PHT116 Digital Photography (8)

This subject equips students with fundamental skills in digital photography and associated digital imaging processes, and introduces them to essential topics and concepts of applied photographic practice.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHT116. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate the competent use of an appropriate digital camera with manual control;
  • be able to apply key digital imaging procedures to digital photographs using image manipulation software;
  • be able to integrate fundamental compositional and lighting considerations into their photographic imagery;
  • be able to evidence an understanding of the principles of the primary photographic genres; and
  • be able to demonstrate basic photographic literacy through critical analysis of meaning in imagery.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Basic functions and controls of the digital camera
  • Core digital imaging methodology
  • Major compositional and lighting factors
  • Principal contemporary photographic genres
  • Basic critical analysis of photographic imagery

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHT116 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Manual camera functionality
Visual anthropological remnants (signs of life)

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.

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.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.