Photography I: Black and White – Fall 2020

Photography I: Black and White – Fall 2020

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Gina White
DAY / TIME Wednesday 6-9pm | September 23 - December 2, 2020*

*No class on Wednesday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Break
TUITION $825 + $25 Materials Fee | Payment & Refund Policy
FORMAT In-person, enrollment is limited to 6 students; review our COVID-19 Safety Protocols PDF for information about requirements for students, faculty, and staff who will be onsite at PCNW.
LEVEL Foundation
PREREQS None; students must have a 35mm SLR Film Camera
CREDITS 3 – Fulfills Photography I: Black & Whtie requirement for Certificate Program

Photography I: Black & White is an introduction to traditional analog darkroom processes and manual camera operation. Students gain a foundational understanding of black and white photography through exercises and assignments that emphasize fundamental camera and darkroom skills. The course introduces concepts of composition, emphasizes personal expression alongside technical development, and covers an introduction to history and philosophy of photography.

This course is designed for those who have little or no previous experience in photography and there is no prerequisite. Hands on demonstrations address darkroom procedures, film exposure and development, and basic printing techniques. During class there are lectures, slide shows, and critiques/print evaluations, as well as group darkroom time with opportunity for students to print with the instructor's supervision. Critiques are an important aspect of photographic education and class critiques are intended to acquaint students with the language of photography and the basic critical skills for conceptualizing, creating, viewing and discussing photographic images. Each week students are expected to make new photographs, develop their own film, print photographs, and participate in critiques using the techniques discussed in class.


  • Learn to operate a traditional manual SLR camera (includes controlling aperture, shutter speed, ISO, manual focus, film loading)
  • Learn proper film exposure, development, and darkroom printing for analog black and white
  • Brief introduction to the history of photography and regular lectures with focus toward discussing core photographic tenets of composition, exposure, etc.
  • Explore photography as a creative tool, expressing personal ideas, emotions, and points of view while responding to assignments and a final self-directed project

Students will complete the course with:

  • Foundation of technical knowledge to successfully capture, develop, and print analog black and white
  • Understanding of core tenets of photography including composition, framing, depth of field, exposure, contrast, leading lines, etc.
  • Experience participating in critique, exploring artistic vision, and realizing a personal project
  • Ability to apply technical skills and photographic knowledge/vocabulary to personal practice


  • Students must have a 35mm SLR film camera; SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex
  • 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 your first roll of film, a few sheets of paper for demonstrations in the darkroom, and other costs associated with in-class use of the darkroom. Students are required to purchase additional film and paper to complete assignments for the course.
  • The estimated cost of individual materials/supplies and rental fees required for completing assignments ranges from $300-$400.
  • Additional information about course expectations and required materials will be provided by the instructor at the start of the quarter.


Image © Mary Callahan, PCNW Certificate Program Graduate

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