Course Title: Capture photographic images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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: James Maher
Phone: 03 9925 4125

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 may include:

  • lectures
  • group discussion
  • online research
  • independent project based work
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures

Teaching Schedule

Teaching schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

WeekClass contentAssessmentElements
1 Lecture

Unit outline, assessments & introduction

Camera types & formats

Camera Operation

Shutter Speed & Exposure

  1 - 2
2 Tutorial

Review - Camera parts, shutter speed & exposure

Brief assessment – Shutter Speed

Location shooting

 Assessment 1

Shutter speed


1 - 5
3 Lecture

Camera Operation continued

Review - Shutter speed & Exposure

Introduction to aperture, depth of field,


Assessment 1

Shutter Speed

1 - 2
4 Tutorial

Review - aperture, depth of field,

Brief assessment – Depth of Field

Location shooting

Assessment 2

Depth of Field


 1 - 5
5 Lecture

Camera Operation continued correct’ exposure & histogram


Assessment 2

Depth of Field
 1 - 2
6 Tutorial

Review Depth of Field assessment

Review - ‘correct’ exposure & histogram

Brief assignment – Exposure, High Key, Low Key

In class exercise – experimenting with exposure

 Assessment 3

Exposure, High Key, Low Key

 1 - 5
7 Lecture

Camera Operation continued

Introduction to ISO & White Balance

Default settings

Introduction to Lenses, Perspective & Focal length

 1 - 2
8 Tutorial

Review – Exposure, High Key, Low Key assessment

Brief class exercise – Lenses and Perspective

Brief assessment - Folio

In class exercise – Lenses and Perspective


Assessment 3

Exposure, High Key, Low Key
 1 - 5
9 Lecture

Composition & Design

Lighting - General Principles

Industry in practic

  1 - 2
10 Tutorial

Review – Folio assessment


Assessment 4




 1 - 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 unit are either formative and/or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (Summative) assessment tasks.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Formative Assessment

 The purpose of these assessments is to show technical competence in a number of areas vital to using an SLR camera to capture photographic images. Technical competence must be shown and you will be required to re-do and re-submit until an adequate standard is reached.

There will be assessments to cover each of the following:

1) Shutter Speed – Fast, slow and panning, due week 3.

2) Depth of Field – Narrow and wide, due week 5.

3) Exposure – Reflected light meter readings, high key, low key, due week 8.

Summative Assessment

Part A due week 10

Folio of photos – include 4 x prints (8x10” or 8x12”) illustrating each of the skills in the formative section. Consider both technical and aesthetic aspects of the photo. You may choose to submit the same photo as submitted for the formative assessment or you may choose to re-shoot.

Part B due week 10

Test – to be conducted in the final tutorial

 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

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
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
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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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y (unresolved)

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n (unresolved)

Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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