Introduction to Photography

This class presents the basics of film photography – camera function, film processing, darkroom techniques, shooting techniques and methods, use of materials and equipment, use of studio lighting, and the history of photography.  Film photography is presented because it gives each student a strong base in how the photographic image can be used and manipulated to communicate a strong idea through the distinct inherent qualities of film.  Film and digital imagery are presented and compared, and constant critiques and group discussions are conducted in order to encourage each student to understand the specifics of the media, how to use those specifics, and how to manipulate formal elements that are inherent in film photography in order to communicate their ideas.