Our colleague Steven Lee was away in April 2012 to oversee the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2012 event, which he co-founded.
So Doodler and Scribbler stood in for him to teach digital photography to some 64 students who were in London for a spring school at the Limkokwing University branch in Central London. The key task delegated to the students was to photograph subjects according to a given theme.
Doodler did most of the research and lecturing. Scribbler told the students to pipe down and talked about f numbers.
And it was the same day the sky opened up and the rain poured non-stop. So discussions prior to a wet outing revolved around ISO numbers. You couldn’t get away with ISO 100 in the UK outdoors. Not at the moment, anyway. Some of the kids used ISO 1000 for indoor shots. Well, if you could photograph London in that weather, you could photograph in any condition, really.
The experience was fun, wit a lot of “agile” and “scrum” methodologies (ahem) coming into play as things, and assignments, didn’t always go according to plans.
But that’s practical fieldwork for you. One thing one learns about doing multimedia newsroom – or any digital project for that matter – is to think with your feet and be very creative with “appropriation”.