SK2380 Technical Photography 8.0 credits

Teknisk fotografi

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

The course gives a theoretical background to the basics of photographic science, as well as practical experience in the field.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Last planned examination: spring 20.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

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 main content

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.


Recommended prerequisites:
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.


K. Carlsson: Teknisk fotografi, KTH.

Laboratory instructions


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 5.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Written examination (TEN1; 3 credits, grading scale A-F).
Laboratory (LAB1; 5 credits, grading scale P/F).

Offered by

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics


Linda Lundström (


Linda Lundström <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2007.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.