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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Have you ever had a day you wished would last forever? Wednesday was just such a day! We started the day off with a cool photo shoot. From the peaceful cemetery at The Cattle Drive, to the roaring waterfalls at Thanksgiving Square, I was able to put all my training into full swing. Contrary to the wishes of us students, the skies opened fire on us, and it rained! Though our subjects got a little wet, it didn’t dampen our spirits!

Upon arriving back at the Training Center, our lessons were soon underway. We covered topics such as portraiture, (the fine art of catching your subject’s personality on film), macro photography, (the challenge of snapping the tightest close-up shot possible), how to use filters, (the option of giving your lens “glasses” to look through that creat different effects, such as reducion of glare) and of course much review!

Though I am here to learn as much as I can about photography, this week has already taught me so much more! I can see God’s hands directing my lens to the right subject, and I feel His awesome love as He helps me to understand the challenging concepts. I thank God for allowing me the privilege of learning at IPS. I have been truly blessed!

—Prizewinning Photography Student Cari Skaggs

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

By Mandy Carstens

 

Contest Winner

Busy Contest Winner

By Courtney Craig

 

Contest Winner

Produce Contest Winner

By Kaylynn Clark

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Today started out bright and early with Wisdom Search at 7:30am. During Wisdom Search, we watched a short video as part of a series on leadership. Then Rowan reviewed what we had just heard. Next was breakfast, and then it was back to the classroom to prepare for our morning photo shoot. We also reviewed the prizewinning photos from the previous days photo shoot at that time. It was fun to see the pictures that the staff had chosen as the “best” in certain categories.

Today’s photo shoot was at the Farmer’s Market. Our assignments were on the different directions of lighting and black and white photography. I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the different flowers, gourds and statues. The two girls that I was shooting with and I never made it inside the buildings. We didn’t mind too much because there were so many interesting things to shoot outside that we didn’t have time to move inside. One of my favorite pictures I took this morning was of a yellow and purple pansy with water droplets from the morning watering still visible on the petals.

We were all quite hot and tired when we got back but our day wasn’t over yet. Actually, it was just beginning! After lunch we started delving into the world of shutter speed and aperture. It was a long afternoon but things really began to dawn on me and I think I finally understand how to make my pictures look the way I want them to! It’s so awesome to understand what makes a great photo and how I can achieve that myself.

That brings me to the next part of our day. After supper we split up into groups of 7-10 people and we have what is called “Review and Critique”. This is where one of the instructors goes over our assignment pictures with us, grades them, and tells us how we could have made the picture better. Tonight my group had Rowan as our “Reviewer”. He’s critical of our pictures yet he is also very willing to help us know what to do next time we’re faced with a similar situation. I loved my picture of the pansy but there were things I could have done to make it better. Now I know those things and can implement them in future pictures.

Overall it was a great day! Filled with gorgeous flowers, faster shutter speeds, wider apertures, helpful criticisms and lively discussions. I can’t wait until we can get out and practice what we learned today in tomorrow’s photo shoot!

—Prizewinning Photography Student Amy Jackman

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

By Josh Oshier

 

Contest Winner

Historic Contest Winner

By Vanessa Phillips

 

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Red Contest Winner

By Kristin Paul

 

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Urban Contest Winner

By Joy Hynes

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Monday, September 25, 2006

“If you photograph in color you see the color of people’s clothes. But if you photograph in black and white you see the color of the person’s soul.” This was very well stated by Rowan Gillson in a morning talk about black and white pictures. I found it so true throughout the awesome day God gave us in Dallas.

The week is just beginning for me and I am already excited seeing and learning all the different points of photography. “It’s capturing the moment,” they say. “It’s the angles, focus, lighting, emotion, depth and so many other things that makes the perfect picture.” It’s trying to make people feel what you felt as you captured the awesomeness of the moment.

Setting out this morning I just wanted to do the best I could. The day started with a devotion and soon after everyone was out on the town trying to capture the picture that was right for them. It was exhilarating! Great people, awesome ideas, instruction, happiness, fun, work and everything else you can imagine.

Focus is a huge thing in photography. But I have realized it is not only the focus of the lens of your camera. It is making sure your focus in life is wide angled and that you are seeing everything God wants to show you. It is so easy to bypass the little things in life when that may be what means the most to God. I can’t say that I took a life changing picture with my camera today… I am just beginning. But I can’t wait for the things God will show me through this class just if I can remember He is my true light and focus.

—Prizewinning Photography Student Sarah Eddy

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