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Professional Experience Reflection

During the Professional Experience module it has given me the opportunity to further develop the skills that I already had, given me the confidence to do some of the things I would have never done before and given me the opportunity to pursue various different roles within the media industry. I have gone from operating a sound desk, shadowing a behind the scene crew at a theatre, working as a camera operator, working on my first paid corporate work, taking sports photographs, developing my photography skills in New York to taking the first steps in making a documentary about women’s football by interviewing US Olympic gold medallists. Of course, with all of these jobs I have gained a huge amount of valuable experience that will stay with me throughout my life. I have learnt to see myself as a professional instead of a student and I truly believe my work has improved since I have made that realisation.

One thing that I will always have to do in the future is be part of a team, whether that’s with one person or with 20+. I feel that my role within a team has changed dramatically. Before this module I would have sat in a group of people and not spoken out in fear of being shot down but now I have a new found confidence in, not only my work, but my creative ideas as well.

The progression of my work throughout this module really speaks for itself. At the beginning of the module I was shy and my work reflected this. I feel like my work used to be quite bland and a little boring but now, with all the experience I’ve had, working with and for the people I have done, I feel like my work has had a revamp and is some of the best work I’ve produced in years. There are some things that need to further develop though, one of which being the further improvement of my sports photography. This will happen with practise, research and asking for help where I need it from various photographers I know. I will continue to develop my camera skills by giving myself a chance and putting my name forward for camera on filming days. I know I will need to practise and this comes under equipment as well and it is partly why I bought the camera I bought. I now have a camera that can do full HD video recording so I can practise by making short films and practising in various conditions.

The Future:

There is no doubt in my mind that I want to be part of the coverage of women’s sporting events, especially football. I have come to this decision by taking photographs at matches, being part of the women’s football documentary and by talking to the players one on one on various teams. I will continue with the production of the women’s football documentary until completion. Between now and June I hope to be applying for a UEFA press accreditation and then in July I will travel to Sweden for the Women’s Euro 2013 tournament as part of the media. Before the summer I hope to start my own podcast about women’s football or get an internship with either WFPod or Boot Room Chat and help produce their podcasts. At the moment my sights are set high and I plan on continuing with covering women’s football in the UK as much as possible so that I will be able to archive what I want to in life. My ultimate goal is to arrive in Canada in the summer of 2015 for the Women’s World Cup as part of the media. My journey starts now.

Women’s Football – More Photos

While in New York, Katie and I travelled 4 and a half hours by coach to go to Washington DC. While we were in DC we saw the White House and then we went to a soccer match, which was the real reason I agreed to go to DC. In a previous post I spoke about the NWSL, well, we were in DC to see Washington Spirit vs. Sky Blue FC. This was another opportunity for me to take photos and even further develop my skills as a sports photographer. As kick off was at 7pm it would start to get dark and therefore I would need to pay very close attention to the changing environment and the settings on my camera so that the picture quality did not deplete.

As well as the game in DC, when I was back in the UK I went to the Emirates stadium to see Arsenal Ladies first WSL match against Liverpool Ladies. I again took photos but there were far fewer good quality photos and I’m not fully sure as to why. It was a night game but the floodlights around the stadium were on. This is something I will need to research so that my other photos won’t turn out the same. I know a handful of photographers in different fields so I will also ask them as to what they think the trouble was.

Here are my photos from the match in DC and the Emirates:

New York

In April I to travelled to New York with the university. I have set myself a task to practise and improve on my photography skills by producing a photography project. I have wanted to update my portfolio for years now and I feel that having photos taken in New York will show that I am internationally travelled and it will show a variation of what New York has to offer.

With my new Canon 650d I found it very easy to change the settings so I could take a technically sound photograph. Here are some of the photos I took while in New York:

For this project I focused on the composition of the photograph. In some cases I took over 60 photos on the same thing until I was happy with the outcome. I believe that I have improved my thought process behind a photo, meaning I think more about what should be in the photo long before I take it. In some cases I visualised the photo one or two days before I had the opportunity to take it because I was waiting for the perfect moment.

Sky Blue FC

Today was the day we travelled to New Jersey to film on of Sky Blue FC’s training sessions. It was a very long day, which started at 5:30am for me. We left the hostel at 7:30am so we would get to the training ground just as the team started training at 10am. There were 6 of us students and the Rebecca Pittam accompanied us as the driver. While the team started their session we started to set up the equipment and talking about where we will be positioned during the training session. The only restrictions we got from the head of operations, Mike, was to stay off the pitch. With 6 of us we had 4 cameras between us. While the session was going on I was taking photos using my Canon camera to help further develop my sports photography.

When the training session came to a close it was time to get the interviews. We were privileged enough to speak to Kelley O’Hara and Jill Loyden, both of whom were part of the US team that had won gold in last summer’s Olympics. We were also allowed to interview Christie Rampone who is captain of Sky Blue FC and the US Women’s National Team. Rampone, mother of two children, has won 3 Olympic gold medals and a World Cup. We also got to speak to Sky Blue’s Head Coach and ask him a few questions as well, in which he gave very diplomatic and interesting answers. The interviews didn’t last as long as I thought they would, we only had time to ask two questions to each person. With these limitations we were still able to get the footage and material we needed.

Now that we have filmed in New Jersey this counts for about 1/3 of the final piece. We are in talks with quite a major club in England as well as speaking to Coventry Sphinx, who at the moment are being forced out of the Sphinx name by the owner of the club for reasons unknown. We will also be talking to younger teams to get the answers from the grassroots.

Although we will not finish this project before the end of the professional experience module we will continue it until it is complete. The filming of other segments and the editing process will be a long task but I am looking forward to this journey as a media professional.

Women’s Football Photos

While Katie and I were still planning the documentary we thought it was NOW that we needed to start bringing in the follower and the support. We set up a tumblr site: www.halftimemedia.tumblr.com

We decided on a tumblr because:

–       It was free

–       Its user friendly

–       There is already a large following of women’s football fans on there

We decided that it would be beneficial to take photos at matches. I have attended 5 matches where I’ve taken photos. Some have been taken on my Pentax km and some on my new Canon 650d. The difference in quality in the photo you can tell that the difference in camera was a factor. I have also improved my sports photography skills by practising and going to so many matches and taking photos. We knew that taking photos will bring in some hype around our tumblr so we posted a few from an Arsenal Ladies match we attended. Soon enough I was asked to take photos for my club in the League Cup Final. The photos were taken today and I have edited them and posted them on my flickr and I leave for New York in a few hours, I needed to get them sorted before leaving.

Here are some photos I took at an Arsenal game compared to the ones I took today at the League Cup Final:

With different weather conditions at each game I used the mentality of ‘quality not quantity’.  I spent a lot more time making sure the settings were correct before taking a photo. This is because it is a lot more difficult to change a photo in post if the settings are wrong e.g. if the photo is very dark & you try to change the exposure, the photo will then become grainy and unusable. Taking photos at various matches has improved my sports photography ten-fold and I have been asked to take photos at more Coventry Sphinx matches so they can display the photos on their website.

 

My best photos from the League Cup Final: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moshterlecky/sets/72157633298001572/

Women’s football – Planning

Planning the documentary was taking full effect and we were getting in contact with many clubs in the UK and the US as well. Sadly the response from the UK teams wasn’t what we were expecting. We thought that they would be happy to help because they need as much advertisement of the FA WSL and their individual teams as well but most of the responses were a polite ‘no but good luck’. There was a new professional league starting in America called the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) because the previous league, WPS, had folded the previous year due to lack of funding after a major sponsor pulled out. The NWSL is to have 8 teams: Sky Blue FC, Boston Breakers, WNY Flash, FC Kansas City, Chicago Red Stars, Washington Spirit, Portland Thorns and Seattle Reign.

We were travelling to New York in April and thought that it would really improve the interest of the documentary if we were to have one of these teams involved. Katie got in contact with the closest team to New York, which was Sky Blue FC. They emailed her back a few days later saying that they would be more than happy to help with anything we needed. This was our first response that had said yes so we were extremely happy! We were then in constant contact with Sky Blue FC, telling them all about the documentary and explaining what we would like Sky Blue to contribute with and which players would the best to interview. We asked if it would be possible to attend a training session so we were able to get footage of the players training and if we were able to talk to their US allocated players as well as the head coach. I was actually expecting them to limit us as to what we were allowed to film or who we were allowed to talk to but to my surprise they said yes to all.

There is only one documentary, at the moment, that has US players involved in it. This documentary is called Dare to Dream. It is about 5 players in particular and their journey from the 80’s when they first joined the US women’s national team, through their World Cup win in 1991 & 1999 and finally to the start of the women’s first league, the WUSA. For us to make something that was 1/20th as good and informing as this documentary was I would see that as a massive achievement.