20 credits at level HE4
The aim of module is for students to develop a critical vision as well as technical skills in digital photography with emphasis on photography’s aesthetic and social contexts. This is a first year module for students with avid and emerging interest in digital photography. This module will introduce students to the theory and practice of digital imaging. Students will become familiar with digital camera operation, digital printing and related image manipulation software techniques while retouching photographs and constructing photo-based documents. Everyone is encouraged to bring any relevant material to class that they wish to share or discuss.
Throughout the module, ref. to current and past practitioners of the subject will be encouraged.
Digital camera operation (control of the camera’s function e.g., shutter speeds, apertures, and image quality selection);
Lenses and related optics (e.g., lens types and the optics relating to them, reasons for specific selection of different lenses);
Light metering techniques (e.g., incident, reflective);
Colour theory (e.g., colour and the visual spectrum)
Using industry standard imaging software to facilitate the sorting, adjusting and manipulating images (e.g., file size, compression, colour and contrast adjustment)
Digital printing (e.g., output quality, paper surfaces, ink, and permanence)
Justifying decisions made and choice of techniques and equipment
Critically self-evaluating one’s own work and the work of others
Identifying and acting upon targets for improvement and development
Undertaking a project (e.g., idea generation, setting and agreeing targets, planning and scheduling, monitoring, evaluating)
Introduction to metadata and digital workflow considerations. Dealing with processing of “Raw” data as opposed to compressed information
Tutor led lectures and workshops: 60%
Student critiques: 20%
A blended learning approach will be used.
Practical assignments (25%).
Major Project (40%).
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand technical knowledge associated with the use of the digital camera and lens, use the equipment, compare your work to the work of others, and evaluate your own work.||
1.1 take a range of photographs to a near competent standard using a digital camera, evaluate them, compare them with a sample of images taken by existing practitioners, and identify how you could improve your images
1.2 take a range of photographs to a competent standard using a digital camera showing that you have improved your practice in line with your work in 1.1 above and feedback from tutor and peers.
1.3 demonstrate technical knowledge associated with the use of the digital camera and lens to a competent standard
|2.||Understand technical knowledge associated with the use of digital imaging software, use the equipment, compare your work to the work of others and evaluate your own work||
2.1 sort, adjust and manipulate images to a near competent standard, evaluate them , compare them with a sample of images by existing practitioners, and identify how you could improve the treatment you have carried out to your images.
2.2 sort, adjust and manipulate images showing that you have improved your practice in line with your work in 2.1 above and feedback from tutor and peers.
2.3 demonstrate technical knowledge associated with sorting, adjusting and manipulating images to a competent standard.
|3.||Understand technical knowledge associated with digital printing, use the equipment correctly, compare your work to the work of others, and evaluate your own work.||
3.1 print images showing you understand and can apply colour management and image resolution quality to a near competent standard, evaluate the results, compare your printed images against the quality standard demonstrated by your tutor and peers, and identify how you could improve your techniques and skills in this area.
3.2 print images that demonstrate you understand and can apply colour management and image resolution quality to a competent standard and that you have improved your practice in line with your work in 3.1 above and feedback from tutor and peers.
3.3 demonstrate technical knowledge associated with applying colour management and image resolution quality to a competent standard.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||practical assignments||journal||tests||major project|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Weston C. & Juniper. (2007) Photoshop professional photographers handbook: the professional’s book of post production for the digital age. London: Ilex.
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