Photography – Basic level course


The course provides students with necessary knowledge to develop professional photography skills, as per disciplines and guidelines of the visual arts sector. The lessons include teaching the professional use of digital cameras, laboratory experiences including shooting in the studio and outdoors using both artificial and natural light, the development of digital files and brief historical notes on the authors of the history of photography.
The practical and laboratory experiences, together with the weekly assigned exercises, will provide students with the means to understand the importance of composition and the use of light, learn about indoor and/or outdoor shooting techniques, camera technology, choice of equipment, light exposure and metering, lens language, landscape photography and portrait photography. Through direct experience, the course aims to communicate the potential of photographic language, and how to use photography as a means of creative expression.


Course type: Group

Participants: Min 8 / Max 15

Start/end of the course: 3 October – 14 November
Registration dates: 26 September
Frequency: Weekly

Duration: 7 lessons – total 21 hours
Cost: 280 euro (to be paid in full at the time of registration)

Requirements/supporting materials: digital camera
Language: Italian

Lecturer: Christian Rizzo

Location: Via Benaco 1b (Photography classroom) – Rome


Saturday: 10.00 – 13.00

Tuition Calendar:

October: 3 (new students only),10 (new students only), 17/24/31
November: 7/14


– Basic elements of digital cameras;
– Exposure meter, diaphragm, shutter and ISO sensitivity.

– Focal length of lenses;
– The various types of lenses: wide-angle, normal and telephoto;
– Depth of field.

– The rule of thirds;
– Point of view;
– Perspective;
– A short lesson on the history of photography.

A photographic excursion during which students can put into practice all the concepts they have acquired thus far.

LESSON FIVE: History of photography
Historical notes on the history of photography from its conception to contemporary photographers.

LESSON SIX: Digital file processing
– Main features (pixel, dpi, tiff, jpeg, RAW);
– Basic RAW file processing (Adobe Camera RAW);
– Image selection using Adobe Bridge.

LESSON SEVEN: Portrait in the studio.
– Light patterns;
– Light meter;
– Incident light and reflected light;
– Contrast measurement;
– Using Flash.

During the lessons the exercises assigned to the participants will be reviewed and discussed.
Lessons on technique will be accompanied by viewing slides in pdf format, which will be made available to students, to facilitate understanding.
The history of photography lesson will be correlated with photographic books by different authors.

LECTURER: Christian Rizzo.

Christian Rizzo was born in Salerno where he graduated in Advertising Graphic Design and Photography. In Rome he studied Graphic Design at the Belle Arti Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA) and obtained a Master’s degree at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia. In 2005 he participated in creating the video Urban Signs, presented at the Casa dell’Architettura in Rome for Public Design: Visuals (Biennial Project); in the same year he participated in the collective exhibition: Opere Prime, organised by RufArtGallery in Rome. In 2006 he took part in the RufaShort Film Festival, in collaboration with the London Film Academy, with the RH22 video. In 2007 the RufArtGallery in Rome hosted his first solo exhibition entitled Canto delle Sirene and, in the same year, he exhibited a second solo project entitled RH15 at the Palazzo Genovese in Salerno, as part of the ‘Salerno Porte Aperte’ event. In the same period, he initiated collaboration with the art and culture magazine ‘Terzo Occhio’, published by Ulisse Editore. In 2008 he participated in the group exhibition ‘àtika’ – the demo-house for energy saving in the meditteranean climate, curated by Andrea Romoli Barberini. In 2008 he participated, with three of his photographs, in the creation of the catalogue ‘Immagini del Gusto’. In 2010 his works were part of the permanent collective exhibition, ‘Vedere con Gusto’, set up in Regina Elena and San Gallicano IFO hospital canteen. In 2010 he was involved in the creation of the monthly magazine, ‘Pane Acqua: appunti di idee progressiste’. In 2011 he took part in the launch of a photography workshop at the Civico Zero (Save the Children) cooperative, a day centre for children; in the same year he worked as director of photography on the short film, ‘La Digitale Purpurea’ (2011) by Florinda Martucciello under the supervision of Marco Bellocchio, and inaugurated his third personal exhibition, ‘Ready Made’, at the Caffè Letterario G. Verdi in Salerno. Since 2010 he has been the official photographer at the Roman headquarters of the American association ‘Knights of Columbus’. Since 2011 he has overseen and taught the digital image processing and photography course at the Belle Arti Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA). Christian isalso a photographer for the communications agency, Cappelli Identity Design. In 2019 he exhibited the photographic exhibition SINOSSI tra Potenza ed atto, at Palazzo Velli, in the heart of Trastevere.


RUFA students: 10%

University students: 5% (upon presentation of the university registration booklet)

Course package: If you have signed up for two or more courses, you are eligible for a 10% discount on any courses purchased after the first one.

A certificate of attendance will be issued on request at the end of the course providing you have attended at least 6 of the 7 lessons included.

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