On going photography course commentary?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Andrew McCall, Feb 5, 2004.

  1. Hi Folks,

    My post last weeks titled "The first class of my photography course"
    received over 50 replies discussing the various pro's and con's of the
    first lesson and what the course hopes to teach its students.

    I have been on my second lesson tonight, and I was wondering if people
    here would like me to produce a running commentary on what we learn each

    It might give newer photographers an insight into what some courses
    might teach, and some old timers ideas on how the youth of today get
    taught, throw in the usual discussion on the various methods by everyone
    and it might make an interesting topic each week. The only thing I am a
    little unsure about is if its too off topic for r.p.e.35mm.

    If your interested - let me know!


    Andrew McCall
    Andrew McCall, Feb 5, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Absolutely. Still waiting for the runway shoot with sexy assistant and
    masseuse however.
    Alan Browne, Feb 6, 2004
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  3. Go ahead... I'm sure that most people who have taken photography classes
    in the past have their own ideas, biases, fond memories, or traumatic
    experiences that influence the way we work, either as amateurs, or pros.
    While this is an "equipment" group, the philosophy and techniques taught
    to students, now, as in the past, relate to the tools used to express
    one's vision.
    For example, I remember the first photo class I ever took. My
    instructor encouraged experimentation, and by the end of the first
    semester, I was working with compensating developers for pushing/pullin
    film, various toners, lith printing, liquid emulsion, what have you. In
    the context of a single semester, though, alhtough I had experimented in
    many techniques, I had come nowhere near perfecting ANY of them, and my
    work suffered for it. On the other hand, my girlfriend, in her first
    class was allowed only to use T-max 400 film, with D-76 developer, on RC
    paper, with no cropping allowed. While it took me years to actually get
    anywhere with constant experimentation, and get predictable results, my
    gf had much of her desire to expand her horizons beyond the familiar
    retarded by a restrictive envrionment. Your experience will likely be
    like neither of ours. Right now, I can only ask, that as you do your
    assignments, take everything you're told with a grain of salt. Every
    rule means different things to different photographers, and eventually
    you'll break them all. Learn to love your mistakes, as they will serve
    as better teachers than any professor.
    I can only speak for myself, and I'm neither an old-timer, nor a real
    regular, but I'm interested in what you have to say, and your

    James Donovan, Feb 6, 2004
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    Roger Guest

    Considering how much talk there is about digital which is *not* 35mm I don't
    think anyone would complain - they don't have to read it anyway if they
    didn't want to.
    Sharing advice about good photography is always welcome. Go ahead!

    Roger, Feb 7, 2004
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    Deathwalker Guest

    yeah keep it coming. Far more interesting than digial v film, who really
    makes nikon lenses etc..
    Deathwalker, Feb 7, 2004
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