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COURSE NAME: "Basic Photography (Traditional Film Photography)"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Jochem Schoneveld
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: T 9:00-11:45 AM

This course is designed to give students an overview of the photographic medium as a means of communication and personal expression with the city of Rome as a vehicle. The major components of the class are use of the 35mm camera, introduction to darkroom technique, and an overview of the history of photography and its specific aesthetics. Class will consist of technical, theoretical, and visual elements to take place in class, on site in Rome, and in museums and galleries. Students must provide their own traditional 35mm film cameras.  The university provides a large format camera for use in class.  Students will develop and print their work in JCU’s Dark Room.
The theoretical objective of this course is to find techniques to re-create any sort of place and space, whether it be exterior or interior.
Students use manual film cameras. Various genres of photography, in both color and black and white, will be analyzed:
-Close up
-Still life
-Fine art.
Group critique and portfolio evaluation
The main assignment of this course is the final portfolio. The final portfolio will be presented on the exam day.
The group crique is an important part of this course. Discussing photographs will lead to a better understanding and appreciation of art. The group critique consists of the following elements.
1. Desribe the work. What are we looking at?
2. Interpretation of the work. What is the meaning of it? Apply contextual information and subjective interpretation of the work
3. Evaluation of the work. Is it art? Is the message of the work clear? Set criteria for yourself on which base you judge photographic art
4. Concept. What is the idea behind it?
5. Experimentation. Is this something we have seen before? New challenges, risks.

During this semester we will visit a photographic exhibition. Time and place to be decided.

Independent research is critical for success. Students are expected to write project proposals and critiques.
Although we will not use a textbook, you will get many required readings during this course. Discussions of these readings will take place regularly.
The objective of the course is for students to achieve a technical knowledge sufficient to realize images in different contexts. These skills will develop in controlled environments, in order to be verifiable technically and conceptually.
-Understanding analog photography from a practical and theoretical viewpoint;
-Basic technical skills from photograph to final print;
-Developed an aesthetic sense and be able to produce and read photographic images;
-The ability to write a brief critical evaluation of photographic works;
-The skills to create and present their own portfolio;

Attendance and Participation Midterm exam  30
Assignments 40
Final Project 30

AWork of this quality shows excellent mastery of the course content along with exceptional levels of technical skill, artistic awareness, originality, resourcefulness, commitment, quantity of work and improvement. There has been excellent collaboration and leadership in group projects, and there have been no attendance problem
BA highly competent level of performance with work that directly addresses the content of the course, with a good quantity of work produced
CAn acceptable level of performance: the work shows awareness of the course content, but is very limited in quantity, quality, commitment and skill
DThe student lacks a coherent grasp of the course material and has failed to produce much work
FNegligent in attendance, academic honesty, engagement with the course content, or production of work

Attendance is essential for success in this course, try not to miss any class meetings. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule. It is not possible to pass this course if you miss more then three (3) classes. If you miss class you’re responsible to get notes and handouts. Lectures are not being repeated. You need to come to class well prepared. You need to attend critiques and finish required assignments missing a critique or an assignment will result in lower grading. Outside of class you will do your own photography, background reading and preparation.
Active participation in class is mandatory. The use of internet during lab time is allowed only in the context of this course.
Not attending the final critique will result in an F. Withdraw if you are unable to attend class regularly. Attendance policy is not negotiable.
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


1. Introduction to terms used in photography, both technical and theoretical.
2. Detailed examination and review of the camera and all its mechanisms.
3. Discussion of optical principles, in particular with regard photographic lenses: focal lengths, apertures, etc.
4. Introduction to black and white film, color film, and negatives. Film speed (Iso/Asa).
5. Techniques of film developing
6. Techniques of photographic printing, including the varieties of special papers available.
(Carte polietinate e baritate.)
7. Ways of editing and displaying photographic images; presentation in the context of a
photographic exhibition. The single image, the series, the essay, etc.
8. The photographic genres
9. Natural and artificial lighting in photography.
10. The course will focus on the relationships and advantages offered by ne tchnologies for traditional film photography. 11. It is highly recommended that students come prepared  to class with a traditonal film camera and, if possibile, a laptop.

Lesson 1
Introduction to the camera  setting
Iso- diaphram-shutter speed

Lesson 2
The light – evaluation – The light meter
On site

Lesson 3

Focal lens – fix lens –zoom lens
On site -test

Lesson 4

Composition: image format, perspective, lens choice, point of view

Lesson 5
Basic Film Development

Lesson 6
Digital files
Introduction to the film camera
(intrduction to the use of camera raw)
On site-test

Lesson 7

Lesson 8
Darkroom Printing

Lesson 9
Studio Light shooting

Lesson 10
Exhibition Visit

Lesson 11
The Photobook: Discussion of the history of the Photobook and significant publications

Lesson 12
Review/Critique of student work. Discuss the progress you have made so far during this course.

Lesson 13
Preparing a Presentation, a book and a website.

Lesson 14
Editing/Printing of final project plans. Prepare your presentation for the exam week.