Here it is! Your own darkroom in your wardrobe!

One of the most difficult things to do with film photography is having a place set aside in your home specifically for developing and printing your own films.

Those of us who have very large homes no doubt can indeed spare a complete room for this activity. But those of us who live in small apartments or houses usually do not have any spare space at all. So what do you do in this situation?

Many photographers have been able to set up darkrooms in garden sheds or outbuildings, as well as in attics or spare washrooms.

My own darkroom has been set up in a spare wardrobe believe it or not! Ok, agreed, it’s not very spacious but it does the job. All you need in essence is a light tight space, with enough room for you to stand in and do your stuff with your films or prints etc.

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All I have in my improvised wardrobe is a small table with 2 shelves which carry my developing trays and other spare bottles for storing chemicals, water etc. The top surface is taken up by my enlarger.

On one of the sides, I have fitted a darkroom safelight that allows me to work with photo paper without exposing it.

This little room has been serving me for many years and I’m quite happy working in it. How can I modify it to make it better? There are many ways to do that, which I may or may not do, depending upon time….and sheer laziness!

When the door is closed, the place is light-proof and consequently it can get a little stuffy in there, especially in the warmer months of the year, so the next facility I’d like to fit would be an electric fan to get fresh air in. There are special fans available for use in darkrooms that only let air in but no light. Aside of that, I can’t think of anything else really that would make my life in my darkroom easier…perhaps a shelf on one side would be handy, for placing bits and pieces.

There are endless permutations of this design; you can move things around to suit yourself, or you can build it in a closet you may have. If you have the space, you could fit a table with more shelves, say 3 or 4 shelves, or maybe fit in a small stool or chair. The sky’s the limit really.

So there you are…a darkroom in a wardrobe. Now I want you all to promise that you are not going to make any more excuses about not having a darkroom!

PS please don’t laugh at my drawing…I’m not an artist, but you get the idea!



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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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6 Responses to Here it is! Your own darkroom in your wardrobe!

  1. I’m glad you touched on the need for airflow – not only to have enough oxygen but also to keep the concentration of fumes down.

    • too true, steve!
      i forgot to mention that im only ever in there for as long as it takes to do my work, no longer.
      as for fumes, of course that problem is there always and shouldnt be ignored, but i used to work with my uncle in his photo business when i was a kid, and i just got used to the smell of the darkroom chemicals!
      heaven knows what the fumes may have done to our insides, but im still alive and kicking!
      but seriously, yes, its wise to invest in an electric fan to ensure good airflow….tnks for dropping in!

  2. reocochran says:

    You are certainly thinking we all have the same talent YOU do! But it is a nice offering and suggestion to those who thought it would be too out of their expenses… take care, Robin

    • hey, robin!
      well, you know what…you dont really need any talent to do what im talking about here, honest!
      like anything, once youve done it, it becomes 2nd nature.
      and the cost, as you rightly say, is minimal, if you do it as i have shown….i mean, everybody has a wardrobe in their house that they can use!
      once again, tnks so much for dropping in…how’s life in general?

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