Photography Techniques 2

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307EPTE2 ZK 3 26 hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 56 to 71 hours of self-study English summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of this subject is to introduce the students with the practical solutions of photography of specific tasks such as photography of specific surfaces and objects made of glass, metal, pottery and surface of human body. The students will also learn how to use technical equipment of the Department of Photography, including the ways how to compare images processed by the analogue and digital technologies.

Mode of study

Students will be acquainted with possible solution of realizations particular topics through the analysis of examples recorded on different medias in comparison with practical examples of model situations realized during the tutorial.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

There are no prerequisites or co-requisites needed for enrollment to this course.

Course contents

Introduction to the practical use of the following digital cameras: Canon SLR, 645DF DM22, Pentax 645Z, Hasselblad X1D-50C, with a particular focus on the possibility of comparing resulting images taken with both analog and digital technology.

The guidelines and rules for the following practical exercises will always be tailored to the utmost detail prior to starting the work itself. Depending on particular needs of the current term, it will be further confirmed whether the final work should be submitted as black-and-white images taken on the 6x9 cm medium format negatives and printed on fiber-based paper or whether it is sufficient to submit inkjet-printed digital photographs under specific conditions regarding the final material and its surface.

Practical assignments:

1/ Photography of metal objects: technical basics

To be submitted: black-and-white image (30x40 cm print size)

2/ Photography of glass: technical basics, illumination possibilities and choices of material

To be submitted:

a) 1 black-and-white image of a glass object illuminated against a bright backdrop, featuring a continuous black outline around the object and possibly combined with a suitable reflection (final print size: 30 x 40 cm, material to be used: analogue medium-format negative)

b) 1 color image of a glass object illuminated against a dark backdrop, featuring a continuous bright outline around the object (final print size: 30 x 40 cm, technology to be used: digital camera and inkjet printing). Note: It is highly recommended to embrace all the possibilities of digital photography including Photoshop post-production adjustments. The result should be a photograph that is representing the glass object in its ideal form. There`s a alternative possibility to approach this task in a technically more demanding way , as specified in point 4.

3/ Interpretation: Each student will choose an existing visual artwork such as a photograph or a painting and will try to create a new photograph that will simulate the following attributes of the original: overall atmosphere, character of the illumination, tonality and color palette. On the other hand, particular objects featured in the original image can be smartly replaced with newly selected elements. The key is to express the nature of the objects featured in the model image and for that reason they do not have to be copied completely. Above all, the goal is to express the overall look of the original.

To be submitted: 1 image photographed on a digital camera (final print size: variable)

4/ Color slide film: technology basics, practical use, demonstration of the development by means of the E6 process in the Beroun facility.

5/ Wet-collodion: technical basics of tintype and ambrotype processes. This particular exercise will be carried out during either the landscape field-trip or a specific module.

6/ Cyanotype (blueprint): preparation for this process as part of an overview of possible technologies to be used during the landscape field-trip.

Recommended or required reading

ZAORAL, Ladislav. Fyzikální základy fotografie, 1956

SCHRODER, Gottfried. Technická optika, 1981

JIRÁČEK, M., HÁLKOVÁ, A., MORÁVEK, J. Fotografický slovník, 1955

JIRÁČEK, M. Ostrost a osvit fotografického obrazu

ŠMOK, Ján. Umělé světlo 1978

Scheufler, Mikš, Růžek, Spevák, Stýblo, Jiráček, Opočenský. Technické základy fotografie 2002

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded:

80% attendance of the total number of classes

submission of the required work:

a/ 1 photo of metal 30x40cm

b/ 1 photo of glass on a light background 30x40cm

c/ 1 - A3 print from a digital shot of glass on a black background

d/ collection of photos for a photogram

e/ 1 photo dimensions based on a multiple pages of 40cm/or color print / produced by an analog or digital camera, color or black and white according to the selected basis.

final interview


Photographs have to be submitted continuously after finishing each topic NOT all at the end of the subject.

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

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Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

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