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Pushing the boundaries of Photography

undersea image created using Adobe PhotoshopI’m currently teaching digital photography and imaging to the NC Photography class, and they’re coping very well with the workload (actually the units are very outdated and no longer represent anything that would challenge a current tech-savvy student). However, since the units aren’t particularly demanding I have been encouraging the students to try to extend their Adobe Photoshop skills beyond simple image enhancement and basic manipulation.

Recently we shot some photographs of the members of the class and some buildings at the college and recreated the classic ‘Attack of the 50 foot woman’ B-movie poster. We also did some tutorials on creating images from scratch in Photoshop – starting with a blank canvas and simply using filters, blends and masks to achieve astonishing results.

In the past I’ve found many photography students to be very reluctant to try anything particularly creative with their photographs. Many simply want to enhance their images and not try anything different, so I’m trying my best with this year’s NQ class to get them to experiment and try lots of different techniques to hopefully extend their skills and maybe also provide them with a better chance of gaining employment.

Photography is a difficult business to break into. The market tends to be fairly well saturated with commercial, wedding and portrait photographers, and other photography jobs such as journalism, nature and sports are very difficult to get in to. Hopefully by extending the photographers digital imaging skills they’ll be able to offer a better range of services and be able to take their digital imaging skills into other professions or related industries.

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  1. January 11, 2011 at 1:48 am

    What a great idea Colin, I also teach photograhy. We are based in Adelaide South Australia. I think i might add this to my course too. Prehaps we can have a rivalry between the NC photography class and the Adelaide one!! Get the students to try and out do each other!!

  2. colinmaxwell
    January 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Sounds like a good idea Mel. I’m starting with a new group in 2 weeks time – perhaps we can figure out some way to share images online.

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