Program Information

Today's successful photographers know more than just their cameras: they're also ready to design, edit, market, connect, write, and sell. Our students prepare for this fast-paced and ever expanding career using modern digital photographic equipment in a state-of-the-art photography studio. The program is laptop-based and fully hybrid (a combination of both online and in-class learning), offering students the benefits of flexible learning.

Photography students at Lambton College are encouraged to follow their passion as they explore diverse photographic interests, all while developing the technical skills necessary for creative control. The curriculum covers a broad range of topics, including design and composition, digital darkroom, web and social media fundamentals and portfolio development. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with classmates as they photograph events both on and off campus, and a photography field study in New York City during second year challenges students to expand their horizons. See some of our students' work from previous classes by visiting Lens on Lambton.

Students learn from current and award and award winning industry leaders who share the secrets they've learned through their decades of photography experience.

At the core of the Photography program is our state-of-the-art photography and video studio, equipped with strobe, video and continuous light kits. Students work in this space, both individually and in small groups, using professional-quality equipment from our loan department. 

Artistic career aspirations become a reality with Lambton College's Photography program.

This program has specific computer and equipment requirements, see Costs for details.

See Course List

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Course List

DPH-1003: Digital Photography Techniques I

This course is the introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography and primarily focuses on technical aspects associated with digital cameras, lenses, and associated equipment. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative and critical thinking, while encouraging the students to take a practical approach at capturing quality images. This course is delivered in a hybrid delivery method, meaning, two hours per week will take place in-class/studio/on-location while the remaining hour will be provided on-line.

COM-1113: Workplace Communication

This course focuses on skills required in any organization or position: writing business documents, responding to realistic scenarios, and speaking in an organized and vibrant manner. Students will practice professional communications skills by producing, revising, and editing short business documents and engaging in verbal interactions and presentations.

DPH-1203: Design and Composition for Photographers

In this course students analyze the internationally recognized criteria for good image composition and design principles in photographic and multimedia applications. The Rule of Thirds (with layers), diagonals, texture, colour versus black and white, viewpoint and perspective, contrast and the theory of light and colour will be explored. Students will apply basic industry standards to critique the work of their peers and themselves.

DPH-1403: Lighting Techniques I

This course provides an introduction to choosing the appropriate light for your creative vision and making informed technical decisions about this light. By using demonstrations, theory, and practice, students will be given an opportunity to explore methods for the control and manipulation of available light sources. Emphasis is placed on lighting principles, quality of light, techniques and effective use of associated equipment. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative, and critical thinking while encouraging the students to take a practical approach to capture quality images. This course is delivered in a hybrid delivery method, meaning, two hours per week will take place in-class/studio/on-location while the remaining hour will be provided on-line.

DPH-1102: Digital Darkroom I

This course is an introduction to computers from a photographer's perspective with an emphasis on "The Mac". The course will also cover the basics of the Mac OS, serve as an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and other applications used by a professional photographer.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

DPH-1013: History of Art and Photography

This course will study the history of photography from its inception, including both technological and artistic innovations in Canada and around the world. The course will also provide an overview of Art History, concentrating on the period from the Old Masters through to modern times. Students will relate the posing, lighting, and composition of artists to photographic techniques. Students do NOT require a camera.

DPH-2003: Digital Photography Techniques II

Digital Photography Techniques II is a continuation of DPH 1003 and explores advanced techniques and theories of digital photography. The course will consist of discussions, demonstrations and supervised shooting with an emphasis on shoot production and studio management. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative and critical thinking, while encouraging the students to take a practical approach at capturing quality images. This course is delivered in a hybrid delivery method, meaning, two hours per week will take place in-class/studio/on-location while the remaining hour will be provided on-line.

DPH-3203: Digital Darkroom II

Instead of using conventional darkrooms, today's photographers process digital images using computer software and monitors. Digital Darkroom II explores advanced digital image editing and processing, printmaking, colour calibration, enhancement techniques and asset management using Adobe Photoshop and Bridge. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative and critical thinking, while encouraging the students to take a practical approach at editing and creating quality images and prints. This course is delivered in a hybrid delivery method, meaning, two hours per week will take place in-class, while the remaining hour will be provided on-line.

DPH-2403: Lighting Techniques II

Lighting Techniques II is a continuation of DPH 1403. This course analyzes principles and practices of studio and location lighting using available, continuous and studio strobe light sources. It also provides students with technical and theoretical skills in lighting ratios, traditional portrait lighting techniques and three-dimensional contrast as well as emphasizing the importance of safe handling and management of studio lighting equipment. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative and critical thinking, while encouraging the students to take a practical approach at capturing quality images.

DPH-2113: Portrait and Wedding Photography I

This course provides extensive hands-on instruction on posing and capturing professional quality portraits and weddings, in the studio and on location. Students will also be taught the skills of running a portrait studio including marketing, pricing, dealing with clients and sourcing suppliers.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

Academic Break

DPH-3053: Popular Culture for Photographers

Industries of popular culture like fashion, music, art, and entertainment all enjoy a close relationship with photography. Mindful photographers are driven by popular culture to capture its most striking features and create provocative images that resonate with viewers. In turn, popular culture influences contemporary movements in visual art and photography. By practicing mindful critical thinking, students will identify, interpret, and evaluate popular culture's dialogue with the photographic arts. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to examine the reciprocal relationship between popular culture and photography. This course is delivered in a hybrid delivery method, meaning, two hours per week will take place in-class/studio/on-location while the remaining hour will be provided on-line.

DPH-3102: Digital Darkroom II

DPH-3223: Photojournalism

This course emphasizes the story-telling aspects of photography. From the historical importance to the ability to enact societal changes, photography is a powerful media that has a huge presence in our lives. With that presence, comes the ethical and moral issues that a Photojournalist must consider and understand. The course explores the many facets of Photojournalism including; sports; documentary; news; feature; portraiture photography.

DPH-3403: Commercial Photography

Recognize the inter-relationship between theory and practice of photography and the range of professional and commercial applications of photographic technique. The course explores commercial photography, the creation, sub-categories, marketing, sales and value of images produced for corporate, marketing and business purposes.

DPH-3113: Portrait and Wedding Photography II

This course explores the contemporary and historical methods of portrait and wedding photography. Through lectures and in-class demonstrations, students develop the skills of posing and capturing, as well as marketing and sales, of unique and professional quality portraits.

DPH-2703: Drone Photography

In this course students learn how to safely fly drones for photography. The course introduces the basics of aerial photography, drone systems, essential aviation knowledge and business possibilities. Students learn to plan missions, safely fly a drone and capture images from the air. During the course students fly drones to create a collection of aerial photographs they can add to their portfolios. The course covers the knowledge required to pass the Transport Canada Basic Drone Certification.

MKT-1103: Social Media Marketing

This course explores online marketing tools and tactics, such as social media, email, digital advertising and content marketing, that businesses can use to build a profitable relationship with their customers. Students engage in simulated social media, email and digital advertising campaigns to gain a better understanding of how to use these tools in their marketing efforts. Along with learning about digital and social media marketing, students learn general principles of marketing that are key for every business, regardless of industry or size: identifying who your customers are; understanding what needs they have that you are uniquely able to serve; creating a brand voice that speaks to them; identifying who your competitors are; deciding how to differentiate your offering from theirs; and creating a plan for engaging customers across social media and digital advertising platforms.

DPH-4023: The Business of Photography

Being a great photographer is only part of the equation: you also have to be a great business person. A photographer's longevity is based not only on talent and skill, but on the financial aspects of being in business. In this course, we will navigate our way to a successful Canadian photography business through the practice of maintaining your artistic integrity while carefully integrating the components of Canadian business commerce. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative and critical thinking.

DPH-1703: Video Production

This course teaches Photography students key competencies integral to understanding and executing video production from the perspective of a professional photographer. This course provides students with foundational knowledge to learn and apply timeline-based video editing software with the video capabilities of their cameras.

DPH-4006: Portfolio Development

A portfolio is a showcase of an artist's best work, and an effective presentation is a vital foundational piece to a professional career. Self-promotion is crucial in the competitive world of photography and creative methods of showcasing your work will garner attention. Developing a collection of outstanding photographs to promote yourself is a key, first step in the pursuit of gainful employment. This course enables you to create and curate an original body of work for display in a public space, on-line, and in a traditional portfolio. Throughout the term, students have ongoing support and the opportunity to receive feedback on their in-process work and completed projects.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

For more information about the Winter 2021 intake and course list, please contact the School of Business & International Education at busschool@lambtoncollege.ca or at 519-542-7751 x 2433.

Program Maps

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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Technology Requirements

This program requires a MacBook Pro.

See full device requirements.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates pursue a variety of employment opportunities such as travel, sports, portrait, photojournalism, wedding and fashion photographers, photo manipulation, restoration artists and multi-media professionals. Careers exist in commercial, corporate, private and personal businesses.

Graduates are encouraged to understand their niche and pursue it passionately. Relocation should be considered depending on the career aspirations of graduates.

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