Platinum and Palladium Printing - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The course is designed for anyone with a sound understanding of traditional darkroom photography or digital photography who would like to explore the potential of platinum and palladium printing to produce stunning hand processed black and white images.

The course will enable you to explore the whole process from producing digital negatives in Photoshop, learning the chemistry and materials involved, hand coating paper with light sensitive platinum and palladium solution, exposing, developing, mounting, health and safety and the role platinum and palladium printing has played in the history of photography. By the end of the course you will have made at least three (approx.) 10×8’’ final prints to take home with you.

To speed up the process it is required prior to the course that participants sends the tutor 4-5 images digitally via email so digital negatives can be made and ready for the day. For more information on requirements please email

Platinum and Palladium printing is an alternative print process that uses noble metals in the sensitizer, which yields the widest tonal range unparalleled to any other metal based photographic process. This is why platinum & palladium printing is regarded as the most expensive and collectable of print methods.

Progression Options

We have a range of evening photography courses run between both the Bridgwater and Taunton campuses that offer introductory and more advanced photography tuition.

Course Summary

Course Title Platinum and Palladium Printing
Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements excepting an enthusiasm to experiment with
alternative photographic processes, however it is anticipated that participants
have patience and a delicate approach in the craft of physical

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I found the entire experience of studying my Level 2 course really rewarding, that I decided to further my knowledge by completing a Level 3 course. I’m continually learning new skills and it’s really helping my professional development in the workplace.

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