Friday, August 30, 2013

Middlesex Community College Photography 2 Syllabus Fall 2018

MCC ART 142 Section 02 CRN#16076
Rooms HH-109 and HH-110
Teacher: Paul Light
781 280 3871
Wednesdays 2:00-4:45PM

Required reading

There is no required book for this class.

During this class you will be constructing a black and white portfolio of 20 11"x14" prints. To make a portfolio of 20 prints requires more than 20 photographs. You will be making 3"x 5" work prints each week and then print the 20 best. You will be guided thru the process of sequencing photographs into an integrated body of work. You will be shown high quality portfolios as a guide to constructing your own portfolio. You will receive a grade about every 2 or 3 weeks. There are a total of 5 grades. Each grade is of equal weight. All of the grades will be averaged together to give you a final grade.

A portfolio is a linked group of 3 or more photographs. There are different types of links.The very best use of linkage can be seen in the following examples

Howard Greenberg Gallery

Mark Citret
Minor White

Bonni Benrubi Gallery

 Matthew Pillsbury

Pace/MacGill Gallery

Lee Friedlander

Robert Klein Gallery

David Fokos 
Arno Minkkinen

Robert Koch Gallery

Ken Josephson
Josef Koudelka

It is assumed that you have basic knowledge as to how to use your camera, develop film and make prints. Since this is a class space shared with people who are new to these processes, you are welcome to join in with them on topics discussed that you need more information on. You are free to begin printing once the open darkroom hours are posted. During each class you will be required to be part of the group from 2:00pm - 2:30pm and free to use the darkroom at 2:30pm until the end of class. 

MCC Catalog Listing

A continuation of ART 141. Students must provide their own camera (35mm or 120 format).

Credit Hour Policy
Middlesex Community College follows the Carnegie Unit for credit. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 45 hours of work for each credit. The most common breakdown for one credit is one hour of class instruction and two hours of homework for 15 weeks each semester. A three credit course demands nine hours each week.

Instructional Goals/Objectives

1 Intermediate usage of 35mm camera
Students will demonstrate their ability to use the control mechanisms on their 35mm cameras to produce photographs that have a sense of vision.

2 Black and White Film Development
Students will demonstrate their ability to develop film while carefully controlling agitation, time and temperature.

3 Black and White Printing
Students will be able to evaluate and explain the advantages and disadvantages of various black and white printing techniques including contrast control, burning and dodging.

4 Using Photography to Create A Portfolio
Students will assess the merits of their portfolio as art and explain their reasoning.

Class Description

This class is a continuation of ART 141 photographic principles of using a camera and making black and white prints. All students will be expected to know these principles as well as how to use them in such a way as to produce an inventive and original porfolio.

Each class will consist of 2 parts
Part 1 Looking at Photographs 2:00-2:30
Part 2 Making Prints/Portfolio Review 2:30-4:45

During the first class we will not be spending time making prints. During the second class we will only develop film. We will not make prints. This will be the only topic of discussion that day.
Beginning the third class, from 2:00pm to 2:30pm we will talk about prints. Prints will be graded outside of class time and returned to students at the beginning of the next class. We will talk about your prints, my prints and photographs from the required websites. We will be using the websites as a visual dictionary. We will be using it as a standard to how people use photographs to communicate with the world at large.

From  2:30pm to 4:45pm will be reserved for printing. There will be a 15 minute break at 3:00pm. It will take about 15 minutes to set up the darkroom and the last 15 minutes will be reserved for cleanup. All printing must stop at 4:30pm

Grading and Attendance Policies

All students will be required to produce black and white prints of subjects and techniques of their own choosing.

The school has a darkroom which you will have access to that is set up for black and white darkroom work only. Work will be graded primarily on one's ability to make an inventive and original photograph rather than on technical things like how dark or light the photograph is or how much textural detail is evident. Photographs passed in late lose 3 points per day. In some special circumstances students will be given an extra class to produce a photograph.

Students will be graded only on photographs produced during the semester. Please do not bring in photographs shot before the class started. Each of the grades will be of equal weight. They will be averaged together to produce a final grade. This average is tabulated after each class and that grade is available on request.

There is no midterm or final exam. You will be given two sick days. After this each absence will cost you 10 points from your final grade. In other words, suppose your final grade was 81, but you missed six classes. The first two absences would not affect your grade, but the other four would reduce your grade to a 41. Each time a student arrives more than 15 min. late or leaves early without my permission 5 points will be deducted from their final grade.

All grades will be made numerically. The MCC grading system works as follows


The numerical grade is only a working standard. The registrar's office only records letter grades. So, a person with a 93 will get the exact same grade as a person with a 98.

I only give straight A's to students who have gone way beyond the rest of the group and have clearly demonstrated the ability to produce consistently outstanding work.

A- is the grade for work that is somewhat outstanding. B+ is for work that goes beyond the basics of making a photograph and shows some merit. B signifies that you have successfully completed the assignment. B- indicates that the photograph has some deficiencies. C+ is given to photographs that demonstrate a limited grasp of what are the elements that make up a good photograph. Grades below C+ are given for various degrees of deficiency or more often as a penalty for handing in any given photograph after the deadline.

Method of Evaluation

Your grade for each print is made up of 3 parts
25% Technical camera use
25% Technical printing ability
50% Content
This is a measure of your ability to observe animals, people or spaces and then turn this into a photograph that is more than a simple visual record of what you saw. You will be judged on (1) choice of distance from subject, (2) choice of camera angle, (3) choice of lighting. In all of these situations I expect bold experimentation resulting in surprising and original visual images.
Decide on each of these very carefully. Look at the required websites and see how professional photographers use distance, angle and lighting.

A technically flawless photograph that is no more visually literate than an everyday photograph is a creatively worthless photograph.

Assignments submitted that ignore content issues will be given a maximum grade of 50.

The Darkroom

The darkroom is Room 110 in Henderson Hall (Building 3) on the Bedford campus. In addition to class time, there are open darkroom sessions. The days and hours will be posted on the darkroom door. A darkroom monitor will be there at all times to assist you. Darkroom work will be limited to black and white processing only.

Students may work with any materials they find appropriate to make photographs.

A good store to buy photography supplies is Hunt's Photo and Video. Hunt's has several locations. To find the store closest to you see their website.

A good place to have broken cameras fixed is down the street from Image Inn at Sanford Camera Repair at 1056 Massachusetts Ave. (781 648 2505) - Arlington, MA

Do not leave cameras, lenses, film or paper in your car on hot days. All of these things are easily damaged by exposure to heat over 80ºF.

You will be expected to do at least 3 hours of work outside of class between each class. Outside work will include taking pictures, making prints and looking at websites. Look over the schedule carefully as to what days we will be in the darkroom and what days we will not be in the darkroom.

#1 September 4

Creating A Portfolio

Homework: Make at least 10 3"x5" prints and bring them in September 19

#2 September 11
We will not be printing during this class
Continue work on prints due September 19

#3 September 18
Homework: Continue to make new 3"x5" work prints and bring in 4 finished 11"X14" prints next week.

#4 September 25
 Portfolio Review #1
 Homework: Make at least 5 new 3"x5" work prints.

#5 October 2
Homework: Make at least 5 new 3"x5" work prints.

#6 October 9
Homework: Bring in 4 new finished 11"X14" prints next week as well as the previous graded 11"X14". This is a total of 8 prints

#7 October 16
 Portfolio Review #2
Make at least 5 new 3"x5" work prints.

#8 October 23
Make at least 5 new 3"x5" work prints.

#9 October 30
Make at least 5 new 3"x5" work prints.
Bring in 4 new finished 11"X14" prints next week as well as the previous graded 11"X14". This is a total of 12 prints

#10 November 6
Portfolio Review #3
Make at least 5 new 3"x5" work prints.

#11 November 13
Make at least 5 new 3"x5" work prints.
Bring in 4 new finished 11"X14" prints next week as well as the previous graded 11"X14". This is a total of 16 prints

#12 November 20
Portfolio Review #4 Make at least 5 new 3"x5" work prints.

#13 November 27

Make at least 5 new 3"x5" work prints.
Bring in 4 new finished 11"X14" prints next week as well as the previous graded 11"X14". This is a total of 20 prints

#14 December 4
 Portfolio Review #5

#15 December 11
  10 Best Prints

Paul Light
All text by Paul Light is copyrighted 2015 - 2019 Paul Light
All rights reserved on text by Paul Light
Last revised August 25, 2018


Post a Comment

<< Home