Portrait Photography in Medium Format Film: Natural Light

Summer 2023 First Session
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 18
2 Credits per quarter
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Using the widely revered Holga camera, this two-credit course will explore capturing natural light portraits of people, objects, and landscapes, in black-and-white medium format film. Larger than standard 35-millimeter film, medium format (120-millimeter) offers what some people consider richer and often more detailed imagery. Students will learn basic image composure, natural lighting for portraiture using reflectors and diffusers, camera use, film development, and darkroom printing in the state-of-the-art campus darkroom to complete a singular portfolio project.

This course will give students and community members the opportunity to collect images of nature as well as family and friends while answering the questions: How do portraits vary from other images? What makes a portrait different than a documentary photograph containing the same subject?  And how do you build organic rapport with subjects while managing the technical aspects of the camera? With only a small written component, the course will focus primarily on hands-on instruction in the outdoors and the darkroom.

Students and community members will also complete a proficiency that enables continued access to the darkroom facilities after the course concludes.


Summer 2023 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

First Session (2): 40062

Academic details

Preparatory for studies and careers in

Commercial Photography, Visual Arts, Graphic Design, Film, and Media.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$104 fee covers film and paper to be used during the class ($54) and a required media fee to use the campus darkroom ($50).

There will be no fee for using the cameras, which will be available at media loan for borrow. 


In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
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First Meeting

Evans Hall 1001 - Workshop


Date Revision
2023-02-27 Moved to the first session of summer