Free Beginner’s Black and White Photography Course:19th & 20th June

As part of WASPS ongoing heritage programme funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland we are delighted to be working with The Inverness Darkroom to offer this in depth two day training course.

TO BOOK: Due to social distancing within the Darkroom places are very limited and you need to be able to attend both days. If you’d like to reserve a place please email

Everything you need to know to get started taking black and photographs – while creatively exploring the past, present and future of the historic Midmills building renovation.

Saturday 19th June, 10am – 4pm: All participants will start off making their own pinhole cameras – the very first type of camera used by artists and early photographers. We’ll use these pinhole cameras, along with 35mm cameras, to shoot black and white photographs of architecture and creative still-lifes on site within the current Midmills building renovation – learning to process the pinhole images as we go, and get creative with lighting and composition.

Sunday 20th June, 10am – 4pm: We’ll spend mostly in The Inverness Darkroom, learning how to develop the 35mm film and make black and white prints. All materials are provided. No experience necessary.Bring your own 35mm camera, or borrow one from the Darkroom.

Tutor: Rachel Fermi is a photographer, artist and educator, and co-founder of The Inverness Darkroom. She loves black and white photography!

Members only

Evenings (and an afternoon) in the Darkroom with Matt 

Unfortunately, the Tuesday night group will not reconvene at the moment.  But Matt has suggested that he can be available over WhatsApp video calling on smart phones.  This is free, using the WASPS internet, and means that Matt can actually look at what you are doing and offer advice.  Matt is happy to do this by arrangement at any time. 


Learn about the simple chemistry involved in one of the earliest 19th century photographic processes, to make beautiful rich blue prints – without a camera!



Everything you need to know to get started in black and white analogue photography – in one day! Learn to shoot, develop and print 35mm black and white film at the Inverness Darkroom. Cameras are available for use – or bring your own. OVER TWO EVENINGS.

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£80 All materials supplied. No experience necessary. This workshop will be bookable through EventBrite.


Pinhole photography is a long known way to make photographic images without the use of a lens.

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Learn how to make 2 different types of perfect bound books – one with a soft cover and one with a hard cover, both without complicated or expensive equipment. Materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring along any of your own that you’d like to work with. Not just for photographers – You will learn how to make a soft cover and a hard cover for your book using card and book-cloth and explore a variety of style options you could use. By the end of the day you will leave with 2 finished photo books and lots of ideas to use for your own projects. Workshop is led by artist Marion Archibald from the Old Printing Works. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Marion incorporates photography, print-making, found objects, artist books and small-scale sculptures into her practice.

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Get to know your camera better – whether it’s a new digital camera, or an old analogue camera – this relaxed afternoon session will take you through the controls, menus, buttons and numbers that unlock your camera’s creative possibilities.

You will learn how to get the most out of your digital or analogue camera, including manual and automatic controls. Open to non-members.

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£35 No previous photography experience necessary. 3 hour session. Bring your camera!