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Unit for Continuing Education

Basic Photography


The NMMU Photgraphic Department's aim is to make a positive contribution to photography not only as an art form , but to create awareness of the communicative and expressive potential of the medium.

The course is structured to suit the needs of keen amateurs and instruction is given in the form of workshops, lectures, group and indidvidual critiques. Certain photographic activities requiring daylight conditions will be conducted at predetermined times over week ends.

Course Content:

The course compromises both theory and practical subjects. Black and White and colour photography are dealt with using digital cameras. The course aims to equip the amateur photographer with a sound basic knowledge of camera usage, digital processing and printing and general picture taking. By means of lectures, discussions and workshops the following will be dealt with during the course.

  • Cameras: formats, design and application, controls and operation
  • Lenses, exposure and digital sensors
  • Black and white techniques using Photoshop
  • Digital image manipulation with Photoshop
  • Portraiture and figure photography - outdoor and studio
  • Landscape and nature photography. (Outings will be organized to interesting locations)
  • Still life photography
  • Aesthetics and photographic compostion
  • Exhibition of works produced during the course

Course Fee:

  • R2180 (10% discount per registered NMMU student and NMMU staff members)

Course Dates & Duration:

  • 7 March - 11 April (Every Tuesday evening from 17:30pm)
  • 2 - 6 June (Every Tuesday evening from 17:30pm)
  • This course runs for 6 consecutive weeks

Advanced Photography

  • 20 June - 25 July (Every Tuesday evening from 17:30pm)

Entrance Requirements:


Students are responsible for supplying their own phtographic materials as well as printing and scanning costs. It is also advised that students supply their own portable USB flash drive with a minimum capacity of 256Mb

Note: Extra costs for photographic lab prints and mounting paper    

* Course is restricted to a maximum of 10 students

  • Date to be confirmed (6 weeks - from 17:30pm)
  • A keen interest in photography and in possession of a 35mm or a prosumer digital camera