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PHT2001 Photographic Studio and Fieldwork

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Photo Studio and Fieldwork
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


Examiner: Donald Hildred


Pre-requisite: PHT1001


The ability to work on location in any given lighting situation is a valuable and essential skill for photographers. This course will equip students with the knowledge and practical experience to shoot effectively with lighting modifiers and off-camera flash in a range of fieldwork scenarios. Students will also be introduced to the theory and fundamentals of working with light in the studio.


Students in this course will adapt and extend their knowledge and skills with composition and lighting to suit various in-studio or on-location practical requirements. Emphasis will be on using external flash and light modifiers to control light on location. Students will also be guided in the fundamentals of studio lighting and its application to home studios. They will be given the opportunity to develop further photographic technical expertise with both photographic equipment and editing software, and will develop cultural, environmental, and social awareness.


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

  1. adapt to on-location lighting conditions, and operate lighting modifiers and off-camera flash to complete a photography brief;
  2. identify studio lighting techniques and the lighting equipment required to establish a studio practice;
  3. apply emerging technical knowledge and skills for a specific professional context and purpose;
  4. use initiative and judgement in planning, problem-solving and ethical decision-making to enhance and diversity their emerging photographic skills and knowledge.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Lighting contexts and influences 25.00
2. Technologies 30.00
3. Photographic process & practice 15.00
4. Composition and Control 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Students undertaking the Professional Photography major will require access to:

- a DSLR camera (either full frame or mirrorless, or a micro four thirds system: students will have this from the previous Professional Photography courses)
- three manually operated interchangeable lenses* (students will have two lenses from the previous Professional Photography courses)
- an external off-camera flash unit (speedlight) able to be operated TTL as well as manually (the off-camera flash should have a trigger and receiver – often available in a kit with the flash)
- accessories: a light stand and an umbrella, tripod, and 5-in-1 reflector
- an Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription including Adobe Bridge, Lightroom Classic & Photoshop (please ensure your computer is capable of efficiently running this software)
- personal storage space – both a portable external hard drive (minimum 1TB) 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, lenses, or off-camera flash (speedlight) please contact the course examiner.

* Recommended lenses are: 1 x wide-angle lens (zoom or prime, between 16-35mm); 1 x zoom lens with a normal-telephoto range (e.g. 24-70mm); 1 x telephoto lens of at least 85mm (e.g. a70-200mm zoom).

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.
Kobre, K 2016, Photojournalism: the professionals’ approach, 7th edn, Focal Press, Taylor & Francis.
London, B, Upton, J & Stone, J 2017, Photography, 12th edn, Pearson Education.
Long, B 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
PROJECT A 100 15 25 Mar 2021
PROJECT B 100 35 10 May 2021
PORTFOLIO 100 50 04 Jun 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 of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  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:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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 (APGS) 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 (BCNM) 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 18 June 2021