Short Title:Creative Photography
Full Title:Creative Photography
Module Code:FOTO H1007
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:TOM JENNER
Module Description:The purpose of this module is for students to explore manual camera controls, techniques, and fundamental ways of photographic seeing, in order to produce and evaluate their own creative photographic work.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Use a single lens reflex camera manually to accurately expose 35mm film.
LO2 Construct a pinhole camera, measure exposure and develop paper negatives and contact prints in a darkroom.
LO3 Work independently and communicate ideas visually through the medium of photography, demonstrating an awareness of the techniques of composition in the construction of message and meaning to produce resolved bodies of work within a context driven narrative approach to the medium.
LO4 Use a bevel-cutter to window-mount a series of photographs to a high standard.
LO5 Present, reflect on the production process, evaluate and critique photographs.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Creative Photography
Pinhole camera construction; disposable camera use; the single lens reflex camera; lenses; manual camera controls; focusing; aperture control and the effects of depth of field; shutter speeds and the effects of movement; film speeds using the ISO rating system; taking accurate reflective light readings; exposure latitude; an appreciation of the qualities of ambient natural and artificial light; the appropriate use of a tripod and cable release; choosing suitable film and recognising its inherent limitations and characteristics; techniques for composition; print selection; captioning; print finishing, mounting and presentation; the evaluation and critique of images; black-and-white and colour photography; aesthetic and technical factors affecting the use of black-and-white or colour; health and safety considerations for the traditional darkroom. A high degree of self-expression will be encouraged through individual practice-based project work and the production of context driven photographic narratives rather than the production of one-off discrete images without meaning. The elementary contextual aspects of the medium will be studied, with reference to the social and cultural history of photography and its development as a vehicle for creative communication.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project The project this semester will comprise of production-based work using student-made pinhole cameras, disposable cameras and 35mm SLRs. Work will be processed and printed externally at a photo lab, or for the pinhole project in the darkroom; and then presented to a high standard. Students will be required to keep a project workbook throughout the semester, which will form an intrinsic part of all project work completed. The purpose of the workbook is to give each student the opportunity to present, to a high standard, an in-depth study including all background material and supporting work involved in production (see module Content). Students will write up their own notes throughout the semester, which will then be presented in the workbook, detailing their contextual research, progression and development of ideas, technical notes, exhibitions and seminars attended, etc. Appropriate academic referencing and bibliographic conventions should be applied throughout. All project work will be assessed holistically under the following criteria: Concept (e.g. contextual research and understanding, development of ideas); Production (e.g. technical proficiency, working competence, creativity); Presentation (e.g. attention to detail, print quality, final presentation). 1,2,3,4,5 100.00 Sem 1 End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer/Lab Students will attend lectures and participate in practical workshops, lecturer-supervised learning, tutorials, seminars and critiques. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Students will undertake independent research and related practical work outside of scheduled class times. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Carville, Justin, 2011, Photography and Ireland, Reaktion Books
  • Badger, Gerry, 2011, The Genius of Photography, Quadrille Publishing
  • Peterson, Bryan, 2010, Understanding Exposure: How To Shoot Great Photographs With Any Camera, 3rd Ed., Amphoto Books
  • Warner Marien, Mary, 2010, Photography: A Cultural History, 3rd Ed., Laurence King
  • Sontag, Susan, 2008, On Photography, (first published 1979), Penguin
  • Berger, John, 2008, Ways of Seeing, (first published 1972), Penguin
  • Galer, Mark, 2007, Photography Foundations for Art and Design: The Creative Photography Handbook, 4th Ed., Focal Press
  • Ingledew, John, 2005, Photography, Laurence King
  • Frost, Lee, 2003, The Creative Photography Handbook: A Sourcebook of Over 70 Techniques and Ideas, David & Charles
  • Calder, Julian; Garrett, John, 1999, The 35mm Photographer’s Handbook, Revised Ed., Pan Books
  • Rosenblum, N., 1997, A World History of Photography, Abbeville Press
  • Trachtenberg, Alan (ed.), 1980, Classic Essays On Photography, Leete's Island Books
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Aperture, quarterly journal
  • British Journal of Photography, monthly journal
  • Source - Ireland's Photographic Review, quarterly journal
Other Resources