PH204 Photographic Media I 3 credits
This course introduces the basic tools, techniques and concepts of photographic media. Students are introduced to a variety of photographic methods for generating and outputting images, with a primary emphasis on lens based representation and production. Modes of image generation and output that are addressed include black and white and color film, digital, and time-based visual imaging systems. Students explore the aesthetic aspects of photography while they complete a series of assignments geared towards developing their technical and conceptual abilities. Issues related to camera vision, representation and picture interpretation are also explored.
Prerequisites: Fulfills: Lens, Technology, Time Elective; Introduction to Photographic Media Requirement (Photography and Graphic Design students); Studio Elective
What this means is that in the first part of this course, you will learn how to use a 35 mm film camera using black and white film. You will also learn to develop film and make black and white prints in the darkroom. The second part of the course will involve using digital 35 mm cameras and Photoshop to learn the basics of digital photography. You will do a series of assignments that will teach about how to use the equipment and also challenge your creativity and inventiveness. You will be making prints for each assignment, participating in critiques and making brief presentations about contemporary photographers. While we are doing this, we will be tracing the history of photographic technology the history of photography as art. Including contemporary photographers. And finally you will be discovering and developing a point of view or “voice” in the way you see and use images in your work regardless of your area of concentration.
You are not required to own a 35 mm camera in order to take this course, although it would be helpful if you could have access to your own camera. The college has equipment for sign out at specific times, If you choose to sign out equipment you will need to plan accordingly.
This course engages with the technology of photography but the primary aim of introductory courses is to expose you to technology and forms of expression, which you may not have considered as options for your work as an artist. You are not expected to become “a photographer” You are expected to engage with the terms and forms of this way of making images in doing the assignments for this class.
CRITERIA FOR CREDIT
Engagement: You will be expected to do work outside of class time in order to complete the assignments for this class. You will also be expected to engage in critiques and discussion during class time. Your engagement can take other forms as well; you may do extra work, repeat assignments, or invent projects.
Communication; I expect you to be in communication with the instructor regarding questions about assignments, technical information and absences, If you need to miss a class, I expect to communicate with me before the fact.
Attendance I expect you to attend every class. Some classes such as critiques cannot be made up. If you miss a lecture or demonstration of technique you will need to get the information from the class blog or another source.
Synthesis; I assume that you will be connecting the work you do in this class with the work you do in other classes. Basic issues of design and composition pertain to the consideration of photographs as well as other dimensional work. There are concepts and terms that relate to photographic representation that you will be learning as well. We will be learning these terms and concepts connecting them to what you have learned in other classes and applying them to discussions
Production: You are expected to complete every assignment on time. Late assignments will be marked down. In critiques you may hear comments about how you might improve an idea or revisit a choice you had made, you have the option to incorporate changes into redoing an assignment.
While the marketing of photography creates an impression that ALL photography is digital, many photographers and filmmakers use traditional means to produce their work. Consequently, the darkroom experience is important since much of the terminology and many techniques used in digital photography editing programs refer to the conventions of traditional photographic practice. Although the result is the same (a two dimensional color or black and white photographic representation on paper), the technology differs. For this reason we will need to pay attention to the formal and aesthetic issues that are particular to photography, traditional photography, and digital photography. E Berry 2012