|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: |
- Prepare and use basic photographic chemicals.
- Appropriately select and properly use a variety of camera lenses with technical skill and visual effectiveness.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the creative potential of special photographic processes and printing techniques, including electronic processes.
- Calibrate equipment, materials and techniques to produce precise, predictable results.
- 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.
- Use specialized films for visual impact.
- Present professional-level matted, finished prints.
- Assimilate and utilize visual ideas drawn from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- 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.
- 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) - |
- Use of photographic chemistry.
- Use of special films.
- High contrast, infrared, and Polaroid 55 N/N.
- Digital (filmless) imaging.
- Preparation, use, and proper storage of photographic chemicals.
- Replenishment, formulation, and testing photographic chemistry.
- Compensating and two-solution developers, monobaths, reducers and intensifiers.
- Toners and dyes.
- Use of photographic darkroom equipment.
- Cleaning and maintaining photographic equipment.
- Calibration of equipment, tests for standard printing conditions, testing for exposure indexes, individual development times.
- Fine art photography considerations.
- Archival negative and print processing.
- Selenium toning and negative intensification.
- Special printing techniques for expressive effects.
- The Zone System.
- Use of photographic image-making equipment.
- Selection and use of photographic lenses.
- Normal, wide-angle and long focus length lenses, zoom lenses.
- Enlarging lenses.
- Simple testing and care of lenses.
- Appreciation and application of styles and techniques drawn from diverse cultural sources.
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- laboratory assignments
- written paper
- final portfolio
|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 - |
- Lectures on the traditional methods of photography and on creative image production.
- Discussion and Electronic discussions/chat using the language of traditional photographic imaging and photographic/artistic critiques.
- Demonstrations of traditional photography techniques.
- Field trips to visit photographic, artistic and technical locations.
|Lab Content - |
- Field trips to museums/galleries to see examples of photographic artwork
- Printing in darkroom
- Finishing artwork with matting and drymounting
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Gallery/museum reports
- Review of handouts and relevant reading material
- Research and planning of individual creative projects
- Reading and study of the textbook
- 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.
- 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.