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PWP2:San Antonio | Day 4 – Thursday

PWP2:San Antonio | Day 4 – Thursday

Perhaps everyone knows that a day in the life of a typical IPS student is hectic, chaotic, hard, packed, and yet fun. But, while all of this is true, I believe that the Lord has truly been at work here. Cultivating the instructors so that they are given the knowledge, wisdom, and sensitivity to know what to say and to sort out all the information that is being thrown at us students. Now, even though today could be described as the above, that is not what I remember most.  Instead, the word, or theme, that I remember is freedom. For me, the liberty was felt in three different areas, the instruction, the people, the atmosphere. The Lord is so awesome, because He continues to bless me even when I am not looking for it.

For example, during the actual instruction time, we were given a huge amount of latitude! Everything from lighting and composition to shooting times, and even breaking those rules (at times). The instructors are amazing, because we not only learned the definitions, but we were able to practice them right away. I thank God that this class was given to the instructors that we have. Now, having the knowledge and the experience (at least a couple of times), I’ve come away with a new sense of freedom and confidence in these new and exciting skills.

Another illustration was that I was given a great opportunity to watch the girls that have surrounded me. As I was doing so, the Lord gave me a clearer picture of another aspect of freedom.  The freedom to be yourself and have fun with the people that surround you. During some of the studio lighting session, the girls were playing with fun props and doing goofy poses that certainly did not happen at the beginning of the week. There was a new sense of comfort, of freedom, that was exhibited today. I feel very blessed to have been able to have witnessed it. I realized how important it is to give the freedom to have fun with the people around you. Again, the instructors have been excellent in breaking up the workload for all of us; providing the freedom for us to get to know one another.

The third and final example stems directly off from that. This almost “new-found” sense of freedom that I saw exhibited today led to a new atmosphere. This atmosphere had a much more relaxed feel to it than the previous days. Even though there were times of rush, hurry, and deadlines, I didn’t feel the atmosphere change. That was definitely new. I don’t exactly know what happened to make that change, but I know the results were great to witness. The atmosphere that stayed over the class for the entire day was more confident. Even though we all knew that we would not get it perfect, we were all willing to try and fail. It was as if, we all finally realized that we would perfect these skills later on; that this was just a trial run, and God was going to work with the best that we would give. 

These workshops (PWP I and PWP II) have been incredible! I firmly believe that IPS has been instrumental in moving me onto the next step that God has for my life. I feel that I have been given tools that no one can take away; tools that God wants to use for His glory alone. I now know that I have a great deal of responsibility to do just that. However God hasn’t left me in the dark. Quite the opposite.  He has given me these instructors, tools, confidence, and yes, freedom to help me accomplish what He has set out for me to do. Words simply cannot express the freedom that I feel. And, with that comes the peace. Praise the Lord! IPS is amazing!!

-Amanda Mulder

 

Picture of the Day by Sara DeHoyas

Picture of the Day by Sara DeHoyas

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PWP2:San Antonio | Day 3 – Wednesday

PWP2:San Antonio | Day 3 – Wednesday

 

This morning we all took a welcome break from learning the ropes of Photoshop and Lightroom, and drove to San Antonio for a portrait shoot. We divided into three different groups, each with our own model, and each had 30 minutes to capture at least 80 photos. It was a great learning experience for all of us, as we juggled posing, lighting, and managing our time.

We had a picnic lunch right outside the Alamo and then Sarah announced that our next assignment was to shoot 1,000 combined images in 1 hour! We accomplished our goal…8 of us combined for 1,022 pictures. It was a fun and challenging assignment, as we walked around down-town San Antonio, trying to capture the unique flavor of the city. We returned from San Antonio in the mid-afternoon, and continued our lessons on the various different aspects of photo-editing. After dinner, we edited the portraits we had taken earlier in the day. Then we finished up our evening by singing a few songs. One thing that I’ve enjoyed about IPS is that there is more that joins us together than just a common interest in photography; we also share a common love for our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Before we went out for the day, we watched a video by Jeff Myers. One thing he said really struck me. He said, “You will find that great things have happened when you remove yourself from the present time.” Sometimes, when I am sorting through my images for the day, I wonder if I’ll ever remember to fill the frame, put my subject on a sweet spot, and incorporate leading lines all in one picture; but when I look at my pictures from the first few days, I realize how much I, along with all the other students, with the help of our great teachers, have accomplished in these past few weeks.

-Meagan Wanschura

 

Picture of the Day by Kira Shupe

Picture of the Day by Kira Shupe

 

Runner up by Meagan Wanschura

Runner up by Meagan Wanschura

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PWP2:San Antonio | Day 2 – Tuesday

PWP2:San Antonio | Day 2 – Tuesday

Wow! So many new things are being learned…it’s exciting!

Today my favorite project was probably learning how to design business cards. They are so awesome!

I love how helpful everyone really is here at IPS. The instructors are energetic, enthusiastic, and patient. The students themselves have helped one another out a lot in their studies and projects, and somehow (whether thru teacher or student) my needs have been met.

It still sticks in my mind how funny it is that we consider it an art to capture God’s art thru whatever kind of media it is that we do. However funny, photography is truly an art-one that shows that we cannot compete with God’s handiwork, but can only “mimic” it, and our best and highest efforts are merely a small reflection of how creative our Creator really is.

IPS encourages me to view life thru God’s perspective and equips me with the knowledge and skills necessary to take a more accurate portrayal of His art.

Aeriel Willis

 

Picture of the Day by Ashley Hall

Picture of the Day by Ashley Hall

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PWP2:San Antonio | Day 1 – Monday

PWP2:San Antonio | Day 1 – Monday

Our busy day began with a session on leadership by Dr. Jeff Myers. He spoke on the power of encouraging words and their effect on the lives of those we speak to.

Then……it was time for Digital Image Management!!!! Sarah Danaher talked us through the super-easy way to attach personal information to all our pictures, and how to organize them into specific folders. Words such as “Metadata”, “Keywording”, and “IPTC”, were added to our vocabulary, and we were well on the way to becoming pros at image management!

After making presets for organizing folders and pictures, sighs of relief were heard all over the room as we contemplated the reality of knowing where every photo was both now and….. forever. :-)

Later in the day, Rob Bennett coached us on using our external flashes to illuminate still life compositions. We had a blast! Who knew bouncing a flash on a scene of plastic army guys could turn into a fabulous photo!?!

Monday ended with a session on color and a couple critique projects. We all scored well on the critique and could go to bed knowing that using Lightroom was awesome, and making client CDs was a piece of cake :-)

If I had known that this was going to be the only day I could attend, I would have been thrilled! Knowing how to organize my photos in a systematic fashion is going to make a big difference in my workflow, and…it’s tons of fun to do!

Allison Marshall

Purple flowers by Aeriel Willis

Purple Flowers by Aeriel Willis

 

Portrait by Kira Shupe

Portrait by Kira Shupe

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PWP:San Antonio | Day 5 – Friday

PWP:San Antonio | Day 5 – Friday

Today was the concluding day to a wonderful week spent attending IPS.  It was a bittersweet moment this morning, as we received our assignments for the day and headed out to San Antonio for one final shoot. Our starting point was the River Walk and our ending point, Hemisphere Park. As I wandered about the city of San Antonio taking pictures, I began to realize just how much of a blessing IPS had been in my life.  After one week of receiving encouragement and critique from my instructors, I saw a dramatic transformation in the style and quality of my Photographic skills.

For the first time today, I began to see beauty in the everyday things and I feel like IPS has given me a greater appreciation for God, people and things around me.  This week has been a wonderful learning experience that has definitely opened my eyes to the World of Photography. Attending IPS has been great and I wouldn’t change any part of this week, not even for the whole world.

Datia MacLearn

 

Friday’s Contest Winners

 

Picture of the Day by Angelina Gonzales

Picture of the Day by Angelina Gonzales

 

Feet by Natalia Ruiz

Feet by Natalia Ruiz

 

Gray by Angelina Gonzales

Gray by Angelina Gonzales

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