Work Experience with Rob
So far, I have really enjoyed my time working with Rob. I know others are using these two weeks as a break from school as it is nice to have a change, but I’m using it as an opportunity to learn and become more confident with a camera and with people. Of course any kind of work experience looks good on a CV and that’s what the school wants but I chose to work with Rob because photography is something I already enjoy doing.
I have learnt a lot from Rob and I’m not even half way finished the two weeks. He’s taught me about the hard skills, which is the technical side to photography such as the triangle of exposure. He also taught me about the soft skills, which he says are some of the most important things you need to be a photographer, having good soft skills means you are able to talk to people well and keep them calm when they are nervous to get the best shot. Rob introduced me to his graphics tablet and I love it, after sorting through hundreds of his photos I’ve really got the hang of it and I much prefer it to using a mouse now.
I’ve done many things with Rob already, I’ve been to business meetings with him, which I found very interesting they taught me a little more about running a business and how to get your business noticed. We also went to the corn exchange to photograph the children’s practice performance, I really enjoyed this as I had the freedom to move around to get the best shots and by adjusting the camera I was able to see what a big difference it can make to let in a little more light. Although many of my shots I am not satisfied with there were a few I was proud of. I also went to the Mepal Camera Club with him when he did a talk on wedding photography, it was very interesting and it was great to see how enthusiastic about photography everyone was there.
Despite being very nervous about working with Rob on my own, whereas others are working with friends, I have surprised myself with how well I have handled it and how much I have enjoyed learning and working with him, I feel like if I had gone anywhere else it would have been a waste of my time as photography is something I’m actually interested in, it’s been a great experience so far.
I am yet to do a lot, Rob is going to teach me how to use his equipment in his studio and get me used to working with them, me and Rob are also going to photograph the Neal Wade prom, the Cromwell open days and Rob is even letting me do my own photoshoot towards the end of my time with him, I’ll be using my sister as a model and I can’t wait to see how it goes.