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PHT2000 Professional Photographic Genres and Styles

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Jane Hodges


Pre-requisite: PHT1001


Professional photographers build careers specialising in one or more genres of photography. This course presents a range of genres spanning a mix of editorial, commercial and artistic styles to prepare students and equip them with the skills to navigate various shooting situations and settings.

Students will examine and analyse the influence of leading photographers on contemporary photographic output. They will develop knowledge of specialist genres such as photography for advertising and commercial enterprises; photojournalism (news and documentary); PR and events coverage; sports and action photography; travel, food, fashion and street photography; still life and product photography; architectural and urban photography; landscape and nature; portraiture and fine art. They will also continue to advance their practical skills in appropriate photographic software and use ethical decision-making in responding to content briefs.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. articulate the features of various photographic genres;
  2. identify and analyse the work of photographers, and relate these professional communication purposes and theories using appropriate and ethical communication contexts;
  3. apply emerging technical knowledge and skills to their own practice in a range photographic genres.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Photographic process and practice 55.00
2. Principals: context, technique and influence 35.00
3. Photographic industry: standards and expectations 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Fox, A & Sawdon, R 2015, Langford’s Basic Photography: the guide for serious photographers, 10th edn, Routledge.
Students undertaking the Professional Photography major will require access to:

- a DSLR camera (either full frame or mirrorless, or a micro four thirds system: students will have this from the previous Professional Photography courses)
- three manually operated interchangeable lenses* (students will have two lenses from the previous Professional Photography courses)
- an external off-camera flash unit (speedlight) able to be operated TTL as well as manually (the off-camera flash should have a trigger and receiver – often available in a kit with the flash)
- accessories: a light stand and an umbrella, tripod, and 5-in-1 reflector
- an Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription including Adobe Bridge, Lightroom Classic & Photoshop (please ensure your computer is capable of efficiently running this software)
- personal storage space – both a portable external hard drive (minimum 1TB) and cloud storage.

These will be used throughout all courses in the Professional Photography major. If you wish to check the suitability of your camera, lenses, or off-camera flash (speedlight) please contact the course examiner.

* Recommended lenses are: 1 x wide-angle lens (zoom or prime, between 16-35mm); 1 x zoom lens with a normal-telephoto range (e.g. 24-70mm); 1 x telephoto lens of at least 85mm (e.g. a70-200mm zoom).

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Date printed 10 February 2023