All these photos were captured using film some new some old.
Hello everyone! I just want to make you aware of the new photography classes for summer at Truman College. There are three different classes that you can choose Beginners, Studio Lighting and Darkroom.
The Beginner’s class starts on June 9th. The class runs from 9:00 to 11:00 am and is designed to teach you everything about the camera, lenses, flash, filters, composition and much, much more. You can either use a digital or a film camera for this class.
The Studio Lighting class starts the same day, June 9th. The class runs from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and is designed to teach you how to create amazing photos using flash units placed away from the camera triggered by remote control inexpensive units; you will learn about different types of light and how to create cinematic looking photos. We try to have a model for every class and for this purpose we look for people interested in modeling. We exchange photos for their time.
Wednesday night we have the Darkroom class. In this class, you learn how to properly expose film, how to develop it, how to print photographs, all with black and white film. This is a very cool class and it has become very popular with people that are tired of sitting in front of their computer trying to make digital images look cool. There is nothing like placing a piece of photographic paper in the developer and see an image appear. This is what got me hooked on photography some 40 years ago. Come and learn how real photographs are made.
To register for any of these classes, just call Truman College at 773-907-4440. Laura Smith will help you register over the internet.
Written by Elsa Madrigal
1. Leverage Technology
Technology is definitely a factor. For instance, racing shoes and athletic clothing are much more optimized now and contribute to faster race times. Photography has benefited immensely from technological advances over the last century. Unfortunately these can be rendered useless when a brand new camera overwhelms the amateur photographer with 50 buttons and 5,000 menu options. A weak foundation of the skill used with a fancy camera won’t necessarily translate to great photography. In fact, the best teaching tools are those which strip away the bells and whistles and only delivers the essentials. Many teachers recommend a manual film camera to learn about photography. In professional settings, the advanced features of a camera will be a great aid to enhance creativity, but without knowledge of the essentials, they will be a hindrance.
2. Talent is not Enough
3. Build up your Knowledge
4. Find your Teacher/Guru
5. Find your Inspiration
6. Develop your Aesthetic
7. Locate your Tribe
8. Make Mistakes and Fail Fast
9. Share and Feel Good
10. Last Step
DARKROOM CLASSES – NOVEMBER 1 TO DECEMBER 13, 2017
Hello again everyone. The new photography classes will start soon. I hope that many of you sign up for the beginners or studio lighting classes that start on Saturday, October 28th or the Darkroom class that starts on November 1. Truman is adding more classes to the Continuing Education department and you can see them all in this link.
Anyone interested in a class, please contact Laura Smith at 773-907-4440. She will help you register. Since Truman is one of 7 city colleges, the prices for the classes through the CE department are very affordable.
Beginning Photography $155
Learn the principles of photography with your digital or traditional 35mm camera. You can learn how to use a camera or you can refresh your knowledge of photography. You will learn about lens apertures, shutter speeds, light meter, film or ISO speeds, white balance, histograms, lenses, flash, composition, depth-of-field, digital storage cards, and much more. You will also learn to create great images using techniques like panning, painting with light, night photography, flash photography and others. Prerequisites: Bring either a working 35mm film or digital camera with manual exposure controls. Check the batteries! It is very important not to miss the first class!
Studio Lighting Photography $155
Learn how to photograph any subject the way you want, using perfect lighting. You will learn how to use flashes and strobe units like a professional. We will cover hard, soft, and directional lighting, as well as diffused light and light ratios. You will also learn how to use a flash meter to measure the output of each light and how to manipulate natural light using reflectors, gobos or diffusion panels. You will use backdrops, umbrellas, soft boxes, and grids, to direct light where you need it. Every week you will be photographing something different so you can learn a different technique each time. Students should be very confident using the camera in manual mode and not in the automatic setting. Students should bring a film or digital camera that has a manual mode with adjustable settings.
Darkroom Photography $155
Take your love of photography to the next level by learning basic black and white darkroom skills and how to “see photographically.” You will learn to process film, make photograms, contact prints and enlargements. The course also covers mounting, touch-up, contrast filters, and darkroom craft. Advanced students may also enroll for additional darkroom time to complete projects. Lab hours are from 7 to 10 p.m. Prerequisites: You must be familiar with and have access to a working 35-mm camera (not disposable) with manual exposure controls. If you are not familiar with using a 35-mm camera, the Beginning Photography course is highly recommended.
Hello, everyone. As some of you know, I have been a photographer for almost 40 years. During that time I have been fortunate to capture many very good photos. I am posting some of them here. Since I have been capturing images for a long time, a few of these were captured with film but most of them are digital images. I do have other interests, but whenever I have free time, I am taking pictures. Right now I can barely wait for the Darkroom classes to start since I have about 10 rolls of film to develop! Lately, I have been using two different film cameras, a Bronica STRs 645 and a Fujifilm 6×9, both great cameras. As soon as I print some of these images I will post them here, or rather, on my other website dedicated to film photography. Here is a link, for the darkroom class, www.
Well, the darkroom class is once again in full swing. Students are busy developing film that they shot either here in the USA or abroad, as is the case of a couple students. Regardless of where they shot their film, now they have to develop it and make sure they develop it correctly. Some students also print some of the negatives using fiber base paper, creating some very good images. So, how did you spend your summer? Shooting hundreds of digital images hoping that they look as good as the ones you see on the internet? If that is what you do and you like doing it, more power to you. But, if one day you get tired of shooting indiscriminately hoping for one good picture, maybe that will be that day that you decide to actually learn photography.
There is nothing wrong if you don’t know anything about photography, long ago I was in the same boat. Then, one day I purchased a film camera, learned how to use it and I end up owning my own photography studio and business for 26 years. But before I could do that I needed to learn what photography is. You and anyone interested can learn photography as well, either with a digital camera or a film camera. But it is important to learn from someone that knows and has been teaching for a long time! Yes, you can look at videos on the internet and do what they tell you to do, but, do the people that uploaded the video know what they are talking about? Or are they just re-posting something they themselves found on the internet?
Photography as we all know it has not changed in the last 200 years, what has changed are the cameras that we use to capture images. Do you know that you can capture a photograph using nothing but a shoe box? Yes! You can. But that is not how we all capture images nowadays Now we use computerized cameras that come with a 200-page manual so you can learn how to use them.
Film photography is easier and way more rewarding. You finally get to create something with your own two hands and not by trying to find the right app that edits the photos the way you like them. I hope you give yourself a chance to learn photography the way ALL the great masters of photography did. Become the next Ansel Adams!
Few people realize the amount of work that goes into getting a darkroom print. During our darkroom photography classes at Truman College in Chicago, we go through it all. After you’ve shot your film, we need to develop it. A contact print normally follows, where the film strip will give you a preview of your images.
Someone once said your worst images are your first 10,000. Imagine shooting 10,000 images in film! That is over 410 rolls of 24 exposure film! Or over 830 rolls if you’re shooting medium format.
Back to the basics: contrary to today’s digital photography mantra of ‘spray and pray’, shooting film, economically speaking, forces you to shoot less. And that’s a good thing. It forces you to be mindful. To pay attention. To be in the moment and use your powers of observation. It isn’t just an image that you want to create, but also the technical journey with your camera that you need to follow in order to make it happen.
This image is one of those observations of mindfulness. Shot in medium format, a cactus was shot first at the Garfield Chicago Botanical Conservatory. It was exposed at half the metered exposure, and then the papaya leaf was shot. The camera used was a Mamiya c220, which allows two exposures shot on the same frame of the film. The film was Ilford HP5 at 400 ISO.
The negative was then developed and printed in the darkroom. This image might not speak to many people, given the bombardment of digital photography images these days. But to those who know film, it speaks of one element that was the result of paying attention by my student. It speaks to mindfulness.
Next time someone asks ‘What’s in a print?’, I can assure you… if it came from the darkroom, SO many things had to go right for it to come to life. Or perhaps it was a result of many mistakes, and among so many things going wrong, eventually one thing had to go right. And that thing that goes right happens when we practice mindfulness.
Find out more about my darkroom classes by contacting Truman’s Continuing Education adviser Laura Smith at 773-907-4440