3 - Photography I

This course is part of the programme
Bachelor's programme in Digital Arts and Practices

Objectives and competences

Understanding of and ability to use photographic technologies. Mastery and analysis of photographic media and ability to transfer the acquired analytical knowledge into other fields of the visual code. Other forms of knowledge and skills necessary for a successful work in a variety of professional working environments.
Within the module, the student will acquire the following general competences: * ability to make analyses and syntheses, and predict solutions; * ability to use knowledge in practice; * ability to communicate and work in a team; * autonomy in professional work.


Basic computer literacy.
Basics of the photo camera manipulation.
The prerequisities: student's active participation in all phases and at all levels of the study process, which, apart from the active attendance at lectures and participation in practice work, presupposes the following: individual creation and development of ideas – independently and within the active, two-way mentor-student communication (exhange of ideas takes place on the personal level and via the internet), and a continual independent (research, creative and performative) work throughout the academic year.


The first year of photography is based primarily on getting to know the photographic language and photographic technologies, the basics of colour metrics and colour management, and analogue and digital photographic essentials.
The phollowing chapters are studied: EM spectrum; the eye; photographic composition; the body of the camera, film and sensors' formats, objectives, the depth of sharpness, the shatter; contrast of motives, film, sensors; exposure meter and measuring of light; light bodies and electrics; basics of colour management.
The themes and exercises in year one and two are organised in such a way so that the student is able, through them, to get to know the significance of the following issues: sharp/non-sharp, front position/secondary position, bright/dark, deep sharpness, time, form, purpose of recording, black-white/colour distinction, analogue/digital; photography and other media.

Intended learning outcomes

  • a coherent mastery of the art of photography;
  • ability to connect knowledge form different fields and applications;
  • ability to embed new information and interpretations into the context of artistic photography;
  • mastery of skills and abilities in the use of knowledge in the field of photography.



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  • Batchen, Geoffrey: Goreč od želje, Zasnovanje fotografije, Studia Humanitatis, 2010. Catalogue
  • Hodalič, Arne; Fotografski priročnik, Arktos fotografija, 2021. Catalogue
  • Berger, John: Načini gledanja, Zavod Emanat, 2008. Catalogue
  • Sontag, Susan: Eseji o fotografiji, Študentska založba, Ljubljana 2001. Catalogue
  • Bright, Susan: Art Photography Now, Edition Braus, 2005.E-version
  • Lampič, Primož: Fotografija in stil, Znanstveni inštitut Filozofske fakultete, Ljubljana 2000. Catalogue
  • ed. Wells, Liz: The Photography Reader, Routledge, 2018 Catalogue E-version
  • ed. Wells, Liz: The Photography Cultures Reader, Routledge, 2019 Catalogue
  • Newhall, B. The History of Photography. New York : The Museum of Modern Art, 1994. E-version
  • The Photo Book, Phaidon, 1997.
  • Edward Lucie-Smith, Movement in Art since 1945
  • Parr, Martin ; Badger, Gerry; The Photobook: A History, Vol. 1-3, Phaidon, 2004-14


  • Campany, David: On Photographs, THAMES & HUDSON (UK), MIT PRESS (USA), GUILIO EINAUDI EDITORE (IT), 2020
  • Carroll, Henry : Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs, Laurence King Publishing, 2014
  • Carroll, Henry : Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs of People, Laurence King Publishing, 2015
  • Belting, Hans: Antropologija podobe, Studia Humanitatis, 2004. Catalogue
  • Koetzle, Hans-Michael: Photo Icons, Taschen, Koeln 2005. E-version


Creative assignment 30%, Theoretical assignment 10%, Practice and group work 50%, Examination 10%