Darkrooms

Situated beneath the gallery on the lower ground floor are our comprehensive darkrooms including Scotland's only open access dry-to-dry colour print processor. Despite advances in digital technologies, our traditional wet darkrooms remain as popular as ever. Whether you want to get to grips with the basics of this magical medium, experiment with new techniques or produce professional hand-made fibre based and c-type prints, Stills’ darkrooms can meet all of your needs.

Darkroom Facilities include

  • Black & white communal darkroom with 6 x LPL colour enlargers
  • Individual darkrooms with LPL large format colour enlargers
  • Black and white film processing room including tanks, reels and drying cabinet
  • Thermophot 505 dry-to-dry colour print processor (20” width intake)
  • Finishing area with dry mount press, guillotines, Logan bevelled matt cutter, cutting mats and scalpels

Access
We have no membership fees – to get started all you need to do is book an induction. Inductions are lead by a Stills' technician; take approximately 1-hour and cost just £20. To arrange a suitable time please give us a call on 0131 622 6200 or email resource@stills.org.

After the induction you can get either a one-day pass or a monthly pass giving full access to all facilities, enabling you to move freely between processing film and scanning, post production and printing without interruption

Type of Pass
Price(£)
What do I get?
Day
12.00*
A one-day pass that enables you to access all Stills' Production Facilities, including our digital lab (computers, printers and scanners), photographic darkrooms and video editing suite
Month 45.00* A one-month pass that enables you to access all Stills' Production Facilities, including our digital lab (computers, printers and scanners), photographic darkrooms and video editing suite for 28 days
* Consumables (including chemistry) are an additional cost and are charged according to usage (see below)
Darkroom Consumables
Quantity
Price (£)
B&W Darkroom Printing chemistry (includes Developer, Stop & Fix)
1 litre mixed chemistry
1.50
B&W Film Processing (independant of Pass)
300ml (1 x film)
2.50
Colour Darkroom Printing
Day
3.50
35mm/120 Negative Sleeve 1 sleeve £0.40
Terms and conditions:
Booking is essential. In cases of high demand, individual bookings will be limited to 3 hours per day, irrespective of pass type. No bookings taken more than one week in advance. Passes are for individual use only and are non transferrable. Month passes are valid for 31 consecutive days from date of purchase and cannot be back-dated or split for any reason.
Support
Specialist technicians are available to answer any queries you may have. If you require training to help you get the most out of our equipment you can sign up for one of our artist-led courses or ask us to arrange a specialised training session tailored to your needs.