Short Title:Advanced Photographic Techniques
Full Title:Advanced Photographic Techniques
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:FOTO H4004
Credits: 7
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 synthesize sophisticated technical and intellectual skills, enabling students to demonstrate expertise in advanced photographic techniques integrated with an ability to visualise personal concepts, set goals and respond to personal needs and strengths.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Use digital imaging techniques to manipulate and montage photographs in order to subvert their original message, or to make a personal or social statement.
LO2 Make a tabletop product or still-life photograph in a carefully controlled studio environment, using specialist lighting and compositional techniques to produce a large, high resolution print.
LO3 Demonstrate competence in the use and control of a modular high-resolution medium format camera for close-up photography.
LO4 Understand and utilise fully the advantages and applications of the many different camera formats and working practices in photography, in order to reflect critically and develop a finely honed personal approach to the medium.
LO5 Prepare and evaluate a personal project proposal, undertaking investigative research and initial production work.

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 image manipulation work, tabletop still-life or product photography, combined with research and initial production work for the personal project. 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

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. 6.00 Every Week 6.00
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 10.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Hirsch, Robert, 2018, Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Concepts, Ideas, Materials, and Processes, 4th Ed., Focal Press
  • Malley, Brett, 2017, Adobe Master Class: Advanced Compositing in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe
  • Raymond, Claire, 2017, Women Photographers and Feminist Aesthetics, Routledge
  • Read, Shirley and Mike Simmons, 2017, Photographers and Research: The Role of Research in Contemporary Photographic Practice, Focal Press
  • Shore, Robert, 2017, Beg, Steal and Borrow: Artists against Originality, Laurence King
  • Solomon-Godeau, Abigail, 2017, Photography after Photography: Gender, Genre, History, Duke University Press
  • Batchen, Geoffrey, 2016, Emanations: the Art of the Cameraless Photograph, Prestel
  • Busch, Dennis, 2016, The Age of Collage 2, Prestel
  • Antonini, Marco, et al., 2015, Experimental Photography: A Handbook of Techniques, Thames and Hudson
  • James, Christopher, 2015, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, 3rd Ed., Cengage Learning
  • Kennard, Peter, 2015, Unofficial War Artist, Imperial War Museum, London
  • Fontcuberta, Joan, 2014, Pandora's Camera, Mack Books
  • Shore, Robert, 2014, Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera, Laurence King
  • Branson, Clive, 2013, Focus On Close-Up and Macro Photography, Focal Press
  • Hoddinott, Ross, 2013, Digital Macro & Close-up Photography, Revised Ed., Ammonite Press
  • Sint, Steve, 2012, Digital Still Life Photography, Lark Books
  • Earnest, Allison, 2012, Lighting for Product Photography: The Digital Photographer's Step-By-Step Guide to Sculpting with Light, Ingram
  • Busch, Dennis, 2013, The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art, Gestalten
  • Rexer, Lyle, 2013, The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography, Aperture
  • Rand, Glenn, 2009, Lighting and Photographing Transparent and Translucent Surfaces: A Comprehensive Guide to Photographing Glass, Water, and More, Amherst Media
  • Les McLean, 2005, Creative Black and White Photography, David & Charles
  • Savedoff, Barbara E., 2000, Transforming Images: How Photography Complicates the Picture, 1st Ed., Cornell University Press
  • Roberts, Russell and Chrissie Iles, eds., 1997, In Visible Light: Photography and Classification in Art, Science and the Everyday, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
  • Ades, Dawn, 1986, Photomontage, Revised Ed., Thames and Hudson
  • Crawford, William, 1979, The Keepers of Light: A History and Working Guide to Early Photographic Processes, Morgan & Morgan
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 7 Elective