CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY 3 HONORS
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Pre-requisite: Creative Photography I and II and permission from the instructor. The student should be able to expand on camera, lighting, dark room techniques, digital photography and editing in Photoshop CC, thus improving the photographic quality of their work. You will apply camera techniques and design theories learned in previous photo classes to develop your individual body of work. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher level thinking, art-related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop advance – level skills in photographic imagery, processes, and techniques. The student should be able to express aesthetic and emotional content related to varied subject matter.
- Experiment with various types of film
- Proficient in darkroom techniques for black and white photography.
- Exhibit proper and safe use of all equipment and chemicals and show good dark room etiquette.
- Be familiar with the history of photography, known photographers, and careers in photography through written reports and oral presentations.
- Demonstrate use and manipulation of light and exposure in photography
- Demonstrate use and manipulation in Digital photography and Photoshop.
- Apply techniques of image acquisition (digital/film).
- Explain digital image structure: pixel dimensions, document size, and resolution.
- Explain RBG and CMYK color modes: characteristics and uses.
- Discussion of tools and functionality of Adobe Photoshop CS6.
- Practice using Adobe Photoshop CC and supporting technologies to produce visual imagery.
- Apply photo editing skills to optimize images using appropriate software and techniques.
- Create and display digital images produced from computer-driven printers.
- To keep an organized photography portfolio for the entire school year that consists of all negatives, contact sheets, test strips and final prints.
- Produce numerous quality photographs that can be exhibited
- Experience and participate in group critiques and project presentation.
- Properly cut mats for presentation of photographs.
- Create a professional portfolio.
SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS:
- Students are responsible for their own supplies, equipment and materials. Listed below are required supplies.
- 35mm camera with manual controls. (Pentax, Canon, Minolta, Nikon, etc.)
- Digital SLR Camera
- 35mm B&W film. 36 exposures : 7-8 rolls of film required
o KENTMERE – 400
o KODAK TRI-X or KODAK TMAX – 400
- Box of 100 – 8x10 B&W photographic paper. You can also buy paper in packs of 25.
- ILFORD or ADORAMA, RC (resin coated), Multigrade IV, (glossy or pearl)
- 3-ring binder. (1 ½” or 2”) (you may use last years)
- Sheet protectors
- 9x12 accordion folder
- Portable eternal drive to store your digital images (Required)
LAB FEE: There is a $60.00 lab fee. The lab fee will cover chemicals, photographic supplies, computer paper, ink, mat boards, and darkroom and specialty accessories. This fee must be paid in the beginning of the school year.
Digital Software: Adobe Photoshop CC, Bridge and Lightroom
GRADES: A: 90 – 100
B: 80 – 89
C: 70 – 79
D: 60 – 69
F: 59 - 0
EVALUATION: Projects/Assignments : 75%
Critiques/ Journals/Binders : 25%
Students are required to submit work on specific due dates. Due dates will be given at the time the project is assigned. With each completed assignment, you are also required to submit a self-evaluation statement in your journal. You will be provided with a handout to follow.
Binders must be kept in an organize way with all assignments, negatives, contact sheets and prints in their proper negative sleeves and sheet protectors. Binders will be graded periodically throughout the grading period. Binders will be stored in the classroom.
Written Photo Critiques: This is a writing assignment that will be attached to all photo assignments. Students will critique one intriguing photograph, which relates to the current assignment and explain what makes it a good photograph. Students will also critique their own work and the work of their peers. Critiques of assignments are important to the progress of each student. The critique fosters development of an ability to verbalize visual concepts. Critiques are a time for articulating your ideas and formal decisions. Participation in critiques is required.
Students are required to have a professional portfolio for the final.
Failure to have materials on time is NOT an excuse for turning in assignments late!
NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED!
- Come to class and get here on time. Attendance is very important.
- Come to class prepared: assignments, sketchbook, etc.
- Dedicate your class time to your photography
- Listen carefully and follow instructions.
- Think about your digital footprint and how it follows you
- Never, and I repeat NEVER steal anyone else’s work, and never PLAGIARIZE.
- Participate in class discussions
- Work had for your grade.
- Be careful with your words, think before you speak, take your time and listen. Respect yourself, your classmates, your educator and environment/community.
- No food or drink in the classroom.
- NO CELL PHONES OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES ALLOWED IN THE DARKROOM.
- Use safety in the classroom and darkroom. Use equipment properly.
- Follow the Code of Student Conduct.
- Take care of yourself.
FLEXIBLE SEATING RULES:
- Choose a WORKING spot that helps you do your best!
- Use each seat the RIGHT way!
- If a spot is NOT working, move!
- Take care of the supplies, CLEAN UP!
- Mrs. Seijas can move you at ANYTIME if you do not follow the rules.
HOUSEKEEPING THE DARKROOM:
Never leave the area before you go back and see what you left behind. We share a facility. Good negatives and prints can't be made in a messy lab. In consideration of classmates you must leave the lab areas free of litter and chemical spills. Pick up all your stuff. Deposit trash in the waste can. All equipment must be placed back in its place. Always allow a few minutes to do this before you leave. Remind each other. Grades are reduced if messes are left. Others see leaving a mess as disrespect and hostility. It makes them angry and saps creative energy from their work. REPORT MALFUNCTIONING OR MISSING EQUIPMENT OR SUPPLIES TO THE INSTRUCTOR IMMEDIATELY.
- Each student is responsible for maintaining the darkroom and cleaning up after themselves. Failure to do so will result in loss of darkroom use.
- No wet prints or hands on or near enlarger stations.
- Observe the order of the chemicals in both film and print processing.
- You will use a tray when bringing a test strip or print into the classroom for evaluation or to the print dryer.
- Replace all lab materials to their original spot after use.
- Be careful with chemicals. Protect your eyes. Avoid excessive contact with chemicals. Some chemicals give some people skin rash, use tongs or gloves if necessary. Chemicals might stain jewelry and will stain your clothing, wear an apron.
- If you are UNSURE about how to proceed in the darkroom, ASK for help.
- If you misuse or abuse equipment you will be responsible for it.
- NO CELL PHONES OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES ALLOWED IN THE DARKROOM.
- 1st offense – VERBAL WARNING
- 2nd offense – WRITTEN WARNING (will affect conduct grade). Loss of darkroom and computer privileges, with no class time to make up work. Arrangements must be made with the instructor for making up work before/after school
- 3rd offense – DETENTION
- 4th offense – Referral to administrator for further disciplinary action.
- Detentions are given with the full support of the Administration and will be served. You will be notified in writing if you receive a detention. Your parents will be responsible for making alternate transportation arrangements.
TEACHER AND STUDENT/PARENT COMMUNICATION:
Parents and students who have any questions or need to contact me can reach me at (305) 805-1900 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also access my website to view assignments, due dates and critique dates.
“You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.” – William Albert Allard