Digital Photography (camera required)

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Digital Photography (camera required)

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Digital camera is required. See course description.

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    The course is designed for photography enthusiasts who want to take control of their camera and start to explore the beauty and diversity of photography.

    The course is divided in 2 parts:

    In part 1 (technical) students will get in-depth knowledge of digital cameras, learn the basic of composition , retouch images and learn about and get inspiration from some of the historical masters of photography.

    In part 2 (project) students will apply what they learned in part 1 and use their skills to work on an individual photography project. The task of part 2 is to conceptualize, edit a photographic essay and learn the ability to work independently on photographic subjects.



         - Fluent English language

         - Own DSLR, Bridge or Rangefinder camera



    Part 1 (technical)

    1) DSLR / Compact Cameras & Equipment

    • - Digital camera anatomy
    • - Different types of cameras
    • - Camera functions: F stop, Shutter speed, depth of field and ISO
    • - Camera settings - Flash light

    Tasks: Test aperture, shutter speeds, lenses on a variety of subjects.

    2) Composition

    • - Camera angle
    • - Depth of field
    • - Using the right light
    • - Presentation
    • - Practise taking pictures
    • - Motion blur photography ( aperture control )
    • - High speed photography ( speed setting )

    Tasks: Develop, expand and refine aesthetic and composition skills to create emotional impact.

    3) Post-production

    • - RAW, working with a digital ¨negative¨
    • - Digital workflow
    • - Image manipulation: Retouching, resizing, file size, colours, curves
    • - Image storage

    Tasks: Understand working in the digital darkroom.

    4) History of photography

    • - Introduction to various artists.
    • - Different fields of photography: documentary, art, portrait, still life photography

    Tasks: Examine the history of photography and get inspiration.


    Part 2 (project)

    1) Introduction of the photography project : "self-portraiture"

    • - Self portraiture in photography history showing references, discussing ideas in the class room.

    2) Developing ideas

    • - Students generate ideas and develop concepts. Presentation of sketch shoots will constantly be revised in class.

    3) Execution of the photos This stage will include the finalising of the main images and writing a statement.

    4) Presentation

    • - A presentation of photographs taken for the photography project self-portraiture will be presented in the class room. The students explain their idea, which camera technique which composition guidelines they used and how they manipulated the images in post-production.
    • - Handing in of a written statement .

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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