People are under the illusion that it’s easy ... Technically, it is complex. You have a million options with equipment to distract you. I tell my students to simplify their equipment.

-Brett Weston

The equipment for a darkroom falls into three categories: dry side, wet side, and miscellaneous. The following items are recommended for a well-equipped darkroom.


The dry side is where your enlarger resides, and negatives are stored and handled. You can load film into daylight developing tanks on the dry side as long as the tanks are dry on the outside. Chemicals, liquid or powder, should never be placed on the dry side to avoid possible damage to negatives. The following is a list of recommended and optional items.

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