Analog Photography

This course is a great introduction to film development and printing were you will gain an excellent basic grounding enabling you to work independently in the darkroom.

You will:

-Learn Darkroom safety and how to use equipment and mix chemicals

-Create photograms

-Develop and store black and white film

-Make contact sheets and test prints

-Use multi-grade filters in printing and produce high quality black and white prints.

The Darkroom will provide all chemicals needed for the duration of the Course and paper for the first 2 weeks. The cost of the course includes one free 3hr session in the darkroom, which can be taken after the courses is finished


Students must be able to use a manual or automatic film camera to produce a well-exposed black and white film (35mm, 120 or 5×4 format).

Cost €205.00

This intensive course affords students the opportunity to develop more advanced techniques utilised in the making of Exhibition Printing. You will learn split-grade printing, which will bring in details into your highlight and shadow areas resulting in a fine art black and white print. You will also learn to dodge and burn your print. This course is only for those who have a basic knowledge of printing.

The Darkroom will provide all chemicals needed for the duration of the Course and paper for the first 2 weeks. The cost of the course includes one free 3hr session in the darkroom, which can be taken after the courses is finished.


Students must have completed Course DPD01 or have a basic knowledge of developing film and black and white printing.

Cost €225.00

This course is for those who have a good knowledge of the darkroom. You will learn the Zone System for Processing Film, advance split grading printing, printing on fibre based paper and toning prints. This course will enable students to create an archival toned fine art black and white print.

The Zone System is a method of getting the most out of film-based photography. It’s a methodology that helps you pre-visualise the exact outcome for each image from the camera through to darkroom print. By determining the exact exposure requirements for each tonal element for in each scene you shoot, you can be guaranteed to produce an accurate reproduction every time. By helping the photographer to ‘read’ the properties of a negative, this method helps you adjust your film processing for perfect results.

Printing and toning using lith, gold and sepia toners to enhance your prints bringing in beautiful tones when printing on Fiber base paper which has a high silver content, this course is an opportunity to experiment and learn different techniques.

The Darkroom will provide all chemicals needed for the duration of the Course and paper for the first few weeks.


Students must have completed Course DPD02 or have an intermediate knowledge of developing film and black and white printing

Cost €275.00

This course will present tried and tested techniques for cameraless creative image making. At the same time it is an experimental workshop where students will play and create photograms by using different materials and techniques. You will learn about darkroom safety, develop your images in the darkroom and also experiment with solarisation and painting on developer.

We have a huge selection of materials here for you to use but students are welcome to bring their own materials too.

The Darkroom will provide all chemicals and paper and materials needed for the duration of the course.


Cost €30

This course is an introduction to photographing using film cameras and to the Black and White Darkroom. It is aimed both at beginners and those who want to rediscover manual settings, providing a comprehensive introduction to analogue photography learning or recapping on aperture stops, shutter speeds, ISO settings, exposure, depth of field and composition. Process your own film and print your own black and white images.

A full compacted 2 days

In the morning we will go through your cameras, Aperture and shutter setting as well as exposure and composition. In the afternoon we will go for a guided photo walk, where you will shoot your black and white film. On the following Saturday, you will process your film, make a contact sheet and select images for printing, then you will make your own photographic prints.

The Darkroom will provide all chemicals & paper for the duration of this course.

Cost €225

This course is for participants who want to learn professional film scanning and printing techniques. Focusing on flatbed scanners, the course will cover software options, high resolution scanning, colour correction techniques and image profiling options. Using a 16 bit post-production workflow, each participant will set up files to print and output using a professional Epson wide format printer.


Students Must bring negatives and a memory key.


Cost €75

A practical, hands-on workshop that concentrates on two distinct Alternative Processes; Cyanotype, an Iron printing process that produces a striking Prussian Blue image and Van Dyke Brown, an Iron/Silver process that produces a beautiful and painterly sepia coloured image.

The workshop covers every aspect of printing alternatively, from coating your paper, making your exposure, developing your print and toning your final image. Students will finish with a solid understanding of each process, its chemistry and practical tips to use in their own practice. An immensely enjoyable and practical workshop suitable for anyone with an interest in photography, printing, art or working without computers.

Students are required to send four digital images ahead of the workshop, which will then be made into large format inkjet negatives to be used during the workshop.




A process steeped in history and mystique; dating back to 1851 the Wet Plate Collodion process has been used to document everything from war, aristocrats, medical patients and families who couldn’t afford a painted portrait.

This introduction weekend will be a hands-on & creative approach to Wet Plate Collodion, giving students the opportunity to learn through practice how to make their own plates from scratch. Students will begin will a chemical safety brief, after which Louis will demonstrate the various techniques involved before given students a chance to prepare, coat, expose and develop their own plates by hand.

The weekend will revolve around a portrait session on Saturday and a still life session on Sunday. Students are encouraged to think about the images they want to make and bring in their own interesting props and pieces that will help them make the best work. A table of props will be provided for general use.

Cost €220

The Gum Bichromate (or Dichromate) process uses a chemical that sensitises Gum Arabic to UV light. This allows us to colourise the Gum Arabic with water colour paint or guache (for a stringer colour). An incredibly versatile process that can produce beautiful abstract prints or even full colour photographs.

The course will introduce students to the chemistry involved in the process, how to coat paper and develop using running water and paint brushes. This course is suitable for artists, photographers, screen printers or anyone with an interest in truly crafting handmade images. No knowledge of photography is required prior to the course.

Cost €200.00

Wet Plate Collodion Portrait

Discover the magic of photography during your very own Wet Plate Collodion portrait session at The Darkroom. Invented in the 1840’s, Wet Plate Collodion is one of the oldest forms of photography and is still used today for its innate beauty and magical qualities. Your portrait session will last between 30-45 minutes where you will learn about the age-old process and bear witness to your very own portrait develop in silver crystals before your eyes.

You will leave with an original and unique 5x4inch Tin Type and the memory of an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to video your portrait developing while you watch!

Cost €50.00

Digital Photography

This digital photography course provides a complete foundation for getting started with your digital camera as well as learning how to take exceptional photos. The course will also take you through the fundamentals of manual photography – shutter speeds, aperture, ISO, how they effect exposure and how they can be used creatively when taking a photograph.

You will be shown different techniques on how to compose an image by looking at the rules for composition. You will be shown advanced shooting modes and file settings that will give you the best results. You will also learn the advantages of shooting in raw format and understanding histograms.

Cost €195

This is an intermediate course for those with a basic knowledge of digital photography who would like to take their skills further.

Taking up from where the Introduction to Digital Photography course left off, students will build upon their experience of taking photographs and will learn how to use Lightroom and Photoshop to get the most from their images.

By developing a professional workflow, participants will learn to organise and process raw files for output for print and for web. Each student will work towards a self-directed creative or professional work brief, each participant will learn the skills of applied digital photography and develop the technical and artistic proficiency to realise their ideas through critical engagement and support.

Learn how to use different types of lighting set ups including fill in flash and how your lens type will create different moods in your images.
By employing “non-destructive” digital darkroom processing, involving tonality, curves, colour balancing and localised adjustments, each participant will learn to take control of their own outcomes.


Students must have completed DSP01 or have a basic knowledge of digital photography. Students will also need to bring a laptop for editing their images.



Cost €275

A course suitable for photographers, artists or any creative individuals looking to up-skill their photoshop abilities. Learn how to edit, manipulate and create your own image-montages using Adobe Photoshop’s host of powerful features including layers, masks, liquify, clone tool and more.

Over the course of four weeks, students will be introduced to Photoshop’s image editing tools. You will learn in a relaxed and encouraging environment how to use its basic tools to enhance your images and we will slowly progress to the advanced manipulation tools such as liquify and pen selection.

After the course, students will have the knowledge to change, alter and edit their images to their own liking, as well as having the knowledge to begin making their own photo-montages. Whether you want to subtly enhance your images or drastically change them, you will be able to get the most from your photography.


No prior knowledge of Photoshop or photography is required, but it is useful. Students will need a laptop with a full or trial copy of Photoshop and some image files to edit.

Cost €250

This 3h workshop is a crash course in Adobe Lightroom. You will learn a tried and tested workflow that covers; importing & organising your files, making batch edits, custom edits and exporting your images with different requirements ie; web, print, press etc… We will also touch on incorporating Adobe Photoshop into your workflow for more advanced edits. No previous knowledge of the software is required.

This workshop is suited to amateur and professional photographers alike, looking for a workflow to organise and edit their images.


Students will need a laptop with a full or trial copy of Adobe Lightroom 5 and some raw files to edit.

Cost €95

Analog + Digital Photography

The Art of Photography is a mentorship-based course aimed at those who want to advance their photography skills, pursue a certain project or create a photographic portfolio to showcase their work. The course is suitable for people with a good understanding in the basic principals of camera exposure in digital or analogue photography.

The course provides students with the technical skills, facilities and creative environment to explore and develop their ideas to produce a substantial body of work be it for an exhibition or portfolio. Course tutors Mella Travers, Louis Haugh & Mandy O’Neill work alongside students to elevate their practice to the highest possible level through classes, one-to-one tutorials, group critique sessions and technical workshops. At the beginning of the course for the first few classes students will attend a lecture in photographic theory and practice, do a recap on basic/intermediate photography skills and look at the rules of composition – and how to break them. And be introduced to Adobe Lightroom workflow.


The course runs over a three to four month period and is made up of eight evening classes and six full day’s classes. Throughout these months, students will participate in different workshops; Portrait and landscape photography, large and medium format cameras, film processing/black and white printing, studio lighting, fill in flash, scanning negatives and digital printing. Advanced post-production using Adobe Lightroom and an introduction to Photoshop will also be covered. As well as continuous group critique sessions and one-on-one tutorials.

The course takes into consideration participants work schedules and the tutors are respectively flexible in arranging workshops and tutorials.

Cost €725

This course is suitable for photographers who have an understanding of their camera settings and can shoot on the manual setting, who want to learn and understand Portrait Photography.

This course will provide you with the skills to take a great portrait through demonstrations and hands-on shooting. Students will learn about the challenges and joys of taking a portrait while shooting a model. Investigate different styles of portrait photography from the candid shot to the more formal shoot.

Learn composition through the camera lens and the effects of different focal length lens have when taking a portrait as well as ways of posing and positioning the subject. Different lighting techniques, through managing natural and artificial light, using reflectors and retractors as well as photographing in the studio using simple studio lighting setups.


Cost €175

This Advanced Class is for those experienced and professional photographers who want to learn portrait photography or just want to enhance their skills.
We as the photographer bring ourselves into every image we take; be it landscape, documentary or portrait. It is what makes an image of the same scene unique to each photographer. In turn the viewer brings in their own visual experience when they view an image.

In a portrait, when a subject is in front of a camera their expression changes continuously, it is us as the photographer to chooses the moment in which we decide to click the shutter and capture that unique essence of the subject. Lighting can create a mood, evoke drama or quietness. It can be soft and hard and it can change the shape of someone’s face, the same with the lens that you use. The relationship of you and the sitter is paramount to the success of every shoot.

The First Day will be a mix of demonstration and practical based learning. We will be looking at different techniques used to pose your model and lighting set ups, gain an understanding of what you want from your subject and how to get it, and also what your subject wants from the shoot. The second day you will be photographing 2 different models and putting the skills from the first day into practice in the studio and on the street using a mix of daylight and flash.

Cost €355

Motion Film and Video Courses

This super 8 film course gives you the ideal introduction to the format. You will learn how to operate the Super 8 camera and shoot a roll of film. In the afternoon you will Learn about developing your film. The next day edit it using an editor viewer and learn to cut and splice, then screen your début.

The Darkroom will provide each student a 50ft roll of Super 8 Black and White Reversal film (3 mins approx.) and will process your film for you. There will be a small selection of cameras to be shared among pairs of two and if you have your own Super 8 cameras, please bring them along.


Cost €195

This 16mm film course provides a hands-on practical guide to shooting, developing, splicing and editing motion films using high quality B&W 16mm film. You will learn how to use 16mm cameras, exposes, shoot on 100ft film. Students will process their positive film and will have a screening on the end of the second day.

The Darkroom will provide each student with a 100ft roll of 16mm film (3mins approx.), and all chemicals necessary for the duration of the course. There will be a small selection of cameras to be shared among pairs of two and if you have your own 16mm camera please bring it along.
If you can bring a tripod along as well as a light meter if you have one, for the course as we have a limited amount here.


Cost €345

This class is for beginners who would like to get to grips with the video function on their digital SLR camera. In a one-day session you will explore the controls such as exposure and focusing in relation to shooting for the motion picture format.

The course will involve a practical introduction to DSLR settings and hardware. Following this will be a focused video shoot with tutor support, Then, using free video editing software (iMovie / Movie Maker) you will practice basic techniques for editing and outputting your own video clips.


Cost €125

Want to take your DSLR video further, in this course you will look at how to produce high quality video output using your camera. This course assumes participants will have an Introduction level knowledge and understanding of video hardware and editing. The first session will be dedicated to using the camera to capture video using applied shooting techniques.

By considering panning, action shots, working with available light (indoor/outdoor) and creative exposure the participant will develop a sequence of short clips. In the second session the focus will shift to post-production where participants will consider best practice when working with video. By learning how to organize a video workflow, this one day session will cover working with codecs, editing techniques and how to output video.


Must Have completed the Introduction to video or have a basic Knowledge of digital video.
A laptop with either a purchased or recently installed trial version of Final Cut Pro X. (Mac based software available as a free 30 day trial which can be made to run on Windows).
A DSLR camera with a video function with a fully charged battery and a memory card capable of capturing HD video (SDHC Class 4 minimum) and a tripod.


Cost €265