Friday pick me up from photographer Ernest Goh

Scrolling through one of our favourite sites on friday afternoon we came across these stunning images from photographer Ernest Goh.
Goh has been a trending topic across social medias sites these last few days because of his hilarious photographs of supermodel chickens (yes, chickens!).It turns out that chickens are regarded a creatures of beauty in Malaysia where they have their very own beauty pageant.

After admiring those photos we were excited to see what other subjects he has photographed, and we weren’t disappointed!

Here’s a selection of our favourites….

All images © Ernest Goh

You can see more work by Ernest Goh on his website

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Sony World Photography Awards 2014

We like to keep you up to date with new and exciting upcoming exhibitions here at PCL, and the Sony World Photography Awards 2014 is definitely one of those!

Farid Sani, Iran, Shortlist, Open, Travel, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards 20014 Exhibition will be on display at Somerset House, London from 1st-18th May.

Drawn from one of the world’s biggest photography competitions, the exhibition showcases work from the very best international contemporary photographers.  As one of the biggest of its kind in the UK, the exhibition features across work travel, wildlife, landscape, portraiture, current affairs and more.
Somerset House is also open later in the evening four days a week, Tuesday through Friday, so there’s no excuse not to go and experience the exhibition!

Samantha Fortenberry, United States, Shortlist, Open, Low Light, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The exhibition doesn’t open until May, but you can book your tickets now to avoid missing out.
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Street Photography One on One

Last month one of our students Philip Shaw had a Street Photography one to one session with tutor and street photographer Luke Forsythe.
Meeting out on location in the centre of London on Oxford Street they spent the 3 jam-packed hours scouring the streets of Soho capturing all of the fascinating activity and life that London has to offer, working with fantastic angles, bizarre subjects and a whole range of exciting light sources.

Below are some of the shots Philip took on the day depicting the captivating colours, people and places in the heart of London…

© Philip Shaw

© Philip Shaw

© Philip Shaw

© Philip Shaw

Check out more of Philip’s work on his website –
See Luke Forsythe’s website here -

And if you’re interested in Street photography, be sure to join our Facebook group too!

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Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Winner 2013

The winner of the Taylor Wessing Portriat prize 2013 has been announced.

©Spencer Murphy

The £12,000 prize goes to Spencer Murphy for his photo of jockey Katie Walsh.
The image, picked from 5,410 entires,  was taken during an advertising shoot for Channel 4′s The Original Extreme Sport Campaign.
About the photo Murphy has said “I was keen to include Katie. I wanted to show both the femininity and the toughness of spirit she requires to compete against the best riders in one of the most demanding disciplines in horse racing.”

You can see the winning image along with the 60 other chosen entries at The National Portrait Gallery till 9 February 2104.

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Family Politics show at The Jerwood Space

This month you should pop down to The Jerwood Space and have a look around the Family Politics exhibition.

The exhibition is showing new commissions and existing work by six early career photographers relating to ‘Family Politics’.
Exhibiting artists include invited artists Claudia Sola and The Photocopy Club; and artists selected from an open call, Jonny Briggs, Robert Crosse, Nikolai Ishchuk and Joanna Piotrowska. The exhibition explores the different ways in which artists consider and use photographic practice resulting in an expanded view of the medium.

“As a subject, the family is both private and public: the site of intimate inter-personal relations and a social construct subject to public and political pressures. This relationship is mirrored in examples of family photography. The majority of family pictures serve essentially private functions, accruing meaning through their relationship to the memories, experiences and histories of individuals. However, the family is also the subject of public photographic representation and contestation largely through digital media and ‘over sharing’. This involves a wide variety of practices, including representations in the mass media, art and advertising.”JS

Grace from the PCL office has some photographs included in this exhibition. See if you can spot them!

The exhibition runs for the whole of November, ending 8 December
For all the details follow the link

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Free studio lighting workshop!

Would you like to learn how to shoot great images in a studio and pick up some great tips and tricks along the way?
Then why not sign up for this free 1 day course for a day that promises to be oodles of fun and a great way to gain studio and lighting experience.

Contrary to common beliefs you don’t need a studio full of lights to create a great image only a head full of ideas and some technical knowledge on how to realise them.
Brought to you by Olympus and delivered by PCL tutor Cleveland Aaron, this workshop aims to help you develop what you already know and introduce you to a few things you may not. Working in a controlled environment you’ll be examining different qualities and effects of light on our subject and ways of composing using negative space (also referred to as rule of space). We’ll be using the OMD E-M1′s in-built filters to customise the way we present our images and discussing the importance of communication with your subject.

Dates: Saturday 2 – 9 November 2013
Venue: 5-7 Grape Street, London, WC2H 8DW, United Kingdom
For all the info and to book a place follow the link -

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Come & say hi!

Pop over to our office in Shoreditch and have a chat about the courses we offer, have a nose around our classroom space & see what new things we’re getting up to!

We’re just a 3 min walk from Old Street tube so there’s no excuse not to come & say hi!

We look forward to seeing you…

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What is Stock Photography?

© Bethany de Forest, Craig Easton, Lottie Davies

You may have heard of the words stock and images libraries before, but what exactly are they and how will shooting stock photography make a difference to your photography? We asked our seminar tutor Zoe Whishaw these exact questions, and this is what she told us…

What is Stock Photography?
“Creative Stock photography is pre-shot, ready-to-go, model released, unbranded imagery that is available for immediate use. An ideal stock image can be interpreted in a variety of ways and so be of value to a range of end users who can buy a license to use the image to sell a produce or service, for which the photographer receives a royalty.”

…and how can shooting Stock benefit photographers?
“All photographers need to explore ways to boost and develop their business. If the principles behind generating powerful stock images are well understood, placing work with a stock agency can provide a photographer with a valuable additional revenue stream alongside their other photographic endeavours. It can also be a great opportunity to further develop a personal portfolio of work through the exploration of visual metaphors and ideas. ”

To book a place on our upcoming Stock Photography Masterclass with industry expert Zoe Whishaw, please visit our website here –

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Winning print!

© Rosie Berwick

Here is Rosie Berwick and the photograph she got printed by The Print Space, for winning our ‘Self Portrait’ photography competition.
Rosie won a 20″ x 24″ print from The Print Space, who specialise in professional photo printing –
Make sure to check out more of Rosie’s work on her website -

Don’t forget to join our competition page to enter our next competition too –

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Red Bull Illume 2013 Photography Competition

The winner of the Red Bull Illume 2013 Photography Competition has been announced!

Lorenz Holder

The winning image (above) is by photographer Lorenz Holder, and was chosen from a massive 6,400+ entries from 124 countries!
The theme for the competition was action and adventure sports.

Take a peek look at some of our favourite other entires below….

Ismael Ibañez Ruiz

Ryan Taylor

Morgan Maassen

Clarke Fyans

For all the entries and to watch highlights from the awards ceremony, visit –

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