Of Theses and Questions
There is this certain time of the year when I receive a deluge (well, that’s an exaggeration of course) of emails from students asking for an interview or to observe a shoot. I’m not really sure what they find in my work (to merit such studies), but I feel flattered when they do. I make time as much as I can.
Sometimes I feel such a lab rat at times.
Being a teacher / thesis adviser / panelist in a not-so previous life (for five years), I’ve noticed a pattern among students every time. I wouldn’t exactly call this a pet peeves list, but there’s that part of me that wishes otherwise.
- Don’t ask generally sweeping questions and expect to get spoon-fed answers. You’re the one writing your thesis, not us.
- Explain your thesis. You just don’t jump in with a recorder and start asking away. Show some courtesy to the one you’re interviewing.
- Do a background check on your resource person. Know their body of work so you get to ask the right questions.
- There is no such thing as the “best” in any lighting setup. Everything is relative to the concept you’re working on.
- Know the scope of your thesis vs. the time you have. A good number of students tend to bite more than what they could chew. They end up asking so many shotgun questions instead of trying to answer a specific problem.
There are other resource people out there who are harder to approach and talk to. Make the best of the opportunity.
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