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Post-Roadshow Report Card - University of Lincoln


Playing to a packed house at Lincoln. Can you see the students behind the Nikon Goodie Bags?

Up to the University of Lincoln yesterday. Here's what we thought:
  • Student Turnout - 3/10. Oh Dear. I think at the peak there were something like 27 people in the room, although people were coming and going throughout the talk, so that number went down quite a bit. See above photo for the view from the front.
  • Number of Questions asked - 3/10. Oh Dear again, barely a single question.
  • Quality of tea and cakes Fish and Chips - 10/10. The fringe benefits of visiting on a Friday I suppose.
  • Number of huge beanbags - 9/10. Offered a golden opportunity to swan dive into them with whoops of joy.
  • Ability to handle the assignment - 6/10. Only a handful of people took it up (which means we get to go home early) and they had a fair crack at it, but nothing that really knocked my socks off.
UEL on Monday, where there will hopefully be more people around. It's quite scary lecturing to a huge, almost empty red room. A very red room. Read more on "Post-Roadshow Report Card - University of Lincoln"!

Behind the Scenes on an Assignment Shoot - Reid Kerr, Paisley

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As part of the roadshow we set time-limited challenges to a select group of students at each college. The aim of the challenge is to get students working to fairly tight commercial briefs, where they haven't had weeks to prepare things, and have to deal with what happens on the day. They're also a chance to work some business studies in, as we expect a completed invoice to be handed in with the images. In fact, when I come to critique the work, I'm almost more interested in the invoice than the shots!

Just to give you a flavour of what to expect, here's a brief behind the scenes video with 2 guys from Reid Kerr college in Paisley, John Morrison and Stephen Smyth. I went along with them on the day, strictly as an observer, and shot some video of them at work. I should point out to those of you who are thinking of getting a sneak preview of what to shoot that they interpreted one of the briefs a certain way - if you go out and shoot an Audi garage it may well not be appropriate to the briefs you're set at your college!

Apologies for the slightly ropey quality of the video. It looked fine on my machine, but by the time it had been uploaded to YouTube it had turned a bit rank. I'm quite new to this whole video lark anyway, and have got a lot to learn on a technical level!

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Work Experience Opportunity.

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The good people over at Vue are currently asking for applicants for their internship program for next year. Whilst this is not an actual photographic position it's a unique opportunity to see how shoots are put together, budgets and productions are run, and how the advertising world works. Full details can be found here:


Given how much I go on about work experience (and boy, do I go on) this is too good to miss really. So what are you waiting for?. Read more on "Work Experience Opportunity."!