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COM* 151 – Intermediate Photography
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In addition to class meeting times, students are required to take advantage of supervised open lab times in order to complete their assignments. See the instructor for this semester's open lab hours.

COM* 150 (formerly VCOM 105), Basic Photography.

Catalog Course Description:
An extension of Basic Photography where students will expand into more advanced, experimental, and individual work in 35mm black-and-white photography. Students will explore various-speed B&W films, infrared and high contrast films, push-processing, and toning. Course will conclude with an introduction to digital photography. Students must bring their own 35mm camera with manual exposure controls (see below).

In Addition:
This semester we will also work with color film photography through assignments where your images may be included in official College publications. Your instructor will give you details about the type of color film to buy, as well as how to get your film processed (since our darkroom is black-and-white only).

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 Media Services 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 black-and-white paper, 25 sheets, 8x10, glossy (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 5 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)
  • Spot toning dye for black-and-white photo paper
  • Hand towel
  • “Skeleton Key” style can/bottle opener (can be brought from home)
  • 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