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Riot/Public Order Tip Sheet

15th August, 2011

Riot/Public Order Tip Sheet
Always question whether the picture is worth the danger to yourself and others. Remember your and your colleagues’ safety is worth more than a picture.
Think
Does your insurance cover you for riot/ public order?
Consider hostile environment/ first aid training
Are you physically fit? Do you have an illness that could be aggravated by the situation?
Prepare
Avoid going alone. Check the whereabouts of other photographers when you arrive. Try to stick together
If you must go alone, tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back
Follow the developing story. Be aware of the individuals and groups involved
Take protective gear, for example helmet/ goggles/ ear plugs/ stab vest etc
Wear sturdy shoes. Boots not trainers
Consider wearing natural fibres. Jeans are more fire retardant than synthetic clothing
Take a first aid kit, including dressings and anti burn
Carry extra CF/SD cards. Switch and hide cards if necessary
Phone signals may get blocked. Take a map
Keep a hard copy of emergency numbers, including NUJ and Thompson solicitors emergency phone no: 0800 587 7530
Be Safe
Think carefully about where to park. Your car may become a focus of rioting
Carry minimum kit. Keep gear hidden in a bag or under clothing until you have established the threat to photographers
Always have an exit strategy. Think about how to leave a situation
Be aware of potential weapons. Keep moving if the situation gets tense
Don’t draw attention to yourself by using flash etc
Position yourself upwind if its possible tear gas will be used
Make sure your press card is to hand but not visible
Be aware of public order laws and police guidelines for dealing with the press
Be trauma aware, you may have a reaction to the events you witness
© London Photographers’ Branch

An Introduction to Final Cut Pro

18th April, 2011

An introduction to Final Cut Pro
27th/28th April – Headland House 10-5pm

Content
A course for all photographers, who wish to extend their skills base to include video editing.

Expected learning outcomes
Participants will be able to produce multimedia slideshows, edit/export video content/edit audio, and begin to use FCP as part of their regular workflow – whether producing slideshows, videos or audio podcasts.

We will also touch on other packages in the Final Cut Studio suite – Motion and Soundtrack Pro, as well as Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. For the budget conscious, most if not all workflows shown will also work in Apple’s Final Cut Express (FCE) software.

Participants will be able to produce industry standard newspaper multimedia packages by the end of the course.

Course Tutor
Sion Touhig is an award-winning photographer and decided to take on video as an additional skill in 2006. He began shooting and editing video for clients like the Sunday Telegraph, Good Housekeeping and Greenpeace.

Now living in Singapore, Sion has worked as Executive Multimedia Editor/Videographer at the Straits Times Multimedia Centre (MMC) since 2008. The MMC, comprising a small team of multimedia reporters, camera operators and editors (10 journalists, 4 camera operators, 10 editors) produces an average of 25-30 video news and features reports per day, 7 days a week, to deadline, as well as undertaking assignments for external clients.

Sion is now working as Deputy Multimedia Editor at ‘Today’, Singapore’s other English language national newspaper, and is responsible for developing the newspaper’s multimedia strategy.

Sion has completed edit/shooting and Video journalism courses with the BBC, Press Association and is a certified Apple FCP user but not a certified trainer. The knowledge he will be imparting is based upon 5 years experience of producing multimedia content for newspapers and other web clients, and producing finished video journalism reports to deadline.

Course requirements
No prior knowledge of Final Cut Pro is expected. The course will be taught in demo form with laptop and projector. Any participants with their own FCP/FCE enabled laptop will be welcome to bring it and follow along. Course notes in PDF form will be available.

Cost – 200.00
For more details and to book your place please contact: mail@sionphoto.com 07415 745879

Essential Photoshop for Photojournalists

20th December, 2010

This one-day course, organised by the London Photographers’ Branch, will demonstrate how to use Photoshop, Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW (the three linked programmes that make up Adobe Photoshop) to:

  • Make corrections of brightness, contrast and colour balance to out-of-camera RAW files (using ACR) and JPEGs (using adjustment layers)
  • Make local adjustments to parts of an image
  • Rename, batch caption and keyword images
  • Set up a batch resizing action

It will also cover the basic elements of good workflow, including file naming, image storage and back-up.

The course is aimed specifically at photojournalists, and will not explore methods of gross image manipulation that might be employed by commercial photographers or graphic designers. The course will be tutored by freelance photojournalist, digital imaging lecturer and branch member Martin Shakeshaft.

Please note: participants will need to bring their own laptop and software.

Wednesday 19 January 2011
Amnesty International, London

NUJ members: £95
NUJ members (student/reduced subscription): £75
Non-members: £120
(Prices include lunch)

Places are limited. To register, please email training@londonphotographers.org by 11th January 2011 at the latest.

Photoshop Tutor Needed

6th December, 2010

The London Photographers’ Branch is looking for a tutor to deliver a one-day Photoshop course in January 2011.  The course outline (below) was drawn up following a survey of branch members earlier this year.  Anyone interested in teaching it should email training@londonphotographers.org, including details of relevant experience, by the 13th December.

Essential Photoshop For Photojournalists

A one-day course which will demonstrate how to use Photoshop, Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW (the three linked programmes that make up Adobe Photoshop) to:

  • make basic corrections to brightness, contrast and colour balance to out-of-camera RAW files (using ACR) and JPEGs (using adjustment layers)
  • make local adjustments to parts of an image
  • rename, batch caption and keyword images
  • set up a batch resizing action

It will also cover the basic elements of good workflow, including file naming, image storage and back-up.

The course is aimed specifically at photojournalists, and will not explore methods of gross image manipulation that might be employed by commercial photographers or graphic designers.

Free Workshop: ‘Make Impact’

15th October, 2010

Members may be interested in this free workshop organised by the Federation of Entertainment Unions next week:

Free London Workshop: ‘Make Impact’
Improve your marketing and promotional skills

Book quickly as places are limited and it’s first come, first served. Saturday November 20th
We are offering our members a unique opportunity to attend a free workshop aimed at helping you gain the key marketing and promotional skills and tools needed to gain new work and secure long-term contracts in our highly competitive creative industries (see attachment for workshop programme).

It’s Flexible
We know that freelance work means that it’s not always possible to take time off to attend a whole day of training, so we’re offering you the flexibility of attending the morning or afternoon sessions or the entire day if you wish.

Don’t Miss Out
This is a rare opportunity to gain the skills development you need free from industry professionals who know what it’s like in practice. We are working hard with few resources to help support your career so we hope you will make the most of this opportunity.

For Info And Booking
Please see workshop programme and booking form attached.

We Ask Your Consideration
Short-term notice of work and sickness aside, please do not book a place if you are not sure you can attend. We try to help as many members as possible and if you don’t turn up because ‘It’s sunny’ or ‘The football is on’ etc, another member who needs this training will miss out and we will waste valuable resources.

An FEU Training Initiative
The workshop, along with many other training courses and learning opportunities, is brought to you by the National Union of Journalists, BECTU, Equity and the Musicians’ Union working together under the banner of the Federation of Entertainment Unions. To register on our website, go to feutraining.org

Workshop Programme (PDF)
Booking Form (Doc)

Two new training courses available for members

4th May, 2010

Business of Freelance Photography

LPB members will be given booking priority for the 12 available places on a one day  course run by Nick McGowan-Lowe on 21 May.  ‘The Business of Freelance Photography: How to survive the downturn and thrive In a tough market’ is aimed at both established freelance photographers and those who are newly freelance.

The cost is:  £90 (NUJ members); £67 (student members); £130 (non-members)
More details are on the NUJ Training website. Those wishing to book can do so through the site or by emailing Linda King and should mention that they are LPB members.

Emergency Life Support Training

The London Photographers Branch is offering members the opportunity of attending a First Aid one day course tailored to street photographers. This course is open to branch members only and the 12 places will be on a first come, first served basis at a special LPB rate of £5. Email training@londonphotographers.org if you wish to take part.

The White Star Medical, First Aid certificated course and will take place at Headland House on Wednesday 2nd June, 10am – 5.30pm

Tutor Elliott Rodgers plans to teach the core principles of a one day Emergency Life Support course. The one day course will train photographers to take immediate life saving steps until further medical assistance can be bought to the casualty.

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