beyond the basics PRINTING TECHNIQUES



This one-day workshop is designed to introduce you to the intermediate techniques to help make your darkroom prints come to life. Bring your favorite black-and-white negatives to print and discover the how to control contrast, burn down highlights, dodge shadows and make your prints glow!

This immersive workshop is for those who are already comfortable with the basics of darkroom printing. If you have previously attended our Black-and White Film Introductory Workshop, this workshop is for you. This workshop is also excellent for you who have recently completed a high school or college beginning photography class. Sign up with the confidence of knowing that we are here to help you each step of the way.


Workshop Leader: Daniel Fitzpatrick, a co-founder and board member of the Chicago Community Darkroom, has been a working professional photographer for ten years in Chicago. After first falling in love with photography in his high school's black-and-white darkroom, Daniel received a B.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and had personal exhibitions. Today Daniel works in the commercial and fashion photography fields. Join Daniel for this workshop as he guides you through intermediate printing techniques in a black-and-white darkroom!



Saturday, Aug.27TH 9:30AM-4:30PM


Learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision! The Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Saturday August 27th is a one-day workshop that provides a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm or medium format black-and-white film.

Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

Bring only your 35mm or medium format film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

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Patrick Pyszka

Workshop Leader: Patrick Pyszka is a photographer for the City of Chicago and a regular at Chicago Community Darkroom. He earned his BA in photography at Columbia College Chicago and worked as a newspaper photojournalist for five years before joining the city. A passionate black-and-white film photographer, Patrick will guide you through the fun basics of making real, silver, black-and-white photographs.

B+W FILM 101 $50

Film Development

Join us  for a hands-on lesson in how to develop your very own roll of B+W film. If you've had laying around undeveloped, or have always been curious to take out that old camera, now's the chance to learn how to get your hands dirty and develop your own film!

A negative sleeve is recommended for  safely transporting your developed film. Chicago Community Darkroom will supply all the chemistry and equipment necessary, all you need to bring is an undeveloped roll of B+W film and we'll show you the rest! (Note: C-41 process film cannot be used)


MONDAY July 25th 6:30-9pm $50

PRINTING 101 $60

Join us for Printing 101, a class catered to those who have the interest, but maybe not the skills, to bring photographs to life. We will show you how to print your black and white negatives onto emulsion paper, from start to finish.

Topics include photographic chemistry, contact sheets, when and why to use test strips, and techniques to help you get a print you can be proud of.

Photographic paper will be provided, however we encourage you to bring in your own negatives to print from.


Thursday July 21st 7-10pm $60


$75 FOR 30 DAYS

Chicago Community Darkroom was formed with the idea that we could offer a refuge for those who shoot film. Whether it's developing film in a canister, or printing photographs using light and silver, our memberships offer you the chance to make art at your own pace. While modern technology can afford us the ability to never miss a shot, we feel that taking your time to craft one shot into its full potential warrants time and attention.

A 30-day membership includes:

  • Unlimited usage upon completion of two orientations (included in membership fee).
  • All standard chemicals for developing film and processing prints.
  • Members supply their own paper.
  • There is no contract. We do send a notice with a $5 off renewal discount prior to the end of your 30 days. You have the option of renewing online to continue your membership. You can do nothing, or rejoin us at a later time.
  • Email us at to schedule your orientation sessions.