The Photographic Technique course is the ideal photography course for those who are approaching photography for the first time or for those who, despite their experience, wish to consolidate it.
The first part of the photographic technique course – provided by John Kaverdash Academy of Photography – is aimed at explaining what professional photography means and teaches the different steps of an analog or digital shooting, both from a technical and a theoretical perspective.
During this part, special projections of leading authors will also help in giving an idea of how technical skills go hand in hand with creativity.

Focus will then move on to the manual camera control tools, the use of the studio, the large and medium-format cameras and the digital backs. All the typology of lighting and their accessories will be studied as well and put into practice.
Valuable hints will be given on the preparation of the pose room and on the needed equipment.

At the end of the photographic technique course students will receive a certificate of attendance with an evaluation based on their performance.

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LESSONS | 16, 4 hours each
HOURS | 64
CERTIFICATE | Certificate of attendance
LANGUAGE | English or Italian
All cameras, lenses and all the equipment are given by the Academy


  1. Fundamental view differences between eye and camera
  2. Elements of photographic composition
  3. Digital and Analog Negatives: sharpening analysis, texture, highlights and shadows, pixel, grain, noise, raw files, CCD and CMOS sensors
  4. Auto-focus and manual-focus tools, focusing screens, telemeter system, different types of auto-focus and the best settings according to the shooting
  5. Exposure instruments: types of in-camera light meter, exposure latitude and different applications in digital or analog photography. Aperture and shutter, use with continuous lights and strobes
  6. Small, medium and large-format cameras
    • parts and functions
    • tracking and focus tools
  7. Lenses
    • focal length
    • aperture
    • light dispersion
    • lenses luminosity in short-distance photography
    • curtain and central shutter, sync with strobes
  8. Depth of field
  9. Sensor
    • characteristics and typologies
    • technological state of the art: consumer and prosumer solutions
    • comparisons between analog and digital photography, case studies
  10. Film: major characteristics: format, grain, latitude
  11. Light meter
    • typologies
    • incident and reflected light
    • spot, semi-spot and full area metering
    • intelligent light meters and matrix systems
  12. Filters
  13. Colorimetry
    • temperature, white balance and color profile in digital reflex cameras. Auto and manual metering
    • elements of color linearization
  14. Lighting equipment
    • portable strobes
    • studio strobes
    • lighting reflectors
    • soft-box
    • bank
    • honeycomb grids
    • optical focusing spot and snoot
    • fresnel
    • ring flash
    • umbrellas
    • reflectors
    • continuous light: daylight, quartz, tungsten
    • 5000 Kelvin neon
    • HMI light
  15. Lens incisiveness, film precision, sensor resolution, texture differences between analog and digital in different light conditions, motion blur, VR systems
  16. Optics elements, main lens aberrations and solutions
    • special glass for lens making
    • lenses optical schemes for digital sensors
  17. Large-format Cameras
    • shift, tilt and Scheimpflug principle
    • exposure coefficient
  18. Lenses for medium and large-format cameras
  19. Lenses prospectic differences
    • use of the best lens based on lighting
  20. Spot light meters and mini receptors. Exposure differences between analog and digital photography
    • depth of subject
    • subject contrast and colors
    • subject distance
    • filter constant
    • lens add-ons and teleconverters
    • light as a photographic means
    • how light creates volumes and shapes
  21. Lighting how to
    • getting ready for a still-life
    • main light
    • auxiliary light
    • effect light
    • background light
    • backlight and differences in analog and digital photography
  22. Shooting with a digital camera
    • choosing the right equipment
    • digital backs
    • relationship between megapixel, size of sensor and technological solutions
    • HMI lights, 5000 K neons, continuous lights
    • files and RGB and CMYK color issues
    • analog and digital differences, issues and solutions