• Photography I

    "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."- Dorothea Lange


    Photography I

    Course Outline

    Mr. Bricker


    Photography I is a course designed to introduce students to the history, aesthetics, principles, and production of black-and-white photography.  A 35 mm camera (manual settings) and a $40.00 lab fee are required for participation in this course.  Below you will find the objectives and expectations for this course.




    •  Students will gain a thorough understanding of the camera, its elements, and its capabilities, resulting in the creation of technically proficient and visually intriguing works of art.


    •  Students will learn how to process film.


    •  Students will learn various printing techniques.


    •  Students will participate in class and individual critiques and will be able to defend their thought processes in an articulate manner.


    •  Students will be able to solve artistic problems in a creative manner.






    Course Requirements


    •  Notebook (Binder): Must be organized and neat and should include the following: All handouts, class notes, negatives (in sleeves), contact sheets, test prints, film exposure sheets, and enlargements


    •  Creative Journal: Must contain brainstormed lists, sketches, and ideas, as well as photographs and artwork related to a specified theme, and reaction and personal commentary on classroom discussions and experiences.  Please see the Creative Journal handout for more resources and examples.


      Photographic Assignments: Must be submitted on time and must be COMPLETE (all components)!


    •  Course text: Black& White Photography, a Basic Manual, by Henry Horenstein, as well as additional handouts and web assignments.


    Additional Notes


    This course is an art course designed for juniors and seniors with experience in drawing-and-painting courses, as well as additional art experiences and interests. In addition to the work completed during class time, students will be expected to spend much time on idea development, shooting, and photo processing outside of class. If students put in much time and effort, they will walk away from this course with not only new ideas and viewpoints, but with a strong and diverse photographic portfolio.

    NOTE: Additional lab hours will be available upon request (after school).



    Pinhole Photography


    The Pinhole Camera Series

    *Construction of camera: 10 points

    *Creative Journal : 15 points

    Some things to consider for the creative journal:

    Did your camera work right away?

    What modifications did you have to make?

    Exposure Time Notes

    Extra Prints


    *Print #1: Basic Print: (your first successful print): 20 points

    (No light leakage, not blurred or ghostly, no developing errors)

    *Print #2: Portrait/Figure Print : 25 points

    (Should not be blurry or messy, subject should be easily seen and understood)

    *Print #3: Experimental Print: 30 points
    (Experiment with techniques, light/dark, subject, permanence/movement, exposure time, size of paper, etc.)
    Due: September 24, 2010 

    Pinhole Examples:
    NOTE: All of these photos were taken with homemade cameras (consisting of ordinary cardboard boxes, a pinhole in a piece of aluminum, tape, and, in some cases, black paint)


                                                            Dagmar L.
                                                                                Isha B.
                                                                                 Caitlyn K.
                                                                        Dagmar L.
                                                                           Dagmar L.
                                                                             Isha B.
                                                                          Dagmar L.
                                                                       Mackenzie F.
                                                                               Mary F.
                                                                             Megan P.
                                                                                 Seth L.
                                                                                   Seth L.
                                                                                 Seth L.
                                                                            Seth L.