ART 208: Intro to Photo

Art 208_Syllabus_Fa17


Introduction to basic 35mm camera operation, black and white film processing, and darkroom procedures in enlarging and developing prints. Emphasis is on practicing technical skills and learning the basics of photographic composition. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully expose, develop, and print a well-conceived composition.


Art 204


Photography: The Concise Guide, Bruce Warren, 2nd Edition. ISBN: 978-0-495-89780-4


To Learn:

  1. How to operate a 35mm SLR camera
  2. The fundamentals of exposure through aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  3. How to successfully develop 35mm black and white film
  4. How to successfully print silver gelatin prints in the darkroom
  5. How to “see” in black and white
  6. Techniques to improve composition and develop a vocabulary to discuss image-based media
  7. How to professionally finish and present silver gelatin images
  8. To learn about early practices in photography through lectures on the history of photography


  1. Lectures and experience in the use of cameras and related equipment. Study of exposure, lighting, and aesthetics in black and white photography.
  1. Introduction to film development and printing.
  2. Lectures and critiques in the field of black and white photography.
  3. Introduction to a standard vocabulary in black and white photography.
  4. Weekly assignments and critiques of the students black and white prints.


(From FMU Student Catalog, p. 59). Each student is responsible for the proper completion of his or her academic program, for familiarity with the Francis Marion University Catalog, for maintaining the grade point average required, and for meeting all other degree requirements.

  1. For successful completion of this course, the student must be able to demonstrate competency in the course objectives and course outline listed above. Student must also successfully complete the course assignments and projects.
  2. Students must provide their own film and paper for this course.
  3. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully expose, develop, and print a well-conceived composition. To teach the student the correct use of the camera, exposure, use of lighting, selection of subject matter, compositional skills and darkroom processes and techniques.


Your final grade for this course will be graded on a 10 point scale:

100-90                 = A

89-80                   = B

79-70                    = C

69-60                   = D

59-0                     = F

Breakdown of Graded Assignments:

First Exposure Roll                                                                  =               5 points

5 Projects                                                                                   =               50 points (10 points each)

Midterm                                                                                     =               5 points

Final Project                                                                             =               15 points

Final Portfolio                                                                          =               5 points

Quizzes/Homework/Written Critique                                =               10 points

Final Exam                                                                                =               10 points


Projects: There will be 6 projects that result in the majority of your final grade. Each project will require making between 2-4 finished images. Each project will require 2 rolls of film exposed with the exception of the first two projects. Old images or images exposed from an earlier project may not be used for projects. Critiques are a part of the grading process for projects. Participation is required during critiques. A one page written response will be required for each critique. If a student misses critique they will lose the opportunity to have class feedback and will only receive feedback from the teacher on the grade sheet.

Final Project: The final project is weighted heavier than regular projects and will be based on a more extensive conceptual topic. The Final Project will require the student to submit their own concept to create a body of work. 5-7 final images will be required for the Final Project. The student will present their work to the class at the end of the semester on the last day of class. Images will be mounted for all projects except the first two.

Portfolio: The portfolio will consist of answers to questions concerning the semester’s work. The portfolio will also include a collection of successful works from the semester. In addition, all portfolio images will be digitized and turned in on a disc. I suggest scanning photos as you go to minimize work at the end of the semester. It is imperative that you keep up with our finished works throughout the semester as you will include finished works in your final portfolio.

Final grades will be posted online at the end of the semester. Final grades are only rounded up to the next letter grade if they are within a .5 point or closer.


(From FMU Student Catalog, p. 62). It is the responsibility of the student to attend all scheduled meetings in the course in which he/she is enrolled. If a student is absent more than twice the number of required class or laboratory sessions per week during regular semesters or more than 15% of required sessions during accelerated semesters, a grade of “F” or “W” will normally be assigned, unless absences have been excused for cause by the instructor.

Attendance Policy for Art 208:

Students may miss up to 4 classes. If the student missed a 5th class, he/she will be dropped from the course. Absences include both excused and unexcused absences. As stated in the FMU Catalog, Prior to the completion of 33 percent of a course, a faculty member may withdraw a student from a course for violation of the stated attendance policy and the grade recorded will be “W.” After the completion of 33 percent of a course, a faculty member may still withdraw a student from a course for a violation of the stated attendance policy but the grade recorded will be “F” or “W” based on the academic average at the time of withdrawal. If you miss class the day before a schedule break you will receive 2 absences. If you come to class without being prepared you may be considered absent. An excused absence will require a doctor’s note or other approved documentation for absence.

Please be on time, as a courtesy to the class. Excessive tardiness will be harmful to your final grade. Three tardies equal one absence.


If absent from class, it is the responsibility of the student to email the Professor (via email or office visit) or contact a classmate to inquire about missed assignments. If an assignment is given and due the next class period, the student will still be responsible for completing the assignment even if absent from class.

Late Work: Projects and Assignments that are late will be dropped one letter grade. Projects will also be deducted an additional 2 points for every day they are late after the due date. Late work must be turned in within 2 weeks of the due date. After 2 weeks the grade will be a “0.”


There will be time to work on your assignments in class. However, please anticipate that you will have to do work outside of class in order to complete your projects and assignments for this course. If a student is present in class for work days, but is not prepared to work the student will given an absence.

Student excursions to art museums, galleries or studios may be scheduled. Participation is expected. Students must provide a legitimate reason if participation is not possible.


Art 208_SupplyList_Fa17

Chemicals will be provided for the students in Art 208. Students will be required to supply their film, silver gelatin paper, storage materials and mat board. For a detailed list of acceptable and/or suggested materials please refer to the supplies handout or visit the course supply list on B&H Photo.

To locate the class list on B&H go to: Go to “Find a School’s Supply List”. Find and select “Francis Marion University.” Click on “Introductory Photography.” You are responsible for ordering and purchasing your own materials that are not provided by the University. Supplies must be ordered/purchased in a timely manner. Not having supplies will not be an accepted excuse for not working during class and may result in an absence.


The art department has a limited number of cameras, tripods, books, and other related photography equipment for student use. There are also a large number of photo related books in the library.



Cell phones are prohibited during class, unless announced otherwise by the instructor. Please be sure that your phone is on silent and put away when you enter the classroom. Cell phones are prohibited in the darkroom during group use. In other words if you are in the darkroom with someone else, cell phones are not allowed. You may not listen to music during class unless permission is given by the instructor. You may not check Facebook or any social media during class.


Art 208_Calendar_Fa17

8/22                           Introduction to Course, Syllabus, Supplies & Calendar; Darkroom Tour; Student Work

8/24                           Chemical Hygiene Training; Brief History of Photography/Camera Fundamentals, HW: Quiz 1

8/29                           Camera Fundamentals Continued/HW: Worksheet 2 & 3

                                    DUE: Worksheet 1

8/31                           Exposure/Loading Film: Chemistry and Development/HW: Worksheet 4 & 5

                                   Due: Exposure and Worksheet 2 & 3

 9/5                              Darkroom Demo/Film Developing and Photogram Work Day (class will split up)

                                   DUE: Worksheet 4 & 5

9/7                              Film Developing and Photogram Work Day (class will split up)












Art 208_Quiz_Chapter1

Art 208_Quiz_Chapter2

Art 208_Quiz_Chapter3

Art 208_Quiz_Chapter4

Art 208_Quiz_Chapter8


Cameras & Film



Entire Fundamentals PDF


Critique Expectations

Art 208_Supply List

Film Chemistry_Sprint

Darkroom Chemistry_Sprint

Darkroom Journal



For Experimental Project:

Thomas Kellner (contact sheet as print)

Jerry Ueslmann



If we have class on Tuesday, September 12th, we will continue with class as planned.



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