Lightbox Darkroom - membership & hire
To use the darkroom you will need to pay for a monthly membership. You can pay for a single month, at £15. Or, if you commit to 12 months membership, it’s £10 per month (effectively giving you 3 months for free!)
Both memberships will allow you to use the darkroom for four sessions per months. Each session is four hours long; see the table below for availability.
- £15 per month
- Pay by the month
- Four x 4hr sessions per month
- Equivalent to £180 annually
- £10 per month, paid monthly
- 12 monthly payments
- Four x 4hr sessions per month
- Equivalent to £120 annually
How to book
Simply contact me by email and let me know when you’d like to hire your first darkroom session. Payment can be taken on your first visit. Thereafter, you’ll have access to an online calendar to book your remaining sessions. If this is your first time using Lightbox Darkroom, please read First-time bookings below.
Lightbox darkroom will be open 7 days a week, between 9:00am and 10:00pm, you will able to book the darkroom out for a block of four hours per session.
* Availability over Saturday and Sunday may differ when workshops are scheduled.
First-time bookers will be required to complete a darkroom induction prior to using the darkroom by themselves. We will also need you to provide proof of address (a recent utility bill will do) and ID (driving license or passport) on arrival. Both requirements are to satisfy our insurers.
Professional photographer induction
If you are a professional photographer, there are no restrictions to hiring the darkroom and the induction will simply cover room and building safety and familiarisation, lasting approximately 15-20 mins. We can do this before you start using the darkroom for the first time. There will be no extra charge for the familiarisation.
If you are a professional photographer who has never used darkroom equipment before, or need a refresher, we strongly advise that you take a longer film development and print workshops first.
If you are an amateur photographer, you will have to take the darkroom film and print development workshops before hiring the room. This is both a requirement for insurance purposes, and is also the safest way of ensuring you optimise your time in the darkroom as safely as possible.
An induction is made up of two workshops, film development, and film printing; and can be booked on the Workshop & Events page. Each induction session can accommodate a maximum of three attendees.
Both workshops are £20 each. If booking them together, the price is £30 for both.
During the induction we'll cover:
- darkroom and building safety procedures;
- how to use chemicals to develop film;
- how to use the enlargers;
- how to use chemicals to print a photograph.
All you need to bring for the session is a roll of black and white film to develop and print from; your ID, proof of address (a recent household bill), and payment.
Booking an inductionTo arrange an induction (or to attend an already schedule induction), please email me and I'll get back to you to organise your visit.
Darkroom capabilities and equipment
The darkroom will be capable of developing and printing black & white and colour 35mm and medium format photographs (up to 6 x 9). We plan to upgrade to a 5 x 4 large format enlarger as soon as is financially viable. Current equipment includes:
- two enlargers: Durst M605 Color and a De Vere 203 with Ilford Multigrade head (both capable of 35mm - medium format);
- trays for 20 x 16 print size;
- a Jobo rotary (colour) film and print developer (can process up to 4 x 35mm films in one go);
- Nova upright print tanks, and;
- the usual darkroom paraphernalia (developing tanks, trays, wash sink).
Scanning facilities will also be provided. Gotta get these photos on Flickr, Instagram and Facebook for the likez and favs!