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From Digital to Darkroom: Creating and Using Negatives from Digital Images

Instructed by Sharee Allen

Sunday, November 11, 1-4pm
Saturday, November 17, 1-4pm

Registration Deadline:
November 5, 2018 for the November 11th workshop
November 9, 2018 for the November 17th workshop


Are you ready to embrace the idea that digital and film photography can be complimentary, not rivals? In this workshop, we’ll show you how to transform originally digital images into large-scale negatives and take you into the darkroom to bring the negatives to life as unprecedented gelatin-silver prints.

This class will cover the following topics:

  • The techniques needed to create useful negatives from native-digital images (basic Photoshop steps, local printers, etc.)
  • Complete darkroom printing processes, with a focus on contact prints from single and multiple negative(s)
  • Creating a composition on paper with successful easel cropping
  • Exploring advanced techniques like use of contrast filters (time permitting)

Tuition: $120

(This fee covers the printing of two negatives for each participant [from the participant’s own digital library… see the note under the materials list below], all necessary darkroom chemistry, and all photo paper.)

Class Size:
Minimum: 3 per date
Maximum: 6 per date

Required Materials:

Manifest Drawing Center will provide all necessary materials. However, participants will need to send two high-resolution digital files (300 dpi) to the instructor ( by November 6 for the November 11th workshop and November 10 for the November 17th workshop, so that the instructor has time to have those images printed in negative form and ready for darkroom experimentation prior to the start of the workshop.

Level of Study:
No experience necessary. This workshop is OPEN TO ALL.

LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and direction links below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms, a darkroom, and a processing room all totalling nearly 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar





About the instructor:

Sharee Allen has lived a nomadic lifestyle in seven U.S. cities and abroad. She earned her BA in Fine Art from Alfred University in western New York, and an MA in Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her Master’s thesis researched the role of self-portraiture in adolescent identity formation. 

Sharee’s professional photography career began onboard the cruise ship MS Amsterdam in 2010, where she traveled to six continents and worked as Image Creator. Upon her return to the States, she took on positions for Rolling Stone, Lomography, Freestyle Photo, and Cincy Refined. Since returning to Cincinnati in 2015, she has held a therapist position at Holly Hill Children’s Services and led mural painting projects with area high schools. Sharee is co-founder of the webzine No Particular Order.

Sharee also moderates Manifest Drawing Center’s Open Photography Lab weekly.



Manifest's 15th season is funded in part by a grant from the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by an impact grant from ArtsWave, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous contributions of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

gallery hours:

tues-fri noon-7pm, sat noon-5pm
(or by special appointment)

closed Sun and Mon

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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

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4905 whetsel avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45227



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