Course Title: Capture photographic images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6276C

Course Title: Capture photographic images

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4312 - Certificate IV in Photo Imaging

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Bryce Dunkley
Phone: 03 9925 4774

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge to capture images using a standard digital stills camera.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI302A Capture photographic images


1. Prepare to capture

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Discuss photographic project with relevant people and select appropriate camera and accessories
1.2. Assess digital camera features to ensure that outcomes meet project requirements
1.3. Plan shots for the project taking into account digital camera features, lighting, photographic design elements and photographic techniques


2. Preview and experiment with image capture

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Operate digital camera according to manufacturer specifications
2.2. Set digital camera preferences and use photographic techniques to achieve desired results
2.3. Adjust planned shots as required and experiment with different ways of achieving desired results


3. Review images

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Download digital images or scan developed film images using appropriate digital imaging software where appropriate
3.2. Rotate, cull, sort and rename images to meet requirements
3.3. Apply metadata and key words to images as required
3.4. Back up and archive as required
3.5. Seek feedback from others on quality of original captures and note areas for future improvement


4. Enhance images

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Enhance images using digital imaging software
4.2. Evaluate outcome against project requirements and confirm with relevant people as required
4.3. Seek feedback from others on quality of enhanced images and note areas for future improvement


5. Finalise image capture process

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Catalogue as required, ensuring extraction and embedding of all necessary metadata as required
5.2. Complete workplace documentation as required
5.3. Clean and store equipment and accessories according to workplace procedures

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to capture images using a standard digital stills camera.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:

In class activities include, but are not limited to:
teacher demonstration
student practice using a range of equipment
group discussion
teacher directed group activities
work shopping of students’ own projects
Oral exam
Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
Shooting of formative assignment
sourcing subject matter, props & model

Teaching Schedule


WeekClass contentAssessment DueElements
1Course outline, assessment & introduction 1-2
2Camera intro types & formats 1-2
3ISO 1-2
4F stop 1-2
5Shutter speed 1-2
6Lenses 1-2
7Other accessoriesFormative 1 Oral in class exam1-2
8Your camera 1-2
9Digital systems & sensors. 1-2
10Use & care 1-2
11Handling 1-2
12Shooting & review of workSummative 13-5
13Shooting & review of work 3-5
14Shooting & review of work 3-5
15Shooting & review of work 3-5
16Shooting & review of work 3-5

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information and to make use of RMIT’s library database facilities.

Other Resources

None required

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks in this course include an oral test and practical assignments.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.
For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Assessment
Oral test: camera operation and functions.

Summative Assessment
1. Assignment on location covering camera operation, ISO, DOF, shutter speed, exposure, perspective and focal length.

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved Graded
DNS Not Yet Competent
Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment matrix
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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