UPCOMING WORKSHOPS…

We try to make our classes and workshops as affordable as possible 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.

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INTRO TO B+W FILM

Sunday, September 29, 11am - 2pm
at Darkroom Detroit, 676 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI

Film Workshop
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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.

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

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


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Instant Cameras + Polaroid Lifts

Saturday, October 12, 2 - 5pm
at La Sirena Studios, 8869 Avis St, Detroit, MI

Instant Workshop
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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.


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INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTROOM - WEEKEND INTENSIVE
Friday, October 11 — 6-9pm
Saturday, October 12 — 9a-4pm (hour break for lunch)
Sunday, October 13 — 1-4pm

at Darkroom Detroit, 676 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI

Suggested Rate $200

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.

Intro to Lightroom
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Participants are required to bring their own portable computer with Lightroom Classic CC installed to successfully complete the course (month-long free trials are available through Adobe’s website). Camera RAW files stored on your computer best serve all the learning processes, tools, and techniques of the course.

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.

We have one scholarship position available for this class that offers free tuition and access to a computer - please email us if you’d like to be considered.


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Intro to DSLR Cameras + Digital Photography
Tuesdays, 6pm-9pm
October 15, October 22, October 29, November 5

at Darkroom Detroit, 676 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI

Suggested Rate $200

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).

Beginning DSLR Class
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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.

Please note that this course deals predominantly with capturing images in camera, and not post-processing using additional applications (for that sign up for the Lightroom Intensive!).

This course is taught by Jon Kopacz, a Metro Detroit photographer and videographer formally educated in both fine art and commercial photography. Jon has been working in the media industry for over a decade, and his clients include companies such as Pedigree, Toshiba, and General Motors. His personal projects are heavily focused on dogs, and he is currently filming a documentary series about the world of police K9s.


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Understanding Lighting
Mondays, 6pm-9pm
October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18

at Darkroom Detroit, 676 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI

Suggested Rate $200

Lighting Class
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This 4-week course will give students a hands-on experience in understanding light and how it affects their photography. This course will be lecture, workshop, and assignment driven. Students will learn how light works and how to control it, using light as a creative element in their images. Utilizing artificial lighting, modifiers, and ambient light, students will understand how to control tonal range, texture, shape, contour, color, and other aspects of a photograph.

This is a great course for both beginners and those with some camera knowledge. There is no limitation to the type of camera or equipment required for this course. All content will be applicable to DSLR, point-and-shoot, and even cell phone photography. While specific devices and modifiers will be explained during this course, no special equipment is required to enroll.

Please note that this course deals predominantly with capturing images in camera, and not post-processing using additional applications (for that sign up for the Lightroom Intensive!).

This course is taught by Jon Kopacz, a Metro Detroit photographer and videographer formally educated in both fine art and commercial photography. Jon has been working in the media industry for over a decade, and his clients include companies such as Pedigree, Toshiba, and General Motors. His personal projects are heavily focused on dogs, and he is currently filming a documentary series about the world of police K9s.


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Photography Basics Workshop

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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.


BEER PROCESSING WORKSHOP with DETROIT BEER COMPANY

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Detroit Beer Company, 1529 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

Did you know you can use BEER to develop film?!? Learn how in this workshop! Each participant will receive a roll of b+w 35mm film and two cans of f/8 beer, brewed special for Darkroom Detroit. More beer will be available for purchase. Participants must be 21 or over.

We will meet at Detroit Beer Company where film will be distributed and then go on photo walk of Downtown Detroit before heading back to DBC to process the film.

Analog cameras can be provided on request free of charge. Participants will receive negative scans of their image included in the workshop price.

This class is led by Sal Rodriguez, a Detroit based freelance photographer with a passion for photography. Some of his clients include General Motors, Red Bull, Bedrock Real Estate, American Institute of Architects, Hour Magazine, WDIV Local 4. Sal also loves film photography and shooting mostly Medium Format. 

The f/8 beer was brewed by Derek Reitzel started brewing in Detroit 12 years ago and has brewed in Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, and India. He now works as the head Brewer at Detroit Beer Company in Downtown Detroit.


Darkroom Detroit members receive 20% discount all class and workshop fees, students receive a 15% discount.
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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