Chemical Photography

Journey to the Past - I


  • Learn from one of the true Masters of the Conventional Darkroom Mr G Hettiarachchi
  • Relive the glory of grand old days
  • Shoot your own black and white film and use it as an opportunity to nail the exposure in camera
  • See how it is done in the darkroom and experience it yourself
  • See how the darkroom print is made and experience the origin on many modern day digital techniques

Course Duration

  • 3 Classes
  • 4 hours x 3 (12 hours of teaching and training)

Course Description

  • All classes are interactive multimedia experiences
  • There will be direct teaching and demonstrations on darkroom work
  • Opportunity will be given to handle and shoot with a film camera
  • Certificate of participation will be awarded to participants with 100% attendance

Intended Audience

  • Anyone who wants to experience how it was done in the past
  • Photographers who want to learn & experience conventional chemical photography

Medium of Instruction

  • Sinhala

Course Schedule

  • To be announced
  • Friday 1600-2000

Required Equipment

  • None
  • IME will provide the film cameras needed for the course and demonstration work

Shooting with a Film Camera

  • Learn how it was done
  • Importance on nailing exposure.

The Film

  • Different types of film
  • Choosing the film
  • Film vs Sensor

Developing the Film

  • How it is done in the darkroom
  • The process of development
  • Special considerations

Printing in the Darkroom

  • Choosing papers
  • The process of printing
  • Dodging and Burning
  • Sharpening Process
  • Looking after prints

Educational Requirements

  • Competency in photography is expected but not a must

Getting the best out of this course

  • As in all other courses by IME, we expect students to spend 2 hours on homework for each hour spent in the class
  • Participation in all classes is expected to get the best out of the course and 100% attendance is required for the certificate of participation

Enrolment Process

  • A limited number of students will be enrolled per class
  • Positions are given on first come first serve basis
  • Students need to choose a payment option and must make the payment to secure a placement


Course Fee: Rs 16,000.00 (Rupees Sixteen Thousand)

  • Eligible for 5% discount if paid two weeks prior to the commencement of the course
  • Discounted Fee Rs.15,200.00
  • Payment date to be eligible for discount is two weeks prior to commencement of course

Making Payments

  • Payments can be made in person, to our bank account or via credit card (this option is currently being developed)
  • A reference number is required to deposit money to our bank account and should be stated on the deposit slip
  • Reference numbers can be obtained by contacting our Registrar or filling out the following form

Contact Numbers

  • 011 309 4300
  • 077 415 1065
  • 071 274 5005
  • 077 762 5140