"A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open." ~ Frank Zappa
In my photography life, the biggest event that took place was an opportunity that took place via one of my contact who was running an event at Edith Cowan University called "Labrats". This event involved students from surrounding high schools attending the university to experience a few of the various courses they have available. In terms of photography, this proved to be somewhat...challenging...so I'm going to list them here for your enjoyment:
- Photographic permissions - this is something that needs to be sorted out well before you even start shooting. Thankfully, my contact at the university knows all too well about these issues and was on top of it all for me on my behalf.
- Students. Specifically, high school students - These fall into two distinctive categories: (1) The ones who don't like having their photos taken but are pretty much the exact kind of student you want because they're photogenic and (2) The ones who try to be gangsta and keep putting up their version of gang signs. Putting the camera to your face is the universal indicator that you are or going to be taking a photo. To get around this, shoot from the hip. Problem solved.
- Different lighting conditions and movement - As expected, the different activities that the students were involved in ranged from playing sports outdoors in a soccer field (wearing GPS trackers) to the indoor sprinting track in the the sports science labs to drone flying to robotics. Each of these had different lighting conditions and each of these had different subjects moving at different speeds. This is where it's important to know how to change the different settings of the camera and being able to do it quickly. It also helps when you have a rough idea as to what ISO, shutter speed and f-stop you should use in each lighting condition.
- Image repetition - Unfortunately, given the event, it was largely students sitting around student-ing. You know...student things, talking, writing, reading, learning. There's not too much you can do about that BUT that's where you get to be creative. Different angles, different perspectives this is where the difficulty in photography really lies and becomes about understanding the purpose for taking the photos. In this case, it was for the the program coordinator to demonstrate the effectiveness of the program which helped dictate how I framed the pictures.
In a nut shell, those were a few of the major things that I learned as part of this experience / opportunity and here's the 'shot of the day'.