Syllabus Spring Semester

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PHOTO 22A:
BLACK AND WHITE LARGE FORMAT
FINE ARTS PHOTOGRAPHY
INSTRUCTOR: EAMON CONKLIN
Section: 5680
Spring 2013 Tuesday/ Thursday
Units: 3
4:40pm-6:40pm E105
6:40pm-8:00pm E202
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Relationship between fine arts and commercial techniques in black and white photography. View
camera, normal and wide-angle lenses; chemistry of black and white development, print
retouching and toning. Fine arts and commercial assignments in large format photography
including lighting techniques in the studio and environmental photography. There is a total of 36
hours lecture and 90 hours laboratory. Transfer credit: CSU; UC credit under review.
PREREQUISITE: Photo 21
STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
 Show a working knowledge of the basic operations and techniques involved in the
use of a large format view camera.
 Demonstrate varied lighting techniques in studio and environmental photography
historically used in fine art and commercial photography.
 Produce negatives and prints correctly exposed with proper focus and contrast that
exhibit artistic values through composition and design.
 Evaluate their personal work and the work of others using written and/or oral
critique methods.
ATTENDANCE POLICY (FROM DROPS-ABSENCE, IN PCC CATALOG PAGE 455):
 Students will be dropped from class for failure to attend the first meeting unless
they have made prior arrangements with the instructor.
 Students who arrive late for first meeting of class may be dropped.
 Students will be dropped from a semester length class for continuous or
cumulative absences that total the number of hours the class is scheduled to
meet in a two-week period.
 Being late three times (or leaving class early three times) is considered the
equivalent of one absence.
 For further information refer to the Drops-Absence section of the PCC Catalog.
DISABILITY POLICY:
If you have special needs please let the instructor know so that they can best
accommodate you. All students with disabilities requiring accommodations are
responsible for making arrangements by the second week of classes through the
Disabled Student Program Services (DSP&S). The Disabled Student Programs &
Services is designed to enable eligible students with a verified disability(s) to participate
fully in all of Pasadena City College's academic and vocational programs. Those with
learning, physical, developmental, visual, hearing, speech/language, other health
impairments, and /or psychological disabilities may inquire about services by contacting
The instructor reserves the right to modify the course content (grading procedures, tests, etc.)
as the situation dictates. The instructor will inform the students of any such changes via e-mail
and/or class announcements.
the DSP&S office. They are located in Room D209 and are open M 8AM – 4PM, T – W
8AM – 6:30 PM and TH – F 8AM – 4:30PM. The telephone number for DSP&S is
626.585.7127. The contact person at DSP&S is Kent Yamauchi.
SUPPLIES
 1 package (25 sheets) B&W 4x5 film. Additional packages will be purchased as
need over the course of the semester.
 2-3 boxes of B&W photo paper of your choice (8x10 or 11x14).
 1 1-Gallon plastic photographic chemical storage jug.
 1 package (to make 1 gallon) of Kodak D-76 developer. Additional packages will
be purchased as need over the course of the semester.
 Notebook and/or journal to hold handouts and take notes.
 Can of compressed air (dust-off) and/or an Ilford anti static cloth. Photo Wipes
are available in the stockroom for .05 each.
 3 large manilas folders or envelopes to submit homework projects to the
instructor for grading.
 Archival storage binder with rings to store you negatives and prints. Be sure the
negative sleeves fit in this book before purchasing it. Around $20.00.
 $2.00 card from PCC bookstore to purchase materials from the stockroom.
 Materials to present a final project, mat board – 15 boards approx. buy as
needed – available in bookstore for $1.06 each or buy in bulk, dry mount tissue
(to be purchased from stockroom for .20 for 8 x 10 and .35 for 11 x 14) or mat
cutter and artist tape. White in color and acid free. These will be purchased as
needed over the course of the semester.
 000 Sable brush (it can be synthetic).
 Two 8 x 10 black pieces of cardboard.
 Dodging and burning tools. Make them out of black board or purchase from
photo supply store.
SUPPLY RESOURCES LIST: Always bring your student ID and request a student discount.
Alhambra Camera: 121 E. Main St., Alhambra: CA, 626 282 6365
Freestyle: 5124 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA, store: 323 660 3460
Samy’s Camera: 44 E. Walnut, Pasadena, CA, 626 796 3300
LOCKERS:
Lockers are offered on a first come first serve basis. You will be asked to share the locker with
another student. It is a $20 deposit to get the locker and key. The deposit will be returned to you –
when you clear out the locker at the end of the semester and return the key.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:
“Each student should be thoroughly familiar with the Standards of Student Conduct and with
regulations of the College. Students attending the College are expected to maintain satisfactory
standards of citizenship at all times on the campus and in the community. Satisfactory citizenship
includes conduct, which respects the rights of all individuals, which avoids actions disruptive to
the ongoing education program and which does not violate specific prohibitions outlined in the
Education Code.
When it is indicated that citizenship is unsatisfactory, the student may be subject to the following:
reprimand, disciplinary probation, administrative class withdrawal, suspension or expulsion, as
conditions warrant. Unsatisfactory citizenship includes, among other things, cheating, plagiarism,
hazing and conduct disruptive to the teaching-learning process. In addition, falsification of
The instructor reserves the right to modify the course content (grading procedures, tests, etc.)
as the situation dictates. The instructor will inform the students of any such changes via e-mail
and/or class announcements.
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information provided to the Admissions Office is basis for dismissal from a class or from the
College. Individuals engaged in destructive activities involving any kind of physical or
psychological mistreatment of students are subject to prosecution under the California State Law
banning hazing and to dismissal from the College. Penalties for individuals, organizations and
Institutions can be severe.”
EXAMS AND CRITIQUES:
The Mid-term exam is scheduled for week of 10/14/12 and the Final Exam is scheduled
for the week of 12/10/12. Students must be present for the mid-term, final exam and all
critiques unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. If you are
absent for the mid-term, final exam please plan to verify the absence with a physicians
note otherwise you will receive an F on the exam. Critiques will be graded for attendance
and participation – and will be averaged into your final grade. Each time a student
speaks up they will generate points. If a student is present and does not speak they will
receive a D for critique participation. Cell phone use is prohibited during the critiques –
students will be asked to leave if caught using their cell phone. The exams will be timed
– if you show up late you will have the remaining time left to complete the exam. For
example if the exam starts at 8 and you arrive at 8:10 you will have 35 minutes to
complete the 45-minute exam.
LATE ASSIGNMENT POLICY:
Late assignments will not be accepted.
LAB POLICY:
 No food or drink allowed in the classroom or photo lab.
 Cell phones must be turned off for the duration of class. If you have an emergency and
need to have the phone on – speak with the instructor and set the phone to vibrate. If the
phone rings in class you will be asked to leave.
 Computers must be turned off for the duration of the class.
 All students must obtain the PCC Photo Lab Manual of Instructions from the college
bookstore.
 All students must have PCC student ID card and an email address.
 Student work left at the end of the semester is subject to removal after 30 days.
OPEN LAB AND TO BE ARRANGED (TBA) HOURS:
A total of 16.5 TBA hours are required for the semester. TBA hours can be acquitted anytime the
lab is open and the area is not being used by another class. You are to keep a record of your own
TBA by reporting them to the stockroom. If completed 5 points will be added to your final grade –
if not 5 points will be deducted from your final grade.
EMAIL POLICY:
Students should email instructor if they are going to be late or miss a class before the class
period. The instructor will not accept projects via email. Please use discretion when emailing the
instructor – family emergencies, illness, camera difficulties are acceptable examples of when to
email instructor. All other issues should be addressed in person during class time or office hours.
SECURITY ESCORTS:
The college police provide security for those in class after dark who would like to be escorted
from the classroom to the parking lot. Call extension 7484.
OFFICE HOURS:
Students must email and make an appointment to meet with the Instructor during office hours.
Office hours will be from 4:00pm to 4:30pm on the following dates in E105:
The instructor reserves the right to modify the course content (grading procedures, tests, etc.)
as the situation dictates. The instructor will inform the students of any such changes via e-mail
and/or class announcements.
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JAN 15, 29; FEB 5, 19, 26; MAR 12, 19, 26; APR 9, 16, 23, 30
CLASS SCHEDULE:
Week 1
Tuesday - Jan. 8, 2012
Thursday - Jan. 10, 2012
Lecture Introduction to course, discussion Mixing developer, push/pull
of course materials and
developing, 4x5 development
requirements. Introduction to 4x5
photography benefits and uses.
Lab Demonstrations of equipment:
4x5 camera, tripods, film holders,
lenses, loading film, dust, and
light meters.
Group portrait exercise
Week 2
Tuesday - Jan. 15, 2012
Lecture Advertisement Photography:
Intro/ Types. Demonstration tilt &
swing. Discuss Assignment 1
Lab Demonstration of printing
Thursday - Jan. 17, 2012
Advertisement Photography:
Lighting and Framing Techniques
Week 3
Tuesday - Jan. 22, 2012
Lecture Advertisement Photography:
Lighting and Framing
Techniques;
Lab Print group exercise; Lighting
demonstration
Thursday - Jan. 24, 2012
Share results of group exercise
Week 4
Tuesday - Jan. 29, 2012
Lecture Landscape Photography: Intro;
Western Expansion Photography
Discuss Assignment 2
Lab Print Assignment 1
Thursday - Jan. 31, 2012
Landscape Photography: Natural
(Adams,Weston, Misrach, Baltz)
Week 5
Tuesday - Feb. 5, 2012
Lecture Landscape Photography:
Architectural (Shulman)
Lab Outside lighting demonstration
and panoramic
Thursday - Feb. 7, 2012
Landscape Photography: Interiors
(Divola)
Print Assignment 2
Week 6
Tuesday - Feb. 12, 2012
Lecture Critique Assignment 1
Thursday - Feb. 14, 2012
Critique Assignment 1; Discuss
Midterm
Print Assignment 2
Lab Print Assignment 2
Print group exercise
Print Assignment 1
Print Assignment 1
The instructor reserves the right to modify the course content (grading procedures, tests, etc.)
as the situation dictates. The instructor will inform the students of any such changes via e-mail
and/or class announcements.
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Week 7
Tuesday - Feb. 19, 2012
Lecture Advanced Techniques
Lab Print Assignment 2
Thursday - Feb. 21, 2012
Discuss Final Project
Print Assignment 2
Week 8
Tuesday - Feb. 26, 2012
Lecture
Fine Art Photography: Intro;
Discuss Assignment 3
Lab
Midterm
Thursday - Feb. 28, 2012
Individual Meetings/Lab
Week 9
Tuesday - Mar. 5, 2012
Lecture
SPRING BREAK
Lab
NO CLASS
Thursday - Mar. 7, 2012
SPRING BREAK
NO CLASS
Week 10
Tuesday - Mar. 12, 2012
Lecture Critique Assignment 2
Lab
Thursday - Mar. 14, 2012
Critique Assignment 2
Week 11
Tuesday - Mar. 19, 2012
Lecture Fine Art Photography: Show
Movie “America and Lewis Hine.”
Lab Print Assignment 3
Thursday - Mar. 21, 2012
Fine Art Photography: (Gursky,
Crewdson)
Print Assignment 3
Week 12
Tuesday - Mar. 26, 2012
Lecture Fine Art Photography: Discuss
select artists.
Lab Print Assignment 3/Final
Thursday - Mar. 28, 2012
Fine Art Photography: Discuss
select artists.
Print Assignment 3/Final
Week 13
Tuesday - Apr. 2, 2012
Lecture Written Description of Final
Project Workshop
Lab Print Assignment 3/Final
Thursday - Apr. 4, 2012
Critique Assignment 3
Week 14
Tuesday - Apr. 16, 2012
Lecture Critique Assignment 3
Lab Print for Final
Thursday – Apr. 18, 2012
Week 15
Tuesday - Apr. 23, 2012
Lecture
Lab Print for Final
Thursday – Apr. 25, 2012
Final Critique
Final Critique
Final Exam
Individual Meetings/Lab
Print for Final
Print for Final
Tuesday 3:15pm-5:15pm
Final Critique
The instructor reserves the right to modify the course content (grading procedures, tests, etc.)
as the situation dictates. The instructor will inform the students of any such changes via e-mail
and/or class announcements.
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DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENTS AND EXAMS:
Assignment 1 - Advertisement Photography - Take and print 3 pictures
showcasing a product of your choosing in 3 different ways: Photograph of
product itself, person using product, and allude to product without showing it.
Assignment 2 - Environmental Photography - Take and print 6 pictures
demonstrating skills and concepts pertaining to environmental photography.
Include 2 of each of the following: natural landscape, architectural exterior, and
interior.
Assignment 3 - Fine Art Photography – Create a cohesive set of images (3-6)
that communicate an idea or theme of your choosing.
Final Project Description: Create a body of work using any of the skills learned in
this class. The work can be commercial or artistic in nature, but should display
the clear and focused intention of the photographer (you). A written statement
describing the project is required and must be no more than a single page.
Extra Credit: Choose a photographer who uses 4x5 in his/her practice and give a
5-10 presentation (power point, lecture, video) to the class about his/her work.
See instructor ahead of time about scheduling your presentation.
POINTS AND GRADING
Assignment 1
Assignment 2
Assignment 3
Midterm 1
Final Project
Participation
Attendance
Total
10
20
20
10
50
15
25
150
The instructor reserves the right to modify the course content (grading procedures, tests, etc.)
as the situation dictates. The instructor will inform the students of any such changes via e-mail
and/or class announcements.
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