Get to know your camera/ Walk through Asheville class

Class Days: June 30th, July 1st, July 7th, July 8th

Class Time: 11:30 – 2:30

Instructor: Michelle Cade, MFA from UArts Philadelphia

Cost: $50

This one session class will guide students in getting familiar with their DSLR cameras while walking on a photo skill based guided tour through downtown Asheville.  This class will show you how to take advantage of your cameras manual settings, with focus on using your manual aperture, shutter speed, and iso, as well as guide students through key concepts like white balance and different file formats.  Students will also get a chance to train their eye on artistic techniques like composition, line and form.

After a two hour walk through town, we will return to the darkroom where the instructor will guide students into opening their files on the computers and do a brief lesson on editing and what to do next with your photos of Asheville.  

Great for locals and visitors alike, come and see beautiful downtown Asheville and learn to take full creative advantage of your DSLR!


Digital Editing Basics

Thursday, June 21st  (5-8pm)
Instructor: Daniel Abide
Workshop fee: $50

This three-hour workshop covers the basics of digital editing using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. It begins with film scanning (if participants have film to bring), discusses basic file types, and continues with editing and adjustments. Participants should have a laptop with Photoshop or Lightroom CS series (free trials are available for download) as well as film or digital images to work from. Minimum 3, max 5. See deposit and registration info below.


Black and White Film Developing Workshop

Thursday, June 28 (5-9pm)
Instructor: Daniel Abide
Workshop fee: $55

Learn the basics of black and white film developing with this four hour workshop. This workhop will cover the handling of film, chemistry, and options for processing black and white film. Please bring a roll of film that is ready to process. No minimum. See deposit and registration info below.


Creative Darkroom Manipulation

Saturday, June 23 (11-4pm)
Instructor: Brit Davis
Workshop Fee: $90

Learn the techniques involved in making creative darkroom manipulations to images as a hands-on chemical process. Photoshop is not the only way to make experimental images! Topics covered include solarization, selective development, paper negatives, and chromoskedasic sabattier. The workshop includes demos of all these techniques with plenty of work time. Students are expected to provide photographic paper. Basic darkroom experience is recommended, but not required. Minimum 2, max 5. See deposit and registration info below.


Intermediate Black & White Printing Workshop

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Instructor: Daniel Abide
Class Fee: $45

Building on concepts introduced in our B&W 101 class, this 3 hour workshop affords students the opportunity to develop more advanced techniques utilised in the making of exhibition-quality prints. This intermediate workshop is aimed at those with darkroom experience. Ideally participants will have already completed the introductory course. Please come with developed negative that you’d like to work with. Minimum 2, max 4See deposit and registration info below.


Cyanotype Printing with Digital Negatives

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Instructors: Brit Davis & Mark Klepac
Workshop fee: $90

Contemporary digital transparency films have breathed new life into 19th century photographic processes such as cyanotypes. In this workshop, demos will cover how to print a digital negative using Photoshop and transparency film, and how to coat and properly handle paper with cyanotype chemistry. Participants will be able to make their own negatives from an image they will bring, coat their own paper with chemistry, expose it to the sun or with our UV exposure unit, and leave with 3-5 finished prints. Experience with Photoshop is recommended. Participants will need to bring digital images on a flash drive, all other materials are provided. Minimum 3 people, max 5. See deposit and registration info below.


Darkroom Exploration for Teens

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Instructor: Brit Davis
Workshop Fee: $150

Do you love taking photos? Have you ever wanted to learn how to take photos using film or the sun? This two-day workshop will provide a unique, creative, and supportive learning environment for teenagers ages 13-17. Over the course of two exciting days, you will learn about the aesthetics and technical processes of “old school” photography. You will be introduced to pinhole cameras, cyanotype printing, black and white 35mm film development, and creative darkroom printing techniques. All materials will be provided. No photography experience is necessary. Minimum 3, max 5. See deposit and registration info below.


Mat-Cutting Basics

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Instructor: Daniel Abide
Workshop fee: $35

Save yourself from expensive framing costs by learning to cut your own window mats! We will discuss different approaches to matting styles, demystify the math involved, and learn how cut on the darkroom’s own professional matting system. Participants should bring a sheet of 32×40″ matboard and whatever prints they may want to mat. No minimum, limited to 5. See deposit and registration info below.


Darkroom Basics

Thursday, June 21st (7-8:30pm)
Instructor: Michelle Cade
Workshop fee: $15

Learn why we still love the darkroom in this introductory workshop! No camera, negatives, or photographic skill required. Participants will learn how to make photograms – unique prints created by placing objects on photographic paper– as well as the more common practices of contact and enlarger printing with negative film. No minimum, maximum of 5. See deposit and registration info below.



Exploring Chemigrams

Saturday, July 14  (1-4pm)
Instructor: Bridget Conn
Workshop Fee: $60

Invented by Pierre Cordier in 1956, he claims chemigrams to be “most likely, the ultimate adventure of gelatin silver bromide.” Learn how to incorporate painting, drawing, and printmaking processes into traditional silver gelatin darkroom paper through the camera-less chemigram process. Instructor Bridget Conn will give an overview of how chemigrams work, demonstrate a variety of tools and methods to explore mark-making, and give guidance on how to achieve control over value, texture, and even color. Students will be contacted with a suggested additional supply list, basic supplies are included.



Basic Pinhole Camera Shooting and Printing

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Instructor: TBA
Workshop fee: $50

Never been in a darkroom before and don’t have a camera? This workshop is a great way to learn how to make photographic images in a very basic way. Pinhole cameras and paper are provided. Participants will shoot, develop their paper pinhole negatives, see a demo of how to print positive photos from them, and have remaining time to make their own positives. Students are expected to provide photographic paper. No photography experience is necessary. Minimum 3, max 8. See deposit and registration info below.



Fun facts about deposits:

  • All workshops require a $20 deposit to secure your slot.
  • Class/workshop deposits are needed by 5pm two days before the event begins.
  • Deposits are non-refundable for cancellations within 24 hours of class/workshop start time, and for no-shows.
  • Deposits will be refunded if the minimum enrollment is not met.