Graduate Michael Embelton

We are very happy to hear from one of our graduates; Michael Embelton who completed the Advanced Diploma part time and is now working in architectural and product photography.

We sat down with Michael to have a chat with him about his experience here, and what he is doing now.

 

 

What got you started in photography?

I spent 4 years traveling and found taking photographs a great way to meet the locals and learn about the culture. I am quite shy so it gave me an excuse to engage others.

 

Why did you decide to study at PSC?

I had been working all my life for architectural design firms in one capacity or another but was no longer fulfilled. I then started photographing the projects I worked on, and really enjoyed it, so one day I walked out of the office and never went back.

The best decision I ever made.

 

How did PSC help get you where you are today?

There are a lot of photographers out there that went to PSC and understand if you graduate you will have a good understanding of the basics of photography and have something to offer as an assistant

The best thing about PSC is working with like-minded enthusiastic people.

 

How do you balance your commercial and personal work?

A majority of my work is architectural, and product photography, so I try to do at least one personal job a month. They range from fashion, to folio shoots, but the ones I really like are the unusual ones, like suspending models from scaffolding, or shibari (you’ll have to look that up).

 

What are you working on at the moment?

My next shoot is a Vogue style lingerie editorial and an outdoor version of my suspension shoot. I am also building a studio at home. I have finished the  MUA studio, change room, and cyclorama, and am now working on a number of different walls to use a backdrops.

My idea is to be able to offer a choice of backdrops all at the one place. i.e. cyclorama, old and new timber, brick, venetian blinds, etc. as well as outside locations.

 

Who and/or what inspires you?

Absolutely everything.

I am always writing down ideas. After a while you tend to see the world TTL. My greatest inspiration comes from the passion of others. Whether it be, models, MUA’s, or actors, everyone inspires each other. Photography can be lonely sometimes, so when you get an opportunity to collaborate, take it.

 

What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?

Doing what I love and surrounding myself with creative people. Everyone has a story, it is your job to find it and bring it to the surface.

 

What advice would you give to current PSC students or people thinking of enrolling at PSC?

  • Shoot as often as possible.
  • Always push the boundaries.
  • Don’t just take 200 shots and hope that one turns out, pretend your using film and make each shot count.
  • You learn from your failures, so do not be afraid to fail.
  • Never say ‘I will fix that in photoshop!’
  • Shoot self portraits.
  • Less is always better.
  • Marketing is everything.

 

 

See more of Michael’s work

 

 

 

 

2016 Advanced Diploma Graduate Tim Allen featured on Creative Review

One of our 2016 Advanced Diploma graduates; Tim Allen, has had his work featured on Creative Review!!

 

The series ‘Construct’ explores the effect of industrialisation on the earth. From a height of 1500ft and 3000ft, the images show construction and road-work sites as well as other industrial environments in and around Melbourne. While the images make the sites look quite impressive, they’re also highlighting the destructive effects of human activity. 

Tim is now based in the Netherlands, see more of his work here

 

Aint Bad

One of our fantastic photographer’s; Hoda Afshar has been featured on Aint Bad with her ongoing work “In The Exodus, I Love You More”

 

“In the Exodus, I love you more is an ongoing photographic series that I began in 2014. It is a record of my changing vision of, and relationship to, my homeland, Iran:
a relationship that has been shaped by my having been away, by that distance that increases the nearness of all the things to which memory clings, and which renders the familiar… strange, and veiled.
It is an attempt to embrace that distance and to turn it into a kind of seeing. To let what is both there and not there shine through the surface. To let the surface speak. It is an attempt to explore the interplay of presence and absence in the history of Iran and in Iranians’ lives, and to discover the truth that lies there in their never-ending meeting, in-between.”

 

The collective behind Aint Bad is dedicated to publishing contemporary photography and text to support a progressive community of artists from around the world.

Well done Hoda!

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Welcome to one of our newest tutors; Kristian Haggblom

We’re incredibly happy to have Kristian Haggblom joining us at PSC as one of our fantastic tutors!
Kristian is an artist, curator and academic whose interests include expanded documentary and dialogues between photography and text.

In 2010 he was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Australia Council for Arts in Finland Studio. Haggblom completed his PhD at Monash University in 2014 and he is the founder of Wallflower Photomedia Gallery.

Welcome to PSC Kristian, we’re all looking forward to getting some amazing advice and chatting about our work.
See more of Kristian’s work here

Apply now to study at PSC in 2017!

PSC is still accepting applications for study in 2017! We offer a range of courses from the full time Bachelor Degree, to the part time Advanced Diploma, to a range of Pro Certificate and Online Courses.

While the main round VTAC offers have already gone out for the Bachelor Degree, we are still accepting direct applications for the February 2017 intake. We’re also accepting direct applications for the part time Advanced Diploma course, the Pro Certificate courses and our Online Courses, all of which have multiple intake dates throughout the year.

Please feel free to contact us on (03) 9682 3191 or via our website to arrange a tour or make an enquiry.

Apply now to study at PSC in 2017!

PSC is still accepting applications for study in 2017! We offer a range of courses from the full time Bachelor Degree, to the part time Advanced Diploma, to a range of Pro Certificate and Online Courses.

While the main round VTAC offers have already gone out for the Bachelor Degree, we are still accepting direct applications for the February 2017 intake. We’re also accepting direct applications for the part time Advanced Diploma course, the Pro Certificate courses and our Online Courses, all of which have multiple intake dates throughout the year.

Please feel free to contact us on (03) 9682 3191 or via our website to arrange a tour or make an enquiry.

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.