Catalog 2013-2014

Black and White Photography

  • Semester: Spring
  • Course Number: HM220
  • Instructors: Perry Heller
  • Credit: 2

Course Description

An introduction to Black and White Photography, this class offers a pertinent look into the most critical concepts of Black and White photography. Not only will students learn the art of image capture on a manual SLR camera, they will also acquire the skills necessary to develop their own B+W film and print their own images in the darkroom. Topics covered in this 10-week intensive are: SLR camera operation, lens selection, metering, f-stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, perspective, contrast, the zone system, and color theory. The class will conclude with an exhibition, student critique, and an in-depth discussion and understanding of how all of these techniques apply to our current use of contemporary digital cameras and computers

Students must have their own 35mm SLR film camera with the following qualities:

1. Manual focus only (no auto focus cameras)

2. Removable lens(es)

3. Built in light metering system

4. At least a 50mm lens, or a short zoom lens that includes 50mm within its scope. 50mm is ideal, but short zooms like 35-70mm, 28-70,, are OK. Most 50mm lenses will be either f1.4, f1.7, f1.8 or f2.0.