: CA 241/AR241; Four Credit Hours
Tuesday and Thursday
INSTRUCTOR: JOHN LOFFLIN
PHONE: 741‑2000, EXT. 6327
OFFICE: 2 South -- Copley Hall
OFFICE HOURS: (As posted)
Best way to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will
respond within 24 hours
Mission Statement: The mission of Park
University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access
to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically,
communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global
Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international
leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within
the global society.
Photography I is the first course in photography
for Communication Arts majors. It is also the first course in photography for
art majors. Photography I starts from scratch and builds to competence in
composition, exposure, and black & white lab procedures. It also provides an
introduction to computer printing. Importantly, the course serves as a venue
for student self-expression.
Communication Arts students should save
their best work for the portfolio. Photojournalism students should save
TEXT: The Ansel Adams Guide by John
Kodak Black&White Data Guide
GOAL: To familiarize you with fundamental methods
and techniques of black and white photography.
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THE COURSE (OBJECTIVES):
You will operate cameras manually to make quality images.
You will evaluate light accurately to produce negatives that are
easy to print.
You will make your own clean negatives with sufficient exposure
to print easily
You will makes effective prints from your negatives.
You will make fine prints from your negatives.
You will dry-mount your own prints.
You will experiment with alternative techniques.
You will find an outlet for expression in photography, after
exploring the possibilities of the medium. You will also possess sufficient
understanding to critique your own work and develop your own criteria of
The course is designed around a problem
solving scheme and set in a workshop environment.
Students will be given photographic problems to solve
across the semester. Class sessions will include some direct input from the
instructor and much sharing and informal critique.
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 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.
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
The key to learning in photography is to
profit from successes and mistakes, and this is not possible without
awareness. Each students should keep a small notebook handy to record data
about every image. The instructor will ask for this information when
photographs are critiqued in class. Without it, the instructor can offer
little help and the student will find progress slow. Sketchy presentation of
the data for the photograph or the project will result in a lower grade.
The lab fee for this course will provide
necessities in the darkroom: negative developer, print developer, fixers, etc.
Students will provide their own film and printing paper. If you are
buying or borrowing a camera for this course, my suggestion is to choose the
most manual camera you can find as long as it has a working light meter. A
working light meter is critical.
This semester we will be using T-Max
developer for film. My preference is for Tri-X film (400 ASA), but I also like
T-Max film (100 ASA - 3200 ASA). If you buy film in rolls, opt for the
shortest rolls you can find (12 exposures if possible). I like the Ilford
MultiGrade IV RC printing papers, but prefer a graded paper (Grade 3) for my
own work. My preference is for fiber-based paper, but students generally are
happier with a resin-coated (RC) paper. Be warned: You will use a lot of film
and a lot of paper. I know of no substitute for practice in learning
So, my suggestion is to purchase Kodak
T-max 400 film in rolls and Ilford MultiGrade IV RC printing paper, glossy
surface. Do not buy Kodak black and white film with the C/N designation!
You cannot develop it in our lab -- it is for C-41 processing.
Here are the skills we will aim to learn:
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
note: 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.
MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT:
The Park University education is
designed to nurture literate, articulate, creative thinkers who appreciate the
arts, are open-minded, and possess a strong lifelong commitment to doing good in
their professions and their communities.
A graduate in photo-journalism exhibits
excellence of craft and is a versatile journalist, capable of reporting, editing
and design, in addition to photography.
Photography I is primarily a
skills course, designed to develop the photographic craft through
self-expression starting with the nature of the camera and progressing through
the photo essay.