Course Title: Lighting Techniques

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Lighting Techniques

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2007

Course Coordinator: Mr Phred Petersen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2502

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 5.2.33

Course Coordinator Availability: Fridays 9:30-3:30

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Imaging Theory and Practice 2 and Photography 2

Course Description

Lighting Techniques “A” is designed as a practical approach to photographic lighting. Theory and practical application of lighting in the studio and on location will give the student a good working knowledge of the behaviour of light. Emphasis will be placed on the “why” of photographic lighting rather than the “how”, allowing the student to apply the principles learned to a wide variety of equipment and situations. Problem solving skills will be enhanced.

This course has been designed principally as a core course for students in the Bachelor of Science (Photography) program. Students in other programs who have suitable photographic background may choose it as an elective, with permission of the course co-ordinator.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:
a) Use proper terminology when discussing lighting techniques and equipment.
b) Demonstrate a basic understanding of how to approach lighting a variety of subjects in the studio and on location.
c) Analyze and correct mixed sources of illumination for proper colour balance.
d) Demonstrate a basic understanding of both the behaviour and the aesthetics of light.
e) Properly document and present data relating to the photographic assignment.

Overview of Learning Activities

The content associated with this course will be delivered in both a lecture format, studio based demonstration, and practice. Some specialized topics may be delivered by current practitioners from the related Industry.

Regular group critiques of progressive practical work will be conducted. Timely submission of work is essential. Knowledge will be tested by comprehensive written test.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures will be supported with handouts where appropriate. Participants will be encouraged to keep a Computation Book of all assignments. Students will be required to undertake further reading and study of the weekly topics from appropriate texts held within the library

Overview of Assessment

Each topic area will require the submission of photographic assignments. Assessment is based, in part, on the successful submission of these progressive assignments, by the published deadline. A final folio of all assignments (which may include previously submitted progressive work) will be presented.

Completion of the final folio will assess a basic understanding of lighting technique, analysis and correction of mixed sources of illumination and an understanding of the behaviour and aesthetics of light.

There is a written final exam which will assess the understanding of principles and terminology.