NCFE Level 1 Award in Photography – Unit 1


Assignment front sheet
Learner name    Assessor name
Thomas Ryan-Elliott Zbigniew Mroz
Date issued Completion date Submitted on
30/01/2018 15/05/2018
Qualification Unit number and title
NCFE Level 1 Award in Photography Unit 01 Use a camera to capture creative images

Unit 02 Digital image manipulation

Assignment title Photographic project


Criteria reference To achieve the criteria the evidence must show that
the student is able to:
Task no. Evidence
Unit 01 Use a camera to capture creative images
Work journals/sketchbooks, blogs:
Containing photographs, notes and comments on images, Legal issues, health and safety issues
1.1 Identify the use of camera controls

1.2 Identify a range of recording media used in film or digital cameras

1.3 Outline how to install and check batteries

Nikon – Getting Started

1.4 Outline how to install and prepare media

Nikon – Getting Started

1.5 Identify subject types

Nikon – Getting Started

1.6 Outline basic visual language and composition

Nikon – Getting Started

1.7 Outline how to use cameras and lenses safely

Digital Camera Safety

2.1 Install and check batteries

Digital Camera Safety

2.2 Install and prepare storage media

Digital Camera Safety

2.3 Select appropriate lenses and camera positions for a range of subjects

Camera Lenses Explained for Beginners

2.4 Use equipment and accessories to capture images

Best DSLR Camera Accessories

2.5 Select subjects for creative capture

Travelled to the Tate Museum to capture some really odd images

2.6 Produce a range of exploratory photographs

Explored Brick Lane to explore the east side of London and manage to get many photos with different sets of photographs 

2.7 Follow health and safety procedures

I’ve read all of the Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College safety procedures.



Use simple processing procedures to save and view images

Ensure I always save files on both my Google Drive and Mac Hardware regularly

2.9 Outline legal and ethical considerations

I’ve check both the college legal considerations and the ones from

2.10 Review quality of final images

I always check my images again after saving them to ensure they are worth posting.

Unit 02 Digital image manipulation
1.1 Identify sources of images for manipulation 1,2
1.2 Identify hardware and software for image manipulation 1,2
1.3 Describe the controls, tools and techniques for image manipulation 1,2
1.4 Describe how to check image quality 1,2
1.5 Outline health considerations connected with viewing screens 1,2
1.6 Outline legal and ethical considerations 1,2
2.1 Select images for manipulation 1,2
2.2 Select hardware and software for image manipulation 1,2
2.3 Manipulate, modify and save images 1,2
2.4 Use processing procedures to produce images for viewing 1,2
2.5 Follow health and safety procedures 1,2
2.6 Review quality of finished images 1,2


Learner declaration
I certify that the work submitted for this assignment is my own and research sources are fully acknowledged.


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Date: 20 April 2018



Assignment brief
Qualification NCFE Level 1 Award in Photography
Unit number and title Unit 01 Use a camera to capture creative images

Unit 02 Digital image manipulation

Start date 30/01/2018
Deadline 15/05/2018
Assessor name Zbigniew Mroz
Assignment title Photographic project

The purpose of this assignment is to:


·       Know how to use the camera to create images

·       Be able to use the camera to create images

·       Know how to produce manipulated images

·       Be able to produce manipulated images.



This project has been designed to give you an opportunity to discover and explore photography using photographic cameras to produce creative images successfully. You will be encouraged to explore the creative aspects of image making using exposure control, focus control and composition. You should be able to download digital images to a computer and use editing software to perform basic image manipulation and create photographic prints.


You should use formal elements of visual language to include: composition, editing and cropping of images for suitability on the theme set. You should explore capabilities and limitations of the equipment you are using. You will evaluate own and peer images in order to improve a creative approach to the theme.


Task 1


Through a range of exercises which focus on the major aspects of photography (depth of field, shutter speed and manual light metering) you will be able to use your camera on its manual setting, and have creative control over your picture taking. Through a study of various photographers, you will have an understanding of the best use of such effects, which you can then transfer to your own practice.



·       At least 4 photographs that illustrate changes in depth of field when you change the aperture, focal length and distance to the subject.

·       At least 4 photographs that illustrate use of selective or manual focus.

·       At least 4 photographs that illustrate the creative use of shutter speed to blur or freeze the movement.

·       All of the pictures above must be accompanied by an explanation of the settings on your camera, and an explanation as to why the effects have taken place.


Task 2 (natural/man-made)


Once you are familiar with the various camera controls, you will aim to produce a series of photographs which illustrate your exploration of creative and visual approach to a suggested theme of natural/man-made. The theme can be interpreted as you wish.


You should explore formal elements of visual language like: shape, form, texture, pattern, line, tone, colour, composition, viewpoint, framing, structure and lighting.


You should consider, highlight, reflect upon and apply image manipulation, ethical and legal issues as well as health and safety on location and whilst working with computer screens.



·       You should present a series of 5 images and comment on outcomes concentrating on strengths and weaknesses, technical issues, future improvements and aesthetics


·       All of the pictures above must be relevant in some way to the theme of natural/man-made.


Sources of information


Andrews P and Langford M — Langford’s Starting Photography: The Guide to Creating Great Images (Focal Press, 2008) ISBN 978-0240521107

Badger G — The Genius of Photography (Quadrille Publishing Ltd, 2007) ISBN 978-1844003631

Collins Complete Photography Manual (Collins, 2007) ISBN 978-0007243945

Stepan P — 50 Photographers You Should Know (Prestel, 2008) ISBN 978-3791340180

Szarkowski J — The Photographer’s Eye (The Museum of Modern Art, 2006) ISBN 978-0870705274


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