PHO 101 Black & White Film Photography I

 

SYLLABUS SUBJECT TO CHANGE - CHECK FREQUENTLY

 

POLICIES TO REVIEW

 

NO REQUIRED TEXTBOOK FOR THIS COURSE

 

FILM PROCESSING GUIDE

 

Class will always begin in FA111 (Inside of FA107.)  You will have to attend open lab hours to complete your assignments. Open lab times will be posted.

Required Supplies:  35mm Film SLR Camera - Darkroom Kit

 

PURCHASE USED CAMERAS FROM:

 

New York Camera Of Princeton 173 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542 (609) 924-7063

Other places to buy supplies

 

Cameras to consider for purchasing:

Any Canon that starts with an "A..." or a film EOS Rebel

Any Nikon that starts with an "F..."

Pentax K1000

Olympus OM...

Minolta X700 or SRT

Contax

Also make sure you get a lens that can shoot at 50mm.  A 50mm lens would be perfect, but if it comes with a zoom, make sure it is a short zoom, something like an 18mm-55mm or a 28mm-70mm.

 

Get a light meter app for your iPhone or Android phone (set your ISO to 200 on your phone)

Try Pocket Light Meter for the iPhone

Try beeCam Light Meter for Android

And for you crazy Windows Phone Users Try Metero

 

Syllabus (subject to change)

 

THE NO PHOTOGRAPHS LIST:

Campus - Squirrels or other small woodland creatures - Waterfowl (ducks, swans, geese, etc.) - Closeup Baby Faces - Closeup Horse Faces - Closeup Flowers - Sunsets - Cars without People - Homeless or other at-risk populations

 

Exceptions can be made to this list if you can demonstrate a genuine connection and interest in the subject matter and make a really interesting or different kind of photo of the subject matter.

 

MIMIC Presentation

 

UNIT 1 (weeks ~ 1-4)

 

Introduction and review of syllabus.

What is an SLR? What is Film?

Camera Obscura: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-visual-delights-of-camera-obscura/

Demo: Loading film in camera, camera functions. Film Exposure; Practice Loading Film.

Get Supplies.

Shoot a roll of film and process it next class

 

***Starting in week 3 you must always have printing and processing to do during lab hours, unless otherwise stated.***

 

Processing Film, Making Contact Sheets

You must have all of your materials by now. You will need your photo paper, film pages for every lab session.

Lecture: Editing Contact Sheets and Making Prints; Comparing exposures to shoot logs. Discuss Shoot Log

Printing Photos and Contact Sheets

 

Shutter Speed and Aperture Explained: http://www.facethelight.com/aperture.php

 

Cleaning film.

Exposure Bracketing

Dodging and Burning

Read: Explanation of Variable Contrast Photo Paper

 

Film Processing Guide


Week 1

Introduction and review of syllabus.

What is an SLR? What is Film?

Homework: Get 35mm Film SLR camera and 2 rolls of Ilford HP-5.

 

Week 2

Lecture/Lab: Bring 35mm camera and film to WED OR THU class Demo: Loading film in camera, camera functions. Film Exposure; Practice Loading Film.

Homework: Get Supplies.

ASSIGNMENT-Using the Camera: 101-Camera

Shoot a roll of film and process it next class

 

***Starting in week 3 you must always have printing and processing to do during lab hours, unless otherwise stated.***

 

Week 3

Lab: Processing Film, Making Contact Sheets

You must have all of your materials by now. You will need your photo paper, film pages for every lab session.

Lecture: Editing Contact Sheets and Making Prints; Comparing exposures to shoot logs. Discuss Shoot Log

ASSIGNMENT - PRINTING: 101-Printing

Make a contact sheet and two prints from your roll of film.

 

Week 4

Lab: Make Prints of Assignments 1 & 2. Cleaning film.

Lecture: Bracketing; Look at assignment 2; Dodging and Burning

DUE: 2 PRINTS - 1 CONTACT SHEET

Homework: Have prints from Assignments 1 & 2 ready for next lecture.

Read: Explanation of Variable Contrast Photo Paper

 

 

UNIT 2 (weeks ~ 5-11)

 

Resolve any difficulties with basic print and film development.

Review for Quiz on exposure - processing - camera functions

 

Depth of Field and Motion

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/depth-of-field.htm

Look at work by Ralph Eugene Meatyard for interesting blur photos

Schedule Mimic Presentations

 

Watch this in class: DOF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Trjy35jLE

 

QUIZ on Chemicals and Contrast Layers

 

OPTION TO SHOOT COLOR VERSION OF BW FILM: ILFORD XP2

Take color/b&w film to NY Camera or Princeton or Taylor Photo

 

Week 5

Lab: Resolve any difficulties with basic print and film development.

Lecture: Review for Quiz on exposure - processing - camera functions

ONLINE QUIZ ON EXPOSURE - PROCESSING - CAMERA CONTROLS

Shoot_Log

 

Week 6

Lecture: Depth of Field and Motion, Critique Assignment 3

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/depth-of-field.htm

Look at work by Ralph Eugene Meatyard for interesting blur photos

Assignment: Motion

Schedule Mimic Presentations

 

Week 7

Motion - DOF Review

Assignment: Depth of Field

Watch this in class: DOF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Trjy35jLE

 

Week 8

Read Photographer's Eye

QUIZ on Chemicals and Contrast Layers

WORK ON Motion and Depth of Field

 

Week 9

MOTION-DOF DUE

Review Photographer's Eye

Assignment: Frame/Vantage

 

Week 10

OPTION TO SHOOT COLOR VERSION OF BW FILM: ILFORD XP2

Take color/b&w film to NY Camera or Princeton or Taylor Photo

Spotting and Window Mounting Lecture

 

Week 11

Shoot Portraits in Class - Bring Camera

Lecture: Tripods and other means of stabilizing your camera; Low light photography

ASSIGNMENT PORTRAITURE

 

 

UNIT 3 (weeks ~ 11-15)

 

Spotting and Window Mounting Lecture

Shoot Portraits in Class - Bring Camera

Read Photographer's Eye

Tripods and other means of stabilizing your camera; Low light photography

 

***Start Window Mounting and Spotting Your Final 15 Prints***

 

FINAL ASSIGNMENT:

 

This assignment is about shooting carefully. I want you to think about the edges of your frame and where you stand when you make the photograph.

 

Work on Matting and Spotting Prints

 

Both Classes - Final Portfolio Assembly

 

 

Week 11

Lab:  Spotting and Window Mounting Lecture

Lecture: Shoot Portraits in Class - Bring Camera

Lecture: Tripods and other means of stabilizing your camera; Low light photography

Assignment: Portraiture

 

***Start Window Mounting and Spotting Your Final 15 Prints***

 

Week 12

LAB: Work on Portraits

Last Assignment: Subject Matter

 

Week 13

Work on FRAME/VANTAGE

Work on Matting and Spotting Prints

Look at Portraits

 

Week 14

Both Classes - Final Portfolio Assembly - Lab time

 

Week 15  (WE WILL USE BOTH CLASSES FOR CRITIQUE)

Final Critique: 10 PRINTS FROM THE SEMESTER; ANY 3 WINDOW MOUNTED; ONE PRINT SHOWING SOME ATTEMPTS AT SPOTTING.)

  -Final 10 Prints will include:  6 from any assignment during the semester, can include MIMIC; 4 from the last assignment + 2 contact sheets from last assignment

 

 

Starter Kit Supplies -See website at mercerphoto.org for kit link:

10 rolls of 35mm - 36 exposures - Ilford HP5+ or Kodak Tri-X  (You will need about another 10 rolls halfway through the semester.  We will discuss your options at that point.)

1 box (100 sheets) Ilford Multigrade RC 8x10 Glossy Paper or Alternatives on kit link

25 pack of Negative Storage Pages (7 rows of 5) PrintFile 35-7B, VueAll or Clearvue brands recommended.

10 Sheets of 11x14 White Mat Board (white all the way through or black on one side; 2-ply)

 

Additional Supplies:

35mm Camera, three ring binder for negatives, folder or box for 8x10 prints, sheet protectors for assignments, scissors, notebook, thin sharpie marker, hand/kitchen towel

 

Evaluation of student learning

 

70 points – Assignments/Quizzes

Photo assignments require that you integrate many of the skills and techniques demonstrated in class.  The assignment will reinforce technical concepts and require you to investigate what you want to photograph and how you want to treat the subject matter.  You will be graded on both technical and creative aspects of your work. Quizzes will test your comprehension of assigned readings and lectures.

 

15 points – Mimic Photographer Presentation

An oral presentation that combines biographical and aesthetic analysis of a well-known photographer with photos made by the photographer and made by the student in the style of the chosen photographer.

 

15 points – Final Presentation

Students will organize their best work into a presentation for a final group critique.  Grades are based upon technical and aesthetic concerns as well as participation in the group critique.