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SK1140 Photography for Media 4.0 credits

This course covers the basic optical concepts of digital photography and is given in Term 3 for Year 2 students on the Degree Program in Media Technology (CMETE).

The course is given in Swedish and the course literature is K. Carlsson: Teknisk Fotografi, teori och tillämpningar

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About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Media Technology, åk 2, Mandatory


P3 (4.0 hp)


14 Jan 2025
16 Mar 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location


Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students


Niklas Sandström (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK1140 (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Optical imaging, Photographic lenses, Perspective, Photometry, Camera components and their function, Electronic image sensors, The sampling criterion applied to digital images, Color photography, Image quality measures (resolution, MTF, noise, dynamics).

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • practical use of digital cameras to solve photographic tasks. This includes choosing suitable lenses and settings to obtain the desired perspective, depth of field and exposure.
  • basic photometric concepts, as well as being able to make photometric calculations that are relevant for practical photography.
  • assess and quantify the image quality of photographic systems in terms of sharpness and noise.
  • the basics of color theory, be familiar with the concept of color temperature (white balance), and be able to use this knowledge in practical photography.
  • assess how high pixel density is needed in digital photography to avoid image distortion and other quality losses.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Active participation in SK1120 Theory of wave motion or equivalent course.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic courses in mathemathics and waves.


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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Experiments, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

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Niklas Sandström (