On Friday morning, Motorsport South Africa (MSA) safety advisor, Steve Harding, welcomed 11 students for the sixth MSA Media training course at Killarney International Raceway. After a brief introduction, Media Committee Member, Eric Buijs took over for the theoretical and practical part of the two day workshop, based on Motorsport Photography.
The compulsory media training for all new potential media members of MSA, has been instituted three years ago. The MSA Media training has proven to be an excellent program in introducing new people into 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, students were taught all the safety aspects of Motorsport photography, along with 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 course, 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.
After breakfast, and a quick recapitulation of the safety aspects of track side shooting, the students were spoilt for choice at Killarney, for the second day. Drag racing, go-karting and short circuit motorcycle racing were all scheduled to take place simultaneously. Under supervision, the students had two hours to practice and experiment in a live racing environment.
After the shooting session, the trainees were given one hour to select and prepare five images to share with the group, and feedback was given on each chosen image. The purpose of this exercise was to fine tune and apply the techniques of shooting motorsport, as well as a test to see how quickly the students can produce media worthy imagery.
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 for them, 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 skills to the Motorsport media in South Africa.”
This was the last Media Workshop of 2018 and all new applicants for a MSA Trainee accreditation will be invited to join any of the two trainings in 2019.
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