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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Interpret image capture briefs
  2. Prepare for camera shoots
  3. Capture images
  4. Restore work area and equipment

Required Skills

Required skills

communication skills to communicate ideas about and approaches to image capture

critical thinking skills to develop ideas and responses to photo imaging briefs

initiative and enterprise skills to experiment with image capture techniques to produce effects that enhance the final product

literacy skills to interpret photo imaging briefs and safety and technical information

numeracy skills to

interpret technical charts and diagrams

work within budget constraints

selfmanagement skills to plan work tasks

technical skills to evaluate adapt and integrate a range of image capture techniques

technology skills to use a range of digital and mm SLR cameras

Required knowledge

image capture techniques for different purposes

physical properties and capabilities of the range of camera exposure systems

styles and types of photographs or images that are required in different industry sectors

how elements and principles of design may be used in photo imaging work

work space requirements for image capture work including selection and setup of work space for particular types of image capture

issues and challenges that arise in the context of photographic shoots

theoretical and historical contexts for photo imaging and how they may be used to inform own photo imaging practice including other photographers their work ideas and techniques

intellectual property issues and legislation associated with image capture work

sustainability considerations related to photo imaging equipment and materials

OHS requirements for photo imaging shoots

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria required skills and knowledge range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the ability to

interpret briefs for image capture work

demonstrate a welldeveloped command of image capture techniques

use digital and mm SLR cameras and accessories to capture images according to the requirements of a brief

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must ensure access to

materials resources and equipment needed for image capture

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge The following examples are appropriate for this unit

direct observation of the candidate undertaking image capture

evaluation of images produced by the candidate

questioning and discussion of image capture techniques and their use

review of portfolios of evidence

review of thirdparty reports from experienced practitioners

Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands eg literacy and the needs of particular groups eg people with disabilities and people who may have literacy and numeracy difficulties such as speakers of languages other than English remote communities and those with interrupted schooling

Guidance information for assessment

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector workplace and job role is recommended for example

CUVPHIA Apply photo imaging lighting techniques

CUVPHI403A Apply photo imaging lighting techniques.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Specifications may refer to:





Briefs are usually prepared by a commissioning body or organisation and:

describe and specify work to be completed

may be:





Parameters and constraints may refer to:

considerations such as:






limitations on use of images

production budget

production requirements:

camera format

equipment and materials



models or subjects

number of photographs to be produced


suitability of image for different audiences


Information pertinent to briefs may be about:

capabilities of equipment

characteristics of materials and chemicals

design standards

health and safety

industry standards


Camera systems and accessories may include:

4 x 5 cameras

associated electrical cabling

cable releases

equipment cases, bags and trunks

exposure meters


gaffer tape

instant imaging film backs

lighting equipment consistent with purpose of briefs

macro and close-up systems

motor drives

portable generator

range of lenses

tools for assembling props


Camera systems and accessories must include:

120mm camera formats

35mm SLR cameras

appropriate accessories for the above

digital cameras.

Purpose of images may be:







natural history



press and public relations



still life


to photograph the built environment

work of art.

Aspects may include:

first aid kit

gaffer tape

light-sensitive media





transport arrangements.

Exposure settings relate to exposure meter techniques, such as:

contrast evaluation




Time-specific nature of action may involve consideration of:

conjunction of elements

decisive moment


juxtaposition of elements/subjects with images

meteorological information

peak action.

Review of image capture process may involve:

checking that adjustments to cameras are correct and consistent with purpose for image capture

reviewing digital images on camera or computer screens

using instant film to review images.

Techniques may relate to:

activating auto focus

setting depth of field:

minimum and maximum hyperfocal points

relationship formula between focal length, distance from subject, and aperture

metering for exposure:

contrast evaluation

grey card




using focus lock and prefocus

controlling perspective with focal length:




working with moving subjects and motion:

freezing movement with high shutter speed

freezing movement with flash

implying movement with second or rear curtain flash sync

panning a moving subject

implying movement with slow shutter speeds

capturing a time exposure sequence.

Documentation may involve:


exposure calculations

lighting schema

monitoring planned costs against actual

noting the amount of film used (planned against actual)


time taken to complete tasks.