The student will develop skills in:

- Understand the importance of photographic documentation (of the case study and the different stages of examination and intervention of conservation and restoration).
- Understanding and selection of working methodologies, guidelines and criteria for acquisition and critical evaluation of photographic image quality.
- Importance of the documentary recording of the work process (equipment, methodology, image acquisition) in a photographic laboratory notebook.
Digital imaging exercises will focus on:

- Different objects (brightness, textures, transparencies, and 2D and 3D objects)
- Use of different sources (visible and UV) and lighting modes (shallow, transmitted, reflected light)

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Élia Catarina Tavares Costa Roldão, Susana Catarina Dias França de Sá


Weekly - 6

Total - 84

Teaching language





ADAMS, Ansel, The Negative. Trustees of The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, 1981                                                 

ADAMS, Ansel, The Camera. Trustees of The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust,1980

ANG, Tom, Manual de Fotografia Digital, Civilização Editores,Porto,2004 

DALY,Tim, Fotografia Digital- um guia prático, Centralivros, Lisboa, 2000

WARDA, Jeffrey, The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation, third edition, American Institute for Conservation of Historical and Artistic Works, Washington, 2011

LANGFORD, Michael - Basic Photography, Dinalivro, 1979.Encyclopaedia of Practical Photography, Eastman, Kodak Company, 1977

 JACOBSON, Ralph E. Manual de Fotografia, Omega. 1996

 TARRANT, Jon, Digital Camera Techniques, Focal Press, 2003 

Teaching method

The UC consists of a theoretical component (2h) and a practical component (3h / shift, 2 shifts). In the theoretical classes, the concepts listed in the program are presented with the resource to PowerPoint, videos, educational materials/objects, and debates. In laboratory classes, practical work is carried out, including demonstration of methodologies and the use of various equipment.

The UC is evaluated in two components: theoretical (50%) and practical (50%). For approval, each component has a minimum score of 9.5 points. 2 Tests evaluate the theoretical component (50% each). The practical component is evaluated by 2 elements: lab notebook and a practical exercise of photodocumentation.

The Practical Note (NP) is given by the average of the lab notebook/portfolio and practical exercise. NP = 0.5xCLab + 0.5xExerPrat. 

Final grade = 0.5xNT + 0.5xNP

Evaluation method

The program for this course is developed in the photography studio. At the beginning of the semester, the practical classes will have a theoretical-practical introduction on the methods of photographic document registration.

This UC has frequency, that is, a set of conditions to be satisfied by the student to have access to the exam; the student will have access to the Appeal Exam provided he does not miss more than 2/3 of the practical classes.

This UC has 2 components of continuous assessment: a theoretical-practical assessment (TP) test, and four of practical assessment (P).

To be approved by the UC it is necessary to have a minimum of 9.5 values ​​in both components (Theoretical-Practical and Practical).

The evaluation includes:

Theoretical component: 2 tests (T1 and T2) of multiple choice. The Theoretical Note (NT) is given by the average of the two tests, 50% each.

NT = 0.5xT1 + 0.5xT2

Practical component: photographic laboratory notebook (CLabFoto) and practical exercise in/for the studio photograph (ExerPrat). The Practical Note (NP) is given by the average of the laboratory notebook and practical exercise.

NP = 0.6xCLabFoto + 0.4xExerPrat

Final grade = 0.5xNT + 0.5xNP


In any evaluation moment, students must also take into consideration the provisions of nº3 of article 10º of the ''Evaluation Rules of FCT NOVA'', “When fraud or plagiarism is proven in any of the evaluation elements of a UC, students directly involved are outright disapproved at UC, (…). ” 

Subject matter

Program Contents


Program Contents

 1 - The formation of the image. The light.

 2 - The notion of relative opening: aperture/diaphragm.

 3- Focal distances. Reproduction scales. Depth of field.

 4- Artificial lighting, continuous and instant light

 5- Introduction to Documentary Photography (Digital). Equipment, techniques, image capture.

 6- Image quality assessment

 7- Practical exercises will focus on:

 - Different objects (brightness, textures, transparencies, and 2D and 3D objects)
- Use of different light sources (visible and UV) and lighting modes (normal, racking, specular, shallow, transmitted, reflected, diffuse)

-   Registration of working methods


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