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Friday, October 8, 2004

A week has never gone by so quickly with so many memories made and images captured than this one. As I reflect over the vast number of topics we’ve studied and places we’ve been in just seven days time, I stand amazed and utterly blessed! From rainy days to sunny ones, in the middle of a bustling and thriving city to the most beautiful gardens and parks I’ve ever seen! The Lord has taught me so much about His creation in so many ways! My perspective has changed in how I look at things and it always reflects back to Him!

To wrap up our exciting week here at IPS, we visited The Color Place: the photo lab where all of this week’s beautiful and artistic pictures were printed. Mr. Oliver was our tour guide and was very gracious to show us all around the amazing facility in which he works! It was so neat to see just how one of these labs operates. From business cards to billboards, I truly thought this place was (in the words of Peter) “nifty”!

We also had the privilege of getting to hear Mr. House, a photojournalist with the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I was very impressed with the great size of his camera lens! He has been in the business for twenty years, and has many stories to tell in the images he’s captured over the years. His monopod also gave testimony of his devotion to his line of work in that it looked very crooked but very well loved. It is amazing to me what kind of an impact a well captured image can have on the viewer; full of emotion and moving.

Our instructors were the best! Ever so patient and willing, they answered every last one of our questions… over and over and over again. I am inspired by each one of them in a unique way and look forward to applying what they so wonderfully taught me here back home. I learned lessons about fear and pride and how the two can devastate a photographer. It’s very important to keep God in focus and do all for His glory and not our own, no matter the success.

What a blessing it has been to have been hand picked by my loving Heavenly Father to come to IPS this specific week! I treasure the memories made and captured! I leave with a greater appreciation and knowledge of how cameras work and all that goes with them, and leave also with a new perspective on God’s creation and the beauty therein in so many different settings and circumstances.

God bless IPS!

—Prizewinning Photography Student Amy M. Price

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Thursday, October 7, 2004

Picture of the day

Picture of the Day

By Stephanie Barr

 

Runner Up

Picture of the Day Runner Up

By Hunter Pitman

 

Runner Up

Picture of the Day Runner Up

By Laura Lantzer

 

Contest Winner

Intricate Contest Winner

By Amy Price

 

Contest Winner

People Contest Winner

By Betty May

 

Contest Winner

Silly Contest Winner

By Jacob Rotramel

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Thursday, October 7, 2004

Today was awesome! We went to Starbucks before going to the Dallas Arboretum for a few workshops. One of them—an engagement photo shoot—was led by Will Thornton. It was incredibly well-done. I was very impressed with his (and the others’) God-given talent. God has done such a work in all the instructors’ lives!

The rest of the day was incredible, too, but this is all that I have time for.

—Prizewinning Photography Student Andrew Smith

 

Wow! What an awesome day!

It all started out with a stop at Starbucks on our way to the arboretum. Mmmm, a great way to top off breakfast!

At the gardens we divided into three groups. Our group got the chance to watch as Katie showed us how to take bridal portraits. We had a real live model who graciously donned a white dress and posed for us.

Next, our group found our way to the other corner of the acres of gardens to where Cassidy was taking children’s portraits. They were so cute and very well-behaved. Excellent models!

Our set of workshops concluded with Will demonstrating for us his style for taking engagement pictures. Great way to see how it’s done and not just hear about it.

After a group picture, we spent the next few hours walking around and taking breathtaking pictures…and some not-so-breathtaking. Aperture, shutter speed, composition, metering—wow! a lot to remember! But when we get it right, it sure looks good!

Do you want to learn how to take better pictures? IPS is the place for you!

—Prizewinning Photography Student Jason Sommers

 

Today was an excellent opportunity to apply all the knowledge we have gathered during the week. Building on the teaching, critiquing, and experience of the rest of the week, we set out for the Dallas Arboretum.

We learned about portraiture through three short sessions: couples, bridal, and children. There was not only an engaged couple and three children, but there was also a “bride” to pose for us.

The remainder of the time was spent wandering the arboretum striving to correctly expose, meter, focus, and compose our daily ration of 96 frames.

The beautiful flora and surroundings were a fabulous place to finish up shooting pictures for the week. I actually shot 130 images! And while I may have permanent squint lines, I was able to apply the new things I learned to create some images that I will always treasure.

—Prizewinning Photography Student Hunter Pittman

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Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Picture of the day

Picture of the Day

By Amanda Brymer

 

Runner Up

Picture of the Day Runner Up

By Hunter Pitman

 

Runner Up

Picture of the Day Runner Up

By Melody Knecht

 

Contest Winner

Flowers Contest Winner

By Hunter Pitman

 

Contest Winner

Produce Contest Winner

By Danielle Fox

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Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Today was another extremely packed but fun day. We started off with Cassidy sharing what God has been taching her and it really struck me. Sometimes we feel as though God isn’t doing anything. Matthew 5:8 says the pure in heart will see God. So pure-in-heart = see God. Not-pure-in-heart = can’t see God.

We then set out for our photo shoot at the Dallas Farmer’s Market – very cool for pictures! Bright colors, cool textures, and neat people. We got a chance to shoot black & white and play around with that. By the time we loaded up to go back to the training center, we felt as though we might have a few keepers.

After a much-needed lunch we settled in for a session on portraiture. What kinds of face shots are there, what constitutes the different poses you should have, and so much more! Will had a lot of fun teaching us and it was fun to learn.

Next we had a new instructor. Peter told us about the expensive equipment involved with macro photography, and the really cool filters to create special effects… and then he told us some nifty tricks that work just as well for a minimal price – paper towel tubes, colored cellophane, even vaseline!

Katie showed us how to use our flashes and no sooner had we wrapped that up then Rowan came in with our pictures from that morning. It was hard but we forced ourselves to go through the food line first. When we finally opened our pictures, many of us were excited to see such a difference between Monday’s pictures and Wednesday’s. What was even more incredible was seeing the mistakes as the pictures flashed up on the PowerPoint before the instructors pointed them out! Everything is coming together and making sense, and all of us are thrilled with our new found knowledge. IPS is amazing and I wish everyone could come!

—Prizewinning Photography Student Megan Crenwelge

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