From the trenches

By |2016-10-22T09:42:29+10:00November 30th, 2011|Categories: Photography, photography teaching|Tags: , , |

From my perspective as a photography teacher, I see how aspirational professionals view photography, and I'm a part of how it's taught. It's a massively changing industry at the moment which makes it a moving target as far as teaching is concerned, but it keeps us on our toes. At the end of the educational year, I thought I'd share a few perspectives on some trends I've noticed. Quality: The tricky thing about quality is that it needs a frame of reference. If you're 18 and you've never experienced film or the quality of a medium format image, and you've grown up with dodgy Photoshop techniques and jpgs, then how do you evaluate your work in regards quality? I push quality from day one, but I'm beginning to realise quality means very different things to people because of different frames of reference. I need to find a way to standardise [...]

the mother of all learning curves

By |2016-11-29T20:23:06+10:00April 11th, 2009|Categories: personal|Tags: , , |

In the last six months or so, I have been on, baldly stated, one of the steepest learning curves I’ve ever encountered in my life (learning Danish was another that comes to mind). But this one is all about photography. Six months ago, I was at a crossroads. I had my Diploma of Photography under my belt and I was trying to start a business. Ignorance is bliss right… Anyway, I got on to a program called NEIS, where the government help you out starting up a business with a little regular cashflow assistance. It’s a great idea. But my business plan was falling apart. I was trying to do web design, and two types of photography. I was all over the place. It wasn’t working. I was ready to call it quits and become a shoe salesman. […]