ARTS7052 - Controlling Light

Title:Controlling Light
Long Title:Controlling Light
Module Code:ARTS7052
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Visual Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Catherine Fehily
Module Author: ALBERT WALSH
Module Description: This module explores the use and control of artificial lighting within a studio setting with reference to historical and contemporary practices. Through workshop sessions students learn how to use and control studio lighting.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 devise an effective plan for a studio shoot outlining the creative and safe use of studio lighting and equipment.
LO2 use and control studio lighting to design and produce a series of photographs.
LO3 demonstrate the purposeful use of studio lighting to achieve particular affects.
LO4 evaluate a range of contemporary and historical photographic images to inform practice.
LO5 effectively use a range of software in post processing.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Designing and planning for photographic images. Starting points, themes, issues and/or subject matter. Planning a shoot - generating an effective project plan and resourcing the project. The constructed image.
Studio and Lighting Techniques.
Use and control of artificial light - ambient light, external flash, strobe units, continuous lighting sources, light modifiers, combined light sources, light metering. Health and safety matters. Lighting and its effects - light angle and direction, contrast, reflection, color temperature, diffusion and concentration.
Image editing and processing. Use photo editing software. Selecting and presenting images as series. Portfolio preparation and presentation. Alternative presentations - ePortfolios,
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Reflective sketchbooks documenting key technical information along with individual creative processes. 1,4,5 40.0 Week 12
Presentation Portfolio of photographic work 1,2,3,4,5 60.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute 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
Lab Studio based Practical 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Research and Development 9.0 Every Week 9.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Brown, B. 2018, Motion Picture and Video Lighting, 3rd Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 978-041585413]
  • Cornell, T. 2016, Light and Shadow: Dynamic Lighting Design for Studio Portrait Photography, Amherst Media [ISBN: 9781682031421]
  • Deutschmann, R. and Deutschmann, R. 2014, Studio Lighting Unplugged: Small Flash Techniques for Digital Photographers, Amherst Media [ISBN: 9781608952724]
  • Freeman, M. 2012, Michael Freeman's Photo School: Light & Lighting: Maximise the Potential of Every Scene, Hachette UK [ISBN: 9781781570685]
  • Taylor, D. 2012, Night and Low Light Photography, AE Publications [ISBN: 9781907708619]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Ang, T. 2016, Digital Photographer's Handbook, 6th edition Ed., DK [ISBN: 9781465450869]
  • Bliss, E. and Langford, M. 2013, Langford's Advanced Photography, Taylor & Francis [ISBN: 9781136098451]
  • Weston, C. 2007, Lighting, AVA Publishing [ISBN: 9782884791014]
  • Giannatti, D. 2012, Lighting Essentials: Lighting for Texture, Contrast, and Dimension in Digital Photography, Amherst Media, [ISBN: 9781608954599]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HPHNM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Photography with New Media 3 Mandatory