Course Title: Apply photo imaging lighting techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6271C

Course Title: Apply photo imaging lighting techniques

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Guy Little
Phone: 03 9925 4865

Nominal Hours: 100

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 select and apply lighting to a range of subjects in different work spaces.

This course covers the planning, organization, set up, lighting and shooting of studio photography. You will gain the technical skills for operating the 5x4 camera & E6 film, medium format 6x7 camera & E6 film and DSLR. You will gain skills and techniques required for being a professional assistant.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI403A Apply photo imaging lighting techniques


1. Set up lighting for photo shoot

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Confirm lighting characteristics required for subjects in consultation with relevant personnel as required
1.2. Select lighting equipment and accessories that best fit the purpose of images
1.3. Determine work environment needs
1.4. Select appropriate camera system and accessories
1.5. Correctly assemble camera and lighting systems according to work requirements
1.6. Undertake work with due regard to safety considerations
1.7. Use equipment and materials in a manner that minimises waste


2. Light subjects

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Position models and props as required
2.2. Test lighting techniques to determine their fitness for purpose
2.3. Adjust, modify and calibrate camera settings to meet lighting requirements
2.4. Work collaboratively with others when required to meet timelines associated with photo shoots


3. Complete and review shoot

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Capture images using appropriate camera features
3.2. Review images against work requirements and adjust lighting as required
3.3. Document work process as required


4. Complete post-shoot activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Safely clean and restore work environment to its original state
4.2. Clean and maintain equipment according to manufacturer instructions
4.3. Report damage to equipment according to organisational procedures
4.4. Safely transport and store equipment and materials and ensure readiness for future use

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to select and apply lighting to a range of subjects in different work spaces.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:

In class activities include, but are not limited to:
teacher demonstration
student practice using a range of equipment
group discussion
teacher directed group activities
work shopping of students’ own projects

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
online research
sourcing subject matter, props & models

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentAssessment DueElements
1Course outline, assessment & introduction  1
2Practical use of lighting stands & supports 4
3Practical use of lighting stands & supports 4
4Practical use of tripods, and quick release systems 4
5Practical use of Cambo 5x4, camera stand, boom & tungsten lighting 4
6Practical use of Cambo 5x4, camera stand, boom & tungsten lighting 4
7Practical use of light meters, Bowens & Broncolor Minicoms & light shapers 4
8Review of Formative 1
Practical use of light meters, Bowens & Broncolor Minicoms & light shapers
9Review of Formative 1 shooting practical of assignments 1,2,3&4
10Review of Formative 1 shooting practical of assignments 1,2,3&4
11Review of Formative 1 shooting practical of assignmentsFormative 11,2,3&4
12Review of Formative 1 & 2 & Summative 1, shooting practical of assignmentsFormative 21,2,3&4
13Review of Formative 1 & 2 & Summative 1, shooting practical of assignments 1,2,3&4
14Review of Formative 1 & 2 & Summative 1, shooting practical of assignments 1,2,3&4
15Review of Formative 1 & 2 & Summative 1, shooting practical of assignments 1,2,3&4
16Class critique on semesters shooting assignments. Bring all three assignments.Summative 11,2,3&4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to the reading list on Blackboard


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

Personal data storage device, personal computer with current versions of In Design, Acrobat, Bridge and Photoshop and current web browsers as required, as available in RMIT labs

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include:
Shooting assignments to a brief in the studio with time for re shoots. Planning mock ups and dialogue with the teacher are part of the process. Students will also be required to assess their assistants.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered 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.

Assessment tasks in this course include:

Formative Assessment
You will complete two formative assessments,
- Formative 1 (Food)
- Formative 2 (Rembrandt):

For each shoot you will follow the same process:

Before you shoot :
Sketch or mock up of your idea signed off by teacher.
Discussion with the teacher on your idea.
The teacher will allocate you an assistant who you will assess as they follow your direction.

After the shoot you will submit the following:

Assessment of your assistant on the day of the shoot (checklist)
The transparency
Hi res of your final image
Low res of your final image

Summative Assessment

You will complete a portrait shoot following the same process as you followed in the two formative assessments.

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

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

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
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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