One of the wonders of Plymouth, a port city of immense history, is the astonishing Royal William Yard. Built in the early 19th century to supply the Royal Navy with high quality food, it is an architectural gem. It was turned over to civilian use about 20 years ago, and re-developed as high quality housing and restaurants, plus a complex of artists' studios. In there is a community photography company, with studio, digital suite and full darkroom, with 6 enlargers, and tons of space.
So I joined last week, and after an induction, started today. I have taken courses before with a friend who is an Ilford artisan partner, but the only real way to learn is to use and use and learn. It's a lot tougher than Lightroom, but the results are soo much better. Getting exposure right in camera seems to be the best starting point!
Tried some split grade today. Probably a bit more work required but I got all the highlight detail out of the dog's white fur that I wanted. (The iphone scan doesn't do it much justice!).
It's an exquisite place to work, even if you are in the dark most of the time!
And the darkroom is up above a lovely cafe!