On Friday morning, Motorsport South Africa CEO, Adrian Scholtz, welcomed 14 students for the fifth MSA Media training course at its’ headquarters in Constantia Kloof. After a short introduction, Media Committee Member, Eric Buijs took over for theoretical part of the two day workshop on Motorsport Photography.
Over the past years, the MSA Media training has proven to be an excellent program in introducing new people into the Motorsport Media, and as a result numerous people continue to join the ranks as Media representatives for the South African Motorsport fraternity.
During the first day, the students were taught all the safety aspects of Motorsport photography, and also specific shooting techniques to improve their photographic skills. In the later part of the workshop, business aspects, copyright, social media and publication options were explained fully. During the training, time allocated plenty of opportunities for the trainees to interact and ask specific questions on the topics that were discussed. Day one ended with an assignment for the next day - the practical part of the workshop.
On Saturday, Laserfiche Raceway in Vereeniging hosted the group of eager students. After a thorough safety briefing, the students were given a distinctive yellow bib and were allowed to start shooting the Northern Region RoK Karting. Under supervision and assisted by the trainer, the trainees had approximately three hours to test their freshly learned skills and put theory into practice.
After the shooting session, the trainees were given 30mins to select and prepare three images to share with the group, and feedback was given on each and every image. The purpose of the exercise was to fine tune the techniques of shooting motorsport, and after lunch everyone was given an extra opportunity to shoot further for the remainder of the day.
Each student who completed the full training has now been given the opportunity to apply for a Trainee media bib, valid for 12 months. In this first year, the student will have the same privileges as permanent media members of MSA. During this period, the trainee can decide if the Motorsport industry is the right working environment and start producing their first publications.
Eric Buijs was impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication from the trainees. “I think we have some great potential in this group and hopefully we can support them enough so that they can add their qualities to the Motorsport media in South Africa.”
MSA would like to thank in particular, Mrs Patsy Roos from Laserfiche Raceway for her excellent support, and warmly facilitating the students on Saturday.
The next training course will be held in Cape Town at the Killarney International Raceway, on Friday 7 September and Saturday 8 September.