Monthly Archives: July 2015

Originally, i had planned to  enter a university course after college. I wanted to be a forensic  detective and many places in the Midlands offer courses revolving around forensics, but most are very specific.
At Nottingham Trent university, they offer a Forensic Science course. “On this course you will develop the ability to judge the importance of physical evidence based on incident scene observations and the results of laboratory analysis.Studying Forensic Science will enable you to:Understand crime scene science.Use case studies to highlight the range of approaches required in forensic investigations as well as analytical instruments, microscopy and the English legal system.Find out how the acquisition of crime scene evidence is studied as well as genetic identification.” Which appealed to me greatly. These are all things I wanted to expand and learn and develop a career around. After finding this course, I decided to see if Derby university posted the same thing, or anything similar, to which I found :
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
BSc (Hons) FS with Criminology
BSc (Hons) FS with Psychology
BSc (Hons) Computer Forensic Investigation
And Forensic and Crime scene Investigation
I would have been happy applying to any of these, but specifically I wanted Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation due to the fact I wanted to focus on the investigation section of forensics. Looking into this course, it is a level 4 certificate of credit costing £1440 and being 20 weeks of part time study, although this course is a fully interactive online course, including virtual reality, mini documentaries, interactive media and technical videos .
” Using the latest learning technology, you’ll be able to access realistic crime scenes based in our new specialist crime scene house, located near our campus in Derby. You will search different crime scenes within the house and practice the CSI skills being developed at each stage of the learning journey”
I feel that although this is an online course, it will let me work with less pressure yet still offer me many interesting and valuable experiences.
I have decided to apply to this course next year, but first I will be applying for a job / apprenticeship to prepare me mentally and financially for this course, to ensure I do my very best with no distractions or barriers. Although the fact is an online course already makes it easier for me, I want to know I’m confident enough to follow through with this course.
Until this time comes, I will be hunting for and pursuing a apprenticeship in art such as an apprenticeship at art core, where they do exhibitions with the mayor and artistic and creative sessions with the locals to promote various things and help improve the local area we live in. I will be assisted by Reed at Derby college to help me find a suitable apprenticeship.


I have chosen the following imagesto be used in my digital portfolio as it is a wide variety of styles, techniques and categories and i believe that if i am applying for anything and presenting my portfolio, it would be best to prove i can work with a multiple styles of photography. Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 13.52.53This image shows i have experience in on location shoots, using natural light to my advantage even in the darkest of places .

old world war This image shows Photoshop skills, in a historic, documentary styled manor.

DSC_5967Here we see an ability to spot interesting angles, tones, and mostly shapes in day to day life and show the viewer what they’ve been missing all this time.

DSC_1055 Here is two examples of documentary work i did, this one is documenting the actions of a man

DSC_0942 2 Whereas this one is included as i’ve not only just managed to document the actions of of the locals, but I’ve managed to piece the surroundings together perfectly to show the female subjects, the shop and the location in 3 beautiful layers with varying depths without the aid of manipulation.

climb up treeThis image focuses on my skills in Photoshop, showing the viewer the most recent developments of my skills as i am still currently learning more about manipulation and will be continuing to, so this image will be updated regularly.

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 13.56.43 Here is an example of me using a long shutter speed and producing light trails on a surprisingly well exposed and soft colored image. This proves i can do more with a camera than just take a simple image.

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 13.55.14This has been included to show studio portraiture, an ability to work well with models to produce some confident imagery. This also shows an ability to work with low-key lighting in the studio, for a varity of styles of imagery instead of your basic brigh tlights and white background.

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 13.54.12This Is to show that i can produce decent commercial imagery in the studio to sell/advertise a product, with the ability of knowing how to reflect the product without a distinct line where the backdrop meets the glass.

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 13.53.48This is another commercial one to show that i can also do foods, making them look apetizing to the audience with a variety of colours, shapes and textures that are pleasing to the eye when combined.