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.


Altering images


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.