Congratulations to our new first year students for 2017!

Congratulations to everyone who received a main round offer from PSC today! You will be receiving information packs in the mail shortly and we look forward to seeing you for enrolment next week and for our first year orientation day on the 16th of February.

If you’d still like to apply for 2017, it’s not too late! We’re still accepting direct applications, so give us a call on (03) 9682 3191 or visit our website to arrange a tour or to make an application.

 

Enrolments open for Lightroom Essential Skills Online Course

Enrolments for the February intake for our Lightroom Essential Skills Online Course are now open! Here’s a little introduction from PSC teacher and Adobe Ambassador Mark Galer. Stay tuned for more information about the course coming on Monday!

To enrol, click here: http://www.psconline.edu.au/catalogue/online-courses-1/lightroom-essential-skills-course

Lightroom Essential Skills Course – Open for enrolment!

Our Lightroom Essential Skills Course is now open for enrolment!

Online Course

Lightroom is a powerful tool for organizing, editing, and sharing your photographic work and it has now become the primary editing software for most photographers.This Lightoom course will not only provide you with the essential skills you need to become fully proficient with the software, but also help you to fine tune the craft of capturing images with your camera.

The 8 week online course is suitable for beginners and intermediate Lightroom users who aspire to make the most from their photography. Working online enables you to fit your learning around your lifestyle and busy schedule! You can work at your own pace and interact with your teacher and other students as part of a shared online learning environment and experience. 

Why are these skills so important?

Photography is a holistic process that combines the skills of image capture with those of post production image editing.  Increasing your post production skills with Lightroom will enable you to express your own unique vision of the world we live in while keeping your photographic archives organized. 

Course Credentials

Delivered in one of the best online classroom interfaces, this course provides a combination of image-editing examples and step-by-step projects from internationally recognized professional photographer, educator, author and Adobe expert and influencer, Mark Galer.  Mark is a contributing editor for Australian Photography magazine and the Sony Alpha Ambassador for Australia. Mark is also the Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Ambassador for Australia and all round Photoshop Guru.  From being awarded an M.Ed to creating the very first online photography course back in 1999, Mark has extensive experience in online education and photography training, having most recently published his 30th book with Focal Press.

Accredited and supported by Photography Studies College (Melbourne), Australia’s leading contemporary tertiary photography college. For over 40 years PSC has delivered specialised, real world and innovative photography education. PSC has built a reputation for consistently producing high quality, creative and award winning students and is the first choice for many when looking for a specialised, stimulating and industry relevant learning experience.  PSC has been awarded as Australia’s best for ‘Excellence in Photography Education’ by the Australian Professional Photography Awards for the last 5 consecutive years!

Another great benefit of undertaking this online course is the opportunity to receive your Essential Lightroom Skills Certificate from PSC at the successful completion of the course. 

Lightroom Essential Skills

Using the comprehensive support materials (supplied video tutorials, production guidelines and PDF book chapters) you will learn photographic catalogue management, image optimisation, colour grading, how to prepare images for print and how to make a photobook in Lightroom. Upon the completion of each task you will upload your files to the online classroom for assessment and feedback from your tutor.You may chat to your fellow classmates and your tutor via the online discussion groups and if you desire you may showcase your images on the course Flickr group.

In this course you will learn how to:

  • Import your images into Lightroom, catalogue and rate your images and create synchronised collections to enable editing via your mobile devices.
  • Transform a simple snapshot into a professional quality folio photograph using some simple camera settings and a professional post production non destructive workflow.
  • Learn advanced methods for RAW processing in the Develop module of Lightroom.
  • Create artistic black and white and split toned images to explore the creation of your own creative ‘Signature Style’.
  • Optimize images for fine art printing using a professional lab.
  • Create a quality photobook using the Book module of Lightroom.
  • Share your images via the Social Media directly from Lightroom. 

Assessment

The assessment for this course is objective (technical proficiency) rather than subjective (artistic merit) although we encourage creativity and critical debate in the online class forums in relation to conceptual thinking and aesthetics. An objective assessment structure makes the assessment both fair and transparent.  Certificates are issued upon successful completion of the course.

Course Requirements

You will require access to an interchangeable lens camera or a compact camera that is capable of capturing images in the RAW format. Access to Lightroom through the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) is essential. 

Cost: $480

Brochure: Essential Lightroom Skills

Next course commences:  3 February 2017

Enrol now to take your photography to the next level with Adobe Lightroom!

Happy New Year from PSC!

Happy New Year from everyone at PSC! It’s shaping up to be another big year here at PSC with our Bachelor and Advanced Diploma courses commencing soon. We’re still taking applications for both full and part time studies, so it’s not too late! We offer a range of options, courses and commencement dates, so head to our website or call us on (03) 9682 3191 to arrange a tour or for more information.

Where Are They Now?

Entering into a creative career can be exciting, challenging, full of passion and rewards … but it also takes determination and adaptability. We recently had the pleasure to meet up with three PSC alumni – Taylor-Ferne Morris, Sarah Lynch and Emma McEvoy – at our Image Makers Seminar and hear where their careers post graduating have taken them.

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Left to Right: Emma McEvoy, Taylor-Ferne Morris, Sarah Lynch

Taylor, Sarah and Emma provided us with plenty of inspiration and insight into their diverse experiences since graduating from PSC. All three first undertook the Advanced Diploma of Photography before going on to complete the Bachelor of Photography pathway program. They each chose a different area of specialisation – Taylor pursued her passion for dance through commercial photography, Sarah followed her connection to photojournalism and Emma continued to follow her path in art photography.

Taylor Ferne Morris

From the outset, Taylor explained that she has had a strong affinity with dance photography, having transitioned to photography after an injury halted her own dance career. After graduating from the Advanced Diploma, Taylor decided to head to New York where she began the exciting relationship and collaboration with Dance Media, one of the world’s leading dance publishers. Since then Taylor has worked with many of the world’s most sought-after dancers, including Paloma Herrera, Alina Cojocaru and Tamara Rojo, with her work being published in both ‘Pointe’ and ‘Dance Magazine’ for global distribution. Taylor continues to regularly travel between Melbourne and New York for Dance Media.

The quality of Taylor’s stunning work is reflected in her growing reputation, seeing many Australian dancers, groups and publications seeking her services including Dance Australia and Dance Informa. Late in 2015 Taylor’s work was published on the cover of the Dance Australia’s December 15 – January 16 issue.

Image: Taylor-Ferne Morris

Image: Taylor-Ferne Morris

In 2015 Taylor’s work was selected to be featured in the Your Move exhibition, at the Art House Gallery in New York where she was also awarded the top prize in studio photography.

“Don’t be afraid to create your own work and put it out there. An online presence and word of mouth is how I get most of my clients. ” – Taylor

Image: Taylor-Ferne Morris

Image: Taylor-Ferne Morris

Sarah Lynch

For Sarah Lynch photography is part of who she is – something she feels compelled to do.
“I’m constantly inspired by the power of story telling through photography and how that can change lives. I love to create images of the land and the people who inhabit it. I believe in giving people the opportunity to educate and inspire themselves through photography.”
Having graduated from PSC’s Advanced Diploma photojournalism specialisation, Sarah immediately embarked on a career in documenting animal exploitation.
“My final folio at PSC was the catalyst for where I am now. I was able to step out of student life at PSC into a career in documentary photography.” – Sarah

Image: Sarah Lynch

Image: Sarah Lynch

This saw Sarah achieve marked results in exposing cases of animal cruelty, raising awareness in a broader audience and providing the stimulus needed to see changes being implemented around animal welfare and live exports.
“People said don’t work with animals or children, but I like the madness.” – Sarah

In 2014 Sarah founded Focus on Humanity a not for profit photography organisation that brings the gift of photography to communities around the world who do no not have access to photography. providing them with portraits and photographic prints. In December 2014 the organisation undertook it’s first campaign to India where it distributed over 200 prints to individuals and families who had never had a photograph or print of themselves.

Image: Sarah Lynch, Focus on Humanity

Image: Sarah Lynch, Focus on Humanity

Sarah is this week joining a medical ship bound for Papua New Guinea, providing aid to areas without access to medical resources.

“Photojournalism needs a sense of photographic maturity and sensitivity and the patience to get the right shot for the situation. Determination and curiosity will make up for anything you feel you may be lacking.” – Sarah

Emma McEvoy

Moving from styling to art photography, Emma McEvoy provided us with the stimulus needed to get out there and try. With a passion for fine art and much success received from her recent exhibition, Sand Castles, Emma encourages budding photographers to simply approach people and ask.

“Every day I contact people I’d like to work with. The worst thing that can happen is that they say no, but you’d be surprised how many you get that say yes!” – Emma
This was the approach that gained Emma with access to the derelict building she needed to fill with sand for her interpretation of the Namibian Deserts as part of her exhibition.

Image: Emma McEvoy

Image: Emma McEvoy

“I came out of studying at PSC in such an awesome headspace. It was the best thing I could have done.” – Emma

 

Success for our Japanese Alumni

It is always so enjoyable to hear from our alumni, and this week we have had the excitement of double updates from two of our graduates!  Rakuto Makino and Hiroki Nagahiro, both originally born in Japan, graduated from PSC’s Advanced Diploma of Photography in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Specialising in PSC’s art photography stream saw Rakuto exhibited in the Fresh 13 and Secret Street exhibitions in 2013 with his work “Yata-Garasu”.  This Japanese legend inspired series reflected on Rakuto’s experiences, the process of creating and the journey of self-discovery.

“I believe that life is a journey to find out who we really are. It can be a swirl of chaotic confusion and continuous inner battle of ever changing identity. Sometimes this can be confusing because we are encouraged to be unique, yet oppressed to follow the certain accepted social standards. Sometimes we become what we are in order to fit into society.” – Rakuto

Racket Makino, from the series "Yata-Garasu"

Rakuto Makino, from the series “Yata-Garasu”

In 2014, after graduating from PSC, Rakuto decided to move to Germany to challenge himself and see what he is capable of. The evidence shows, that is quite an impressive amount! Rakuto now travels between Germany and Spain working as a photographer and assistant, enjoying life and creating his art.  View his latest projects on his website mr-sharaku.com

Rakuto Makino from mr-sharaku.com

Rakuto Makino from mr-sharaku.com

Shortly after Rakuto’s graduation, the following year in fact, Hiroki Nagahiro commenced his final stage of PSC’s Advanced Diploma specialising in commercial photography.  Hiroki had always demonstrated a strong connection to fashion photography during his studies at PSC and could often be found shooting in the studios for local industry clients. This foundation in studio lighting, and learning how to organise a photoshoot, has seen his career flourish as Hiroki now has representation from London-based photography, style and production agency August Management.  Whilst Hiroki currently shares his time between London and Tokyo, he currently finds that he is more frequently in the UK shooting for various fashion clients and publications including Superior magazine, Design Scene magazine, HUF magazine, Leon magazine and more.

“I like working in London for the new people and creatives I get to meet.  However, in terms of fashion, Tokyo is unique and always has something new.” – Hiroki

Hiroki Nagahiro

Hiroki Nagahiro

Long term, Hiroki is planning to start his own international creative agency based in Japan.  Based on his stunning success so far, we cannot wait to see where his unique vision will take him!

And Hiroki’s tips for students looking to enter a career in fashion photography –

“Trial and error will be the fundamentals of your learning. The studio lighting, retouching skills I learnt at PSC form the basis for my current photography. Be polite and have confident in your work.  You will find something important for your career at PSC, just keep looking for it.” – Hiroki

See more of Hiroki’s work on his website hirokinagahiro.com and via August Management

Hiroki Nagahiro

Hiroki Nagahiro

Australia’s No 1 Photography College right in the arts hub of Melbourne

 

On Wednesday 31 August 2016 at the national Nikon Australian Professional Photography Awards held in Melbourne, Photography Studies College (Melbourne) took out for the 6th consecutive year the prestigious national award for excellence in photographic education the 2016 Australian Institute of Professional Photography Australian (AIPP) Australian Tertiary Photography Institution of the Year.

Front row centre: Managing Director Julie Moss together with Australian Photography Student of the Year Tayla Nuss-Soeharto, Director Communications & Students Jenny Heron, Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith and fellow PSC staff and students.

Front row centre: Managing Director Julie Moss together with Australian Photography Student of the Year Tayla Nuss-Soeharto, Director Communications & Students Jenny Heron, Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith and fellow PSC staff and students.

These major industry awards are held annually, acknowledging excellence and outstanding achievement in photography and bring together professionals, institutions and students Australia wide to compete on the national stage. PSC students’ excellence was clearly on display with their absolutely outstanding work achieving gold distinction, silver distinctions and silver awards!

To add to the award excitement in a further brilliant achievement PSC’s final yearBachelor of Photography Student Tayla Nuss-Soeharto took out the prestigious 2016 AIPP Australian Photography Student of the Year. Tayla was delighted with her award and thanked her talented teachers for encouraging and supporting her to always do her best, allowing her to find her creative voice and produce her award winning series ‘pop, crack, bang’.

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Tayla Nuss-Soeharto receiving her award as 2016 AIPP Australian Student of the Year

Tayla Nuss-Soeharto receiving her award as 2016 AIPP Australian Student of the Year

In  a further outstanding success on the night Julie Moss PSC’s Managing Director was acknowledged for her over 30 years of high achievements, contribution and exemplary service in photography and photography education receiving the prestigious AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award. This is an exceptionally important and prestigious honour for an exceptional educator.

“The college is an amazing institution made up of wonderful staff and amazing students. This is a wonderful industry and the AIPP is a wonderful institute so full of passionate, creative people. Its awards system sets standards for professionals and students to aspire to. It’s been a privilege to be a part of it for so long – being able to contribute to the education of photographers through the college has enabled me to give expression three things I’m passionate about: photography, education and community.” – Julie Moss

PSC's managing director Julie Moss, awarded the AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award

PSC’s managing director Julie Moss, awarded the AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award

These awards follow closely PSC’s stunning results as the highest scoring institution for Creative Arts in Australia in the recent Student Experience Survey (SES).  This survey was undertaken as part of the national Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)www.qilt.edu.au for the Australian Government.

PSC officially Partners with ATOM for Aus – NZ wide Photo Comp

Teaming up with Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) for the first time, we are the official partners for this year’s ATOM Photo Comp; a celebration of photographic talents across all primary and secondary schools in Australia and New Zealand. We are thrilled to be a part of this, as it gives us an opportunity to establish connections with the wider (and growing) community of photographers who aspire to be iconic image makers of our time. The PSC family gladly extends our years of experience and multitude of industry links to those who place importance on photography, and wish to be a part of this exciting, ever-evolving art and profession.

Course director Daniel Boetker-Smith (founder of the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive), art photography coordinator, Sarina Lirosi and teacher Anat Cossen (who are all practicing international photographers) will be judging the ATOM Photo Comp this year. They are undoubtedly expecting their task to be a challenging one, as they expect to see a vast array of wonderfully talented work.

Meet your judges for the ATOM Photo Comp: Daniel Boetker-Smith, Sarina Lirosi and Anat Cossen.

Meet your judges for the ATOM Photo Comp: Daniel Boetker-Smith, Sarina Lirosi and Anat Cossen.

The theme for this year’s competition is quite thought-provoking, which will ignite an eclectic mix of interpretations. Photographs submitted must reflect ‘A Sense of Place’, touching upon the way photography showcases unique perspectives of the world we live in.

We wish all photographers the best of luck with the competition, which you can learn more about from the ATOM Photo Comp website. For those who are interested in furthering their understanding of photography, feel free to look at our full time degree and part time courses. Full time applications are now officially open and we are currently accepting students in our last part time course intake of the year!

PSC Students and Staff Announced as Finalists for 2016 Bowness Prize

The Monash Gallery of Art, one of Australia’s leading public galleries, has announced the 2016 finalists of the highly sought after photography award, The Bowness Photography Prize. Established to encourage excellence in the art and education of photography, The Bowness Prize judges the work of amateur, emerging and professional photographers across Australia.

This year marks the largest number of PSC students to be selected as finalists for this prestigious national prize.

Amongst our undergraduates we have a spectacular first year student Darren Tan, who has been shortlisted. Hailing from Singapore, Darren is one of our remarkable international students who has shown progress and created award-worthy work. Along with him another Bachelor of Photography student Joanne Cripps (currently in her 3rd year at PSC) was chosen. A photograph from her series ‘When you took me away… because you knew best’ was submitted to the prize, enabling her to get recognition for her photojournalism work – a genre she is currently majoring in.

Image by Darren Tan

Image by Darren Tan

Image by Joanne Cripps

Image by Joanne Cripps

We also have two impressive students from the Advanced Diploma cohort who have been selected. Tammy Boyce and Margaret Lim are both studying in the art major and have produced unique, thought provoking work which has caught the attention of the MGA foundation and the Bowness Prize selection panel.

Image by Tim Allen

Image by Tim Allen

Image by Elaine Batton

Image by Elaine Batton

The PSC community is additionally proud of the graduates who have also been chosen as finalists. Tim Allen (who studied in the Advanced Diploma, commercial major) and Elaine Batton (winner of the 2005 Fuji industry award for excellence in a commercial folio) clearly exhibit their dedication to the art as photographers who have applied their contemporary skills to their photographic endeavours.

Image by Michael Warnock

Image by Michael Warnock

Image by Mia McDonald

Image by Mia McDonald

Our commitment to learning as well as practice in the field of photography us best exemplified when members of our teaching staff continuously develop their own photography projects and contribute to awards in the art industry. We are thrilled about the news of Michael Warnock and Mia McDonald being selected for the Bowness Prize, and wish them the best of luck with the final judging round, from which winners will be announced on 7 September.

We are also happy about the announcement of Melbourne photographers Matt Portch, Christopher Koller and Peter Hyatt being selected as finalists. They have played an important role as key clients for our Master Printer Peter Hatzipavlis at the PrintShop @ PSC, who has printed their stunning work recently.

This year the judging panel comprises of Fred Schepisi (filmmaker), John Gollings (photographer) and Kallie Blauhorn (director of MGA). We are excited about the outcomes of their final decision and look forward to the Bowness Photography Prize exhibition that will run from 1 September to 16 October. We hope to see you all there and welcome to learn more about our award winning institution here.

Lucia Rossi Gets Ready To Teach Part Time Students about Design

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Lucia Rossi, an accomplished visual artist in Australia, is introducing the concepts of composition and design to our latest group of part time students today! The subject covers the most important aspects of visual communication, enabling students to create powerful images that will have a bigger impact on their audiences, as they learn about composing their ideas within the frame. They will be taught about guiding viewers to understand their subject matter in a clearer and stronger manner. Lucia particularly loves teaching the part time group as she feels that their enthusiasm to hone their photography talents often yields great results.

“What I love seeing in the duration of this course is a steep learning curve. Students end up having so much more control over what they’re communicating with their subjects. It’s great to see this level of transformation during this course.”

Lucia believes that the important thing about her class is to enjoy experimenting with subject matter. She highly encourages her students to have fun while learning about the practical and theoretical aspects of design. This class teaches students key elements in photography within the initial 20 week certificate course. To learn more about our part time course click here. We are excited about having a new group of students in our July 4 intake – so come by for a visit and enrol yourself here.