SK3380 Technical Photography 8.0 credits

Teknisk fotografi

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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.


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.

Language of instruction: Swedish


K. Carlsson: Teknisk fotografi, KTH.
Laboratory instructions


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

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Kjell Carlsson,


Linda Lundström <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2010.