Short Title:Studio Photography
Full Title:Studio Photography
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:FOTO H3005
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:TOM JENNER
Module Description:The purpose of this module is to deliver a working understanding of photographic studio use and lighting techniques, to enable the photographing of people within a studio environment in areas of studio production such as fashion, editorial, advertising, portraiture and contemporary art photography; this will be complemented by a study of contextual, theoretical, critical, cultural and historical aspects of the medium, with reference to studio practices.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate competence in the use of a photographic studio and studio lighting techniques, using flash lighting and studio equipment.
LO2 Competently use a digital medium format camera in the studio and process Raw files.
LO3 Apply an understanding of the roles of photographer, assistant, stylist, make-up artist, art director and model in studio shoots, and demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team in the production of studio-based photographs.
LO4 Assess the development of different areas of studio-based photography and carry out detailed studies and critical analysis on the work of studio-based photographers.
LO5 Produce black-and-white and colour prints to an industry standard wide-format archival pigment inkjet printer.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project The project this semester will comprise of production based studio work; printed and 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). 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 Sem 1 End
Project Students will write up their own notes throughout the semester, which will then be presented in the workbook (see above), 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 40.00 Sem 1 End
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus 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;there may be gallery tours, guest lectures and visits to commercial labs/studios. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Students will undertake independent research and related practical work outside of scheduled class times. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Eismann, Katrin, 2018, Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, 4th Ed., New Riders
  • Wells, Liz, ed., 2018, The Photography Reader, 2nd Ed., Routledge
  • Avedon, Richard and James Baldwin, 2017, Nothing Personal, (first published 1964), Taschen
  • Knight, Chris, 2017, The Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Crafting Light and Shadow, Rocky Nook
  • Leibovitz, Annie, 2017, Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016, Phaidon
  • Morris Hambourg, Maria and Jeff L. Rosenheim, 2017, Irving Penn: Centennial, Yale University Press
  • Shinkle, Eugénie, 2017, Fashion Photography: The Story in 180 Pictures, Thames and Hudson
  • Lindbergh, Peter, 2016, A Different Vision on Fashion Photography, Taschen
  • Posnick, Phyllis, 2016, Stoppers: Photographs from My Life at Vogue, Abrams Books
  • Vanon, Rossella, 2016, Lighting People, Ilex Press
  • Hunter, Fil, Steven Biver and Paul Fuqua, 2015, Light - Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting, 5th Ed., Focal Press
  • Wilkinson, Paul and Sarah Plater, 2015, Mastering Portrait Photography, Ammonite Press
  • Schewe, Jeff, 2013, The Digital Print, Peachpit Press
  • Kelby, Scott, 2011, Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It: Learn Step by Step How to Go from Empty Studio to Finished Image, New Riders
  • Kelby, Scott, 2011, Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop, New Riders
  • Jaeger, Anne-Celine, 2010, Image Makers, Image Takers: The Essential Guide to Photography by Those in the Know, 2nd Ed., Thames and Hudson
  • Gillanders, Robin, 2004, The Photographic Portrait: Techniques, Strategies and Thoughts on Creating Portraits with Meaning, David & Charles
  • Derrick, Robin and Robin Muir, 2002, Unseen Vogue: The Secret History of Fashion Photography, Little, Brown & Co.
  • Cotton, Charlotte, 2000, Imperfect Beauty: The Making of Contemporary Fashion Photographs, V&A Publications London
  • Brittain, David, ed., 1999, Creative Camera: Thirty Years of Writing, Manchester University Press
  • Solomon-Godeau, Abigail, 1994, Photography at the Dock: Essays on Photographic History, Institutions and Practices, University of Minnesota Press
  • Bolton, Richard, 1992, The Contest of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography, The MIT Press
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Aperture - international journal specialising in photography, quarterly journal
  • British Journal of Photography, monthly journal
  • Source - magazine of contemporary photography in Britain and Ireland, quarterly journal
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HAVAB_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Digital Media 5 Elective