This course is letter graded. There is no final examination
nor do we presently plan any quizzes. Grades will be based on
completion of homework, the presentation of your best five black &
white gelatin-silver prints, completion and presentation of your
term project, and, completion of a digital portfolio of your best images made during term.
We shall expect each student to carry out a term project. The suggested
nature of this project is as follows:
Part A: Imaging and Chemical Darkroom
Each student should photograph one or more series of B&W images using
Ilford HP-5 film. You should experiment. Shoot several rolls of film. If
you have a digital camera, repeat the shoot using the digital camera. This
will give you a basis for comparisons.
Select a theme for your series; we encourage you to relate it to
experiments you are doing at the Institute. The film negatives should then be
developed in the Edgerton film darkroom. 8 inch by 10 inch prints from
these negatives should be made using the Edgerton print darkroom.
Once you have made your darkroom prints, the film should be scanned to
produce digital files which you will bring into Photoshop. After
enhancement using Photoshop, digital B&W prints
should be made for comparison with your conventional prints.
Part B: Idea or Descriptive Sequence Presentation
As a first objective, we ask that each student prepare and present to
the class an idea or descriptive sequence in five images. These five 8"
by 10" B&W prints should be done using your best talents in the print
darkroom to make them truly good prints. This needs to be completed for
presentation by April 2nd.
Once you have done the initial work using chemical darkroom and
conventional camera you may continue working using digital cameras
instead of scanning your film images. We do, however, insist that you
demonstrate a basic facility in classical photography.
Part C: Color Film
You should also take at least one roll of pictures using color print
You will need to buy the film and have it developed commercially. From these, you should
pick the best images to scan. You should also try to make a color
chemical print. These you can further compare to your digital prints.
And lastly, you should make an optimized black and white digital
negative from one of your images which you can then print in the
chemical darkroom as a b&w photo.
The digital color printers we currently have available at the Center
are the Epson Stylus 7800 ink jet printer, the Kodak 1400 dye sublimation
printer, and the HP 5500. Because of printing expense please be selective
in your use of the printers.
Part D: Digital Portfolio
This should showcase the best images you have produced over term both digitally and from film.
Quality, layout and sequencing, not quantity, of images is the object here. It should culminate with your final project image.
Part E: Final Project
The final project will consist of at least one digital image composed
in Photoshop from various components, along with a write-up of the
project. You should prepare the final
project for presentation, for posting on our bulletin board, and also for
posting on our Web page.
If your aim is to master Photoshop in this class, you should
purchase Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book as the text
for this course. This book will be available at the Quantum Bookstore in
Alternatively, there are several Photoshop CS2 books online. Go to Barton
and search for Photoshop CS2. There are also many Photoshop tutorial sites online on the web.
You will also need to purchase a USB memory stick to transport your
image files between machines. These are readily available at MicroCenter on
Grading will be based primarily on the project. Cooperation among
students is encouraged. Those with special skills in photography, darkroom
work, or digital imaging are asked to pair up with other students who may
need extra help. Final images, however, must be original and result from individual
Lectures are in Room 4-402 in the Edgerton Center. The
darkroom is immediately adjacent. The digital imaging room is in 4-035.
You are not permitted
to share the access code with anyone outside our seminar group.
Limited image file space is available to you on the Edgerton Macs.
You should always save your files to flash memory, your own
Athena Account or CD.
Please do not add any applications to the machines
at the Center. Do not change any Control Panel or Preferences settings.
Our electronic classroom is Room 26-139. It is assigned
to us on Thursdays from 2 to 5 PM. The computers in 26-139
easily access your Athena accounts. Save important work to your Athena
account. PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME THE SAFETY OF FILES LEFT IN FOLDERS ON THE
Image storage and file transfer:
You can easily access your Athena account for storage but you will need a
USB flash memory to assure maximum transportability.
You will need access to a film camera and a digital camera.
If you do not have a 35mm or other larger camera, you have several
- Team up with a class member who does.
- If you buy a 35 mm camera, we suggest you avoid fully automatic
point and shoot models. They are too expensive. Besides, you will
need aperture and speed control. Do not buy a throwaway - you will
need the camera throughout the term. Do not buy an Advanced
System (APS) camera or film. The film is only 60% of the
size of 35
mm film and will not work in any of our scanners or enlargers.
- a used Pentax K1000 35 mm Single Lens Reflex (SLR) or equivalent.
Very rugged and reliable. Priced just a bit more than the plastic
automatics referred to above. Other cameras of equivalent price and make
are: Ricoh KR5-3 and Yashica FX3 Super 2000.
- a new Vivitar V3800N Camera Kit which includes a standard Pentax
K mount 50mm Vivitar lens, will take double exposures, and, has a
mechanical metal shutter. A great little body; you might want to replace
the lens at some point. Available from Freestyle Photographic and/or B&H
PhotoVideo for $159 ($189.99 with zoom lens).
- get a Holga 120S point-and-shoot camera for $24.99 ($36.99 if with flash) and show us how
you can do with it. This is minimal, but one student produced some very
respectable results with it. We do have two Holgas available for class
- a used medium format 6x6 camera and a light meter.
- if you are still stuck, see us about a loaner. We have two pinhole
cameras, several 35mm cameras, and the Holga, for
student use at the Edgerton Center.
- If you own a digital camera you are encouraged to use it; however,
all students are required to learn the fundamentals of conventional
A detailed classroom schedule is provided separately. If all else fails
come to Room 4-402, where class location will be posted if there is
a sudden change.
Edgerton Center, x3-4629
Student Art Association, Student Center, x3-7019