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Re: [teacherartexchange] New Photography Teacher


From: Joe Medina (jmedina_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Mar 19 2008 - 09:38:08 PDT

Dear Patrica
You need to combine both your digital and wet labs . Digital is a
great way to introduce technical assignments ex : Depth of Field ,
Time and Motion, Framing .
It allows students to immediately see/edit results without film,paper
and chemical cost . Once students have mastered this introduce the wet
lab . I teach digital and wet at both the College and High School
level , time and time again I have students tell me how beneficial
and engaging working in the wet lab has been for them in regards to
paying close attention to detail , concept and being very conscious
while framing and shooting ...You cannot teach fundamentals
,aesthetics or history of photography without addressing the wet
process .


On 3/19/08, Patrick Cosgrove <> wrote:
> This is my first post to the list, so forgive me if
> I'm asking for duplicate information, or if this becomes a re-post.
> Next fall I'm
> going to leave my English classroom and take over the
> photography darkroom at our high school. The course
> has always been film only, and in a time of staff
> layoffs there was a strong sentiment that it was a
> dinosaur course that could only continue to be
> justified if it was brought into the digital age.
> This is not my personal feeling, especially since my
> personal background is strictly darkroom experience,
> but clearly the students' future personal and career
> exposure to photography is likely to be digital.
> So.... I'm asking for help/suggestions in gradually
> converting from lab work to digital photography. I've
> seen suggestions for GIMP, and I'll explore that, as
> I'll be trying to do this with very little (read:
> non-PhotoShop) budget. Any philosophical viewpoints
> on the virtues of teaching film before digital, or
> vice versa, would be welcome. Anyone making a digital
> course work with very few computers available? Say,
> three for a class of 35? Thanks for anything related.
> Pat Cosgrove
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