The Science of Photography. A Journey from Photon to JPEG.


Exciting times! Due to the huge interest in the workshop, we have decided to reorganize to give each person enrolled the chance to participate. The workshop will take place in the large EC004 hall and everybody is invited!

Moreover, since there's no space constraint anymore we are continuing the enrollment process. If you're interested, just fill in the simplified form with your name and contact information and you're good to go. This step is only necessary for certification purposes and for us to be able to get in touch with you if needed.

The organizers would personally like to thank everybody that has enrolled so far. Your responses related to your interest and expectancy towards the workshop is extremely valuable and the course will definitely be shaped accordingly. But more about this when we will uncover the enrollment analytics.

Last but not least, please spread the word! Should you know anybody else that might like to learn about the technology of photography, cameras or imaging, please let him or her know about the workshop.


Photography is the art and science of recording a moment in time in the form of an image. This workshop will guide you through the fantastic world that is trapped inside a photographic camera, allowing you to understand the magic behind photography. Our goal is to allow you to get a glimpse of the journey by which photons end up as fabulous images that make our hearts skip a beat.

We'll be discussing how light works in the context of photography, from the scientific part right down to its artistic dimension. Then we'll see how light is manipulated by means of lenses and we'll understand the important role that optics play in how images are created. We'll then see what an image sensor is and how this miraculous piece of electronics can generate electricity from light. Lastly, we will get to go through what happens inside a camera to turn basic electric signals into vibrant digital images, by means of image processing algorithms.

Your guide through this journey will be Cosmin Stan, an R&D imaging expert with years of hands-on experience in camera technologies. He currently leads the computational photography R&D group in FotoNation, developing technologies that are embedded in many of the digital cameras and mobile phones on the market today.

When and Where?

Jun, 29th - Jul, 3rd. The workshops will take place between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Room: EC004

Outline of the Workshop

  • Monday, Jun 29th - The magic of light: Physics of light, How vision works, Quality of light.
  • Tuesday, Jun 30th - The science of camera optics: Lenses in photography, A simple camera, Basics of CMOS imaging sensors
  • Wednesday, Jul 1st - A crash course in exposure. Fundamental photography parameters: Focal length, Aperture, F number, ISO.
  • Thursday, Jul 2nd - Basic image processing camera pipeline: Debayering, 3A Algorithms (Auto Focus, Auto Exposure, Auto White Balance), Noise filtering, YUV and gamma, JPEG compression
  • Friday, Jul 3rd - Pro photography techniques: Flash photography, Studio equipment, Raw workflow, Color management.

Each of the topics covered consists of a course supported by live demos by means of specific photographic equipment as well as individual experiments. Moreover, the participants will be required to complete short photographic assignments. Even if these are meant for using and consolidating the information conveyed by the course, they will be exploratory in nature as the end goal is to have fun in understanding and practising photography.


Ideally, you should have a camera that allows manual control over the photographic parameters such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO. As long as it works to some extent, the camera can be very cheap, old, worn, beaten up or in any kind of bad shape. It can even use film. A mobile phone with a specific app that allows manual control is acceptable as well, even though it is less than ideal. All phones have fixed focal lengths and apertures so they do not allow much room for experimentation.

A limited number of cameras will be provided by the organizers, yet it is unlikely that there will be enough of them for all the attendants.


All participants completing the mandatory assignments will receive a certificate of completion. The attendants that complete both this workshop and the workshop on image processing are eligible for enrollment in FotoNation Student Track. Among other opportunities, this enables students to:

  • Apply for FotoNation imaging certifications. Ask your instructor about the certifications you are eligible for, given the courses/workshops that you have completed.
  • Have priority in other courses and workshops as well as in internship and scholarship programs organized by FotoNation.
  • Get involved in actual imaging projects, coordinated by FotoNation professionals.

All activities, workshops, testing and certifications organized by FotoNation are free of charge.


Please fill-in the following form for registration. Should you have any questions, please contact your instructor for this course via email. Registration continues! The number of participants is not limited anymore.


The workshop will take place in the Automatica Faculty in Bucharest, in the EC004 hall. For details on how to get here, please check out the map of the ROSEdu activities. We are easily reachable by means of Metro (get off at Politehnica station) or by the 336 bus line which will get you right in front of our building.

See you on Monday!

About the Organizers

The workshop is organized by ROSEdu in partnership with FotoNation, the world leader in embedded imaging.

Cosmin Stan

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