201MC Fresh@CU – Coventry University Graduation Photos

On Monday 18th November 2014, I worked for Fresh@CU, taking that years Coventry University Media Departments Graduate Course photos. Below you can see the plan that was created with all of the workers in mind (including my roles – found in bold italics) along with the time sheet of the day:


I secured this placement through the company’s approach after being suggested by my lecturers as being a suitable candidate for the role.



Mon 18th November, in GS, 2pm-8pm.

Drinks receptions following ceremonies in GSG21

We’re providing course group photos, and smaller family shots (4 people max.) for the graduates. Working in the following spaces:

Studio A: (Course photos) in GSG22

Studio B: (Family photos); and address input and till; in Creative Futures.



Studio A – 15 minutes per course.

Studio B – up and running from 2pm.


Print Prices:

£10 – A4

£6 – A5

£2 – p&p

(no digital whatsoever) (no collections)

(Course photos must be bought as A4, A5’s are just for studio B work)


Studio A

Holly – Photographer

Melissa – Usher

George – Usher (and help where needed)


Studio B

Siyana – Photographer (from 3pm)

Kat – Selections / 2ndPhotographer

Kellie – Assistant / 2nd Selections



Iosif – Address input

Olly – Address input

Lee – Till


Lighting Setup:

Studio A

Shoot at 24mm – go to wider if needs be (16-35mm reserve lens).

Lighting: 3 lights – umbrellas – front and high, not too strong (utilise and balance with room lights)

Short people in front/middle.


Studio B

with 24-105mm lens

Lighting: 2 soft boxes – on subject, one high power one low, white background will go to grey.

2 cards – swap per customer.


In both cases lighting needs to be ‘safe’ – minimize post-production.


Call Times:

Lee and Melissa from 12 (at Loan Shop)

Everyone else at 1 (in GS)



Fresh@CU Risk Assessment



Unfortunately, as the images that I took technically belong to the company Fresh@CU, I am unable to share them with you on my blog. However, if you watch my Assignment 2 video (found in a separate blog post) you will be able to see a couple of sample images from the day.



MONDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2013 – Graduation Day:

  • 1-8pm – 7 hours (1 day)

Total time = 7 hours (1 day)



Looking back over my learning objects, I found that I needed to reflect on the working environment, any demands that it placed on me and whether I met those demands.

For this placement, as the location of the shoot was in a lecture theatre that was known to me, it allowed me to visualise how I would complete the tasks required of me, in this given environment, before the day.

Also, due to this location being inside a university building, there were little environmental demands that put a strain on my work because, as well as it being very familiar to me, the lecture theatre was also health and safety checked to a high, professional standard. However, we obviously had to adapt the lecture theatre in order for it to become a photographic studio by installing the appropriate lighting equipment. This newly positioned lighting equipment was then slightly adapted and thoroughly checked to make sure that it to was to a high health and safety standard.


For this placement, I had to complete a number of tasks including setting up the lighting according to a pre-planned diagram, working and adapting to an unknown location, organizing a large number of group members by communicating what was required of them, and working to a time restricting schedule.

By taking part in this professional placement, I was able to encounter the dynamics of working in a team, which allowed my communication skills, problem solving, and the ability to understand the role I played within the team to flourish. The quality of most of my strengths was improved and the completion of the placement also meant that a number of my weaknesses were converted to strengths (including getting stressed easily and appearing shy in front of others). Learning about the production side of a media company is also something that will be useful to know throughout future careers in the photographic industry.

A list of mainly transferable (and some specialist) skills that I feel I gained or enhanced during this placement can be found below:

  • Communication skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Persuasion skills
  • Organization skills
  • Team working skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Time management
  • Confident in what I will offer
  • Problem solver
  • Camera and equipment skills (specialist skill)
  • Initiative
  • Friendly
  • Patience
  • Confidence in front of large groups