Optical basis of Photography 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307EFOZ1 ZK 2 26S English winter

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Course contents

Description of the subject, assignments: (assignment 1P1)

  1. The human eye and vision, binocular vision and the percepthion of depth
  2. Fundamental properties of light. Principles of geometrical and wave optics. Speed of light. Index of refraction, Total internal reflection. Fiber optics. Dispersion.
  3. Polarization. Linear and circular polarized light. Polarization due to reflection. Liquid crystal display.
  4. Interference. Youngś fringes. Constructive and destructive interference. Coherence. Thin films. Colors
  5. Stimulated emission. Spontaneous emission. Emission spectra. Luminiscence, fluorescene. Laser. LED, OLED Doppler shift.
  6. Light sources. Black body radiation. Correlated color temperature. Color rendering index. Photographic film. Mired.
  7. Camera and photography. Aperture, f- number. ISO, exposure time. Shutter. Rolling shutter. Crop factor and depth of field.
  8. Lenses. Spherical lenses. Focal length. Principal plane. Depth of field. Angel of view Manufacturing of lenses. Fresnel lens, Cylindrical lens, Anamorphic lens. Camera lens design
  9. Optical abberation
  10. MTF charts. Airy disk. Difraction limits. Contrast vs spatial frequency.
  11. Human color perception. Aditive and subtractive color mixing. Hue and saturation. Color Depth
  12. Pixel. Digital image. Camera sensors. Print size, pixel per inch x dots per inch, dithering. Type of printers
  13. Color management. Color spaces. Gamma. Gamut. ICC profile. Reference spaces. Color space conversion.
  14. Semiconductor. CCD and CMOS chips. SSD and HDD storages. Memory cards
  15. Holography. Transmission and reflection holograms

Recommended or required reading

Recommended literature

David Falk, Dieter Brill, David Stork: Seeing the Light, 1986 by John Wiley and Sons. Inc.

Thomas D.Rossing, Christopher J. Chiaverina: Light Science, 1999 Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.

Evans, R.M.: An Introduction to Color (1948 - 6B 859, 1959 - 6B 757, 1965 - 6B 1214)

Evans, R.M.: Eye, Film and Camera in Color Photography (1959 - 6B 756)

Langford, M.J.: Advanced Photography (1972 - 6B 1350)

sborník Principles of Color Sensitometry (1955 - 6B 865)


Assessment methods and criteria


WS and SS - an exam: test and evaluation of the work presented by the student, the teacher will assess exact compliance with the assignment and the quality processing

Participation: the students will not be graded unless they have at least 80% attendance in the course.

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Schedule for winter semester 2020/2021:

room TR 131
PC room KF

(Tržiště 20, Praha 1 (vchod z Rektorátu AMU, Malostranské nám. 12))
(lecture parallel1)
distance teaching
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 19:00–20:35 Vladan KRUMPL PC room KF
Tržiště 20, Praha 1 (vchod z Rektorátu AMU, Malostranské nám. 12)
distance teaching lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2020/2021:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans