Studio Photography 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307ESTU1 exam 2 26 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 31 to 41 hours of self-study English

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Name of lecturer(s)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student is oriented in the lighting technique as a part of photographic study, knows the individual specifics, chooses the appropriate technique. He/she knows how to prepare a workplace for the realization of specific assignments. The student masters the implementation of photographic shooting in relation to the assignment or purpose. Knows how to use post-production tools in the context of direct photography. Determining the correct white tonality to be within printable range (5%black) is a fundamental skill that the student takes away.

Mode of study

in person

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

The course focuses on practical learning in the studio. It introduces different light sources and their characteristics. It teaches students the correct handling and selection of light sources. The characteristics of light sources are introduced and explained. Hands-on instruction develops students' abilities to work on the studio floor plan with little equipment requirements. It emphasizes awareness of working with a light source, its nature, importance and functionality. The next part of the course introduces methods of working with multiple light sources. These methods are practically demonstrated highlighting their advantages and pitfalls. Each method is illustrated with examples from the work of renowned artists. In this part of the course, students carry out a specific exercise, which is linked to the Photography Techniques 03 course, and which extends the necessary photographic knowledge and skills for creating a product catalogue.

Main topics

1-2/ Theoretical introduction to the subject - explanation of characteristic light sources - flash studio lights and their accessories and artificial lights in different variations and their demonstration - practical demonstration. Explanation of the concept, meaning and purpose of the semester exercise „White on White“

3/ Sources of inspiration - demonstration and analysis of photographs by David Baylei, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Ton Stan and others.

4/ Starting work on the exercise „White square on white background“ - introduction of the special working procedure, preparation of the workplace

5 - 8/ Work on the task with emphasis on adequate lighting and maintaining uniformity of light intensity

9 - 10 Complete post-production and its effective tools, especially Camera Raw and the solarization filter in Photoshop.

11/ Post-production at the scale of straight photography - the benefits of 16bit image depth

12/ Evaluating the results in the form of a presentation, identifying technical problems and how to solve them

Recommended or required reading


STEVENS, Norma a Steven M. L. ARONSON. Avedon: something personal. First published. vyd. London: William Heinemann, 2017. ISBN 978-1-78515-183-5.

BAILEY, David. David Bailey: 128 Polaroids. Göttingen: Steidl, 2022. ISBN 978-3-95829-702-9.

SIMMONS, Steve. Using the View Camera: A Creative Guide to Large Format Photography. Revised ed. edition. vyd. Echo Point Books & Media, 2015. ISBN 978-1-62654-077-4.


1)Monographies of important authors

AVEDON, Richard et al. Avedon Advertising. Illustrated edition. vyd. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 2019. ISBN 978-1-4197-3338-3.

AVEDON, Richard a James BALDWIN. Nothing Personal. Köln Paris: TASCHEN, 2017. ISBN 978-3-8365-6955-2.

FORESTA, Merry. Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty. 1st edition. vyd. New Haven: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2015. ISBN 978-0-300-21490-1.

PENN, Irving et al. Irving Penn: centennial. Second printing. vyd. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. ISBN 978-1-58839-618-1.

FÖRSTER, Carolin et al. Helmut Newton in dialogue: fashions and fictions. Praha: Museum Kampa - Nadace Jana a Medy Mládkových, 2019. ISBN 978-80-87344-53-8.

HARDER, Matthias, Philippe GARNER a Helmut NEWTON. Helmut Newton. Legacy. Multilingual edition. vyd. TASCHEN, 2021. ISBN 978-3-8365-8458-6.

HEITING, Manfred. Helmut Newton: work. Praha] ; Bratislava : Köln : [Raszyn: Slovart ; Taschen ; TMC, 2016. ISBN 978-80-7529-200-1.

NEWTON, Helmut. Helmut Newton. SUMO. 20th Anniversary Edition. June NEWTON, ed. Multilingual edition. vyd. Köln Paris: TASCHEN, 2019. ISBN 978-3-8365-7819-6.

NEWTON, Helmut. Portraits: photographs from Europe and America. Munich: Schirmer Art Books, 2016. ISBN 978-3-8296-0131-3.

LACHAPELLE, David. David LaChapelle. Lost and Found. Part I. Multilingual edition. vyd. Köln: TASCHEN, 2017. ISBN 978-3-8365-7045-9.

LACHAPELLE, David. David LaChapelle. Good News. Part II. Multilingual edition. vyd. Köln: TASCHEN, 2017. ISBN 978-3-8365-7046-6.

LACHAPELLE, David a Otto M. URBAN. Thus Spoke LaChapelle =: Tak pravil LaChapelle. 1st ed. vyd. Řevnice : Prague: Arbor vitae ; Pavleye Art and Culture, 2011. ISBN 978-80-87164-86-0.

WOODWARD, Richard B. Andy Warhol. Polaroids 1958-1987. Reuel GOLDEN, ed. Multilingual edition. vyd. Köln: TASCHEN, 2017. ISBN 978-3-8365-6938-5.

2)Photography techniques

JUDGE, Al. Mastering Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Exposure: How They Interact and Affect Each Other. S.l.: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4823-1445-8.

MARQUARDT, Chris a Monika ANDRAE. The Film Photography Handbook: Rediscovering Photography in 35mm, Medium, and Large Format. 2nd edition. vyd. San Rafael, CA: Rocky Nook, 2019. ISBN 978-1-68198-527-5.

SIMMONS, Steve. Using the View Camera: A Creative Guide to Large Format Photography. Revised ed. edition. vyd. Echo Point Books & Media, 2015. ISBN 978-1-62654-077-4.

3)Important historical publications

ADAMS, Ansel a Robert BAKER. Ansel Adams: The Camera. Reprint edition. vyd. New York, NY: Little, Brown, 1995. ISBN 978-0-8212-2184-6.

ADAMS, Ansel a Robert BAKER. The Negative. 31528th edition. vyd. New York, NY: Ansel Adams, 1995. ISBN 978-0-8212-2186-0.

ADAMS, Ansel a Robert BAKER. The Print. New York, NY: Little, Brown, 1995. ISBN 978-0-8212-2187-7.

ANCHELL, Steve a Bill TROOP. The Film Developing Cookbook. 1st edition. vyd. Boston: Focal Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0-240-80277-0.

COMPANY, Eastman Kodak a Roger VAIL. Large-Format Photography. James A. MCDONALD, ed. 2nd edition. vyd. Rochester, NY: Saunders Photo, 1996. ISBN 978-0-87985-771-4.

4)Online sources

Assessment methods and criteria

80% active attendance in class, continuous and timely completion of tasks or parts of tasks, work according to the teacher's instructions



Further information

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