Tools 4: Studio Lighting

Large format cameras and studio lighting techniques are essential tools for any student seeking a comprehensive education in serious photographic practice. Artists as diverse as Barbara Kasten, Richard Misrach, Joel-Peter Witkin, Cindy Sherman and Nicholas Nixon among others, have made these skills central to our notion of what it means to be a photo-artist in our time. This course will introduce you to the view camera and the studio as both apply to contemporary fine art photography. The class will begin with an emphasis on developing fundamental technical skills, including: basic view camera set-up and focusing techniques, the zone system, fine printing with large negatives, and an introduction to the tools and vocabulary of studio lighting. Assignments will include problems in tabletop still life work, the portrait, and tableau photography. Students will then be encouraged to produce sophisticated self-generated final projects based upon the skills acquired in this course.