CA 241 Photography I
FA 2006 HO
Associate professor of journalism
Copley 1 South
1:50 - 4:40 PM
Permission of instructor
The Ansel Adams Guide by John Schaefer
Kodak Black&White Data Guide
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(AR 241) An introduction to the basic techniques of black and white photography. Cameras, lenses, films, lighting, composition, etc, are discussed. Students must provide an acceptable camera and expendable supplies. Darkroom work is required and a darkroom fee is charged. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor. 2:6:4
“...the purpose of media education is to produce well-rounded graduates who have critical thinking skills as well as practical skills, and who have an understanding of the philosophy of the media and a dedication to the public service role that the media have in our society.”
-- Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Curriculum Task Force, 1996, p. 106
THE MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION ARTS / JOURNALISM
The communication arts graduate in journalism is a thinking journalist capable of adapting to change and creating change in the profession, open-minded, committed to truth and the empowerment of all citizens through the arts of journalism. Specifically, the graduate exhibits excellence in craft and an analytical approach to problems. The graduate recognizes excellence and strives to produce it. The graduate's professional and personal ethics are in harmony, motivated by a sense of purpose for good in the community. The graduate celebrates individuality and respects differences while searching for the common good.
HOW THIS COURSE FITS INTO THE DEPARTMENT MISSION
· Photography I prepares the student with essential photographic skills
· Photography I leads the student to her or his own concept of excellent in the art
· Photography I students discuss ethical concerns in the visual media
· Photography I students may develop a love of photography that will inspire life-long learning
Engagement with the ideas of the course is the essential prerequisite for higher level learning. The teacher serves as a guide to the construction of meaning, the development of skills and dispositions, the recognition of what constitutes excellence, and the consideration of ethical issues.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment: PHOTO ESSAY
Due at the finalThe essay will cover a single subject or event, in this case a craftsman at work. Think in terms of an event that would happen if you were not present. The essay should include people and faces and tell a story without any words. The essay should be told with five to seven photographs dry mounted on a 16-by-20 inch white mounting board.An essay includes:1. An image that visually dominates the design.2. An image that provide perspective.3. Images that provide crucial visual details about the story.The photographs should be similar in texture and contrast. No project should include even one photograph that is out of focus (even a little bit), has a dust or chemical spot, is crooked in the frame, or scratched. When in doubt, leave it out. The design should follow the principles of the poem illustration: all internal borders should be the same -- about a quarter-inch -- and the lines of the photographs should lead back into the display, not off the page. These simple design rules will serve you well.The presentation will include strong technical details about all the photographs. You will receive two grades: one for the photographs and one for your ability to talk about the technical details of how they were made and analyze how they might be improved.
An introduction to the basic techniques of black and white photography. Cameras, lenses, films, lighting, composition, etc, are discusses. Students must provide an acceptable camera and expendable supplies. Darkroom work is required and a darkroom fee is charged. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 2:6:4
1) You will begin to visualize the image before you push the button. That means:
A. You will have confidence about the results.
B. You will control each sequence in the process
· operate cameras manually to make quality images.
· evaluate light accurately to produce negatives that are easy to print.
· make your own clean negatives with sufficient exposure to print easily
· make effective prints from your negatives.
· make fine prints from your negatives.
· dry-mount your own prints.
2) You will know what your are doing:
A. When I ask, you will know exactly what you did to produce the image
B. You will begin to diagnose your own problems
· experiment with alternative techniques.
· discover an outlet for expression in photography, after exploring the possibilities of the medium.
· possess sufficient understanding to critique your own work and develop your own criteria of excellence
3) You will develop -- and articulate -- strategies for making images. Strategy is where art meets craft.
· You will be given about 10 photographic problems to solve across the semester. They will be sequentially more difficult as time passes, so you are encouraged not to fall behind, nor to work ahead. Each solution will be given an individual grade on a scale of one to 10, for a total of 100 points. No more than three may be printed using the computer.
· You will be given assignments for a mid-term project and a final project. Each will be worth 100 points.
· * The final project will be due at the final (no final exam will be given) and the presentation of it will be part of the grade. Both projects must be wet printed.
· A 10-point quiz over the material safety data sheets will be given at the beginning of the third week.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
You will be given about 10 photographic problems to solve across the semester. They will be sequentially more difficult as time passes, so you are encouraged not to fall behind, nor to work ahead. No more than three may be printed using the computer.
You will be given assignments for a mid-term project and a final project. The final project will be due at the final (no final exam will be given) and your presentation of it will be part of the grade. Both projects must be wet printed.
A 10-point quiz over the material safety data sheets will be given at the beginning of the third week.
Each solution will be given an individual grade on a scale of one to 10, for a total of 100 points.
Each project will be worth 100 points.
The portfolio will be evaluated at the conclusion of the course.
I will grade projects using letter grades with pluses and minuses. To compute the final grade I will assign values to those grades, then average the values.
A = 11 points
A- = 10 points
B+ = 9 points
B = 8 points
B- = 7 points
C+ = 6 points
C = 5 points
C- = 4 points
D+ = 3 points
D = 2 points
D- = 1 point
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Deadlines will be discussed in detail when each assignment is made and, where possible, included on the working syllabus.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
If you are pregnant, or think you might be, at any time during the semester, please see me. I will ask you to check with your doctor before continuing to use the darkroom. You will be allowed to finish your assignments utilizing the computer for printing or to work in the lab with your doctor's approval. Thank you.
Topics and order of topics may vary. See the working syllabus and be present in class to learn of changes.
· Loading, focusing, holding the camera
· Judging exposure accurately, then creatively
· Composing in the camera
· Composing in the enlarger
· Making quality negatives -- understanding the relationship of film speed, contrast and grain
· Printing accurately, then creatively; dodging, burning, use of contrast filters, Saran Wrap, et al.
· Basic computer printing
· Photographing people, nature, moving targets, subjects in challenging light, using depth of field and shutter speed for effect
· Story-telling by bringing all these skills to the table
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