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PHT1001 Foundations of Photography 2

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Foundations of Photography 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 100799 - Communication and Media Studie
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 October 2021


Examiner: Rebecca Te'o

Other Requisites

Students undertaking the Professional Photography major will require access to a DSLR camera (either full frame or mirrorless, or a micro four thirds system); two manually operated, interchangeable lenses (recommended are one wide-angle lens [zoom or prime] and one normal-telephoto zoom lens); a 5-in-1 reflector; Adobe Creative Suite Cloud student subscription (including Adobe Bridge, Lightroom Classic and Photoshop – students must ensure their computer is capable of efficiently running the software); and personal storage space (portable external hard drive, and cloud storage). These will be used throughout all courses in the Professional Photography major.

If you wish to check the suitability of your camera, please contact the course examiner.

Students may incur extra resource costs for photographic printing.

All students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Light is the basic language of photography. In order for students to progress their knowledge and skills in photographic imaging, they must understand the impact of light on a subject, and how it affects what is being communicated. This course is designed to provide students with the theoretical background and technical skills required to recognise, interpret and work with various forms of light, in order to enhance their professional or creative practice.


Students in this course will examine the principles of lighting and apply techniques to an emerging expertise in photographic imaging. Through practice-based learning, peer review, and academic inquiry, they will explore natural and artificial light sources in outdoor and indoor contexts, and investigate the theoretical principles of light both as a carrier and form of communication. Students will have the opportunity to develop and apply skills and knowledge in manipulating light for various professional communication or creative contexts, and will examine its effect on colour, subject, form and message. They will also begin to define, interpret and apply elements of photographic composition including line, shape, form, space and movement. Students will continue using raster graphic editing software such as Photoshop to develop more advanced techniques in digital imaging and compositing.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Articulate the importance of light as a form of visual language
  2. Interpret and describe how light shapes and influences professional photographic practice
  3. Identify and analyse the work of photographers, and relate these to both professional communication purposes and theories, using appropriate and ethical communication contexts
  4. Apply emerging technical knowledge and skills for a specific professional context and purpose


Description Weighting(%)
1. Lighting contexts and influences 25.00
2. Technologies 30.00
3. Photographic interpretation 15.00
4. Composition and control 30.00

Text and Materials

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Fox, A & Sawdon, R 2015, Langford’s Basic Photography: the guide for serious photographers, 10th edn, Routledge.
((used across multiple courses in the photography major).)
Hirsch, R 2018, Light and Lens: photography in the digital age, 3rd edn, Routledge.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Busch, DD & Sullivan, MD 2015, David Busch’s mastering digital SLR photography, 4th edn, Cengage Learning.
Hunter, F; Biver, S & Fuqua, P 2015, David Busch’s mastering digital SLR photography, 4th edn, Cengage Learning.
La Grange, A 2013, Basic Critical Theory for Photographers, Focal Press, Taylor & Francis.
Lavine, J & Bartholemew, B 2019, Lighting for Photographers: an introductory guide to professional photography, Routledge.
Long, B 2015 2015, Complete digital photography, 8th edn, Cengage Learning.
Wright, T 2016, The photography handbook, 3rd edn, Routledge.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Essay 100 15 13 Aug 2021
Project 100 35 16 Sep 2021
Portfolio 100 50 20 Oct 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives

    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment Notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.

2. forms part of the Bachelor of Communication and Media
and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Date printed 17 October 2021