Darkroom photography is thriving at Flint Hill. The classic skills and creative choices that come from a great darkroom experience provide insight into the foundations of photography, and the combination of light, chemicals and paper emphasize how darkrooms have changed from mainstream to fine arts media. Students are introduced to the skills and techniques of 35mm black and white photography; the history of photography and the work of accomplished photographers. They explore darkroom techniques, camera functions and the elements and principles of composition and design.
As they continue their studies, students continue to build upon their knowledge, skills and techniques as they learn more advanced photographic techniques.
Today, almost everyone carries a powerful point and shoot camera in his or her pocket at all times. To dive deeper into the emerging art of digital photography, our students begin with a course in Foundations in Digital Art. In this course, students complete a series of projects that strengthen their skills and technical understanding while pushing them to explore and experiment. Students learn the basic controls and settings of their DSLR cameras and experiment with Adobe Photoshop as they refine their images. Students are introduced to studio and flash lighting and begin to use a journal to study and record observations from the work of master photographers. Building upon this foundation, students can pursue dedicated courses in Digital Photography or Independent Study in Filmmaking or Animation.