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COM*150 - Basic Photography

George Petro George Petro, Instructor, 906-5030, Office 1031

Students are expected to use Open Lab times to complete assignments in the Photo Darkroom.  Supervised Photo Lab times will be posted at the beginning of the semester.

Catalog Course Description:
Introduction to the fundamental operations of light, camera, and film utilizing back and white materials and available light situations. Photographic techniques are explored through lecture, demonstration, and class assignments. Students photograph, process, and print their own work. Emphasis is placed on acquiring creative and technical skills necessary for proper camera an darkroom operation. Students must bring their own 35mm camera with manual exposure controls (see below).

Supplies You Will Need to Buy:
The Student Photography Lab (room 1001) houses all of the darkroom equipment and chemistry necessary for developing and printing standard black-and-white films and papers. However, to complete assignments for this course, you will need to provide the following equipment and supplies:

35mm manually operated single-lens reflex (SLR) camera with 50mm lens.
This is a camera that has total manual operation of the shutter and lens settings, manual focus, and a removable lens. It may have automatic operation through its internal light meter, but it must have a manual override. If you have any questions about your camera, contact your instructor or the Academic Media Technology office as soon as possible.

Black-and-White Film
You will need at least six 24-exposure rolls of 400 ASA traditional black-and-white film. We recommend:

Kodak T-MAX 400

Ilford HP5 - 400

Kodak Tri-X Pan 400

CAUTION: Some films are labeled "Black-and-White" but are made to be processed in color photo labs. Look at the box carefully. If you see indications such as "CN," "C-41 process," or "take to your local photo processor," do NOT buy this type of film. These cannot be processed in the college photo lab. Examples of film NOT to buy include Kodak T400CN, Kodak "Black & White +" and Ilford XP-1, XP-2, and XP-2 Plus.

Black-and-White Photo Paper

  • Kodak Polymax II RC or Ilford Multigrade RC black-and-white paper, 25 sheets, 8x10, glossy or pearl
    (or comparable brand)

Negative storage and print mounting supplies

  • 1 package (25 sheets) of 35mm negative sleeves, 7 strips x 5 frames

  • 1 package (25 sheets) of 8x10 print sleeves

  • Three ring binder or folio for storing negatives and prints

  • Minimum of 4 mounting boards (11 x 14) and mattes for final project

Handy Helpers

  • 1 or 2 cans (12 oz.) of Dust-Off compressed air for cleaning negatives and camera lenses

  • 1 darkroom apron

  • 1 spot-toning brush (#00000)

  • Hand towel

  • Pair of scissors (can be brought from home)

All of these supplies – including good used and new cameras – can be purchased at a number of local dealers. The Camera Bar is located within walking distance of the college at 75 Asylum Street. Call (860) 525-2158. Mention that you are a Capital Community College photography student.


Updated 07/08/2015