Course Title: Photography for Motion Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Photography for Motion Analysis

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2007


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Mr 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

A basic knowledge of photography is necessary for this course.

Course Description

"Photography for Motion Analysis" is intended to introduce you to tools and techniques for visualising events that occur on timeframes too fast to observe with the unaided eye. You will learn about methods for freezing a specific moment in time or expanding the apparent timeframe of transient events to allow more detailed study. Methods for visualisation of flow in transparent media are also covered The principles you will learn offer fundamental tools for the measurement of motion in fast phenomena, as well as having strong visual potential for creative and illustrative photography.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop your skills in the use of photography as a tool for measuring and visualising the time elements of various events.You will also build capabilities around communication of your findings to others.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Explain a variety of photographic techniques that allow manipulation of the timeframe of events for documentation and study.
• Describe the features and use of specialised materials, processes, and equipment used in high-speed imaging.
• Explain the specific lighting requirements for a range of different time manipulation techniques.
• Analyze the parameters of some specialised imaging situations, and offer photographic solutions to help solve the problem.

Capability Development
In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:
    • apply high-level technical skills to work across a range of genres and conditions
     • solve problems visually and technically
    • utilise critical analysis and self reflection to enhance your professional practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

The content associated with this course will be delivered in a lecture/tutorial format, studio based demonstration, and practical assignments. Relevant readings from appropriate texts will be assigned to complement the information delivered in lecture.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems, and with any specialised photographic equipment that may be required.
Lectures will be supported with handouts, materials distributed online via “My RMIT” and specific references where appropriate. Copies of specialized journal articles deemed to be relevant will be provided by the lecturer in electronic form.

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. Assessment may include photographic assignments, written exams, and problem solving exercises.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
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.
Assessment charter
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