Previously, I had imagined my final project was going to include a number of portfolios showing different aspects of my work as well as my completed website and proof of my up-and-running social media accounts.

Upon further reflection of the course and its modules, I’ve realised that the website and social media presence will go into a different module, the same one as this blog, and so I’m left with producing the portfolios of images. Originally, I was going to produce images from airsoft gamedays, outside environmental portraits and inside studio shoots, as well as some product photography and stock image style images. Well, thanks to COVID-19, this is now looking like it’s going to have to change. As cool and attention-grabbing as the portraiture will be, I’m just not sure the pandemic counter-measures are going to allow me to get them done in time for the hand-in date of the project assignment. With social-distancing still a massive part of life, portrait shoots, both indoors and outdoors, seem like a thing of the distant future to me at the moment.

If the lockdown restrictions are lifted enough for the college to open up the photography studios before the end of this project assignment, I might be able to produce something. In the meantime, though, I’ve decided, if I can find time and space at home, to have a go at the product/stock imagery. At least this way I’ll have two portfolios to submit for grading. I have some Yongnuo speedlights, gels and cheap attachments that I can use, and have just purchased a couple of rolls of seamless backdrop paper (one black and one white) to allow me to crack on. Now I just need to figure out where the hell I can do it!

So, as of right now, my final project submission will consist of two portfolios of printed images. One will include images I’ve taken from game days I’ve attended at airsoft venues, and the other will consist of printed images of airsoft products such as guns and tactical clothing/gear. Stay tuned though as this is subject to change depending on what happens in the future with the pandemic and the government’s measures to try to fight it.

COVID SUCKS!