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NZ2010 Light Party

NZ2010 Light Party

On October 31, 2010 the staff and students of the New Zealand Experience 2010 helped Beachlands Baptist Church with their Light Party. Hear from Mark Jackson the impact that photography and Light Parties can have on a church and see footage of IPS going about its work.

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Dallas PWP – Day 4

Today was a terrific day, starting out with an awesome breakfast, prepared by the amazing kitchen staff at the DMC, and great table conversation. Every meal conversation is filled with a mixture of deep, hilarious, and entertaining conversations.

This was followed by our life thought by Jeff Myers. He shared a simple strategy to mentoring, which includes the following steps:

1. Clarify your challenge or task, and the skills you need.

2. Search for someone with experience.

3. Set out to establish a relationship.

4. Ensure that you do this for your followers.

After packing a picnic lunch, we were off to the Dallas Arboretum for a full day of photo-shoots. We started out with an individual portrait class, taught by Mandy Pallock, and a family portrait class, taught by Rob Bennett. It was neat to see the different ways that Mandy and Rob interacted with their models. It was a very beneficial experience for the whole group, and was the highlight of the day for most of the students. After our picnic lunch, we separated into groups to fulfill our assignments. Our assignments for the day were:

1. A portrait with a ¾ view of a face.

2. A portrait with broad lighting on the face.

3. A portrait with short lighting on the face.

4. A posed portrait of a person that we did not know until that day.

5. A landscape photo.

6. A picture showing repetition.

We all had great fun spending the whole day at the Arboretum, approaching random people, and having fun learning to use reflectors, and getting the perfect catch-lights in people’s eyes. It was a time of wholesome conversations, and great bonding time.

After our day at the Arboretum, we had a good long time of “Review &Critique”, everyone’s “favorite” part. We had a wonderful dinner, and then the rest of “Review & Critique”. We concluded the day with an open forum with Mandy and Rob, which to me, was the most helpful part of the day. I was able to ask specific questions about flash photography and baby photography. It was definitely a wonderful day.

Today, one of my fellow students, Christina Hastings, celebrated her birthday. We made it special for her by making her a special card and giving her gifts. The kitchen staff, at the request of Mandy, made some awesome cupcakes for Christina’s birthday, as well as providing hot chocolate, and coffee for all of us. Some of the girls hung out in Christina’s bedroom, giggling, talking, and overall just having wonderful girl time. So all together, it was an amazing day, filled with the love of Christ showing in each person in our group, and seeing that love brought out through the photographs that each person has taken. May the love of Christ be with you all! Thank you for taking time to read this post.

Photographing for Christ alone,

Faith Rohlin

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Dallas PWP – Day 3

It is really late in the evening here at Dallas, Texas. So far it has been so awesome to be here. Our instructors, Peter and Mandy Pallock are so amazing and fantastic and Rob Bennet who is also awesome and spectacular. I couldn’t ask for better instructors—they have been so helpful and they are always there when you don’t understand something or if you have a million questions.

When I first arrived here at IPS, I really didn’t know what to expect. I was really hoping that it wouldn’t be boring… Let me assure you…in IPS, boring doesn’t exist. :)

I have a wonderful roommate who is so encouraging—Christina Hastings—and another dear friend that has been there for me when times get stressful and discouraging, Susanna Simpson.

Today, we visited the Farmers’ Market in Dallas. It was very colorful and the foliage was beautiful! Our photo assignment was to shoot 25 Black and White pictures and 25 color pictures…only we couldn’t review our pictures until we uploaded them when we got back to the hotel. Shooting in black and white was a fantastic challenge. During the black and white shoot, I had a hard time adjusting my ISO, aperture, and shutter speed correctly. At times, it was so discouraging and God used that (He still is) to encourage me to keep experimenting with my camera and figuring it out. The shoot at the farmers’ market went very well.

Later on this evening, we all played volleyball, which was tons of fun and hilarious. After a few games at volleyball, most of the group played Ultimate Frisbee, while a few girls, including myself, played Catch Phrase. That was so much fun! When my turn came around, my word was “paper tiger.” I don’t know what that is so… I tried explaining to my teammate, Rachel Greene. She got the first word (paper), but when it came to the second word (tiger), I kinda did this “rawr” thing and once I did it…everyone got really quiet, then burst our laughing. :) I never did finish my turn, so the buzzer went off and everyone was still laughing. :)

Afterward, Rob took all of us to Starbucks! Woop! Nothing beats caffeine late at night. The day was very amazing… and I don’t want it to end. Well, I’ve got to hit the hay. Have a long and adventurous day tomorrow!

God Bless and good night!

-PWP Student Hayley Bryan

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Dallas PWP – Day 2

It is one of the most important aspects of photography; it determines each and every picture’s quality and effectiveness. It makes or breaks the picture. It creates mood and emotion in the picture. It is light.

Today, I and about twenty other students learned about factors that determine the amount of light a camera will “absorb” and learned about how to use lighting to create emotion. With that knowledge under our belts, we went to a local park near downtown Dallas; this park has an ideal combination of waterfalls, trees, and sculptures, with the shimmering buildings of Dallas in the background. Some friendly businessmen posed for us; one of them even took of his fancy black shoes, rolled up his dress pants, and went up to his ankles in the water! Today was a good day and a fun time was had by all.

Tomorrow, it’s off to the Farmer’s Market!

-PWP Student Connor Bennett


Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day Contest Winner by Katarina McEachern


Texture Contest Winner

Texture Contest Winner by Mykaela Riggs

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In January 2011 IPS returns for our third year in Saint Petersburg, FL. IPS director Rowan Gillson and his wife Jocelyn will be hosting Prizewinning Photography and Prizewinning Photography 2 workshops at First United Methodist Church and America’s Best Inn. Don’t miss this great opportunity to take a break from winter and experience the best photography workshops in the world!

Prizewinning Photography—January 17-21, 2011

Prizewinning Photography 2—January 24-28, 2011

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