UPCOMING WORKSHOPS + CLasses

We try to make our programs affordable by offering them on a sliding scale model. The class experience is the same for all students, regardless of the price you select to pay, and all students receive the same materials. Each class also has a scholarship spot available free of charge, email us if you’d like to apply.

Darkroom Detroit members receive 20% discount all class and workshop fees, students receive a 15% discount.
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INTRO TO B+W FILM

Saturday, November 16, 10am - 2pm
at Darkroom Detroit, 676 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI

Suggested Price $50

This class will cover various formats of film, processing, scanning and print making. Learn about different film formats and how to process black and white film in the darkroom.  This class will cover how to transfer your film onto reels, properly assembling tanks and reels, mixing chemistry and development procedures, safety protocols, and push/pull techniques. It will also discuss film scanning and print making.

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This class is designed to observational only, so participants do not need to bring any film to participate.

This workshop will be taught by Suraj Bhamra, a street and documentary photographer from Detroit, Michigan specializing in photographic film techniques. Cost is available on a sliding scale.


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Photography Basics Workshop

More coming soon…
at Darkroom Detroit, 676 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI

Have a camera but not quite sure how to use it?  Not sure what that ISO button does?  Never heard of depth of field?  This is a great chance to learn the basics of how to use your camera like a pro to make the best out of the equipment you have!  Participants can bring either digital or analog cameras, and there will also be a few extra cameras on hand if you'd like to try out different equipment.

Topics Covered:
- Aperture + Depth of Field
- Shutter Speed + Motion Blur
- ISO / Noise reduction
- Light metering
- Lens Functionality + Focal length
- RAW vs jpeg files
- White Balance

This workshop is taught by Javier Garcia of Darkroom Detroit. Cost is available on a sliding scale.


PAST CLASSES + WORKSHOPS

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Intro to DSLR Cameras + Digital Photography

This guided 4-week course is a hands-on experience that will give you in-depth understanding of how your digital camera works and how to best use it to create beautiful imagery. The course will be based both in the classroom and out shooting in the world so participants should bring a digital camera with manual mode and be prepared for a moderate amount of walking outside (tripods are not required, but are suggested if you own one).

This is a great course for both beginners and those with some camera knowledge as we will cover a wide range of topics that are often overlooked, but necessary to understanding your camera fully, some of these include: manual camera functions (Shutter speed, aperture, ISO), proper exposure, how to read a histogram, white balance, focus modes, lens types and focal length, understanding JPEG VS raw files, and tips and tricks on crafting high quality imagery.


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INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTROOM - WEEKEND INTENSIVE

Adobe Lightroom Classic CC software is a powerful photography editing and management application that has a mystifying reputation. Unmask and reveal its potential to your workflow in this weekend-intensive workshop format! This hands-on experience engages participants in basic import, develop, and output workflow strategies - obtaining a command of Lightroom architecture and cataloging functions that keeps track of images.

We learn to import, identify, and adjust single images in addition to batch-processing numerous images simultaneously. Other tasks such as white balancing, sharpening, noise reduction, retouching, and doing local adjustments and enhancements are also addressed.

This course is taught by Don Werthmann, a professor of photography at Washtenaw Community College, and Co-Chair of the Digital Media Arts Department. As an artist, he crafts visual poems inspired by the literary formal properties of the quatrain, and produces image assemblies rooted in the genre known as lyric documentary — the lyricism of everyday life.


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Instant Cameras + Polaroid Lifts

In this workshop we explore the basics of instant cameras: set up, handling different light conditions, and taking a great shot. We will also be learning how to create Polaroid Transfer Lifts using the images we photographed with the instant cameras. A Polaroid lift (or emulsion transfer) is when the emulsion layer is removed from a sheet of instant film and then transferred to a different surface. You will be shown the proper steps to remove your image from its film backing and transfer it to a solid surface. This is a great workshop for all ages and levels!

This workshop is taught by Rosa María Zamarrón, who was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, living briefly in various cities but raised primarily in Detroit. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.A in Photography, focusing primarily on Documentary/Photojournalism, and has exhibited in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Austin. She was a Document Detroit 2016 Fellow and Darkroom Detroit 2018 Applebaum Fellow. Rosa Maria currently lives and works in Detroit, Michigan.


OTHER PAST WORKSHOPS

Introduction to B+W Film Processing
Introduction to B+W Darkroom Printing
Introduction to Fine Art Printing with Chris Bennett
Camera Basics Workshop with multiple instructors
Corktown Walking Photography Tour
Food Photography for Entrepreneurs with Javier Garcia + Juan Carlos Perez
DIY Lighting Bootcamp with Randy West
Cyanotype Workshop and Celebration of the Solar Eclipse
Anthotype Workshop on Eastern Market Flower Day
Caffenol Workshop with Anthology Coffee
Beer Processing Workshop at Detroit Beer Company