Internship - Content & Social Media, UK
Another alternative to going straight into work is taking part in an internship, in which I could learn whilst I work and still gain experience within an industry that I am interested in.
I came across this opportunity whilst on the gapyear.com website, which is actually part of their company and based in the UK. It covers a lot of things that I am interested in, such as journalism, media and travel, and I feel that it would be a great chance to learn a lot about the industry and all of the components that make up the company. It is also based at younger people, focusing on keeping up to date with current trends, which I am very interested in and feel that I could offer a lot to.
I have previously worked in an office environment and didn’t personally enjoy it, but feel that this role would be completely different and would allow me the creative freedom that I am looking for, as well as the chance to learn more about job roles that I am interested in.
I like the fact that it is based in London, as this is a great place to get involved with the creative industry, and to build up a strong portfolio of work.
Photography Jobs - Nightclub Photographer
A common job that I come across is ‘nightclub photographer’, which focuses on photographing people at events and nights at nightclubs to promote the club and to give the customers the opportunity to have their photographs taken professionally on a night out.
Most adverts that I have seen for nightclub photographers are quite basic and don’t ask for much experience and only request that the applicant has their own transport, where as this job role has a number of specific requests for the potential applicants, including previous experience, certain lenses and insurance, as well as the standard requirements.
I think that doing photography for a nightclub could be potentially quite fun, but also could end up being very stressful and hectic, depending on the venue and the people that visit them. It would definitely be a good chance to experience working with busy crowds and with the general public, and to work in a different field of photography, however I don’t think that I would be suitable for the role and don’t think that I would personally enjoy it, and would prefer a more relaxed environment, and a job in which I would learn something as well as gaining experience.
Work experience - Au Pair/Teaching in France
As well as looking at creative jobs both in the UK and abroad, I looked at teaching jobs in which I would be responsible for teaching English to young students, as well as looking after the children.
I have never really considered this type of work before as I have never really thought of myself as being a teacher, and being able to work with children, however when I came across the opportunity below I read into it and became more interested in the role.
I would have the opportunity to travel and learn, which are two of the things that I enjoy the most. I think that it would be very rewarding to help and teach young children and to become part of a family, as well as learning about the country and the culture, and learning the language.
Again this opportunity would give me the chance to become more confident working with new people, and to broaden my personal portfolio in photography as I would be able to have time to myself to travel around France and Europe.
This work experience is also appealing to me as it is slightly closer to home compared to some of the others that I have looked at, allowing me to become more independent, but also knowing that I would be able to visit my family and friends easily if I needed to.
A small selection of some of the photographs that I took at the Vintage and Antiques market in Bath.
I am really happy with how these images have turned out and the variety of different shots and objects that I photographed. I feel that I managed to cover the diversity and atmosphere of the event, both through the mixture of photographs and the editing of the images to create a vintage, high detail images.
I really enjoyed photographing this event as it is something that I am interested in and gave me the opportunity to talk to people involved in the antiques industry and find out about some of the products and their history, or how they were made.
Work Experience - Total Guide to Bath - Bath Vintage and Antiques Market
I photographed the Vintage and Antiques market in Bath at Green Park Station in February for Total Guide to Bath, to promote and advertise the event.
I really enjoyed this job as I have an interest in antiques, and have previously visited the market. It was a really good opportunity to work for a client and to meet new people and to network. It was also a good chance to learn as I was able to talk to some of the stallholders about their products, which was especially interesting when they were renovating old pieces, by finding out the techniques and where they got their items from.
I took a selection of images, primarily focusing on the items and stall set ups, and also including some portraits of the sellers. When editing the images I wanted to bring out the details of the objects, and used the colour palette of the pictures to reflect the age and add an atmosphere to the pieces.
I am really happy with how the photographs have turned out and I am looking forward to covering more of the antique markets, creating a portfolio of the event over a few months.
Below is the link to my photographs on the Total Guide website, and a screenshot of the write up and some of my images.
Photography Jobs - Photography sales assistant
Above is an advert for a local photography/sales job. This role is something that I would consider applying for because it is something that I have experience in as I have worked as a sales assistant, and have experience in photography. I enjoy working with people, and working as part of a team and on my own. This role would also help me to gain confidence approaching people and working with clients/models.
It is a slightly more commercial role that I would normally look for, as it focuses strongly on sales and products. Although this still relates to a creative job, I would rather be working with images instead of creating photo books or souvenirs. It seems that the job is primarily focused on production of souvenirs instead of creating interesting images, which is slightly off-putting as I would want to be challenged and working with something interesting and creative.
Some of the photographs that I took for the Lunar Festival, which were posted both on the Total Guide to Bath website and the Bath Chronicle website.
I am quite happy with how these have turned out, as they showed the atmosphere of the event and some of the activities that took place on the day.
It was a good experience working at a busy event, but I would have liked to have taken more photographs and experimented with different lenses and view points, such as being closer to the stage.
Work Experience - Total Guide to Bath - Museum of East Asian Art Lunar New Year Extravaganza
I photographed the Lunar Festival during the afternoon of the event and captured many of the activities that took place inside the hall, such as the magic show, gymnastics and dancing.
I also visited the museum itself and photographed some of the artefacts and artwork.
The aim was to take crowd shots to show the atmosphere at the event and to capture the mood, showing the families having fun. I think that I managed to take photographs showing this, as well as focusing on the activities taking place.
If I were to take part in photographing an event like this again I would make sure to take a zoom lens and to get closer to the stage to get better shots of the activities and shows. I would also try to get some more portraits of the families at the event, and cover more of the activities being held.
Below is the link to my images on the Total Guide to Bath website, as well as a screenshot of the page.
Work experience - Total Guide to Bath
During February I carried out a couple of photography jobs for Total Guide to Bath, documenting events in Bath.
I photographed the Vintage & Antiques market held in the Green Park Station in Bath, and the Lunar New Year festival event organised and run by the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath.
Both of these events gave me the opportunity to cover busy public events, which gave me the experience of working with crowds of people and interacting with the public, making sure to be aware of my surroundings.
I used my Nikon D3100 with the standard 18-55mm lens to take the photographs, adjusting the shutter speed and aperture manually when taking the photographs. I would like to experiment with a 50mm lens when taking future photographs at the Vintage and Antiques market to allow me to take more environmental portraits of the stall owners. I would also like to try using a macro lens to capture the details in some of the objects for sale.
I would also use the 50mm lens to take portraits at events such as the Lunar New Year festival, of both the artists performing and the audience. I would also consider using a zoom lens, to allow myself to get clearer shots of the stage from far away, and a wide angle lens to capture more of the location and the people in the room.
Overall I think that my experiences photographing these events went well and helped me with my confidence working with the public. I especially enjoyed covering the Vintage and Antiques market as it is something that interests me and I was able to get really involved in the shoot and managing to take shots that I felt were appropriate to cover the event and make the products look their best.
Hair and Beauty shoot
As part of our recent studio project we worked with groups from the hair and beauty course at our college to photograph their final pieces for one of their projects.
Each group followed a different theme and we got to pick which group we worked with. My group chose to work with a a group who had chosen the theme ‘Indian Princess’ as we felt that it was the most interesting idea that would give us the most freedom and allow us to create images which focused strongly on colour and small details, such as the jewellery and clothes.
Our group wanted to focus on the blue of the sari that the model would be wearing, so we contemplated working with coloured backgrounds that would help bring out the blue, such as yellow/orange/light brown fabrics in the style of indian patterns and rugs.
We ended up using a grey backdrop background to help neutralise the lighting and not create a really harsh contrast between the model and background, instead creating a soft background which made the colours of the models make up and clothes seem brighter.
Above is the set up that we used for the shoot.
Above are the contact sheets of images taken during the shoot.
Fortunately for our group we managed to get the shot we needed fairly quickly, because we had the lighting set up appropriately and captured the right pose showing the hair and make up. We then experimented with different poses with the model, including the sari more to work with some of the inspiration images that we had looked at during our research.
I think that we managed to take some really strong images that related well to the whole theme and idea behind the shoot as well as fulfilling the brief by taking photographs that showed the hairstyle.
Chosen final images from the hair and beauty shoot.
The first image is the final image that we submitted to the hair and beauty group for them to use. It was all of our favourite image, and it followed all of the guidelines that they had given in the brief, showing the hair and make up to the full potential, making sure that all of the detail was clear and that the hair was well lit.
The other images show some of the experimental images that we took, working with poses making use of the sari to give a different feel to the image. I think that these both worked well, and they both manage to produce different emotions just with the use of lighting and the models eyes.
Overall I am very happy with how our images came out. They fulfilled the brief and both groups were happy with the outcome and worked well together. The images came out really well and there wasn’t much need for editing, due to the lighting that we set up in the studio, and styling by the hair and beauty students. I think that we have managed to create a strong set of images that could be used to promote the hair and make up talents of the students, and which work well with the theme of the shoot.
The only thing that I would change about the shoot is the fact that we didn’t have any makeup touch ups or corrections during the shoot, and the hair and beauty students didn’t use real henna, which i feel would’ve added a more authentic touch to the images. I also think that if we had had more time, that we could have experimented with more backgrounds and different poses, including full length to show more of the sari that the model was wearing.
My plans after college
After looking into various university courses and thinking about what I want to do with my life, and with photography, I have chosen to not go through with my UCAS application this year.
I have wanted to go to University since school and when I previously studied on an Art & Design course, and thought that I wanted to go to University after completing the photography course but due to personal reasons, and reasons relating to the course/subject I feel that I would be better off going into work after college.
I am going to instead focus on getting a career within my desired industry, of working with photography/the arts in the form of a magazine or a small company. I would like to be able to combine all of my interests into one medium and do something that I am truly passionate about.
Whilst looking for work in this industry I am going to carry out freelance work, working for friends, family, small companies and any other clients. I am going to continue working with Total Guide to Bath in the hope that it leads to a more structured job role. This role gives me the opportunity to participate in documentary photography of local events, something which I am interested in. It could also open up to offer me roles which involve more travelling as the company is still up and coming and is growing (expanding to more locations)
As well as carrying out work for clients, I am going to work on building up my portfolio with personal projects. I am passionate about travel and think that this would give me a great opportunity to expand my portfolio and allow me to experiment with a variety of photography styles to help me find my own style and interest.
I have always had a keen interest in architecture and feel that by travelling and having some time to focus on myself and my work that I would be able to create strong portfolios of work, looking at an assortment of architecture, including modern buildings and derelict locations.
I am going to keep applying for photography job roles in the magazine industry, looking at various creative jobs, which may not be specifically focused on photography, but which allow me to show my creative side and my interest in art/fashion/music.