Syllabus for Photography Interim Project 339

Dr. G.R. Davis, Associate Professor of Biology

office: RMSC203E, phone 579-4621 home 948-9025


homepage for Dr. Davis

last updated 26 February 2002 at 1:30 pm

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4

Post-course information

Date Topics

Reading Assignments from Textbook : Photography by London & Upton, 6th Edition

Supplementals Due
Mon Jan 7

Photography: "writing with light"

Introductions and Goals

The camera as a tool for "writing with light"

50 Influential Photographs

Why photograph?

Chapter 1: Getting Started

Chapter 2: Camera

  Purchase textbook: Photography 6th edition by Barbara London and John Upton
Tue Jan 8

Student introductory survey

A look at some of Dr. Davis' prints

Operating a Camera

  • Shutters & Shutter Speed
  • Aperture and Depth of Field
  • Reciprocity Rule
  • Holding a camera steady

Why we use slide film instead of print film

First look at a view camera


Chapter 3: Lens

Sptbg Co. Library: View Smithsonian Exhibition: Women of Appalachia

Wed Jan 9

Quiz on Shutter speeds, apertures, and depth of field

Questions for newspaper photographer

No lecture after quiz today: Dr. Davis not well.

Chapter 4: Light & Film

Chapter 5: Exposure

Issued 8 rolls of fill

Sptbg Co. Library: View Smithsonian Exhibition: Women of Appalachia

Sptbg Co. Library: Begin work on Photographers of Note Report


Quiz on Shutter speeds, apertures, and depth of field
Thurs Jan 10


  • Focal length & perspective
  • Focal length and DOF
  • Fixed focal length vs Zooms
  • Advantages of zoom lenses
  • Disadvantages of zoom lenses
  • Choosing a lens for a situation
  • Wide angle lenses exaggerate near-far distance and have great depth of field
  • Telephoto lenses produce compression and shallow depth of field
  • Slowest shutter speeds for hand-held photograph = 1/focal length

Focusing tips

  • Prefocusing (zone focusing) for action or group shots
  • Hyperfocal distance

A look at some old cameras

The problem of parallax


Begin work on Basic Portfolio after reading chapters 1-5.

Examine camera collection and identify the types of cameras and understand the operation, advantages and disadvantage of each.

Link to a hyperfocal distance calculator. This one allows you to compare 5 at once. This one allows you to print out your information.

Fri Jan 11

Types of Film

Camera formats based on film size

Speed, grain, color balance

Fluorescent, Tungsten, & Daylight color balance.

Determining proper Exposure for a sunset

Law of Reciprocity and Bracketing exposures

Begin discussion of photographic composition.

Chapter 14: The Zone System

Chapter 15: Seeing Photographs

Viewing slides that illustrate properties of wide angle and telephoto lenses and color balance of slide film. Test # 1 on Chapters 1-3
Sat Jan 12
Sun Jan 13
Mon Jan 14

Quick Test 1 Review of commonly missed questions.

Push processing transparency and B&W negative films.

Using filters:

  • Polarizer (2 stop light loss)
  • Starburst
  • Orange
  • Graduate
  • Diffusion
  • Filters for B& W

Light Meters

  • Incident
  • Reflected

Conditions that fool light meters

  • High key (snow, white sand, sky)
  • Low key (shadows, etc.)
  • Backlight

Using Gray Cards and Zone V

Sunny 16 Rule

Ansel Adams and the Zone System for exposure

Questions to ask yourself when making a photograph

Questions about Landscape and Architectural Photography

Chapter 11: Lighting

Practice cropping images with framing squares.

Take home Shutterbug magazine to browse.

Deadline for choosing a photographer of note for a report.


Tue Jan 15

Architectural and Landscapes with Peter Schmunk




Quiz on Chapters 4, 5 & 14

Basic Portfolio Checkups

Wed Jan 16

The Questions for News Photography with SHJ photographer Mike Bonner and Student Summaries of Bonner's presentation.


    Basic Portfolio Checkups
Thurs Jan 17

Differences between professional and consumer grade films.

Film storage, color shifts in the emulsion, expiration dates, & freezing.

Flash Photography

  • Flash as the main light
  • Using flash in manual mode
  • Flash balanced for daylight films
  • Reading distance & aperture scales
  • Shutter speed for flash synchronization
  • On-camera flash (flat, front lighting)
  • Bounce flash (diffuse light)
  • Off camera flash (cable requirements)
  • Flash as the fill light
  • Dealing with red eye
  • Through the lens flash exposure (TTL)

Portrait Photography & Studio Lighting

  • Main light
  • Fill light
  • backdrop light
  • hair light
  • Using a flash meter
  • Manipulation of shadows

Properties of light & shadows

  • Hard, directional
  • Soft, diffuse

Reading light setups from the catchlight in the subjects eyes.

Thematic Portfolio

Chapter 16: History of Photography

Issued 2 rolls Fuji Sensia 100, 1 roll Fuji NPS portrait negative film, 6 slide sheets.

Professional film for portrait photography: Fuji NPS is designed for optimal rendition of flesh tones with daylight or electronic flash.

Email Dr. Davis a list of 10 things you learned from Mike Bonner's presentation. (Use proper spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Your lists appear on the website.)
Fri Jan 18

Test # 2

Studio Certification Test

Examples of Catch Lights

Suggestions for portrait poses



Chapter 6: Developing the Negative

Chapter 7: Printing the Positive

Darkroom & Studio Work: Sign up for time slots to work with Jason Rivers in the Darkroom during afternoon and evening hours according to a schedule to be posted on the darkroom door. (MSCW202)

Test # 2: Chapter 11, 14, 15, and presentations by Schmunk and Bonner

email 10 questions for Karen Huff on B&W photography

Sat Jan 19    

Check out and watch photography videos:

Video: Moments of Impact: Six Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs

Video: Using Flash

Video: Existing Light Photography

Sun Jan 20    

Work on Photographers of Note assignment.


Mon Jan 21

Developing Black & White Film

Making a Black & White Print

Mid-term performance evaluations

Urgent! Release forms must be completed before Riverbanks Zoo trip

Review chapters 6 & 7 before classtime.

Darkroom Schedule

Working as pairs of students, sign up for a 1 hour slot to develop your B& W film. On a subsequent day, sign up in pairs for 1.5 hour slots to make a contact sheet, select a negative for 5x7 or 8x10 enlargement, make test strips, several "working" prints, and a final "fine" print. All chemicals are provided and each student is alloted 5 sheets of paper. Jason will assist and coach each of you, but may not do the work for you. Each student will submit all of their negatives, the contact sheet, and fine print for a grade.

Portrait Studio Information and Schedule

email 10 questions for Karen Huff on B&W photography

Consult with Dr. Davis about your Thematic Portfolio

Tue Jan 22

Nice Shot!!!!

Creativity in composition from Chapter 15 of text and images from CD of 1997 Photography Interim.

  • Balance
  • Rule of thirds
  • foreground, middle, background
  • selective focus
  • perspective
  • framing
  • background
  • contrast of sharpness
  • contrast of light and dark
  • contrast of colors

Tour of Olencki Graphics and Lists of What We Learned



Darkroom & Studio Work

Darkroom Schedule

Studio Schedule

Text due by email at 9:00 pm on your Photographer of Note.
Wed Jan 23

Claiming a theme for your Thematic Portfolio

Preparing for Animal Photography at Riverbanks Zoo

  • Photographic techniques
  • Timing your opportunities
  • Travel release forms
  • Transportation arrangements

Review of the Zoo Photo Assignment

Orders for Film and balance due payable to Wofford College or in cash. Please pay the amount in the "Rounded" column on or before January 31.

Chapter 10: Color Darkroom & Studio Work

Darkroom Schedule

Studio Schedule

9:00 pm Wednesday deadline: Email 10 things you learned from our tour with Mark Olencki
Thurs Jan 24

Animal Photography at Riverbanks Zoo

Riverbanks Zoo on the Web


Animal Photography at Riverbanks Zoo

If you need to reshoot some animal photographs, you might try going to Hollywild Animal Park in Inman, SC or perhaps the Greenville Zoo.

Fri Jan 25

Basic Porfolio Due at 8:30 am

Critique 1st Portfolios: Vibrant colors, oxymoron, selective focus, pose from a stranger, driftwood, texture, portrait, emotion, and abstract categories.

Issues of Plaguarism

  Darkroom & Studio Work

Darkroom Schedule

Studio Schedule

Basic Porfolio Due at 8:30 am


Sat Jan 26       Spartanburg Photographic will process slides provided there are at least 10 rolls, with advance notice.
Sun Jan 27      

Revised biographical sketches of Photographers of Note due by email attachment of Word.doc at 3:00 pm for those who choose to do so.

Mon Jan 28

Test # 3

Complete Viewing Basic Porfolios

What you absolutely must know as a photographer!

People's Choice: The Winners according to our class survey.


Chapter 9: p. 170-173 Close-up photography Darkroom & Studio Work

Darkroom Schedule

Studio Schedule

Test # 3: Chapters 6,7, & 15 plus Olencki tour and zoo photography.

Student Presentations on Photographers of Note

Tue Jan 29

Return Test #3: A preview of the Final Exam


Student Presentations on Photographers of Note (Text of Biographies) Bring photos to show.

View the Zoo Assignment Photos: Each student will have a carousel to show their zoo photographs to impress the zoo's art director. Recall the assignment details. Show only your best slides.


Chapter 16: History of Photography

Studio Schedule


B&W Contact Sheet and Fine Print due by 2 pm in brown envelopes

Carousel of your zoo portfolio

Turn in your Basic Porfolios in Organized Slide Sheets by noon in brown envelopes

Wed Jan 30


Photographers of Note: Create Jeopardy style questions and answers.

Color Photography: "Scramble to answer"format.

History of Photography: Student Assignments




Orders for Film and balance due payable to Wofford College or in cash. Please pay the amount in the "Rounded" column on or before January 31.

Thurs Jan 31

Photographers of Note Jeopardy Style Quiz.

View and Critique Thematic Portfolios

Students Present their sections of the History of Photography

Exempt from the Final Exam

  Tour Fincher Studio

Thematic Portfolio Due

Quiz on photographers of note.

Last chance to substitute slides into Basic Porfolio by NOON!

Studio Portraits due.

Fri Feb 1

Test # 4

Travel Photography and Slide Presentations

Course Evaluations

Wrap up


Test # 4: Cumulative Exam (Students with 85+ average are exempt.)

Return borrowed items

Post-course information

Your slides, black and white materials, and studio portraits are ready to be returned to you now that 231 selected images have been archived onto a CD. Each participant will find this CD in their course packet. Enjoy!