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

This UC has frequency, that is, a set of conditions to be met by the student in order to pass the UC and access the Appeal Exam:

- minimum grade of 9.5 in the theoretical and practical component;

- presence in at least 2/3 of the practical classes;

- delivery of the individual report

Theoretical component (NT): 2 multiple choice tests (T1 and T2) and 1 or 2 development questions. The Theoretical Score (TN) is given by the average of the two tests, 50% each. NT = 0.5xT1 + 0.5xT2

Practical component: Individual Written Report (Rel) and practical exercise of photographic acquisition in studio, in group (ExerPrático). The Practical Grade (NP) is given by the average of (Rel) and (ExerPrát). NP = 0.5xRel + 0.5xPractical Exercise. In case of failure in the theoretical component, the grade of the practical component is valid for a maximum period of 2 years.

Final Grade = 0.5xNT + 0.5xNP

Attention: Deliveries of evaluation elements with more than 3 days of delay are not accepted and up to 3 days, each day of delay corresponds to a penalty of 0.5 values.

The exam only replaces the theoretical component grade (NT).

When taking any test, they must also take into account the provisions of paragraph 3 of article 10 of the FCT NOVA Assessment Regulations, “When fraud or plagiarism is proven in any of the assessment elements of a CU, students directly involved are outright disapproved in the UC, (…).”

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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