Students in photography III will continue their explorations of the inter-relationship of technique and aesthetics in photography. The primary emphasis of the photo III experience is the development of a professional photographic portfolio and the development of your photographic vision, voice, message and style. As always, emphasis will also be placed on technical proficiency in photographic problem solving and the mastery of the skills gained in previous photography courses.

As a part of your experience in photography III, you will have to opportunity to work with an array of photographic formats and styles, both digital and traditional. You will have to decide, for yourself, which format or style will best suit your concept and which will best articulate your idea visually.


Students are to develop an idea or concept (a mode of expression) that can be and will be translated visually through the photographic medium. This concept will be explored extensively throughout the entire year. Students are also required to take the digital equivalent of one roll of film per week, capturing and recording images that reinforce that concept. Students will also print one flawless, ready to hang on a gallery wall, full-framed photograph (minimum size is 8x10) per week. At the end of each quarter, the student will have the digital equivalent of a minimum of 9 rolls of film and 10 prints (5 of which must be matted) which visually represent their idea or message in their developed style. This work will be presented professionally in an artist portfolio. By the year’s end, the student will have a minimum of 20 matted prints for presentation, 20 unmatted prints and the digital equivalent of 36 rolls of film. Exceptions can be made to this requirement based upon format of film and the technical difficulty of style. However, this must be discussed and approval given by the instructor.

GRADES:  (See the  RUBRIC  on the percentages)

Student's progress will be determined in several ways including individual consultation, class critiques, quizzes and tests. The criteria for evaluation of assignments are:

1. CREATIVITY - the extent of personal vision and effort evident in the student's work.

2. TECHNICAL QUALITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP - the degree to which the student has learned and applied the craft of photography in camera and darkroom use.

3. MEETING THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT - the extent to which the student has "solved the problem" based on the description of the assignment and the parameters discussed.

4. WORK ETHIC - The manner and consistency with which the student works. Consistent effort
is much better than frantic madness.

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