Insight: Nicole Clare Emanuel

From Press Photographer to Animal/Equine Specialist

Nicole Emanuel will take you through a fascinating visual seminar on her career spanning 15 years as a full-time press photographer, and a further ten years as a specialist in horses and animals. She will show examples and captivating stories of her work from humble beginnings on rural newspapers to photographing for the largest metropolitan daily newspapers in the country.

She will provide some insight into her tips for some of her award-winning images, including memorable stories of moments captured in time, such as the famous “Dyecing with Danger” Shane Dye race fall at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, one-on-one portrait sittings with A-list celebrities such as Denzel Washington, and the spectacular Mountain Cattlemen series for Australian Geographic Magazine.

Nicole will take you on the journey that saw her follow her main passion in life to become the best Equine photographer in Australia. Renowned for her skill at capturing mood and light, she will explain her technique for using and observing natural light. She will tell the stories behind her best animal and wildlife photography, and many from her best selling photographic book High on Horses.

Nicole will go over a basic understanding of aperture and shutter speed, and what lens to use to achieve best results. She will also offer tips with timing, lighting, composition, and image selection. Nicole will finish with showing the benefits of editing, yet will encourage you to push yourself by using minimal editing such as Photoshop and Lightroom, and why you should avoid cropping, and over-enhancing an image: as the challenge of the photographer is to shoot it right the first time!

No booking required. As seating and space is limited please arrive early as it is first come, first serve. Please note: Doors will open 10 minutes before each lecture. 



Nicole Clare Emanuel grew up in the Snowy Mountains NSW where her passion for animals and her talent at both art and photography was evident at an early age. She studied at Charles Sturt University majoring in photography and pursued a career in the competitive print media industry. From humble beginnings working in darkrooms on rural newspapers to becoming News Limited’s foremost horse-racing photographer in the late 1990s, to a features photographer for Fairfax, she is internationally recognised with her work gracing the pages and covers of The New York Times, and The London Times, and national publications includingAustralian Geographic Magazine, The Australian and The Age.

In the mid 1990s Nicole travelled to remote parts of the world to photograph nature and wildlife. Her lifelong love affair with  horses culminated in the release of her classic photographic book High on Horses, now an Australian bestseller.

She has been specialising in horse and animal photography for over 10 years, working for select clients Australia wide. She also currently runs a gallery in Yarragon Victoria, selling framed art prints, cards and posters, and is working on her next photographic book. Her work is recognised for its combination of a strong composition and soft lighting to create a distinct mood or emotion.

Event Details

1:00pm, Saturday 13 October

michaels Lecture Theatre, Level 1, michaels camera video & digital


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