Enrol in Photography Summer School today

kss_nz14_summer_school_web1_square_1024x1024This summer, creative teenagers have the perfect oppertunity to come to grips with the practical side of professional photography, as one of Auckland's leading photo studios opens its doors for an inaugural Photography Summer School intake. Auckland's Kingsize Studios is now accepting applicants for its new educational programme targeted to current high school students studying visual arts or with an interest in breaking into photography, as well as school leavers looking to enhance their portfolios.

The course is an intensive one-week programme running January 12-16, which will see students immersed in the art and craft of photography. As well as learning theory, participants will be putting technical learning into practise, shooting every day both within the professional studio set-up and on location.

The programme will serve as an ideal introduction to using professional camera and lighting equipment as well as natural light. At the end of the course, in addition to much experience with industry-standard gear, attendees will leave with a portfolio of imagery to serve them in advancing career prospects.

The hands-on experience costs $475 and has been designed not only for those looking to become pro photographers, but to equip those looking to get into any creative industry – designing, writing, advertising, media, sales – in which multi-disciplinary talent is an asset.

For more information on the Photography Summer School visit the Kingsize Studios website.

Open weekend for would-be commercial photographers

StudentIf you're considering pursuing a career in photography, this month brings the opportunity to check out a new programme in commercial photography in Auckland with one of the most respected educators in the country. This year the Universal College of Learning (UCOL) opened a new campus in Auckland, purpose built to train students for a career in portraiture, landscapes, and product photography; come September 26 perspective students are invited to attend an open weekend to check out the course's inner workings.

UCOL Institute of Commercial Photography in Auckland's two-year Diploma programme is taught by some of the region's top photographers and has extensive backing from key industry players, including Canon.

From Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28 the Newmarket campus will be open to visitors to meet the tutors, explore the facilities and discuss the course from 9am to 4pm. There will also be two introductory workshops held during the weekend – at 10.30am and 2.30pm on the Saturday.

UCOL were kind enough to host D-Photo and our judging panel for the judging of this year's Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition, and we can personally vouch for the high quality of these newly built facilities.

For more details on the course and the open weekend visit UCOL's website.

Image: Amy Fowler, UCOL student and winner of the Student award at the 2014 Iris Professional Photography Awards