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Old 07-12-2009, 11:24   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I am looking to get back into developing and printing my own stuff - B&W.
I used to do this about 10-odd years ago.

Does anyone know/can recomend a darkroom-skill type course in SE London?

Thanks.

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Check out what courses are available in evening school or college. Your library ought to have some info. The prospectuses usually come out for a September start, but may include courses with other start dates.

City & Guilds is probably the best, but will be expensive and long. There might be other courses that will suit you better.

Much will depend on the tutor though. Some time ago Angela started one of these 10/12 week courses, but did not stay past the halfway mark as she did not find it was what she wanted.
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Dabhand16 is right, the City & guilds level 2 is in three parts and one of them is B&W film, or at least it was 2006-7 when I did it. The other two are the introduction to photography and Colour photography. All three modules are based on film and take about 12 weeks each. Be careful different colleges do different modules.

I learn't loads but it was hard work. The hardest and most enjoyable was the B&W where we had to develop out own film and process our own enlargments. Most of the class time was in the darkroom .

I now have three portfolios, not a bad thing in itself. Building a portfolio on a theme pushes your imagination.

If you're prepared to put in some hard graft - go fo it.
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Given that you previously used a darkroom, could you not just have a go. Unless things have significantly changed the chemicals came with instructions. While I have not used a darkroom for over 10 years either, it must be like riding a bicycle; you never completely forget. Attending a full course may not be ideal if you just need to refesh your memory. You might consider joining a Camera Club where there is likely to still be a handful of members using darkrooms who may be only to happy to help and it is likely to be cheaper than a course.

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