Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Basic Photography

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces students to the technical study and practice of photography whilst also developing an artistic output. Students will learn how to use the digital camera in order to obtain well thought out and composed images with various techniques. Digital editing will be touched upon briefly, to further teach students how to finalise digital images for printing and web.

The study-unit briefly covers:
- The DSLR Camera with all its functions: speed, aperture, ISO and how to use the digital camera;
- Difference between bridge cameras and DSLR cameras;
- Use of different settings and lenses to experiment with depth of field, panning, blur and freeze to achieve various outputs, such as high speed and long exposure photography as well as achieving a mood in image making;
- Use of filters: UV Filters, Polarizers and ND Filters;
- Flash: on and off camera use; bounced; using flash during events and also in portraiture;
- Practice sessions where students can experience the use of a digital camera and practice what has been taught in class;
- Image editing: Adobe Lightroom (or Basic Photoshop) skills to edit images and prepare them for print and web as well as cataloging and storing images.

Study-Unit Aims:

- Provide students with an opportunity to acquire the skill to create well exposed and well composed images using a digital DSLR;
- Encourage students to photograph what they visualise by using the correct camera settings and lenses;
- Help students achieve a sound knowledge of how to edit an image for print and web.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Be familiar with the workings of digital cameras, particularly their settings and lenses;
- Demonstrate insights into the different outputs that camera techniques are capable of;
- Distinguish among the different terms that relate to photographic processes.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Use a digital camera as the main tool to produce well exposed and composed images;
- Differentiate on a practical level, the needs for different lenses according to whichever scenario and technique is being adopted for the photography;
- Have the necessary image editing skills needed for photography use in presentations, print and web.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Barnbaum, B. (2010). The art of photography: An approach to personal expression. Santa Barbara, CA: Rocky Nook.
- DuChemin, D., & McNally, J. (2009). Within the frame: The journey of photographic vision.
- Freeman, M. (2011). The photographer's mind: Creative thinking for better digital photos. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
- Peterson, B. (2004). Understanding exposure: How to shoot great photographs with a film or digital camera. New York: Amphoto Books.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM1 No 10%
Essay SEM1 Yes 20%
Sketchbook SEM1 No 30%
Project SEM1 Yes 40%

LECTURER/S Therese Debono

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