This course is for the examination of the world without the distraction and embellishment of color—a world of texture, shape, and light—as can be shown through the basic techniques of manual photography and the darkroom.
Students learn how to use their camera, lens, and tripod. They are shown how to select the right film and use a light meter to determine exposure, as well as how to control basic density and contrast for both the negative and the print. And they prepare the chemistry for and undertake the development of their own film.
The class discusses how to make the best possible negatives and prints with full tonal range and explores basic darkroom procedures, safety, printmaking techniques, burning and dodging, toning, archival processing, and print presentation.
Students are encouraged to explore artistic questions concerning composition, framing, light, tone and texture, gesture and moment, along with their own personal responses to the visual world and events around them. This course is a stepping-stone to the great world of photographic images, from its foundation to the many possilities it offers.