Processing Black and White Film


02 June 2021
Wednesday Evenings, 6—9pm

Learn how to process Black & White film by hand in Stills’ darkrooms.

Tutor: Morwenna Kearsley

Learn how to process Black & White film by hand in Stills’ darkrooms.
During this 3 hour session, you will transform your light-sensitive film into usable negatives that can then be printed in the darkroom or scanned digitally. We will discuss different film types and chemistry, as well as best practice procedures for film handling.

All equipment and chemistry will be provided, though you should bring along a previously exposed 35mm film to process.
Classes sizes are currently limited to 4 participants to enable social distancing throughout the course.

If you are unsure of how to get to this stage and would like further instruction on shooting a B&W film and the manual settings of your camera, please see our online Introduction to Black & White course, which provides the perfect foundation for this course.


Please read our cancellation policy before booking.

There is a 15% discount for signing up to all 3 Black & White courses (Introduction to Black & White Photography – Online, Processing Black & White Film, and Introduction to B&W Printing Session). Please use the code B&WBUNDLE15 at checkout to qualify.

Students, anyone over the age of 65, and those in receipt of any form of benefits can claim the concessionary price, offering a 10% discount on the full course price. Valid proof of eligibility must be produced on the first day of the course. Please use the code CONCESSION when prompted at checkout.

Stills uses ILFORD PHOTO chemicals on this course that can potentially pose a risk to pregnant and breast feeding women and asthmatics.

We take every care to ensure good working practices and adequate ventilation in our darkrooms. If you feel you may be adversely affected, please visit the Health and Safety section of Ilford’s website for further information.


General Guidance Notes for Pregnant and Breast Feeding Women and Asthmatics:

From a risk assessment standpoint, provided all necessary control measures (such as good working practices, adequate ventilation, and the use of appropriate PPE) are in place then pregnant and breastfeeding women should be able to continue to work safely with photochemical products.
Inhalation is the main route by which fumes and gases enter the body, making good ventilation a high priority. Exposure to irritant chemicals that would not affect most people may provoke an asthma attack in a person who already has asthma. For example, low levels of the gas sulphur dioxide can be produced by some ILFORD PHOTO processes. Most individuals would be unaffected but asthmatics may suffer adverse affects.
  • ILFORD PHOTO products include no known human carcinogens, and no substances to which phrase R46 (May cause heritable genetic damage) or R64 (May cause harm to breastfed babies) applies.
  • Most ILFORD PHOTO developers use hydroquinone, and their classification therefore includes 
R40 (Limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect) and R68 (Possible risk of irreversible effects).
  • Some ILFORD PHOTO chemicals use boric acid or borates. These substances are classified as toxic for reproduction. As a result, the classification of some of the powder developers includes R60 (May impair fertility) and R61 (May cause harm to the unborn child).

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