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?
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