Our first Photography I production assignment introduced the process of Pinhole Photography. Students built cameras from cardboard boxes, then used their cameras to create simple-lens medium-format negatives. The students developed their own negatives, then created positives in the darkroom. Pinhole photography is an excellent way to learn the basics of optics and exposure.
Our second production project required students to use manual film cameras. Students learned about shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, focus, and light metering. The students developed their own film in the darkroom (total darkness), then used their negatives to create enlarged prints. This first manual camera assignment required students to photograph a partner. They were encouraged to explore unique points of view, unusual angles, and creative cropping to create artful compositions. Here are some of the results: