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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Use a still camera to capture a range of photographic images 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
336114  Use a still camera to capture a range of photographic images 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Visual Arts 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Visual Arts 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The purpose of the learning is to enable a learner to be able to capture photographic images with a still camera.

This Unit Standard contributes to the competence of those learners who want to pursue a career in the Photographic and/or Design sector, and contribute to greater levels of production and quality in this sector. The unit encompasses the preparation and maintenance of a still camera for a specific photographic brief, the use of selected still cameras to capture and safe images within a variety of genres and of different subject matters.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Selecting applicable photographic equipment for capturing of images according to the criteria of a photographic brief.
  • Preparing the photographic equipment for a photographic assignment/brief.
  • Using a camera and photographic equipment to capture a range of photographic images.
  • Saving, documenting and evaluating photographic process. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematic Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Scientific measurements and description of colours, resolution and light at NQF Level 2.
  • Arts and Culture at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Select applicable photographic equipment to capture images according to the criteria of a photographic brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The applicable criteria for a photo assignment/brief are identified through interaction with the client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Proper camera type is selected according to requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Camera type may refer to pinhole, analogue and/or digital still cameras.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Applicable lenses and possible other camera accessories are selected according to the specific photographic brief. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Lenses may refer to focal length, sharpness and aperture range and other lens accessories.
  • Photographic equipment may refer to lighting, camera support, maintenance equipment, film/memory cards, storage devices and exposure meters.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare photographic equipment for photographic assignment/brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A preparation checklist is drawn up and used against brief criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Camera, lenses and accessories are ensured to be operational and ready for capturing image. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All camera and photographic equipment is regularly maintained to function optimally. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use a camera and photographic equipment to capture a range of photographic images. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Applicable camera settings are used to provide a technically acceptable photographic image. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Technical camera settings may refer to exposure, point of focus, shutter speed, aperture, colour balance, light sensitivity and lens selection.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Applicable technical camera settings are used to provide the desired visual effect. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Desired visual effect may refer to depth of field, subject movement, grain, exposure manipulation, colour manipulation and focal length.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Lighting of subject is managed to successfully fulfil the requirements of the brief. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Lighting may refer to the use of natural and/or artificial light sources and light modifiers.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Compositional choices are used to enhance the final result. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Composition may refer to orientation of camera, point of view, picture area, background/foreground and basic design elements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Applicable negotiation, interaction and control of subject matter and possible stakeholders are applied to ensure a successful result. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Legal requirements and ethical values of subject matter, environment and viewer are respected when capturing photographic images. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legal and ethical values include but are not limited to consideration and awareness of human rights and freedom of expression.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Save, document and evaluate photographic process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Captured images are secured for later use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Technical notes are produced to record the image capturing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Photographic capturing processes are evaluated and adjusted against best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All photographic equipment, cameras and data are stored and saved according to accepted photographic industry standards. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this Unit Standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Communication methods to communicate when capturing photographic images.
  • Housekeeping and Safety procedures within the context of using still cameras to capture photographic images.
  • History of photography as an art form when capturing still photographic images.
  • Applicable theory of camera anatomy and lenses when capturing still photographic images.
  • Light sensitive (Sensitometry) within the use of a still photographic camera.
  • Photographic and visual elements and principles.
  • Lighting techniques for capturing photographic images.
  • Digital theory when working within a digital photographic environment.
  • Photographic workflow processes within the digital photographic images.
  • Digital imaging procedures to capture photographic images in a digital environment.
  • Digital printing technology processes within the production of digital photographic images.
  • Recording, organizing and filing of documents and information.
  • Relevant measuring, scientific and chemical procedures when capturing photographic images. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems where responses to problems show that such critical and creative thinking has been used to make responsible decisions when using a still camera. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when using a still camera to capture photographic images. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when capturing photographic images. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information during selecting and capturing photographic images. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when using a still camera. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when using photographic still cameras. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when capturing photographic images. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  73298   Further Education and Training Certificate: Photography  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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