JRN 407, Ink Jet Printing
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fall 2010
Wednesdays, 9:30a.m.-12:00p.m., Bunnell #128
Instructor: Charles Mason, Bunnell #101 (Tel. 474-6217)
and by appointment
Digital Lab Tech: Jason Lazarus
To learn to work in the Digital Darkroom and produce excellent Ink Jet prints, in black and
white and in color. While this class is not a Photoshop class, we will work extensively in
Photoshop and learn to apply it to making the best prints possible from our image files.
Thus it is important that students have at least some skills in photo editing in Photoshop
before undertaking this class.
In this class, barring certifiable illness or emergency, in this class, NO ASSIGNMENT WILL
BE ACCEPTED LATE.
RULES OF THE CLASS:
No smoking, food, or drinks in lab. Active participation in all class discussions is required.
Attendance at all classes is required. If you need to miss a class for a pre-approved reason,
you must arrange that with
me ahead of time, and send me an email explaining your reasons. If you miss due to illness,
you again must let me know via email that you will not be attending.
Recommended Text: John Shaw’s CS3 Photoshop Guide CD (purchase from his website:
Other readings Readings: As provided or suggested by Instructor
-To learn what an image needs done to it, using photoshop or other software, to
produce it as an excellent print.
-To learn how to work in a photographic series
-To learn the importance of a quality portfolio and it’s presentation, and the
importance of finishing work to the point it is show ready.
The class will consist of a number of small exercises that will cover recent topics of discussion
in the class in a lecture/lab atmosphere. Typically a new topic will be discussed, and
students will then work in class on applying the technique, with the instructor providing
feedback and help.
While this class does not necessarily require shooting a lot of new work, and in many cases
students can even use previous work for projects, a final cohesive portfolio will be required.
The final assignment will consist of a series of twelve ink jet prints, prepared as a portfolio.
Three or four of these images will need to be duplicately printed and matted and mounted for
hanging in a class show during the last weeks of the semester. Students in the class will be
expected to participate in obtaining the show venue, preparing the invitations, hanging the
show, conducting the opening, and taking down the show.
EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLY NEEDS:
This will not be an inexpensive course!
A student in this class ideally needs a digital SLR camera—at minimum a camera that can
produce RAW files. The journalism department may have a few cameras to loan, but not
enough for the whole class. To maximize learning in the class students need to be able to
work in RAW 16 bit digital files. This will be discussed further in class.
Printing paper is not provided for this course. You’ll need to buy or order a supply of 8-1/2 x
11 Epson Enhanced Matt paper for your regular assignments. This will be your everyday
working paper. You are also welcome to try other papers as you can, and larger sizes as well.
You will most likely have to order paper from an Outside supplier, such as B&H Photo. You
will need larger paper for your final portfolio.
A limited supply of ink is provided with your lab fees. Each printer will be fed one full set of
ink. When that runs out, you will need to contribute equally to the kitty to purchase more
ink as needed.
Finally, you need to buy a nice portfolio case of some sort, and you will need to purchase
archival matting, mounting, and framing materials for four images for the final class show.
We’ll discuss this during the course of the class.
If you do not have the funds to buy the proper, required materials, please consider taking the
class at a later date.
Lab work beyond class is to be completed on your own, in Bunnell #128. You will have access
to the room, via your polar express card, anytime except when classes are held in this room.
A room schedule is posted outside the door.
This lab is a very well equipped as a digital darkroom. We have matched computers, with
calibrated screens, an overhead projector, wonderful Epson printers, and excellent scanners.
Your class is the only class using the printers. So feel privileged—you are. Thus I ask you,
and I insist, that you not let any visitors into this lab.
I expect you to be in class on time, unless you’ve cleared it with me first. If you DO show up
late, respect your fellow students. Remove your coat and get whatever you need out of your
backpack before you enter the classroom.
It should go without saying that you may not use your mobile phone in class. That said, if
your phone does ring during class, I get to answer it. And NO texting!!
Evidence of plagiarism or fabrication in any assignment will result in a minimum penalty of
an F for the course. Further action, such as expulsion from the department and additional
academic penalties, may be taken. Plagiarism is using other people’s words or ideas as your
own. Fabrication includes making up quotes, sources, or events. To protect yourself from
false accusations of plagiarism, keep all of your interview notes, research material and rough
drafts until you receive your grade for the semester.
GRADING:(I will use the new plus/minus grading system)
Regular Assignments 50%
Final Series 30%
Active Participation in Final Show 10%
Attitude, Class Participation, etc. 10%
Grading will follow UAF guidelines:
A = An honor grade, indicates originality and independent work, a thorough
mastery of the subject, and the satisfactory completion of more work than is
B = Indicates outstanding ability above the average level of performance.
C = Indicates a satisfactory or average level of performance.
D = The lowest passing grade, indicates work of below average quality and
F = Indicates failure to meet lowest standards.
I will work with the UAF Office of Disabilities Services to provide reasonable
accommodation to students with disabilities. Their office can be reached at 474-6555.