The project i am currently working on for the Final Major Project has progressed further with the introduction of models input. After a tutorial and a meeting with a selection of the group, the concept of asking the models to document their days before I arrive to take the images. This was a idea by some of the group members who believed that as I can not visit the people sooner to the date I could possible ask them to photograph their days at home and at work.
As another week goes by, we (as a collective series) have talked about the possibilities of photographing the clients wounds. This would add a extra depth to the project focusing on both the medical aspect and the clients stories to combined into a detailed photographic series.
Before traveling for my project, I thought it would be best to book a tutorial with one of the lectures to address some issues I was thinking about. After receiving the award from Hadfield Trust, I began to researching more into what kind of imagery I wanted to take and also how I could portray the stories told to me by the models. To help me prepare for the project, I booked a tutorial with John, to go thought the practice images and talk about the way I can improve my portrait photography.
After a long talk with John we had decided on a couple of aspects I could take with me to improve my confidence and improve my photography. We discussed the possibility of me using a flash-gun for inside photographs and practicing with a couple of shots before meeting the models to ensure my equipment worked correctly. Also looking at how I envisioned the images to turn out, from the way the model stands to the environment they want to be focused in. As well as this, we also booked another tutorial for after I have returned for the project to discuss the images and how we can set them out for the exhibition.
For today's review, we were told to bring in test shots from the last couple of weeks to review where we currently were with in the project. This would allow people to receive feedback but also talk about what problems or issues they are having. Thought-out the peer review, we talked about how we wanted the work to be seen in a mass scale and how we wanted (as Photographers) to be represented in the world.
All of the group talked about the way we wanted to show the project, from landscapes, portraits, still life and moving image, we discussed the possible ways the photographer could change aspects or improve aspect to have a greater meaning.
For myself, the feedback I needed most was about the way the model could stand and represent themselves. the image to the side was a quick photo shoot, where me and the model worked together to see how the images could look and how comfortable the model was in front of the camera. this helped me understand how to talk and keep the model feeling comfortable while having their image taken. From the session, I was given advice on the way the model should stand and how me as the photographer should not be afraid to move the model or talk to the model if needed. This feedback would push me outside my comfort zone, as I can be quite shy around new people. It also gave me chance to hear back from peers I normally do not talk to and gave me insight to how they see my work compared to others I normally talk to.
Coming to the last couple of months of university, i have began looking at what career aspects i could peruse with in my local area. After researching and talking to some people, i came across a apprenticeship in Sheffield. The apprenticeship is focused upon medical photography within the General hospital. Known for its fantasist facilities with the medical photography department, this became a very interesting to follow up on. A apprenticeship is a job in which you train for the preposition you are looking for with in the company. Began a apprentice means earning money and working in the environment you chose to follow a career in, learning the necessary skills and knowledge to move up the working ladder. When applying for a apprenticeship be aware that there are three different types you could go for: the reason there is three is due to the different qualifications one needs to attended.
Coming to the end of University, it beginning to become clear the real life situation of finding a job. The aspect of looking for a job is not the daunting part, the interview is! Job searching has been made quite easier with the introduction of the internet. Now simple researching techniques on google can bring fourth all the jobs you would like to look at. However, are these jobs the correct ones for you?
When looking for a job, always think about what you are passionate for and what you would like to do for the next couple of years. After graduation, its very common to want o step away from the job genre you have just studied to experiment with other systems in life. Many graduates decided to look at job specification just for the degree but this can limit you when searching. Always search for the perspective job but add the extras you would mind working: Example 'Photography' with subtitles 'medical' or 'Scientific'.
Another thing to consider is your CV and Cover Letter. The cover letter should be straight to the point and demonstrate your interest it the job you are applying for. Convince the reader that you are the ideal person for the job: Be Enthusiastic and Passionate.
The CV should portray the experience you have for the job and the element of learning you have undertaken to improve your knowledge and skills, for example university degree and previous work experience. Stick to being formal and use appropriate language.
Key Point: Always remember that a employer can visit your social media accounts and see what kind of person you are outside of the work environment.