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Friday, April 27, 2007

As the last day of PWP2 began I felt that I had learned so much during this week, I know that I will spend weeks after I get home applying and practicing and making all this stuff stick. To begin the day of instruction, we watched a video by Dr. Meyers on how to respond to criticism. He spoke of Nehemiah and the criticism he faced while rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. Peter Pallock then began to instruct us in color correction. In this class we learned to modify incorrect hues in either the entire image or in specific areas.

Once we had practiced our newly acquired skills, it was time for our lunch break. Afterwards, we were given instructions for our final project. After splitting into teams of two, we interviewed and photographed our assigned DMC staff member. Once that step was competed, each student was required to select their best image, retouch and color correct in Photoshop, and then design missionary prayer card as well as a prayer magnet from that image in the proper sizes and pixel densities appropriate for printing. Our masterpieces were then turned in to be graded.

Throughout this project, we used virtually all core concepts—from posing to batch renaming, composition to pixel-level modifications—that we had learned during the course. Once all students had completed this final project, we watched as Katie gave a demonstration on creative techniques for studio lighting. Following this presentation, Brent displayed his latest Photoshop creations. I was awed at how he had been blessed with the ability to take what God was teaching him in his own personal life and put it into an image to enthuse others to a closer walk with God.

I was inspired by all that I saw in our instructors. I saw individuals who were dedicated to the Lord, devoted in ministry to others, and always ready to lend a helping hand. After dinner, we returned for another great lesson from Dr. Meyers, this time it was how to handle conflict from within an organization. Our evening devotional was followed by ice cream and coffee and the curfew was extended to increased our time for fellowship.

—PWP2 Student Josh Richardson

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thursday was our big outdoor portrait shoot with a real live model. We went to the beautiful Fort Worth Botanical gardens on this gorgeous sunny day. Two families were willing to come in and act as our models for the morning, so we had lots of fun getting to know their wonderful children and shooting their portraits.

I’d been struggling this week with wondering whether I was really cut out for photography and had a good eye for it. It can be very hard taking portraits as there are so many details to factor in, and all in front of another person, so it can be easy to get overwhelmed. God reminded me that when I’m feeling inadequate and insufficient this is when I just need to rely on Him and be open and surrendered to Him. Taking pictures flowing in God’s peace and inspiration was so much more enjoyable and the portraits of Madeline that I was able to take had so much more life to them.

After a picnic lunch, we went back to the Dallas Ministry Center to select our best portraits and have them graded. In the evening, we learned about web output for images, then we practiced by retouching our favourite portraits and putting them into HTML format as a web gallery.

Priorities, priorities. That was the lesson God brought home to me during this session. I took too much time just trying to choose the photos for my web gallery, then ended up with less time than I needed to do all the touch-ups on them.

—PWP2 Student Beth Corbett

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Monday arrives and along with it our first PWP2 assignment. At the end of the digital management class our instructor Rowan stood and declared “You have twelve minutes to take one picture of something old. GO!” All 21 students scrambled out the door. For the next few minutes the only sounds heard were feet. Some ran for the stairs, others for the lobby and still others found the elevator. Throughout the hotel swarmed a mass of students focused on finding the perfect picture of old. Soon groans and exclamations were heard along with shutter clicks and snaps. “Old, what’s old?” was the question in every mouth. Once again we faced the challenge of trying to express an idea through a photograph. This same challenge seems to come back over and over.

Throughout the assignments we students are confronted with the need to first define our words before trying to communicate the concept in pictures. As basic as this might seem it can be difficult to decide on what “old” might mean. How do you differentiate it from myriad synonyms such as ancient, used, worn, and aged? The assignments this week and last week have helped us to think about what words actually mean and how to communicate them in clear and unmistakable ways. The question is what do I want to say and how can I best say it?

The photographer has a difficult task but no more than any of us faces as we look at the world around us and try to communicate well. If a picture is worth a thousand words then every word should count, no excess words and no blank spaces. As the evening draws to a close we will discover whose picture has come closest to the concept of “old.” If someone captures it completely we will all know without being told.

—PWP2 Student Rebekah Barnes

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PWP2 Final Project: Whitney Lindsey

PWP2 Final Project

By Whitney Lindsey

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PWP2 Final Project: Sebastian Jarrett

PWP2 Final Project

By Sebastian Jarrett

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