Crafting the Fine Silver Print

February 28 – March 1, 2020

Dallas Center for Photography


Alan Ross knows traditional darkroom and master printing techniques perhaps better than any other photographer today. Under his patient and expert guidance, you will immerse yourself in the magic and methodology of the traditional darkroom—just as Alan practiced side-by-side with Ansel Adams—learning tricks and techniques for crafting an image that expresses your vision. 

During this four-day intensive hands-on workshop, Alan will discuss, explain and carefully demonstrate the way he approaches printing to achieve an expressive, tonally rich, fine print. In turn, you will have access to an enlarger to practice with your own negatives under Alan’s guidance. 

In addition to reviewing your existing prints, which you are encouraged to bring, Alan will provide continuous support to each attendee, personally helping you improve your photographic darkroom skills during our workshop. 

Among the Topics Covered

** Evaluating a negative

** Relationship between film development and contrast

** Effects of different types of enlarging light sources on paper contrast

** Tactics for choosing paper contrast and exposure, and subsequent refining of the selected options

** Controlled, creative dodging and burning

** Introduction to selective masking for better and more efficient control of image tones

** Pros and cons of various processing chemicals

** Selenium toning and processing for permanence

** Additional techniques, as needed


Who Should Attend: Anyone with a working knowledge of darkroom fundamentals who wants to improve his or her gelatin-silver printing technique.

Facility: The Dallas Center for Photography is a 6000 square-foot building that was designed from the ground up as a premium studio and shared space for photographers. In the last few years it was remodeled and updated and has become home again to still photographers, workshops and other events. It is widely considered to be a great place to shoot by both photographers and their clients, and students say that it’s the perfect environment for learning about photography.

Class Limit: 10 Students

Class Hours: Approximately 9 am to 5 pm with a lunch break around noon.

Food and Lodging: Meals and lodging are the responsibility of each participant. There are several hotels in the area, as well as many wonderful restaurants. Recommendations gladly provided upon request.

Fee: $590 early bird registration (expires 1/29), $650 late registration

Registration: Contact the Dallas Center for Photography to save your space in the workshop.


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