20200326-28 Carbon Printing from Film Negatives / 26 – 28. March 2020


Carbon Print Process (WIKI LINK) is one of the most beautiful processes ever invented. It’s superior to all other printing processes in it’s tonality and archival qualities.  The only problem is that it is extremely slow process. It will take three days to make a several prints from scratch. Because carbon printing process is very slow, I’m limiting this workshop to a small group of four participants. Carbon print from silver-based negative is the best medium from the best medium. Digital negative simply does not have the ability to block the light as efficient as film does. And if you’re a large format photographer, then you know that enlarging printing method can be compared with the tonality and clarity of a contact copy print. And if the printing process is carbon print (on glass) then, by my humble opinion it is just the best possible way to print a photograph.  In theory you could make a good carbon print from any kind of negative, but we will learn how to get the best consistent results by adjusting exposure and development of the negative.

In this workshop we will cover:

    • Each participant will make at least two 5×7″ film negatives, a portrait and a landscape scene.
    • We will expose and develop the negatives to get the best out of the carbon printing process.
    • The making of pigmented gelatin also known as glop for carbon tissues from scratch.
    • How to calibrate the glop (pigmented gelatin) to the certain density of a film negative.
    • Using different pigments for toning carbon prints.
    • The difference between the traditional dichromate and DAS sensitisers.
    • How to dry, sensitise and expose a carbon tissue
    • How the different quality of light exposing a carbon print effects the end result.
    • How to “develop” an exposed carbon print.
    • We’ll be trying different materials for the final support, from fixed-out silver gelatin paper, seized fine art paper, plastic Yupo paper, to my favourite way of printing, a carbon print on glass.
    • How to seize an art paper for carbon printing process.
    • Presentation of a carbon print on glass


Na žago 4, Straža pri Novem mestu, Slovenia (45°47’07.1″N 15°04’35.4″E – Google maps)  My atelier is in a small railway station in  a small town, across the street of local pizzerija Ravbar.

Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of March 2020. We start at 9:00 and end the day at about 19:00

This is a basic course, going easy to follow step by step, so no previous knowledge is required.


Three day workshop costs 650 EUR and that includes all the material costs and detailed hand out notes with all the steps and receipts. All the negatives and prints you will take with you. Even some un-exposed carbon tissues, so after the workshop you can practice immediately. The price does not include food or accommodation. That said, if the weather permits, one night, we will have dinner in the forest, beside a bonfire on the top of the hill.

I recommend RaMar accommodation (LINK) But if you are coming by car, there are more options.  Five kilometers away, in Dolenjske Toplice there are options like camping (LINK), Hotel Pri Mostu is really nice place and in Novo mesto that is 9 km away there is also Hostel Situla. There are many other options on

The workshop is limited to four participants and you get your place by paying the reservation of 200 EUR. The reservation fee is 50% refundable one month before the workshop and after that it’s not refundable. The rest you pay at the beginning of the workshop. I want you to feel comfortable and pay when you will be here, but I do need to collect the reservation fee.

The closest airport is Ljubljana, Slovenia
The second closest airport is Zagreb, Croatia
Then there are two more airports in the vicinity: Klagenfurt (AT), Treviso (IT)

If you will come by buss or train, go to Novo mesto. From Novo mesto busses are going to Straža, but the connection is not that good, so I can pick you up and drop you to your accomodation place.

Please email me for reservations and more information


  • Introduction to the processes and reviving some examples of prints and negatives.
  • Going to the river and exposing few 5×7″ film negatives.
  • Developing films with ID-11 and Sandy King’s Pyrocat HD
  • Making close face portraits with studio flash, of course, on 5×7″ film negative.
  • Safety measures during the work with DAS sensitiser.
  • Preparation of glop, the pigmented gelatine.
  • Pouring the sensitised and pigmented gelatine on the temporary support.
  • Drying the tissues.
  • Exposing the pre-prepared and sensitised carbon tissue.
  • Making the first carbon print and getting familiar with all the steps of the process.


  • Single transfer carbon printing process.
  • Making carbon prints from the carbon tissues prepared the day before.
  • Seizing art paper for the final support of the carbon print.
  • Preparation of glass as the final support of the carbon print.
  • Learning how to manipulate contrast.
  • How the quality of light that the carbon print is exposed effects the contrast of the image.


  • Making more carbon prints.
  • Hardening seized art paper.
  • Final presentation and protection of the print.

Each participant will receive notes with all the receipts and the most important points to remember.

201902 Film & Darkroom Workshop 22-24th of February


This workshop is covering film photography and its advantages and disadvantages. In this one three day workshop the participant will use different cameras from small to large format, expose films, develop films and make prints. On the end we will also cover advanced creative and archival techniques of toning with selenium and / or sulphide toner, drying prints on glass or with ferrotyping technique for high glossy surface and extra tonality.


FRIDAY 22nd of February 2019
10:00 Introduction to cameras, loading film, reading a lightmeter, basics of sensitometry
11:00 A photo safari with a 47 year old car Land Rover Series 3
11:30 – 19:00 photographing on different locations
13:30 Dry meal, snack
17:00 Dinner on the top of the mountain
19:00 Return to the valley

SATURDAY 23rd of February
9:00 Good morning tea
9:30 All about the film

  • short basics on sensitometry
  • How to mix developer
  • which developer is good for which occasion
  • How to load a film in developing tank and
  • How to load a film in a dark changing bag
  • Developing times and densitometry
  • Developing, washing, fixing, washing, drying
  • Archival storage of negatives

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00 Making contact copies from negatives
15:00 – 19:00 Making first prints

SUNDAY 24th of February

Each of the participants will make a few contact copies of negatives and few enlarged prints of size 24×30 cm and one photo on 50x60cm paper. One enlargement 50×60 cm is included in the the price of the workshop, but it is possible to print more at the additional cost of 10 EUR per print.

We will learn how to print with gradation filters, dodge and burn certain areas of the print and on the end we will tone our prints for aesthetic and archival quality. The toning part includes advanced toning technique of split toning with sulphide and selenium toners.

On our disposal will be

  • The beautiful Nikon F3 – 35mm camera
  • Twin lens camera Mamiya C330 format 6×6
  • Viewfinder Fuji GSW 690, format 6x9cm, also known as Texas Leica
  • Famous Linhof Tehnorama, format 6×17 cm
  • Wooden large format camera ShenHao, format 4×5″
  • Tripods, filters, lightmeters
  • And please bring your camera too

Na žago 4, Straža pri Novem mestu, Slovenia (45°47’07.1″N 15°04’35.4″E – Google maps)


Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of February 2019


The workshop is limited to four people, so we will have enough time to make good prints.


Three day workshop costs 450 EUR and that includes all material costs, from large format silver-gelatine photo papers, films, developer, toners (sulphide and selenium). The price does not include food and accommodation. If you are interested only in darkroom part of the workshop, you may join us on Saturday and Sunday and the price will be lower, 350 EUR.

The workshop is limited to four participants and you get your place by paying the reservation of 100 EUR. The rest you pay at the start of the workshop. The reservation fee is 90% refundable three weeks before the workshop, but after that, it’s not refundable.

In vicinity there are four hotels and many B&B options. You will receive our support in finding the most suitable accommodation for your needs.

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