CCA Previews ’21: Raffles Photographic Society

By Raffles Photographic Society

Attend one of our school’s events, and you may just feel the weight of a lens pointing right at you! We are a community of photographers with a passion for our craft, and hone our photography skills while picking up invaluable experience together. 

Sessions are held every Friday from 4pm to 5.30pm, and are led either by external mentors or by fellow members. Mentor-led sessions typically alternate between outdoor shoots and photo review sessions, so don’t worry—you’ll get tons of opportunities to show off your work! Members also have the opportunity to lead their own sessions. This mostly comes in the form of basic photography training—members with more photographic experience can share more about their technique. We also plan CCA camps and laidback sessions to just chill out and talk.

A photographer covering this year’s Mental Health Awareness Weekvery contemplative indeed.

Of course, being a Raffles Photographer wouldn’t be complete without event coverage! We play an important but often forgotten role in documenting the events of the school. (Do check out an archive of such photos on our Flickr!) Because of this, Raffles photographers are busy throughout the year—JC provides many opportunities for you to go out and shoot for the school. Just a heads up, every photographer is required to fulfill a minimum of 40 hours of Event Coverage duty over the span of two years.

All-in-all, event coverage is a highly enjoyable and fulfilling process—nothing beats the satisfaction of others viewing your very own professional event photos! 

A photographer in action at this year’s (scaled down) prize presentationvery presentable indeed.

Besides event coverage, every member will have the opportunity to participate in 3 exhibitions—two in Year 5 and one in Year 6. Exhibitions are without a doubt the highlight of a member’s journey here in RPS. This is the occasion where members get to proudly showcase their work to hundreds of viewers!

A typical Y5’s duties would involve helping their seniors for the mid-year exhibition in Semester 1, and exhibiting their own works at the end of year exhibition in Semester 2. Once Y6 rolls around, they would take the spotlight and be able to showcase their most cherished works in the mid-year exhibition. This year’s mid-year exhibition, Evanescent (soon passing out of sight, memory or existence), was carried out online on our Instagram page and Flickr account where each member posts 3 of their photos each day. Do click on the links to find out more!

Being a photographer comes with some perks—more often than not, on-duty photographers are granted complimentary entries to paid events, exclusive access to restricted or backstage zones, and a free pass to the best viewing spots!

If everything we’ve said above interests you, then being a Raffles Photographer may just be the perfect fit for you! Trials are casual and there are no prerequisites. Simply bring along a portfolio of your best work, and let us get to know you better through a short interview—as long you have an interest in photography, we’re more than happy to make you a part of our own.

In short, our pictures are a little viewfinder of school life, for all it’s gloom, aspirations and idiosyncrasies. We look forward to seeing you in our CCA!

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