Course Title: Capture photographic images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: VART6392C

Course Title: Capture photographic images

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

Deb Dorman 

Tim Turner 

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


Course Description

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge to capture images using a standard digital stills camera.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPHI302 Capture photographic images


1. Prepare to capture digital images

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss photographic project with relevant people and select appropriate camera and accessories

1.2 Assess digital camera features to ensure that outcomes meet project requirements

1.3 Plan shots for project taking into account digital camera features, lighting, photographic design elements and photographic techniques


2. Preview and experiment with image capture

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Operate digital camera according to manufacturer specifications

2.2 Set digital camera preferences and use photographic techniques to achieve desired results

2.3 Adjust planned shots as required and experiment with different ways of achieving desired results


3. Review images

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Adopt safe ergonomic practices when using screens and keyboards for extended periods of time

3.2 Download digital images or scan developed film images using appropriate digital imaging software where appropriate

3.3 Rotate, cull, sort and rename images to meet requirements

3.4 Apply metadata and key words to images as required

3.5 Back up files of images and archive as required

3.6 Seek feedback from others on quality of original captures and note areas for improvement


4. Enhance images

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use digital imaging software to manipulate original captures images

4.2 Evaluate enhanced images and confirm with relevant people that project requirements have been achieved

4.3 Seek feedback from others on quality of enhanced images and note areas for improvement


5. Finalise image capture process

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Catalogue, extracting and embedding metadata as required

5.2 Complete workflow documentation as required

5.3 Clean and store equipment and accessories according to workplace procedures

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to capture images using a standard digital stills camera.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities may include:

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

Teaching Schedule



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 resoures.



Class content


Week 1


Unit Outline, assessments, introduction

Foundations of Photography

Camera Skills – Light - Composition

Exposure and Metering

Exposure Triangle

Thinking in Stops


Week 2


Shutter Speed and Movement

Aperture & Depth of Field

Histogram and Highlight Alert

Assignment 1 Briefing: Camera Skills

BRIEF: Assignment 1: Camera Skills

Week 3


Lenses, Focal Length and Focusing

3 components affecting Depth of Field

Aperture, Distance, Focal Length

Circles of Confusion


Week 4



Quantity – Colour – Quality – Direction

Demonstration in Preparing Assignment Submission


Week 5


Composition and Design Elements

Brief Assignment 2 – Composition & Design

DUE: Assignment 1

BRIEF:Assignment 2

Week 6

(No class Mon)

Assessment feedback – Assignment 1

Scheduled Appointment times

Photo Walk


Week 7


File formats, resolution, enhancement, storage, backing up. Metadata, keywords, rating.


Week 8

(No Class Fri)

Abstract Colour

Triptych Demonstration

Assignment Progress Check



Week 9


Metering: Incident vs Reflected

Grey Card

Brief Assignment 3: Exposure

High Key/Low Key

DUE: Assignment 2

BRIEF: Assignment 3

Week 10


Practical Exercises – Exposure and Lighting


Week 11


Exhibition Visit (TBC)


Week 12


Image analysis, breakdown and discussion.

DUE: Assignment 3


Week 13


Flash – Speedlite Demonstration

Balancing flash and available light

Fill Flash and Dragging the Shutter

First and Second Curtain Flash


Week 14


Revision for Test


Week 15


Online Test


DUE: Online Test

Week 16


Review + Follow-up


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Please see Canvas for updated list

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks in this course include a written test and practical assignments.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this unit consist of 4 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.


The purpose of these assignments is to show technical competence in a number of areas vital to using an SLR camera to capture photographic images. Technical competence and aesthetic considerations must be shown and you will be required to re-do and re-submit until an adequate standard is reached.


The following graded assessment tasks are required to be submitted.

  1. Camera Skills: Shutter Speed – Depth of Field

Due Week 5

Task: Students will be required to understand the settings on their DLSR to photograph and deliver 3 images illustrating variations of shutter speed and its relationship to stopping or showing movement and 3 demonstrating the effect of Depth of field. Correct exposure and an emerging awareness of light and design should be evident. Adobe Bridge will be used to review images and obtain metadata and Adobe Photoshop utilised to produce final files to be submitted with required capture + output information. 


  1. Composition & Design

Due Week 9

Task: Students are required to produce a series of images demonstrating composition and design elements plus 10 abstract colour images. 3 of these images will be selected using Adobe Bridge and enhanced, cropped, resized and adjusted in Photoshop to create a Triptych.

Correct exposure and use of appropriate lighting situations should be evident. Composition and Design Images will be submitted by pdf with required capture + output information. Adobe Bridge will be used to create a proof sheet of the abstract colour images.


  1. Exposure: High Key/Low Key

Due Week 12

Task: Students will be required to experiment taking photographs in a range of lighting circumstances and evaluate the limitations of reflected light meter readings. Students will also be required to produce 2 photographs taken in high key and low key situations. Correct exposure and a good understanding of light and design should be evident. Adobe Bridge will be used to review images and obtain metadata and Adobe Photoshop utilised to produce final files to be submitted with required capture + output information. 


  1. Online Test  -
    Due Week 14

Test on theory delivered throughout the semester will be conducted online.

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

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through 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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