Studio of Classic Photography 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307ESC1 ZK 4 24 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 82 to 102 hours of self-study English

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The listener masters the technical exercises and tasks given and develops them in their own work. The learner is able to suggest ways of solving tasks, reflect on technical and conceptual intentions, and experiment and creatively develop assigned procedures in relation to intended outcomes and meanings. He/she is familiar with the classical photographic process, working in the photographic chamber and in the studio, and has a practical overview from historical techniques to digital processing of technical images. He is able to summarize his work into representative units and reflect theoretically.

Mode of study

in person

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

The course Studio of Classical Photography 1 has a special position in the structure of the courses of the Department of Photography, because all students of the Bachelor's Degree undergo it. Its main purpose is to deepen professional photographic practice, to unify the level of knowledge and experience of all students, to acquire professional work habits including preparation of the workplace, use of studio equipment, processing, work in the photo room, and subsequent adjustment. In completing the required components, students develop their creative thinking in the medium of classical photography.

Main topics

1 - 2/ Introduction to the studio - overview of techniques and their comparison, studio exercise assignment

2 - 3/ Technical exercises in the studio

3 - 4/ Preparation for a large-format portrait and its realization

5/ work in the photo chamber

6/ Technical exercises in the studio

7/ Working in the photobooth with a large format negative

8/ analysis of the results from the workshops of non-stationary photographic techniques

9/ wet collodion process, working with gelatin, transfer to other materials

10/ consultation of concepts and work in process for the final thesis project + studio trip

11/ evaluation of work on studio exercise - proofreading

12/ joint presentation of results, proofreading, ways of adjustment

Recommended or required reading


Barnbaum Bruce: Essence of Photography,The: Seeing and Creativity, Rocky Nook, 2021

Bouveresse Clara: Women Photographers, Thames & Hudson, 2020

Hunter Fil, Biver Steven, Fugua Paul: Light Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting, Routledge, 2015

Warner Marien Mary: Photography: A Cultural History (5th edition), Laurence King Publishing, 2021

Wintour Anna: Annie Leibovitz: Wonderland, Phaidon Press, 2021


ms Ansel: The Negative, Ansel Adams Photography, Series 2, 2015

Adams Ansel: The Camera, Ansel Adams Photography, Series 1, 2014

Adams Ansel: The Print, Ansel Adams Photography, Series 1, 2014

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment, Steidl, 2018

Knight Chris: Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Crafting Light and Shadow, Rocky Nook, 2017

Assessment methods and criteria

Active participation, completion of ongoing tasks, realization of an individual exhibition project, realization of a studio assignment on a given topic common to all students



Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room 112
Room No. 112

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 09:00–17:15 Martin STECKER Room No. 112
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans