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Discussion in 'The Darkroom' started by ceno2000, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. ceno2000

    ceno2000 I AM PUNK ROCK!!

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    hello there
    i got offered a chance to teach a darkroom leisure learning class a local college.... i need ideas for assignments or tips on teaching
     
  2. karissa

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    One of the assignments when I took the class was designed around understanding the use of test strips. The assignment was to find a page out of a magazine that when you held it up to the light both sides of the page made a photograph together. Then we took that page and made a print by placing it on top of the photo paper.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Typical assignments that I ran into in school, and assign when I'm teaching at the local arts center are:

    demonstrate short DOF: wide aperture
    demonstrate long DOF: narrow aperture
    freeze action: fast shutter speed
    blur motion or panning: slow shutter speed
    self portrait
    environmental portrait: should give us more info about the subject
    3 times of day: the exact same photo taken at 3 different times of the day
    3 kinds of lighting: the exact same photo taken with 3 diff kinds of lighting
    3 focal lengths: the same (as close as possible) photo shot with 3 diff focal lengths
    bad photo: intentionally take the worst pic you can
    documentary: 3 or more photos on a single subject
    bracket: the same photo shot at 2 stops under, normal, and 2 stops over

    It's important to get the students to think about the assignment. Obvious subjects are boring. They should be encouraged to not only accomplish the point of the assignment, but also incorporate what they are learning about composition and some creativity. There is little point in freezing a speeding car, it just makes it look like a parked car.
     
  4. ceno2000

    ceno2000 I AM PUNK ROCK!!

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    thanks for the suggestions
     

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