At the end of this course, the student will have acquired knowledge and skills that will allow him to:

#To know:

Understand the technical nature of the discipline and the relationship with Conservation and Restoration.

Consolidate and develop knowledge aimed at documenting heritage.

Know different methods of image acquisition (2D and 3D).

Understand the characteristics of these images.

Evaluate image quality.

#Know how to do:

Use photographic equipment.

Plan and carry out the documentation of heritage objects.

Use different sources and lighting angles.

Make image acquisition.

#Soft skills:

Documentation planning and management; identification and selection of working tools (lighting, equipment, working conditions, software, etc.); bibliographic research; expression and communication.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

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


Weekly - 6

Total - 84

Teaching language



Do not exist.


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Gonzalez, Rafael C. and Woods, Richard E. Digital Image Processing, 4th Edition. Pearson, 2018.

Lindsay MacDonald eds., Digital Heritage: Applying Digital Imaging to Cultural Heritage. Routledge, (2006). ISBN­ 13: 978­0750661836.

Mongeon, Bridgette. 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling. CRC Press, 2015.


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.

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.

Evaluation method

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

NT = 0.5xT1 + 0.5xT2

Practical component: Photo Studio User Manual (MEstFoto) (individual) and practical exercise (proposal to improve the photo studio – PMEstFoto- of the DCR) (in group). The Practical Grade (PL) is given by the average of the MEstFoto and PMEstFoto.

NP = 0.6x MStPhoto + 0.4xPMEstPhoto

Final Grade = 0.4xNT + 0.6xNP

In order to pass the FD UC it is necessary to have a minimum grade of 9.5 in the theoretical and practical components.

Subject matter

1. Introduction to Heritage Documentation

2. Techniques and Methodologies for capturing 2D and 3D objects

2.1. Equipment and lighting

2.2. Image acquisition techniques


3.1. Colour models, spectral-domain of light

4.Features of digital images:

4.1. Non-destructive digital representation formats

5. Planning and management of a documentation project;



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