Custom One-on-One or Two-Person Workshops

Film Photographers


As someone who worked side-by-side with Ansel Adams, and who has made numerous prints from his original negatives for over 30 years, Alan Ross knows Ansel’s darkroom and master printing techniques perhaps better than any other photographer today.

You can learn to use these same tricks and techniques to print the image you envisioned at the moment of inspiration, transforming the literal to the expressive, the ordinary to the exquisite.

Under Alan’s patient and expert guidance, you will immerse yourself in the magic and methodology of the traditional darkroom, completing the creative cycle with complete confidence and control.

“After three days in the darkroom with you on master black-and-white printing, I walked away with a great amount of useful information and techniques. I left with the tools I needed and already have seen an improvement in my printing. You continue to encourage and motivate those of us who still love the darkroom. You are a wonderful teacher and your love of photography is in everything you do.” ~ Linda L., Colorado

“Alan is a wonderful instructor, an awesome photographer, incredible darkroom technician, and, even more importantly, a wonderful person.” ~ Jose R., Pennsylvania

What You’ll Gain

Working one-on-one with Alan in his Santa Fe studio and darkroom, you will learn to:

  • Evaluate a negative
  • Choose a paper and make and evaluate a test print
  • Understand and choose processing chemicals
  • Use hands-free dodging and burning to achieve extraordinary control of print tonality
  • Process and present a print to museum standards
And because the successful crafting of a compelling image doesn’t begin in the darkroom, Alan can also review those elements essential to making the most useful negative, including:
  • Composition
  • Film testing
  • Lens choice
  • Use of filters
  • Exposure and processing


  • Duration:  1 to 5 days
  • Experience Level:  Intermediate to Advanced
  • Class Size:  One or two
  • Dates:  Subject to availability. Please contact Alan directly by email with specific dates in mind.
  • Location:  Santa Fe, NM. (NOTE:  Alan is also available to work with you in your own space/environment.  Travel time and expenses may apply.)
  • Lodging:  Santa Fe has many choices, from camping to luxury hotels. We’re happy to help you find accommodations to suit your needs and fit your budget.
  • Fees: $750 per day for 1 – 2 days; $700 per day for 3 – 5 days. Deposit of 20% required to hold your dates. Balance of workshop fee due at end of session.
  • Materials & Other Charges:  Most people find it more convenient to work with the paper and materials on hand in Alan’s darkroom. These are billed at approximate MSRP on an as-used basis.
  • Cancellations:  Changes sometimes do need to be made, so the deposit will be refunded in full if cancellation is made 60 days prior to the scheduled workshop start, 50% between 60 and 30 days, and no refund with less than 30 days notice.
To arrange your custom workshop, please email Alan, or call him at 505.466.2335.

To make a workshop deposit, just select the workshop length from the menu below and add to the cart.

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