Black and White Photography from the View Camera

Group Exhibition of selected works from Fall 2015 Photo 83: View Camera Techniques class

Opening Reception: Saturday, Jan 30, 2016
5:30 –7 pm

Jan 3–May 1,2016
5 Sweets Café
1125 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA


Solo Exhibition: Henry Bortman “Big”


Making panoramas is my attempt to capture a combination of two feelings: grandeur and tranquility. Sometimes it’s architecture that grabs me. Often it’s moving water. My hope is that these large images enable the viewer to get a little closer to the experience I had as I was photographing.

Panoramic Photo Collages by Henry Bortman
On display at Gallery Obscura
January 19 – February 20

Artist Reception: January 21, 6-8 pm

Henry Bortman

Spring 2016 Classes Being Jan 19th

Spring 2016 classes start Monday January 19th.

CCSF is open and accredited! Your units are good for life and will always transfer. Have you registered yet for a photography class?

Registration is open! Save your seat now – classes start in Monday January 19, 2016.


1. Visit the the Spring 2016 schedule to choose your classes
2. Follow the admissions process
3. Register for the class (registration is required to attend). Only $46 per unit for CA residents!
4. Don’t have the pre-requisite but feel you have adequate experience? You may challenge into any class. Contact Joanne Bilodeau, Department Secretary to schedule a challenge test. Note that if you challenge any class – you waive your right to take it in the future. Joanne Bilodeau: (415) 452-5173

SPRING CLASSES See the schedule for classroom and campus

PHOT 50B. History and Aesthetics of Photography Since 1945 (4)
Section 1:
Mondays 12:10-3:00PM
Section 2:
Lec-4, field trips   P/NP Available

History of photography since 1945, highlighting achievements of important photographers. Designed to stimulate visual thinking and creative problem solving. Topics covered are: avant garde, surrealism, symbolism, fictional photographs, structuralists, post-modernism, pop art, current uses of landscape images, contemporary color, and photography’s interactions with modern painting, video, performance and computer. Visits to museums and galleries. UC/CSU

PHOT 51. Beginning Photography (3) Multiple Sections including evenings, weekends and a section at the Mission campus!
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available / PREREQ.: none
A basic course introducing photographic capture, processing and output practices. Introduction to small format cameras including both film and digital; exposure calculations, film and digital capture, scanning, digital printing, and presentation techniques. This course explores both the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography UC/CSU

PHOT 52. Photographers and Their Images LATE START CLASS (1) Starts Monday 3/7 6:10pm  Lec-1   P/NP Available / PREREQ.: none
Professional photographers present and discuss their work in both technical and aesthetic terms. This is a unique opportunity for photography students to meet world renowned photographers and discuss topics in a question and answer format CSU
Meets six Mondays starting 3/9/2016

PHOT 57. Photography for the Web ONLINE CLASS (3)
Lec-3, lab-1   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 or demo of exit skills
Introduction to the role of photography in multimedia. Beginning digital imaging, image acquisition, and the production process. Emphasis on the application of these skills integrated with other digital media. Using these techniques, students will explore conceptually the use of photographic images in multimedia. Includes lab assignments and demonstrations of hardware and software necessary for the contemporary photographer to succeed in the electronic age. CSU

PHOT 60A Beginning Photoshop (2) Tuesdays 3:10pm-6:00pm  PREREQ.: VMD 105 OR Macintosh familiarity ADVISE: PHOT51 or demonstration of exit skills. (2) Tuesdays 3:10-6pm
**PHOT51 works as a pre-req, just email or so we can waive you in. An introductory Photoshop course that emphasizes the technical aspects of post-production workflow in digital photography. The course includes hands-on experience with software and hardware that is necessary to succeed in the contemporary photographic marketplace. UC/CSU

PHOT 80. Outdoor and Ambient Light Photography (3) Mondays 12:10-4:00pm
Lec-3, lab-1, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 ADVISE: and (PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101)
A hands-on, how-to course in managing natural light. Emphasis is on outdoor and existing light; designed to relate lighting to photo-aesthetics and visual communication. CSU

PHOT 81A. Intermediate Photo: B & W Film/Darkroom (3) T/TH 12:10-3:00 pm
Lec-3, lab-3   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 or demonstration of exit skills.
An intermediate black & white film photography course with emphasis on film processing and darkroom printing. topics include camera exposure, black & white films and enlarging papers, contrast control, camera filters, elementary lighting, electronic flash, medium format cameras, finishing techniques and aesthetics of photography. UC/CSU

PHOT 81B. Advanced Photo: B & W Film/Darkroom (3) T/TH 9:10am-12:00pm
Lec-3, lab-3   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and (PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101) or demonstration of exit skills
An intensive exploration of the controls and materials of the black and white photographic process. The course emphasizes fine printing, optimization of the negative, archival processing procedures and an exploration into various films, papers and developing chemistry. CSU

PHOT 81D. Intermediate Photo Digital Intermediate Photo: Digital (3) T/TH 6:10pm-9:00pm
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 ADVISE: and (PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101) and ENGL 93 or ESL 160
A digital photography course advancing the technical and creative concepts introduced in Beginning Photography. Topics include: Digital camera configurations, exposure control, workflow management, nondestructive editing, image manipulation and enhancement, archiving, printing options, and presentation. Discussions on visual literacy and contemporary photography as well as review of student work are integral. CSU

PHOT 82. The Zone System: B & W Film/Darkroom (3) T/TH 9:10am-12:00pm
Lec-3, lab-3   P/NP Available PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and (PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101)
Using advanced metering, film processing and darkroom printing techniques, students will produce black & white photographs with meticulous control of exposure and contrast. Students will be required to produce a portfolio of fine prints resulting from Zone System techniques. CSU

PHOT 86 Mixed Media and the Photographic Image (3) Wednesdays 12:00-5:00pm
Lec-2, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and (PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101) or demonstration of exit skills
This is a beginning, intermediate, and advanced exploration of the photographic image through various alternative and non-silver processes. Students will learn a variety of traditional non-silver printing methods which can also be combined with more contemporary mediums. CSU

PHOT 85A. Beginning Lighting Techniques (4) Two sections M/W 9:00am-12:00pm OR 6:10-9:00pm
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 or demonstration of exit skills. ADVISE:  DSGN 101 (concur.)
Through demonstration and hands-on experience students explore the basic and technical use of ambient, tungsten and electronic flash illumination as it is used in photography. Students will work with a variety of lighting equipment and accessories. CSU

PHOT 90 Portraiture (4) T/TH 6:10pm-9:00pm
Lec-3, lab-3 P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 85A and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills
This advanced studio lighting course introduces students to the technical, aesthetic and historical aspects of photographic portraiture. Students have hands on experience with classic and contemporary lighting techniques using tungsten lights and studio strobes. Students work individually and in teams. CSU

PHOT 102B Documentary/News Photography (2) Wednesdays 6:10pm-9:00pm
Lec-2, lab-1 P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 and PHOT80 or PHOT85A or demonstration of exit skills  ADVISORY: PHOT 100/DSGN101
This course explores photojournalism and documentary photography while addressing business and legal issues.
Students will be introduced to a variety of camera and lighting equipment. CSU

PHOT 100 Design Fundamentals (3) Multiple sections!
Lec-2, lab-4, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
P/NP Available
ADVISE: ESL 150 or ENGL 92
Fundamental design course, covering the theories, processes, vocabulary, and techniques common to visual design disciplines. Students will develop and apply their knowledge through analysis, critique and individual and collaborative exercises and projects. UC/CSU / PHOT 100=VMD 101=DSGN 101

DSGN 150 Survey of Collaborative Design (3) Tuesdays 9:10am-12:00pm
Lec-3, field trips
A survey of influences and forces throughout history that drive change in design. Focus will be given to how collaborative processes lead to change. Students will research, analyze, and discuss design case studies and the benefits of design thinking when problem-solving. UC/CSU

Fall 2015 Cherkis Scholarship Recipient – Adrienne Johnson

Congratulations to Adrienne Johnson for winning the Fall 2015 Yefim Cherkis Memorial Scholarship! Adrienne will be exhibiting her winning portfolio, “65 Moments To Wake Up” in Gallery Obscura in the Spring ’16 semester.


DSGN 105 Survey of Collaborative Design

Collaborative Design Certificate 

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Fall 2015 Barbara Stewart Scholarship Winner and Honorable Mentions

Winners On View in Obscura Gallery:
December 8th – 19th, 2015
Gallery Obscura, Ocean Campus, Photography Department, CCSF

Winner ($250 scholarship):
Jiamin Zen

Honorable Mentions:
Laif Gilberts
Kristin Masciorini
Neha Rameja
Yancy Yesovitch

Juror: Photographer and CCSF Photo Alum Anita White

Slideshow of all the entries:

ONE30 – Portfolio Production Group Exhibiton

December 10th – January 12th, 2015

Opening Reception
December 16th, 2015 at 6-8pm

Mullen Brothers Imaging
2040 Oakdale Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94124



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