Students will explore the creative and technical aspects of digital photography using a digital SLR or ‘bridge’ camera. Over the course, they will produce a portfolio of images for assessment, demonstrating development of skills and the ability to evaluate own and others’ practice.
Learners will develop a portfolio of images on a given theme, as well as a using a note-book to record the process of personal development. There are two units that make up the qualification:
Unit 1: Use a camera to capture creative images
In this unit, learners will show that they can use the camera to
create images. They will evidence the basic principles of
composition and visual awareness to capture a chosen subject using the camera and its accessories. Learners will explore visual results by using different lenses, camera positions and controls producing a series of images which they have processed and reviewed. They will evidence knowledge of health and safety procedures and legal and ethical considerations. This forms the basic underpinning of photographic practice.
Unit 2: Digital image manipulation
In this unit learners will be able to identify and choose captured images for manipulation. They will be able to describe the hardware and software requirements for image manipulation and understand the associated manipulation techniques. This will enable the learners to modify, manipulate and save images having consideration for image quality. They will process and prepare the manipulated images for viewing and be able to evaluate the final images.
The course is aimed at those with an interest in photography and using a digital SLR or “bridge” camera who wish to improve their photographic skills and understanding of the camera. The course is at Level 1 and no prior knowledge is required but some basic written tasks are required to undertake the assessments.
dSLR or “bridge” camera, USB card reader, USB drive, writing materials, A4 ring binder. Note – students who do not own a camera of these types should discuss with us the possibility of borrowing one from CLIP.
Classroom demonstration and discussion; slideshow presentation; handouts; computer work using imaging software; practical sessions; homework; personal reflection notebook; peer teaching and learning; self- reviews.
Individual, peer and group assessment; tutor observations; quizzes; question and answers; group discussion; learner presentation of work and portfolio of images.
Level 2 Photography, GCSE Photography, computer courses, art and design courses, National Diploma (or equivalent) in Photography.