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PHO-101 BW PHOTO I

SYLLABUS SUBJECT TO CHANGE – CHECK FREQUENTLY

POLICIES TO REVIEW

NO REQUIRED TEXTBOOK FOR THIS COURSE

Film Processing Guide

Class will always begin in FA111 (Inside of FA107.)  You will have to attend open lab hours to complete your assignments. Open lab times will be posted.

You will be given a starter kit to get you up and running for class, this will include:
  • 35mm camera
  • film
  • photo paper
  • film sleeves
  • mounting boards

You will eventually need to purchase some film and paper supplies:

Get a light meter app for your iPhone or Android phone (set your ISO to 200 on your phone)

  • Try Pocket Light Meter for the iPhone
  • Try beeCam Light Meter for Android

Syllabus (subject to change)

THE NO PHOTOGRAPHS LIST:

Campus – Squirrels or other small woodland creatures – Waterfowl (ducks, swans, geese, etc.) – Closeup Baby Faces – Closeup Horse Faces – Closeup Flowers – Sunsets – Cars without People – Homeless or other at-risk populations (unless you are involved with an organization that helps at risk populations)

Exceptions can be made to this list if you can demonstrate a genuine connection and interest in the subject matter and make a really interesting or different kind of photo of the subject matter.

MIMIC Presentation

UNIT 1 (weeks ~ 1-4)

Introduction and review of syllabus.

What is an SLR? What is Film?

Camera Obscura: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-visual-delights-of-camera-obscura/

Demo: Loading film in camera, camera functions. Film Exposure; Practice Loading Film.

Shoot a roll of film and process it next class

***Starting in week 3 you must always have printing and processing to do during lab hours, unless otherwise stated.***

Processing Film, Making Contact Sheets

You must have all of your materials by now. You will need your photo paper, film pages for every lab session.

Lecture: Editing Contact Sheets and Making Prints; Comparing exposures to shoot logs. Discuss Shoot Log

Printing Photos and Contact Sheets

Shutter Speed and Aperture Exposure Basics Review More Review: https://fstoppers.com/education/exposure-triangle-understanding-how-aperture-shutter-speed-and-iso-work-together-72878

Cleaning film.

Exposure Bracketing

Dodging and Burning

Week 1

Introduction and review of syllabus.

What is an SLR? What is Film?

Week 2

Assignments Motion

Lecture/Lab: Hand out supplies; class Demo: Loading film in camera, camera functions. Film Exposure; Practice Loading Film.

ASSIGNMENT-Using the Camera: 101-Camera

Shoot a roll of film and process it next class

***Starting in week 3 you must always have printing and processing to do during lab hours, unless otherwise stated.***

Week 3

Lab: Processing Film, Making Contact Sheets

You must have all of your materials by now. You will need your photo paper, film pages for every lab session.

Lecture: Editing Contact Sheets and Making Prints; Comparing exposures to shoot logs. Discuss Shoot Log

ASSIGNMENT – PRINTING: 101-Printing

Make a contact sheet and two prints from your roll of film.

Week 4

Lab: Make Prints of Assignments 1 & 2. Cleaning film.

Lecture: Bracketing; Look at assignment 2; Dodging and Burning

DUE: 2 PRINTS – 1 CONTACT SHEET

Homework: Have prints from Assignments 1 & 2 ready for next lecture.

Read: Explanation of Variable Contrast Photo Paper

UNIT 2 (weeks ~ 5-11)

Resolve any difficulties with basic print and film development.

Review for Quiz on exposure – processing – camera functions

Depth of Field and Motion

Understanding Depth of Field in Photography

Look at work by Ralph Eugene Meatyard for interesting blur photos

Schedule Mimic Presentations

Watch this in class: DOF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Trjy35jLE

QUIZ on Chemicals and Contrast Layers

OPTION TO SHOOT COLOR VERSION OF BW FILM: ILFORD XP2

Take color/b&w film to NY Camera or Princeton or Taylor Photo

Week 5

Lab: Resolve any difficulties with basic print and film development.

Lecture: Review for Quiz on exposure – processing – camera functions

ONLINE QUIZ ON EXPOSURE – PROCESSING – CAMERA CONTROLS

Shoot_Log

Week 6

Lecture: Depth of Field and Motion, Critique Assignment 3

Look at work by Ralph Eugene Meatyard for interesting blur photos

Assignment: Motion

Schedule Mimic Presentations

Week 7

Motion – DOF Review

Assignment: Depth of Field

Watch this in class: DOF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Trjy35jLE

Week 8

Read Photographer’s Eye

QUIZ on Chemicals and Contrast Layers

WORK ON Motion and Depth of Field

Week 9

MOTION-DOF DUE

Review Photographer’s Eye

Assignment: Frame/Vantage

Week 10

OPTION TO SHOOT COLOR VERSION OF BW FILM: ILFORD XP2

Take color/b&w film to NY Camera or Princeton or Taylor Photo

Spotting and Window Mounting Lecture

Week 11

Shoot Portraits in Class – Bring Camera

Lecture: Tripods and other means of stabilizing your camera; Low light photography

ASSIGNMENT PORTRAITURE

UNIT 3 (weeks ~ 11-15)

Spotting and Window Mounting Lecture

Shoot Portraits in Class – Bring Camera

Read Photographer’s Eye

Tripods and other means of stabilizing your camera; Low light photography

***Start Window Mounting and Spotting Your Final 15 Prints***

FINAL ASSIGNMENT:

This assignment is about shooting carefully. I want you to think about the edges of your frame and where you stand when you make the photograph.

Work on Matting and Spotting Prints

Both Classes – Final Portfolio Assembly

Week 11

Lab:  Spotting and Window Mounting Lecture

Lecture: Shoot Portraits in Class – Bring Camera

Lecture: Tripods and other means of stabilizing your camera; Low light photography

Assignment: Portraiture

***Start Window Mounting and Spotting Your Final 15 Prints***

Week 12

LAB: Work on Portraits

Last Assignment: Subject Matter

Week 13

Work on FRAME/VANTAGE

Work on Matting and Spotting Prints

Look at Portraits

Week 14

Both Classes – Final Portfolio Assembly – Lab time

Week 15  (WE WILL USE BOTH CLASSES FOR CRITIQUE)

Final Critique: 10 PRINTS FROM THE SEMESTER; ANY 3 WINDOW MOUNTED; ONE PRINT SHOWING SOME ATTEMPTS AT SPOTTING.)

  -Final 10 Prints will include:  6 from any assignment during the semester, can include MIMIC; 4 from the last assignment + 2 contact sheets from last assignment

ESTIMATE AND DETAIL OF SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THE SEMESTER

10 rolls of 35mm – 36 exposures – Ilford HP5+ or Kodak Tri-X  (You will need about another 10 rolls halfway through the semester.  We will discuss your options at that point.)

1 box (100 sheets) Ilford Multigrade RC 8×10 Glossy Paper or Alternatives on kit link

25 pack of Negative Storage Pages (7 rows of 5) PrintFile 35-7B, VueAll or Clearvue brands recommended.

10 Sheets of 11×14 White Mat Board (white all the way through or black on one side; 2-ply)

Additional Supplies:

35mm Camera, three ring binder for negatives, folder or box for 8×10 prints, sheet protectors for assignments, scissors, notebook, thin sharpie marker, hand/kitchen towel

Evaluation of student learning

70 points – Assignments/Quizzes

Photo assignments require that you integrate many of the skills and techniques demonstrated in class.  The assignment will reinforce technical concepts and require you to investigate what you want to photograph and how you want to treat the subject matter.  You will be graded on both technical and creative aspects of your work. Quizzes will test your comprehension of assigned readings and lectures.

15 points – Mimic Photographer Presentation

An oral presentation that combines biographical and aesthetic analysis of a well-known photographer with photos made by the photographer and made by the student in the style of the chosen photographer.

15 points – Final Presentation

Students will organize their best work into a presentation for a final group critique.  Grades are based upon technical and aesthetic concerns as well as participation in the group critique.