AEB_140 Using digital photography for documentation of archaeological artefacts

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2013
Extent and Intensity
0/2. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Jan Kolář, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jan Šeiner (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Dagmar Vachůtová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Zdeněk Měřínský, CSc.
Department of Archaeology and Museology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Šibíčková
Supplier department: Department of Archaeology and Museology - Faculty of Arts
Timetable of Seminar Groups
AEB_140/A: Mon 9:10–10:45 C42
AEB_140/B: Mon 10:50–12:25 C42
AEA_26 Documentation Techniques
Students are required to complete the course AEA_26 Documentation Techniques before registering this course.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 12 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/12, only registered: 0/12, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/12
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of this seminar is to teach the students the basics of photography and photo-documentation of artefacts. The course is primarily practical, students should be able to: individually operate a digital camera and it's basic and some of the advanced features, prepare a composition with the photographed artefact with regard to the purpose of the photography and to lighting and other conditions, edit the final photographs with editing software and prepare them for publishing in the form of photo-tables.
  • 1. Introduction into photography - basic theory of photography, basic terms, general principles
  • 2. Photography of ceramics I - specifics of photography in archaeology and photography of artefacts, photography of pottery sherds and and small ceramic artefacts
  • 3. Photography of ceramics II - photography of ceramic vessels - whole shapes and decoration
  • 4. Photography of stone artefacts - polished industry, knapped industry
  • 5. Photography of metal and glass artefacts - fibulae, coins, corroded iron objects, glass
  • 6. Photography of bones, bone & antler artefacts, and miscellaneous artefacts
  • 7. Specifics of group photography, field photography and representative photography
  • 8. Editing software and it's use
  • 9. - 12. - Individual student's work with cameras - acquiring a photo-documentation of a set of artefacts and preperation of photographs for publishing or exhibition, preparing a record in the form of a photo-table
    recommended literature
  • DAYLEY, L. D. – DAYLEY, B. 2012: Photoshop CS6 bible, Indianopolis.
  • DORRELL, P. G. 1994: Photography in archaeology and conservation, Cambridge.
  • HUNTER, F. – BIVER, S. – FUQUA, P. 2007: Fotografie & světlo. Naučte se techniky fotografického svícení, Brno.
  • MYŠKA, M. 2008: Světlo a osvětlení v digitální fotografii, Brno.
  • NEFF, O. – BŘEZINA, J. – PODHAJSKÝ, P. 2003: Fotografování s digitálním fotoaparátem, Praha.
  • PETERSON, B. 2004: Naučte se vidět kreativně. Design, barva a kompozice ve fotografii, Brno.
  • WELLS, L. (ed.) 2003: The photography reader, London.
Teaching methods
practical education of documentation techniques of digital photography, theoretical basics of archaeological documentation and photography
Assessment methods
To complete the course successfully, students have to submit a finished record in the form of a photo-table with at least 6 artefacts (categories: whole vessel, potsherd, metal object, stone industry, glass, bone & antler industry)
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
Information on course enrolment limitations: maximální počet studentů: 10 (rozdělení do 2 skupin)
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020.
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