Shutter Hub Professional Development Talk at Staffordshire University

Last week I visited Staffordshire University to talk to 62 photographers from the Photography BA(Hons),  Photojournalism BA(Hons), and MA Photography courses. I’d been invited by Senior Lecturer Tim Fieldstead to talk as part of the universities Photo Voices series and was welcomed into a large lecture theatre full of students.

I told some bad jokes and got some laughs, so I told some more! Later on I even put out a small fire – it was a good day!

I thoroughly enjoyed talking to the students, they were really responsive and interested, and we are delighted that so many of them have chosen to get involved with Shutter Hub so we can help them share and promote their work.

I must apologise to the poor lady who nipped out just as I was at the point of talking about not putting images on social media that you wouldn’t want people to see or associate with you and your work. I know she wasn’t in a rush to get on a computer and remove lots of files, but that didn’t stop me from saying she was! Oh, how I laughed at my own joke!

One of the students asked me if I could give them three tips for a photographer going off to do their first photo job. My thoughts were: 

1. Make sure your batteries are charged and your equipment is cleaned and ready. 

2. Make sure you know where you are going and get there in plenty of time. 

3. Put people at ease as soon as you arrive – they may be nervous or unsure about what’s happening, too!

After the talk we did a lot more talking, and I got some great feedback from some lovely students and came away from Stoke-on-Trent feeling really positive! 


If you’re interested in finding out more about one of our free Shutter Hub talks for educational establishments and groups, drop us a line or find out more here.