This is an intermediate level photography class that will integrate traditional analogue wet darkroom studies with digital technology. Students will upload and/or capture digitized images via scanner or optical and digital cameras utilizing Macintosh computers in the Computer Science Center Teaching Theater lab. Adobe Photoshop software technology with be used for editing and image manipulation. Mid semester, students will output with various ink dyes onto a variety of photographic and fine art substrate printing materials. Students with the prerequisite 353 may use the Marie Mount Photographic darkroom lab for traditional black and white film development and printing.
During class time the teaching theater enables independent and cooperative explorations. Technical concepts are demonstrated and practiced utilizing the Teaching Theater's data projector as students work on imagery from the work stations. Campus WAM labs and the Art Department EMC labs are available for digital assignments, and the Marie Mount darkroom is available for students with prereqs to complete photographic work.
Specific technical studio skills once only available through trial and error with chemicals can now be analyzed through graphs and charts (histograms and numerical feedback) as students experiment with contrast and tonal density in their artistic explorations. Pertinent theoretical concepts will be discussed along with technical critique.
In addition, students will be introduced to theory involving the communicative nature of the photographic image. Students are encouraged to pursue independent readings, video, slide, and multimedia presentations by published photographers.
Basic Workflow Techniques include
Collection and Capture
Camera Operations, Analogue/Traditional
Scanning of Transparency/Reflective
Analysis, Software Editing, and Image Manipulation
Dissemination for print and Web
Academic Evaluation includes
Midterm Theoretical paper and final essay
Final print presentation
Classroom behavior performance and Darkroom Lab behavioral performance
During the last week of class, students will make a 15 minute presentation
on their group projects. There will be two written essays and a final technical and theoretical exam.
All students will participate in the final critique.
Students are expected to be on time for all lecture, lab, critique, and exams.
A written note from the health clinic must be submitted for excused sick absences and prior approval is required for any late work in order to receive credit.
Students are expected to have access to a properly functioning 35mm camera within the first two weeks of class.
*Students who require classroom modifications due to special learning needs are required to meet with campus officials for proper paperwork and evaluation. Contact Disability Support Service (301-314-7682 University counseling Center, Shoemaker.
"Marking System" in the Undergraduate Catalogue
provides a complete explanation of the overall grading system. For specific guidelines for this class, please refer to classroom handouts