Tri-City United Public Schools 101 2nd St. NE, Montgomery, MN 56069 (507) 364-8100
Advanced Photography

Teacher Contact Information:
Mr. Barnack
507-364-8145  e-mail
@TCUARTeam on Twitter
Course Information:
Advanced Photography
Grades 9-12
18 week course
Advanced Photography is a course designed for any student who has completed Introduction to Photography and is motivated to work ambitiously and independently throughout the semester on developing their portfolio.  The student shall demonstrate accurate and articulate knowledge of the tools, skills, elements, principles and history of art.  They shall make artistic choices based on evidence to improve or refine the artwork, and creatively express through crafted or modified use of elements, principles, skills, techniques and materials in the creation of their artwork.
The student will:
1. build upon strengths and talents.
2. explore their area of interest in depth.
3. complete a product or demonstrate mastery of course work.
4. make use of technology and community resources.
Students need to have access to a digital camera & jump drive. Access to a 35mm SLR manual camera preferred.  Twelve (12) rolls on 35mm film along with 24 exposures of digitals images (w/ 4 manipulated) will need to be completed during the semester.  Film Roll consists on Contact Sheet with two 5x7 prints. Digital will be submitted on a PowerPoint with a minimum of four pictures manipulated digitally.
Rolls 1-3 Due @ Midterm
Rolls 4-6 Due @ End of Quarter
Rolls 7-9 Due @ Midterm
Rolls 10-12 Due @ End of Quarter
Final = Is Electronic portfolio of artist work along with artist statement.
Text: Black & White Photography A Basic Manual, Second Edition, Revised
            Handbook of Photography, Sixth Edition
Course Objectives:  Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1.         Use all the manual 35mm camera controls to create good black and white   photographs.
2.         Organize their composition through the viewfinder.
3.         Develop 35mm black and white film.
4.         Print black and white photographs.
5.         Present their photographs in a professional manner.
6.         Use the digital camera to also create good photographs.
Grading Objective:
All students are graded by fulfilling the criteria of the assignment as well as by their creativity, effort and behavior during class. Late work will loose 1 point for each school day beyond the original due date. Each quarter will be worth 43% of your final grade, for a total of 86%.  The “final project will be worth 14% of you final grade.
Lab Fee:
The lab fee for Black and White Photography is $30.00.  This fee covers film, print paper, negatives sleeves and matte board.  An additional cost of this class may be the cost of a camera, jump drive.
This lab fee is to be paid in the High School Office by the end of the first week of the semester.
1.         Eye protection MUST be worn at all times when working with chemicals in the darkroom.
2.         For your own safety, please dress appropriately, chemicals may stain clothing.
3.         No equipment may be used or started each day until I have given permission.
4.         All equipment and lab safety rules and operational procedures will be followed at all times.
5.         All general rules will be followed at all times.
6.         All equipment and materials are to be returned to their proper location before anyone is dismissed.
7.         Misuse of the equipment and/or mistreatment of the facilities will result in proper discipline.
8.         Everyone is expected to clean up daily.  Failure to do so can and will affect your grade.
9.         When you arrive each day you are to sit in your assigned seat until you have been given                            permission to leave it.  This is for attendance reasons and announcements.
Student Expectations:

All students are graded by fulfilling the criteria of the assignment as well as by their creativity, effort and behavior during class. Each quarter will be worth 43% of your final grade, for a total of 86%.  The “final project” will be worth 14% of you final grade.

Note: Late work will be accepted up to five school days past the original "due date", but I reserve the right to determine what credit will be given based upon the reason for the  lateness of the assignment.  Late work will not be accepted for credit beyond the "five school day" grace period.  

Cheating and plagiarism are prohibited. Students who cheat or commit plagiarism on any assessment or assignment will be given a failing grade for that assessment or assignment and will be disciplined in accordance with the school district’s “Student Discipline” policy. A student who knowingly gave the assignment to be cheated from may also receive a zero for that assignment and/or face other disciplinary action.

Plagiarism: Practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.

Types of cheating are as follows, but please know that this is not a comprehensive list as new ways and ideas are developed continuously. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Cheat sheets
  • Taking pictures and/or the sharing out on social media or by other means
  • The unauthorized use of past tests, exams, assessments, &/or projects
  • Electronic manipulation of work to claim as one’s own material
Student Handbook:
Grading Scale
Unexcused Tardy
Excused Absences

Note: What is written in the syllabus is subject to change as needed throughout the school year.

Contact: Mr. Barnack