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Advanced Photo Studio (Photo 3)
Ms. Brown
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This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Intro to Photo and Photo Studio, and want to continue their study and work in photography.
Students will work with increasingly sophisticated techniques and concepts in photography and related media. Students will work with both digital and traditional materials, but will be expected to work more independently than in previous classes. The benefit of this approach is that students will be allowed to work with the instructor to design projects that build on their own interests, create a strong body of photo work for a portfolio, and also have guidance at learning new skills and ideas, and strengthening their work with the guidance of the instructor.

This class will be scheduled at the same time as Photo Studio (Photo 2), and students will be expected to act as studio assistants on occasion. This will help build leadership skills and create a mentor system for students.


1. You are expected to attend class. Any missed classes must be made up after school or during a study, if there is studio work that has to be completed at school. (using the darkroom or computers, or other art materials.) Please check with Ms. B to schedule time to do this. If you miss a class, you will earn a “0” unless you make up the time and/or work.
2. Any missed classes for any reason count toward your total absences- see the school handbook for attendance rules.
3. Leaving the classroom: You need a signed pass to leave the room for
any reason except to get a drink in the hallway (in that case, ask Ms. B.) If you misuse a hall pass- hanging out in the cafeĀ“, etc.- you will have a warning, and/or a detention.
3. NO HORSEPLAY in the classroom, darkroom, or outside in the hall or patio during class time.
4. Class skips or cuts = detention and notification of administration.

Participation and effort:
1. You must participate actively during class. This is not a passive class.
2. We will have a short “check in-check out” for each class period to keep track of your progress.
3. Working outside of class time: Most assignments have an out-of-class portion. Usually shooting photos is done outside of class.
Handing in work:
1. Because we have both digital and hands-on projects, you will have a variety of ways to pass in work. Details for passing in work will be included with each project.
2. LATE WORK: much of the work must be done on time so you can proceed with the next part of an assignment. I will give deadlines for assignments based on previous student work times.
Typically, I will take off 10 points a day for late work. If you have an issue, please talk to me.

Grading Policy:
Projects: 70%
Reading/research: 15%
Class participation: 15%
Please note: Homework is integral to completing projects on time. (shooting outside of class, etc.) Final exam activity/project is 10% of semester grade.

Advanced Photo Studio is scheduled in the same class period as Photo Studio. Advanced students may be asked, at times, to serve as mentors for other students as appropriate.

Wikispace: email:

Advanced Photo Studio has a prerequisite of Intro to Photo and Photo Studio or other comparable high school photo classes. I’ll be expecting a high level of motivation, and high quality work in Advanced Photo Studio.

Notebook or folder: you need to have a notebook, sketchbook or folder for handouts, homework, etc. This is separate from your classroom folder, since you need to take it to and from class.
•If you have a 35 mm film camera, please plan on using this for shooting photos. You do not need to bring it to school, but you need to know how to use it. (I will review this in class.)
• If you have a digital camera, you can use that for digital projects.
• As always,
you have to shoot most of your photos outside of class time. Please plan ahead! • Be prepared for class by doing homework/shooting on time.
• Attendance is important. You will earn a participation grade for each class.
• School attendance policies are in effect. 5 absences per semester=lost credit for class.

You will study photo history, aesthetics and technique, integrated with hands-on projects.

Projects: 70% Reading/research: 15% Class participation: 15%
Please note: Homework is integral to completing projects on time. (shooting outside of class, etc.) Final exam activity/project is 10% of semester grade.
1. Seeing like a photographer (reading & response)
2. Weekly photo challenge: a photo a week posted to our blog. 3. Film and darkroom:
• Review of film and darkroom
• Shooting assignment: choose one: (film)
“A Certain Slant of Light” (light through objects, cast shadows, reflections, light as spotlight etc.)
“Behind the Mask” (faces / figures hidden with “masks” - how do you portray the subject though partially hidden?)
4. Principles of Design: Repetition and focal point (digital)
5. Elements of Design: Color Theory (digital)
6. Photoshop tricks and tips: Surrealism project; Layers project; Editorial Illustration project
7. Create your own negative- The Figure Revisited: handmade negatives and digital negatives
Printing from your negative: photo paper, cyanotype
8. Photo installation project for Center for Maine Contemporary Art show (due April 4) 9. Photos without a camera
• chemical properties of film and paper
• manipulating ordinary photo paper with chemicals, light, heat, block-out resists
10. Photo themes: a series of photos on a theme of your choosing. Presentation for Fine Arts Night.
11. Altered books; handmade books
12. Holga and vintage cameras, 120 film

Digital file formats:
1. Your digital work must be saved in the following format: FirstName_LastName_assignment name.jpg
2. I cannot accept work that is saved as screen shots or other formats, or does not have your name on the file name.
3. We will go over file saving procedures at the start of digital project work. Print images must be 200 dpi minimum.

Saving your work:
1. You will be required to keep a portfolio of your work. This will include your class projects and any extra credit work you might complete. Please do not throw away long-term work unless you check with me first.
Collaboration vs. copying
1. Much of the work in this class has a collaborative component. You are encouraged to help each other with darkroom and digital procedures. However, on certain work, such as research or reading, I do not want you to copy each other’s work! If I suspect that you have copied someone else’s work, I will make you do it over, or do another project to substitute.
2. Copyright laws must be followed.