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Lynda Troutt Murphy
Photography Class


The class is a basic introduction to photography. It will cover the history and development from the beginning to present day, teach students how to take a photograph with focus on subject matter and include vocabulary, printing processes, cameras, photographers, etc.. It can be tailored to any age group.

History - Students will be introduced to the history of photography that covers how the Chinese and Greek philosophers describe the basic principles of optics and the camera in the 4th & 5th Centuries B.C., to Joseph Nicéphore Niépce that achieved the first photographic image with camera obscura in 1814 only to realize that the image required eight hours of light exposure and later faded, to current digital age of photography.

Vocabulary - A vocabulary handout will be provided to each student that includes terminology from the onset of photography to the digital age. Students will be quizzed on their knowledge of vocabulary and encouraged to use terminology in group discussions regarding photography.

Photographers - Students will be introduced to a group of historical and current day photographers. We will discuss their technique (the types of cameras, lenses, etc.) and what they were trying to convey in their photographs. Each student will then pick one or two of the photographers from the list to do some in depth research on and try to emulate their techniques in their own photographs.

How to take a Photograph - Students will learn how to take a photograph in landscape and portrait orientation. They will be taught about framing, the rule of thirds, lighting, subject matter, action shots, and more.

Digital Editing - The class will learn to edit and enhance photographs using the latest version of Photoshop. They will also learn how to convert color to black and white and enhance contrast for best effect in addition to how to crop a photograph, enhance color, add visual effects, add text to the photo and more.

Printing - Students will be introduced to several types of printing processes. If photo printers and/or dark room facilities are not available for students to print examples of each type of printing process will be shown in class.

Giclée (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt". Giclée prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. The quality of the giclée print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.

Gelatin Silver - All true black and white papers are made with silver in the chemistry. This makes all prints made on true black and white paper silver gelatin prints. The term originally came from B&W film, which is made with tiny platelets of silver called silver-halide gelatin. The same silver-halide gelatin is used in making all true black and white papers.

Portfolio - Each student will create a portfolio of photography through the course of the class. They will be required to photograph landscapes, portraits, architecture, textures, action, and also do a photo journalism piece.

Projects - Students will learn to matt, frame and display their work to show at the end of course.




Last update 02/26/2017


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