Basic level course overview
This three-month module focuses on the study of photography intended as a means to pursuit a personal style in the world of photographic arts. It begins with the study of film cameras, hence it will appeal not only to those who are interested in the darkroom and black-and white film photography, but also to those who want to learn more about photography in general. The module analyzes all different types of film cameras and film formats in use today. Students will learn how to properly expose film with the Sunny 16 rule. Photo walks will be arranged to practise shooting with film cameras.
These will be followed by lectures and practical sessions on black-and-white film developing, contact sheet making, enlarging and printing. Students will be introduced to exposure and contrast control in the darkroom, by experimenting with resin-coated papers. Students will also be introduced to burning and dodging, techniques that will allow you to selectively control your image tones.
In a latter part of the course students will be introduced to digital photography techniques and digital file development (post production). In this part of the program students will learn how to deal with the latest digital cameras and photo editing software.
Three-month levels as part of the One-year academic course
The three-month basic, intermediate and advanced level courses are parts of the Photography Fine-Art Academic Professional One-year Course. Extra-EU students can take advantage in taking a three-month block course with no need for long-term VISA, getting out of Europe after three months and then back again to attend the next level.
Please note that attending just one ore two levels does not entitle to get the Professional Certificate. In this case a Certificate of Attendance will be issued for the attended levels only.
Goals and Objectives
Since the course is aimed at complete beginners, the course offers basic knowledge of how to take pictures with a film and digital camera, use of lenses, darkroom work, post-production software, digital archiving, basic aesthetic composition.
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The “Professional Photographer and Fine Art Photographer Expert” can be easily employed in a wide and diverse range of fields, such as photography, publishing industry, art market. This professional figure can take pictures and print high-end pictures that demand different styles and techniques, combining creativity and technical knowledge.
After completing the entire program (all three levels) and successfully passing both the modules and final exams, the student be issued a Professional Certificate in Fine-Art Photography Communications. Our Professional Certificate is recognised by the Ministry of Italian Education, in accordance with the law. (For more information, see the “Professional Certificate” web page). For attending just one or two of the modules, the student will be accredited with a Certificate of Attendance only.
Prerequisites and requirements
The course starts from a beginner level, so no previous knowledge of photography is required for Basic level. A good knowledge of camera operation and photo management is required for to entry in the Intermediate level. Students should own gears and materials as listed at the page Student Guide.
Attention, please: this course is taught in Italian language only. A quite good knowledge of Italian language is necessary to attend the course. It is recommended to attend an Italian language course before or beside the Academic course. You can add a Combined Italian language and Academic course, in order to study both subject matters and take advantage of the skills provided by our Academic courses.
Combine this course with language course
If you like, you can combine this course with Italian Language lessons at your choice. Please visit the page Combined courses and inquiry us for any help in combining the two courses.
Classic Film and Darkroom photography
Subject matters: Basics of photography techniques, use of b&w film and darkroom work, camera operation in the detail.
Introduces to the understanding of photography at a basic level, gives ability to use the film photo camera and standard lenses, introduces the art of photography for both film and digital.
This is our basic course of introduction to photography. It starts with the study of the film. In recent years film has powerfully come back, especially in the field of fine-art photography and in the market of art galleries. Many professionals want to offer a new “handmade” product which differs from digital photography, now broadly standardized. This is the course for to enter the “old/new age” of photography.
The course introduce to film camera operation, lenses, include exposure without the use of a light meter (Sunny 16 Rule), teaches about the process of classical image development (black and white negative film development), basics of darkroom, and explore the evolution of the photographic technique to develop a critical eye.
Main topics of the course:
How to choose a film photocamera
SLR vs. Mirrorless
Small, medium and large format cameras
Hands on: how to use your grandpa’s film camera
Speed, aperture and ISO controls
Characteristics and functions of the lens
The standard lens
The f16 sunny rule for to expose your film
Black and white film photography
Introduction to darkroom and darkroom work
Film development and enlargements of negatives
Basics of photographic composition
Creative use of depth of field and motion
Contact sheet and film filing
Assessing film development and final print
The Zone System (theory and practice)
Use of wide-angle and telephoto lenses
Digital photography and file development
Subject matters: Digital camera and Adobe Lightroom
Introduce to the use of the computer applied to photography, of digital photocameras and to digital imaging workflow.
In this program the student begins the study on the digital camera and the post production techniques at the computer.
The program includes the study of digital cameras, sensors, the shooting menus, the various functions of the camera, and the histogram for the management of RAW files.
Introduces the use of computer applications for the profession of photographer, processing of digital image with modern non-destructive applications (Adobe Lightroom), build of a digital archive and study of multimedia workflow management for professional applications.
Main topics of the course:
The digital sensor
The digital photocamera: how it’s made, how it works
APS, full-frame, SL-reflex or mirrorless?
Manual exposure vs Automatic and Programmed
Use of ISO and White Balance
RAW and JPEG file formats
The menus of the digital camera: what matters, what does not
Ultimate set up of the digital camera
Memory devices and hard disks
Computer science basics
Methods for the digital archive
Introduction to Lightroom and Photoshop