Visiting PSC After 30 Years

Helen Wilms
Helen Wilms recently visited PSC after graduating from the college thirty years ago, during “the age of film, chemicals and dark rooms.” Being a prolific student at the time, Helen remembers having more photographs on the walls of PSC than anyone else. “It was a big deal,” she tells us while looking at newly displayed digital prints of our current graduates.

Helen returned to the campus last week to attend the information evening about part time courses, after spending years working as a tour guide who kept her passion for photography alive. Taking an interest in street photography and being an ardent fan of Diane Arbus, Helen has clicked millions of people all around the world. She aspires to learn more about photography, describing it as “the one medium (she) has always loved.”

We hope to see Helen soon as we open our doors to graduates who wish to remain connected to the PSC family.

From PSC to Thailand and Back: Professional Street Photographer Nick McGrath

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Completing his Advanced Diploma from PSC with a major in Photojournalism, Nick McGrath tells us about his life as a full-time street photographer. 

Before I decided to start a new career in photography I had been working in the surf industry for many years as a brand manager for a global company. I had been working long long hours and I began to feel a sense that this wasn’t for me anymore. I started to see where I was in the game and I didn’t like the role I was playing so I left.  It took me sometime to figure out what I was going to do but I made a choice to follow a path guided by three simple values or principles. 1. I needed to be happy in what I was going to do. 2. I needed to be passionate about what I was going to do and lastly I need inspiration not just from what I was doing, but also from the people and the environment around me.  These 3 promises that I made to myself eventually led me to a path in photography and it has been ever since that these values continue to propel me into future unknown possibilities.

Why photography? Well in the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing, but what I could tell was that this journey that photography was taking me on was the right path even if the destination was completely unknown. It fulfilled my value criteria and the many discoveries I learnt about myself and the world around me was propelling me into a positive forward direction in life. The act of photography was very important to me in the beginning because (this was kind of embarrassing to me) I was very afraid to take a photo of a stranger in the street, Whatever the reason why I was like that, I knew that photography was challenging me in areas that I needed to be challenged and so I continually pushed my own boundaries and fear through the act of photographing. Looking back today, and it has only been relatively a short space in time, but the journey that photography has led me through has been one of complete amazement, one that I could never have imagined.

By Nick McGrath, taken at Chinatown (Bangkok)

By Nick McGrath, taken at Chinatown (Bangkok)

 

Going to Thailand, like most of my decisions was very instinctual and spontaneous. Because I surfed for most of my life, Thailand had never come up on my radar as it never had any surf. It began when I found out through a friend that an Australian photographer Philip Blenkinsop was holding a workshop in Bangkok 3 days before it was about to begin, so I called Philip and asked him if there was any places left, he gave me the affirmative and so I put the money in the bank the next day, booked a flight and watched hangover 2 the night before I left. The next day I landed in Bangkok and headed straight to Chinatown.  I knew absolutely nothing about this place yet the energy was palpable. It was the perfect place for my next set of awaiting challenges. The workshop with Philip really changed my photography and also me as a person, I started to see differently and act differently, the assault of a myriad of new experiences overwhelmed me so much that the impact on me was huge, I didn’t want to leave. I eventually extended my 2 week stay to 6 weeks. I came back to Australia but was very unsettled; I needed to go back to Thailand. I eventually did three trips back and forth to Thailand before un-expectantly being offered a job as an editorial photographer for a new magazine which was launching in Bangkok. This was the beginning of my permanency here in Thailand.

'Circle Work' from Nick McGrath's Series 'Deni Ute Muster'

‘Circle Work’ from Nick McGrath’s Series ‘Deni Ute Muster’

 

By Nick McGrath, taken at a funeral in Bangkok

By Nick McGrath, taken at a funeral in Bangkok

The beginning of my working life in Thailand was very difficult, but that was of my own doing. The work with the magazine was great but I found it very difficult to find a good place to live, I was very pedantic about this. After living in a guesthouse for the first 2 months which was costing me a fortune and not very good for my health and not wanting to live in a box high above the street, I eventually found a little room overlooking a large park out the front of my window. It was super important to me that the place where I lived had plenty of light and fresh air, I was amazed at how difficult it was to find this on a small budget. I slowly settled in to my new life while at the same time being thrown into the epicentre of Bangkok’s cultural elite. The magazine gave me plenty of opportunity to experience every level of Thai culture, from working with the super famous all the way down to the ordinary person on the street.  One day I was shooting food and then portrait work, the next day shooting fashion/culture. It was a good mix but unfortunately the magazine couldn’t compete in the local market and didn’t last. I left after 5 months later.

By Nick McGrath

By Nick McGrath

At the same time as I was working on the magazine, I was also shooting a lot on the street, trying to find interesting ideas and trying new experiences everywhere. About the same time, the political situation was beginning to re-energise with new street protests. Anti-government supporters were protesting against the former Yingluck government and it was another chance to hone some of my photojournalism skills. One of my friends who had been working for an agency in Cairo had mentioned to me that a new picture editor had begun work in Singapore and was looking to procure a fresh network of photographers in SEA. I got the address of the person in charge and sent an email with an edit of work that I had been shooting throughout the early stages of the protest and an in depth analysis of the situation. Eventually the agency took me on as a stringer. I followed the protests for months, I walked the streets for what seemed like for ever, I got sent to the south of Thailand to follow the rural protests, I was in the middle of a street gunfight that lasted an hour with men shooting 45s above my head, I witnessed a man get shot by a sniper and another man having his leg obliterated by a hand grenade in what seemed like surreal chaos. It was my first experience witnessing these kinds of things and a paradox of thoughts streaming in my head couldn’t connect with the reality of the situation. It seemed pointless to try and understand it.  I continued to work sporadically with the agency until I left to go work completely independent. Not something that I would recommend for the faint hearted.

Taken by Nick McGrath in Rajasthan, India

Taken by Nick McGrath in Rajasthan, India

Working as a freelancer, you discover a resilience and determination that comes from being self-reliant, especially when you are in a foreign country. Everything you do will determine your success or failure. For me, the most important risk factors for consideration is simply time versus money. Do I have enough money to do the project, do I have time or not enough time to fulfill the project. The other most important factor is, will I get paid for the work and will the payment cover the time and money I have made in my investment. It takes many years to develop a network of editors and contacts that are willing to listen to your project. I would say that I am 95% unsuccessful in my project ideas. Yet I am successful in other areas which do reciprocate back to other photography work. These days, the diversification of a freelance photographers skill is paramount to their success. How I do this is by creating the opportunities myself, from co-founding an arts space, getting involved with the local arts community, by curating photography screening and talks, by hosting and curating exhibitions, by teaching workshops. These are the rewarding factors of this profession and the serendipitous nature to it is the thing that excites me the most.

Currently, I am still working on the monthly curations for the photography screenings and also working on a number of photography exhibitions for later in the year. Between this and several other jobs I’m juggling, I am also editing several years of black and white film which I have shot on my travels between Thailand and Burma. I’m also hoping to cover the Burma elections in November. You can never look to far ahead in the future though.

Anthony Basheer Gets Published Within Months of Graduating From PSC

Anthony Basheer for Belle Magazine

Anthony Basheer for Belle Magazine

Resembling a glamorous set of a classic Italian film, Anthony Basheer creates a timeless look with surreal lighting that showcases the decadent quality of the objects in the frame. His photographs clearly show us the power of layered storytelling; something that is rare and extremely important in commercial and creative industries today. Published in the most recent issue of Belle Magazine (the no.1 magazine in Australia for interior design), it is the first time that Anthony’s work has been featured in a periodical journal. Graduating from PSC with an Advanced Diploma in photography just in May 2015, this is a mammoth achievement.

Anthony received a significant amount of training from PSC, majoring in commercial photography as a part time student. According to him, this education allowed him to complete his shoot for Belle magazine with utmost ease and confidence.

 

Belle Magazine publishes Anthony Basher

Belle Magazine publishes Anthony Basheer

As magnificent as his images are, it is worthy to note that Anthony’s passion for photography emerged only recently. Working as a database analyst for twenty years, he found himself confronting the unhappiness he felt with his day-to-day routine. In search for a career change to do something more fulfilling, Anthony signed up for a graduate diploma in horticulture and almost went onto study landscape architecture, when he came across PSC. He had reached a crossroad in his life at this point. Spurred by the curiosity of photography, he took the leap and enrolled himself in something he had no prior experience with.

 

It was very exciting for me to join the college. I wanted to immerse myself with new knowledge. I started learning about basic art concepts and principles of design, before going on to experiment with light and colour… and the placement of objects. We were taught concepts that brought out our vision, purpose and style. It was remarkable to grow my understanding of this field along with a group of really supportive students.

 

Within the first few weeks of his first semester, Anthony learnt that photography was a rare mix of technical and artistic elements, something that truly complemented his personality. It was the perfect fit. Hailing from a family of business-minded people, this new direction was a surprise to him and to those who were close to him.

Anthony Basheer Shoots for Establishment Sudios, 2014

Anthony Basheer Shoots for Establishment Sudios, 2014

 

Anthony’s perspective transformed everyday while he was gaining an education in photography. Contrary to focusing on the ‘end result’, he realised that the process and journey of life was far more important to keep in mind, in order to be happy. His new outlook was a slight adjustment for the people in Anthony’s life, but they began to support his way of thinking when he proved that he could make a successful career out of simply doing what he loved.

 

I always wanted to do something different in life. I knew that changing my career to become a photographer was going to be a little difficult… Growing up in a family where no one was artistically inclined, I focused on conforming to the expectations of others and ended up working in a field that I had no passion for, just to please people. Now as a photographer, I’m glad to be on a journey that is meaningful and fulfilling.

Rippon Lea shoot. Anthony's assignment for National Trust of Victoria

Rippon Lea shoot. Anthony’s assignment for National Trust of Victoria

 

Being curious and inquisitive from childhood, Anthony continues to seek new stories with his photography. He is currently working with three different architects, recently completing an assignment for the National Trust of Victoria. Covering buildings of national importance and unearthing the heritage of Melbourne in his wonderful portfolio for the organisation, Anthony’s stunning work that captures the grandeur of Rippon Lea house and Gardens will be placed in brochures and promotional material for years to come. This is a grand honour for an emerging photographer whose work was also printed in The Age not too long ago.

 

Julie Wajs was a very influential teacher while I was at PSC. She helped me to define and create my portfolio in a way that caught the attention of people from the industry. She taught me the technique of crafting a story that could be woven into my photographs, giving my work substance. This allowed me to communicate my intent in a unique and clear manner to clients.

 

Working with the award winning architecture firm in Melbourne, MRTN Architects, Anthony was able to build his niche in architectural photography with his shoot for Trentham House. This allowed him to get noticed by the architecture and design circuit, winning him contacts who booked him for various projects such as: Mariner Lounge (for Melbourne City Council) and Beaumaris House (for Diana Scully) – just to name a few. Anthony is now on a path filled with countless assignments, enriching his career as a professional photographer. You can keep updated with his journey to see upcoming projects.

Anthony's Shoot for Trentham House (MRTN Architects) was published in The Age, 2015

Anthony’s Shoot for Trentham House (MRTN Architects) was published in The Age, 2015

I love to shoot interiors, gardens and architecture. The structure involved in the principles of design really intrigues me. In my photography, I aim to bring out the details of the spaces I shoot and layer it with my own style, with lighting techniques I learnt to finesse at PSC.

Anthony Basheer's earlier work.

An example of Anthony Basheer’s Early Photography Work

 

His advice for those who are breaking into the competitive industry of landscape and architectural photography is:

 

  • Find people whose work you love and approach them.
  • Immerse yourself in the area of photography that interests you. Be a part of these communities and get to know other people in the field.
  • Build and email your contact list in the last few months of your degree or diploma so you have assignments by the time you graduate.
  • Be persistent and regular with the people you contact; they often have opportunities for you after 3 to 6 months.
  • Know what you want to photograph before setting out your shoot.
  • Be prepared to put in a lot of work towards building your career as a professional photographer.
  • Be prepared to enjoy the life of adventure and freedom as a photographer.
Click to read more about Anthony Basher from Southbank Local News

Click to read more about Anthony Basheer

Antonia Hempel Inspires Artists at St. Kilda Town Hall

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Antonia Hempel graduated with a Bachelor of Photography at PSC in June 2015. Barely a year later, she has been given the opportunity to have her work showcased at the very prestigious exhibition space for national artists; The Gallery (St. Kilda Town Hall).
Antonia Hempel spent three years hiking and kayaking her way to remote bodies of water, in Australia and overseas, for her exhibition “Renewal”. The series was developed while Antonia was at PSC, allowing her to receive guidance from her tutors who helped finesse her vision with this particular piece of work . The stunning video and photographic images she captured of these little- visited locations are accompanied by the recorded sounds of running water and pristine tones of a crystal Tibetan singing bowl.
Antonia on location

Antonia Hempel

Antonia uses water as a symbol of the connectivity of all living things as well as a tool for exploring a meditative calming response.
“Water is the connector of life, the common denominator that weaves all living things together. As it is a powerful symbol of connectivity, water is a perfect tool for exploring a meditative, calming response. My inspiration comes directly from nature and my love for the land. I hope my work will encourage people to celebrate and bond with nature and feel peaceful, even if just for a short time.”
- Antonia Hempel

Antonia worked closely with sound healer Ami Hasson, who used a singing bowl and Native American medicine drum to produce the distinctive soundtrack. Her husband, Gaston Freddi, accompanied her on location to record the sound of water and contributed original compositions to the soundtrack.

‘Renewal’ can be viewed at The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall, from 6 January – 3 February, with an official opening at 6pm on Thursday, 14 January.

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Antonia Hempel on Location while shooting ‘Renewal’.

 

Antonia lives and works as a practicing photographer in Melbourne, she works in a variety of other mediums including video and painting. Her works are a response to capturing the beauty of the natural environment. Shooting entirely in remote and sometimes inaccessible locations that are largely untouched by human intervention. She shot Renewal over a period of three years filming and photographing bodies of water around Australia and Overseas. All of her photographs were printed by Peter Hatzipavlis at ThePrintShop @ PSC.

Aiming High with Steph Doran

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Meet Steph Doran, our Advanced Diploma graduate of 2012. Since completing her studies from PSC, she has worked extensively in the fashion industry as a strong and emerging photographer. Winning assignments with Blue Tree Studios in Melbourne and getting her work featured on the front cover of Freque Magazine, Steph has managed to carve a successful career in photography as she finds herself travelling between Melbourne and Sydney, with her eyes on the European market.

In her interview with PSC, she gives us the complete picture on getting a photography education and securing a wide variety of clients. Read about Steph’s journey and her tips on getting work exhibited!

What do you miss most about PSC?

The thing I miss most about PSC was the sense of family and the support network. The access to instant feedback and review is priceless. I’m lucky because I work in a studio where everyone is very open about their folios and willing to share advice or opinions. Being forced to show your folio to others fuels you and motivates you.

Tell us about how your subjects at PSC helped you as a photographer

The main subjects that helped me as a photographer were the conceptual-based ones. Having a solid understanding of metaphor and symbolism has remained a key element of my personal work. I used a lot of studio light and retouching in my work. Learning to read and deconstruct lighting set ups has been an integral part of my career, even as an assistant. Clients often have reference of how they want something to look, and the amount of times I have had to recreate a lighting style on my feet (and in 5 minutes) is countless.

How has photography allowed you to become a ‘better’ artist?

That’s a hard question. I suppose with photography, you have to think about exactly what you want to say. Because we are so used to seeing imagery, and everyone has a camera, you really need to create strong, impactful images to stand out from the rest. Using digital photography as a medium has forced me to be more creative, and to have more of a solid idea or backstory to each image.

Tell us about how you got your most recent client/assignment

I actually booked my latest campaign through Instagram! The job was to shoot some editorial style images for a fashion designer, which would be used to promote the brand and also to promote a fashion event being held later this year. The designer saw my work on Instagram, liked my style, and got in touch through that social platform. Doing social media related marketing can be a chore, but I’m continually surprised at the type of work it brings me.

Steph Doran for Solstice Magazine (UK)

Steph Doran for Solstice Magazine (UK), 2015

What series or piece of artwork are you developing right now?

At the moment I have a few restaurant and food related jobs on the go, numerous unreleased fashion editorials, as well as lots of portfolio shoots for models’ books. But I’m always working on developing new concepts and ideas. I’ve got this long term project going that is an extensive portrait series on cosplayers in Melbourne, which I’m hoping to turn into a book (eventually!) I think its really important to continue doing personal work. It stops you from falling into a cycle of repetition, and also refreshes your thoughts.

Where do you plan to travel? 

I think Melbourne is a good base for artists. My goal is to be shooting in London by the end of next year.

Can you tell us how to get your work exhibited in 4-8 ways?

1. There are lots of small group exhibitions that are always seeking submissions. Sometimes a small fee is involved, but other times it is free to participate.

2. Approach small cafes or bars, particularly ones that already have artists’ work showing, and see if they would be willing to display your work. You might even be able to sell it if a patron likes it!

3. Enter a print competition which exhibits the entrants’ work. Comps like the APPAs, or Kodak Salon get a lot of attention.

4. Hold a group exhibition to share the costs of exhibiting. Then promote like crazy.

5.  Enter the RAW Awards, which is held in every state. I exhibited at RAW Melbourne last year, and not only sold some of my work, but booked a few jobs from the event too.

6. Submit your work to magazines! Getting published isn’t exactly the same as showing your work in a gallery, but it is a great way to gain exposure and get your images out there.

Follow Steph’s photography by visiting her Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/StephDoranPhotography  and Instagram Account: @stephdoranphotog .

For more info about the Advanced Diploma, click here: https://www.psc.edu.au/full_time.html

The Power of the Image – Exhibition

Media House Gallery
Ground floor mezzanine, The Age Building
655 Collins Street, Melbourne

Exhibition Opening: 6-8pm, Wednesday 14th October 2015
Exhibition Dates: 14th October – 26th November, Monday- Friday (7am to 7pm)

The Power of the Image

Images by PSC students and graduates Clockwise from top left: Margaret Lim, Kimberley Munro, Emma McEvoy, Lloyd Pereira, Hiroki Nagahiro, Cyndi Briggs

 

‘The Power of the Image’ exhibition is opening this Wednesday 14 October.  This extensive exhibition of photographs showcases the work of PSC students and graduates celebrating their journey as they explore the power of the image.  Opening night will be introduced by international photojournalist and PSC Senior Fellow  Michael Coyne as he addresses the influences of photography on both society and the photographers themselves.

We hope to see you all there for this inspiring exhibition of emerging photographers held by the leading college for photography in Australia!

Q&A with Professional Fine Art Photographer and PSC Alumnus, Stan Gemlitski

From 'Deconstructing Spaces' by Stan Gemlitski

From ‘Deconstructing Spaces’ by Stan Gemlitski

After pursuing his studies at PSC, alumnus Stan Gemlitski majored in Fine Art Photography and won 3 Silver awards (including a Silver Distinction) at the Australian Professional Photography Awards and the International Loupe Awards in 2013, as well as 2014. Currently working at his own venture ‘Paparazzi.Melbourne‘ doing glamorous wedding photography, Stan continues to build his ‘Spaces’ series, in Melbourne.

Here is our short Q&A with the enterprising photographer, who tells it like it is – especially on the note of establishing your own photography business.

  1. What led you to your style of work (the inspiration behind your choices in style and subject matter)?

Most certainly I would say that my photographic interests lie in the field of wedding photography. The current style that intrigues me and I am enjoying working on is wedding photography with a candid approach, combining art and glamour with the magic of the moment.  The style was inspired by works of the famous Russian painter and photographer Sergey Ivanov.

  1. Why did you choose photography?

Six years ago, I became a Director of the Tibetan Children’s Fund and at that same time purchased my first Nikon camera, so I was able to cover all of the charity events.

Slowly it turned into a life passion. Although I still do a lot of documentary photography and enjoy it, at PSC I’ve been given an opportunity to explore and be guided into many other genres of photography. I had chosen Art as my major to develop my vision and find my style through my final year of study.

  1. What do you miss most about PSC?

Studying at PSC, reminded me of my previous university years, and had allowed me to feel young again. I was very fortunate to meet a lot of great people during my studies and formed genuine friendships.

  1. Was there something you learnt at PSC that had the biggest impact on you, as an artist?

The biggest impact on me as an artist came in my final year, when as a part of the course curriculum I visited Gold Street Studios and learnt about alternative photographic processes. I’m trying to incorporate this into my current work.

  1. What are you working on right now?

At the moment, I’m actively developing my new business Paparazzi.Melbourne https://www.facebook.com/paparazzi.melbourne and I’m also continue working on my Spaces series (www.stangemlitski.com)

  1. Can you advise us on how emerging artists can establish their own photography business?

It is very hard to compete with well-established businesses in the industry, so this is what I’m thinking you should do when starting a new business

  1. Find a niche product or service that nobody offers.
  2. Start small, do trials, don’t put a lot of money at the beginning.
  3. Be flexible, change or adjust direction if needed.
  4. Work hard and don’t give up.
  5. Give back to the community.
See more of Stan's work by clicking the image to his Photosales profile. Buy prints now.

See more of Stan’s work by clicking the image to his Photosales profile. Buy prints now.

To find out more about studying full time at PSC visit: https://www.psc.edu.au/full_time.html 

How to Be a World-Class Photographer Featuring PSC Alumnus, Hiroki Nagahiro

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Image by Hiroki Nagahiro

 

For a kid who thought he’d grow up to be a professional football player, international photographer Hiroki Nagahiro found beauty in the art of photography and immediately changed his course of life. Growing up in the mountainous and idyllic town of Shimane (Japan), Hiroki experienced quite a transformation when he moved to Melbourne in 2011, to learn visual arts. It was here, in the cultural capital of Asia Pacific, where Hiroki developed an understanding of the flourishing international arts scene.

The love for photography struck him to the core, when he reached the 2nd year of his studies at PSC. According to Hiroki, the realization came about thanks to the effect of being around other aspiring photographers in the college – a community with which he formed a deep attachment.

“PSC wasn’t just about learning different subjects and doing assignments…these are important, but they’re not as important as finding a sense of connection with teachers, students and staff members. Teachers had the biggest impact on me, in fact. They made classes interesting, by talking about their experiences and giving advice, which changed my entire outlook on life. While teaching me the basics, they gave me a chance to do what I wanted to, pushing me to excel every time. Apart from learning about photoshop, lighting, editing and re-touching techniques, I was taught how to connect with people from the industry and I was given tips for dealing and working with other artists. I learnt how to look at my own images in new ways, in order to create the best folio – it was amazing to work with the Print Shop and the Resources Hub at PSC as it helped me to gain that professional edge when producing work and scheduling shoots… I can write an entire book about each and every teacher at PSC!”

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From Hiroki’s folio, while he was at PSC. You can order this stunning print, amongst his other work by clicking the image.

 

Although Hiroki loves Melbourne; mostly because of how lively and easy everything is, he’s found himself traveling to regions farthest away from it! Since graduating from PSC, he has done assignments in Tokyo, Toronto, New York, Shanghai, London and Paris. His schedule at the moment, as a professional commercial photographer, is jam-packed with producing work for high profile clients that he connected with by purely networking. “What clients want to know is what image I can create for them, with my own style.” Hiroki believes in the power of self-branding, as photographers are all entrepreneurs in a big way.

Here are Hiroki’s 4 golden rules for networking in the photography industry:

1. Make your ambitions clear to people you meet.

Tell them about who the ‘future you’ is. In my case, I told everyone that I wanted to shoot fashion editorials for Vogue Paris, and design international campaigns for Armani and Zara before going on to create one of the best art agencies in the world. Eventually, someone will be interested in you and will give you an opportunity to work towards your goal.

2. Create a folio and keep updating it.

Do you ever buy anything without knowing what it looks like? It’s the same rule with your potential clients. You won’t get jobs just because you are super friendly and knowledgeable. People want to see what they’re paying for, so showcase your skills in the best way.

3. Find the people you really want to work with and contact them.

If you keep persevering, they may feel inclined to meet you. By the time that happens, you should already have a great folio, which will make the conversation smoother.

4. Have your pitch ready.

Give clients a good reason as to why they would choose you from the sea of photographers out there. Think about defining your style and most importantly, focus on explaining your technique. Don’t talk about prices and pay. It’s about your work first.

Being professional in your approach and preparation will put your techniques to the forefront, allowing people to see your styles and have faith in your folio. For more information about developing your skillset in photography like Hiroki did, read our Full Time Studies Page.

 

Hiromi's professional work for the exclusive Design Scene publications in Australia.

Hiromi’s professional work for the exclusive Design Scene publications in Australia.

Adventure, Hard Work and Determination

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Five years after graduating from PSC, international photographer Mathew Lynn gives us an update about the action-packed life of working in the field of photography.

Mathew Lynn is currently a freelancer who is picking up assignments with The Weekly Review, Star Weekly and Getty, in addition to being a contributor for The Yen Magazine, The Age, Makeshift, The Sydney Morning Herald and Foreign Policy. He is working around the clock, in the pursuit of returning to his life of globetrotting.

Graduating with his Advanced Diploma from PSC in 2010, Mathew immediately went on to accomplish paid photography assignments in Timor Leste, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Hong Kong. Using his skills at PSC, Mathew networked with staff and peers who referred him to jobs, adding breadth to his riveting portfolio.

Mathew Lynn, 2014. 'Young people dance while being sprayed with water. Town Hall, Yangon.'

Mathew Lynn, 2014. ‘Young people dance while being sprayed with water. Town Hall, Yangon.’

One of his earliest professional folio pieces involved photographing drag queens at commercial studios – and from that moment onwards Mathew was spear-heading opportunities left, right and centre.

“The contacts I made while studying, proved to be really useful – some put my name forward to volunteer shooting stills on a feature film ‘Balibo’. Even though the film tanked, I made more contacts who assisted me in getting contacts in Timor. Within a year of graduating from PSC, I found myself sitting in the President of Timor’s back yard drinking gin and tonics!”

Having an eclectic collection of work and taking up opportunities that led him overseas (particularly around Asia) has helped Mathew carve a niche for himself, dealing with clients all over the world. His last assignment on ‘Ageing in Singapore’ was presented to him by an independent and dynamic social enterprise, ‘Gone Adventurin’, which has been making waves with its community driven approach to storytelling and business marketing. Mathew’s project will soon be featured on their channel.

Mathew Lynn: 01 October 2014, Admiralty, Hong Kong.  'Occupy Hong Kong With Peace And Love' / 'Umbrella Revolution' protestors wave mobile phone LED's while singing in unity beside government buildings in Hong Kong. Protests began after the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) came to a decision regarding proposed reforms to the Hong Kong electoral system.'

Mathew Lynn: 01 October 2014, Admiralty, Hong Kong. ‘Occupy Hong Kong With Peace And Love’ / ‘Umbrella Revolution’ protestors wave mobile phone LED’s while singing in unity beside government buildings in Hong Kong. Protests began after the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) came to a decision regarding proposed reforms to the Hong Kong electoral system.’

Looking back at how he has grown as a professional commercial photographer and photojournalist, Mathew feels that getting a strong foundation in photography education was key in securing the work he gets today.

“I think PSC is great at teaching technique. The course is also commercially driven, which is useful – particularly in the way of editing, and toning images. “

As Mathew embarks upon another journey, capturing important stories across Asia Pacific, he advises photography students to diversify their work through different genres of photography and video.

Follow Mathew’s rich journey by reading his insightful blog: http://matlynn.blogspot.com.au  and keep updated with his new work on his website: http://www.matlynn.com

Read more about the full time studies you can enrol in at PSC.

 

5 Tips for Photographers: Launching Your Career

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Amy Paton has had a steady career after her years at PSC, where she completed her Advanced Diploma. Learning about imaging, post-production techniques, working with clients and collaborating with a mentor, during the program has helped her to get a well rounded view of the photography industry. She currently works at The Warrnambool Standard as a photojournalist. Here are her tips for launching a career as a photographer:

1.  Network With Those Who Add Value To You

It’s as much who you know as what you know. Mentors are so important; the mentor I found in my third year ended up becoming a great friend and an equal . We now exchange tips and details about work. He refers me to jobs he can’t do and gives me great feedback about my photographs.

2.  Make The Most Out Of Your Time While Studying

The people you meet at Uni can help you out in the long run. Get to know people while you have the time. Make the most of guest speakers, industry placements and everyone you meet thanks to your teachers. Ask to assist or second shoot professional photographers who visit you, and observe them while they work. It also helps to take them out for a coffee, for a chat about the industry. People are always willing to help students, especially the keen ones!

3.  Always Say Yes

Never say no to any work. Even if it’s not in your special area of interest, as you end up getting another contact, another reference and an addition to your portfolio of work. Think about the future, when all these avenues will get you more assignments.

4.  Working For Free Is Not A Bad Thing

Do volunteer work (but tread with caution). I have reached where I am today, because I worked for free. Working for a professional football club and having the support of their media team,as well as showing how keen and committed I was opened so many doors for me – they couldn’t pay me (as much as I, and they, wanted to), but they promoted me as much as possible at the highest levels they could. This expanded my portfolio tenfold and allowed me to always be selected for paid jobs, thanks to the helpful staff. Many professionals warn against doing volunteer work, so you have to make a sound judgment call; go for projects where you’ll get something worthwhile out of it.

5.  Focus On What You Love And Stay Dedicated

Be passionate about your craft and your vision. It may sound redundant, but in a place like PSC (and really just the photography world) you won’t get anywhere unless you’re really keen and enthusiastic. The people you meet will support you so much more if you’re really excited about what you do. Work hard and don’t forget to put in the effort to have a great social media presence (Facebook and Instagram are key!), as well as a website.

You can have a look at Amy’s wonderful website and portfolio, by clicking on the image:

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With these simple and very important tips, strengthen the foundation of the career you choose to build for yourself. Stay connected to the community of photographers and to your work, things will work out! If you’re interested in beginning your future with photography, you can also be a part of the PSC legacy like Amy. To find out more about the Advance Diploma in Photography that Amy completed, visit this page: https://www.psc.edu.au/ft_the_course.html