All About Medium Format Film (PHO4249.01)

Eddy Leonel Aldana

This 2-credit course will explore the use of medium format film, its purpose, benefits and drawbacks, and the appeal of photographing with a significantly larger film than 35mm. Students will learn about the history of medium format film, the versatility of its sizes that varies from camera to camera and how to enhance their photographic practice with its use. Most of the coursework will involve developing, photographing, printing digitally and in a darkroom, and scanning negatives made with medium format film. The photography area has two different types of medium formats to explore, the classic Twin Lens Reflex Camera and the modular Single Lens Reflex Camera. By the end of the course, students will have gotten a sense as to why medium format film is important, versatile, and cost effective to achieve a great quality negative and image.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
- Successfully photograph using their cameras, light meters, tripods, and other various equipment
- Develop their medium format film using black & white and color processing
- Become familiar with different types of cameras and their unique abilities to make an image on medium format film
- Learn about the histories of medium format film along with photographers working historically and contemporarily with the format
- Scan negatives to create high resolution files and make high quality digital prints
- Make darkroom prints and digital inkjet prints of the same negatives and be able to draw comparisons on each process



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Foundations of Photography (Digital or Analog), and/or permission for the instructor: (eddyaldana@bennington.edu). Qualifying students should email the instructor with a written statement about why taking the course is important for fulfilling their Plan in Visual Art.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
F 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 8
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Fully In-Person , Photography , Two Credit
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