Introduction Course Photography for Archaeologists – 29 & 30 April 2024

Introduction Course Photography for Archaeologists

Date: 29-30 April 2024

Location: University of Amsterdam, room BG1 3.09, Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT Amsterdam

Teacher: Anneke Dekker,  photographer and filmmaker. Graduated in archaeology in 1986 and worked as a professional photographer at the Allard Pierson museum and the Archaeological Institute of the University of Amsterdam from 2000-2023.

Objective of the course

In this introductory course, you will familiarize yourself with the basic principles of photography and learn the possibilities of your camera. You will learn to take good photos of archaeological objects using simple means or with studio lamps and will be provided with some tips for photography ‘in the field’.

The course consists of two half-day sessions

Session 1 (all participants): Basic principles of Photography

Session 1 is the theoretical part of the course, in which we will discuss the basic principles of photography and light. You will learn how to use your camera’s manual settings. We will address shutter speed, diaphragm, iso-sensitivity, depth of field and the use of different types of lenses, such as wide-angle and telephoto lenses, as well as their different properties. In addition, this session will give you a few tips for photographing at an archaeological site.

Session 2: Workshop Photographing Archaeological Objects

Session 2 is the practical part of the course, where you will use the knowledge acquired in the previous session to practice photographing different archaeological objects in pairs, doing various assignments. You will use your own camera or a professional camera if you don’t own one, and using both natural light and a studio lamp.


Day 1: Monday 29 April 

10.00-12.30 Group 1,2 and 3         Basic principles of photography

13.30-16.00 Group 1                        Workshop photographing archaeological objects

Day 2: Tuesday 30 April

09.30-12.00 Group 2                       Workshop photographing archaeological objects

12.45-15.15 Group 3                        Workshop photographing archaeological objects

Practical information

Max. number of participants: 12 (3 groups of 4)

The course is divided into two parts, a theoretical and a practical part. Not everyone can attend the practical on the same day. Students from the RUG get priority to attend the practical on the same day. Before the start of the course, you will receive a reader by e-mail. Take a look at it beforehand.

To bring: your own camera (don’t forget full batteries, charger and memory card). If you don’t own a camera, borrow one or contact me. You can also bring ‘your own’ archaeological objects with which you would like to practice.

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ECTs: Archon members get 1 EC for participation, reading the binder before the workshop is mandatory. Participants will receive the binder in due time.

Registration: Closed!