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Black and White Film Photography

Department: Fine & Performing Arts
Teachers: David Roberts
Open to: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Length: 2 Semesters

This foundational course introduces students to the principles of 35mm, black and white film photography. Through project-based learning, students will cultivate proficiency in the use of 35mm camera operation (aperture and shutter speed settings, light metering, lens focal length) in connection with the principles of photographic composition, framing, and the ability to read various light sources. Students will use darkroom equipment to develop their own film and make photographic prints from their negatives. The course emphasizes both technical and aesthetic fundamentals, while also understanding the historical, cultural, and social influences of photography throughout the world. Upon completion of the course, students will have a fluent understanding of camera operations, traditional darkroom developing techniques, and how to utilize composition in order to create an aesthetically pleasing, and thought provoking photographic image. Students will also be introduced to a digital supplement that involves the scanning of negatives and use of basic Photoshop CC to clean blemishes and adjust highlights and shadows. This exposure will help prepare students for AP Studio Art, and offer them a hard copy and digital portfolio of their work.