The Williston Northampton School has an exciting and popular photography curriculum.

In Photography I, darkroom students learn the skills necessary to make, develop, and print black and white photographic images, and also acquire a basic understanding of the principles of composition and design. In Photography II, students will use Adobe Photoshop and additonal imaging software as foundations of the digital darkroom, while studying file types and sizes, printer utilities, calibration, and paper options through discussion and demonstration.

Photography III expands upon the fundamental techniques learned in the earlier classes. Emphasis is placed upon addressing the “pre-visualization” of the photograph and obtaining the skills needed to make that concept a reality through extensive digital and darkroom lab work and exercises in studio and outdoor lighting.

Utilizing alternative methods and a variety of camera types, in Photography IV students investigate various methods for creating a photographic image inlcuding: Ink Aid substrates, digital printing on metals and plastics, “Purrell” transfers, the use of studio “flash lighting,” 4x5 view camera techniques, and Cyanotype and Kallitype printing. This class meets twice a week in the evening to allow for maximum hands-on time in the lab.

Photography V provides an opportunity for the most advanced and dedicated students to create images that illustrate their personal aesthetic and technical control of the medium. All students will be expected to submit a proposal for a specific project of their design and will be required to produce a display of the images in a public space, dedicated blog site, self-published book/magazine, or other venue to be approved by the instructor. Students will participate in the Photographers’ Lecture Series and associated workshops.

Medium, alternative, and large format cameras are available for short term use by students. A limited number of digital SLRs and 35mm film cameras are available to rent for the trimester.

Students in Photography III will attend presentations offered through the Photographers' Lecture Series


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