The workshop intends to provide the basic technical skills relating to photographic practice both in its analogue and digital dimension, illustrating its various articulations and its historical, cultural and artistic function.
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The course pursues various objectives that will therefore constitute the heart of the educational program:
- Provide basic knowledge on the history and social and cultural role of photography, defining in particular how it has changed the world of art, the perception of history and its own narration; how it has changed tourism, travel, sociability, the narration of private or historical events and much more
- Get to know some great authors of the history of photography with the dual purpose of exploring aesthetics and style, as well as understanding some rules of composition and how the photographic error or the betrayal of the rules has generated exceptional works of art.
- Define some characteristics of the photographer's profession, with references to the profession linked to it in the world of cinema: the cinematography.
- Stimulate the gaze and photographic creativity
- Learn the main composition rules
- Learn how to use a professional camera in its basic functions in manual mode. It is specified that it will be possible to shoot with any type of photographic device, from the mobile device (smartphone or tablet) to the reflex or mirrorless digital, as well as with analog devices (for which we will digitize).
- Introduction to digital editing. We will analyze the basic tools of the main editing programs (Photoshop, Lightroom and others).

Calendar of activities:

Lesson 1
The birth and main uses of photography
Some great photographers

Lesson 2
The optics
Introduction to the concept of depth of field
Review of images proposed by students

Lesson 3
Focus on Direction of photography
Some great cinematographers
The knowledge of optics, films, machines, but above all imagination and creativity

Lesson 4
Review of student shots on optics
Exposure: ISO, times, apertures
The exposure meters

Lesson 5
Review of student exercises on display
Play with photography
Train creativity
Train your eyes

Lesson 6
The depth of field
The main rules of composition
Review of student proposals on Photographers (and Cinematographer)

Lesson 7
Review shots of students on depth of field
Introduction to digital editing
Review of student proposals on Photographers (and Cinematographer)

Lesson 8
Making a photographic project
Introduction to digital editing

Lesson 9
Review of students' photographic projects
Assistance with photo editing

Lesson 10
Review of students' photographic projects
Assistance with photo editing

Lesson 11
Review and comment on students' photographic projects

Lesson 12
Presentation of photographic projects
How to cultivate a passion for photography in Rome and elsewhere

Core Documentation

There are no mandatory books

Reference Bibliography

Michael Langford e altri, Nuovo trattato di fotografia moderna, Castello, Cornaredo (MI), 2018 Michel Langford e altri, Nuovo trattato di fotografia avanzata, Castello, Cornaredo (MI), 2012 Beaumont Newhall, Storia della fotografia, Einaudi, Torino, 1997 Riccardo Falcinelli, Figure, Einaudi, 2022 Félix Nadar, L’arte del ritratto, Abscondita, 2010 Richard Avedon, In The American West, Abrams, 1985 Peter Walther, New Deal Photography, Taschen

Type of delivery of the course

Full time and a mandatory attendance (a maximum number of 2 absences is allowed)

Type of evaluation

Participation and implementation of collective or individual projects is required