KCFM Documentary Project Planning

I met with the staff at KCFM this afternoon to discuss my documentary project with them. We have talked about the following as key areas for photographing.

  • External shots of the building
  • Internal shots of the building
  • People working within the studio and offices
  • Street team working outside the station

I have arranged a few dates over the next fortnight to go into the station and discretely take photos.

I have also arranged to attend some outside activities including Christmas light switch on events that the presenters and street teams will be attending. One of the activities that was suggested would be good for me to photograph will see one of the presenters going to a local primary school to record the children talking for one of the radio slots. For this, the radio staff will seek permission from the head teacher and possibly signed consent from parents.

In order to work with KCFM I have arranged for my own public liability insurance to ensure that anyone that may be hurt because of my activities will be compensated appropriately.

We also discussed taking the following photographs but as they do not fit the documentary theme and are not needed for a couple of month they will form part of another assignment later in the course.

  • Publicity portraits of the presenters and other staff teams
  • General photographs of Hull landmarks and the surrounding area

Finally we discussed how the photos will be used, apart from my assignment, the event photographs will be added to the events page of the KCFM website. Other photos will be supplied at a higher resolution on disc.

KCFM Firework Extravaganza

To prepare for this event I practised taking pictures of fireworks at an event a few days beforehand. Then I made sure that I packed my tripod for this event too. I didn’t want to use a flash as I don’t really like the effect a flash gun gives so knew that I would need to use the tripod for photos other than just the fireworks.

It is early days in my work with KCFM and the message hadn’t gotten through to the team on site that I would be attending. A quick check of their emails though and I was greeted very warmly.

I planned to take photographs not only of the fireworks but of the KCFM street team and presenter Darren Letham too. The lighting was very poor and despite turning up my ISO I wasn’t happy with many of the photos that I took.

These are a few of the better photos that I took at the KCFM Firework Extravaganza.

It was a much busier event than I anticipated, with only about 30 or 40 minutes to take photos before the fireworks. The fireworks themselves were excellent, set to music and lasted a good 20 minutes or so.

I think I managed to capture the atmosphere of the event, but would have liked to have taken more photographs of the staff and presenter at work had the crowds allowed.

The photos were emailed to the KCFM team the following morning.

Documentary Planning

I have been given an assignment to produce up to 50 images in a documentary style. The images must be taken on location and not in the studio.

I have arranged to work with KCFM, the local radio station in Hull and follow some of their staff around for a few weeks in November and December. I have asked if I can call into the radio station at various times of the day and night to photograph the presenters, newsreaders, researchers, sales team and the admin staff undertaking their regular duties. I have also been invited to take photographs at the various events that KCFM hosts.

Any photographs that I take will be passed on to KCFM for them to upload and use on their website.

For my first meeting with the station team I have been invited to attend their Firework Extravaganza at Brantingham Park tonight where I hope to photograph the street team talking to the public and the presenter Darren Lethem entertaining the crowd. While I am there I shall also try to get general photographs of the public and try to capture the general bonfire night atmosphere. Oh and I shall maybe capture a few shots of the fireworks!