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Photography Direction and Lighting


Direction Photography: Characteristics of light and its properties. Use of Natural Light - Use reflectors, diffusers, etc. Understanding all the technical stuff. Basic Triangulation (Lighting three points): Main Light, Fill Light, Light Trim. Planning and construction of lighting design. Frameworks / Composition: Adequacy of the photograph décor. Study the physical space and take the best of it. Use mirrors on frameworks, do image composition that enhances the narrative. Avoid glare, avoid glare, avoid the use of 'natural' light décor. Scales of Plans / Images: Use the scale plans in favor of narrative and image. Diversify and create rhythm always take advantage of a good light. Attention to proper planning of the " mise en scene ". Scenography: Lights off (along with the framework defined) will illuminate surgically what is intended to show the viewer.


Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 6

Year | Type of course unit | Language

2 |Mandatory |Português



Recommended complementary curricular units

Operações de Câmara e Vídeo

Práticas Fotográficas
Edição e pós-produção Audiovisual e Multimédia


Professional Internship



A picture is worth a thousand words! Do not forget that Film, Video, Documentary is moving image. The image is light. Photography is writing with light. This same light is a phenomenon that has intrigued scientists for a long time, and even today there is no consensus about its true nature. The Greeks themselves had asked about her, reaching two conclusions sometimes conflicting that divided the opinions of scholars. This course not forgetting the technical side, the practical side of the side of achievement and creating an environment of light, we will delve on the properties and characteristics of the light and find out why react in a technically - to realize the reason for this choice options. Justify why the technique is to our service in this way. We will then describe some characteristics of light, discovered over the last years of studies about the nature of light in Cinema.


Show to the students the extreme importance of photography and lighting in an audiovisual project. Understand that any audiovisual project has light and photography as an ally. Understand and articulate together the various devices to get the shot right to develop the project.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The classes are theoretical and practical, with the presentation of the syllabus made orally by the teacher with occasional recourse to the projection of complementary audiovisual elements and debate with students. Several practical exercises are carried out to consolidate knowledge.

The evaluation is continuous and consists of the resolution of exercises proposed throughout the semester resulting in an evaluation of the final average weighted with a total weight of 19 values. The remaining amount is intended for the assessment of participation and work in class by students. Students must attend at least 70% of classes. Punctuality, Interest ¿10% / Exercise 1 Essay 10% / Exercise 2 Photography 20% / Exercise 3 2x2 20% / Exercise 4 Short Film 40%.

The Appeal Examination consists of carrying out a practical work proposal of similar complexity to the work developed during the continuous assessment, with a total weight of 20 values.


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Office Hours

Nome do docente  

Horário de atendimento


Marco Ferreira

17.30 - 18.30 - Quarta-Feira

Armazem Audiovisual