Course Title: Apply photo imaging lighting techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6389C

Course Title: Apply photo imaging lighting techniques

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4373 - Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Guy Little




Nominal Hours: 100

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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:

CUAPHI402 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

1.2 Select lighting equipment and accessories appropriate to purpose of required images

1.3 Determine work environment needs

1.4 Select appropriate camera system and accessories

1.5 Assemble camera and lighting systems according to production requirements

1.6 Use equipment and materials safely and to minimise waste


2. Light subjects

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Position models and props as required

2.2 Test and modify lighting techniques to create the required effects

2.3 Adjust and calibrate camera settings to meet lighting arrangements

2.4 Collaborate with others to meet photo shoot timelines


3. Capture images

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use appropriate camera features and lighting techniques to shoot photos

3.2 Review images against work requirements

3.3 Adjust lighting and camera as required and complete shoot

3.4 Complete work documentation as required


4. Complete post-shoot activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Dismantle work area after use and return to original condition

4.2 Clean and care for equipment according to manufacturer instructions

4.3 Report damage to equipment to relevant personnel according to enterprise procedures

4.4 Transport and store equipment according to workplace procedures

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

Employing lighting techniques to a range of subjects in different workspaces together with the

selection of equipment for different lighting techniques.


Teaching Schedule

 Apply Photo Imaging Lighting Techniques 
 ALT (Studio 1) VART 6389C 
 Contribute to Health and Safety of Self and Others 
 OHTH 5957C 
1 Course Overview, Equipment tests of lighting stands, C & Floor Stands, Spigots, superclamps 
2Equipment tests of Arri tungsten, barndoors & snoot 
3Equip tests of Tripod, hex & square quick release plates & boom arms, small & large 
4Equip tests of Broncolor Minicom C80 & softboxes, sync, triggering, master & slave 
5Equip tests ofLight meters & Lighting ratios 1:1, 2:1, 3:1 & 4:1 
6Equip tests of Cambo 5x4 
7Food lighting demo and final equip test revisionStudio Equipment Kit Due
8Shoot Rembrandt & Food in the studio 
9Shoot Rembrandt & Food in the studio 
10Shoot Rembrandt & Food in the studio 
11Shoot Rembrandt & Food in the studio 
12Shoot Portrait in the studio 
13Shoot Portrait in the studio 
14Shoot Portrait in the studioRembrandt & Food Due
15Shoot Portrait in the studioPortrait Due
16Data Projector Critique of Portrait, Light Table critique of Rembrandt & Food & then food party in studio 
 RMIT Photo Imaging Semester 1 & 2   2017 
 Guy Little 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

References for Guy’s classes (2017)

Rescher, Urs               Light Architecture 2, Broncolor, Switzerland, 2011.

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

Apply Photo Imaging Lighting Techniques (ALT, Studio 1)

2017 Semester 1& 2


Shooting Assignments

(Weeks 6-8 + till end in week 15, crit in week 16.)


  1. Food 5x4 E6                                                 Ungraded
  2. Rembrandt Class Portrait on DSLR             Ungraded
  3. Portraiture of outsider in studio on DSLR           Graded


  • Students are still expected to produce a technical & creative result.
  • Students must pass all of the above assignments to pass the subject.
  • Feedback will be via Guy’s Rubric & in class critiques.
  • I will mark you down heavily / if any of the following occur.
  • Failure to pack up after shoot.
  • Failure to turn up to assist your partner when it is your turn.

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

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions: You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.;ID=x3ddsmsrwa1hz

Attendance: Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback: You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work. Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1

Student Progress: Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time): If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.;ID=kehn9bz22r41

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.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning: Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.;ID=az8fl470ucg41


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