Basic Photo Chemistry 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307EBPC1 ZK 2 2 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Based on a rigorous integration of theory, examples of standard processing, unusual solutions, anomalies and, most importantly, an emphasis on their own work and experimentation, students will learn about the processing process both theoretically and practically.

In summary, students will gain a comprehensive overview of photographic image creation, modification and application. They will thus be fully capable of their own photographic creation.

Mode of study

in person

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Course contents

The course is focused on acquiring basic theoretical knowledge and manual skills so that students are able to apply the acquired knowledge in their own, artistically oriented, creation.

In the theoretical lectures, students will learn about the theory of the photographic process. They will gain knowledge about the principle of recording a photographic image, types and structure of photographic materials, their processing and evaluation.

In the course of practical exercises, they will build on the theoretical knowledge and acquire manual dexterity in processing photographic materials; they will become familiar with and learn to use in practice some specific processing techniques of the black and white processing process.

Main topics:

1-3/ Introduction to the course, theoretical lectures on the principles of photographic image recording and general scheme of processing black and white photographic materials.

4/ Developing negative materials (135, 120 and sheet film formats) - theoretical introduction, practical demonstrations, practical exercises

5/ Factors influencing the rate of development - theoretical introduction, demonstrations, practical exercises

6-7/ Types of photographic positive materials (substrates, surfaces, gradation, spectral sensitivity) - theory, practical demonstrations, practice

8-9/ Processing of positive black and white materials - theoretical introduction, practical demonstrations, practice

10-11/ Recording on colour materials and their processing - theoretical introduction, practical examples, practice

12/ Retouching and finishing of black and white prints

Recommended or required reading

ROGERS, DAVID N. The Chemistry of Photography: From Classical to Digital Technologies, Danercon Ltd, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-85404-273-9 (

Mees, C.E.Kenneth. The Theory of the Photographic process, The Macmillan Comp., New York 1945.

Assessment methods and criteria

ZK oral on the basis of the final practical exercise.

Active participation in the theoretical and practical part, performance of partial practical exercises, submission of the final practical exercise.



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