Fine Arts | Fundamentals of Photography
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S291  Fundamentals of Photography

Offered every semester.

This is a general course description.  Specifics and current details
will be outlined by your instructor.

This is a basic “tool-skills” course, whose aim is to help the student
develop practical control over the monochrome photographic process, as
well as a degree of independence from further instruction and
misinformation in the form of manufacturer’s advertising.

Practice training and some theoretical information is given in the
problems of exposure of photographic field and paper, film
development, enlargement (printing) contrast control and presentation.

Aesthetic considerations are discussed to the extent that the
particular course population warrants, in that students are drawn from
all areas of the Arts and Sciences as well as most of the Professional
Schools, and are by no means exclusively Fine Arts majors (though
occasionally certain sections may be restricted to majors only).  More
of this is done on an individual basis, to cater to the diversity of
interest; an attempt is made to match further individualized
instruction to the needs and applicational interests of the students.

Important areas discussed are camera controls, the lens and light,
shutters, light metering, film exposure, depth of field, contrast,
bracketing, developing, printing, and materials and chemicals.

The format of the classes includes explanation, discussion,
demonstration, approximately an hour of lecture plus discussion and
four hours of supervised laboratory per week; plus out-of-class

Assignments, Tests, and Grades:  Assignments include a short paper on
a photograph or photographs; portfolio review.  There will be one or
two quizzes.  Grades are based on quiz scores and portfolio review.
Portfolios are graded on the progress and effort a student makes in
the class.

A personal camera is required, 35mm with manual control.

A lab fee is charged.  Please visit
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