Four students from Year 11 had professional guidance from photographers during a two hour photoshoot at Adrenaline Alley. Sassy McPherson, Kyle McAvoy, Ben Taylor and Lewis Gaziano are working on the theme of Order/Disorder for their Photography GCSE portfolios so Mrs Strydom arranged a trip to the Alley, which has a newly opened photography and media studio.
The students were shown around the state-of-the-art studio before going into Adrenaline Alley to take some action-packed snaps. Ms Watts said: ‘Lewis and Ben were doing fab tricks and photographing each other and Sassy and Kyle were using the infinity cove photography studio upstairs which is stunningly equipped with industry specialist photo systems. They were using all of their high tech equipment to compose their still life photography sets.
The organisers at Adrenaline Alley brought in a professional photographer from Tresham, as well as a freelance photographer, and they talked through the actual workings of the camera; introducing major aspects such as lighting, ISO and depth of field, to above A Level standard information. The students had a hour and a half under the guidance of the photographers and they took these absolutely stunning photographs. The students were just incredible.
'There are now plans to go along for a monthly visit with different students as well as organising a weekly tuition session for our gifted and talented photographers, and for those working on their GCSE and A Level coursework. Eventually we would like to open an opportunity for students within the Brooke Weston Trust to collaborate and get involved.'
Ms Watts added: ‘This hands-on guidance from actual photographers is helping their work. It is all based on the artists that they have been examining and it is all influenced by the work that we have already been doing so a lot of thought has gone into these photo-shoots. Half of the students are doing still lives and half are examining their project through movement, looking at the order and skill needed to do tricks and the disorder that can happen when it goes wrong! The results are the best outcome they’ve ever produced! This is a very exciting time for photography students.'