Placement- Mansfield Folkhouse

Today was the first day of our placement that was taking place at The Folkhouse in Mansfield. This is a youth center where the organisation we were working with is located in Mansfield. We were working with a Nottingham based charity called The Young Carers, who offer help to young children who have a family member that suffers with a physical or mental ailment that they have to care for. The programme offers the children the opportunity to interact with other children who are similar to them and to participate in events that take them away from these extra responsibilities that they face at home.

I worked alongside Michaela, Ben and Kyle on this project with us all photographing and filming the children taking part in one of the event days they offered. Michaela and I focused on the photography aspects whilst Ben and Kyle focused on the filming.

This offered me the opportunity to participate in photographing a real life event which is experience that i am currently lacking so this made for invaluable experience.

Today I did struggle with the equipment that i was using as i really struggled to find settings that would help to better the poor lighting in the venue. I also struggled with the choice of lens (18-55ml) as i feel a wider one would’ve been a better option for this event. If i were to do this again i would ensure that i had appropriate equipment for the event and to make sure that i am more knowledgeable with the camera i have chosen to use to make adjusting the settings easier.

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