• Photography I

    Mrs. Lardiere

    Northern Highlands Regional High School

    Email: lardierem@northernhighlands.org 


    This course emphasizes the fundamentals of black and white photography using mainly the traditional processes of photography.  The history, technical and aesthetic aspects of photography will all be discussed. The basic elements of design and composition will be taught with an emphasis on developing the student’s own creative point of view.  Students will shoot assignments both in class and outside of class for homework.  Students will learn film processing and darkroom techniques to develop museum quality black and white negatives and prints.  Creating a portfolio of your best work is the goal of this course.


    Instruction and course activities have been planned to enable students to:

    • Acquire the technical foundation of photography skills.
    • Understand the history of photography, where we will study the history of the first photographic processes and photographers.
    • Identify photographs and photographers.
    • Use appropriate vocabulary and be able to identify equipment and materials.
    • Recognize and use the elements and principles of design in the field and darkroom.
    • Produce quality prints by the end of the course.




                3 ring binder

    Camera 35 mm with manual functions

                Journal (sketchbook)

                Rubber gloves (see safety agreement)

                Optional Art Portfolio/Presentation Book (Minimum size 11x14) can be purchased at art supply stores

    Behavior:  (all school rules apply)

                Be on time for class.

                Listen carefully to instruction.

    Complete assignments promptly.

                Return tools or supplies to their proper location.

                Rubber gloves and safety goggles must be worn when using chemicals

                Clean up your workspace and equipment after use

                Respect others (teacher and students), supplies and materials

    Safety (zero tolerance for ‘fooling around’ in darkroom and with chemicals)

                No food or drink in class

                Raise your hand

    Outside of class time, permission must be obtained to use darkroom (no visitors)

                Come to class prepared to work (make good use of class time)


    The following consequences will occur if class rules are broken:


                Detention after school

                Detention after school and call home

                Referral to office (central detention & call home)

                All of the above and Saturday detention


    Grading Policy:


    Projects: Approx 100 points

    Critique: Approx  20 points

    Journals: 20-100 points (varies depending on assignment)

    Homework: Approx 20 points (includes film in on due date, assignments and materials handed in etc)


    To ascertain your grade add the total number of points you earn and divide it by the total amount of points that could have been earned. For example, if you earn 280 pts. out of 325 pts., your grade will be 86%.


    If projects are not turned in within in 2 weeks of due date, they will not be accepted and will result in a ‘0’


    When projects are complete, an evaluation form will be issued with final prints. You will have the opportunity for self-evaluation along with instructor evaluation.  Instructor makes final decision on grade, but will allow for student input. 


    There will be tests on the camera use, materials and vocabulary.  Notes and handouts must be kept in your notebook.  There is a final project for photography, the format will be determined and discussed at a later date.


    Because there are more students than darkroom facilities, you will be divided into groups.  Each group will be assigned a specified day in the darkroom (ex A Day B Day).   Switching days is not permitted unless approved by instructor.


    Searching for a Camera:


    For this class, you will need a 35 mm camera with manual functions (manual focus, shutter speed, f stop).  This means you cannot use a point and shoot camera.  Your camera can be a combination of both manual and automatic and does not need a flash.  Before going out to purchase a camera, I highly recommend asking family members if they have a camera.  It is very likely that there is a camera in your home that would be acceptable for class.  Grandparents and aunts and uncles are also good people to ask.  Now that everyone owns fully automatic point and shoot cameras, the manual camera usually ends up in a closet or cabinet somewhere. If you still do not have a camera for class and need to purchase one, you have several options. Please refer to the list below of some places you can check out. I recommend buying a used camera that has been refurbished. Please check with me before you go out and purchase a specific camera.  If you cannot locate a camera and cannot purchase one, you will not be able to take this class. 


    Please note that you will not be able to keep your camera in the classroom when you are not using it.  You are responsible for it and you must take it with you at the end of class.  There will be no exceptions to this rule.



    Bergen County Camera

    270 Westwood Ave

    Westwood NJ 07675




    Wholesale Photo & Video

    Midland Park Shopping Center (next to King's)

    85 Godwin Avenue

    Midland Park, NJ




    B & H Photo

    800.606.6969 / 212.444.6615


    349 West 34th Street between 8th & 9th Ave.

    New York, NY



    Ebay is also a good place to look!!!


Last Modified on June 18, 2020