201MC Coventry City Handball Club – Official Photographer
This blog post is dedicated to my first placement for the 201MC Professional Practise module with Coventry City Handball Club.
HOW I RECEIVED THE PLACEMENT:
As I know someone from the clubs committee, discussions between committee members regarding photographs for promotional use soon found their way to me. After volunteering for the position, the club then contacted me with a date and what types of photographs they wanted.
RISK ASSESSMENT FORM:
SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2013:
As a part of my Professional Practise module, on Sunday 1st December 2013, I was asked to go along to a couple of Coventry City Handball Club’s league matches in order to take team photographs and head-shots. Below I have added all of the planning that took place, including the images and their lighting diagrams.
Oh, and make sure you check out their Facebook page! –
- Coventry Handball Club (2nd Team) – Team Photo
- Coventry Handball Women’s – Team Photo
- Big Group Photo of Coventry Sharkbite (1st Team), Coventry Handball Club (2nd Team), and Coventry Handball Women’s
- Headshots for all teams
- Arrive at 12:30pm
- Set up
- 2nd Team arrive at 1
- 2nd Team Photo
- 2nd Team match starts at 2
- Headshot photos Between 2pm and 3pm
- 3:15 Women’s team and big group photos
- Women’s match starts at 3:30pm
- Headshots from 3:30pm onwards
- Pack up
- Photo shoot 12:30-5pm – 4.5 hours
- Sunday 6-8pm, 8:30-11pm – 4.5 hours
- Monday 10-10:30am, 12:30-2:15pm – 2.25 hours
SUNDAY 23RD MARCH 2014
As another part of my Professional Practise module, on Sunday 23rd March 2014, I was asked to go along to a match between Coventry City Handball Club’s 1st and 2nd Men’s teams in order to take a variety of sports photographs. Below I have added all of the planning that took place, including research into sports photography equipment and settings (I have never done this before!) and the images.
- An assortment of action shots taken during the Coventry Sharkbite (1st Team) and Coventry Handball Club (2nd Team) match
- Arrive at 4:30pm to set up
- Match starts at 5pm
- Match finishes at approximately 6:15pm
What I will need:
- Canon EOS 600D
- 70-300mm lens (tele-macro)
- 10-24mm lens (wide angle)
- 18-55mm lens (standard – just in case!)
- Light meter
What are the best settings to use?:
- Use a fast shutter speed (suggested start 1/500, some suggest 1/640 minimum)
- Open the aperture (smaller f/number!)
- Increase the ISO (400 minimum)
- Use continuous (or burst) mode
- Set white balance to Fluorescent or Tungsten
- Turn the flash off
- Play around with focusing
- (Courtesy of http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/the-perfect-camera-settings-for-action-and-sports-photography)
- Photo shoot 4:30-6:30pm – 2 hours
- Editing Tuesday 4-6pm, 7-8pm – 3 hours
Total Time = 16.25 hours (2.7 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.
All of the shoots that I completed for Coventry City Handball Club took place in Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre. Before the initial photo shoot, the particular sports hall that was being used was unknown to me, meaning that upon my arrival to the first photo shoot, I had to quickly analyse the environment and decided where the appropriate area would be to set up my lighting equipment. Another demand that this particular environment placed on me was the transportation of the equipment to the location. I got around this problem, however, by asking for assistance from one of the Coventry City Handball Club members that i knew prior to the experience.
As you have seen from above, there was one shoot that required me to take during play action shots at this same location; however, I had to be situated on the side of the court during the match in order to achieve the desired shots. As well as having to be very aware of my surroundings and the sporting action taking place in front of me, before the match, I also found that the lighting was quite poor for the shots I wanted to achieve so had to use a piece of equipment called a light meter in order to adapt the manual settings of the camera to achieve the desired affect.
For each of these different shoots, I often conducted my own research regarding useful tips, and created a technical plan for each type of shoot, and set up the equipment according to the given, unknown environment, whilst working to a constraining schedule and before editing the images to the customers’ satisfaction.
This placement enabled me to experience the partnership and negotiation side of team working whilst also enhancing my creative skills through the improvement of my photographic versatility. Allowing me to build upon my strengths, this placement also challenged a number of my weaknesses (including impatience, and appearing shy in front of large groups).
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
- Partnership skills
- Organization skills
- Research skills
- Creative skills (specialist skill)
- Ability to work under pressure
- Time management
- Confident in what I will offer (specialist skill)
- Problem solver
- Camera and technology (editing) skills (specialist skill)
- Confidence in front of large groups
Due to the success of the photo shoots, the Club have now promoted me to be their official photographer for any matches and events they may hold, along with any other promotional images they may require.