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PH036 Photography Essentials 2

6 credit points

Course Cide PH036

Subject Outline

PH036 Photography Essentials 2


Chloe Little

Marco Bok

Program Director

Sarah Abad

Credit points



8 weeks


PH035 Photography Essentials 1

Contact hours/week



Self Study hours/week



Subject Description

Photography Essentials 2 is designed as a follow up to Photography Essentials 1. This subject introduces the advanced functions of DSLR cameras and aims to further refine skills and technique in using these cameras and related equipment, including a variety of lenses, as well as portable flash and night photography.

Students will be encouraged to experiment with the custom settings and modes available on their cameras. Basic lighting principles will be introduced, examining both continuous light sources and flash and how lighting can be used to create mood and atmosphere. Students are encouraged to learn through demonstration and practical application.

Students will also be introduced to advanced digital processing and retouching techniques. More emphasis will be placed on the quality of the printed image and presentation of project work.

Students will undertake assignments based on prescribed photographic briefs that enable each to demonstrate their understanding of camera equipment and how to produce high quality digital files, the development of their photographic technique, their individuality and creativity, as well as their professional approach to the presentation of work.

To initiate and process photographic projects students are required to experiment and undertake visual research in the context of optimising the potential of a creative outcome.


Learning outcomes or Competencies

  1. Produce correctly exposed digital files using both continuous light and flash

  2. Effectively manage and store digital assets

  3. Process and produce high quality digital files for screen and print media

  4. Produce high quality photographic prints using advanced editing techniques

  5. Produce thorough documentation of photographic exercises and experimentation

  6. Undertake visual research and critically analyse findings

  7. Research and develop a project proposal

  8. Exhibit a creative approach to photographic image making

  9. Utilise technical and conceptual skills to achieve desired results

  10. Present work in a professional manner, in accord with the requirements of the photographic brief


Assessment Table



Weighting %

Week Due

Learning Outcome


Project- Lighting & Mood



1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10


Project- Photo Series


3 & 9

1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10


Project- Print



1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10





1, 2, 3, 4, 8


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