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How to Make a B&W Photo Print in the Darkroom: A 7-Minute Crash Course

Ilford recently released a popular 8-minute video on how to process black-and-white film yourself, and now the film company is back again with another helpful crash course on how to make a black-and-white print in a darkroom. If you've never worked in a darkroom before, this intro is a great way to see what it's all about.

How We Made a Mobile Darkroom for a Homemade 16×20″ Camera

In December 2015, Shane Arsenault and I had started talking about a joint photography project with the purpose of using his 16”x20” Bellows Camera on a larger scale, which would give us the freedom to work outside a conventional studio space.

The Digital Darkroom: Has Going Digital Killed Photography’s Artistry?

It’s not news that photography has changed dramatically over the past century. What was once an arduous process involving chemicals and clothespins has been completely digitalized, and in many cases automated. Anyone with a smartphone can call themselves a photographer; but does that mean the artistry has fizzled? Not in the least.

This Self-Contained Rolling Darkroom Takes Up Just 5 Square Feet

When photographer Ben Money got back in to film photography a couple of years ago, he decided to set up a dedicated darkroom station for himself at home. But because he didn't have a permanent room to use, he ended up create a self-contained rolling darkroom that takes up just 5-square-feet of space in his garage when collapsed.

A Tour of Ansel Adams’ Custom-Built Darkroom

"Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships." That quote by the great Ansel Adams might contain a hint of joke, but it's no joke that Adams sometimes spent entire days locked up in his darkroom creating his prints. And now we get to see the space for ourselves.

SP-445: A New Small and Simple Developing Tank for 4×5 Large Format Film

Long-time film photographer Timothy Gilbert was frustrated with existing options for processing 4x5 large format sheet film at home, so, as an engineer, he decided to create an easy-to-use and affordable system himself.

After several prototypes and extensive testing, what he came up with is the SP-445 processing system, an extremely compact and simple tank that requires minimal chemicals and effort.

This is How You Make a Massive 4×5-Foot Print in the Darkroom

What's the largest print you've ever made in a darkroom? If you've never done anything larger than the most common sizes, then you may find the video above illuminating.

Over the course of 3 minutes, we get to see how Norwegian photo assistant Oystein Gronvold recently went about creating a massive 120x150cm (~4x5ft) silver print from an 8x10 negative for photographer Dag Alveng.

You Need More than ‘Natural Talent’ to Make it as a Photographer

Movies on the big screen sometimes have valuable nuggets of wisdom that can be applied to photography (and life). We recently shared one such clip from the movie "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty." Here's another one from the movie "Boyhood."

In this 3-minute clip, the main character, Mason, has a conversation with his photography teacher, Mr. Turlington, in the class darkroom. It turns out to be a fatherly lecture about the importance of adding hard work and other qualities on top of natural talent.