Darkroom Basics Course (New program)

PLEASE NOTE: This page is in development. If you have any questions about course availability please contact the Darkroom Basics Coordinator, Shane Booth.

The new Darkroom Basics Course (aka Analogue Photography Basics) is open to  MCC members as well to non-members.  It is designed for those people who are just starting to process and print film. It can also be taken by those who wish to update their film processing and printing skills.   Course participants must be over 18 years old.

The new Darkroom Basics Course is divided into two units:

  1. Using an analogue camera and processing the exposed film - See The camera and the Film​   Next Course  will be held on Sunday 4th March 2018
  2. Printing from a set of negatives - See Printing in the Darkroom. - Next course will be held on Sunday 11th March 2018

Each unit can be done as a stand alone course.


The aim of the course is to provide participants with a basic foundation in darkroom techniques so that they feel confident to undertake their own film development and/or printing.


The course is free to  members of MCC who have been members for at least 6 months and are currently financial.

Non-members will be charged as follows:

 $240  for enrollment in both units

OR  $120 for enrollment in an individual unit.

A participant who completes both units will have 12 months full membership. Doing an individual unit does not provide any membership privileges.

Post-course access to the darkroom is only available to those who have completed both units of the course. In that case, participants can hire the MCC's darkroom for a small fee to practice what they have learnt. Those wishing to use the darkroom will need to arrange darkroom access via the booking system.


To participate in the course:

  • You must register on the course enrollment system
  • You should discuss any questions you have with the coordinator Shane Booth.
  • You should  note that class sizes are limited.

Course Structure

The full course will run for a total of two days over two consecutive weekends. It may, at times, be possible to run it on weekdays.

Day 1 will be Unit 1:   The camera and the film

Day 2 will be Unit 2:  Printing in the Darkroom

Note: Should there be sufficient interest in having an evening course, it would run with the same conditions being proposed above but each unit would be taught over two nights.


It is assumed students doing 'The Camera and the Film' will have their own analogue camera. If you do not have a camera it should be possible to borrow one from the club camera resource. Please tell us if you need to borrow a camera.

All other equipment and consumables will be provided by the course.


The design of the course is flexible enough to take account of the different levels of experience of participants, but what follows is the core content.

Unit 1 - The Camera and the Film

Session 1 9.30-12.30

Introduction to analog photography and to processing practice, Chemical Safety

The film camera and its operation

Film Loading Practice

Shoot a roll of film

Session 2 1.30-4.30

Unloading film into developing tank

Developing the film

Diagnose and discuss the resulting negatives

Processing film at home

Unit 2 - Printing In the Darkroom

Session 1 9.30-12.30

Introduction to analog photography and to darkroom practice, Chemical Safety

Basic Printing and Enlarging techniques

Making a print from participant negatives

Session 2 1.30-4.30

Continuation of basic process

Introduction to some more advanced techniques such as Dodging & Burning.

Information on the standard use of the club's Darkroom.



The regular monthly meetings of the Traditional Darkroom Printmakers Group on the 4th Monday of the month provide scope for further learning as well as discussion with other Darkroom workers.