You can learn the skills you need for the task by studying the content of the following websites and videos.
- BBC Bitesize, Bitmap and vector graphics,http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/dida/graphics/bitmapvectorrev1.shtml
- BBC Bitesize, Working with graphics software,http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/dida/graphics/graphics_softwarerev1.shtml
- BBC Bitesize, Preparing images for print,http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/dida/graphics/printingrev1.shtml
- BBC Bitesize, Preparing images for screenhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/dida/graphics/screenrev1.shtml,
- BBC Bitesize, Prototyping and testing,http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/dida/graphics/graphics_prototyperev3.shtml
- BBC Bitesize, Image resolution,http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/dida/using_ict/presenting_informationrev4.shtml
- BBC Bitesize, Saving images,http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/dida/using_ict/presenting_informationrev5.shtml
- Gimp Lite Quickies, http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Lite_Quickies/
- Gimp User Manual, Chapter 10: Enhancing photographs, http://docs.gimp.org/2.8/en/gimp-imaging-photos.html
- YouTube, Photography lighting lesson: The egg, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM7CcUrUD2g
- Digital Camera World, How to set up a home photo studio,http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/07/29/how-to-set-up-a-home-photo-studio/
- Digital Camera World, Shadow Art: abstract photography effects with everyday items,http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/04/13/shadow-art-abstract-photography-effects-with-everyday-items/
- Digital Camera World, Studio lighting: 4 seriously simple lighting techniques to try at home,http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/08/29/studio-lighting-4-seriously-simple-lighting-techniques-to-try-at-home/1/
- Digital Camera World, Master your home photo studio: setup, settings, accessories explained,http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/05/23/master-your-home-photo-studio-setup-settings-accessories-explained/
- Digital Camera World, Free portrait lighting cheat sheet,http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/05/08/free-portrait-lighting-cheat-sheet/
You will be given a job brief to produce three photographed images.
The brief will have specifications for the quality and look/ feel requirements of the images.
It will also give you procedures on how to save and name you files.
This is what you need to be able to do:
1. Check that the camera and software can do the job
You will need to:
- Check the software compatible with the hardware system. (May includedigital cameras used in the pre-press sector and associated sectors with which a pre-press organisation may be required to work.)
- Select the correct software for the job.
- Match the pixel resolution to the required quality and resolution you need for the job.
- Check the RAM capacity of the camera is suitable for the number of images required.
- Check the following items are suitable for the quality and use of photographic images required:
- shutter speed
- focal lengths
- camera feature modes (eg flash, scrollage, icon menu, close-up, wide angle and telephoto capacity).
- Check the lithium batteries are handled and stored according to OHS requirements.
2. Set up the camera and lighting for taking the photo (‘image capture’)
You will need to:
- § Set up the camera for image composition according to job specifications.
- § Arrange the lighting according to job specifications. (May includedirect (main) fill in lighting/fill reflector.)
- § Check the light intensity is set for the correct exposure.
3. Preview the image and make adjustments
You will need to:
- Adjust the tone curves according to job specifications.
- Arrange and adjust the neutral balance of the image.
- Make adjustments to the image composition and exposure.
4. Photograph and upload three digital images
For each image you will need to:
- Take the photo (‘capture the image’), load the images and operate the digital camera according to manufacturer’s specifications to get the required quality of image.
- Upload the images from the camera’s card interface/disk onto a computer and save the images on the hard disk.
- Create photographic image files and store them on the computer according to software procedures.
- Enhance, crop and electronically alter the photographic images to produce the required image.
- Check the photographic images to make sure they are match the purpose and job brief requirements.
- Check that the photographic images are suitable for the relevant delivery mode (eg print, CD-ROM) and delivered appropriately.