Introduction to Photography - Level 1: Technical and Aesthetic


This course takes a practical approach to explaining the basics of digital camera operation and explores methods of creating visually dynamic photographs. An introduction to post production and output to print is also considered.

Course content

  • Camera types and lenses
  • Exposure control using aperture and shutter speed
  • Controlling subject movement and depth of field
  • Digital file formats, ISO and white balance
  • Image design and composition
  • Lighting (outdoor and studio)
  • Black and white photography
  • Professional photographic services, processing and printing options
  • Photo editing and presentation

Learning will take place through explanation, demonstration, discussion and a series of practical assignments.

Ideal for

Camera users with little or no photographic experience or knowledge. It is suitable for users of digital SLR or mirrorless cameras who wish to gain a greater understanding of camera controls.

More information


At the end of this course, you will have developed an ability to understand and operate a SLR digital camera. You will also have learnt the principles of lighting, image composition and an introduction to post production, print presentation and commercial photographic services.



Materials supplied

Lighting equipment for studio exercise

Materials to bring

  • SLR digital camera or mirrorless camera
  • Camera instruction book

Digital printing for assignments undertaken during the course (paid by participant). Further guidelines will be provided.


RMIT Statement of Participation will be awarded, this will not guarantee entry into an RMIT program.

Additional notes


Sammy Green currently teaches the Food phtography short course at RMIT, and is the photographer for the mouthwatering cookbook, The Middle Brighton Baths (2014), featuring the food AND the interiors and exteriors of the building and surrounding land. Sammy enjoys working closely with chefs, owners and many restaurants and cafes to achieve their desired outcomes for their websites, business cards and books. Sammy completed the Certificate IV and the Diploma of Photo Imaging at RMIT, and is also skilled in food styling

Deborah Dorman is a qualified professional photographer with a successful photography business in Qld. (Wild Honey Photography). She loves sharing her knowledge of photography with others and has a knack for explaining the complex in easy to understand ways.
As well as teaching at RMIT, Deborah runs Photography Travel Tours and regularly exhibits her fine art photography, with images in both public and private collections.


  • Interactive class, which covered all the essentials for a new DSLR user. Deb was well organised and presented technical workings of the DSLR in an easy to follow way. - Nadine

    Deb's enthusiasm and patience was very helpful when you're nervous to learn. - Antoinetta 

    Bryce is an outstanding teacher, very engaging, knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. Enjoyed every moment of this course. Joanna

    Everything was explained very well and clearly, very easy to understand and Bryce really made sure that we understood before continuing further. I have learnt so much and I'm really happy I chose RMIT. Rachel

    Learning the technical aspects that allowed me to take the kind of photos I love!! Emily

    Learnt so much now enjoy my photography even more so. David

    I enjoyed the course a lot and acquired extensive knowledge because our lecturer Deb was engaging, down to earth, made it easy to follow, explained and showed us how to do things and was very hands on. Daniela



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Available course dates

Saturday 11 November 2017

  • Code S345151
  • Start date 11.11.17
  • End date 02.12.17
  • Hours 24.00
  • Campus City
  • Places remaining 0
  • Fee $690.00
Wait List
Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 11.11.17 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 18.11.17 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 25.11.17 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 02.12.17 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00

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