Coffee Toned Darkroom Prints

It’s almost too simple: a large pot of strong coffee (I used day-old coffee) + a few prints immediately following their final wash. Time, temperature, and paper-type will yield varying effects on the final print. Make sure you do a final wash/rinse to eliminate any excess coffee!

Below are a few experimental darkroom prints I toned in coffee:


Coffee Toned Darkroom Prints // ©DL Hudson

Coffee Toned Darkroom print of “Mr. Love,” Ilford MG IV Fiber Matt, 30 minutes of toning.


Coffee Toned Darkroom Prints // ©DL Hudson

Coffee Toned Darkroom Print. A bit different because RC paper. 3 hours toning time.


Coffee Toned Darkroom Print // ©DL Hudson 2015

Coffee Toned Darkroom Print // Ilford MG IV Fiber Matt, Coffee toned for 1 hour


Want a visual basic on the “How To?” Here’s a Youtube video by The Art of Photography outlining his methods for toning darkroom prints with both coffee and tea. Organic methods for adding a little somethin-somethin to your darkroom prints. Check it out!

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Dre Lynn Hudson is a Milwaukee native who loves the magic of light, conversation with strangers, and fish tacos. She is drawn to the quirky details of seemingly simple surroundings, and aims to capture the quiet and contemplative moments around her. You can find Dre eating the world with her eyes and keeping rhythm with the shutter. Dre is a freelance commercial photography assistant, who happens to carry her camera everywhere she goes. When she isn't assisting, she is working on a few personal projects to satiate her hungry eyes and eager fingertips.

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