Assignment 1 for Phot 123: f/8 with a creative tilt or swing.

For this first assignment with the 4x5, I want you to compose a picture. Any picture that you want to take is fine for this assignment (still life, landscape, portrait, etc).  After you have taken the photo, play with moving the front standard swinging to one side, or tilting it up or down. Make sure the image with the swing or tilt is using a f/8 aperture setting. Don’t forget to re-focus. Be creative and explore how you can change the image by changing the plane of focus. 

A minium of 4 sheets of film (two different images) are required, but 8 sheets is preferred (basically two proof sheets), and two prints from one setup. A normal print and the same setup with a tilt or swing. 8x10 prints are okay, but 11x14 prints will really showcase the beauty of the 4x5 negative. This assignment is due February 13th.

The image below is from a photographer named Keith Carter. He uses a special medium format camera, however the tilt effect is similar.


Assignment 1 for Phot 122: B&W Contrast Filters

Placing different color filters over the lens of your camera while shooting black and white film can have an amazing effect on your image. Black and White film is overly sensitive to the blue wave-lengths of light and so things that are blue tend to over expose a little and thus may look a bit lighter in your final image/print. Using different color filters can lighten and darken colored objects within a scene. This assignment is to show you the effects of different filters and to show you what you can creatively do with those filters.

• For this assignment photograph three (6x6 cameras) to four (645 cameras) different landscape images with a blue sky and hopefully some clouds. 
• You will take four identical frames of each landscape. Each frame should be taken in the follow order: without a filter, with a yellow filter, with a green filter, and with a red filter.
• Do not take photos of sunsets or backlit objects. Have the sun behind you or to the side of you.
• The density of the color filters will lessen the amount of light coming into your lens and have an effect on your exposure. This is called a filter factor. You will need to adjust the camera to insure a proper exposure for each filter/frame.

Your proof sheet and one landscape (all four prints) are due February 13th.

Assignment 1 for Phot 121: Metering, Equivalent Exposures, Bracketing, Evaluation

When learning about exposure, you need to know the relationship between aperture, shutter, and film speed. The first thing you do when you load your film is set your camera to the proper ISO setting based on the film that you are using. This is the film speed. Remember that this setting needs to stay the same until you finish your roll of film.

The aperture controls the amount of light entering the camera. The shutter speed controls the duration that the light enters into the camera. The light meter in your camera will recommend a shutter speed to use based off of your film speed setting and your chosen aperture setting. As you change your aperture, your camera will recommend a different shutter speed. However, the exposure should be the same.

The first part of this assignment is understanding how this process works and understand the idea of Equivalent Exposures (where different camera settings will give you the same exposure results).

Equivalent exposures: due the following for the first five frames on your roll of film:
• Photograph a landscape subject with consistent ambient outdoor light (preferably full sun).
• Set your ISO setting to 400 (film speed of Tri-X or HP5 film).
• Set your Aperture to f/22 or f/16 (depending on your lens).
• Look into your camera, set your camera to the recommended shutter speed, and take the picture.
• Set the lens to the next Aperture setting, readjust the shutter speed, and take the photo again.
• You will do this process for 5 frames. When you process your film, you should have five frames that all look similar on your proof sheet.

The next step of this assignment is to do a bracket of the same landscape.
•Set your aperture to f/8 and set the shutter speed according to the lightmeter. Note! Do not take the picture yet.
• Stop your aperture down to f/16 without changing your shutter speed. Now take the picture.
• Open up your aperture to f/11 without changing your shutter speed and take that picture.
• You will do this process of changing the apertures without changing the shutter speeds for five frames.

The last part of this assignment is to repeat the bracket portion of the assignment, but with a person standing in front of a white wall wearing a black top. The person should be small in the frame and the white wall should be filling the frame of the camera and be fully lit. This process will also take five frames.

Below is an image illustrating the fist ten frames of the assignment. The camera settings are below and should give you an idea of what to expect. Note that the white wall is not part of the illustration.

After you have taken the first 15 frames of the roll of film, finish off the roll taking pictures of what ever you want. Have fun.

My goal is to have lab time for processing this first roll of film on January 28th. Lab time for printing on Febuary 4th and 11th. This assignment will be due on February 13th.


Happy Spring 2019

Hello Everyone, and welcome to the Spring 2019 Semester at Napa Valley College. This blog is were I will be posting your homework assignments for this semester. You can also find a PDF your syllabus linked to the right along with a link to the class supplies list. Please order supplies asap in order to complete your assignments. The school will supply you with a roll of film and paper if need be for your first assignment. If you need to contact me, please use my school email:

Looking forward to a great semester!