Digital Photography (261057)

Learning Outcomes

• Understand the evolution of photography as a means of communication and some of its main agents;
• Acquire basic equipment skills;
• Understand aesthetics, technique and visual composition and its application as a visual representation;
• Study and obtain general knowledge, references, concepts and basic tools for the accomplishment of projects and photographic narratives;
• Broaden the visual culture from the photographic image in order to increase critical spirit in the reconstruction of the world.

Study Program

1. The photographic image 
1.1. An historical look 
1.2. Film vs. Digital
1.3. Photo references
2. Photographic Genres
2.1. Portrait
2.2. Architecture Photography
2.3. Fashion Photography
2.4. Advertising Photography
2.5. Photojournalism
2.6. Fine Art
3. Photographic Technique Principles
3.1. Types of cameras and their common functions: diaphragm control, shutter, ISO, color scales, white balance
3.2. Freezing, hauling and panning
3.3. Field depth
3.4. Types of Objectives and Focal Distance
3.5. Image training and storage
3.6. Support equipment: lighting, filters and tripods
4. Photographic composition 
4.1. Elements: composition, texture, color, light, leftover and backlight, volume, shape, spaces, perspective, plans and "rules" of photographic design
4.2. Principles of visual arts: balance, contrast, rhythm, emphasis, repetition, proportion and unity. 
4.3. Expression of views and visions, symbolism and creative strategies
5. Context and Photographic Narrative 
5.1. Choice of theme, audience definition and intent
5.2. Photo Series VS Single Image
5.3. Signs, Symbols and Text. 



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DALY, Tim (2002) Guia Básico de Fotografia Digital, Lisboa: Editorial Estampa.
SONTAG, Susan (2012) Ensaios Sobre Fotografia, Lisboa: Quetzal.