A FILM Photography WORKSHOP WITH Ray Barbee

Ray Barbee


October 25th – 27th, 2019

FRIDAY: 5:00pm – 8:00pm

SATURDAY: 10:00am – 5:00pm

SUNDAY: 11:00am – 4:30pm




“Just develop it yourself!” It is a phrase you hear time and time again from photographers who continue to be committed to the creative use of 35mm Black and White film.
Intriguing as this process might be, for most, it will remain a mystery because we often don’t take the time to learn and understand the process. 
Sometimes, taking that first step can be the hardest part of the creative process.
For many people it’s been a long time since 35mm, black and white film was easy to take to the local photo lab or perhaps, develop yourself in your basement darkroom. Even if you once knew how to develop your own film, years of not practicing have left you in need of a refresh on the process. It’s also a good bet that you have a roll (or five) of undeveloped film sitting in your fridge, because you’re just not sure what to do with it.
Join the Leica Akademie for a two-day workshop, designed to help you take the first steps of processing your own film, hosted by legendary pro-skater, photographer and musician, Ray Barbee.
Ray has been developing his own black and white film for many years and will share his techniques and tips so you can develop your own black and white film at home with confidence! Leading by example, Ray will teach the class the how-to’s of the darkroom and then will work with each student in a one-on-one critique and edit session of their contact sheets.


  • Black & White 101 developing
  • The mechanical aspects of developing
  • Dry area to wet area
  • Loading film reels
  • Chemicals
  • Hanging Negatives
  • Creating Contact Sheets
  • Scanning to create prints


  • Changing Bag
  • Steel Tank (16oz)
  • 35mm Film Steel Reel
  • Glass Thermometer
  • Measuring Pitcher (32oz)
  • Film Cartridge Opener
  • 35mm Negative Preservers/Sleeves
  • Scissors

The workshop fee includes everything you need to practice and continue the steps you will have learned over the weekend.

*Developing chemistry and materials will be provided 


Friday, October 25th – 5:00pm to 8pm:
Meet and greet along with an overview of the weekend including a discussion on Ray’s experience with black and white photography as well as a hands-on demonstration of the process of developing film.
Saturday, October 26th – 10:00am to 5:00pm:
Process and develop your own film from start to finish, including cutting negatives and storing them in archival negative preservers.
Sunday, October 27th – 11:00am to 4:30pm
Scan images for printing plus, the how-to’s of post-processing techniques to get the most out of your negatives for the best printed results.



Photographers with a 35mm Leica Film Camera or 35mm film users who are not yet confident or have yet to start processing black and white film, on their own.  This is also a great refresher course for anyone who needs to revisit the process of working in a darkroom. Experienced attendees will also benefit from discussing in-depth techniques and discussion with Ray for pushing, pulling, and timing stops for various types of film.

Enrollment is STRICTLY limited to only 12 participants.

Coffee and snacks will be provided throughout the program. A catered lunch will be provided on Sunday.


All Images ©Ray Barbee


Ray Barbee is an American skateboarder, musician, and photographer originally from San Jose, California. He started skateboarding in 1984, when he was in seventh grade, and has grown to become one of the most iconic skateboarders of his generation.

His passion and do-it-yourself attitude, which distinguish him as a musician and as a skateboarder, also define his photography. He has been developing his own photos for the last ten years.

Rarely without his Leica M6, Ray brings the same unique perspective to the art of black and white film photography that he has brought to skateboarding. His pictures manage to capture both the loud and soft sounds of life. They document explorations, discoveries and experiences, while casually speaking of his own life at the same time.

Ray’s seamless approach to capturing a moment while nurturing the image through the development process and bringing it to fruition in the dark room make his photographs as humble and honest as the man behind the lens.

Ray is currently sponsored by Ilford, Vans, Krooked Skateboards, Fender, and was also featured in Ilford Photo’s: A Common Thread.  He is also a recipient of the Transworld Skateboarding “LEGEND” Award and was chosen to both perform as the opener and debut his work at the Opening of Leitz Park II HQ, In Wetzlar Germany.

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