ART 318: Alternative Digital Imaging

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Exploration and experimentation with alternative imaging emphasizing digital photography use for imaging concepts and including various software explorations. Further development of digital alternative photographic skills and individual expression. Emphasis will also be placed on the merging of digital and analog image based media.


Art 208 and 218




The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. Christopher James. ISBN: 0-7668-2077-7

Digital Alchemy, Bonny Lhotka

The Last Layer, Bonny Lhotka


  1. To learn inkjet printing settings used for various inkjet media
  2. To explore alternative digital printing methods
  3. To explore methods of creating digital negatives
  4. To refine workflow of digital imaging from capture to output
  5. To create images that communicate defined messages that have the quality of a “finished” fine print.
  6. To independently research and execute an alternative digital process


Digital Inkjet Transfers using Purell Hand Sanitzer (alcohol transfers)

Digital Inkjet Transfers to Wood using DASS SuperSauce

Cyanotypes with the Digital Negatives

Gelatin Silver Prints with Digital Paper Negatives

Gelatin Dry Plates with Digital Negatives

Holga Modification/Scanning Negatives

Group Project (tentative)

Independent Research



(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 storage media. Students must also be aware that there may be a limited number of cameras available for student use.


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:

7 Projects (10 points each)                                                                   =               70 points

1 Final Project (20 points)                                                                      =               20 points

Final Portfolio (5 points)                                                                         =               5 points

Reading/Journal/Discussions/In Class Work                              =               5 points

Projects: There will be 7 projects that result in the majority of your final grade. Each project will require making new images and between 2-4 finished images. Old images may not be used for projects. Images “appropriated” from the Internet may not be used. Mounting will be required for some projects. Critiques are a part of the grading process for projects. Participation is required during critiques. 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 research topic. The Final Project will require the student to research and execute an alternative digital imaging process (not demonstrated during the semester). 5-7 final images along with a digital journal (that will be posted on FMU’s photo blog) will be required. The student will present the process to the class at the end of the semester. Images will be mounted.

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.

Reading/Journal/Discussions/In Class Work: There will be class time devoted to discussions based on out of class readings. We may also have in class projects due on a daily basis depending on the preparedness of the class.

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 318:

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 a student misses class the day before a scheduled break 2 absences will be given. 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 equals 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. 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.


Students must provide their own storage media. Storage media may include a flash drive (thumb drive) or portable external hard drive. Students must also be aware that there may be a limited number of cameras available for student use. 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 Alternative Digital Imaging. You are responsible for ordering and purchasing your own materials that are not provided by the University. 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 dedicated to photography.


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. MP3 players may be used during work days, but never during demos, lectures, critiques, or discussions. You may not check Facebook or any social media during class.










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Matte Gel Inkjet Image Transfers, Part 1 from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

Matte Gel Inkjet Transfers, Part 2 from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

Matte Gel Inkjet Image Transfers, Part 3 from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

Purell Image Transfer from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

WoodTransferProcess from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

Cyanotype Digital Negative Template from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

Comparing Inkjet Paper Negatives vs. Inkjet Transparency Negatives from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

Digital Negatives for Silver Gelatin Printing from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

White Gelatin Fresco Image Transfer from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.



Acrylic Matte Gel Transfers and Lifts on Alternative Photography

Purell Transfers



Critique Expectations

Purell Image Transfer Print Settings


Darkroom Journal


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