The course provides knowledge of the camera system with theoretical and practical courses on the fundamental components of the equipment, starting from the totally manual system to introduce the student to the functional relationships between exposure times, stops, focus, the rapidity of sensitive products and illumination techniques. The historical-critical analysis will be conducted on the basis of an extensive bibliography with guided tours to the most important photography exhibitions taking place during the course. The digital system will be introduced in relation to the camera, and later elaborations with the use of photo retouch and other applications present in specific software. The photos taken in the practical sections will be selected for an end-of-course exhibition.
- Theory – The system of digital and analogical cameras. The body of the camera, shutter release, shutter and exposure times, ISO, sensors, memory cards, formats for shooting, resolution, balance of white and colour temperature, fine measuring of the WB and for logos, programmes for automatic, priorities of S exposure time and priorities of stop A, macro digital modes, exposure meter incorporated in the camera and manual, optical and digital viewfinder, display, control of file through the display, histograms and high lighting, multiple shots, bracketing, hot shoe accessories, exposure compensation in EV values, regulation of the dioptres of a viewfinder, synchro-flash terminal, audio video connector, lens release, focus selector, AF catch, threaded connection for tripod, shutter control for field depth, vision control, memory card battery slot, menu navigation, synchro flash, autotimer, visualisation of a number of images in miniature, enlarging details in play, cancelling files, vertical photos wheel, scenes menu.
- History of photography in sectors of portraiture, fashion, still-life, naturalistic, sporting, reportage and architecture with brief references to the works of the major authors for illumination, framing with the rule of the thirds and golden ratio and as regards technical and creative aspects.
- Nature 1 (flora and others: landscapes, saky and sun, natural elements such as plants, rocks, water and flowers, in macrophotography as well, with exercises outdoors (Villa Pamphili), study of perspective with the various lenses, for example, expansion of space with wide angles and shrinking of optical plains with telephoto lenses.
- Natura 2 (fauna and others): static and moving animals, insects and aquarium, theory of underwater photography, outdoor exercises at the zoo or a nature park, for example, Farfa.
- Portrait and whole figure: exercises indoors and outdoors, in natural light, artificial (tungsten and fluorescent), flash, backlighting with regulation of the exposure through regulation of the EV and use of lights and reflective panels, supplementary applications for self-portraiture.
- Still-life: indoor and outdoor with various types of subject aimed at creative compositions, fashion, special effects for smoke, fire, laser, mirrors, day-for-night, stroboscopes, flash effect on the second curtain shutter, special luminous backgrounds, use of flash or mixed multiple illuminations.
- Architecture: outdoor exercise on urban photography (buildings, fountains, courtyards, staircases, squares and streets) with natural illumination and variations with the use of the flash, special effects such as the elimination of human figures from the architectonic context, techniques for using HDR (high dynamic range), indoor exercises for photography in enclosed spaces, with double exposure techniques for balancing high and low lights.
- Sport (with flexible exercises in relation to events on during the period of the course): outdoor exercise during a sporting event (athletics, motorcycling, football or other) photography in rapid movement and zoomed perspectives.
- Show business (with flexible exercises in relation to events on during the period of the course) theory and practice of theatre and musical concert photography, use of high sensitivities.
- Reportage: outdoor exercise in a social situation (market, religious procession, political demonstration etc.) with elements of shooting the human figure and architectonic-landscape, with attention to the intended visual message, in particular to the documentation of the detail and the symbolic aspects of the event photographed.
- Night photography: outdoor exercise in natural and urban night, the moon, real and artificial illumination, luminous trails, extending pose times.
- Analysis and foundations for IT modification of the image: Moving towards the use of Photoshop (photo or metadata information, recutting and straightening, conversion to B&W, the image menu, getting rid of red eye, basics of fashion retouching, printing.