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.

Important Information

 Completion of this course will not guarantee entry into an RMIT program.

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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.


Students will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes



Deborah Dorman

Deborah Dorman is a qualified professional photographer with a Cert IV in Training and Assessment. She loves sharing the joy of photography with others and has a skill for explaining the complex in easy to understand ways.
Deborah established Wild Honey Photography, a successful portrait, wedding and event photography business, in Qld in 1998. She moved to Melbourne in 2010 and commenced teaching photography at RMIT.
You'll find Deborah teaching the Introduction to Photography Level 1 and 2 as well as the People and Portrait short courses.
Deborah also runs Photography Travel Tours and regularly exhibits her fine art photography, with images in both public and private collections.

Tim Turner

Tim has been working as a professional commercial/editorial photographer in Melbourne, Australia for over 20 years.

He enjoys working for a variety of clients including interior and exterior design magazines, corporate clients, architects, interior designers, landscape designers and numerous small businesses.

He is an Accredited Professional Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), has been involved with RMIT VE on the Photo Imaging Professional Advisory Committee and as a sessional teacher, and enjoys donating his photographic skills to chosen charities.


  • 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

Monday 24 June 2019

  • Code S345151
  • Start date 24.06.19
  • End date 04.07.19
  • Hours 24
  • Campus City
  • Fee $740.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Mon 24.06.19 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00
Thu 27.06.19 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00
Mon 01.07.19 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00
Thu 04.07.19 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00

Thursday 11 July 2019

  • Code S345151
  • Start date 11.07.19
  • End date 29.08.19
  • Hours 24
  • Campus City
  • Fee $740.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Thu 11.07.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Thu 18.07.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Thu 25.07.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Thu 01.08.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Thu 08.08.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Thu 15.08.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Thu 22.08.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Thu 29.08.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00

Saturday 27 July 2019

  • Code S345151
  • Start date 27.07.19
  • End date 24.08.19
  • Hours 24
  • Campus City
  • Fee $740.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 27.07.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 03.08.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 17.08.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 24.08.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00

Tuesday 10 September 2019

  • Code S345151
  • Start date 10.09.19
  • End date 29.10.19
  • Hours 24
  • Campus City
  • Fee $740.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Tue 10.09.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 17.09.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 24.09.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 01.10.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 08.10.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 15.10.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 22.10.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 29.10.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00

Monday 21 October 2019

  • Code S345151
  • Start date 21.10.19
  • End date 16.12.19
  • Hours 24
  • Campus City
  • Fee $740.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Mon 21.10.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 28.10.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 11.11.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 18.11.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 25.11.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 02.12.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 09.12.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 16.12.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00

Saturday 09 November 2019

  • Code S345151
  • Start date 09.11.19
  • End date 30.11.19
  • Hours 24
  • Campus City
  • Fee $740.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 09.11.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 16.11.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 23.11.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 30.11.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00

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