Throughout this module, I think I have learnt a developed a great many new skills, and have seen more own work improve a lot from the standard it was at the start of the module.
I think that the techniques and methods we learnt during the module have been easily put into practice, and have really helped me gain what I think is a better understanding of photojournalism, and documentary and news work in particular.
I think that the live briefs we were set weekly helped to teach us how to better create and develop the ideas and inspiration for projects, and looking back I can, even in that short period of time, see how my thinking and subsequent work developed because of this.
In a way I think it would have been helpful to continue doing the live briefs, perhaps not every week though, as I think they really helped me to think outside of the statement or theme we were given, and better develop my planning and developing skills when it comes to a brief.
Looking back, I think that many of the briefs and events I covered in the beginning were very poorly done, and only recently have a seen enough of an improvement in my work to be fairly happy with it for the most part.
I think that working with Capital Times has most definitely helped with this, as the briefs or events to cover are usually very simple and straightforward, which helps because it means that I have more time to fully think through what I’m doing, and concentrate on making sure my photos are technically competent and fulfill the requirements successfully, rather than spending time worrying about the brief or event instead.
Looking back I think the majority of my work for Capital Times was fairly successful, and my images fulfilled each brief to an extent that Capital Times were happy with. Personally, although I can see how my work has improved throughout the different events I have covered for them, I can also clearly see ways in which by just adjusting things slightly, or moving my position, I would have been able to create much stronger images. However, in being able to see this I think it proves to myself that my skills have improved considerably, as before this module, I would not have even given these images a second glance.
I think in working for Capital Times I have also developed new skills in being able to better read a situation, and apply it to the context of the event, and create a image from this, thus linking back to my beginning point of having developed far better skills in developing and following through on my plans and ideas.
Working in collaboration with Zoom is also something that I think has benefited my work, as it has given me an opportunity to work with people I would not normally have had the chance to work with, and to document events such as the film workshops and festivals, that I would not otherwise have had a chance to.
I think if I had the opportunity to do this module again, I would be able to improve quite a lot of my earlier work, and I would definitely like to have reached outside of these means more, and worked in collaboration with other people, such as I did with the Nursery Christmas Party, and the WIYAA.
Overall I think this module was fairly successful, and I am happy with the amount of improvement I can see in my work. Although I am not content with some of the work I had produced, I am confident that I can see the issues I have had in these instances, and think that I could now quite easily fix them, so view that as a success.