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Joshua Holko explores the 'Wild Life' of a Photographer

Posted by Mandarine Montgomery on 07/05/2018 3:17:56 PM

Joshua Holko, successful award winning wild life photographer and Global Arctic Photographer of the year 2015, was recently awarded AIPP Victorian Documentary Photographer of the Year 2018 for his exquisite wildlife images shot in the most remote and harsh regions of our planet. Joshua started his photographic journey at Photography Studies College many years ago, completing the first semester of the Advanced Diploma (the 20 week Creative Photography Certificate) before embarking on a lifelong career doing what he loves. Joshua, took some time out of his hectic schedule to answer a few questions about his journey.

Image: Joshua Holko APP M.Photog I 2018 AIPP Victorian Documentary Professional Photographer of the Year

What have been your favourite moments on the job?

In the business of photography you are shooting 2% of your time and the rest is running a business. For me its the 2%, being out on the ice with the polar bears, with nature. The rest of it is just waiting. Steve McQueen once said racing is life and everything else is just waiting around, and its like that with photography for me. 

When I'm not out on the ice, I am just counting days until I will next be back doing what I love most.

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Topics: Photography business, Joshua Holko, Photography expeditions, Creative Photography Certificate, Part Time Photography Course, Travel Photography, Award winning Photographer, AIPP, Advanced Diploma of Photography, alumni

Steph Doran shares her perspective of life in Japan

Posted by Mandarine Montgomery on 26/04/2018 2:50:36 PM

Meet Steph Doran, our wonderful Japanese based, Australian Photography guide. Steph is a successful Commercial Photographer, fluent in the Japanese language and culture. She is a passionate advocate for empowering people with the skills and knowledge to create beautiful imagery with their cameras. Steph will be accompanying us on our Discover Japan Tour this September, here she gives us a perspective of life in Japan.

What are your favourite thing to do on the weekend or in the evenings in Japan?

I'm glad you started with an easy question- my absolute favourite thing is to go to izakaya with my friends. An izakaya is a kind of Japanese pub, but it's nothing like the pubs we have back in Australia, and the experience is completely different. Back home, I never really liked "going out" or drinking, but going to an izakaya has become one of my favourite ways to unwind. The reason is, you are really there for the atmosphere, and the focus isn't just on alcohol. At an izakaya, of course you can enjoy a drink, but it's also a prime place to sample a variety of small dishes, both traditional and sometimes very modern (and let's be honest, the real reason I go there is to eat!) My flatmate and I love exploring back-street izakaya, especially if we can stumble across tiny hole-in-the-wall type places. Izakaya are best visited in the evening, so if it's still daytime, I love finding some nature and just getting out of the city for a while.

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Topics: Discover Japan Tour, Japan, steph doran, photojounalism, Dr Michael Coyne, Travel Photography

Light to Get it Right

Posted by Michael Coyne on 18/04/2018 12:42:03 PM

The Chilean piper played patiently while we waited for the light to be in the right place. I had allowed an extra  day on this assignment to research the location and determine the best time to make the image.

I arrived a lot earlier than I needed too, a habit I acquired early in my career from watching other photographers  at work. As a young man I assisted a National Geographic Photographer on a project. He asked me to get to the location early in the morning and I thought I had but he was already at there when I arrived, planning and preparing. By the time the talent arrived and the sun was rising, the photographer had everything in place        and was ready to shoot the image.

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Topics: photojounalism, Travel Photography, Photography Tips, Dr Michael Coyne, documentary photography, Mentoring, Fuji Cameras

PSC's Steph Doran presents to Osaka Food and Tourism Seminar

Posted by Vicki Bell on 28/03/2018 1:30:00 PM

As part of the 40 years Sister City Relationship between Melbourne City Council and Osaka City Council an Australian delegation visited Osaka last week. One of the highlights organized by Osaka City Council was the Osaka Food and Tourism seminar which explored opportunities for Osaka based on Melbourne’s great success in this area.

Photography Studies College's Osaka-based Japan- Australia Educational Liaison Officer, Steph Doran was one of four guest presenters at the seminar. Her presentation, delivered in Japanese, featured photographs of Osaka and Melbourne, including her own and a number shot by PSC students. She highlighted the food and coffee culture of both cities, their similarities and differences. Her lively presentation was enthusiastically received by a predominantly Japanese audience drawing on her knowledge of the great food culture of both cities.

Other presenters included Professor Shinya Hashizume from Osaka Prefecture University, Councillor Philip Le Liu from Melbourne City Council and Mr David Lawson, Australia’s Consul General in Japan.

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Topics: Dr Michael Coyne, steph doran, Travel Photography, Graduate Exhibition, Melbourne City Council, Osaka City, photography graduates, Photojournalist, photojournalism, International Photography Tours, Street Photography, Osaka, Japan, Discover Japan Tour, In the Press

International Photography Tour to Japan September 2018

Posted by Jim on 28/02/2018 6:00:00 PM


It seems that everyone is running ‘photography tours’ to some exotic part of the world!

Given the capacity of relatively light, modern cameras to be transported across the world without exceeding an airline’s restrictive cabin baggage limits, students of photography can readily create a personal narratives of people and places they have visited and the culture of the communities they engage. 

So why travel to Japan with PSC? 

PSC International Photography Tours 

PSC first ran its first photography tour to China in 1986, Egypt and Israel in 1987 and followed this with tours to countries as diverse as Turkey and Vietnam. A subsequent planned tour to Mongolia was cancelled following the SARS epidemic in 2003!

Iran 

It was not until 2016 that PSC again decided to offer a photography tour to interested photographers, students and enthusiasts. We commenced with Iran a country about which there are many preconceptions and very little practical engagement. The small group was led by our Senior Fellow Michael Coyne, the distinguished Australian photojournalist who worked extensively in Iran, and our Bachelor of Photography Convenor for the Art Major Hoda Afshar, an Iranian photographer. 

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Topics: International Photography Tours, Travel Photography, Tokyo photography, steph doran, Rakuto Makino, PSC graduate, photography, Event

Ian Lloyd shares his tips with PSC’s photojournalism major students

Posted by Carmen Edwards on 17/09/2016 10:32:19 PM
On September 15 PSC’s Advanced Diploma photojournalism major students travelled to RMIT for a lecture presented by leading international corporate/editorial/travel photographer Ian Lloyd. Canada-born and now resident in Sydney, Ian's career has spanned the globe and included a long stint in Singapore, where he established a stock library and publishing company. Long regarded as a top Asia specialist, he has worked for a number of high-profile clients including National Geographic, Time, Exxon and Apple. He has published 35 books, including  STUDIO: Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity(2007) , a best-seller accompanied by an exhibition shown in 22 state and regional galleries and seen by more than 130,000 people. Travel remains Ian’s focus, and he spends about half of every year on the road shooting stock and undertaking occasional editorial assignments.
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Topics: Advanced Diploma, Apple, Bill Bachman, Business Tips, careers, diploma of photography, Event, Exxon, Highlight, Ian Lloyd, melbourne, Melbourne Polytechnic, national geographic, Part Time Photography Course, photographer, photography studies, Photography Tips, photojournalism, professional photography, Published Work, RMIT, Students, Time, Travel Photography

Ian Lloyd shares his tips with PSC’s photojournalism major students

Posted by Carmen Edwards on 17/09/2016 10:32:19 PM
On September 15 PSC’s Advanced Diploma photojournalism major students travelled to RMIT for a lecture presented by leading international corporate/editorial/travel photographer Ian Lloyd. Canada-born and now resident in Sydney, Ian's career has spanned the globe and included a long stint in Singapore, where he established a stock library and publishing company. Long regarded as a top Asia specialist, he has worked for a number of high-profile clients including National Geographic, Time, Exxon and Apple. He has published 35 books, including  STUDIO: Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity(2007) , a best-seller accompanied by an exhibition shown in 22 state and regional galleries and seen by more than 130,000 people. Travel remains Ian’s focus, and he spends about half of every year on the road shooting stock and undertaking occasional editorial assignments.
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Topics: Advanced Diploma, Apple, Bill Bachman, Business Tips, careers, diploma of photography, Event, Exxon, Highlight, Ian Lloyd, melbourne, Melbourne Polytechnic, national geographic, Part Time Photography Course, photographer, photography studies, Photography Tips, photojournalism, professional photography, Published Work, RMIT, Students, Time, Travel Photography

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