Photographing Sports Teams

Team Photographing Opportunity

Photo Creds: Vincent Smithangura

I was given the opportunity to take photos for the school team, just by chance. It was quite random, I was talking to a friend about photography and one of the activity coordinators within the activity office asked if I had a portfolio in which I directed her to my flickr. After that it all went pretty fast. I was thrown into the deep end with this photography, I’d never before taken planned photos and/or of teams before. I learned many things over the course of many different shoots, such as when taking photos of many people you NEED to be the boss. You NEED to tell people where to stand and what to do. To me this isn’t directly in my nature but I did find I needed to adapt to the style of shooting to produce the best results. Despite not always being super comfortable telling, especially larger people than me, what to do, being louder and more authoritative definitely helped do what I had to do. And I think in hindsight they appreciated it more. I found myself being a louder more leadership person which is, I think, very valuable.

Something else that needs to be said is that there were a LOT of photos, over 30 sports teams needed to have their photo taken and uploaded to the Dragons Instagram page (@uwcdragons). While it wasn’t my job to organise when each team needed to be taken, it was down to Vincent (the other member) and myself to be always ready to take photos. This means there needed to be excellent communication between all three (including Jessica, the supervisor of activity) by email; making sure one of us showed up to a team photo, charging and packing camera beforehand, knowing which team we’re shooting, and editing and uploading photos pronto.

Overall it was a super large learning experience, not only the photography skills transferred from this activity, but also the contacts that I made, I have no doubt, will come largely in handy later on in the year… or even further down the line.

Learning outcomes and reflection questions topics included:  

  • Big picture (Goals, Action and Learning)
  • LO 1 AWARENESS (Increased awareness of strengths and areas for growth)
  • LO 2 CHALLENGE (Undertaken new challenges)/NEW SKILLS (Developing new skills)
  • LO3 INITIATIVE (Planning and initiated activities)
  • LO 4 COMMITMENT (Showing perseverance, resilience and commitment in activities)
  • LO 5 COLLABORATION (Working together to achieve an outcome)
  • LO 6 GLOBAL VALUE (Engaging with issues of global importance)
  • LO 7 ETHICS (Considering the ethical implications of actions)
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