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Friday, March 13, 2009

Our last day of the workshop started off with a digital information session—Rowan talked about photo storage options, online resources, and other aspects of digital imaging. There was lots of wrap-up critique today, covering our portrait sessions from Thursday and our sunset & skyline photos. At this point in the workshop, I can anticipate the critique; when I’m composing a photo, I hear Rowan and Abigail saying, “Okay, now watch where you put the horizon…”

We’ve had a really great mix of people in this class, and it’s been hugely inspiring to see everyone’s work all week. Diversity rocks. After our closing-day slideshow (lots of great photos and memories!), some of us headed for Point Loma to catch the sunset. It’s exciting to see how many of us can now capture an image the way we want, instead of battling our cameras for the correct settings. As we were standing on the oceanside cliffs, a couple with an SLR asked one of the students, “Will you take our picture? We don’t even know how to use this camera…” She gave them a big smile and said, “Sure, I’ve got this!,” then she turned the camera off “automatic” mode, made a good picture, and flipped it back to auto for them. Poor folks; they need IPS in their lives…

—Prizewinning Photography Student Erica Daming

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Once again our instructors, Abigail and Rowan, did a fabulous job teaching and walking along side us as we applied what we were taught. We started out the day with a trip to Balboa Park. They assigned us to teams, and we set out to capture portrait shots of our fellow classmates. This hands-on application required us to think through each step of our portrait. Does the pose reflect the individuals personality? Is the lighting correct and complimenting? Are they comfortable in their pose and does it look natural? There are so many aspects to keep in mind in order to capture a beautiful portrait.

After we finished that project we had a chance to observe Abigail as she did a “real” photo shoot with “real live” models. She showed us the importance of the way you interact with the client. She was confident, she knew what she was looking for, and she made it fun and comfortable.

Later on in the day we had the opportunity to shoot the sunset on the beach and also the skylines of San Diego. It was an amazing experience and absolutely gorgeous!! There’s only one day left in this week of IPS. I’m excited to go out and practice what I am learning!!

—Prizewinning Photography Student Hannah Gramm

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Contest Winner

Lines Speedshoot Winner

Aaron Meinicke

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

By Brad Hicks


Picture of the Day

Light Contest Winner

By Benjamin Sahlstrom

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Tuesday, March 18, 2009

Nearing the end of our second day into this fabulous workshop, I am already amazed to have gained so much valuable information. The more I learn, the more I realize how little I knew. But the biggest fact I’ve learned so far (drum roll please) is that Canon users are worse than Mac users when it comes to comparing their ‘Superior’ products to the Nikons, But we; the Nikon users, offer our hand in mutual respect to your own personal preferences. Just remember that we do live on the fun side! :)

But laying that aside, I am grateful to the Lord for this wonderful way for me to glorify Him. Understanding the principles, and learning how to “tell stories” in my photos has given me a new perspective in how I approach photography. My goal is to send a message in every picture I capture, the same message we find in Phil. 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” I am so blessed to see that desire in here in San Diego PWP 34, may we use the talents that God has given us, and skills we learn, in a way that brings praise and honor to Him.

Oh!, and the Five unchangeable thus far are:

  1. Be a control freak
  2. Don’t ever delete a photo (what!)
  3. OBEY The Rule of Thirds (this is ingrained into my brain like the lines on a grilled steak)
  4. Generally take your camera with you during the assignments
  5. If it involves Starbucks, bribery usually has its benefits for the “best photo contest”


—Prizewinning Photography Student Jon Courville

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