Course Title: Enhance, manipulate and output photoimages

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: VART5919C

Course Title: Enhance, manipulate and output photoimages

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:peter.bonnell@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to apply techniques to image enhancement, manipulation, output and post-output processes. The manipulation and output processes are used to enhance and resolve the concept for the image.

The unit may be part of a fully integrated clustered program. It is essential that student are enrolled in other units as outlined in the program to ensure successful completion of any projects or assessments that constitute part of the program.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI08A 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)
consider screen based issues

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 manufacturer’s instructions
6.4 Store equipment in accordance with workplace procedures and ensure readiness for future use


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.


Details of Learning Activities

Presentations and class discussions are interspersed with self directed and group reading activities, reading and writing to the class wiki. There is a strong emphasis on practical workshops and self directed practical photographic activities.


Teaching Schedule

WeekActivity / Topic
1Course overview. Demonstration and class activity: Revision of Photoshop, digital asset management. Curves, channel mixer, saturation (Photoshop for photographers).
2Discussion of use of photo-imaging for placement prints.
Demonstration: using gradient maps in Photoshop.
3Individual negotiation and development of brief for assessment task 1
4Flexible delivery. Shooting for assessment task 1
5Demonstration: Using masks in Photoshop. Work on assessment task 1
6Demonstration: Printing issues, a closer look. Producing half tones for screen-prints.
Work on Assessment Task 1.
7Assessment Task 1 due.
8Product photography for catalogue. Class discussion and demonstration of photographic styles to suit graduate exhibition catalogue.
9Flexible delivery. Shooting for assessment task 2.
10Demonstration: Using Paths, a closer look.
Work on Assessment Task 2.
11Demonstration: Using Masks in Photoshop.
Work on assessment task 2.
12Demonstration: Using the scanner as a camera to produce images. Students to bring a (small) object. Negotiation and development of assessment task 3.
Assessment Task 2 due.
13Demonstration: pattern options in Photoshop, Preparing images for Illustrator.
Negotiation and development of assessment task 3.
14Flexible delivery. Shooting for assessment task 3.
15Work on Assessment Task 3.
16Work on Assessment Task 3. Assessment Task 3 due.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Bibliography and reading materials are provided on Blackboard.


Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency.

Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Students will be awarded a grade only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt.

Units assessed as ’not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ’competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but are not eligible for grading.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher.
All work must be submitted by the due date. Late submission will not be graded higher than a PASS.


Assessment Tasks

Details of assessment tasks and grading will be provided in the first week of class. Further details on individual briefs and tasks are available on Blackboard and will be discussed in class.
1. Placement Print Design 30%
2. Catalogue Photography 40%
3. Pattern Repeat 30%
4. Visual Diary: Required for competency
5. Equipment borrowing register: Required for competency


Assessment Matrix

ElementPerformance criteriaTask 1Task 2Task 3Task 4 Task 5
1. Retrieve work prints or digital files1.1 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
   Visual diary records project development and consultation 
2. Plan image output2.1 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)
   Visual diary records project development and consultation 
3. Prepare work environment for analogue or digital work3.1 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
Evidence from folio productEvidence from folio productEvidence from folio productVisual diary records project progressEquipment register details condition report of equipment used.
4. Enhance and manipulate the image(s)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
Evidence from folio productEvidence from folio productEvidence from folio product  
5. Output image(s)5.1 Select appropriate materials and/or equipment for output option
5.2 Safely output image by digital or analogue means
Evidence from folio productEvidence from folio productEvidence from folio product  
6. Restore work environment, equipment and materials and ensure safe storage6.1 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 manufacturer’s instructions
6.4 Store equipment in accordance with workplace procedures and ensure readiness for future use
    Equipment register details condition report of equipment used.

Other Information

Unit delivery and assessment is subject to change.
This is an intensive practical subject. It is very important to attend classes regularly to keep up to date.
Check for announcements on the Learning Hub Blackboard weekly.

Attendance and participation
Competency based training requires that your assessor be able to verify that the work submitted is your own. Students will need to attend class and communicate with their teacher sufficiently to validate authenticity. If you miss a class you will need to make suitable arrangements for re-assessment (rescheduling of assessment is not always possible due to time constraints and examination rules).

Flexible Delivery means that students will be working on their assessment tasks in a self-directed manner. This may mean that you are photographing on location. You need to let your teacher know what you intend to do if you will be out of the classroom. You are required to email your teacher, otherwise you will be marked as absent on the attendance roll.

Individual brief requirements will be available from the Learning Hub Blackboard.

Can I use my own Camera?
Students studying this course are encouraged to use their own camera for this course where possible. This provides you with the opportunity to become familiar with the settings on your own machine. However, to be assessed as competent in this unit you must provide evidence that you can
2.3 Select and use appropriate controls to effect image capture and to ensure correct exposure
2.4 Test techniques to achieve changes to subject appearance as required
3.1 Use equipment correctly to process and output the image
3.2 Evaluate results to ensure correct exposure and the desired outcome for the subject matter
(from the Unit of Competency CUVPHI05A: Use a 35mm SLR Camera or Digital Equivalent, see above)

In plain language this means that you must be able to adjust aperture, shutter speed and ISO correctly to create a good exposure.
Your camera must have manual control that allows you to change the aperture (f-number), shutter speed and ISO.
If you don’t have those controls on your camera, you can’t provide the evidence that you need to be assessed as competent. Also you need to make sure that the EXIF data provided by the camera remains intact. You will be shown how to do this in class. This will provide the evidence needed if there is any doubt.

My Camera only has automatic shooting modes, what can I do?
You will have to use one of ours during class time, borrow a camera that has manual controls, or buy another camera. We do have a limited number of cameras for use during class, and there is time allocated to shoot during the course.

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