Methods in Alternative Process I - Fall 2022

Methods in Alternative Process I - Fall 2022

Regular price $131.25
Gina White
DAY / TIME Monday 6-9pm | September 26 - November 28, 2022
TUITION $825 + $50 Materials Fee | Payment & Refund Policy
LEVEL Intermediate
FORMAT In-person, enrollment is limited to 8 students. Please review our COVID-19 Safety Protocols PDF for complete information about requirements for students, faculty, and staff.
PREREQS Photography II: Black & White
CREDITS 3 – Fulfills Elective requirement for Certificate Program

There are more options available to photographers today than ever before. Today, we can blend modern day techniques and a rich history of methods, mediums, and processes in ways that were often not easily accessible to photographers. There has also been a resurgence in the interest of the more traditional and alternative processes, as photographers and artists look to reintroduce their subtle hand into the creation of their work in ways that differ from our modern approaches to photography and the printed artifact.

Methods in Alternative Process I is a foundational course designed to develop the basic skills necessary to create, edit and maintain digital negatives used in traditional contact printing, alternative processes, and mixed media. The course is designed to provide students with the tools and techniques used in Adobe Photoshop to create suitable black and white images that can be used in the creation of the traditional and alt processed print.

To ensure that students can apply the skills necessary to be successful in future courses, Methods in Alternative Process I focuses primarily on the required digital skills and techniques students will need to successfully create the adjustment curves, images, and workflows necessary for printing digital negatives. These skills will then be applied to learning contact printing with traditional silver gelatin papers. In the next course, Methods in Alternative Process II, students will take the skills and techniques developed in this course and apply them to a variety of alternative processing methods.

While you need a basic understanding of Photoshop/Lightroom to create black and white images, the course has been designed to get you into the darkroom as quickly as possible. Over the 10-weeks of the class, we will cover the basics of digital negatives and how they can be used to print nearly any historical process.

  • Students must have proficient working knowledge of black and white darkroom procedures required, and familiarity with basic digital image editing is helpful, equivalent to the skills gained in Photography II: Black & White and Photoshop Basics (formerly Digital Imaging I), to join this class.
  • Students should expect to spend several hours per week on assignments for this course, which will require use of PCNW facilities; view our Rental Rates for details about additional fees.
  • The Materials Fee for the course includes materials used for demonstrations, in-class and some outside-of-class printing, and other costs associated with in-class use of the digital lab and darkroom. Students will be required to purchase additional digital printing materials and silver gelatin paper to complete assignments for the course.
  • Additional information about course expectations and required materials will be provided by the instructor at the start of the quarter.


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