Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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: Janelle Low
Email: janelle.low@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:

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:

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:

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 include but are not limited to:

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


Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:

  • research
  • independent project based 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 
WeekClass contentAssessment
1Introduction: Course, Assessments, class culture, safe-working procedures.

Demonstration:
•Channel Masking 1 –‘Simple to Mask’ Flower in the Field exercise.

•Channel Masking 2 – ‘The Lily’ exercises.
Using ‘Apply’ Levels & Brush/Overlay Mode.

Class Exercises:
•Channel Masking 1 – ‘Simple to Mask’ Flower in the Field exercise.

•Channel Masking 2 – ‘The Lily’ exercises.
Using ‘Apply’ Levels & Brush/Overlay Mode.

 

Demonstration: – Capt. Cook’s Cottage
•High Dynamic Range (HDR) exposure blending.
•‘Photoshop Auto 32 Bit Vs. Manual.

Class Exercises: – Capt. Cook’s Cottage
•High Dynamic Range (HDR) exposure blending.
•Manual method.

 

2

Demonstration:
•HDR – ‘The Office’ manual application of HDR

Briefing for Assessments 2 and 3

Assessment 1. ‘The Office’ - HDR
Task: Correct the colour, straighten the distortion of the walls cause by the wide angle lens and manually blending 2 of 2 exposures of the same together
Purpose: To familiarize students with the application of
a variety of corrections required when process files for an architectural application.

Assessment 2. Glassware
Task: Process, refine and print the image of your glass subject that you made in you ‘Capture Images In Response to a Brief ‘ studio assignment.
Purpose: To familiarize students with the application of
a variety of corrections required when process files for a
print of glassware


Assessment 3.
Architecture
Task: Process, refine and print the images of that you made in your ‘Capture Images In Response to a Brief ‘ location assignment.
Purpose: To familiarize students with the application of
a variety of corrections required when process files for an architectural exhibition print output

 

 


 

 

 

 

 
 

3Demonstration: ‘The Doctor & the Hospital’
Channel Masking using Calculations

Class exercise:
‘The Doctor & the Hospital’ – Channel Masking

Students to work in class on assessments with supervision

 
4Demonstration: – Masking 4 ‘Venice & Sky combination’

Class exercise:
‘Venice & Sky – Quick Masking

Students to work in class on assessments with supervision Students to work in class on assignments with supervision on the completion of class exercises and assignment work

Assessment 1: ‘The Office’ DUE

 
5FeedbackSession on Assessment 1 - HDR ‘The Office’
Group Discussion: Correct the colour, straighten the distortion of the walls cause by the wide angle lens and manually blending 2 of 2 exposures of the same together

Students to continue work in class on assessments with supervision on the completion of class exercises and assessment work
 
6Demonstration: Channel Masking – ‘Difficult to Mask’

Briefing for Assessment 4:
Difficult to Mask’Assignment 4
- ‘Difficult to Mask’
Task: Using the a combination of various masking technique to replace an images background
Purpose: To combined the use of different channel to improve mask quality.

Students to continue work in class on assessments with supervision on the completion of class exercises and assessment work.


Class exercise:
Test files sent to Lab FTP upload demo
 



 
7Students to continue work in class on assessments with supervision on the completion of class exercises and assessment work.

Class Exercise:
Test files assessed & files adjusted
 
8

Group FeedbackSession for Assessment2 & 3
Class review of assessments processing & print outputs. Work to be reviewed in line with the assessment brief.

Briefing for Assessments 5&6:  Food Poster & Fashion/Portrait

Assignment 5 Food Poster
Task: Process, refine and print the image of your Food subject that you made in you ‘Capture Images In Response to a Brief ‘ studio assessment. Merge image where necessary and allow for text to be incorporated with the image
Purpose: To familiarize students with the application of
Combining text with an image and applying various corrections & enhancements when process files for a print


Assignment 6 Fashion Portrait
Task: Process, refine and print the images of that you made in your ‘Capture Images In Response to a Brief ‘ location assignment.
Purpose: To familiarize students with the application of
a variety of corrections required when process files for an architectural exhibition print output

 

 

Assessments 2&3: DUE
Glassware & Architecture  

 


 

9

Demonstration: Channel Masking - Part 1 Motor Bike – Advanced mask to replace a background

Class Exercises: Channel Masking - Part 1 Motor Bike – Advanced mask to replace a background


Students to work in class on assessments & class exercises with supervision

Assessment 4: Difficult to Mask DUE

 

10

Demonstration: Channel Masking - Masking 6 - Part 2 ‘Motor Bike - Merging a subject onto a background.

Class Exercises: Channel Masking - Part 2 Motor Bike – Advanced mask to replace a background


Students to work in class on assessments & class exercises with supervision

 
11

Class exercise: Channel Masking - Part1 & 2 Motor Bike
Timed test: Replace a background in less than 7mins


Students to work in class on assessments & class exercises with supervision

 
12Students to work in class on assessments& class exercises with supervision 
13

Students to work in class on assessments with supervision

Class Exercise:
Test files sent to Lab FTP upload demo

 
14

Students to work in class on assessments with supervision.

Class Exercise:Test files assessed & files adjusted

 
15

Feedback Session - Assignment 5 & 6 
Group Discussion:
Class Review of assignments processing & print outputs Work to be reviewed in line with the assignment brief.

Assessments 5 & 6
Food Poster & Fashion/Portrait DUE
 
16Assessment and review of final folios 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Galer M., Andrews P., Photoshop CS6- Essential Skills, Focal Press


References

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


Other Resources

250 – 500Gb Personal hard drive


Overview of Assessment

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


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and where indicated, you will receive a grade. Graded assessment tasks are equally weighted and will determine your final result for this course.

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


Assessment


Assessment Task 1:
HDR ‘The Office’
Due Week 4 -–
Week beginning March 2
For this assessment task you will blend 2 exposures to create 1 image.


Assessment Task 2:
Glassware photography (This assessment is graded)
Due Week 8 -– Week beginning April 6
This graded assessment task is designed to develop your skills in refining images of glassware. Refine files photographed in your studio classes and prepare them for final print output.


Assessment Task 3:
Architectural company exhibition (This assessment is graded)
Due Week 8 -–
Week beginning April 6
For this assessment, you are asked to refine a series of images of the exterior and interior of buildings, and design an exhibition for an architectural company.


Assessment Task 4:
’Difficult to Mask’.Channel Masking
Due Week 9 -–
Week beginning April 13
For this assessment task you need to digitally replace the background to an image provided by the teacher.


Assessment Task 5:
Food Poster (This assessment is graded)
Due Week 15 –
Week beginning May 25
This task is designed to develop your skills in refining images of food. Refine files photographed in your studio classes and incorporate text in the final print output

 

Assessment Task 6: Fashion layout or portrait of an artist (This assessment is graded)
Due Week 15 –
Week beginning May 25
For this assessment, you need to meet the specific requirements for a fashion layout. Refine files photographed in your studio classes and prepare them for final print output.


Grades used in this course are as follows:

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

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

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. Non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in a course. Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. Where visa conditions apply, attendance is compulsory.

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.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.

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
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for 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 will need to apply for special consideration.

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

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