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PHO103 - Introduction to Black & White Photography
Catalog Description: Presents fundamentals of camera operation and principles of visualization and composition. Emphasizes darkroom procedures, film processing, and selective printing techniques. Two class hours, two lab hours. Students must provide their own photographic supplies.
Lecture: 2 hrs.
Lab: 2 hrs.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Calculate and write correct exposure changes.
2. Demonstrate familiarity with the industry-standard vocabulary of photography.
3. Differentiate and label photographic materials that suffer from physical and chemical deficiencies of handling.
4. Identify and label a minimum of ten photographs made by the masters of photography, 1839-present.
5. Load and unload a 35mm camera.
6. Use appropriate photographic chemistry and darkroom equipment for processing film.
7. Use appropriate photographic chemistry and darkroom equipment for making contact prints of film negatives.
8. Identify the most effective negatives for making an enlargement that is technically sound.
9. Evaluate the subject and form characteristics of negatives in terms of their appropriateness for specific uses.
10. Use appropriate photographic chemistry and darkroom equipment for making enlargements of the negatives.
11. Evaluate the technical characteristics of enlargements: focus, framing and density.
12. Produce a minimum of six exhibition-quality photographs (critical thinking) as documented by a portfolio scored by a rubric.*
13. Compare, contrast and examine the technical and formal elements of enlargements produced by class members.
* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.
I. Overview of Light-Sensitive Materials
A. How Light Affects Film and Paper
B. Application of Arithmetic Principles in Controlling Exposure
C. Quality of Light: Intensity and Contrast
D. Problematic Exposure Conditions
E. Storing Film and Paper: Packaging, Safelight
II. Camera and Lens
A. Loading and Advancing Film
B. Viewing and Focusing the Subject
C. Image Focus
D. Aspect Ratio and Image Area
III. Film Processing
A. Orientation in the Darkroom
B. Loading Tanks
C. Chemistry Dilution, Setup and Safety Considerations
D. Processing Procedures
IV. Evaluating the Negative
A. Density and Contrast
B. Film Sharpness
V. Making Prints: Contact Printing and Enlarging
A. Equipment Setup
B. Chemistry Dilution, Setup and Safety Considerations
C. Framing, Cropping and Focus
D. Making Test Strips
E. Making the Final Print
VI. Print Finishing
A. Wetting Agent and Drying
VII. Traditional Vocabulary of Black-and-White Photography
VIII. Trouble Shooting Negatives and Prints
IX. History of Photography
A. Applicability to the Assignment
B. Critique Methodology
Effective Term: Fall 2015