Regional meetings and Special Interest Groups
Regional meetings a great way to hear what others are doing and to network with like-minded members facing similar challenges.
Birmingham City University | 5 September 2017
September saw a host of ACPME members from across the UK flock to the Heart of England for what was billed as a ‘Regional Meeting’ at Birmingham City University. Justin Gough, Print, Post & Transport Manager, was pleased to welcome teams from South
Wales and the South Coast – as well as close neighbours. A lively day saw visits to the BCU print centre and round table sharing of issues/advice. As always everyone left with useful tips and a feeling of being part of a thriving friendly network.
Give hosting a go – you just need to be prepared to table a discussion or present briefly. It will showcase your University and get you known to the group. Some costs may be covered by ACPME.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
DRONES AND A DIP INTO VIDEO
Photography and video | SIG Friday 10 November 2017 | Lancaster University
The latest ACPME SIG started with a tour of the award-winning Lancaster Design, Photography and Print (DPP), then open discussion. Conversation flowed from topics such as procurement of external photography to how to bring graduation photography and associated lab printing in-house. Steve Thomas then detailed what’s involved in setting up a chargeable drone photography service. He outlined costs of hardware, insurance and the training involved to get a commercial drone pilot’s license. Steve talked about the ease of flying a drone to take video and still images, plus the common sense considerations / laws which apply. He showed some of the great footage that he’s taken and humorous videos that reveal what can go wrong if you don’t follow the drone code. The afternoon was planned to start with hands-on flying, but sadly drizzle put paid to playing with Steve’s toys. Instead Steve demonstrated how controllable and powerful the drone is taking off and landing and shooting video indoors.
Lots of tips were shared including advice on what to check if you’re commissioning external drone footage. Suppliers must have: a licence to operate as commercial pilots (their status should always be checked online at caa.co.uk), a full risk assessment for the day, their operations manual and valid insurance certificate. Next came Martin Parker, who shared how to get the most out Adobe Creative Cloud by making use of the bundled apps: Portfolio – with links to Behance – and Spark with cloud storage. Martin demonstrated how an impactful and responsive website and galleries can be created intuitively in minutes, with drag and drop, and how these can be used to publish the popular creative platform Behance for portfolios. Martin discussed RGU’s use of Zenfolio as a well-priced and powerful online image repository for staff. He also shared his workflow in Adobe Lightroom and how various presets can be used to stunning effect.
The last session of the day saw Liam Treacy, receptionist and videographer, talking about how the energised Lancaster team are dipping their toe into video. From talking heads and lecture recording to more creative projects. The team recognise there’s a gap between the prices departments are able to pay and the prices that external agencies are charging for promotional video work that the in-house team can fulfil. Before we left Steve, showed examples of their new photography dry lab. A full and friendly knowledge sharing event
NEXT SIG: Photography & video |The University of Glasgow
Date tbc – March 2018
If you’re interested in photography or video Stephen this is a great opportunity to network, to share tips and to take part in an interactive workshop.
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