Bay Area Camera Equipment Store, Looking Glass Photo, Announces Photography Workshops

Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Bay Area’s digital printing and camera store, Looking Glass Photo, is announcing upcoming photography workshops, including an “Intro to Black and White Film Developing” on March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for $75; an “Intro to Black and White Darkroom Printing” on March 24, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m., and March 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for $150; and “Matting and Preservation” on March 28, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., for $69.

“Film is alive and well at Looking Glass! If you’ve never developed your own film or want to get back into it after an absence, ‘Intro to Black and White Film Developing’ is your class,” Jen Waicukauski of Looking Glass Photo said.

“Intro to Black and White Film Developing,” taught by Brian Marçais, will teach the basics of black and white film chemical processes and developing techniques. Skills taught in this class include properly mixing and handling chemistry, loading film onto developing reels, and proper agitation, rinsing and drying techniques. Students will also create an 8-by-10 contact sheet of negatives to take home, as well as learn how to properly store and archive the negatives. Students are advised to arrive to class with at least one roll of exposed, undeveloped black and white film.

Brian Marçais will also be instructing students in the “Intro to Black and White Darkroom Printing” workshop. In this class, students will learn the basics of black and white darkroom printing techniques. The instructor will explain how to properly mix chemistry and how to ensure correct exposure, contrast and tone. Students will select their own negatives for printing, and create test strips and a final print. Looking Glass will provide RC paper in a variety of surface types, as well as the chemicals. This class is great as a follow-up to the black and white film developing class or as a stand-alone workshop. This class is geared to beginners. More advanced instruction can be sought by signing up for one-on-one sessions with Marçais or any of Looking Glass’ other darkroom specialists. Students should bring a roll of developed film for printing.

“After taking the black and white classes, stop by the Looking Glass darkroom anytime to develop or print on your own! Our darkroom is open every day we are, closing 30 minutes before the store. We provide all the chemistry and most of the equipment. Rates are affordable, the environment is friendly, and you can leave the cleanup to us,” Waicukauski said.

The “Matting and Preservation” workshop, instructed by Flee Kieselhorst, is an introductory workshop on the basics of window matting and archival preservation/presentation techniques. Students learn how to choose matte board and supplies to ensure the highest quality and greatest longevity. This short class discusses the different materials available and the benefits of each before a demonstration on matte cutting and creating a finished, ready to hang piece.

For more information about the upcoming workshops or any of Looking Glass Photo’s products or services, call 510-984-3751, view the Bay Area’s camera equipment expert on the web at or visit 2848 Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley.

About Looking Glass Photo

Looking Glass Photo is located in the Bay Area and provides excellent photography workshops, covers digital printing and sells top brands of camera and camera equipment. The store has a passionate staff that is happy to guide customers and give them the best information about photography. Looking Glass Photo has a reputation for great prices, the best brands, expert advice and friendly service.


Jane Waicukauski