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Friday, April 28, 2006

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” Col. 3:17

At the beginning of the week we were all a bit uneasy, but we were challenged to do our best for the Lord and work to show His glory and majesty through our images. Our instructors patiently taught us the rules and principles needed to impact others with each and every picture that we took. They provided clear feedback and critiques, allowing us to sharpen our skills and learn to see with the eyes of a photographer. Because of their clear lessons, we were able to see dramatic changes in our images from the first day to the last.

The rules we learned helped us to not only take better pictures, but also to understand what makes a good picture. Before coming to IPS, I did not understand why some pictures could flow and catch my attention and others had no interest at all. If you think of your favorite book, and what captures your attention in that book, it’s a story line that draws you in and makes you feel like a part of what is happening. An image can do the same, and this past week at Prizewinning Photography, we learned how to capture the attention of a viewer with our pictures by applying practical guidelines such as the rule of thirds. We also learned to add interest to our pictures through the use of lighting and small and large depths of field.

The time that our instructors spent getting to know us, investing their time and abilities in us made it very unique and special to me. They treated each of us as friends, and spent time one on one with the students, helping us to learn to truly use our images to impact the world the for Christ.

—Prizewinning Photography Student Yvonne Beaty

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

By Susie Yoder

 

Runner Up

Picture of the Day Runner Up

By Sarah Crush

 

Contest Winner

People Contest Winner

By Christy Yi

 

Contest Winner

Color Contest Winner

by John Louis

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Ooooh… aaaah… wow! This week has been amazing! But since I’ve been chosen to write about only one day, that’s what I intend to do. Thursday started off by going to Starbucks… pretty cool. I didnít get anything, but the coffee drinkers liked it!

After that stop, we piled into vans and headed to the Dallas Arboretum. Walking in, it’s amazing! Trees, flowers, stone benches, cool lighting, and a nice warm day! We were split into two groups: the first went with Will, who was taking pictures of a couple, and the other group went with Katie, taking pictures of a bride. Later we switched workshops, and then went off in groups of three to take our assignment pictures. Our special photo shoot at the end of the week was going onto the roof of the school and taking night shots of the skyline and all the lights, testing our aperture, shutter speed, timer, and white balance. It was a lot of fun and very pretty!

Things I’ve learned in the four days I’ve been here: How to look for light and where the shadows are. What kind of lighting I want and need. What aperture and shutter speed are, how to use them, and what they do to the picture. That getting a viewer’s eye is extremely important. That filling the frame is even more important. Getting a picture that tells a story, not too much in it, and not too little either.

All in all, I’ve been having a great time! Instructors are fun, helpful, and sweet! I really like the way they tie God into everything we do here. It’s a great experience, one that you will never for get, so don’t miss out on it!

—Prizewinning Photography Student Rosetta Beachy

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

By Carolita Yoder

 

Contest Winner

Heritage Contest Winner

By Jonathan Briedwell

 

Contest Winner

Peaceful Contest Winner

By Caroline Boulden

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Wow. Happy. Wow. Nifty. Fun! Wow…

My experience at IPS has been awesome. I’m learning so much about photography! Today we went to the Cattle Drive and Thanksgiving Square to practice our newly acquired knowlege of aperture and shutter speed. After getting back and hearing from our instructors how our pictures could be better, we all want to go out and shoot again!

But, you know what, the things I’m learning here go beyond photography—it’s deeper than that. What I mean is that the message I am learning from our instructors is about God. Their humble example of letting God lead in every part of their lives is such a blessing to see. It touches my heart, making me continue to long for a closer relationship with our awesomely majestic Creator.

—Prizewinning Photography Student Carolita Yoder

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