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Effective: Summer 2015

Advisory: Advisory: PHOT 1 or equivalent experience; this course is included in the Analog Photography family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will demonstrate successful creation of photographic prints on a variety of photographic papers matching print quality.
  • A successful student will create a portfolio of photographs exploring the techniques of intermediate photography and expressing a theme or concept.
Description -
Emphasis on control of available light through use of tripods and push-processing; use of electronic flash and studio lights; attributes of various films and appropriate chemistry for each; graded papers; larger format cameras, introduction to sensitometry; specialized developing and printing techniques, enhancing personal photographic expression; digital manipulation of the photographic image.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. control available light through skillful use of cameras, films, tripods, and specialized processing and printing techniques.
  2. use electronic flash and studio lights with technical control for portraiture and still-life photography.
  3. choose films, papers and chemicals appropriate to lighting conditions.
  4. utilize basic sensitometric concepts to achieve adequate negative densities.
  5. demonstrate ability to use larger format cameras and accessories.
  6. recognize and appreciate photographic expression from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  7. further explore and refine a personal photographic style and expression.
  8. recognize how new technologies can enhance image manipulation.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Cameras, tripods, flash units and accessories for use in varied lighting conditions. Laboratory areas equipped for advanced developing and printing processes. Studio area equipped for still-life and portraiture. All required chemistry and facilities and equipment necessary for proper preparation and storage of all chemicals.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Techniques and materials needed for low-light photography.
    1. Types and uses of tripods.
    2. Night exposure guide and meter-readings.
    3. High-speed films and push-processing.
  2. Technical and creative uses of electronic flash.
    1. On-camera flash, bounce and fill flash, off-camera flash.
    2. Multiple-flash photography.
  3. Use of filters to control contrast and value rendition.
    1. Specialized filters, filter factors.
  4. Medium and large format cameras
    1. Lenses, films, swings and tilts, accessories.
    2. Loading and processing films.
    3. Polaroid materials.
    4. Enlarging lenses, easels, exposure controls in printing.
  5. Basic sensitometry.
    1. The characteristic curve: relationship of exposure and development.
    2. Reciprocity failure.
    3. Characteristics of films and developers.
  6. Basic photochemistry.
    1. Components and characteristics of basic chemical formulae.
    2. Matching films with developers.
    3. Archival processing.
    4. Toners and other special-purpose chemicals.
    5. Negative processing: grain, reticulation, contrast control, grain clumping, blocked highlights.
  7. Presentation of the final print.
    1. Mats, overmatting, archival supplies.
  8. Contemporary styles and techniques.
    1. Fine art, documentary, photojournalism, scientific and technical, digital.
    2. Diversity of cultures and backgrounds.
    3. Elements of creativity, personal style, expression, presentation.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. The majority of the course grade will be based on the technical and aesthetic quality of photographs submitted for specific assignments.
  2. The remainder will be based on papers, objectively-scored quizzes and a final exam as well as attendance and class participation.
  3. Demonstration by the student of involvement in the course material through written critiques by the student of projects and assignments, followed by the instructor's evaluation of both the project and the critique.
Representative Text(s) -
London, Barbara, John Upton, and Jim Stone. Photography. 11th ed., Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2013.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lectures on the traditional methods of photography and on creative image production.
  2. Discussion and Electronic discussions/chat using the language of traditional photographic imaging and photographic/artistic critiques.
  3. Demonstrations of traditional photography techniques.
  4. Field trips to visit photographic, artistic and technical locations.
Lab Content -
  1. Visit and review of photography exhibition
  2. Field testing of photographic materials
  3. Use of darkroom facilities
  4. Use of print finishing facilities.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Photography Exhibition Review Assignment:
  1. Gallery/museum reports
  2. Review of handouts and relevant reading material
  3. Research and planning of individual creative projects
  4. Reading and study of the textbook
  5. Write a paper discussing the presentation and work found in a photography exhibit, from a gallery or museum found on the instructor's approved list.
  6. Photo Critique Print Exchange: Using the language of photography, write a detailed critique and feedback paper on a fellow student's photograph; exchange critiques and discuss.