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What is the best kind of camera to use?
What is needed in preparation for in-house training?

What is the best kind of camera to use?

I recommend staff use compact point and shoot cameras as there are plenty on the market fit for purpose, they are discreet, they are less likely to scare off the 'camera shy' and are easier and more familiar to most people.

The key thing to look for in a compact camera is its ability to shoot in low light settings without flash - as this is the approach I recommend. So you're looking for a camera with a low f stop number F2 or F1.8 is best and a high light sensitivity (one that has high ISO) These cameras come in at the higher end of the price range market for compact cameras but the results are worth it if it's feasible.

Amazon is a good starting point for price - you can get a base line from there and then look around on-line to see if you can find anything cheaper. It’s worth checking when you purchase a camera whether you have to pay extra for a case, recharger etc. - you may get a better deal on another site if you include accessories. The main accessory is obviously the recharger.

Cameras that score high on ratings, produce the results I mentioned re low light and can be handled both by a novice (auto settings) and someone with more experience (use of manual settings) are the following as of 2013:

  • Canon Powershot S95
  • Panasonic Lumix LX7
  • Nikon Coolpix P7100
  • Fujifilm x10
  • Olympus XZ1

What is needed in preparation for in-house training?

To provide in-house training firstly you need to establish whether you can fill the spaces because the in-house fee is a flat rate of £888 plus expenses. If you are unsure you could consider offering some places to external candidates and charging them for the places. You will be finding and funding the venue and refreshments and/or catering but Gifts of Remembrance can help you with promoting the course and could assist by co-ordinate the bookings for you.

Additional expenses will be the speaker’s travel costs and overnight accommodation if this is required.

The venue and equipment you need to consider are outlined below:

Venue 

The venue needs to be in a room that can be easily cleared of furniture and that will comfortably seat approximately 40 people. This is in order that there is enough room for the practical session. The practical session involves breaking up into 4 or 5 groups and taking photographs in little scenarios with cots/beds/easy chairs etc. You want either enough space in the room so each group can comfortably go into a corner or to have some break out rooms or spaces nearby. These scenario spaces will not be required until at least 3 hours into the workshop.  

Flyer 

We will send a flyer, which you will need to update with the booking info, that can be distributed amongst your colleagues 

Letters to Participants/Ensuring bums on seats!! 

Commitment in attending what is frequently perceived as a ‘free’ course is often a challenge and the problem of ‘no shows’ is a significant one.  

We will send you the ‘letters to participants’, which goes some way to address this issue. They go out to staff who express an interest in the course, and rather than simply putting their name down to attend without any further thought or investment on their part, staff have to complete a short application form to try and gain a place. This process helps staff to recognise that the course place is coveted and important. They have to think about and justify why they want to come and they have to recognise that someone is paying for their place and find out who that is. Following their application, staff then can be offered a letter of acceptance or a ‘next time’ letter.  

It does mean more administration on the hosts part – please be aware that if you need assistance with any of that we are more than happy to be the contact for bookings. 

If places are being offered over a wide net, a large service or numerous hospitals, it can be useful to limit the places per area – for example ‘just 2 places are being offered this year in this unit’  – it helps staff to realise that this is a scarce resource and they are likely to value it more because of that. 

Cameras 

Participants use to need cameras but this is no longer the case as I provide cameras for the training now. 

If you have the hospital camera available on the day, however, then it would be worth trying out that as well.  

Equipment 

For the presentation: 

Rachel  needs to be able to use her own laptop rather than have her presentation on a memory stick – this is because she downloads the photographs that have been taken on the day and we review these pictures as a group using the laptop.   

For the scenarios: 

Rachel will be bringing small equipment with her; cameras and dolls but she will need the following provided if you have it please: 

Baby bath and jug 

Incubator and or cot 

Various size Moses baskets 

A bed or something that resembles a bed with pillows, sheets, blankets 

A changing table and mat, extra pillows.  

External Candidates 

Sometimes staff from other trusts/hospitals/organisations are interested in attending a training day but are not in a position to host a day. If you are not sure you can fill all your places and would like to recoup some costs then one or two places could be advertised for external candidates. These places would be advertised and organised through the Gifts of Remembrance website and the charge for candidates is £50 per person. This is reimbursed to you either by coming off your bill or by separate cheque from Gifts of Remembrance following the training day. 

If you are not sure whether you will fill all your places but would like to try, then 2 places extra could be offered to external candidates as there are invariably one or two no shows on the day. If everyone turns up on the day then we’ll work with that. 

Please note that there is no guarantee that places for external candidates will be filled and so reimbursement for places is also not guaranteed. 

If you are looking at getting a new camera please let me know as I could give you some advice about the most suitable ones that work well  in low light without flash that are easy to use.

Contact us to discuss details and suitable dates.