Lightbox darkroom

Membership & hire

Membership

To use the darkroom you will need to pay for a monthly membership. You can pay for a single month, at £20. Or, if you commit to 12 months membership, it’s £10 per month (effectively giving you 6 months for free!)

Both memberships will allow you to use the darkroom when it’s available. General availability is listed in the table below.

Monthly

  • £20 per month
  • Pay by the month via GoCardless
  • As much reasonable access as you need and is available
  • Equivalent to £240 annually

Annual

  • £10 per month, paid monthly
  • 12 monthly payments setup via GoCardless
  • As much reasonable access as you need and is available
  • Equivalent to £120 annually

How to book

If this is your first time using Lightbox Darkroom, please read First-time bookings below – you will need to complete an induction workshop.

Once you have completed an induction, simply contact me by email and let me know when you’d like to hire your first darkroom session. A payment link will be sent before your first visit. Thereafter, you’ll have access to an online calendar to book your remaining sessions.

Availability

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.

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday Closed 18:00-22:00
Tuesday-Sunday * 9:00-13:00 13:30-17:30 18:00-22:00

* Availability over Saturday and Sunday may differ when workshops are scheduled.

First-time bookings

First-time bookers will be required to complete a darkroom induction prior to using the darkroom by themselves.

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.

Amateur photographer

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.

Induction day requirements

On the day of your workshop or first use of the darkroom, we will 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.

Darkroom induction

An induction is simply our black and white development and printing workshop and can be booked on the Workshop & Events page. Each workshop session can accommodate a maximum of two attendees.

The workshop is £45 per person.

During the workshop 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 induction

To attend a workshop, please book on the events page.

Darkroom capabilities and equipment

The darkroom is capable of developing and printing black & white and colour 35mm, medium format, and 4x5 large format photographs. Current equipment includes:

Please note: to be able to develop colour film in the Jobo rotary processor, you will be required to complete a separate colour film development workshop first.

Scanning facilities will also be provided. Gotta get these photos on Flickr, Instagram and Facebook for the likez and favs!

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