FNDN 1310 Foundation Photography Exam

Fall Semester, 2003

Tuesdays, 8:30am -12:30pm

NSCAD Photography Department

Instructor: Ben Howell Davis


Photo History


1. Who invented photography? When? Why?


2. Fill in the blank on this quote (its on the first class handout and on the Web site)  from  photographer Robert Frank (who’s he?):


          It is always the instantaneous reaction to ________ that produces a photograph.


3.  How would your photo mentor react to this quote?  What is her/his philosophy?  What draws you to their images?



The Camera


4. A painting or drawing is usually created from the interior of the frame to the edges. In  photography  you have to consider the ______ of the frame as well as the interior.      Why?


5. Name two things that determine how much depth-of-field your photograph will have.  


6. How many times as much light hits the film if you increase your exposure by:


           a)  1 stop? 


           b)  3 stops?


7.  What shutter speed would you set your camera to in order to freeze a skateboarder jumping a  park bench?


8.     What shutter speed would you use to blur the hands of a magician as she waves them over a hat?


8.     You’re in a dark chamber in the bottom of a castle with only a candle for light – what shutter speed might you choose?


9. Your photo project is “students sleeping in class”. What will you have to consider in order to use an appropriate shutter speed and f-stop?


10. Name one situation where a REFLECTED light meter may be unreliable. 





11.  Fill in the missing steps involved in developing a roll of film:



a)    DEVELOPER                                            e) ____________________


b) ______________________                           f)    WASH


 c) ______________________                          g) ____________________  


d) ______________________                              h)    DRY



12. What is the name of the film developer used at NSCAD? 


13. What is the manufacturer's recommended ASA for Tri-X? 


14. What does ASA stand for?


15. When examining a negative on the light table how can you tell if it is underexposed?





16. You just checked out a set of things for printing. What are they and what do they do?


17. What part of the enlarger do you never open with the enlarger light on?


18. Prints go in the automatic printing machine face up or face down?


19. Fill in the blanks for developing a print:


a)    DEVELOPER                                            e) ____________________


b) ______________________                           f)    WASH


 c) ______________________


d) ______________________                             g)    DRY




20. What’s the name of the print developer used at NSCAD?


21. You probably use a “multi-grade” type photo paper. What does that mean?


22. How do you make a test strip?


23. How do you make a contact sheet of 35mm negatives?


24. How do you make a photogram?


25.  When you decide on a printing format it means you are going to print the whole frame of the negative or have to ____ the image.


26. How do you get a narrow black border around the edges of your print?


27. How do you control contrast when you are printing? 


28.  How do you think a vertical format affects an image?  A horizontal format? A square  format?



Copying Artwork


 30. You need color slides of small drawings – what’s the quickest way to produce them yourself at NSCAD? What’s the procedure?


31.          You have ten paintings to make slides of and they are all different sizes – what’s the fastest way to set up to copy them (besides hiring somebody to do it!)?




32. When do you “dodge” an area of a print?  When do you “burn”?


33. (Extra credit)  What are the names of the nice people who run the NSCAD photo lab?