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PhotoSynthesis offers workshops in a variety of photographic disciplines, with an emphasis on historical processes. Most of our workshops are capped at six participants, so you can be sure to have the best learning experience possible. PhotoSynthesis and Burnside Darkroom Collective members receive a 10% discount on all workshops. Please consult our membership page for more information.

For those who prefer one-on-one instruction, please contact us to arrange for private sessions. Pricing details for Tutoring & Consultation can be found here.

Please consult our Workshops Policy.

Upcoming Workshops

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The Kallitype: Saturday, March 25, 10 AM–6 PM
The Kallitype is an iron-silver process patented in 1889. Taken from the Greek word “kalli,” which translates as “beautiful,” this process can produce prints that vary from sepia, to brown, to a warm black. The long tonal range and color of Kallitype prints are similar to that of a platinum/palladium print but are less costly to produce.

Photo Encaustic Play Day: Saturday, May 20, 10 AM–4 PM
This workshop is for beginners who are interested in experimenting with encaustic waxes and pigments over photographs or other forms of two-dimensional artwork.

Photographic Processes in Nature: Saturday, June 3, 10 AM–4 PM
This workshop is for photographers of all levels who are interested in using objects from nature and basic photographic materials to create cameraless photographic images.

Future possible workshops include:

  • Intro, Intermediate, or Advanced B&W Darkroom
  • Toning
  • Hand Coloring
  • Alternative and Historical Processes
  • Pinhole and Primitive Cameras
  • Batteries not Required—Image Making Unplugged
  • Digital Negatives for Contact Printing
  • Mat Cutting and Presentation
  • Portfolio Building
  • Workshops for Children and Families