Tiffany Garvie completed the Introduction to Photography and People and Portrait short courses, staying connected with RMIT University as a passionate photographer. She is an active member of the RMIT Photography Short Courses Alumni Facebook group managed by much-loved photography teacher Deb Dorman.
Tiffany Garvie spoke to Short Courses about her experience studying at RMIT and how it helped to shape her into the photographer she is today.
What did you like the most about the courses?
'What I liked most was my amazing teacher! He was brilliant! The People and Portrait course was also great because it taught me about the technical aspects of portrait photography, such as lighting and composition, and provided important information around how to bring out someone’s story with an image.
Being encouraged to ask yourself questions about why you’re taking the portrait and if it’s the best way to tell that person’s story has become very useful to me in my practice today. Working in both the studio environment and out in the street was a very practical way of learning the more detailed functions on my camera. It was an opportunity to build my technical skills in many areas.'
How did you apply what you learned to your work?
'I am now a full time working photographer shooting events and character portraits. Being able to talk with people in the community and work with them to find the best way to tell their story within an image, or series of images, makes my job that much more enjoyable. And having the hands-on training experience means being able to make that reality happen for them.'
Would you recommend the course to other people?
'The short courses are a great introduction to discovering what you do and don’t love about photography. They’re a super friendly and low pressure way of learning within a group where you get to ask questions and try out ideas without feeling like you’re going to be left behind. There is no shame at all in asking all the questions you want if you don’t understand something the first time.
The other students were always so excited to be there, it was really motivating to be around all that positive energy.'
Tiffany’s portrait of Yorta and Bundjalung Elder and acclaimed boxer Johnny Jarrett was a finalist in the 2018 National Photographic Portrait Prize.
'I took this photo using the lessons from Bryce Dunkley in the People and Portrait course I did.
‘John Patten (Johnny Jarrett) 1958 Australian bantamweight boxing champion. It is with a heavy heart I tell you that Johnny Jarrett, a Yorta and Bundjalung man, peacefully passed from this world on 15 April 2020. It was a privilege to capture his portrait and have the opportunity to share his story to the Australian public. His son, John, has given me permission to share his image and story after his passing.'
To find more of her work visit her website Tiffany Garvie.
The short courses are a great introduction to discovering what you do and don’t love about photography. They’re a super friendly and low pressure way of learning within a group where you get to ask questions and try out ideas without feeling like you’re going to be left behind.
- Tiffany Garvie, People and Portrait Photography
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