Starting a New Chapter at PSC

Stephen Ronayne

Stephen Ronayne has just started his part time studies at PSC with teacher Scott McNaughton to guide him. Here’s what he has to say after his first week of studying photography:

“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I joined PSC. I come from a technical-engineering background, so I know all about the technical aspects related to photography –  like the intricacies of how a camera works! After a week of being at PSC, I feel that I’m now getting a good balance between the technical and artistic elements. I’m glad that I joined a course that caters to all types of people with varied skills.

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

The ‘Awareness Walk’ assignment that was given to us by Scott in our first week got us to think with a photographer’s frame of mind. It made me think about the environment I was in. I now pay closer attention to everything that goes on in a particular place, rather than focusing on just one aspect.”

We’re glad Stephen has experienced a change in his perspective while being at PSC. He is still exploring avenues in photography that will lead him to his favourite subject and style. Looking at the pictures he’s taken, we can surely say that Stephen is on an exciting path to exploring his wonderful talents in photography!

Cath Grey’s Achievements with Royal Auto & Bauer Media

 Cath Grey, who has a background in IT (user-experience), just finished her Advanced Diploma after 4 years of studying part time. Her internship with the prestigious Bauer Media Group (Australia’s leading multi-platform magazine publisher) began on Monday, sparking off more possibilities in the field of professional photography.

'Russell' by Cath Grey for her final folio at PSC

‘Russell’ by Cath Grey for her final folio at PSC

Cath secured this internship through her photojournalism class, after showcasing her portfolio of photography (largely developed while she was at PSC) to the head videographer at Bauer Media who then selected her. Last year, she had worked with another prominent publication; Royal Auto (RACV) where she covered the regions of Ivanhoe and Heidelberg for their online digital magazine.

Having done photoshoots for real estate and architecture thanks to networking with people in the industry, she was also able to land a gig with Tennis Australia as an image editor – results of which have been published on the website of the Australian Open. Cath is looking forward to gaining a richer experience in professional videography and photography with Bauer Media, as she is keen to work across different genres. Her education at PSC has given her a good foundation in understanding how client briefs work, portrait photography as well as studio photography – allowing her to apply different spheres of knowledge to the assignments she’ll be getting.

Cath Grey's Product Shoot for 'Coco Rum'

Cath Grey’s Product Shoot for ‘Coco Rum’

A self motivator, Cath advises part time students to get out there in the world, to keep shooting and challenging themselves with new concepts. She had joined PSC to finesse her skills in photography, after travelling to different places and using her camera to capture her experiences. She now feels much more confident with her work and is happy to have an unexpected development in her professional life; that of freelance photography assignments which she works on part time.

Adrianne Harrowfield Reflects on Her Internship with The Age

After completing fours years of her Advanced Diploma in Photography, Adrianne now plans to focus on kickstarting her side business QED Photography, which carries the message of her father’s life motto: ‘Quietly Ever Determined’. During the months of December and January, Adrianne was one of the two students chosen for an internship with The Age. Along with Daniel Pockett, her name was put forward by Bill Bachman (photojournalism teacher) for the opportunity, where her work over the years was considered by the picture editor of the news publication.

By Adrianne Harrowfield

By Adrianne Harrowfield

The highlight of the internship for Adrianne was having her work printed and published. It gave her the chance to photograph subjects that she wouldn’t usually capture in her own photography, such restaurants and food. “The variety the internship gave me, was a fantastic experience,” she says while reflecting on how the past two months gave her an insight into the photojournalism industry in Melbourne.

By Adrianne Harrowfield

By Adrianne Harrowfield

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By Adrianne Harrowfield

Adrianne, who’s also a full time science and biology teacher, hopes to eventually teach photography. We were delighted to have Adrianne share her journey with us and wish her all the best for her future ventures. PSC will definitely keep you updated with Adrianne’s upcoming achievements.

By Adrianne Harrowfield

By Adrianne Harrowfield

Daniel Pockett Photographs Australian Open for Getty Images

Daniel Pockett, part time student of the Advanced Diploma course, was given an opportunity of a lifetime with the prestigious Getty Images. He was assigned to cover The Australian Open of 2016, getting full access to every corner of selected venues. Previously with Getty (earlier in 2015), Daniel was given the chance to cover various other events such as ICC Soccer in June, MotoGP (in October), Big Bash Cricket (in December).

By Daniel Pocket

By Daniel Pockett

Capturing world class athletes (such as Federer) on court, Daniel was selected because of his impressive portfolio that was further enriched by the industry exposure he received while pursuing his photojournalism course at PSC. As he completed his last semester of studies in December last year, Daniel had the chance to be selected for an internship with The Age.

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Daniel Pockett for The Age

The Age

This opportunity comes about every year under PSC’s career -building initiative with Australia’s no. 1 news publication. During Daniel’s internship, his work was published several times in the past 8 weeks, giving him recognition like never before. Daniel has photojournalism teacher Bill Bachman to thank, as he believes that the opportunities at the turn of the year came about as a result of Bill’s encouragement and guidance.

By Daniel Pocket for Getty Images

By Daniel Pockett for Getty Images

As Daniel takes on more assignments with big names in the photography industry, he reflects on his time at PSC as being an awe-inspiring journey of 4 years that has allowed him to achieve the things he never thought he could. Daniel looks forward to the PSC Graduation Ceremony in May 2016, feeling proud of the fact that was able to change his career from architectural drafting to professional photography, successfully.

Find out more about enrolling part time or full time at PSC here.

 

PSC Photojournalism Student Peter Williams Accompanies Michael Coyne to Vietnam

On the Road with Peter Williams

On the Road with Peter Williams

In the month of November (2015) PSC Senior Fellow Michael Coyne was set to go on a trip to Vietnam for his project on Villagers. As part of the photojournalism class that Michael mentors, he offered students a chance to accompany him to see what it’s like to be on location as a photojournalist, for one week.

While this was brewing, Fujifilm was in the process of selecting 100 photographers around the world to test their latest X – Series camera, known as the ‘X-Pro2‘ which was just launched on the 15th of January 2016. Michael was chosen as one of the 100 photographers, who would then have his work exhibited around the world as part of Fujifilm’s campaign.

By Michael Coyne

By Michael Coyne

Peter Williams, a photojournalism student in the Advanced Diploma course, was the first to contact Michael about the trip to Vietnam and was consequently selected. He readied himself for an experience of a lifetime, shortly after travelling to Bali where he documented people in the non-profit organisation, ‘Solemen‘.

By Peter Williams

By Peter Williams

Accompanying Michael Coyne was a remarkable experience for Peter, who received one-on-one mentoring  throughout the week. He felt that the trip went by quickly, as he was always on the go, heading to the north-western mountain ranges of Sapa, from the bustling city of Hanoi. During his trip, Peter sought the opportunity of capturing his experience by creating his own photography series, as well as a documentary about Michael Coyne’s journey in Sapa.

Here’s a teaser of the video which will be released soon.

Peter Williams was thrilled to have such an opportunity with Michael. At PSC we regard international exposure as an important facet for enriching the vision of our students. With events like the Obscura Festival and a photography trip to Iran coming up this year, we are excited to hear about the various experiences our students will have.

On the other hand, Michael’s images are being showcased in the Fujifilm X World Photo Gallery – a travelling exhibition which is currently in Tokyo. Fujifilm celebrates the 5th Anniversary of Fujifilm’s X-Series Camera this year and we’re proud that Michael Coyne has the honour of representing PSC at such an important worldwide event.

2016 Part Time Courses Begin!

Today we welcomed new part time students in the 20 week Creative Photography and 40 week Pro Photography Certificate course. These passionate individuals have taken the first step towards securing a fulfilling life in photography, with new career prospects opening up for them down the line.

We’ll be charting their progress as they familiarise themselves with concepts such as lighting, exposure camera craft, establishing a professional workflow, composition, framing, shooting with natural light on location, capturing people around Melbourne and finalising folio projects as they learn how to manage digital files for editing. This is going to be a big ride indeed!

Let’s hear from some students on their first day:

Maddy (Instagram: @travel_with_mc)

Maddy (Instagram: @travel_with_mc)

“I’ve always been passionate about photography but I never had the chance to be proactive about it. Working as a tax consultant for the past two years, I realised the need to get back into developing my photography skills. I joined PSC with the hopes of starting a new career as a professional photographer”.
– Maddy (40 week Pro Photography course)

 

Peter (Instagram: @peter_merrick)

Peter (Instagram: @peter_merrick)

“I first became interested in photography when I was a child. I’ve finally got the opportunity to invest in what I’ve always wanted to do. I came to PSC because it has the best reputation in the field. I currently work in the Healthy and Safety industry and I’m looking forward to being more creative at PSC and learning the theory behind photography. I’m excited about seeing things from a new perspective”.
– Peter (20 week Creative Photography Certificate Course)

Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar

“I’ve been doing photography as a hobby and now I’m ready to take it to the next level. I work as an I.T professional and wanted to join PSC because it’s the only place that’s 100% dedicated to photography – it’s not just a side option”.
– Arun Kumar

We’re excited about meeting other students in the course and seeing their progress. We can already tell that this group will bring much joy to the PSC family in 2016, with their potential to create fascinating work!

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

Wins for PSC at CCP Salon 2015!

The PSC campus is abuzz with the wonderful news of our two students Lucie McGough and Elli Bardas winning awards at the CCP Salon 2015.  Celebrating 23 years of Australian contemporary photography, the exhibition had 29 categories of awards with a large number of photographers from all over the country who were nominated.

CCP 2015

CCP 2015

The panel of judges comprised of Arlo Mountford, Katrina Sedgwick (Director of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Pippa Milne (CCP Curator) and Naomi Cass (CCP Director). They unanimously selected Lucie for the Best Fashion Work award and Elli for the ‘Sun Studios Excellence in Colour’ Award.

Lucie McGough's Image (Best Fashion Work Award Winner)

Image: Lucie McGough

Image: Elli Bardas

Image: Elli Bardas

We also want to congratulate our PSC PrintShop external customers who took out awards at the CCP Salon: Frances Valentine for ‘Adobe Most Conceptual Use of Digital Media’, Matt Portch for ‘JCP Studios and Fini Frames Best Landscape’ and Agata Mayes for ‘Kayell Best Commercial Work’.

Image: Frances Valentine

Image: Frances Valentine

Image: Agata Mayes

Image: Agata Mayes

Image: Matt Portch

Image: Matt Portch

PSC PrintShop’s Peter Hatzipavlis played a crucial role in the development of these award winning images, providing his high level of expertise as our prime print specialist.

We are happy about the high quality and standard we see in our students’ work and feel proud of their achievements, especially when their talents and levels of dedication are recognised by the wider industry. The CCP Salon was a wonderful opportunity for PSC students to network and receive great exposure. So many of them participated and exhibited their work, paving the way for a bright career in photography ahead.

CCP Salon 2015

CCP Salon 2015

As in previous CCP Salons, PSC was proud to sponsor the Best Fashion Work Prize, as leading providers in photography education. With our highly acclaimed staff of teachers, printing specialists and studio managers, our prominent role in the Australian photography industry allows us to open opportunities for those who are passionate about the craft. It’s great to see the skills that our students are learning in class, presented in their unique, award-worthy work.

We were honoured to be a part of the CCP Salon 2015 and look forward to getting involved again, next year!

Photojournalism Students Published in RoyalAuto Magazine

In a new partnership with the publishing division of the Royal Auto Club of Victoria, the work of five final-year photojournalism students has been featured in recent issues of RA (RoyalAuto) magazine.

Photographs by Daniel Pockett and Ashleigh Wong appeared in feature articles on the Yarra Valley and the Ivanhoe/Heidelberg neighborhood in the September and October 2015 issues. Complementary multimedia pieces by Cath Grey and Blake Storey were published in the corresponding digital editions. Shing Chia shot pictures and produced a short video for a personality profile in the digital edition of the August issue.

2015 PJ students Ashleigh Wong and Daniel Pockett with copies of RoyalAuto magazine in which their photographs were recently featured

2015 PJ students Ashleigh Wong and Daniel Pockett with copies of RoyalAuto magazine in which their photographs were recently featured

RA art director Lisa Luscombe was a frequent first-semester visitor to the PJ class, where she offered regular feedback to help sharpen everyone’s work to publication standards. Students were nominated on the basis of Sem A folio results; Lisa then gave them assignments, most of which were carried out in the mid-year break. All work was paid for on publication, at normal contributor rates.

The RACV member magazine has been produced for more than 90 years. It began in 1922 as a monthly supplement in The Australian Motorist. In 1953 it became a full-colour monthly magazine called Royalauto, and as RA is now distributed to more than 1.4 million members. It has the largest circulation and highest readership of any magazine in Victoria.

In September 2012 a digital tablet version was launched and is now produced concurrently with the print magazine. In August 2013, it was rated among the top one percent of magazine apps worldwide by app rating agency iMonitor.

PSC’s partnership with RA represents an important opportunity for PJ majors to, while still students, participate in paid work with a widely read and highly respected publication. RA has since offered more assignment work to several students and has committed to a similar partnership in 2016.

You can read the articles of Daniel Pocket and Ashleigh Wong by clicking the images below:

Daniel Pocket for RoyalAuto

Daniel Pocket’s Article pg 1

 

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Daniel Pocket’s Article pg 2

 

Ashleigh Wong's Article pg 1

Ashleigh Wong’s Article pg 1

Ashleigh Wong's Article pg 2

Ashleigh Wong’s Article pg 2

With our strong industry focus, PSC students get the real world photography experience they deserve. Our photojournalism students made great connections with those in the publishing sector as they enriched their portfolios. We look forward to more updates on their achievements as they gear up for an exciting career in the field.

Student Profile – Daniel Pockett

Photojournalism Major student Daniel Pockett was one of the 3 finalists for the 2015 AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year at the recent Australian Professional Photography awards (APPAs).  Taking home both Gold and Silver Distinction awards, and in the process one of the highest overall scores in Australia for a student, Daniel shares his experience with us below:

Initially I wanted to be a cinematographer (being a big film buff) and studied film & TV, but moving overseas meant I never got to finish that course.   Then around 2007 I was given my first decent camera and this prompted my move into stills.  

Out of all the genres I shoot, sport and music are the two I absolutely love working in. Being up so close to it all, and capturing the action as it unfolds as creatively as possible are the reasons I love it. It’s often an adrenaline rush, and chasing that ever-elusive perfect frame is what keeps drawing me back for more.
Australian Gymnastic Championships by Daniel Pockett

Since enrolling at PSC in mid-2011, my photography has gone from strength to strength. The theory and design classes early on, combined with digital and studio along the way, have really fleshed out my work and made me a photographer who can now confidently get the picture on any brief.  I also think the on-going support and regularly being around like-minded people really helps your work develop.

I’ve always had a visual eye with a background in Architectural Drafting – I guess it’s mainly shadows and shapes that I am drawn to.  In my second year of study at PSC (part-time) I started building my freelance business, and now in my final year at PSC I’ve given myself an enormous workload while I transition from my day-job into photography as my primary career. I have managed to pickup several clients including Getty Images, and even though in 2016 I won’t be working on PSC assignments any longer, I can see next year being even busier for me. My plan is to be able to drop the drafting job completely within the next 1-2 years.
St Kilda Sharks by Daniel Pockett
I didn’t get to watch the judging live at this year’s national APPAs – I was away on a shoot that weekend – but I did get to watch most of the replay. When the judges find reason to discuss your work it is always a great listen, they all know their stuff and I often take their feedback and apply it to my future work and will this year too.
When I realised I became runner up in the Australian Student of the Year category, I was completely blown away. Being in consideration for the award had honestly never crossed my mind, I just wanted to enter 3 different type of sports photos and see how I went against the best in the industry. In hindsight, I wish I had selected a different image for my 3rd entry but that’s history now and I am stoked with how I went! And to receive one of only 3 Gold awards handed out in the Sport category is something I’m also very proud of.
Having the experience from this year, I think in 2016 I will enter more of a ‘series’ than individual prints.  That will be in the Emerging Photographer category too – you never know how you will go so you have to give it a shot!
AAMI Park by Daniel Pockett
You can view more of Daniel’s work on his website:  www.pockettphoto.com