Subject description - A7B33DIF

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A7B33DIF Digital Photography
Roles:V Extent of teaching:2P+2L
Department:13133 Language of teaching:CS
Guarantors:Hlaváč V. Completion:Z,ZK
Lecturers:Hlaváč V., Sejkot R. Credits:5
Tutors:Hlaváč V., Neoral M., Neugebauer P., Sejkot R., Šochman J. Semester:L


The subject teaches the student how to photograph. The lectures cover both artistic and craft aspects of photography. Lectures will also cover digital image processing, the technology background, camera construction, image acquisition and about are focused on construction of digital camera, principles needed for artistic, documentary purposes. The laboratory part of the subject will teach the student how to work in photo studio using a SLR camera (single-lens reflex). In the second part of the term the students will learn how to use PhotoShop for photographs post-processing. The student concludes the laboratory part by submitting a series of 10 photographs depicting a selected topic from several offered options. The students are encouraged to submit their series of photographs to the student competition evaluated at the beginning of the examination period.

Study targets:

The subject connect artistic and technological view on (digital) photography. Lectures cover both theoretical and practical aspects. The subject is lectured by two persons, by the artistic photographer and by the researcher in computer vision.

Course outlines:

1. History of photography. Technology and content. Author's legislation.
2. Photographic styles. Artistic and documentary photography.
3. Illumination in photography. Special illumination for technical photography.
4. Composition.
5. Philosophy and psychology in photography.
6. Technical and scientific photography.
7. DTP and photography. Commercial software.
8. Color and its perception. Color images. Color management.
9. Image capturing, geometry, optics. Construction of a camera. Digital image and its properties.
10. Brightness and geometric transformations.
11. Fourier transformation. Sampling theorem. Preprocessing in frequency domain.
12. Preprocessing, convolution, smoothing and sharpening.
13. Segmentation for photography, principles of lasso and magic wand.

Exercises outline:

1. Functions of digital camera. Free creation. Assessing of photographs.
2. Basics of studio work. Exponometry.
3. Technical photography. Still life. Portrait.
4. Exterior. Architecture. Reporting.
5. DTP and photography. Export and exploitation of photographs. Author's legislation.
6.-7.  Small photographic project.
8. File formats in photography, Photoshop, channels, masks.
9. Color management from calibration to minilab.
10. Geometric transformations, cropping, selection tools.
11. Curves - histogram, contrast, HSV. Image filtering.
12. Processing of RAW images.
13. Retouching in digital photography.


Michael Freeman: The Photography Bible, Ilex Press, 2018 Milan Šonka, Václav Hlaváč, Roger Boyle: Image Processing, Understanding, and Machine Vision, 4th edition Cengage Learning 2015, pp. 912 (1st edition Chapman & Hall, London 1993; 2nd edition PWS Boston, 1998, 3rd edition Thomson, Toronto 2008; Chinese translation 2003).


No prior requirements.


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Subject is included into these academic programs:

Program Branch Role Recommended semester
BMI(ECTS) Manager Informatics V
BWM(ECTS) Web and Multimedia V
BIS(ECTS) Intelligent Systems V
BSI(ECTS) Software Engineering V

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