Course Title: Processes & Cultures of Photography 101

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Processes & Cultures of Photography 101

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2007

Course Coordinator: Phred Petersen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2502

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 5.2.34

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None required. This is an introductory course in the technical theory of photography.

Course Description

This course will examine a full range of technical theoretical principles of photographic image making. These include both the application of the theory of photographic elements such as light, optics, cameras, visual perception, image formation principles, and  imaging systems that are found in modern professional photographic practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you will be able to:

      Describe the nature of light and how light is used in photography
      Describe the different types of cameras used in photography
      Explain the process by which correct photographic exposure is measured and stored by a sensor
      Articulate the principles behind how humans perceive images
      Explain how optical systems allow for light to be focussed
      Describe how perspective and depth of field can be controlled with camera movements
      Explain how colour is managed in a photographic process

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts will be examined and explained utilising a range of learning strategies ranging from a lecture format, seminar format, tutorials and workshops, screenings, group discussion, analysis of images and structured visual & technical assignments.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture texts, lecture notes, the Internet, library research resources and Blackboard. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

If you have a long term medical condition and / or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.