S Tuxford Designs

Graphic Design Ninja

ICPMM321C – Capture a digital image

 

Learning resources

You can learn the skills you need for the task by studying the content of the following websites and videos.

Camera

Altering images

Lighting

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.
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