PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS at Nightlight Darkroom, Salford (+Shutter Hub Discount!)

Nightlight Darkroom is a fabulous new space in Salford, created by artist Helen McGhie. As an active Shutter Hub member and contributor, she's offering all members a discount of 10% on any of these courses (which really are already super good value!)

Whatever your level of experience, there’s something for everyone, and this is a great chance to get together with fellow photographers and feel inspired.

Keep your eyes peeled for our Shutter Hub Meet Up at Nightlight Darkroom in November too! (We’ll let you know about it soon!)

Helen’s practice investigates interiority and the photographic gaze through the still and moving image. She graduated from the Royal College of Art (MA Photography) in 2014 and is director of Nightlight Darkroom, a new community space for analogue photography at ArtWork Atelier (Salford), which offers enlarger rental for photographers and workshops including Black & White and RA4 Colour darkroom tuition (at beginner/intermediate levels), pinhole photography and other camera-less techniques. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Sunderland. (See  Helen's Shutter Hub profile here).

Check out the courses, and contact Nightlight Darkroom for more information.


The Colour Darkroom

2 day course – £135

8/10/16  & 15/10/16 or 4/12/16 & 11/12/16

11am – 5pm

Learn how to hand print c-type photographs. Using colour enlargers and the RA4 process, participants will learn the basics of hand printing. All materials are provided, it’s also possible to print from your own negatives.

Photograms in Colour


9/10/16 or 3/12/16

11am – 1pm

Working in the colour darkroom, this workshop will make the most of the producing stunning images with many colours possible in C-Type camera-less photography! Participants are encouraged to bring along their own objects to produce unique and beautiful vibrant images.


Capturing the Environment: A walk & Camera-lessDarkroom Experience



11am – 1pm

We will meet at Nightlight Darkroom, before wandering around our local environment, collecting objects: stones, grass, found objects etc. to later create photograms.


Pinhole Photography!


10/9/16 or 19/11/16

11am – 1pm

Participants will create handmade tin can cameras before photographing the environment outside, returning to Nightlight Darkroom to develop black and white photographs.


Black & White 35mm: Shoot to Print

2 day course – £120

24/9/16  & 1/10/16 or 20/11/16 & 27/11/16

11am – 5pm

Learn how to manually shoot using a 35mm camera to expose black and white film, before printing beautiful 10″ x 8″ resin coated prints by hand in the darkroom.


Urban Photograms (Photocollage)



3pm – 5pm

Working in the black and white darkroom, this workshop will introduce the exciting process of camera-less photography! By collaging urban scenes on top of light sensitive paper, participants are invited to design and create their own fantastic urban spaces in the darkroom.


Intensive Photography

4 week course – £250

Saturday 14th/21st/28th January & 4th February 2017

11am – 5pm

Over four days, participants will gain a strong foundation in different aspects of analogue photography – from creating pinhole cameras and ‘alternative process’ cyanotypes, to gaining knowledge of how to correctly expose film and professionally hand print in Nightlight Darkroom’s Black & White and Colour Darkroom. Each session will teach a new exciting skill in analogue photography!


For further details, email Helen at

Nightlight Darkroom

ArtWork Atelier

95 Greengate


M3 7NG