Creative CV

In this blog post, I am going to show how I created my creative CV. I used the CV I already have but I was able to correct some mistakes I made in my old CV thanks to the National Career lesson that we had. After that lesson, I’ve seen the mistakes I made and how boring my CV was looking, So I edited it and created a new.

  1. STARTED WITH AN IDEA

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2. WHEN I GOT TO THIS PONT I WASN’T SURE ABOUT THE TEMPLATE I WAS CREATING AS IT LOOKED LIKE THE BLACK BIT AT THE TOP WAS TAKING ALL THE SPACE SO I DECIDED TO CHANGE IT.

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3.TRIED THIS SCHEME AND I LIKED ITScreen Shot 2017-05-21 at 20.18.02

PREVIOUS ONE

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NOW

Creative CV   Creative CV2

I can say I’m happy with the final result, but I only concentrated on the template rather than updating the information in my CV. I am planning to change that later on, I need to add more work experience and activities that I’ve done within the photography industry rather than my previous normal jobs. I’ve also added borders which I think makes it look better.

Research into Fashion Photography​ Industry

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In this blog post, I’m going to look into the fashion photography industry, which is the field which interests me more at the moment. At the beginning of the year I was really not sure about which sector I preferred between Advertising, Editorial and Fashion photography as when I was in college I did a bit of everything, but this year after exploring all the sectors again, I’ve noticed that I enjoyed and felt more comfortable in doing my fashion assignment. This is why I have decided to research more into this industry.

Firstly, is good to know what a fashion photographer’s work involve. He photographs garments but in a creative and very technical way by using ideas, themes of the season, the clothing range, the designer or the brand. It can also be for catalogues and websites and they have to represent the style of the clothes accurately.  To make sure these ideas are eye-catching and interesting they don’t only shoot in studio but also on location.         A fashion photographer has to be very flexible he cannot just be good with photography technicalities, he needs to have an interest in fashion, know the history and update himself on new trends and styles because this industry always changes and is always looking for original and innovative ideas. Photographers who have a good understanding of this aspect of fashion are able to create the best and most relevant work. They are also commissioned for different publications, they can work for high-fashion magazines one day work and for a simple website, where they style is completely different another day, that’s why they need to have excellent working and organising skills and lots of creative ideas. Very often fashion photographers work in teams which include art directors, editors, stylist, producer and many others which are part of a large creative staff and they all need to work together to achieve briefs which are given to them by clients. Well established Fashion and Magazine photographers work from their own studios but some photographers work in studios which are actually supplied by their clients.                                                                                                                                       Networking in this industry is very important, photographers must develop and maintain contacts within the fashion industry and the fashion publishing business.
As I stated first this industry always changes so a photographer can stick to one trend and style all the time, he needs to continuously refresh his style and demonstrate their new ideas and creative vision to lots of people.                                                                                                        Initially, I thought a fashion photographer would work with few models chosen by him but that is not how it works. They work with a variety of models selected according to what’s the idea and concept, the model has to represent the style and features of the clothes, that’s he probably needs new models for different shoots.

There are three areas in this sector that interest me:

  1. Magazine photographers they take photos for weekly or monthly magazines and daily newspapers. They need strong creative and technical skills to interpret the editors brief.  They need to be good in shooting either in studio or location. They often work through agencies.
  2. High fashion photographers they work on top-level in fact they are highly paid photographers and they work in their own studio or they rent it. They get to this level thanks to their success and past experience and this shows that to get in such a position you must have worked hard for years and they were able to improve excellent technical skills and important contacts and clients in the industry. The good thing about high fashion photographers is that they can select their own team of assistants.
  3. Catalogue photographers they have good communication and organisational skills and be able to control studio or location situations of the whole team to work together towards a common goal. They need outstanding technical skills and must work closely and quickly to fulfil the client’s and designer’s creative brief.

Secondly, who employs fashion photographers? They are employed by catalogues, fashion magazines or houses, advertising agencies. They can also be self-employed. It is interesting to know that to produce a range of photos enough to fill many catalogues and websites they spend days and weeks shooting, someone could thing they can do all of that in few hours.

Thirdly, how much do they earn? It depends. If they reach the top as a High Fashion or Magazine Photographers, they earn very high fees, whereas a catalogue or website photographer receives a salary and paid holidays just as a regular employee.                                                                                                I also looked at LinkedIn Salary ( https://www.linkedin.com/salary?trk=jobshome_linkedin_salary ) which I was able to access because I am as a student and it shows you salaries of different jobs in different areas. I couldn’t find a specific role as fashion photographer so I looked at picture editor, as editing is something I also enjoy doing a lot and wouldn’t mind finding a job in this sector too.

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This shows an estimate of how a picture editor would earn in a year in London. To have more information about salaries in this sector I looked for photographers job in general and searched different locations to see how the salary changes. I started by looking for photographers job in London, Birmingham and San Francisco because these are the cities where I would like to find a job in three years time. I couldn’t find anything in Birmingham but I was able to compare the prices in London and San Francisco.

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Whilst researching, the website gave me more information about the top-paying locations for a photographer in the United Kingdom and surprisingly Leeds the other city after London.

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Do fashion photographers need a qualification? Many people would think is not necessary just because many successful photographers did not need a qualification to get where they are. But I think times have changed, someone can be really talented but learning and having a qualification will prepare you and give you a solid background before getting into the industry. Therefore, qualification is needed. There are not many places that offer specialised courses for fashion photographers but there are many colleges and universities, especially here in the United Kingdom which give you the chance to attend a course that will teach you all the skills you need to get into the industry. The creative Skillset Tick, The LBIPP which is offered by the British Institute of Professional Photography and the AOP, have a really good and high reputation, they offer different qualifications and because of their good reputation, it can benefit photographers that have studied with them against other photographers working in the same industry.

To work in this industry there are key skills that fashion photographers need. Excellent communication skills are vital, as they are constantly communicating with people, some would think being a photographer would only involve working with your camera and model but that is not the reality, as we now know there are many people behind the scenes. They also need excellent networking skills, they have to keep being in touch, find new contacts and not lose them. Be highly organised, from experiences I’ve heard of from visiting lectures and videos, many photographers are given a really short time to shoot many things and without being organised or managing their time well they might end up not meeting their deadlines. Also because of the short time they need to work well even under pressure. They do not only think about photography but research and explore the fashion world and also keep experimenting and trying out new ideas. Thanks to many visiting lectures we had during this year I now know other skills, fashion photographers need to work in this sector. Most of the photographers we had, talked about how important it is to know all your equipment and camera very well, to have an excellent sense of composition and perspective, be good in using software and to be able to control situations whether in studio or on location as there will be days where everything seems to be going perfectly but also other days where things could be going in the wrong way and when that happens you need to know how to react to the situation. One last important thing many lectures mentioned is to be ambitious and serious about your career.

Lastly, What’s the best way to get in this industry? by assisting a photographer is usually a good way, as it will help you prepare and learn closely from someone who’s already in the industry and this will give you the experience. Meantime, by attending events and places with the photographer you would be able to meet clients, models etc.,

ref: ( http://creativeskillset.org/who_we_help/young_creative_talent) , ( linkedln.com).

Interview with a practitioner

Interviews

Photographers I could interview

J. A. P – photographer

Dom More

EA photography

Decided to interview Jide a video editor/photographer based in London

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  1. How and why did you start having an interest in photography?

During my media studies in University, we touched on photography in the past, but did not do much and I hade a vague idea of photographic basics. After University working in the media department showed me different sides of photography. For curiosity I decided to buy my self a big givers camera and played around with it for a while, I really liked it and since then I’ve had a serious interest for photography.

2. What series of events lead you to this point?

The first photography job I had, aside my work was a fashion commercial, a friend knew I started my little photography business and recommended me to another person who needed the job done asap. Hadn’t done work like this before, I was very nervous but with the help of some of my work colleagues I was able to do it and little by little I started getting more contacts to work for.

3. What is your main source of influence within your work?

Surely being in the media industry, photography is one of the main subjects, working with photographers, directors and many other stuff, I mean, I have been influenced by all of them.

4. Have you got any photographer that inspires you or whom you admire?

Not really, I take my inspiration from everywhere, really, most of the times from little scenes in videos.

5. What is your personal project are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I am renaming my whole media photography company, changing the name and other details like updating my web page to be more visible to people.

6. Are you proud of what you have done so far in your career and why?                      Yes, I am proud so far of my career within the film editing , but as for my photography career is still a work in progress, as is been only few years I’ve been doing this .

Notes

Professional understanding

  • What is professional practice?
  • networking, contacting people and stay in touch.
  • Working with other people, taking the chance to talk about your work with others –
  • photographic industry, lots of different jobs within photography.
  • legal rights and protection to protect your work and the people you work with.
  • professional development: Think about how I’m going to achieve my goal

Professional photography

 

Copy Right

Is a protection for what belongs to you. Gives you the right to authorise or restrict the making of copies of something. It cannot easily be defined as it is a complex piece of legislation. Copyright applies to photographs, sculptures, a painting, music, signatures, cartoons, logos etc. Thanks to copyright, many can protect their work, for example, photographers can show that they own their photos and they can authorise who can copy their photos and how many copies they can make. Someone may wonder how do you register for copyright, but in the UK you do not need to register, as soon as you create something the work is automatically yours. It is also interesting to know that Ideas are not protected by copyright, it only starts working when the idea is expressed in a material form.

Copyright in the UK is protected by the Copyright Design & Patents Act 1988, a law which came into effect on 1st August 1989.

Authorship & Ownership

The one who created the work is the ‘author’. So in a photographic case, the author of many photographs is the photographer of course, not the stylist or director who helped to create the whole seen but the one behind the camera. Back in time, the author was the person who owned the work, but this is no longer valid. For example, if someone takes a picture of a woman, the woman wouldn’t be the author of the picture even if she is on it, the one that took the picture is the author.

Copyright in photograph lasts more than 70 years.

Ownership of Copyright

The ownership of works that artists make is quite different to the ownership of materials. If a photographer sells a photograph for a sum of money, whoever buys it does not own the photograph he just bought it and has the right to hang the work but the copyright remains with the photographer.

Today many might underestimate the value of copyright but copyright is very important, for example, is good to remember the huge issue Alberto Korda had. In 1960 he took a very famous photo of Che Guevara, this picture was used for the cover of Che’s diaries and they made other copies which were soon being carried through the streets of Europe in the protest marches of 1968. Alberto Korda did not receive any royalties; Feltrinelli used the photo without permission and did not even gave him credits for the photo. In 2000 this photo was used for a Smirnoff Vodka adv. Korda had no remedy to regain control until Cuba rejoined the international copyright convention in 1997. He then asked the Cuba Solidarity Campaign to help him sue Smirnoff’s advertising agency. They agreed on an out-of-court settlement. Unfortunately, he then died of a heart attack in 2001 while setting up an exhibition of his photographs in Paris.

Copyright Infringement

Primary

  • Is when you reproduce or copy a photograph without the photographer’s permission.
  • When you use a photograph without the author’s permission and create it onto a t-shirt, or another unlicensed photograph is made into an ‘art’ poster.Secondary
  • When you take the photo and sell it from a market stall, even if the market trade did not make them their self.
  • Clients who use the photographs but don’t pay or comply with contractual terms.
  • Clients who use the photographs outside the terms of the original license.
  • Or imitate photograph too closely.

The Attribution Right

  • The author has the right to be identified
  • Their name has to appear alongside the photograph.
  • Understood as a ‘by-line’ or ‘credit’
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The Integrity Right

  • It is a photographer’s right to protect and prevent his work being mistreated.
  • Treatments of work which are damaging to the reputation of a photographer.

Most photographers are freelance which means they are the first owners of copyright and they will have a contract with the client to determine copyright issues.

Task 

Lucasfilm vs Ainsworth’s

The Stormtrooper character which appeared in Star Wars was conceived by George Lucas designed by artist Ralph McQuarrie and moulded from the existing designs by Andrew Ainsworth. Ainsworth had sold Stormtrooper outfits online for many years and that’s when Lucasfilm sued him for infringement of copyright. Ainsworth did not defend the 2006 case in the US courts, so they gave summary judgement in favour of Lucasfilm, awarding $20 million compensation.

Contract Law & Legislation

We do not notice but we enter into contracts everyday, whether we are just buying online, buying a train ticket etc, we always make an agreement verbally or in written form. Most everyday contracts is oral but all business contract must be in writing. People interpret things in different ways so always write things down & make a contractual agreement, if you have a written confirmation nothing can be misunderstood

Contacts are a legally binding agreement  

Contracts can be made between two or more people, doesn‘t have to be in written form but this is strongly advised and it is not legal if it involved an illegal act.

Terms & Conditions

When a photographer is commissioned to produce photographs for a client, they both need to discuss and agree on a number of issues including the price and the use of the photographs. It is very important to state your own terms & conditions within your contract. Accompany all the paperwork, this is to protect they both of you. Let the client know if any third parties are involved. AOP terms & conditions protect the photographer. These are registered with the Office of Fair Trading.

Estimates

This has to be stated before the job commences and it is based on an initial instruction from the client, which can become the job offer, general enquiries which should always include Terms & Conditions and it is made by phone you must confirm in written form. It is important to include things like the client and photographer details, job description, fees, Expenses, the right to credit, usage etc.

Invoice

You present this after the job is completed and it is similar to an estimate but it has a precise cost.

Copyright vs Rights to Use

There is a difference between copyright and right to use. The rights to use is ‘License’ to use something you issue and you still own the copyright. this right is given by the owner (e.g. photographer to the client). It has to include a contract’s terms and conditions. Should include an estimate and must be agreed before the job commences.

STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY / VISUAL TRENDS

VISITING LECTURES 

Toby Cobley

Today we had the photographer Toby Cobley, who showed us some of his work and also gave us lots of advice on how this industry works. He’s been into photography since the age of 12 and he was into Landscapes when he first started. At the age of 30 he decided to attended Plymouth college of art, when he was studying he also started his own business in 2005. Whilst in the college teachers, pushed him to challenge himself to find a new and different style for his landscape photography and there is when his style changed. He soon started looking into fine art and street photography. Later on, he started experimenting with studio as he felt he wasn’t as good as in the other areas. Documentary photography moved him to look into film photography. Soon enough, he started his commercial work, by assisting Trevor Burrows, he also worked for Venture Portraits and SW screen. He soon noticed that to be able to make a living out of the money he earned from photography he had to do more so he started doing wedding photography, family portraiture, in studio and location, he has done some Editorial and Environmental photography, Life style photography, at some point he did some work for the National Trust, Drone photography, Interiors, Stock photography, Medical and scientific photography, Food and Hospitality, Tourism, lifestyle and so. He made me understand how much you have to keep shooting all the time, be flexible in photographing different themes and how he experimented a lot to be good in many areas. He first started with landscape but now he is doing so many other things, which shows how we should explore all aspects of photography, we may think we are more into  a specific area but you never know if by experimenting you can find something else that might interest you more.

 

Andy Whale

Today we had the commercial photographer Andy Whale. He has been into photography for about 30 years, he is also into filming. He really likes Richard Avedon’s work. He studied in Bournemouth and at the time he was studying they thought everything on film and not digital. He started assisting a still life photographer for placement and it became a job. He has worked as freelance photographer and made work for Spencer Rowell for 4 years.  He has also done underwater photography. He stated, that for him to be in this industry you need to be good in talking to people and with technicalities like lighting and composition and also to follow only one path, when you are sure of what you want to do. He also encouraged us to reasearch into other photographers work to get inspiration but to make our own photos, also to look at different advertising agencies and not to focus too much on our equipment as it does not matter if you don’t have all the equipment that you need.

Kirsty Smith

Today we have Kirsty Smith a Sports wear and catwalk photographer. She talked about her experiences in being a catwalk photographer, about how hard it especially if you are a woman as is mainly a job for men, because you have to be very physical too in such a job and most of the photographers there, don’t get paid but it is good work for them to be in their portfolio. She has shoot a lot during fashion weeks especially in Paris and worked for Harpers Bazaar and she revealed how all this work was not paid but was a good way to promote yourself and buid a stronger portfolio. She assisted photographers for long hourse, shot a lot of skate board shots and behind the scenes as her partner was into skateboard. She also talked about how politics has affected the fashion photography industry and how this industry. She then gave us tips on how to get into this industry, which is by assisting although there are lots of various jobs in the fashion photography industry, also she said we should build a strong portfolio and we can do that by starting to take picture during fashion weeks and street style fashion photography. Additionally she adviced to keep an eye on trends and unique things for example at the moment children under 10 and women over 60 are the main focus in fashion. Just like the other visiting lectures we had she also encourage us to be flexible because we can’t just be photographers but we also have to know how to film, be good with social media etc.,

Lorna Commercial Photography

Today we had Lorna, a  Commercial Photographer, when she was a child she was into acting and she once went to get her head shots taken by a photographer and she ended up assisting this photographer and this is how she got into photography. She assisted Charlie Wait who runs a Landscape competition. She moved to London and setup her own studio in her living room to do head shots. Tires, she decided to move back to Devon and an exhibition and invited a lot of poeple, this was a good way to network and get new clients in this area. She soon started a wedding photography business which she did for 10 years and family portraits. Having earned enough money she decided to start a business called Bang Wollop, unfortunately it did not go well, as it was stressful and she was losing a lot of money in the business, so she had to close this business. She wrote the complete guide to wedding photography and a book called the busy girls guide to photography.

  • John Spinks

Today we had the photographer John Spinks, first inspiration from magazines – caught his attention – 1987 he was 17, Matt Mchvwan – stark – minimal – unusual images, photo poche – entry point into history of photographers work, inspiration behind his work – taking ideas from other photographer – on original ideas – but bring own style to the work, Lee freelander – contracted well – familiar now – seeing villages obscured by branches, To begin with he stayed within rules within photography – but then stated breaking the rules – the began to dissolve, John practice a lot to become a good photographer, paul Graham – documentary photographer one of the first documentary images in colour, slow down when looking at image and take you time, started working in studio – slowly got commission for magazines, want to find not the normal model wanted to disrupt the normal flow and use teens, August Sanders – his portraits look like, the nee village – by John Spinks, Herbert read – the green child – told it would be useful to read – book showed him the way he took images and helped him finish his project (the new village), George sure – painter  – but painting look like photographers, different people have different views on the worlds – even if they are right next to each other, the book – new village took 15 years to make

Steve Bancroft

Editorial photography + The Publishing industry (Steve Bancroft). He has been a professional photographer for 15 years. He first worked for BMX magazine, Extreme Sports photography. Because of the theme, most of his photos were on Location. He did a High National Diploma in photography,  he loved travelling and sports. To get recognised he had to really work hard. Years after when the management of BMX changed he left and started a free magazine Albiuon, which is a popular magazine for 1000,000,000 readers.

Holly McGlynn

  • Does Editorial, fashion and campaigns photography, Started as a fine art photographer, Award-winning fashion photographer, Works for companies such as Mulberry, Levis, Cosmopolitan etc, Career Lessons: Treat your photography like a business, Marketing, Accounting, pitching, sales, know your customer, Tailor your product accordingly, be absolutely relentless, Don’t compare yourself to other photographers, Network, Embrace failure, Say yes to opportunities- and they say no when you are in a position to do so, Create your own opportunities, be brave
  • 35 images in her portfolio- but should be 14 but to start out have about 5 to 10
  • Working with models: Working with models is an intimate job, treat everyone with respect, Prepare and research
  • Freelance photography, Favourite company to shoot for Primark, Assist photographers to learn how to work and speak with models
  • Collaboration, Only as good as your team, Find a creative team that shares your vision and are nice to work with, Give everyone time to do their job, Shoot, shoot, shoot, Lighting
  • Can make or break a portfolio, Hire lighting and experiment. Look at other photographers work, It is your job to interpret ideas in novel ways. Your idea your currency, More important than technical abilities

Awards to look at

  • Sony Photo Awards
  • AOP student awards
  • Taylor Wessing

Work Experience​

In this module, we were required to do some work experience within the photographic field. I was not able to find many opportunities and work with any photographer because of my secular work which takes many our from me. I had the chance to work as an assistant photographer for a Breast Cancer event in central London, which I thought it would have been a great opportunity but I had to turn it down because of work.

Even so, I had the chance to work for few hours in studio assisting a second-year student, I also have a little activity which consists in creating flyers, invitation cards, album covers etc and I charge £25 for digital ones, that can be shared all over the internet and media. At times, some clients have asked me to have printed copies, in this case, I also charge them the amount of money which I would spend to print, so it changes as people want different amounts of copies. It all started back in Northampton years ago, when I was assisting a freelance photographer. I started taking pictures for different events and then I would create an album or slideshow of all the pictures. With time people started asking if I could create invitation cards etc, and that’s how I started, I was doing it for free initially until I started having more people contacting me, even people I did not know through my Facebook and Instagram page.

So far this year these are some of the album covers and invitations I have created.

This was an album cover for a single of this young artist who is locally known in the areas of Northampton/Coventry and Leicester. I’ve created different fliers for him this year for almost every single he releases. I always make more dummies than one final piece for my clients so they are able to choose the one they prefer.

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And he chose this, so I later on added all the links etc of his social media and contacts.

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I also did another cover for another of his songs song.

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and he preferred this one. 

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I created another one for another single 

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He chose this one but had to change it later on as he featured another guy into his song.finnfniiii

The invitation below was for a baby shower back in October. I first took some pictures of her in the studio, the boyfriend couldn’t come to the shoot but they still wanted pictures of them together so I had to use pictures they took themselves. 

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Business launch, I had a really short time to do this and she gave me the design of how she wanted it to look like so I just tried to recreate what she designed digitally and this is the final result.

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These below are the latest birthday invitations I made for my hairdresser, who’s daughter’s abroad, so she asked me to create some invitations her daughter could use for her 20th birthday. I always make more than one final piece for my clients so they are able to choose the one they prefer or like in this case, even use both the choice I send them. In this case, she liked the both of them and decided to use both.

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I had the chance to do a product shoot, as someone asked me to shoot some t-shirts in for his clothing website, but I had to turn it down as I still don’t feel confident enough in shooting products.

I must admit that thanks to word of mouth of people I’ve worked for, I was able to build myself a range of clients within Northampton, I still need to keep in touch with them, in case they will still need me for future work, now that I have moved is hard to do shoots as I’m far away but I can still create fliers etc.. Also my two Instagram and Facebook pages have helped me to promote myself and find new clients not only from Northampton.

This is my facebook page: 

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and this is my Instagram page

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Profesional Practice Task

Task 1

1) Why are you here?

Because I want to learn more, improve my skills and very confident technically.

2) Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

In three years I hope I will graduate and start working as an assistant fashion photographer/retoucher for a magazine.

3) Three Things about yourself

1) I love travelling.

2) My dream is to be working for an important magazine or company.

3) I’m very lazy but work hard for what I really want.

Task 2

1) Find two photographers/ Practitioners that you would like to interview and why?

  • Nick Knight. I always liked his work and I find my style similar to his.
  • Dom Moore. A freelance photographer I met him at an event. I was able to ask him few questions and thought he is an interesting person to interview and he has a lot of advice to give.

I’m sure is not going to be possible to interview nick knight but I could try and get in touch with Dom Moore.

2) Have a schedule outlined and an action plan.

When we talked he gave me his personal email, he said he usually reads the messages on that one so in case I wanted some work experience I could email him.

Task 3

1)Research into photographic genres, fashion, advertising or editorial.

Fashion photography.

2) What are the Key characteristics of the field of fashion photography? 

Fashion photography is mainly to sell clothes and express vision of the photographers, designers, art directors, makeup artists, hairstylists. Make money.

3) Find a Successful photographer in this area, how why do you think they are Successful?

Nigel Barke, he is successful thanks to his previous career in modelling. He always has new ideas, this is because he always looks for inspiration everywhere and he did not let photography technicalities stop him. He is also really flexible, he knows about fashion, film making and other

4) How can you effectively pursue and gain a career in this genre/area?

Task 4

  1. Find one good and one bad interview and discuss why? (Group Task)

An example of a bad interview my group and I saw was the one of Donald Trump on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show. It was titled “Donald Trump has nothing to apologise for”, where we all agreed that at the end he should have apologised for. The interview was really bad because of the way he expresses himself with sly comments he kept making. All the interview question where highly predictable yet he did not have sensible answers to any of them. So it looked like the interviewer and the interviewee hadn’t created a strong enough relationship before the start of the interview to feel like a natural conversation.

The good interview is an interview with Ron Corbin, the street photographer. We think this is a good example of a good interview as it was calming, we could understand what he was saying, they had a good idea of playing a nice and relaxing music in the background. He knew what he was talking about with no errors and it was easy as a viewer to follow without getting distracted. The audio was very clear too.

2) How could you improve it?

For the bad interview, I would definitely make them prepare and make sure they know what they will be talking about, give more eye contact and talk in a formal way. For the good one, I would just include the person asking the question even if it could or could not work.

3) What makes a strong interview?

  • Relevant questions according to who the person is
  • Open and interesting questions that keep the conversation going
  • Eye contact, gesture and posture.
  • Good tone of voice
  • No distraction
  • No too much noise
  • Relaxed atmosphere

Think about 5 key questions you might ask?

  1. How and why did you start having an interest in photography?
  2. What series of events lead you to this point?
  3. What is your main source of influence within your work?
  4. Have you got any photographer that inspires you or whom you admire?
  5. What is your personal project are you working on at the moment?
  6. Are you proud of what you have done so far in your career and why?

Evaluation

This module has really helped me understand in detail the photography industry from a professional side. I explored different employment opportunities within the industry and after looking at different areas of photography during the year, I noticed that compared to editorial and advertising fashion photography is the one I am enjoying more. So I researched in-depth into the fashion photography industry and this gave me an idea of where I could possibly find such a job, how much I could earn, how to get in and other information. Thanks to many visiting lectures that we had, I was able to listen to real life stories of experiences and situation they faced in this kind of industry and they also gave us so much advice. In this module, we also looked at copyright & legislations which I think are vital information for any upcoming photographer. The other part of the assignment consisted of interviewing a practitioner, looking for some work experience, create a CV and create a Linked-In page, I think this section helped me to understand how important it is to be professional and active in this industry.

I researched into the fashion photography industry because at the moment is the area which interests me more. I looked at the places where I could potentially find such a job and how much I could earn. Interestingly, I found out that compared to the United Kingdom, America has more job opportunities in this field and the salary is higher. This is all good information as I always wanted to work either in big cities like London or Birmingham or abroad, for example, in the States. As stated previously, in this module we had to find a photographer and interview him. It wasn’t easy to find one as many photographers that I asked did not reply back, so I had to ask my cousin who is in the fashion industry if she knew anyone who would kindly answer few questions I had for an interview, and she presented me to Jide, a filmmaker and also photographer who works in the media in London. So I was able to do a quick interview with him through Whatsapp. I thought Whatsapp was the quickest and easiest way to do an interview so we arranged a day and time when we were both free and I just sent the questions and he replied back immediately. I am happy with the interview, although it wasn’t really anything formal he was really polite and friendly so the conversation through text was just as a normal conversation and informal. Initially, the plan was to interview a photographer who I met at an event, but after e-mailing him few times I did not get any reply back.

Creating a creative CV was part of this module, we had a talk by the National Career and they helped us by giving us advice and tips on how to make a good CV and what should and shouldn’t be on it. I think this was really helpful as after that I was able to see the mistakes in my CV and make changes. I created a new layout for my CV which made it look more creative and less boring. Also, looking back at my old CV, I did not think about how all the jobs which I’ve written not within the photographic contest, and this isn’t good as is not going to help me find a job in this industry so I will have to add more work experiences and little other jobs which I have done related to photography and just add 1 or 2 jobs which are not related to photography.

We had to look for work experience, this was the most difficult part for me because I already struggle a lot to find time between my education and secular work. So I had to turn down few opportunities that I had. However, I was able to assist a second-year student in the studio as she was working for a client, I also did assist some mates few times. The assisting work has really helped me built my confidence whilst working in the studio. Additionally, I do have a little activity which consists in creating flyers, invitation cards, album covers etc and I also photograph different events. So far this year I haven’t photographed any event yet since I moved to Plymouth I am not able to travel in and out to Northampton as many of the contacts I have built are in that area but I was able to still create invitation cards etc. Someone suggested I should start building contacts here in Plymouth so I could start having similar opportunities here too. I really hope I will be able to find the time and motivation to build new contacts down here. I believe that by using social networks like Facebook, Instagram LinkedIn etc., I will be able to find more people.

During this module we learnt about copyright and legislation, I thought this was really helpful and made me aware of the rights that I have as a photographer and also how to protect my work. All the information we had was really essential and important to know, especially in case in future I would like to build my own business I now know much more of about these legalities. It was really interesting to look at different cases of copyright and contracts infringements, this showed how important it is to know these laws and what they can cause if not followed.

I really enjoyed listening to the visiting lectures we had during these months, they gave so much advice and tips on how this industry works. It was really good to have someone who is already in the industry who can share their honest opinions and experiences as it helped me to have a clearer understanding of how this industry works. Finally, we had to complete a PDP form and other little tasks which were focused on us and our future career. This really got me thinking about which area of the industry I am enjoying more, where I would like to be in three years from now and start planning ahead. Professional Practice has really helped me understand in-depth the practical and the theoretical part of the photography industry.