Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART6274C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital 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:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Rob Gale


Phone: 0419616888
Email: rob.gale@rmit.edu.au
 

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

None

Course Description

In this course you will gain skills and knowledge needed to produce digital images for electronic media or print output.
You will be working independently on your projects with supervision and guidance as required.

 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDIG401A Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

Element:

2. Develop ideas for digital imaging

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Articulate creative and other goals for digital image work
2.2. Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property requirements
2.3. Apply knowledge of different digital imaging techniques to inform ideas
2.4. Allow techniques and ideas to work together to inform each other
2.5. Consider the professional potential and other criteria for work when developing ideas
2.6. Refine and confirm ideas based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others

Element:

1. Develop proficiency with a range of digital imaging techniques and media

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Evaluate the potential for new approaches to digital imaging based on capabilities of techniques already used
1.2. Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment and materials to achieve different effects
1.3. Extend the capabilities of digital imaging techniques through experimentation
1.4. Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations for different techniques and media

Element:

3. Organise digital imaging resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work
3.2. Research and access potential sources of supply for digital imaging resources
3.3. Evaluate cost and other constraints that impact on the development of work
3.4. Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations for finished digital images
3.5. Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements
 

Element:

4. Create finished digital images

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Create digital images, using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation
4.2. Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with the production of work
4.3. Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the production of work
4.4. Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it

Element:

5. Evaluate own digital imaging work

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Reflect on own work in terms of conceptual development and technical execution
5.2. Identify areas for future improvement especially in terms of own skill development
5.3. Discuss completed work with others and respond positively to feedback


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. You will be able to employ industry level digital techniques to process, enhance, mask and manipulate a broad range of digital photographic files.


Details of Learning Activities

In class activities
•lectures
•peer teaching and class presentations
•group discussion
•online research
•workshopping
•independent project based work
•teacher directed group activities/projects class exercises to review discussions/lectures


Teaching Schedule

WkClass ContentCommentElements
1

LECTURE - Delivered to all groups 1hr

Course outline: the purpose of the Formative and Summative Assignments, class culture, safe-working procedures.


Demonstrations

– HDR (High Dynamic Range) blending using ‘Photoshop Auto 32 Bit Vs Manual Photoshop 1 over exposed and 1 under exposed – subject is Capt Cook Cottage ( images supplied)

–  Correction of building perspective using PS Transform tool


– Channel Masking  – ‘Simple to Mask’ Flower in the Field exercise. (image supplied)
- The importance of a Non Destructive workflow

TUTORIAL (students to work on formative assignments in computer lab. All images suppied for formative assignment).

(SUMMATIVE)  Assignment - Glassware & Architecture  SET

(FORMATIVES)

1. HDR technique - Introduction level - Capt Cook Cottage SET

2. Channel Masking - Introduction level : Simple to mask SET

1,2,3.4
2

LECTURE & DEMONSTRATIONS - Delivered to all groups 1hr

Channel Masking 
- Using ‘Apply’ Levels & Brush/Overlay Mode. – ‘The Lily’ -
–Using ‘Calculations’, ‘ The Doctor in the Hospital Corridor’

TUTORIAL  (students to work on formative assignments in computer lab. All images supplied for formative assignment)

(FORMATIVE)  - SET

3. ‘Apply’ & Levels in PS & Brush in Overlay Mode to create a mask. – ‘The Lily’ 

4. ‘Calculations’ & Levels in PS & Brush in Overlay Mode to create a mask. - ‘ The Doctor in the Hospital Corridor’.

1,2,3,4
3

LECTURE & DEMONSTRATIONS 

- HDR (High Dynamic Range) ‘The Office’  Using ‘Manual Photoshop technique for HDR - Transform & correction of interior building perspective, colour temprature & contrast correction.


– MASKING using ’Magic Wand’  Selection Tool and mask refinement  with levels ‘Venice & Sky Masking’
TUTORIAL
(students to work on formative assignments in computer lab. All images supplied for formative assignment)

(FORMATIVE) - SET

5. - HDR  ‘The Office’ - Transform on correction of interior building perspective.

6. - Use of Magic Wand Selection Tool & mask refinement - VENICE image combined with a sunset SKY image.

1,2,3,4
4

LECTURE & DEMONSTRATIONS

- Review of – Masking using ’Magic Wand’ Selection Tool and mask refinement with levels ‘Venice & Sky Masking’

- Channel Masking - ‘Difficult to Mask’ P1

TUTORIAL (Students to work on formative assignments in computer lab. All images supplied for formative assignment.

Students to begin working on their summative assignment work in preparation for print output

(FORMATIVE) 7. Channel Masking -‘Difficult to Mask’

SET  

 

 

 1,2,3,4
5

LECTURE & DEMONSTRATIONS

- Channel Masking - ‘Difficult to Mask’ Pt 2

- Test file preparation looking at: Colour correction, contrast correction. File naming conventions, FTP protocol, Using ‘DROP BOX’.

Students individual test files sent to Lab FTP upload demo.

 

TUTORIAL (Students to work on formative assignments in computer lab. All images supplied for formative assignment.

Students working on their summative assignment work in preparation for print output)

 1,2,3,4 
6

LECTURE & DEMONSTRATIONS

- HDR technique -Dealing with movement between to exposures - "Ducks on the river’

- Revision of all formatives Q&A

TUTORIAL (Students to work on formative assignments in computer lab. All images supplied for formative assignment.

Students also working on their summative assignments in preparation for print outputs)

Class Excercise - HDR technique -Dealing with movement between to exposures - "Ducks on the river’ 1,2,3,4
7

LECTURE & DEMONSTRATIONS

– Masking to control highlight blow outs & Using channels to add contrast to flat portraits – ‘Adding detail to portraits’

Test files assessed & files adjusted
Lecture demo Show POWER POINT with example images.
Food Poster (STUDIO) and Fashion/Portrait Assignment (LOCATION) SET

TUTORIAL

In class Review of assignments 1& 2 Resulting print output

SUMMATIVE ASSIGNMENTS DUE

The below assignments to be completed by the end of this class

1. Assignment – Process digital files & print of a 3 dimensional glass subject

2. Assignment – Process digital files and produce display prints for an Architectural company’s exhibition

Assign Food Poster & Fashion/Portrait SET

1,2,3,4 
8

LECTURE & DEMONSTRATIONS

Show POWER POINT with example images.
Food Poster layout and Fashion/Portrait Assignment layouts

TUTORIAL (students to work on formative assignments in computer lab. All images supplied for formative assignment)

FORMATIVE ASSIGNMENTS DUE

The below assignments to be completed by the end of this class

1. HDR technique - Introduction level - Capt Cook Cottage

2. Channel Masking - Simple to mask

3. Channel Masking - Using Apply & Bush in overlay mode ’ The Lilly’

4. Channel Masking - Using Calculations in PS & Bush in overlay mode.

1,2,3,4,5
9

TUTORIAL  Demonstration Channel Masking - of Motor Bike on white background

(students to work on formative assignments in computer lab. All images supplied for formative assignment)

(FORMATIVE) - SET

 8 Channel masking a studio image into a scene - Bike On the Pier (Timed test 7mins or less)

1,2,3,4
10

TUTORIAL  Demonstration Channel Masking - of Motor Bike on white background then place in on to an outside location. (TIMED TEST to be completed in 7mins or less)

(Students to work on formative assignments in computer lab. All images supplied for formative assignment.

Students also working on their summative assignments in preparation for print outputs)

  1,2,3,4
11

Pract Class - Students to work in class on assignments with supervision.

  1,2,3,4
12Pract Class - Students to work in class on assignments with supervision.  1,2,3,4
13TUTORIAL - Test print files sent to Lab FTP Students to work in class on assignments with supervision.

FORMATIVE ASSIGNMENTS - DUE

The below assignments to be completed by the end of this class

5. Masking in a sky to an image using a variety of selection tools and modification of a the mask

6. Channel Masking - Difficult to mask

7 HDR technique - The office

8 Channel masking a studio image into a scene - Bike On the Pier (Timed test 7mins or less)

 

 1,2,3,4
14Students to work in class on assignments with supervision
Test print files assessed & files adjustment made before resending files to print lab.
  
15 Final Assessment and review of student

SUMMATIVE ASSIGNMENTS DUE

The below assignments to be completed by the end of this class

3. Assignment – Process digital files & Create a poster for a food festival

4. Assignment – Process digital files & Create prints for a fashion layout OR editorial story of an artist.

 1,2,3,4,5
16 Final Assessment and review of student Summative assignments  5


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.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Galer M., Andrews P. Photoshop CC- Essential Skills, Focal Press Linda.com


References

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


Other Resources

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

RMIT Library

lynda.com


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a series of practical tasks and photography projects.
 


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this unit are either ungraded or graded. Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (graded) 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.

RORMATIVE Assessments to be completed in class. (Ungraded)

1. HDR technique - Introduction level - Capt Cook Cottage - Due week 8

2. Channel Masking - Simple to mask - Due week 8

3. Channel Masking - Using Apply & Bush in overlay mode ’ The Lilly’ - Due week 8

4. Channel Masking - Using Calculations in PS & Bush in overlay mode- Due week 8

5. Masking in a sky to an image using a variety of selection tools and modification of a the mask - Due week 13

6. Channel Masking - Difficult to mask - Due week 13

7 HDR technique - The office - Due week 13

8 Channel masking a studio image into a scene - Bike On the Pier (Timed test 7mins or less) - Due week 13

  

SUMMATIVE assessments of the assignments below are averaged to produce the final grade.


1. Assignment  – Process digital files & print of a 3 dimensional glass subject - Due Week 7

2. Assignment  – Process digital files and produce display prints for an Architectural company’s exhibition Due- Week 7


3. Assignment  – Process digital files & Create a poster for a food festival – Due Week 15

4. Assignment  – Process digital files & Create prints for a fashion layout OR editorial story of an artist. DUE: Week 15

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: Assessment tasks in this unit are either ungraded or graded. Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (graded) 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.

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:

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competent achieved Grade
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment


Assessment Matrix

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

Other Information

Attendance
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.
Student feedback at RMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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 http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

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
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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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