Contact me
Terry.Towery@Lehman.Cuny.Edu
Course Description
This course is an introduction to the principles and elements of black and whte photography. Although the lectures may seem to focus on technique the focus of the course will emphasize personal creative expression.
   
 

Grading policy:
You are expected to spend considerable amount of time outside of class shooting and working in the lab. You Must Attend Class! After three absences you will be dropped from the class. You Must Be On Time For Class! Three tardies counts as one absence, if you arrive late to class you must make it clear to me that you have arrived or you will be marked absent. All assignments must be turned in on time, at the beginning of class. No late work will be accepted.

- Final portfolio is 40% of the grade for this course
- Assignments are 10% each
- Book day oral presentation is 10%
- The 2 Exhibition visitation reports are 10% (5% each) these should be included in your final portfolio
Class participation, attendance and participation in critiques are 10%

Instead of a physical textbook I recommend National Geographic's ultimate photo guide

Strobist lighting guide

Ilford's Processing your first roll of black and White film
Kodak's Black and White Tips for Darkroom enthusiasts

If oyu prefer a standard Textbook
Henry Horenstein's Basic Photography ISBN#0316373141 as a reference MUc
AND
Criticizing Photographs An Introduction to Understanding Images Terry Barrett ISBN#0-767411862

I also recommended text Pinhole Photography by Eric Renner Focal Press ISBN#0-240-803507

Materials list  
 

Exhibition visitation reports:

You must do TWO photography exhibition reports. These should be more than one, but not more than two, double spaced pages. I want you to see and experience photography first hand and not through reproduction. Photography in New York is the best place to find out about exhibitions.

Attendance Policy
Attendance is mandatory. You Must Attend Class!
Three absences constitute a failure for the entire course. After three absences you will be dropped from the class.
Be prompt for class. You Must Be On Time For Class! Anyone arriving more than ten minutes past the start of class will be counted as absent. Three lates equal one absence.
It is your resonsibility to inform me, DURING THE BREAK, that you arrived late.

All assignments must be turned in on time, at the beginning of class. No late work will be accepted.
Every class an assignment is late will count as a full grade markdown. If you are absent fro a medical reason, I must see your assignment the following class.
 
Week Lecture Topic lab Topic Assignment Readings
1

Class requirements set forth. Orientation to the facilities.
First assignment given - The still life - allegory v metaphor v simile

35mm on a starving artist budget

Excellent vintage 35 mm cameras available for cheap

some guys top ten vintage manual SLRs

Camera, exposure and Gray card discussion

Materials list

Get your supplies BY NEXT CLASS!

Shoot at least one roll of film by next class

Bring exposed film, tank reels, thermometer, all chemicals and containers.

Using a gray card

12 most common exposure problems

Cliche

Depth of field

2

Process Film

Massive developing chart
Ilford's Processing your first roll of black and White film
Kodak's Black and White Tips for Darkroom enthusiasts

excellent overview of the film workflow

GIve Oral presentation assignmentt

Bring Photo Paper and small translucent objects to next class

Processing film:
Massive developing chart


Ilford's Processing your first roll of black and White film

Kodak's Black and White Tips for Darkroom enthusiasts
3 Photograms and contact sheets   Bring pinhole camera materials pinhole tut
4

Pinhole camera making session

Pinhole photo information 

  Bring photo paper and negatives to next class off-camera-lighting-gear-recommendations
5

Making enlargements Read test strips hand out

    dodging and burning of iconic images
6 Printing session Next session is a CRITIQUE Prints MUST be ready at the BEGINNING OF CLASS  
7 First CRITIQUE Bring Still life assignment, photograms, and pinhole images to critique   Narrative or non narrative sequence  
8

NArrative lecture

Lighting for black and white    
9 Printing session      
10 Open work session      
11 Crit NArrative sequence assignment   Open Assignment discussed
Students are to write their own assignment and submit it for approval. It should have a concise theme or idea and must involve at least 100 frames and 6 final images
 
12 OpenWork session      
13 Oral Presentations      
14 Demonstration on Spot toning and presentation of works on paper      
15

FINAL CRITIQUE AND LAB CLEANUP!

 

DUE:
Final open project
Final Protfolio of 20 best images
   
  Course Links:

Photograph Magazine exhibitons listings
26 Seminal Readings on Photogrpahy

digital Rev

Useful Links:
National Geographic's ultimate photo guide

Strobist lighting guide

Lightroom 5 quick start guide

five easy steps to shoot in manual mode

B&H tutorials page

Photogs rights

school of digital photo

Digital photo school

American Suburb X

DPreview

   
 

Don't Cheat - don't steal - don't lie

You must attend Photo Expo or Aipad depending on if it is the Fall or Spring semester.

Assignments must be ready for presentation and grading on time. Every session an assignment is late will count as a grade markdown. You must attend the critique without your work to have the opportunity to re submit it. If you do not attend the critique you fail the assignment. All of the work you submit for grading must be your own. You may not download images, animations, or any other material/graphics/text off of the web. As well, you may not scan material from books or magazines to use in your assignments. Any assignment containing any such material will automatically receive a failing grade. I may request evidence of your creative process - therefore, save and have available any source material that you produced - photographs, sketches, items that you scanned, etc, as well as any intermediate digital files. By doing so, you protect yourself from undue scrutiny.

Papers: do not plagarize your work. The bulk of your papers must be your own words/thoughts. You may quote source material, but this may not comprise more than 20% of your paper. You must provide footnotes and a bibliography if you reference any outside sources. If I catch you plagarizing, you will automatically fail the entire course.
This is college. It is for adults who want to learn. Sometimes it is hard. Sometimes it is fun. Oftentimes, it is both. Most jobs return what you put into them and if you give this course maximum effort, you will learn and earn a high grade.

Classes begin on time, so be in the classroom at the scheduled hour. Additionally, each class will contain information pertinent to the assignments, and each week builds upon information learned the previous weeks, so, make the commitment to be here for the classroom sessions or do not take the class.

You have a job as a student. That job is to come to class, be attentive, ask questions, keep your mind open to new ideas and fulfill assigned projects on time. Doing your job will assist you in being perceived as a serious student.

In an educational forum, it is always best to inform the professor in advance about problems with correct completion of an assigned project. When understood and anticipated, contingencies can often be handled easily.

All of the assignments must be completed by the date listed on your syllabus, as late work is not accepted in this course.
Lastly, learning is synthesis of ideas. Try to use the ideas presented in this class to your best advantage by putting them together with what you already know to produce high quality work. If you have problems, see me.

You are the one who will determine whether or not this course is a success for you. Take your work here seriously and you will learn things, have fun and enhance your GPA.

This Calendar is tentative and may need to be changed to accomodate . It may be necessary to change these dates to accommodate unforseen circumstances such as visiting lecturers. In addition to the above dates there may be a quiz on the technical aspects of photography. There will usually be lab time given at the end of the class session. I plan to lecture the first half of the class sessions and give lab time the last part so please be prepared by bringing materials to all classes to work in the lab. Failure to do so may be considered an absence from class.