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Unit for Continuing Education

Basic Photography


The Nelson Mandela University Photographic 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
  • Aesthetics and photographic composition
  • Studio portraiture
  • Landscape photography. (Outings will be organized to interesting locations)
  • Organic still life photography
  • Exhibition of works produced during the course

Course Fee:

  • R2400 (10% discount per registered Nelson Mandela University student/staff member)

Course Dates & Duration:

  • 23 January - 27 February(Every Tuesday evening from 17:30pm at Nelson Mandela University - North Campus)
  • 13 March - 17 April (Every Tuesday evening from 17:30pm at Nelson Mandela University - North Campus)
  • This course runs for 6 consecutive weeks


Advanced Photography

Course Content:

During this 27 hour photographic short course (run once a week over 9 weeks), you will become familiar with the techniques listed below. The short course has a strong practical component and it is assumed that all those attending have a good knowledge of their digital SLR camera.

  • Still life photography in photographic studio: Food and objects. Tungsten light sources: direct, indirect, diffuse, and use of light tents.
  • Architectural interiors and exteriors. Making use of available light, and adding supplemtary light. Coping with exposure problems; interior and exterior views.
  • Night photography and other low light situations
  • Light painting
  • Landscape photography; evening outing and selecting long exposures for desired effects.

Entrance requirements:

A keen interest in photography and in possesion of a DSLR digital camera.


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 8GB

Note: Extra costs for photographic lab prints and mounting paper    

Course fee:

  • R3590 (10% discount for NMU staff and students)

Course Date & Duration

  • 3 May - 28 June (9 weeks, every Thursday evening - from 17:30pm at Nelson Mandela University - North Campus)


Contact information
Mrs Roxane van Wyk
Laboratory Technician
Tel: 27 41 504 3379

Ms Nomsa Xubane
Admin Assistant
Tel: 041 504 3247

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