Schedule 261 – Spring 2018

Art 261: Intermediate Photography — UPDATED on January 10, 2018, 10:00

NOTE: This Schedule is subject to significant changes up to January 25, 2018. After that point, minor adjustments may be made, and always no later than 24 hours prior to the altered class. 

Class meetings occur once a week, on Thursday from 1:30 to 4:30, starting in Carnegie 311 and then moving to Carnegie 204 unless otherwise announced. PLEASE ENSURE THAT ANY EXTRA-CURRICULAR COMMITMENTS DO NOT CONFLICT WITH THIS. Additionally all students are asked to participate in occasional evening meetings, gallery events and lectures.

Field trips may require excused absences from other faculty. While the instructor will validate the requests, it is each student’s responsibility to acquire these excuses from other professors.

Readings and the related discussions will occur on a weekly basis. All Reading, Viewing and Photographic assignments are to be completed outside of formal class time, and prior to the date where they are listed.

The first half of class is generally for lab/studio sessions, demonstrations or critiques; the second half is generally for lectures, discussions or critiques.

This schedule is organized by
date (Week, Day, Date);




Reading; Viewing; Photographic

Online material or resources are indicated by a link, and in almost all cases will require a username and password which will be emailed to each student by the start of the semester.

Please refer to related pages on this site for
Course Policy | Office Hours | Project Descriptions | Projects by previous and current classes | Readings, References and Slides | Recommended Texts |

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 Thursday JAN 18

    HUMAN VISION MACHINE VISION – Noting the differences between human and machine sensors
  • Assignment: Emulated Image
    – discuss the assigned source image with class partners, respond to these prompts with notes in your class notebooks:
  1. Contrast: The way tones move from subtle gradations or abrupt switches, from white to black
  2. Intensity: Do the extreme darks and lights persist, and how (think of this as an ‘after-image’, like when you state at a bright subject for a while then close your eyes and see it in negative)
  3. Tone: is influenced by the way paper, screen or projection along with the other components of the image, absorb, transmit and reflect light
  4. Relationships: how the shapes and tones, contrast and intensity relate to each other
  5. Meaning: the emotional/conceptual sum of the above abstract values

– Begin making/taking photographs the emulate the source image. Use only digital sensor cameras, and only review these in-camera. Make as many variations of emulated images as you can. Feel free to discuss these images with your discussion group partners. Bring the cameras/drives, all necessary connectors or readers for transfer of files to computers, an external hard drive with power/connector cords to next class.

– as these photographs are made, consider these technical controls / determinants:
brightness / darkness
light source / shadow
distance / perspective
focus / motion
resolution / sensor noise
framing / composition

Thursday JAN 25

SCREEN IMAGE – The Screen, Lightroom and Photoshop, Calibration, Parameters of the screen image

  • Demonstration of platinum-palladium printing
  • Discussion: Symbols and the mindscape / Guston, Philip / Bucklow, Chris. “Epilogue” / Philip Guston
  • Assignment: Emulated Image
    – photographs based on the source image, using a digital sensor and only reviewing the images in-camera, are put through a Lightroom workflow in class

Thursday FEB 1

PAPER IMAGE – The digital image, inkjet printer parameters and controls

Thursday FEB 8 – Pradip in Haiti

PRINTING – make digital prints

  • Assignment: Continue with Emulated Image
  • Demonstration: Film processing (with Allie Horick)
  • Discussion: in groups of three, discuss
    The Process of Photography: Relationship, Recognition, Realization,  John Blakemore, Black and White Photography Workshop, David + Charles, Newton Abbot, 2005.
    Pick one salient point of interest that your group discussed and post a 200-300 word report on the class blog, with one or more images by the one or more members of the group.

Thursday FEB 15

NEGATIVE IMAGE – The digital image, the negative image, the digital negative print as an anticipation of the analogue platinum-palladium print

  • Learning to visualize the print by making and looking at a negative image
  • Photoshop basics, adjustment layers and masks
  • Workflows, and moving from Lightroom to Photoshop and back
  • First look at printers

 Thursday FEB 22

PAPER IMAGE – the analogue print, platinum-palladium printing

  • Due today: a Lightroom folder with at least 10 Emulated Images, presented in your LR catalogue during class
  • Preparing files for digital negative output

 Thursday MAR 1

DIGITAL to PRINTED IMAGE – fine-tuning the digital negative for the platinum-palladium print, printing a digital negative

Begin the Class Assignment

 Thursday MAR 8

DIGITAL TO PRINTED IMAGE – making a platinum-palladium print from a digital negative, hands-on printing

 Tuesday MAR 13 **Classes Follow Thursday Schedule**

DIGITAL TO PRINTED IMAGE – continue making digital negative and platinum-palladium prints

Thursday MAR 10 – SPRING BREAK

Thursday MAR 29

TECHNOLOGY – the platinum-palladium process: chemistry, controls, theory

  • Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

Thursday APR 5

TECHNOLOGY – fine-tuning the workflow from digital to negative to print

Thursday APR 12

Looking at a Platinum/Palladium Print

Print Viewing

Thursday APR 19

Class visit by Arkady Lvov

Read: Mike Ware, The Technical History and Chemistry of Platinum and Palladium Printing
[ 4MB version] [22MB version]

Thursday APR 26

Final Review

Tuesday MAY 8, 9:00 AM Final Critique EXAM PERIOD