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PHT1000 Foundations of Photography 1

Short Description: Foundations of Photography 1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100700 - Communication & Media Studies
Grading basis : Graded

Other requisites

Students undertaking the Professional Photography major will require access to a 35mm *DSLR camera; two manually operated, interchangeable lenses (that retain a constant aperture); a colour checker passport; and personal storage space (e.g. portable external hard drive, cloud storage). These will be used throughout all courses in the Professional Photography major.

*Students who are taking this course as an elective may rely on other styles of camera, including smart phone cameras.

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

All students will have free access the University’s Adobe Creative Suite software, so must ensure their computer has capacity to efficiently use the software. 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.


Students in this course will be introduced to the fundamentals of digital photography and imaging software, so they begin the process of developing professional skills in photographic imaging. Through practice-based learning, they will begin to define and interpret elements of photographic composition including shutter speed, exposure, angles, composition, depth of field, and perspective. Students will also be introduced to professional software such as Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge. Through examination of case studies and other forms of academic inquiry, they will also explore the development of photographic practice from the nineteenth century to contemporary digital photography, and will gain knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of photographic practice as a tool of communication. Through this, students will also begin to examine the philosophies and ethics through which they will practise.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2020 Online
Date printed 12 February 2021