Introduction to Digital Photography
This course will introduce students to digital photography and printing, exploring the visual image as a creative and expressive tool. Assignments will encourage each student to develop individual photographic projects based on personal aesthetics and conceptual concerns. We will use Adobe Photoshop as an introduction to the digital darkroom and printing technology. Students must have a digital camera with manual control over shutter speed and aperture. Students must have knowledge of Mac computers. Prior experience with Photoshop is not necessary, as we will go over step-by-step how to best utilize the program for your photography needs.
Jamil Hellu earned his MFA in art practice from Stanford University in 2010 and was granted a BFA degree in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. He was selected for a six-month residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008. Hellu received the MFA Graduate Fellowship Award at Headlands Center for the Arts for the 2010–2011 residence. www.jamilhellu.net
Mastering the Fine Art Digital Print
The photographic print is no less important in the digital age than it was when silvergelatin ruled the darkroom. Despite greater automation, the process can seem just as daunting. This 12-week course will demystify that process as students develop the skills needed to produce fine art–quality prints. We will explore advanced software tools including Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, and Xrite i1 with the intent of simplifying color management and workflow on the way to creating the “perfect print.” Class time will be split between directed tutorials and hands-on printing with top of the line Epson pigment printers. Students will be required to supply their own paper but will be walked through the multistep process of deciding which papers best suit their images. No prerequisites for this course, but a working understanding of Mac OS X is necessary.
Chris Grunder is an artist living and working in San Francisco, currently pursuing his MFA in Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. He received his BA in History and Art History in 2007 from the University of Washington. In 2008 he moved to New York City and began working as a retoucher, digital technician, studio assistant, and lighting designer for world-class photographers including Ethan Levitas, Roe Ethridge, Collier Schorr, Alex Prager, and Todd Norwood. His photographic work explores questions of intimacy and familiarity as they pertain to the voyeur/viewer relationship.
The Book Form: Publishing Your Photographs
The Book Form: Publishing your Photographs is a digital book layout class that balances the technical and conceptual sides of creating a book for on-demand printing and web viewing. This course takes a project or series of photographs each student has already made, and focuses on preparing that body of work for publication. Topics covered include sequencing, file preparation, InDesign, research of the book form, exporting, and various .pdf file types. Each class will cover technical elements of laying out a book for print, balanced with conceptual critique and discussion. Students will be asked to bring in physical examples of books to share with the class, and the instructor will also bring in books of historical and contemporary photographers based on the class’ photographic interests. During open lab time we will also listen to various short stories to add variety to the ways we think about communicating information. No prerequisite.
Kristen Perkins received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in Journalism and a BA in Photography from The Pennsylvania State University. Her photography fluctuates between her background in photojournalism and documentary photography, and more loosely metaphoric photographs that are not definitively narrative or dominantly descriptive in nature. The results are ambiguous while also being expressive and accessible. Recent exhibitions include venues such as the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Axis Gallery in Sacramento, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and The Joyce Gordon Gallery and Hive Mind Gallery in Oakland. www.kristenperkins.com
Advanced Photo Critique Seminar
This course is designed to examine the development of contemporary photographic practice while encouraging students to create an individual photographic project based on personal aesthetic and conceptual concerns. Class time will be divided between discussions and critique of student work (digital or analog). Student work will be critiqued on the presentation of a cohesive body of work and the development of coherent critical language. Prerequisite: Students must own their own camera equipment (film or digital). Students working with medium or large format cameras are also welcome.
Jamil Hellu earned his MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University in 2010 and his BFA degree in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. Awards and honors include a six-month residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008, a Markowski-Leach scholarship in 2009, and the MFA Graduate Fellowship Award at Headlands Center for the Arts for the 2010-2011 residence. He lives in San Francisco. www.jamilhellu.net