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Friday, October 17, 2003

Every aspect of the day was incredible! We awoke this morning to mixed emotions. The final exam loomed over our heads… but it was also our last day together.

Daniel, one of our instructors, led devotions. He challenged us to commit to following the Lord whole-heartedly, with our eyes fixed on eternity, and to rely on His strength to “finish strong.”

With that awesome start to our day, we sat through our last two sessions, took our test (whew!), and then headed out to Old City Park for one of our last photo shoots.

The afternoon was packed with fun… as we shot our last pictures (mostly of each other!), and asked our last burning questions.

After dinner we had a quick session on twilight photography… and then a chance to practice it! We walked to the hill at the edge of the Training Center’s property to experiment with the Dallas skyline at sunset. Good memories!

The rest of the evening was filled with an awesome slideshow of images and quotes from the week. Rowan left us with a charge and encouraging word in the area of photography, closing the week with a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for a great course!

It was absolutely outstanding! I learned a ton, and can’t wait to get home and continue to put it all into practice.

“Every good and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” (James 1:17)

—Prizewinning Photography Student Dana Wilson

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Thursday, October 16, 2003

Picture of the Day

By Amy Miller


Posed Group Contest Winner

By Kayleen Personius


Self Portrait Contest Winner

by Dana Wilson


Hand in Water

By Hannah Chapman


Posed Portrait

By Suzanne Day

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Thursday, October 16, 2003

Truly, prizewinning photography! We have two contests a day to reward those who have applied the previous day’s instruction. (Today’s: Best Self Portrait and Best Posed Group of 3 or more.) It has really been fun to see the quality of the images we have created advance as we progress through this week of photographic studies.

Today was a unique day in our schedule: We started off the morning by going to Starbucks, then the Dallas Arboretum for a photo shoot and three workshops on bridal, couples, and children’s portraits. We had a ‘bride’ in her wedding gown, and a family from San Antonio for models today! Everyone appreciated their cheerful willingness to pose, and enduring smiles! (Try smiling nicely for two hours straight!!)

We left the arboretum in two 15 passenger vans, bound for The Color Place, one of the three largest color labs in the US, a very professional and high quality lab. It develops film for some very prestigious photographers… and this IPS course! It was a fascinating tour of a very modern photo lab, one that not only prints pictures, but also does full vehicle wraps and billboard-sized banners!

I think the one thing I appreciate most about this course is the instructors. The cumulative amount of understanding and experience that they bring to bear is formidable, but their whole goal is to gently educate us in a way that will help us become excellent photographers. They are always ready to sit down with us to help answer our questions, and give practical hands-on tips and demonstrations. The teaching styles are varied, teaching us new concepts in ways that the entire class can grasp.

I like that every day begins with a Wisdom Search led by one of the instructors that reminds us that there is more to life than making photographs, and that our true focus as photographers and Christians is to please and bring glory to God. It has been an enjoyable week of learning how to create… Prizewinning Photography.

—Prizewinning Photography Student Bryan Winchell

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Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Picture of the Day

By Elisa Reyes


Children Contest Winner

By Stephen Kleuber


Hands Contest Winner

By Kelly Becker



By Ashah Wood



By Dana Wilson

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Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Wow! What an exciting day! After breakfast and Wisdom Search, we loaded up into the vans, off to our photo shoot of the day: The Farmer’s Market.

The beautiful flowers, mouth-watering fruit, and fall pumpkins were all perfect for creating our images. Our assignments for the day were side-lighting, back-lighting, finding “C” curves, thirds, hands, children, complete tonal range, and high contrast. We had a chance to practice our new-found knowledge to create the perfect image.

After our photo shoot, we headed back to the DTC to lunch and our afternoon sessions. We learned from our fun-loving instructors about portraits and flash use.

The end of the day was spent in review of our pictures, learning how to improve them and discovering what we did right!

We finally headed to bed tired, but enthusiastic about the forthcoming day.

–Prizewinning Photography Student Hannah Wood

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