black & White Darkroom with Michael Waite

Course: Black & White Darkroom with Michael Waite

Ten week course taught by Michael Waite at Australian Centre For Photography from 25 July 2018.

‘In this 10-week course you will be provided with a hands-on introduction to the Black & White Darkroom. Taking you from film-processing film to print making, this course will instruct you on the foundational skills required to kick start your Black & White Darkroom practice.

Starting with developing film and leading into making proof sheets, you will receive instruction to enhance both your darkroom printing and camera exposures. Your tutor, Michael Waite, will go through the basics of print exposure and development, dodging and burning, and look at the control of tone and shade in your prints.

This course will also cover how to scan film and the essentials of Photoshop post-production of scanned film images for web display and print. Other topics to be covered include reciprocity failure, the use of filters for contrast control, and pushing film.’


Michael Waite is an artist, photographer and teacher. He has completed a BFA and an MFA in photomedia at the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts. His art practice is predominantly conceptual with a key interest being phenomenology and the ways in which we attempt to organise our knowledge of the world. His work has been exhibited in Sydney and internationally. He has a wide-ranging interest in photo imaging, from darkroom alternative processes, large format film cameras and pinhole photography, through to iPhone and Instagram image making and Artists’ books. He has been teaching art and photography for over ten years and is enthusiastic about inspiring beginner and more advanced students to develop their skills and creativity.

Image: © Scott Lyttle, 2017

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David Tatnall is an Australian fine art photographer & editor of View Camera Australia.

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