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SKILLS AUDIT


What are your passions?

Photography.Travel. Fitness. Escaping to anywhere. Animals. Nature. The coast. Skiing. Music. Architecture. Interiors. Design.


What do you enjoy doing the most?

In photography, it’s taking photos of everything and anything, candid photography of people and photoshoots where you can make the everyday look beautiful.


Outside of photography, it’s spending time with the people I love, plus our new puppy. Road trips. Being by the sea. Exercising.


The skills I need to achieve my goal of becoming a successful professional photographer are:

Increase my technical skills regarding studio work, lighting – both in the studio and outside with portable lighting/flash.


Improve my editing skills to increase speed, efficiency and quality of finished product – build more knowledge of using the relevant software.


More skills in portraiture work.


The soft skills I already have are:

  • Communication skills – written & verbal

  • Professional experience

  • Client experience

  • Visually orientated

  • Creative

  • Life experience

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office packages

  • Good knowledge of Adobe In-Design & Illustrator

  • Business experience

  • PR & marketing experience


The technical skills/abilities I already have are:

  • Good knowledge of DSLR Canon cameras.

  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom & Bridge

  • Knowledge of how to set up studio lighting, backdrops etc

  • Styling for photoshoots


The soft skills I need to develop are:

  • Confidence

  • Improve my accounting & finance skills

  • Become better at networking

  • Improved self-promotion


The technical skills/abilities I need to develop are:

  • Better studio & lighting knowledge

  • Increase my knowledge of Photoshop & Lightroom

  • Continue to improve my camera knowledge & use – aperture, ISO, shutter speed

  • Learning how to use a flash/speedlight

  • Portraiture skills

  • Editorial & commercial photography skills


How will you develop skills you need/don’t yet have?

  • Complete my Foundation Degree and do a top-up year to obtain my BA (Hons)

  • Photograph as much and as often as possible

  • Whilst it will be important to concentrate on the genres of photography where I want to work, also remember to photograph just because I see something I want to take a picture of. Allowing creativity to flow is essential to producing good imagery.

  • Study tutorials outside of college in order to gain additional technical knowledge of camera, lighting and Adobe packages

  • Ask for work experience with photographers working in the same genre – may be considered less of a threat whilst still a student

  • Research trends and stay on top of developments and new kit, tools and techniques within the industry

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