Course Title: Tone and Reproduction

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Tone and Reproduction

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2007

Course Coordinator: Gordon Pickard

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3717

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 5.2.34

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

VART 2978 Studio Imaging 102

VART 2980 Location Imaging 102

Course Description

The Tone and Reproduction course is designed to further your photographic education by pursuing advanced methods of manipulation and output in both the analog and digital worlds of photography. Established methods in analog, as well as new techniques in digital photography will be applied. Recreation of highly toxic, traditional photographic techniques using newer, less toxic, digital methods.

Emphasis will be placed on establishing a high level of predictability within the imaging system.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop your skills in digital colour management and quality control in a digital imaging workflow.

On successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
• Properly use a colour management system.
• Calibrate input, display, and output devices.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the Zone System and be able to use it effectively in photographic situations.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the differing ink systems used in digital printers.
• Replicate certain, highly toxic. analog photographic techniques digitally.
• Determine archival characteristics of different media.
• Evaluate analog and digital imaging systems.

Overview of Learning Activities

The content associated with this course will be delivered primarily in weekly lectures. Demonstrations of specific equipment or techniques, both in studio or on location, will be carried out as needed. You will also be required to undertake further reading and study as well as solve specific problems related to their weekly assignments.

Regular group critiques of practical assignments will be conducted. Timely submissions of work is required. Knowledge will be tested by a series of examinations.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no single textbook for this course, as the breadth of topics are covered in several sources. Lectures will be supported with handouts, materials distributed online via the DLS and specific references where appropriate. You will be encouraged to keep a Computation Book of all assignments. You will be required to undertake further reading and study of the weekly topics from appropriate texts held within the library, related periodicals, journals, and WWW resources. 

Overview of Assessment

 Assessment is based on progressive folio of photographic assignments, final comprehensive portfolio, and a final comprehensive portfolio and may include a final test on principles associated with learning outcomes.             
Timely submission of all assignments is required.