A Day with the PSC Photojournalism Class

Creative lighting on location was theme-of-the-month for Advanced Diploma Photojournalism majors in August.

Bianca Chisari and Ashleigh Wong photograph volunteer model Jacinta Revell at Southbank with assistance from tutor Nico Bernardi.


On Thursday August 20 Scott McNaughton served up some of the creative environmental portraits he produces day in and out for The Weekly Review and other Fairfax suburban publications. Age features specialist Simon Schluter followed with a slide show that included portraits lit with everything from seven speedlights to a data projector, car headlights and a burning rope soaked in kerosene.

Both photographers also conducted a show-and-tell with their location lighting kits. Simon Schluter’s most useful accessory? Gaffer tape, and plenty of it. Scott’s current addiction? Coloured gels. Best home-made snoot for a speedlight? Cut the bottom out of a neoprene stubby holder.

The entire PJ class then got a taste of press life during a full-day location flash workshop on Aug 22, in which they carried out a variety of editorial assignments in the Southbank area, working to mock briefs similar to those carried out by news and feature photographers on a daily basis.

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A number of L2FT and L4FT students, along with several other volunteers, came along to be photographed in the roles of various professionals. Working in pairs, PJ students were given two assignments to complete in three hours, with specific instructions as to location, subject/s and the kind of photographs needed. In all cases the use of off-camera flash was mandatory.

Peter Williams and Amanda Shackleton with “street artists” Aisha Deoliveira and Ellyn Chang (both L2FT) in Hosier Lane.


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After editing back at PSC, a slide show of the best work followed the 3:30pm filing deadline, with lively feedback focusing on the quality and creativity of the images and how well they addressed the brief.

[Written by Photojournalism Teacher, Bill Bachman]

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How Listening To Your Heart Can Bring Out Your Strengths & Lead You to Your Dreams


Born in Sudan and raised in Kenya before arriving in Australia, 1st year photography student Martha Abas sheds light on turning to photography and discovering her dream, while studying at PSC.

“Being able to take charge of how I want my pictures to look, feels really empowering. I firmly believe that, ‘a picture can say a thousand words’. I have always been passionate about photographing people rather than objects, as the atmosphere is more dynamic. I love interacting with my subjects and enlightening them about the ideas I wish to express to my potential viewers. “

Studying To Get Ahead

I think education always comes first and my family is very encouraging about this. They also firmly believe that women should be able to support themselves, plus have the skills and abilities that allow them to achieve great things in life.

Before PSC

I initially wanted to study psychology, however photography was where my heart was. Some found it difficult to understand my decision of becoming a professional photographer, as many people believe that there’s only a small chance that one can earn a living from photography. Despite what people think, my goal is to become a professional fashion photographer. I intend to improve my knowledge and craft of photography, and master my skills, as I develop my own style at PSC.


From Martha Abas’ Final Folio in 1st Year Bachelor of Photography


Highlights from PSC and Paving A Path to Success

Studying photography at PSC has made me realize the importance of staying positive. I get inspiration from everyone around me. I have learnt that maintaining a good attitude and working hard is a big part of being productive. Additionally, I have also learnt how to apply my knowledge and newfound skills in creating my portfolio; within time constraints. I believe that being active, rather passive and using my time in the most effective way, will make me successful. As a professional photographer in the making, I want my photographs to be my voice. I want to make revolutionary changes, which can take photography onto a whole new level. I like the fact that photography changes the way we see things. You actually experience quite an incredible transformation at PSC. You suddenly notice elements like light, shape, colour texture and details in people – everything around you starts to look different when you see the world as a photographer.

Heritage and Family

I’ve always known that embracing my heritage and culture was important, I grew up surrounded by it. It’s just part of my routine and who I am. It is also binding, without it my family wouldn’t be together. No one has had a greater impact on me, than my mother. She has always demonstrated amazing strength through the hardest times. She makes sure that I demand respect in my work, and I feel secure in knowing that she will always be there for me as long as she lives.

Planning a Journey in Professional Photography

I would like to graduate from Photography Studies College and get the job of my dreams; working in a modeling agency with makeup artists, hair stylers, designers, photographers and models from different places around the world. I’d also like to get married and become a mother.

Why I Love Living in Melbourne

At any given point in time you can pretty much guarantee that there will be a festival on in Melbourne, there are music, art and food festivals… a huge range of events. You never know what to expect to see from one day to the next, it’s such a wonderfully diverse city and there are so many restaurants and galleries. I definitely see myself living in this city forever, since Melbourne is full of many positive surprises.

Keep up with Martha’s journey in photography, as she strives to make her mark in the industry. Follow her Facebook Page ‘Naema Abas‘ at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naema-Abas/843451305703150?fref=ts for more information.

To learn about our Bachelor of Photography course visit our website: https://www.psc.edu.au/full_time.html

2015 Bowness Photography Prize Finalists Announced

Congratulations to PSC student David Bibby who has been announced as a finalist in this years Bowness Photography Prize!

The Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation and was established in 2006 to promote excellence in Australian photography. It has become one of the highest awards for photography in the country and receives hundreds of entries from renowned and up and coming photographers.

David’s image is from a folio series he produced as part of his Bachelor of Photography studies. Another image in this series received a gold award at the Victorian AIPP awards earlier this year. David was thrilled to hear the news,  ‘I’m amazed and very excited that this series has been received so well. This will be my first gallery appearance, and of course the next challenge is perfecting the print’.

Well done David!

Check out his stunning image and read his artist statement below.


Image & artist statement (below) by David Bibby

Fear of dark places gave our ancient ancestors an evolutionary advantage, by priming brains and bodies for a fight-or-flight response when faced with the threat of danger or the unknown. These primal fears also had a strong influence on our cultures. Our fear of darkness and of forests, as dark places that conceal the unknown, has placed them at the centre of many of our myths, legends and folktales. 

Despite, or perhaps because of our fear, we seem to have an attraction to the darkness and there is something intrinsically beautiful in many dark images. Maybe the darkness has become a refuge in the modern world for those things we can’t control, including mystery and imagination.

The PSC team at the 2015 Nikon AIPP Event in Perth

The Nikon AIPPEvent2015  is an annual national highlight in the photography industry’s calendar – sponsored by Nikon and supported by a range of other key industry players, such as Kayell, Canson, CR Kennedy and many more. A wide range of award winning photographers are featured in an exciting array of presentations and workshops.

Craig’s presentation showcased his Mens Shed Photography Project. This project highlights men’s health, and has seen Craig travelling Australia photographing men in their sheds.

In recognition of the importance of his work – Craig has been made an Ambassador for the beyond blue organisation, which raises awareness and support for sufferers of anxiety and depression. beyond blue  were the chosen cause for fundraising activities for this year’s Nikon Event. Along with a number of other acclaimed Australian photographers, Craig donated photographs from his his upcoming book for the print auction which raised over $58,000 for beyond blue . 

Congratulations Craig, Nikon and the AIPP for such a fantastic few days in Perth!


Pictured here are (left to right) Rob Anderson, Jim Davidson, Craig Wetjen, Julie Moss, Fabio Panarese and Liz Clarkson.




Internship Opportunity at The Northsider

Rod Ceballos, Photo Editor of The Northsider, visited the Photojournalism majors class last week to outline a new internship program specifically aimed at photography students.

The Northsider is a print and online community newspaper serving Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs and under the program, two final-year students will be selected for six-month internships involving one or two assignments a month. The students will work closely with Rod and other members of the publication’s editorial staff, and will also be given an opportunity to develop a photo essay on a topic of their choice which will be published during their time at the paper.

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Rod Ceballos outlining details of the program with PJ Major Coordinator Bill Bachman

This is just one of the many exciting opportunities our students have to use their skills in a real world context. Check out our YouTube page to find out more about an internship students undertook with The Age.

Emmanuel Santos visits PSC

Emmanuel Santos visited PSC yesterday and spoke with PIC students in the Advanced Diploma about developing a personal photographic language. He showed them how his own work had evolved from a traditional documentary approach to a more constructed one. He spoke passionately about this need to create work about a collective humanity and showed students the link between what he had done in the past and how that helped to shape what he does today.

Emmanuel reminded students to always attend to the present moment with everything we have, because we can never know to what amazing places it may take us, both visually and geographically. Thanks Emmanuel for your inspiring talk and an important reminder about the need for photographers to be passionate and confident in their unique way of seeing the world.


Photojournalism Update – Tales By Light

Last week Canon and the National Geographic Channel came to Melbourne to launch Tales by Light, a new television series featuring four Australian photographers along with American nature and vanishing-cultures specialist, Art Wolfe.

Students from PSC’s Photojournalism major joined about 150 other guests at Two Ton Max in North Melbourne to watch a preview of the series and meet four of the five featured photographers – Australians Darren Jew, Peter Eastway and Richard I’Anson, plus Art Wolfe, who flew in specially for the event from his home base on the west coast of the US.

The series follows the on-location adventures of each photographer as they pursue their specialties in locations from India to Tonga, Ethiopia and Antarctica.

The first of six episodes premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday May 24 at 8:30PM. A preview can be seen online.


The Photographers (from left to right):

Abraham Joffe is a Canon Master Cinematographer and produced, directed and shot Tales by Light in stunning 4K video.

Darren Jew is one of the world’s leading marine photographers. Clients include Tourism Australia, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and the CSIRO.

Art Wolfe has photographed for the world’s top magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian and GEO. Photographing creatures of the planet has been a major portion of Art’s life’s work spanning the past five decades. In the words of Sir David Attenborough: “Art Wolfe’s photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world.”

Peter Eastway is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography best known for his exquisite landscape work. He has embraced digital post-production to take a leading role in creating a new tradition of landscape photography. Peter’s work is published and exhibited internationally.

Richard I’Anson is an acclaimed travel photographer, founder of Lonely Planet Images and the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography. He has photographed in nearly 100 countries across all seven continents and his work is featured in literally hundreds of book titles worldwide.

Krystle Wright (not pictured) is a pioneering extreme sports photographer, driven by a passion to capture unique perspectives and increase the visibility of the most extreme sports, including free-diving, high-altitude paragliding and BASE jumping.

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PSC students Blake Storey, Ashleigh Wong, Bianca Chisari (front row) Peter Williams, Catherine Grey, Bill Bachman (PJ Coordinator), Daniel Pockett, Adrianne Harrowfield, Shing Chia, Amanda Shackleton, Adam Kemp, Jordan Bailey (standing)

Sunrise Shoot

Our first year Advanced Diploma students braved the cold and had an amazing time shooting the Melbourne skyline at sunrise today.  The vibe and the students enthusiasm was fantastic!







Take a look at our Facebook page for some more photos.


PSC Students and Wikipedia join forces


IMAGE: Destiny Deacon


As part of our Bachelor Course our 1st year students have been actively improving the representation of Australian photography on WIKIPEDIA.
Students have been researching and authoring WIKIPEDIA articles on some of Australia’s great photographers from the past and present, contributing to a richer representation of this country’s fascinating and complex photographic history.

Well done 1st years !!!

Check out Hannah Nikkelson’s great article on Destiny Deacon

Others in the project are articles on HH Tilbrook, Ruth Maddison, Alice Mills and one of PSC’s founders, John Cato.

PSC Photojournalism Students Cover ANZAC Day

A recent intensive series of lessons in multimedia news production culminated in an exciting challenge for PJ Major students on ANZAC Day. Up well before daylight and working in teams of two, twelve final year students covered commemorative services and activities in the CBD, Port Melbourne, Northcote, Upwey, Box Hill and Williamstown. Later in the morning the action shifted to DigiLab 2 at PSC, where video footage, stills and audio were edited and handed over to Fairfax Senior Video Editor Tom McKendrick, who published a combined five-minute package to The Age website  that afternoon. Tutors involved in the multimedia classes and workshop were PJ Major Coordinator Bill Bachman, freelance multimedia specialist Rodney Dekker, Tom McKendrick and PSC Senior Fellow Michael Coyne.

The finished product can be seen on the Age website.

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Photojournalism Coordinator Bill Bachman with Ashleigh Wong and Cath Grey at Box Hill RSL Club following the dawn service.