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PHT108 Introduction to Light (8)


This subject is aimed at introducing students to the principles and techniques of photographic lighting on location and in the field. Students will acquire a working knowledge of light metering techniques and be able to apply them in the field. All forms of light control will be introduced and students will gain an understanding of lighting contrast and direction as well as using light styles for mood and effect. Emphasis will be placed on simple and effective lighting techniques involving reflectors, diffusers and portable flash for photographic needs such as documentary, press, portraiture and fashion.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge

VPA103 or MPI107 or PHT103

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
correctly expose various photographic film types
understand hand-held light metering techniques
correctly apply hand-held light metering techniques
appreciate how photographic lighting can convey meaning
apply appropriate photographic lighting techniques
be aware of lighting styles and genres
apply safe work practices to photographic lighting


The subject will cover the following topics:
TTL metering techniques Hand-held meters and their use Lighting as a visual language Lighting styles and genres Fill boards, reflectors and difusers Contrast control and lighting ratio Portable flash Safe handling of lighting equipment


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.