Introduction to Photography

Art 218. Class is on Monday, 1:20-4:10; Tuesday 1:20-4:10

Meet in the critique room first. On Thursdays be ready to print, and on Fridays come to class ready to show and talk about work.

And, if you have lost your course intro that I handed out at the first class, you can get another one here.

Course Requirements

You'll need a camera to work with for this course. We're hoping you can put your hands on a single lens reflex 35mm camera that has easy-to-use manual adjustments—shutter speed, aperture, and focus. Most models from the 80s and 90s have these features, though there are a few exceptions. For example, the Canon AE-1, thought to be the marvel of its age by its designers and marketers, is diabolically opposed to the idea of photographers making decisions about exposures. It (and others like it) is not a good choices to learn photographic controls with. Be careful of newer cameras with many automatic features... some make manual adjustments difficult. You are really looking for the simplest manually-controlled camera you can put your hands on. A tripod will also be very useful.

You will shoot for this course every week for fourteen weeks, a minimum of a roll a week. You will also print each week. While the school is providing the darkrooms and chemicals, you will be responsible for film and some other basic supplies that the bookstore has put together as a package. You will also need paper, which you may buy at the bookstore or online. We will talk more about what you'll need during the first week's classes.

Gotta Text?

I hate to begin a class this way, but just so you know how I feel about this, here it is. There is nothing easy about the material we are covering. It is even harder to learn if, well, you don't catch it because while I am busy covering it, you are busy with your face glued to your cell phone. If you can't ignore your phone, turn it off. If you can't turn it off, leave it in your locker. If you can't leave it in your locker, please leave the class.

Just a reminder of several things you need to do to do well in this class:

- Show up for class
- Turn in assignments on time
- Do good work, which means think about what we're trying to do here.
- Ask questions when you don't understand something. It's the best way we have to get answers when we're stuck.