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The Only Place on the Planet Where You Can Learn Analog Photography in Depth 

The Darkroom Underground is the only analog photography community of its kind.  

We put our 40 years of experience to work for you and share the fine details of how to create world class analog fine art prints in your darkroom at home.

Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021 Before I Tell You About The Darkroom Underground Community, Let's Talk About Who This Is Really For...

>> You've been interested in photography most of your life.  

>> You love the look of analog film and you enjoy working with your hands. 

>> You realize that you were born to be creative and photography is your path.

>> You know you have something special in you that can be taken to new levels.

>> You realize the value of connecting with and learning from a proven professional.

You are in the right place and it is our absolute pleasure to help you explore and grow your knowledge and skills so you can fully realize your creative vision.

OUR 3 PROMISES TO YOU

#1: We will NEVER waste a single second of your time. Your time is important and we are always focused on delivering value to you. 

#2: We will ALWAYS give you everything you need (and nothing you don’t) to get pro-level results.  Likewise, we will never sell you short by just giving you high level information that sounds good in theory, but then leave you on your own to figure out all the details. Never going to happen.

#3: We are here to fully support you. There’s nothing we want more than to see you successfully create the type and quality of fine art prints that you have always had deep in your mind and soul. You were born to create or you wouldn’t be here. 

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What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

Michael Wellman Ultra Large Format PhotographerMichael Wellman Ultra Large Format Photographer "There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.  Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be." -Michael Wellman

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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE DARKROOM UNDERGROUND RIGHT NOW? DIY Analog Photography Handmade Series by Tim LaytonDIY Analog Photography Handmade Series by Tim Layton

Links to the Tools/Supplies/Materials Used To Make Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions.

In this new and exciting series, we simplify the complexities of making 19th century handmade silver gelatin emulsions and we walk you through how to make your own printing paper, negatives, dry plates, and film!   

Are You Looking For a Way To Stand Out From the Avalanche of Digital Photographers?

Do You Love Working With Your Hands & Creating Something Unique?

Darkroom Underground members can get immediate access to each lesson and video tutorial as we create them and you don't have to wait for the entire series to be fully produced.  We start production of the DIY Handmade Analog Photography lessons and videos on November 1, 2021.

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Terry Krebs, PhotographerTerry Krebs, Photographer "Photography has always been my passion.  However life, family and other things kept me away from it for many years.  When I decided to return to darkroom-based photo work I didn’t know where to go to get some refresher training, or how to get up-to-speed on recent techniques and equipment. Additionally, during my military service I had been injured and now was more of a visual learner.  Luckily, I found Tim and the Darkroom Underground.  Not only was his video-based teaching style just what I needed, Tim was always willing to answer any question that I had to keep me moving forward and learning.  Most importantly, Tim gave me the confidence to keep working and learning at my pace.  Thanks Tim for everything!" -Terry K.

By Being Part of The Darkroom Underground Community, You Will Be Able To:

  • Get new exposure to a global audience.  Tim loves to work with you and feature your latest work and projects on his website and on social media.
  • Nail down the exact details of a proven silver gelatin archival workflow
  • Understand and be able to mix your own developers, and processing chemicals from scratch 
  • Create handmade silver gelatin emulsions for making your own paper, plates, and film 
  • Work with more confidence in the darkroom and understand how to achieve your creative vision 
  • Define and establish the technical aspects of your workflow that truly make your work unique and personal 
  • Make beautiful split-grade prints that make your heart sing 
  • Create stunning large and ultra large format contact prints Weston style 
  • And much more....

Your membership automatically renews every month so you never miss out on the latest content.  You can cancel at any time in the future. All content is protected by copyright and by becoming a member, you agree to keep the content private and not share it outside the community.  This is how we make a living and if you share the content illegally, it directly impacts our ability to earn a living and continue producing new episodes for you. 

If you have any questions after you join the community, visit my Help Page for the most common questions and answers.  If you still need help, contact me at any time.

What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

Stéfane France Large Format PhotographerStéfane France Large Format Photographer "Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table.

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager.

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who also contributes greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I warmly recommend the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France, France

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OUR 3 PROMISES TO YOU:

Ice Princess 30x40 Silver Gelatin Fine Art Wild Horse Print by Tim LaytonIce Princess 30x40 Silver Gelatin Fine Art Wild Horse Print by Tim Layton #1: We will NEVER waste a single second of your time. Your time is valuable and we are always focused on delivering value to you. 

#2: We will ALWAYS give you everything you need (and nothing you don’t) to get pro-level results. Likewise, we will never sell you short by just giving you high level information that sounds good in theory, but then leave you on your own to figure out all the details.  That will never happen. 

#3: We are here to fully support you. There’s nothing we want more than to see you successfully create the type and quality of fine art prints that you have always had deep in your mind and soul. You were born to create or you wouldn’t be here.

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What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

Tri Tran Large Format PhotographerTri Tran Large Format Photographer "Tim Layton and the Darkroom Underground (DU) are an asset for the large and ultra-large format photography community. If you wonder why the LF and ULF format still exists in the digital world, then the DU will be your best bet to learn about the workflow and uncover the secrets of Black and White Fine Art photography.

They present great classes that show you the foundations, while still allowing you to maintain your own individualism as a photographer. I'm very proud of Tim Layton for putting this up for the community. He's a very dedicated, passionate, and devoted Fine Art photographer.

DU is a great wealth of knowledge; don't miss it." -Tri Tran, California

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What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

Favian Roldan PhotographerFavian Roldan Photographer "I found Tim's website 8 years ago when I wanted to learn how to scan negatives so I can make digital prints. I wasn’t quite familiar with negative scanning at the time, so firing off a few emails to Tim were necessary. Surprisingly, his responses were almost immediately. His website piqued my interest and lead to developing my first roll of Kodak Tmax 100. Of course, the next logical step, is to make prints from your negatives, again I found Tim’s site to have the information I needed. And again, more emails were fired off.

Over the years, my desire to improve and understand the black and white process, has kept me coming back. I've been able to progress from medium format film to 4x5 without missing a step. The foundation, Tim’s able to provide with his website and personal coaching, enables me to go into the darkroom with confidence and make my prints. In the darkroom the noise washes away and my focus is on finding the right way to print from the negative. Sometimes it takes hours and from time to time it takes days. It's about practice, practice, practice!

I'm looking forward to learning how to make my own paper emulsion, which again, Tim will walk me step by step. Tim makes it easy; his process works and the best part he's always available."-Favian R., Florida

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