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The Art of Photography (PHOT)

Monday, 7 January 2019 - 12:00amTuesday, 5 February 2019 - 11:45pm
Dr Shane Hulbert
Provided byRMIT University

You will learn about photography as a visual art practice, and how this can help you to become an engaging and active photographer. You will explore the work and concepts of contemporary photographic artists, which may trigger a new interest in what you photograph.

Presenter: Dr Shane Hulbert

Shane is an artist and academic from RMIT University where he is the Deputy Head, Discipline (Art), in the School of Art. His work has been shown in galleries throughout the world, most recently in the National Gallery of Victoria, for their iconic Melbourne Now exhibition.

Delivery and support for this course

This free, online course is provided by Open2Study ( and its nominated course provider.

Support services for all Open2Study courses are provided exclusively via the O2S student forums. To avoid undue delays in response, all student enquiries should be directed to Open2study via this method only. State Library Victoria provides access to this course as a service to our online visitors and has no direct involvement in the delivery, management or support for this course.

What's involved?

Module 1: Light Through Lenses (10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment) 
Module 2: Photography's Evolution (10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment) 
Module 3: The Digital Darkroom (10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment) 
Module 4: Visual Language & Creative Photography (10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment)

What will I learn?

• How to understand exposure and digital capture
• The 'language' of creative expression and how this can improve your own photography
• Identify pixels and levels and how they construct a photographic image
• How to use key features on your digital camera
• What is RAW, and the reasons why you should use it
• The key contemporary photographic narratives, and ways in which they can help you think about your own photography
• How a lens draws the image, and how this can help you make more effective compositions
• How aperture and shutter speed works
• How to understand some of the tools and functions of image editing software
• How to navigate some of the hardware choices available to contemporary photographers
• Ways to consider what kind of photographer you might be, and ways this can help you to determine subject matter

This course requires approximately 2–4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course in approximately 4 hours and 2 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

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