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NM2201 - Photographic Lighting and Contexts

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Creative Arts (pre 2015)

This subject introduces students to a range of skills and approaches to working with artificial lighting in the photographic studio. Workshops allow students to build up a skills base and a series of weekly lectures introduce contemporary and historical studio practice, including the practical application of theoretical concepts. This unit concentrates on understanding, using and subverting the power relationships between photographer and subject set up by working in the studio. Lectures also explore key concepts and ideas concerning representational strategies and studio practice, including areas of identity, agency, the gaze and the frame and the evolution of the studio space from the painter's studio right up to the networked, multimedia space of today. Students learn lighting skills for portraiture and still life but also how to interact with a human subject, how to play creatively, how to introduce chance and uncertainty into their photography. Students are also encouraged to explore the work and ideas of key practitioners and thinkers, which will be invaluable in the production of new ideas and work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Technical skill in the use of artificial lighting in the photographic studio including studio flash and continuous lighting;
  • The development of an imaginative and potentially engaging visual arts practice;
  • An awareness of safe working practices in the photographic studio;
  • Organisation and professionalism including teamwork, punctuality and time management;
  • Contextual knowledge and awareness of past practice including a range of theoretical approaches to the presentation of human and non- human subjects.
Prerequisites: 12CP OF LEVEL 1 SUBJECTS


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr David Salisbury
Lecturer: Mr Raul Posse Emiliani.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: subject (30%); control (20%); online exam (20%); connections/relationships (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.