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.
Final portfolio is 40% of the grade for this course
Instead of a physical textbook I recommend National Geographic's ultimate photo guide
If oyu prefer a standard Textbook
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 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|
requirements set forth. Orientation to the facilities.
Excellent vintage 35 mm cameras available for cheap
some guys top ten vintage manual SLRs
|Camera, exposure and Gray card discussion||
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.
|excellent overview of the film workflow||
GIve Oral presentation assignmentt
Bring Photo Paper and small translucent objects to next class
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|
Pinhole camera making session
|Bring photo paper and negatives to next class||off-camera-lighting-gear-recommendations|
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|
|Lighting for black and white|
|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
|14||Demonstration on Spot toning and presentation of works on paper|
FINAL CRITIQUE AND LAB CLEANUP!
Final open project
Final Protfolio of 20 best images
Digital photo school
American Suburb X
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.
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.
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.|