Montgomery College 2017-2018 Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
Montgomery College 2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHOT 150 - Photography I

(ARTD) (R only) CE

An intensive introduction to equipment and techniques for making black-and-white photographs. Cameras, meters, film, studio techniques, and darkroom techniques are covered. Although no prior photography experience is assumed, the course moves rapidly enough that students who have had less intensive courses at other institutions will quickly be learning new material. Exercises to demonstrate basic skills in photography are performed, but the bulk of the course is dedicated to the preparation of a portfolio of mounted black-and-white prints. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C or better in MATH 080 , appropriate score on the mathematics placement test, or consent of department. Assessment Level(s): AELR 930 /ELAR 980 /READ 099 . One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly PG 150.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Use a camera’s manual aperture, shutter speed, and focus controls.
  • Use different compositional approaches and various zoom focal-length settings to create photographs.
  • Use camera controls to create photographic effects such as selective focus, depth of field differences, and sharpness and blur with moving subjects.
  • Use tripods to steady the camera for slow shutter speed photos.
  • Use hand-held light meters to accurately measure light levels indoors and outdoors and successfully transfer indicated settings to the camera.
  • Employ light meters in the studio to measure lighting ratios for portraits and still-lifes using studio illumination.
  • Explain the difference between reflected, incident, and gray card light readings.
  • Mix processing chemistry accurately and safely.
  • Create a portfolio of clean, mounted prints.
  • Process 35mm black and white films accurately using the time and temperature method.
  • Employ safe and clean practices when handling photographic chemicals.
  • Write a basic critical review of a photographer’s exhibited or published work.
  • Construct different lighting approaches for portrait and still-life assignments.
  • Employ appropriate and safe practices when using tungsten ‘hot’ lights.
  • Mount prints cleanly.
  • Spot out dust marks in the print.
  • Demonstrate some advanced printing controls such as dodging and burning-in.
  • Demonstrate basic printing skills such as negative-cleaning, focus, cropping, brightness, and contrast control.
  • Judge print exposure tests accurately.
  • Judge best exposure and contrast on developed negatives.

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