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FSK3380 Technical Photography 8.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3380 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Optical imaging. Photographic lenses. Photometry. The camera. Photographic film. Digital cameras. Electronic imaging sensors. Tone reproduction. Color photography. Photographic prints. X-ray, ultraviolet and infrared photography. High speed photography. Imaging quality.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • practically use both analog and digital cameras for solving a photographic task. This includes choice of suitable lens and settings to obtain the desired perspective, depth of field and exposure.
  • develop black-and-white films and produce prints from both film and digital image files.
  • quantify the quality of photographic systems concerning image sharpness, tone reproduction and noise.
  • understand the basics of color reproduction, color temperature and color coordinates, and be able to use this knowledge in practical photography.
  • estimate the necessary pixel density in digital photography in order to avoid imaging artifacts and loss of quality.
  • practically use high speed video equipment to quantitatively study rapid events.
  • practically use equipment for infrared photography, and understand how X-ray, ultraviolet and thermal radiation can be used for imaging purposes.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admitted to PhD studies in Physics or related fields of study.

Basic knowledge of waves: Intensity, refraction, interference and diffraction.
Geometrical optics: Raytracing in thin lenses and lens systems.
Mathematics: Differential and integral calculus in one dimension. Logarithms.

Recommended prerequisites

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K. Carlsson: Teknisk fotografi, KTH.
Laboratory instructions

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 5.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Written examination (TEN1; 3 credits, grading scale P/F) and completed laboratory course (LAB1; 5 credits, grading scale P/F).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics