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Friday, April 11, 2003

Wrapping up yet another successful week of IPS… “Mixed emotions” is the catchphrase of the day. Excited to go home and implement all we have learned together, yet hesitant to leave the wonderfully like-minded fellowship of young people who are committed to the Lord and to His leading in all areas of life…even photography!

Peter Pallock amazed us with his extensive understanding of Photoshop and all that entails. His class on digital imaging/retouching/manipulation was super fantastic to watch as he demonstrated Photoshop tricks from a computer at the back of the classroom and had it projected on the big screen in front of us.

The power of Photoshop was nearly eclipsed by the final exam looming before all of our minds. Once it was over with, we realized it wasn’t as bad as we’d feared… but close.

Our last photo op of the week took us just next door to Old City Park where we had rustic buildings, centuries-old scenery, and even a “gunfight” at high noon to shoot… er… photograph, rather.

The final IPS session found the instructors on a panel in front of the class–a pro tips session. We bombarded them with all of the most difficult questions we had been storing up since Sunday night, and even ones that just came to our minds at the moment! All were answered to our complete satisfaction. The panel was very informative. Afterwards, the instructors even agreed to pose for a picture (since they’re always behind the cameras) for all the students to take of them.

Overall, it was a great week and all of us would highly recommend IPS to anyone interested in photography as a business, a ministry, a serious hobby, or in simply learning how to take more pleasing images of every day family life.

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Thursday, April 10, 2003

Picture of the Day

By Elisa Reyes


Picture of the Day Runner Up

By Laura McGarty


People Contest Winner

by Lindsay Keen


Self Portrait Contest Winner

By Andrew Glick


Self Portrait Contest Winner

by Lydia Heagy


Abstract Contest Winner

By Rynelle Emhof

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Thursday, April 10, 2003

We started the day with Mr. Chandler reminding us that our resources belong to the Lord and should always be used for His glory. He is then free to bless the work of our hand however He chooses. He also encouraged us to always be listening and learning from those around us because no matter how good we become, or how much we know, we’ll never know it all.

Then we headed out for the activities of the day. First stop, STARBUCKS! The Arboretum didn’t open until 10 AM, so we had to go somewhere…

Armed with a roll of black & white film, plus the leftover color from last nights’ “night shoot” of the city, we entered the arboretum. When we walked in we were surrounded by so much natural beauty. I was reminded of Job 37:14, “Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” His uniqueness was visible everywhere in the variety of colors, flowers, and foliage. How awesome our God is!

We attended three workshops teaching different aspects of portraits. They included working with children, bridal, and couples portraits. I never realized how different each groups needs were to work with, or how fun.

Now we are free to use our film to try some of the fun things we learned about portraits and to try to capture some of the beauty of our surroundings on our own. We tried broad-lighting, profiles and 3/4 profiles, but the self-portrait seemed to be the most difficult thing to accomplish. There was a lot of laughter heard at both the attempts and viewing of these.

We toured The Color Place and saw many of their works in progress. We learned about digital recreation and printing of banners and vinyl signs for advertisers, and the changes that have occurred in film developing. Then we heard from a Canon representative who showed many different pieces of equipment that are available today and what you can do with each one.

The instructors have done a wonderful job of keeping things both informative and enjoyable–the best possible combination. I have been so encouraged by their servants’ hearts that so quickly and willingly drop whatever they are working on to answer our questions, be our models, or help us understand the “whys” of the “hows”. Thanks, guys.

This has been an incredible week of learning to see light in action as it bounces off our lives and reflects to the world what we really are, for “we are the light of the world”. I pray our reflections glorify Him in our work here this week, and in the future work we do in our lives.

–IPS Student Kelly Miller

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Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Picture of the Day

By Rachel Karram


Picture of the Day Runner Up

By Daniel Neu


Avocado Contest Winner

By Kelly Miller


Hands Contest Winner

By Stephanie Henry


Time Contest Winner

By Melissa Keen

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Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Today was a good day! We started the morning by hearing Cassidy exhort us to be usable, as Timothy was.

Our photo shoot took us to the Farmer’s Market. There we saw some of the most beautiful colors in God’s creation. One thing that I appreciate about photography is the ability to “freeze” a moment of God’s design.

This has proved to be an excellent course for beginning photographers, as well as those more advanced. The instructors are very professional, yet have the patience to deal with the individual needs of the students. It’s a great course.

—IPS Student Weston Brock

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