PHT117 Photography Studio (8)

This subject covers professional photographic studio skills and practices with emphasis on hands-on technique and technical theory which includes professional digital camera formats and equipment, location and studio flash lighting, and colour temperature manipulation. The subject has an emphasis on aesthetic and conceptual considerations while addressing professional technical outcomes.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have previously completed PHT221 Digital Photography Studio.

Assumed Knowledge

This subject assumes that a student is capable of the basic use of a digital camera and functional understanding of manual exposure control. This subject also assumes that a student has fundamental skills in the use of appropriate industry standard digital imaging software.

Students who do not have this knowledge are advised to complete PHT116 Digital Photography before attempting this subject.

Subject Relationships

PHT221 Not available to students who have previously completed PHT221.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe and explain a range of fundamental photographic techniques, theories and concepts;
  • be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the manual operation of a digital SLR camera;
  • be able to apply the principles of artificial flashlighting in response to a range of creative briefs;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the use of colour temperature manipulation in photographic imaging; and
  • be able to demonstrate conceptual and practical synthesis between analogue and digital methods and techniques in photo-imaging.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Advanced digital acquisition/creation
  • Enhancement and processing of photographs for output in a variety of photographic applications
  • Comparison of analogue and digital photo-imaging methods and techniques
  • The digital SLR camera and its controls
  • Artificial studio and location flash lighting
  • Exposure metering techniques and camera formats
  • Colour control in the digital and analogue photo-imaging environments

Special Resources

Students will require access to a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera system with options for full manual control and capable of shooting in a RAW format. The minimum lens specification for the camera is 24105mm or 2470mm (or the equivalent focal length for a non-full-frame format). The maximum aperture of the lens must be at least f4, however, f2.8 is preferable.

Students also require access to a studio lighting kit. The minimum standard is 2x flash heads, 2x soft boxes, 2x light stands and 1x trigger/sync chord). Also essential for studio lighting is handheld light meter capable of reading flash and ambient light in both incident and reflected modes. (e.g. Sekonic L308s). This is essential for using studio lighting equipment, and highly recommended for accurate light metering in all other aspects of photography.

Other resources and requirements for all cohorts will be detailed and advised through the interact site in the session of offering and on your course-site. These requirements will be reviewed and updated annually.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.