2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
LISS1020 Introduction to Digital Photography
10 creditsClass Size: 26
Module manager: Mr Mike Anderson
Taught: 1 Jul to 31 Aug View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module will give students a basic understanding of how a digital camera works. They will learn how to compose a photographic image and how to expose a photograph correctly. They will also gain critical insight through the study of existing photographic images. Students will produce a portfolio of their own images which will be supported by a reflective log. They will be expected to use their own digital camera for this module.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to:
demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of digital photography;
interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of an existing photographic image;
demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches in creating a photographic image for a specific application;
communicate the results of their work; demonstrate an awareness of the professional practice of photography.
familiarity with the basic concepts, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of digital photography;
ability to interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of an existing photographic image;
ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches in creating a photographic image for a specific application and communicate results;
awareness of the professional practice of photography.
This module is offered at the Leeds International Summer School as a series of 8 half day workshops which run Monday to Thursday for two weeks.
An indicative syllabus is outlined below
Produce a self-portrait (which doesn’t have to be a picture of your face)
Week 1, Session 1
Review pre-work. Introduce the camera. Discuss composition with reference to the work of Cindy Sherman. Self-directed work based on the theme “a significant event”
Week 1, Session 2
Review self-directed work. Introduce colour. Discuss landscape photography with reference to the work of Joe Cornish. Self-directed work, 2 photographs of places.
Week 1, Session 3
Review photographs of places. Discuss exposure and atmospheric shots. Self-directed work- evocation of atmosphere.
Week 1, Session 4
Review self-directed work. Discuss the juxtaposition of people and objects in the work of Martin Clark.
Week 2, Session 1
Review self-directed work. Recap exposure. Introduce artificial lighting and depth of field. Research brief: promotional shot.
Week 2, Session 2
Studio workshop, produce promotional shots
Week2, Session 3
Review promotional shots. Discuss time and experimental photography.
Week 2, Session 4
Review learning to date discuss contemporary issues.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||43.00|
|Total Contact hours||57.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study• Taking photographs
• Basic reading for class preparation
• Supporting journal for portfolio
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackEach session starts with a review of work that the student has recently produced.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Reflective log||550 - 650 words plus images||20.00|
|Portfolio||6 images (submitted electronically) plus supporting journal||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 20/05/2022
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