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Universidade Lusófona do Porto

Photographic Practices


The image in creative and communication contexts.

Artistic photography and the genres of photography.

Composition and analysis of photographic images.

From conception to the realization of a photographic project.

The camera, its functions and potentialities.

Image capture with different camera types

Develop the observation and identification skills of the photographic variables necessary to make a photograph.

Understand and apply basic compositional principles, namely adapting focal lengths of lenses to precise objectives, viewing objects and people, analyzing images for their effect on the viewer. Understand photographic composition as an operation on a two-dimensional plane (with a suggestion of three-dimensionality) and learn to work with the structural elements of visual language. Fundamentals of digital imaging; concepts and practices. Creation of photographic projects: photographic reportage or thematic project.¿¿¿¿¿


Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 6

Year | Type of course unit | Language

1 |Mandatory |Português



Recommended complementary curricular units

História e Teoria da Fotografia

Operações de Camera e Video

Professional Internship



Students are able to analyze and critique photographic images, to recognize the main techniques of image execution, the field of knowledge and aesthetics in which they fit and for which they are intended.

They are also qualified to start a photographic project that supports a literary, artistic, documentary or journalistic narrative, fitting into the other creative disciplines of the course. In creating a practical environment, we will dive into the properties and characteristics of photography in all its aspects, and discover why we react in a technical way - to understand why there are so many options to choose from. Justify why the technique is at our service in this way. We will then list some features of studio digital.


The main objectives of this course are, that the student:

Get analysis and criticism of photographic images.

Acquire knowledge to situate an image in a given socio-temporal, economic and ideological context. That you acquire the technical skills to be able to carry out a photographic project.

In its evolution in the semester it will gain the basic knowledge for the realization and presentation of a practical work of analogical and digital photographic research. Deepen the supported observation. Explore processes and instruments creatively. It is noteworthy that the mastery of equipment is closely linked to a mental structure that is based on knowledge through experimentation and study. Acquire and develop general skills in studio photography. Develop individualized forms of visual communication sustained in the photographic medium. Deepen the use of the photographic medium in order to give meaning in the "construction" of the image.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The assessment is continuous and includes elements of evaluation such as: participation, interest, and research work done outside the classroom. The student will present a proposal for the realization of an individual artistic project based on a thematic research.

The digital aspect of the program is based on the explanation of the various contents in class and the execution of exercises in the studio.

The evaluation consists of practical assignments to be done throughout the semester with specific date for presentation. There will be two modules: Theoretical and Conceptual Explanation of Photography given by Professor. Dr. João Sousa Cardoso. Practical module for creating an individual portfolio given by Prof. Marco Ferreira Evaluation is made from 0 to 20 in each module, making the average of both at the end. Pass is with 10 values. Attendance of at least 70% of classes. Attendance is not assessed. The last option is the resource exam: practical exercise with the evaluation 0-20 values


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Office Hours

Nome do docente  

Horário de atendimento


Marco Ferreira

17.30 - 18.30 / Terça-Feira

Gab. Audiovisual