Course Title: Enhance, manipulate and output photoimages

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: VART5945C

Course Title: Enhance, manipulate and output photoimages

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4224 - Certificate IV in Photoimaging

Course Contact : Josiane Mueller

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4585

Course Contact Email:josiane.mueller@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Mr Robert Gale
Email: rob.gale@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 80

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

None

Course Description

This a foundation course in digital processing manipulation and output. Tutorials and class exercises focus on practical industry required skill sets including photo restoration, portrait retouching and file manipulation.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI08B Enhance, manipulate and output photoimages

Element:

1. Retrieve work prints or digital files.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clarify and confirm concept for final image in consultation with relevant colleagues
1.2 Identify and select work prints or files which are consistent with concept/brief

Element:

2. Plan image output.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and confirm qualities and characteristics of the work prints or files suitable for enhancement and manipulation consistent with concept/brief
2.2 Resolve output strategies consistent with the purpose of the final image, including identification of constraints and requirement of specified image use (print or electronic)

Element:

3. Prepare work environment for analogue or digital work.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select work environment which meets requirements for specific tasks
3.2 Care for work environment so that it remains clean and safe during the production of work
3.3 Safely set up relevant equipment and prepare materials for the work

Element:

4. Enhance and manipulate the image(s).

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Select techniques for image enhancement and manipulation consistent with the concept, testing processes and purpose of the work
4.2 Select materials and equipment appropriate for the selected techniques and, for a digital context, consider screen based issues
4.3 Safely apply selected techniques to enhance and manipulate the image(s) in order to resolve image(s) ready for output, which includes resolving output strategies

Element:

5. Output image(s).

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Select appropriate materials and/or equipment for output option
5.2 Safely output image by digital or analogue means

Element:

6. Restore work environment, equipment and materials and ensure safe storage

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Safely restore work area after use
6.2 Minimise and clean up waste in accordance with safety requirements
6.3 Clean and maintain equipment in accordance with manufacturers instructions
6.4 Store equipment in accordance with workplace procedures and ensure readiness for future use


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to competently navigate through Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge and the Adobe RAW file converter. You will also be able to successful employ a range of professional digital retouching and photographic enhancement techniques.


Details of Learning Activities

In Class Activities
• lectures
• group discussion
• peer teaching
• workshopping
• online research
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• visit to a professional photographic lab

Out of Class Activity
• independent research
• independent study and project work


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.

Week StartingClass content Elements
Week 1

Introduction to course, assessment & facilities.
•    The basics about pixels
•    The Structure of Photoshop & the importance of short cuts  
•    Setting up preferences Instruction.
LECTURE - THE BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS OF DIGITAL
How digital capture works.  
Demonstration: Replicating a digital image
Practical Session:  Students to work the,  ‘Replicating a 

1,2,3,4,5,6
Week 2

Practical Session: Students to work the,  ‘Replicating a digital image’ exercise.
Demonstration: Adobe Camera RAW
Practical Session: Students to work the,  ‘Adobe Camera RAW’ exercise.
 1,2,3,4,5,6
Week 3

Practical Session:  Students to work the assignment model and developing the their individual models 1,3,4,6
Week 4
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Demonstration: Restoration damaged photographs
Practical Session: Class exercises on, damaged photographs (supplied files)
Planning a workflow

 Formative 1& 2 DueAssignment 1 Due
Assignment2
Week 5

Demonstration: Restoration damaged photographs
Practical Session: Class exercises on, damaged photographs (supplied files)
 1,3,4,6
Week 6

Practical Session: Class exercises on, damaged photographs (supplied files)
Practical Session: Students to work the,  ‘Adobe Camera RAW’ exercise.
Practical Session: Students to work the assignment model and developing their individual models
 Formative 3
Due: Camera RAW
1,2,3,4,6
Week 7

Practical Session: Students to work the assignment model and developing their individual models  1,2,3,4,5,6
Week 8

Demonstration: Retouching methods, portrait retouching
Practical Session: Students to work the retouching exercise.
Formative 4 
Week 9


Class portrait retouching exercises
Lab time for students to work on there own portrait images under supervision
 1,2,3,4,5,6
Week10

Class portrait retouching exercises
Lab time for students to work on there own images under supervision
Formative 5
1,2,3,4,5,6
Week 11

Using PS Selection Tools in combination to make selections
Instruction, Demonstration and class exercise using selection tool combination to create masks.
- Lasso tool
- Magnetic Lasso Tool
- Magic Wand
Masking with channels
- Choosing the right channel to duplicate
- Using levels to increase contrast
- Using Burn/Dodge tools
- Painting the mask with “Overlay” mode
  1,2,3,4,5,6
Week 12

Lab time for students to work on their own images under supervision  1,2,3,4,5,6
Week 13

Alternative Digital Post Production Effects – Demonstration and class excercises
Demonstration: Digital special effect 01
Practical Session: Students to work the retouching exercise
Demonstration: Digital special effect
Practical Session: Students to work the retouching exercise
Assignment 3 Due
Assignment 4
1,2,3,4,5,6
Week14

Demonstration: Digital special effect
Practical Session: Students to work the retouching exercise
Formative 7
Formative 8
1,2,3,4,5,6
Week 15

Lab time for students to work on there own images under supervision 1,2,3,4,5,6
Week16

Final Assignment Due
Class review and discussion
Assignment 2 Due1,2,3,4,5,6


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Photoshop CS5 Essential Skills - Mark Galer


References

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

Due to the large file sizes a large portable 350 - 500Gig Hard Disk is required


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through a practical demonstration of skills using required equipment
and materials and selected techniques for image manipulation and output for a range of images. These images demonstrate the application of selected techniques and which are consistent with concept and purpose of the work.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as 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 1: Replicating a digital image – (Foundation)
Formative Assessment 2: Building a digital image – (Foundation)
Formative Assessment 3: Abobe Camera Raw – (Foundation)
Formative Assessment 4: Restoration retouching – (Foundation)
Formative Assessment 5: Image Retouching – (Portraiture 01)
Formative Assessment 6: Image Retouching – (Portraiture 02)
Assignment 1: Portrait retouching and print - Summative Assessment
Formative Assessment 7: Alternative special effect processing 01
Formative Assessment 8: Alternative special effect processing 02
Assignment 2: Applying alternative special effect processing to your portrait and print output - Summative Assessment

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
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

Feedback:
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

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:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;


Plagiarism
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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