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What’s in a picture? Anyone can take a photo, but understanding photography as a powerful tool to communicate can truly change the world.  At the Hart House Camera Club, we believe a solid grounding in photographic techniques is only one part of creating compelling images that communicate volumes.  A subtle medium, photography is endlessly flexible in meeting your needs to create, express, witness, or simply just have some fun.  So, clearly, there’s a lot in a picture and that includes you.

In addition to offering darkroom facilities to develop and process film, HHCC also provides a wide variety of photography courses designed to improve skills and deepen photography as a creative practice. Take a class, improve your skills, discover your talent, and share with other photography lovers.

 

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Winter 2016 Photography Classes

 

Registration now open at www.harthouse.ca/classes

 

documentary photography

Instructor:  Jonathan Groeneweg

The focus of this course is the photographic documentary and explores important topics relating to the mediums history, contemporary approaches to creating documentary work, and for the students to begin conceiving/producing their own documentary work. Through a combination of in-class presentations, field work, and group discussions students will have the opportunity to understand different documentary approaches, conceive of a documentary project, present their concept/work, and gain feedback on how to best approach the production or exhibition of that work.

 

Students wishing to share their work are invited to bring lap-tops and/or digital files to class.

 

2 weeks         Fee:    $60 (U of T students & HH members)

                                    $90 (General public)

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

Monday

6:30-9:30pm

Feb 1

Feb 8

 

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on Jan 28. A $7 to $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

DSLR Photography: an introduction

Instructor: Jonathan Groeneweg

Learn how to use your digital camera. The class will be a practical, hands-on introduction to your digital camera and how to use its features. In the first class, we start with the absolute basics, looking at exposure, aperture, shutter speed, focal length, image quality, and other introductory stuff. We will look at intermediate-level features in the second class including white balance, built-in flash, exposure compensation and more. Bring your cameras and your questions!

 

2 weeks        

Fee:    $60 (U of T students & HH members)

                        $ 90 (General public)

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

 Location

Wednesday

6:30-9:30pm

Feb 3

Feb 10

 TBA

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on Feb 1. A $7 to $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

Black & White Darkroom Techniques 101 – Session 1

Instructor: micah donovan

This course introduces basic darkroom procedures: developing black and white negative film and printing photographs from negatives. You will learn various techniques to enlarge and control the quality of prints with time to develop your own photographs. Each week lesson consists of a short orientation followed by supervised time in the darkroom. Basic materials are included in course fee.

 

5 weeks        

Fee:    $240 (U of T students & HH members)

                        $360 (General public)

 

Session 1

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

Location

Thursday

6:00-8:30pm

Feb 4

Mar 3

Camera Club Darkroom

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on Feb 2. A $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

Session 2

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

Location

Wednesday

6:00-8:30pm

Feb 24

Mar 23

Camera Club Darkroom

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on Feb 22. A $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

35mm Black & White Photography: An Introduction

Instructor: Jonathan Graham

This introductory 3-hour workshop teaches the basic use of a film camera: understanding film exposure, the relationships between f-stops, shutter, and film speeds, while paying particular attention to the effects composition, light, and depth of field have on image quality. The instructor will provide photographic examples and slides. You are encouraged to ask questions related to your camera equipment.

 

1 day            

Fee:    $30 (U of T students & HH members)

                        $45 (General public)

Day of Week

Time

Date

 Location

Wednesday

6:30-9:30pm

Feb 10

 TBA

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on Feb 8.  A $7 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

Pinhole photography

Instructor: TBA

The course will teach the basic principles of photography: light refraction, camera optics, and basic darkroom procedure-developing prints. The class will be completely hands-on. We will build the cameras out of boxes provided (or that the students bring to class), we will make photographs together as a group or individually, but within close proximity to each other so we can collaborate on ideas. Due to the nature of pinhole photography, the time for exposures will be long and therefore limited by time and resources - only one photograph at a time - so the students must think hard about what is important enough for them to take a photograph of.

 

Our aim is to slow down photography to examine the speed and invisibility of the process involved and to evaluate the processes of reproduction at their most basic level.

 

4 weeks        

Fee:    $120(U of T students & HH members)

                        $180 (General public)

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

 Location

Sunday

11:00am-2:00pm

Feb 21

Mar 13

 TBA

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on Feb 17. A $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

The Invention of Photography and the Representation of Nature: Nicéphore Niépce

Instructor: aubie golombek

 

This four week class will explore the major origins of photographic representation, i.e., physical and metaphysical origins, represented within the first successful "photo-graphic" image made by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826/7. This class is for students with an interest in the history of photography, history of art and theories of representation.

 

The themes that will be discussed/explored over the four weeks breaks down as follows:

Week 1: Introduction regarding the major representational themes;

 

Week 2: Nicéphore Niépce: The Invention of Photography and the Representation of Nature;

 

Week 3: Romanticism, Light, and Christ;

 

Week 4. Nicephore Niepce as Rückenfigur.

 

Short readings from Helmut Gernsheim's "The Origins of Photography", Thames and Hudson, 1982, will be supplied.

 

4 weeks         Fee:    $80 (U of T students & HH members)

                                    $120 (General public)

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

Monday

6:30-8:30pm

Feb 22

Mar 14

 

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on Feb 18. A $7 to $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

fine art photography

Instructor: tony gray

This class explores what makes fine art photography different from commercial photography, travel photography, photojournalism and so on. The goal is to help students develop and tune their fine art photography styles. The class will quickly move from reviewing examples and views to creating and discussing images. We will start by considering the special case of colour photography. How is colour photography different from black & white photography. How does an awareness of colour help photographers to see their subjects differently? We will explore these questions and follow the insights they provide into fine art photography. Students can use any type of camera in the class.

 

4 weeks         Fee:    $100 (U of T students & HH members)

                        $150 (General public)

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

Location

Wednesday

6:30-9:00pm

Feb 24

March 16

TBA

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on Feb 22. A $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

Zone System of photography 1: Creative Exposure and Development of Black & White Films

Instructor: aubie golombek

 

This class will explore the creative plasticity of exposure and development of black and white negative films under the guidance of Minor White's famous Zone System Manual (1956).  The first day is lecture/presentation format and the remaining time will be spent in darkroom. Students are expected to shoot one role of film before the second class. Students will photograph subject material using the full range of aperture and shutter speeds under various lighting conditions. We will then develop the films to achieve a wide variety of exposure scales revealing the effects of exposure upon development, and vice-versa. Students must supply one roll of Black and White film and a 35mm camera with manual exposure. It is recommended you bring the camera to the first class. The chemistry will be supplied.

 

4 weeks        

Fee:    $100 (U of T students & HH members)

            $150 (General public)

 

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

Saturday

12:00-2:30pm

Mar 5

Mar 26

 

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on March 2. A $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

Composing and creating dynamic images

Instructor: micah donovan

This introductory workshop teaches what conditions make for a good photograph, and introduces strategies for making meaningful and visually pleasing photographs. Photography depends on many relationships between moment, space, light, texture, composition, subject and concept. The workshop will explore the interests of the students, different techniques, and successful, historically significant images. Bring a working camera to class.

 

2 weeks        

Fee:    $60 (U of T students & HH members)

                        $ 90 (General public)

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

 Location

Wednesday

6:30-9:30pm

Mar 10

Mar 17

 TBA

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on March 8. A $7 to $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

Cyanotype Printing [NEW]

Instructor: Sally AYre

 

This workshop offers the experience of combining new, contemporary image-making, with the old using one of the earliest photographic printing processes. Cyanotype is a non-silver process that can be combined or used independently to create distinctive blue-toned imagery on natural materials such as silk or art papers. This hands-on workshop will teach proper coating, exposing and developing techniques for Cyanotype.

 

1 day            

Fee:    $140 (U of T students & HH members)

                        $210 (General public)

Day of Week

Time

Date

 Location

Sunday

10:00am-5:00pm

March 20

 TBA

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on March 16.  A $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

The Photographic landscape

Instructor:  Jonathan Groeneweg

The focus of this course is the photographic landscape and explores important topics relating to both the history of landscape art as well as devices, traditions, and approaches to creating photographic landscapes. This includes but is not limited influential landscape artists, camera and other helpful equipment, framing/composition, exposure/lighting, and panoramics. Through a combination of in-class presentations/demonstrations, field work , and one-on-one instruction students will have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for producing landscape based photographic work and a deeper appreciation for the medium.

 

Students wishing to share their work are invited to bring lap-tops and/or digital files to class.

 

2 weeks         Fee:    $60 (U of T students & HH members)

                                    $90 (General public)

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

Monday

6:30-9:30pm

Mar 21

Mar 28

 

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on March 17. A $7 to $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

DSLR Photography: intermediate level

Instructor:  Jonathan Groeneweg

 

[NEW DESCRIPTION]

The intermediate class builds on the fundamentals learned in our introductory DSLR class (or the equivalent). Why choose one lens instead of another? What is dynamic range? Does sensor size matter? What are some basics of composition? Bring your cameras!

 

2 weeks         Fee:    $60 (U of T students & HH members)

                        $90 (General public)

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

 Location

Wednesday

6:30-9:30pm

Mar 23

Mar 30

 TBA

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on March 21. A $7 to $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

Black & White Darkroom Techniques 201

Instructor: micah donovan

This advanced workshop provides an overview of the photographic printing process as well as advanced contrast control, and dodging and burning techniques. You will develop the skills to work with a range of photographic equipment, materials and techniques, and will further develop your creativity, discipline and critical faculties. Please be sure to bring a variety of black & white negatives, a sheet of cardboard 8 x 10 or larger, and a pair of scissors. Students are also expected to supply their own printing paper. All other basic materials are included in the course fee.

 

4 weeks         Fee:    $200 (U of T students & HH members)

                        $300 (General public)

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

Location

Thursday

6:00-9:30pm

Mar 24

April 14

Camera Club Darkroom

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on March 22. A $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

Zone System of photography 2: The Print Developed in Three Developers, Soft, Medium and Hard

Instructor: aubie golombek

 

This is part two  of  a class centred around Minor White's Zone System Manual (1956) but is open to all. New students (who did not take part one) should be prepared to bring in negatives with varying densities for this class.

 

This class will explore soft, medium, and hard developers. Specifically, we will explore the expressive properties using straight Metol and Metol -Hydroquinone developers, in varying proportions, on the tonal scale of a normal graded paper, i.e., grade 2.

 

3 weeks         Fee:    $75 (U of T students & HH members)

                                    $105 (General public)

Day of Week

Time

Start date

End date

Saturday

12:00-2:30pm

Apr 2

Apr 16

 

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on March 30. A $7 to $15 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

Colour night photography

Instructor: tony gray

Explore the strange and wonderful world of colour night photography! The workshop starts with a two-hour introductory class followed by an evening shooting in the field. Students will learn the basics of night photography, focusing on exposure, lighting, colour temperature, and colour cast. Open to all levels of experience. Bring your own camera (any kind) and a tripod (recommended).

 

1 Day            

Fee:    $30 (U of T students & HH members)

                        $45 (General public)

 

Session 1

Day of Week

Time

Start date

 Location

Saturday

6:30-9:30pm

April 9

 TBA

Note: Deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on April 6. A $7 withdrawal fee applies.

 

 

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