Photography Course - Lesson 4 and 5

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Andrew McCall, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. Hi Folks,

    This post is to keep people interested updated on my photography course.

    I won't post a full review of the lessons as they haven't really had
    much to do with 35mm photography specifically and have been more
    concerned with the print and darkroom side of the subject. I still
    enjoyed the lessons, but I think its going to be too off topic to
    produce a half our read for each lesson!

    Lesson 4 was teaching us to produce test strips of our negatives and
    contact prints using the films we had developed during the previous
    weeks. We were taught how you use a sheet of card to give sections of
    the same picture 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 seconds printing time so when its
    time to do the print for real you can take an educated guess at how many
    seconds you need to use to produce your contact print. This highlighted
    to me why all exposures on a film ideally need to be of a similar
    exposure. If you took a roll of film to be developed in a store, they
    are unlikely to adjust too much for your errors!

    After we did this, we each picked a picture and enlarged it. I messed
    up here as I couldn't work out how to make the image fit the full sheet
    of paper so my image was only filling 75% of the page :)

    I had to rush around in this lesson too, in addition to doing what
    everyone else was doing, I developed another film - no other students
    did this :)

    Lesson 5 were left to our own devices in the dark room producing test
    strips, test prints and perfecting any prints. Again, I developed
    another film - the film with my submission to this weeks SI - Object Of
    My Affection, some of the images on this film I am *really* pleased with!

    Because I was rushing around during lesson 4, I missed the bit the
    lecturer telling us to always use a number 2 filter during your test
    prints, so in addition to seeing if you had enough print time, you could
    also see if you have enough contrast in your image. This ment that the
    first couple of prints I did were a little washed out. I worked out in
    this lesson how to get the image to fit the page too :)

    We were also given our first assignment this week - we have to look for
    objects, lights, shadows etc. that make up letters, then take pictures
    of them so we can spell out our names using these letters. It sounds
    like quite an interesting assignment, but so far I am stumped! I know
    this could be quite a simple exercise, but I don't just want to produce
    the letter T from a street light, I would prefer to play with the light
    and shadows somehow, so my whole letter fills the frame made up from a
    shadow, and a wall or something like that, but getting some letters,
    such as a "W" is going to be tricky!

    Still enjoying the course, still enjoying photography :)


    Andrew McCall
    Andrew McCall, Feb 29, 2004
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  2. Andrew,

    I enjoy reading your posts abut the class. It sounds like a good one.
    As to the "W" in your assignment, why not go by the name of "Andy?" No
    "W" and you knock off a few letters. ;)
    Charlie Dilks, Feb 29, 2004
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  3. I thought about that too :) It does seem a little bit of a cop out
    though! I also have to do my last name anyway, so there are still
    problem letters like M and A.

    I am sure I can find something though!


    Andrew McCall
    Andrew McCall, Feb 29, 2004
  4. For many of us, this is a necessary part of photography!
    Contact printing is a very good thing to do. It teaches you what sort of
    negative density is most useful. Well exposed frames aren't all the same,
    they all have the full range of the image they record. Usually, if your
    roll has been exposed during a single session where the lighting conditions
    are the same, they will be similar, but if there multiple sessions, that
    might not be the case.
    Yep, that crank on the side of the enlarger makes the head go up and down,
    or did yours have an electric motor? And every time you touch the crank,
    you have to refocus.... amazing how the hours slip away when you're
    having fun... LOL!!!!!!
    Not good. When you're learning, pay attention to what you're doing, lest
    you learn mistakes. When you've got your skill set going, you can do all
    sorts of things at the same time (souping color film and printing color
    prints at the same time comes to mind.... *anything* to break up the
    Will have to watch for this!
    Can you create your own shadows from found objects?
    Good for you! Thanks for sharing, Andrew.

    Bill Tallman
    William D. Tallman, Feb 29, 2004
  5. Just a thought, but don't forget about longhand letters. Might find "W"
    and "M" and others in twisty vines, a plate of spaghetti (you could
    arrange your spaghetti) , ripples in water etc.
    Charlie Dilks, Feb 29, 2004
  6. Andrew McCall

    Deathwalker Guest

    This is still closer to topic than jews blacks digitals penis cum etc....

    Any postings regarding actual photography without name calling and character
    assassinations is welcome.
    Deathwalker, Mar 1, 2004
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