Your course outline may list the materials required for this course. Note that some photographic materials may not be returned after they are purchased (especially film and paper). If you are not certain that you are purchasing the correct materials, DO NOT do so. Please contact your instructor before making any purchase you are uncertain about.


For greater clarity a list of required materials annotated with photographic images is presented here:

A. Textbook:

Photography: The Essential Way by Barbara London, Jim Stone & John Upton
Pearson/Prentice-Hall (ISBN 978-0-13-614276-8).

This text is not required for the course, only recommended. We will be using it in Digital Photo, Photo I and Photo II as well as this course so if you plan to take other course in photo you may want to purchase it.

B. Darkroom Towel & Smock/ Apron (mandatory)

Please note that you should have an older towel (a kitchen type towel is perfect for this purpose). With repeated use this towel may need washing. It must be washed seperately or the residue of chemicals in the towel may transfer to other clothing. We will be working with some materials this semester that could easily stain your clothing. Iin order to protect your clothing please be certain to have a smock or apron with you for class.

C. Plastic negative sleeves You will only need a few of these sheets so you may want to go in with your classmates on a pack and share

D. Dusting device (brush, ear syringe or canned air). There are numerous devices which you may use to clean your negatives. You will need either canned air (not pictured) or a blowing device to clean loose duct off your negatives. An inexpensive option for this purpose is to purchase an ear syringe (1 or 2 ). These are usually available at your local drugstore. Some photography stores sell combination blower / brushes ( 3 ) - unfortunately the blowers on these devices are often too weak to be of much practical use. A soft camel-hair brush (4) which comes with cosmetics but which has not been used can be very effective for dislodging dust from your negatives.

E. Printing paper - You wil need a small qunatity of B/W printing paper for one or two of your assignments this semester. You will need arounf 25 sheets. Whatever you wish to use it must have the following properties:
A. 8" X 10" size
B. Resin coated
C. variable contrast
D. Matt surface

Remember to contact me first if you have any questions regarding your paper purchase.

Here are the two paper options:

Ilford Multigrade IV RC Deluxe Resin Coated VC Paper, 8x10, 25 Pack (Matt). The package design may be different where you shop so be certain that you are purchasing the material described above. Be certain that you get the "matt" finish.

This paper is a bit more expensive but very good quality. Some think its better to use a less costly paper when you are learning. In that case consider option two, below  . . .


ilford photo paper

Promaster PhotoImage B&W Variable contrast Resin Coated Photo Paper 8x10, 25 Sheets, Matt. Once again, the package design may be different where you shop so be certain that you are purchasing the material described above. Be certain that you get the "matt" finish.

This paper is a bit less expensive but good quality.





F. Film - one or two rolls of 35mm Kodak Tri-X B/W film with 36 exposures.


H. White mat board for mounting/matting images.

G. Spotting brush. You will only need to purchase a spotting brush if those which are supplied in the photography studios are removed. These brushes are quite small and have a very small tip. They are quite costly for their sze.

I. you will need one X-acto knife with a No. "11" blade and a metal straight edge (if lab ruler walks away). You will need these tools for mounting your prints.

J. Bienfang drymount tissue. The package design for this product is slightly different than shown here. The tissue should be the 8" X 10" in size and you should purchase a 25 sheet package. You will not need the full 25 sheets and may want to purchase this packet with one of your classmates and share the materials.

You may also purchase an offbrand substutue for the Bienfang product called "One Drymount Tissue" (see photo below). I can't gurantee availability of this at all stores but it is a bit less expensive if you can find it and past students have said it works well

K. Assignment folder - this is the simple type of folder that may be purchased in the school supply section of your local drugstore or discount house. The folder must have two pockets in it and it would be helpful if it included binder clasps so that you may keep your negative sleeves in the folder as well.

L. 18” Metal straight edge (ruler) and one roll of masking tape. You may need a metal straight edge if those provided in the lab are missing or in use. You will need a small quantity of masking tape when you are bulkloading your film.

N. Dark room key. You will need to have a key to access the labs for this course. All photography labs are to be kept closed and locked when not in use. After I submit your name for approval you will be able to get your key at the Cashier's window in the Business Office. You will be asked to pay a $15.00 deposit which will be returned to you when you return the key. If you do not return your key by the last class day of the semester your grades may be held by the Registrar's Office.

O. One or Two Gig memory stick or suitable alternative for moving images around.


M. Money for digital and miscellaneous materials for class including, but not limited to, transparency sheets, fabric transfer sheets, window cling material, special rag printing papersa, etc. I estimate that you will need an additional $35.00 for these materials.

Supplies required for Photo III