Straight from my message to the 091 Labs mailing list, slightly edited for context:
This is The Official Announcement for a four-twelve week photographic course that will try to blitz through the basic portions of digital and film photography, film development, digital post-processing, print preparation and (online) presentation. Roughly and somewhat sardonically, the modules are listed below. Some modules may take more than one week to complete; contrariwise, we might cover more than one module in a given week.
- What the buttons on your camera do.
- Writing light: A photographic history of photography’s history.
- That magic triangle: Aperture, ISO and shutter speed.
- A tripod, or: I depend on you because you depend on me.
- Shooting posture: Hold it straight and focus.
- M stands for “Manual”.
- Technical composition.
- Creative composition.
- Bringing out The Gimp: Post-processing with the GNU Image Manipulation Program.
- Self-help: RTFM and go Google it.
- Will somebody think of the children: Legalities and discretion in twenty-first century photography.
- Dark nights in a dark room: Film development and scanning.
- Teh pretties: Digital printing, analogue printing and mounting.
- Nobody likes swans: Photo appreciation.
- Setting up, populating and managing an online photo-presence.
The module list might expand or shrink, and I’m very much open and welcoming to any other contributors. I am personally hoping to segue from the Linux course into the photography course, and certainly I’m hoping to start having material ready by/for a tentative start date of October 19.
I’ve had a certain amount of interest expressed in creating a film darkroom here at the Labs, and personally I think it is something that we can include as a separate paid module. If ten people chip in twenty euros (€20) a head I am confident I can supply:
- Film. Twenty rolls (total) of Ilford HP5 400 ASA 35mm.
- Suitable developing chemicals for the above.
- Suitable ancillary supplies to all two people to develop simultaneously.
- Film negative scanner.
- Image enlarger for analogue printing.
At the end of this 091 Labs would be left with a functioning dark room.