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Begin familiarization with the studio environment and all its components, creating work methods both individually and in groups, with the aim of better understanding artificial lighting. Develop the capabilities of observation and identification of the photographic variables necessary to carry out a photograph, promoting the preview and the preparation and production capabilities of a given photograph. Understand and apply basic principles of composition, namely the adaptation of focal distances from objective to precise objectives, the visualization of objects and people, analyzing the images in function of their effect on the observer. 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


Communication Design

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 4

Year | Type of course unit | Language

1 |Mandatory |Português



Recommended complementary curricular units

Drawing Techniques Introduction and  Design Introduction.

Professional Internship



Photography with digital camera feature. Make contact and recognize the possibilities related to the use of digital cameras, including their technical functioning, their added value and possible limitations through practical exercises with technical difficulties to overcome. Introduction to Studio and Equipment. Basic Rules of Security. Dissemination and analysis of the works of reference photographers. Characteristics of the Light and its properties. Organization of the portfolio and promotion of the photographer. Theoretical-practical classes, where students are familiar with the programs necessary for digital image processing and editing. During the semester students will be challenged to solve exercises of increasing difficulty that will imply applying the acquired knowledge.


This discipline should be understood as a dynamic course of apprehension of a subject to be mastered through knowledge, with the specific equipment as an aid. Attention is drawn to the fact that the mastery of equipment is intimately connected with a mental structure based on knowledge through experimentation and study. Acquire and develop general skills in studio photography. Students will learn how to optimize work processes for the ultimate goal, be it print or Web. They will acquire capabilities to perform a diverse set of tasks inherent in the digital photographic process. Develop a working methodology. Develop a coherent portfolio in digital photography, collecting information relevant to its design. To make known and practice the various workflows in digital photography from the point of view, to post-production and finalization both on the web and in print.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The realization of the program is based on the explanation and demonstration of the various contents in class and in the execution of practical exercises. Exposition of the various programmatic contents at the theoretical level. Exhibition of the various technical devices that the ULP has at its disposal. Take several examples of documentaries, films, making off, etc to show the enormous variety that we can get, but always with the framework that justifies its use in each isolated project. Students will perform, in continuous evaluation process. Continuous evaluation. The grade is deducted from the assessments of the exercises carried out during the semester, and the completion of a research exercise with a practical component at the end. Evaluation:

- Attendance / Presence / Interest - 20%

- Weekly: Set of Intermediate Exercises Delivered (on time) - 10%

- Research Work + Photography - 20%

- Delivery of a final Portfolio: With all the works developed over the 15 weeks - 50%


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