Course Title: Capture photographic images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

Deborah Dorman
Phone: 03 9925 4774 (leave a message with Eddie Javier)

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
  • practical demonstrations

Teaching Schedule

Teaching schedule

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

Week Class content Assessment Due
1 Lecture
- Unit outline, assessments & introduction
- Planning and designing your image using
- Lighting, composition, design & technique
- Introducing Exposure Triangle,
- Metering, Histogram


2 Tutorial
- Setting manual exposure.
- Metering, histogram and highlight alert
- Exposure and metering exercises in class


3 Lecture
- Lighting, composition, design & technique
- Shutter speed & Movement
- Aperture & Depth of Field
- ISO & Noise

 Briefing : Assignment 1 -
Camera Skills: Shutter speed & Aperture


4 Tutorial
- Location shooting - Depth of Field and Movement
- Bridge demonstration for submission requirements




5  Lecture
- Lighting, composition, design & technique
- Lenses, Perspective & Focal length
- Focusing

 Briefing: Assignment 2 -
Lenses & Perspective

Due: Assignment 1 -
Camera Skills: Shutter speed & Aperture
6 Tutorial
- Review Lenses & Focal Length
- Focusing and Perspective Prac in class


7 Lecture
- Lighting, White Balance, Composition & Design
- Brief Assignment

 Briefing: Assignment 3 -
Composition & Design

Due: Assignment 2 -
Lenses & Perspective


8 Tutorial
- Review images for selection for Triptych
- Practical class – Lighting & White Balance


                                EASTER BREAK No class this week
9 Lecture
- File formats, resolution, enhancement
- Metadata, keywords
- Triptych Demonstration
10 Tutorial
- Revision


Due: Assignment 3 -
Composition & Design
11 Lecture
- Lighting Revision- General Principles
- Photographic Genres
12 Tutorial - review of essential knowledge
- Test
 Due: Assignment 4 -

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

1TB Hard Drive

8GB USB drive

Digital camera equipment

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

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


Ungraded Assessment
The purpose of these assignments is to show technical competence in a number of areas vital to using an SLR camera to capture photographic images. Technical competence and aesthetic considerations must be shown and you will be required to re-do and re-submit until an adequate standard is reached. The following assessment tasks are required to be submitted.

Assignment 1 - Camera Skills: Shutter Speed – Depth of Field
Ungraded Assessment
Due: Week 5
Task: Students will be required to understand the settings on their DLSR to photograph and deliver 3 images illustrating variations of shutter speed and its relationship to stopping or showing movement and 2 images illustrating the use of aperture to control depth of field. Correct exposure and an emerging awareness of light and design should be evident. Adobe Bridge will be used to review images and obtain metadata and Adobe Photoshop utilised to produce final files to be submitted with required capture + output information.


Assignment 2 - Lenses and Perspective
Ungraded Assessment
Due: Week 7
Task: Students will be required to produce a range of images that demonstrate various effects of lens perspective and distortion as well as an image showing closest focusing distance (Macro).
Correct exposure and an increasing awareness of light and design should be evident. Adobe Bridge will be used to review images and obtain metadata and Adobe Photoshop utilised to produce final files to be submitted with required capture + output information.

Assignment 3 - Composition & Design
Ungraded Assessment
Due: Week 10
Task: Students are required to produce a series of images demonstrating composition and design elements plus 10 abstract colour images. 3 of these images will be selected using Adobe Bridge and enhanced, cropped, resized and adjusted in Photoshop to create a Triptych.
Correct exposure and use of appropriate lighting situations should be evident. Composition and Design Images will be submitted by pdf with required capture + output information. Adobe Bridge will be used to create a proof sheet of the abstract colour images.

Assignment 4 - Test
Ungraded Assessment
Due: Week 12
Task: Students are required to undertake a test that will be conducted online during the final tutorial. The test will consist of 20 multiple choice questions.

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:

CA Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS 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

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

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.

Assessment and Feedback
You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, 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.

Student Progress (unresolved)
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for Late Submission (unresolved)
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 will need to apply for special consideration.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (unresolved)
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

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