Clifton Interviews – Placement Progress

I have finally edited the last video for our overall placement video. I have cut down the final video of every interview down to 8 minutes which was required by Steven Wheelhouse. Later on in the week we will be having a meeting with him to discuss the placement in the last two months and talk about future work for the Education Department.

Final Video editing process - Sony Vegas
Final Video editing process – Sony Vegas


Career Aspirations – Forensic Photography.

Since my last blog post explaining my practice (What is my practice?), my aspirations as a future practitioner has changed due to recent knowledge and understanding in what careers I can pursue after university. I have taken a particular interest in Forensic Photography. After realizing getting a job in the media may be tough, my new interest is taking my media based skills in to a different profession – the police. One of the requirements for this job includes an A-Level or higher in a science subject, which considering my interest don’t change in the next two years, I will do a short course in my chosen science subject after graduation.

Forensic Photography in action

A few of the many qualities for the job are listed below:

  • have a thorough understanding of high-intensity and low-level aerial imaging.
  • have great photography skills.
  • have an accurate approach towards image and data recording.
  • be highly organised.
  • pay close attention to detail i.e by also using macro photographs to use as evidence in court.
  • use the best equipment for different environments and lighting condition.
  • capture images that have maximum depth of field, are free from distortion and are in sharp focus.
  • have an understanding of police methods.
  • possess a sound understanding of anatomy to be able to take better and precise images.
  • take images that record the appearance of physical evidence without appealing to the emotions of those judging a case.
  • keep detailed records of the location the image was taken, the type of camera and lens used, and whether flash or artificial lights were used.
  • have good communication skills in dealing with a wide range of professionals.
  • demonstrate tact and discretion in dealing with victims of crime.

More information about the job role:

Nick Marsh – The forensic Photographer:

A forensic phJohn Smith - forensic imaging and forensic photography expert at Forensic Access - Forensic Access - independent forensic scientists providing quality accredited forensic science expertise to the defence (Criminal Defence Service, solicitors, barristers), the prosecution (police and other forensic science providers), industry and private individuals from highly qualified and skilled forensic scientistsproviding independent forensic science servicesphotographer I aspire to be like is John Smith. He is currently employed as Senior Lecturer in Photography & Digital Imaging at the University of Westminster, John is one of the UK’s leading experts in the area of forensic imaging, with over ten years experience working for the major forensic science providers.

His high quality work has enabled him to gain many personal commendations and an international reputation. Working towards these attributes inspires me to produce great work giving me a positive reputation towards the industry.

The inspiration I get from John Smith isn’t specific images he has taken (as they aren’t easily accessible for confidential reasons) it is more so his great reputation and positive outlook.

Below are some forensic photographers at work, showing all the fantastic equipment involved including  different lights and filters for specific crime scenes.

Forensic Photography ServicesOlympus OM-SYSTEM 50mm commonly used in Forensic Photography.

To gain a greater understanding of the photography industry within the police, I researched many prezi presentations from current forensic photography employees.

Forensic photography prezi, by Kylie McCloe:

Debate: Freedom of Speech.

This  post will discuss how media was used in the debate we took part in for restrictions on freedom of speech, and the other teams argument; no restrictions.


We were divided in to two different groups, the first being ‘for’ limitations on freedom of speech, and the second being ‘against’ limitations on freedom of speech. The group I chose was to conduct a debate for limitations. Within the research process in the seminar, I researched many different websites and finally came across a website that has many different personal opinions ‘for’ and ‘against’ the argument. This enabled me to see both sides of the story, giving our debate a stronger outcome due to knowing what the other team could say. Research on Charlie Hebdo and other public preachers were researched to argue our debate, also giving us a strong rebuttal. do showcase our research, we used images and powerful quotes within our presentation to get our message across to the other team, and most of all, to the judge. To boost our chances of winning, we conducted some secondary research to get some statistics; the results we gathered supported both sides of the argument but the statistics went our way. We interviewed ten people from the public to get an insight on their views of freedom of speech.

Debate analysis:


Conall and Emily were speakers for our team as we thought they are the best at public speaking out of our debate team. As we were debating for limitations on free speech, we were certain we could win the debate. we reached the recommended speech times with all evidence to back up our arguments. The counter teams argument didn’t seem completely valid as they spoke about freedom of expression, so our goal was to target that in the rebuttal. As the other team were speaking, our team took down several notes on what they were saying as we could get correct information and quote what they had said. After the debate was over, the judge decided the team who’s argument was no limitations on freedom of speech, won the vote.

Research links:

Published from The Guardian – 18th June 2014. ‘Free speech is a bad excuse for online creeps to threaten rape and murder’ by Jessica Vanelti:

Placement progress – Clifton shoot

As part of my placement, me and my group partner shot a series of interviews with students after their placement experience. We interviewed 5 different students who had placement locally and even in Africa, which really brought the footage to a whole new level in which the video will have a better outcome towards the target audience, future NTU students.  The shoot went well with minor hiccups as our skills have got a lot more stronger over the last couple of months of placement.  I’m now editing the video together and it is running smoothly. We used two cameras and one rode microphone on the shoot, we ensured that we set up the equipment perfectly so the shoot would go well with no difficulties.  After more feedback from Steve (our client) I have now got a further task of editing all the footage from every shoot in to one 5 minute video, which will seem to be quite difficult knowing that there is a lot of great footage from each video that can be used. To overcome this and to keep the final video short and snappy, I will take every best clips from the interviews and make a powerful, enthusiastic video to enable it to really engage with the target audience.                                            Behind the scenes of the shoot – Two students being interviewed 

Placement Progress – NGY

The previous shoot that we took park in was at Nottingham Youth, based in Nottingham city centre. We conducted three different interviews, two of them students two weeks in to their placement, and the other interviewee was the Volunteer Coordinator. As I have gained a lot of experience from the placement so far, I decided to step forward and book out a radio microphone with worked really well and the overall outcome of the sound was clear and professional. The cameras used were two Canon 6D’s as they have brilliant quality video recording and are easy to set up. White balance, IOS settings are easy to control on the 6D interface.

We made the students feel comfortable whilst being interviewed by personally asking them questions. I felt that because we were students interviewing them and around the same age, they instantly felt more comfortable in front of the camera. However, only a short clip could be used from the Coordinators interview as she seemed to have felt very nervous. We could have interviewed her again which may have given us better results but we were under a tight time schedule as the NGY team had to get back to work.

I have been using Sony Vegas Pro to edit this placement video, the same as the rest of the videos I have edited for the placement, this is because I am comfortable with the program and have been using it for many years. However, I would have liked to have used Avid Media Composer to be more professional but there is a lack of access. Colour curves were simple on this edit due to our lighting set up and interviewing area choice, this made editing run more smoothly as there were hardly any corrections that had to be made, which was something we had learnt from the previous shoots.

I am overall happy with the shoot and editing and will continue to use the same techniques in the upcoming shoots. I’ve learnt that picking the right places to film, taking light in to consideration and using high tech equipment will give us great results.

                            Sony Vegas editing progress

Profile One: Steven Wheelhouse.

In my team project, we are working for the NTU education department and our client/employer is Steven Wheelhouse. He assigned a brief which included different tasks to develop within the placement, which was to make several promotional videos for future Trent placement students. This included interviewing the students and their peers in different work places, some being the Queens Medical Centre, Cantrell Primary School and NGY. The projects were very group based meaning we wouldn’t independently go and interview without at least one of the three of us. We did however have very specific roles which showed our independent creative ability. We got to choose which videos we could shoot out of the several that was assigned by Steven, one we will be shooting in our own time (in my group) in Term 3 will be ‘What is Nottingham like?’, which also has a target audience aimed at students in Nottingham, aiming to bring future students in to the city.

Research: Technical

Before shooting interviews at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, I conducted brief research as it was the first shoot we did. I used the NTU’s Booking System to see what equipment was available to us (see Figure 1). This enabled me to determine which cameras/microphones we should use. I looked at reviews online for the Canon 6D cameras and they had a high rating from their customers – I wanted to be sure if they would work for interviewing our clients and students. I had used the Canon 550D before but hadn’t used the 60D so I conducted some research to see which one would be better for out shoot. (see Figure 2).

Figure 1


Figure 2 – Canon 550D vs Canon 6D


Overall the main factor of choosing the 6D is the amaount of advantages it has over the 550D. We wanted the best quality camera due to the videos being shown on large projectors in open days this year.

Research: Conceptual.

My research process for my placement consisted of going out and doing practice shoots to get used to all of the equipment and interview environments. We all interviewed each other (in our small group of three) to gain confidence asking questions in an interview style. This also enabled me to get to know how we worked in a group together. It gave me experience with the equipment we were going to be using on the shoot at Queens Medical Center, Cantrell Primary School and NGY. Working for the NTU Educational Department, I researched production companies related to the university, the main company being VPoint TV. This small Nottingham based company has created a lot of videos for Nottingham Trent and also created a placement video similar to the ones that was assigned by us by Steven Wheelhouse.

Before shooting at the Queens Medical Centre, I conducted several different types of research, including a shot list, shoot schedule, patient confidentiality, how to interview professionally and a risk assessment for the children’s ward. This researched enabled me to have an insight of the place we were interviewing, and to help conduct a negotiated project report which is due in on the21st May.


                                                Queens Medical Centre shoot schedule

I conducted parent confidentiality research to enable me to stay professional within the workplace. Knowing the ‘Data Protection Act 1998’ made me aware of what not to ask about the patients during the interviews in the Queens Medical Centre.


                                        Parent confidentiality within hospitals – research

What is my practice?

Over the past several months since September, I have worked and developed my practice through university experience (especially my placement). Camera operating for film making is my most strong practice and the one I most enjoy as I feel that a can embrace my personality through different camera techniques. During my placement (that is still on going,) my camera operating job role including setting up varieties of different equipment, sound engineering, taking several different shots, adjusting the camera settings such as white balance and aperture, also I had to work in a team.

To develop my creative practice even further, I would have to:

  • Identify and solve problems.
  • If problems occur it is very important to solve the problems professionally, using your creative skills to overcome the issue.
  • Explore, develop and communicate new ideas, skills, knowledge and understandings.
  • If there is a brilliant idea you have come up with, it is important to communicate with colleagues to come up with spectacular new ideas and develop them further.
  • Reflect on learning.
  • Writing a journal could help reflect on learning.
  • Work independently and in teams.
  • Working in teams is something that should come naturally to you in the industry. Building team work and independent skills during university can help prepare for the future.
  • Take risks.
  • If you play it safe then your creative skills may not be shown to the best of your ability.

More about the camera operator job role can be found here:

Clifton – Nottingham Trent University