201MC ePHOTOzine – Freelance Writing

My major contribution to my Professional Practise module, however, was working with ePHOTOzine to write a wide range of articles to be published on their website. For this experience, I wrote 7 articles, all of which were read and reviewed by a team at ePHOTOzine that gave me any suggested changes and feedback before they were all published on the ePHOTOzine website. This post simply shares the plans I conducted for each of the articles, along with links to each of my articles, and the time sheet for this experience:

HOW I RECEIVED THE PLACEMENT:

The idea behind this opportunity began by my lecturer suggesting that I put myself forward for a similar role due to the quality of my written work. After this discussion, I got in contact with ePHOTOzine and was offered the position after receiving positive feedback from an example of my written work that I sent in.

RISK ASSESSMENT FORM:

ePHOTOzine Risk Assessment

PLANS FOR ARTICLES:

1 x Interview with Photographers:

  • Matt Johnston?
  • Email Matt Johnston
  • Read a number of interview articles for ideas – try to ask different questions rather than the ordinary
  • Think of Questions to ask
  • Write a paragraph explain why I think she is inspirational
  • Questions:

o   Will I be able to include a link to her website?

1 x Photoshop 12 – Top tips for Student Photographers:

  • Download trial of Photoshop 12
  • Research reviews – look at “student beans
  • Questions:

o   Can I set it out in a similar format to that of the Technique articles?

1 x Tamron Feature:

  • Compatible with Canon
  • Autumn Urban Photography
  • Read a number of Tamron Feature articles
  • Will be using Wide Angle lens – SP 10-24mm
  • Questions:

o   Can I include images that I took on previous projects?

o   May use light metre – will this need to be stated in the article?

1 x Tamron Techniques:

  • Compatible with Canon
  • Read a number of Tamron Technique articles
  • Possible use of Macro – AF 70-300mm Tele-macro (focus on Macro setting)

o   Manual focus – depth of field, enhance professionalism

Mac Software Review:

Introduction

  • What the app is for
  • Price

Features

  • “[Name of App] Features” in Bold
  • List of features

How it performs

  • How to use it – click this, do that

Show some screenshots

Verdict / Conclusion

  • What’s good and what isn’t? – Easy to use, range of presets?

Pros and Cons of the software

  • List of Pro’s
  • List of Con’s

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/photoristic-hd-ipad-app-review-23281

1x Tamron Feature:

  • Spring Macro’s
  • Read a number of Tamron Feature articles
  • Will be using AF 70-300mm Tele-macro lens (focus on Macro setting)

1x Tamron Techniques:

  • Coventry Handball?
  • Read a number of Tamron Technique articles
  • Use the AF 70-300mm Tele-macro lens

 

ARTICLES:

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Tips for Beginner and Student Photographers (Parts 1 and 2):

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/adobe-photoshop-elements-12-tips-for-beginner-and-student-photographers-23627

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/top-tips-for-beginner-and-student-photographers-using-photoshop-elements-12-23637

Photographer Matt Johnston Interview:

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/photographer-matt-johnston-interview-23642

How to Photograph Urban Macro Shots in Autumn:

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/how-to-photograph-urban-macro-shots-in-autumn-23644

Shots of a City in Autumn:

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/shots-of-a-city-in-autumn—winter-23649

Reallusion FaceFilter3 Review:

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/reallusion-facefilter3-review-24359

Spring Flower Macro Shots:

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/spring-flower-macro-shots-24410

Tips on Photographing Sports Event:

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/tips-on-photographing-sports-events-24405

 

TIME SHEET:

THURSDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2013 – Photoshop 12 Article:

  • 12:30-2:30pm, 3:15-4:15pm, 5-6:30pm, 7:30-8:20pm, 10:30pm-12am – 6.75 hours

FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2013 – Photoshop 12 Article:

  • 9:45-10:45am, 1:45-2:45pm, 4-5pm – 3 hours

TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2013 – Interview with Photographer Article:

  • 9-11:30pm – 2.5 hours

WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2013 – Tamron Feature and Technique Articles:

  • 10am-12pm, 12:30-1pm, 2-3:15pm, 5-6pm, 7-8pm – 4.75 hours

THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2013 – Interview with Photographer and Tamron Feature Articles:

  • 11:30-12pm, 5:15-6:30pm, 8:30-9:45pm – 4 hours

SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2013 – Tamron Feature Article:

  • 11am-1pm, 1:45-4pm – 4.25 hours

MONDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2013 – Interview with Photographer article:

  • 10-11am, 3-4pm – 2 hours

TUESDAY 10TH DECEMBER 2013 – Tamron Techniques article:

  • 11am-1pm, 2-4pm, 9-9:30pm – 4.5 hours

WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2013 – Changes to articles:

  • 10:30-11:45am – 1.25 hours

MONDAY 24TH MARCH 2014 – Mac Software Review:

  • 9:30am-1pm, 1:15-4:30pm – 6.75 hours

FRIDAY 28TH MARCH 2014 – Tamron Techniques 2:

  • 11am-1pm, 6-9pm – 5 hours

SATURDAY 19TH MARCH 2014 – Tamron Techniques 2 and taking photos:

  • 9:30-11am, 12-1:30pm, 3:30-4:30pm – 4 hours

MONDAY 31ST MARCH 2014 – Tamron Feature 2:

  • 10am-12pm, 12:45-1:45pm – 3 hours

 

Total time = 49.25 hours (8.2 days)

 

DEMANDS OF THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

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 professional experience, my main environment of work was either my student house in Coventry, or my home back in High Wycombe. This therefore meant that no severe demands were placed on me during this part of the placement as I was incredibly familiar with the working environment. However, as I was working at a computer for long periods of time, I made sure that I adapted the lighting within the room to fit the changing outdoor conditions, as well as adapting my sitting position on a regular basis to lessen the chance of straining particular joints. I also made sure that I took regular breaks away from the computer screen whilst keeping fed and hydrated at all times.

On the other hand, the second part of this placement required me to go out on numerous photo shoots in order to illustrate my written articles. Although these shoots were based outside and where easily dependant on the current weather condition, this only caused a little environmental demand as I only chose to shoot in places that I was familiar with and that I thought would fit well with the theme of the article.

SKILLS GAINED/ENHANCED:

This placement often required me conducting my own research surrounding given themes, working to a company template, creating photographs that were suitable for the illustration of my article, communicating and negotiating with my supervisor and interviewee, whilst working to a time-limited deadline.

This placement allowed me to enhance my creative skills by diversifying my portfolio of work to include written articles. Many of my strengths were used and enhanced throughout this placement and I was also able to handle some of my weaknesses (including getting stressed easily, stubbornness, impatience, and being opinionated and a perfectionist).

This placement was the most enjoyable out of the six. Writing articles to a given theme, illustrating my articles in a way that I think fits, and the publication of my articles online was not only satisfying but also engaging and challenging. It was something that I had not experience before and working to a high quality of publication, whilst also working to a deadline increased the challenging aspect of the placement. Not only was this placement successful, but I also feel that I greatly benefited from their feedback system that meant that I was continuously improving my standard of work.

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
  • Research skills
  • Motivated
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Time management
  • Confident in what I will offer
  • Problem solver
  • Computer, camera and technology (software and editing) skills (specialist skill)
  • Writing skills (specialist skill)
  • Initiative
  • Flexibility
  • Hard-worker
  • Friendly
  • Perfectionist
  • Mange stress effectively
  • Open-minded
  • Patience

 

CONTINUED OPPORTUNITY:

Due to the success of the articles that I have written for ePHOTOzine, the company have now asked me to continue my work for them (as a freelance writer) in the future, as long as it doesn’t disturb my university studies.

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