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Effective: Summer 2015

Advisory: Advisory: PHOT 2 or equivalent experience; this course is included in the Analog Photography family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in PHOT 50.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will demonstrate creative and technical mastery of at least one photographic technique.
  • A successful student will create a photographic portfolio whose theme/idea is coherent and consistent, and reflects a clear, personal viewpoint.
Description -
Exploration of photographic seeing through the use of advanced processing and printing techniques; introduction to the Zone System and film calibration; creating special effects; high contrast and infrared films; integration of aesthetics and technique, emphasis on development of a personal style.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Prepare and use basic photographic chemicals.
  2. Appropriately select and properly use a variety of camera lenses with technical skill and visual effectiveness.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the creative potential of special photographic processes and printing techniques, including electronic processes.
  4. Calibrate equipment, materials and techniques to produce precise, predictable results.
  5. Attain a satisfactory degree of skill in previsualizing a photograph and in using principles of the Zone System to relate exposure, development, and printing to the visualized image.
  6. Use specialized films for visual impact.
  7. Present professional-level matted, finished prints.
  8. Assimilate and utilize visual ideas drawn from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. A lecture room equipped for listening to audio tapes and viewing motion pictures, slides, and video tapes; cameras and other needed equipment; laboratory areas equipped for processing film, making enlargements, and finishing prints; all required chemicals and facilities for mixing and storing same.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with E-mail software and capabilities, E-mail address.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Use of photographic chemistry.
  2. Use of special films.
    1. High contrast, infrared, and Polaroid 55 N/N.
    2. Digital (filmless) imaging.
  3. Preparation, use, and proper storage of photographic chemicals.
    1. Replenishment, formulation, and testing photographic chemistry.
    2. Compensating and two-solution developers, monobaths, reducers and intensifiers.
    3. Toners and dyes.
  4. Use of photographic darkroom equipment.
    1. Cleaning and maintaining photographic equipment.
    2. Calibration of equipment, tests for standard printing conditions, testing for exposure indexes, individual development times.
  5. Fine art photography considerations.
    1. Archival negative and print processing.
    2. Selenium toning and negative intensification.
    3. Special printing techniques for expressive effects.
    4. The Zone System.
  6. Use of photographic image-making equipment.
    1. Selection and use of photographic lenses.
    2. Normal, wide-angle and long focus length lenses, zoom lenses.
    3. Enlarging lenses.
    4. Simple testing and care of lenses.
  7. Appreciation and application of styles and techniques drawn from diverse cultural sources.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. laboratory assignments
  2. written paper
  3. final portfolio
  4. exam(s)
Representative Text(s) -
Rudman, Tim. The Photographer's Master Printing Course. London: Mitchell Beazley, 2004.

NOTE: Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it still remains a seminal text in this area of study.

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. Field trips to museums/galleries to see examples of photographic artwork
  2. Printing in darkroom
  3. Finishing artwork with matting and drymounting
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  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.