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Film and Darkroom Photography is a Course

Film and Darkroom Photography

Mar 2, 2023 - Apr 7, 2023

$175 Enroll

Full course description

Film and Darkroom Photography

Thursdays, 6-9 pm

March 2 - april 6, 2023

Meier Hall 306 (classroom) and Meier Hall 312 (Darkroom)

(Course fee of $175 includes $25 chemicals fee)

**NOTE:  For those with previous darkroom experience the film processing area and darkroom will be open for the full class length so it’s possible to skip the lecture and work on your film/printing for the length of the class. 


Film photography and darkroom developing are making a comeback!

Are you looking for an activity to help you slow down and cut back on the fast paced speed we're moving at? This art form could be the answer for you!

With each frame you shoot, you will practice being intentional in the moment. You will learn how to properly expose your film and process your own negatives. We will work in the darkroom and make black & white silver gelatin prints.

Salem State has one of the only darkrooms in service, and it's one of the largest.

Course Outline:

You will learn how to correctly expose film. This will include the exposure triangle, film speed, film iso, aperture and how to use a manual camera. 

After students learn to expose film properly they will learn to process film themselves using the correct technique for loading onto reels and the chemicals needed to turn from film into negatives. 

Then they will take the negatives and learn how to use an enlarger in the darkroom to make silver gelatin prints. 

In the classroom they will learn about past successful black and white film photographers and learn about styles they can try to replicate themselves.

There will be classroom instruction for one hour and two hours in the film and darkroom area each night. 



Jess Martineau is a black and white film photographer, darkroom printer and part-time teacher who lives in Salem, Massachusetts.

NOTE: Parking informationwill be emailed to all registered/paid participant shortly before the class date.

REFUND POLICY: 100% refund before the first class meeting. 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting. In the case of a Salem State Online class, 100% refund before the scheduled start date.