Introductory B&W Darkroom

Explore the world of texture, shape, and light in the traditional black & white darkroom. Experience the resurgence of doing it in the dark.

Student Image by: Kelley CrawfordThis course is for the examination of the world without the distraction and embellishment of color—a world of texture, shape, and light—as can be shown through the basic techniques of manual photography and the darkroom. 

Students learn how to use their camera, lens, and tripod. They are shown how to select the right film and use a light meter to determine exposure, as well as how to control basic density and contrast for both the negative and the print. And they prepare the chemistry for and undertake the development of their own film. 

The class discusses how to make the best possible negatives and prints with full tonal range and explores basic darkroom procedures, safety, printmaking techniques, burning and dodging, toning, archival processing, and print presentation.

Students are encouraged to explore artistic questions concerning composition, framing, light, tone and texture, gesture and moment, along with their own personal responses to the visual world and events around them. This course is a stepping-stone to the great world of photographic images, from its foundation to the many possilities it offers. 



Ken Martin

Ken Martin received his Bachelor of Science in Art Education at the University of New Hampshire in 1970. He has been an art educator since 1969 and is currently the department head for Fine and Applied Arts at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, Maine. Throughout his career he has been involved with NH and Maine Art Education Associations, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, and Port Clyde Arts and Crafts Society. He has exhibited his work in galleries such as Houston Tuttle in Rockland, Maine; Belknap Mill Historical Society Galleries in Laconia, New Hampshire; and Lincoln Street Center for the Arts in Rockland, Maine.