January I plan to be concentrating on my dissertation and I will get a few chapters together and catch up with it much more.
I will have my main project to be starting at the same time too, so these two things will be the focus of my time.
Reflecting on the advice given to me, I will include analogue photography on the side.
FEB – MARCH. IMPROVEMENT OF SKILLS
February – week 1 and 2
I will do at least 3 sessions with the digital back and be comfortable with it and get to know it. At the same time I will use this opportunity to experiment with different lighting set ups and by the end of this I will be more confident with knowing exactly how to position lighting for different aesthetics. I will also be able to use capture one software better and this is crucial software to be able to use in the current time for photography.
February week 3
Broaden my skills in Photoshop. I will learn at least 8 new skills/techniques. As well as this, I aim to learn how to use Adobe Light room and After Effects Software. I have noticed that most job advertisements related to photography require someone with the knowledge of these so therefore think it’s important.
Around April I will spend time making more contacts especially with potential employers, but also with stylists and mua’s. I will also look into the industry costs much more, as research for after graduation in just a couple of months. I will mostly be working on my dissertation, as the deadline is not far away. This and the main project will take up most time.
Research into the possibility of moving to London. Look at it seriously in terms of viability, costs and begin to find out if anybody else will be moving down.
Moving to a place like London has the advantage of having more job opportunities. It is the centre of the fashion industry and I feel if I don’t put myself there, I will be missing out on career prospects.
This month I have planned to go travelling for 4 weeks. Whilst away I will put together a ‘photo diary’ of snapshot photography whilst travelling to eventually put into a book and a possible exhibition. This is something I have wanted to do for a while. It will give me experience in executing my own exhibition and I hope if it is successful, that it will in turn give me publicity.
On returning I aim to get on to an internship programme of some kind. I know there are quite a few opportunities in London, and also in other countries like Italy and Belgium and I think working alongside someone else will really help my own practice in terms of the business side of things but also just being able to see how a practitioner works. This is always a good way to learn from others o that you don’t have to make mistakes at your own cost!
Whilst doing this, my portfolio will be updated and I will do some new projects to include in this. Depending on what I decide/ need to do I may present them in the form of an exhibition.
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER
Short Business course. One of the practitioners I spoke to couldn’t stress enough the importance of knowing about business strategies, which saves you time and costly mistakes. Although I know a little from a previous course, I think a short business course would be a good idea as it would help me to organise myself better when starting out.
OCTOBER - DECEMBER
By this time I should be ready to contact people such as magazines and online zines. By the end of next year, I hope that I will have built up on my weaknesses and be well into the swing of shooting as a professional photographer. I feel it useful to set up a business name and start taking photographs of anything people need, such as portfolio images to keep the money coming in, which will in turn fund my own work.