We are amidst the Fourth Industrial Revolution and things are moving fast. How does it affect us? Your initiatives, aspirations and projects need to take advantage of the technological innovations!
Some of the principles and actions surrounding project execution—regardless of whether it’s launching a product worldwide or getting your plumbing done—remain the same. You need help to get jobs done. When you manage your own projects, you have to ensure your own success by keeping the road straight for everybody.
Think of the work you want to do as a collaboration. You provide the big idea and a professional ensures this idea of yours finds its proper tangible form. The key is being able to collaborate effectively with the right person or group in this technology-driven reality we have today. Even big multinational companies have said they anticipate a trend towards contractual, temporary and ad hoc employees and it’s not even because these companies want to save money. An ever-increasing number of people want to work on their own, for themselves, at their own pace and in their own homes—or at least somewhere close. Collaboration gives you the options to scale and meet projects of varying requirements.
In fact, 95% of all new employment in the United States from 2005 to 2015 was reportedly classified under “alternative working arrangements”. This was around 16% of all employment in 2015, a steady increase from just 10% in 2005. With more talent “out there”, it means having to sift through all those who say they can do a job. It’s not the same as contacting one big company and that company looking through its roster and sending you a worker.
To lessen the stress and ensure your project isn't sidetracked or unduly delayed, here are some suggestions when working with freelancers:
Make a plan and set your priorities. This seems obvious but it’s surprising that many people leave this out. Without a plan, projects can drag on causing a strain on funds and patience.
Set deadlines for yourself and your talent—and be diligent about them!
Clearly mark milestones. Setting smaller goals leading to the main goal allows you and the freelancer to see how a project is concretely taking shape. Expectations can then be managed more easily.
Be humble. You may be good in certain areas but hardly in all. That’s why you need the expertise and knowledge people have and offer. There’s a reason they are professionals.
Communicate clear and firm in what you want. You can’t expect a person to know what you’re thinking. A rough sketch or a picture from the internet of how you want your portrait done, how you want your garden designed, etc. will help.
Look at the bigger picture. That’s why you set milestones. Each little step is important in getting to the end, but those little steps are hardly the end.
Technology has always brought new job opportunities even as it may render other jobs obsolete. The trick really is being able to find out what expertise is out there, connecting with them to understand how they work, choosing who to work with and getting down to work with your chosen pro.It’s really up to you to hand-pick the talent you want and get to work. Your dream is your dream, and your project is your project.
Photo enthusiasts initiated into the exciting world of thematic portrait photography in GIGCO series of workshops conducted by its master creatives. This session was done by Allan Nacpil who went through the first steps of conceptualisation, planning, execution and editing. Allan made it clear in the first few minutes how important it is to always have a clear concept before even attempting to execute and going to a shoot clueless.
As thematic portrait photography is not like street shooting or photojournalism, it is important to have one’s concept very clear in mind long before a shoot to properly figure out what needs to be prepared and how the shoot itself should be done.
The workshop was done in a proper studio to give all participants the feel of being in a real shoot complete with lights, light modifiers, and an experienced and well-respected model—Surya Rahmanty, known to many as Simply Sue.
All participants experienced being personally mentored by Allan during the whole session with him looking at how they were shooting and how each one eventually began post-processing.
Allan stressed to all those present what makes a good photo and the importance of ensuring that the model understands the emotion that must be conveyed in every pose, in every shot. Without the emotion that comes from the model and accentuated by the angle, lens choice, camera settings and lighting, a photo can easily fall flat and look unappealing. When all those elements come together in service of the concept and theme determined by the photographer, the fruit can truly be amazing and spectacular.
And the images resulting from the combined work of Allan and his model were, quite simply, stunning.
All of these, Allan explained, constituted some of the best practices followed in commercial photography settings especially in terms of workflow, retouching and colour manipulation.
The really good news? This is but one of the first training sessions of GIGCO, the freelance platform that doesn’t just facilitate the exchange of services between some of the best professionals in different industries and those who have dreams and need true talent and professionalism. GIGCO provides a community of seasoned professionals—like Allan—to act as mentors to those who want to learn the creative arts and be more than proficient in them.
Read on. We already have some more training sessions you may be interested in.
Learning Never Stops in GIGCO
Allan Nacpil Once More
All the learning from Allan Nacpil’s thematic photography workshop (please see previous article) is set for application in the upcoming session on engagement photography, one of the most exciting fields today.
Expect Allan to kick everything up a few notches in this session, playfully called "The Love Express", giving a much deeper meaning to what it means to conceptualising, planning, executing and editing. He will spend a considerable amount of time on setting a clear objective in the shoot and what it means to communicate with a subject so that the shooting experience is enjoyable and fruitful for all concerned.
He will then go into different poses and how to get a couple to interact with each other as if they were pros.
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Join the Gig Economy with GIGCO!
GIGCO is a gig-economy platform facilitating the exchange of paid services. The client is the GIGmaker, the service provider the GIGster. The job is a Gig.
GIGmakers easily find service providers & GIGsters get the best Gigs!
GIGmakers choose from GIGster photographers, videographers, narrators & models as well as GIGster carpenters, electricians, handymen, movers, painters & plumbers. We’re expanding & all set for the world! GIGCO has international payment options allowing Gigs between GIGmakers & GIGsters across seas and territories.
Everyone begins by registering on the GIGCO website. This starts the gig-economy journey! GIGCO provides both training opportunities and a community of experts who will mentor aspiring GIGsters.
Digitise! Let GIGCO bring you to the digital economy.