Photography Workshops


Photography Group

Meeting for all photography levels from beginners to professionals! Come and join us for the Black Hills “Focus” Group at a time to be announced.  This group is intended for photography enthusiasts from beginner to professional. A typical meeting will include an educational component in the form of mini workshops and presentations. We will also have unstructured time to get to know one another and help each other solve problems, plan field trips or just talk shop. Come and learn or upgrade your skills and share your own photographic passions. Meetings will be facilitated by Richard Carlson. Carlson is the digital archivist for the Fassbender Photographic Collection. Carlson brings 30 years of experience as a professional photographer and educator to the group. You can learn more about the collection at If you have questions about the group contact Richard at

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Meetings at Homestake Adams Research & Cultural Center (HARCC)
150 Sherman St., Deadwood, S.D.
(unless otherwise noted)

Photo Editing Alternatives - TBA

February 26, 2022 (COMPLETED)

Day in the Darkroom - Spearfish High School (Tentative)
(Limited to 8  participants - email to check availability)

Join us on Saturday February 26th for a day in the darkroom at Spearfish High School. We will meet at 8:30am and work until approximately 3:30pm. (There will be some flexibility at the end of the day). You’ll get to shoot a roll of 35mm black & white film and experience the process of developing the film and printing pictures from the negatives. We can hand out cameras in the morning and photograph various subjects around the classroom and commence with the processing. This is NOT a class on how to use the camera but there may need to be some quick instruction to get the film exposed. If you have your own camera, please bring it. We can also arrange to get you a roll of film a week or so ahead of the class so you can take your time with your subjects. You may bring negatives you already have and get right to work printing in the darkroom. There will be a $15 fee for supplies paybable to Spearfish High School.

Directions to high school (coming from Rapid City, I90) -Take Exit 10 -Turn left onto North Ave. -Turn right at the stoplight onto Utah Blvd. (by Burger King) -Turn left onto North Main St. (by skate-park) -Turn right into the high school parking lot (park in the lot located directly across from McDonald’s) -Enter through the double doors (someone will be there to greet you/let you in) *Photo room is #114

Tentative Schedule:

8:30am - Meet in Room 114 at the High School
8:45am - Introductions, brief comments
9:00am - Hand out supplies, and give brief overview of the day
9:15am - 10am - Shoot 24 exposure roll of black and white film
10:15am - Overview of darkroom processes and processing film
11:00am - We hope to have all film processed by 11am or will need time to dry.
11:15am - Brief lecture about darkroom printing processes 
Noon - 1pm LUNCH
1:00pm - 3:30pm DARKROOM (working with contact sheets and printing)
END OF DAY:  Participants depart with gorgeous black and white print suitable for framing!

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