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Pictures of the Week | April 28, 2014

Couple Portrait

Couple Portrait – photo by IPS Student Susan Stoltzfus for Digital Photography 2. I love the way her bright red sweater is set off from the muted tones of the background. Their posing is great too!

Couple Portrait

Couple Portrait – photo by IPS Student Susan Stoltzfus for Digital Photography 2. Killer pose, perfect execution! I’m going to steal this one for my next couple shoot!


Head and Shoulders with Flash – photo by IPS Student Brooke Harrison for Digital Photography 2. This assignment requires on-camera, TTL flash to balance the light between the face and the background. Great job!

Juice Bar

Juice Bar – photo by IPS Student Meghan Murphy for Digital Photojournalism. I love the light tones in this as he reaches toward the light with the epic sign in the shadows behind.

Yellow Flower

Yellow Flower – photo by IPS student Patricia Burk for Digital Photography 1. Nice example of the Rule of Thirds and how even a simple flower shot benefits from this composition.

Rise up – photo by IPS Student Jeri Beth Hardy for Digital Photography 1.

Rise up – photo by IPS Student Jeri Beth Hardy for Digital Photography 1. I love how everything in this photo reaches up toward the sky. There’s a nice anchor of ground right on the bottom edge of the frame and then long, black branches drawing us upward.

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    Pictures of the Week | April 21, 2014

    Senior Girl Portrait

    Senior Girl Portrait by Susan Stoltzfus // I like this portrait a lot – she’s got great sharp eyes and catchlights. I like the beam in the background that comes behind her head at a similar angle. Very nice soft lighting on the face…

    Senior Guy Portrait

    Senior Guy Portrait by Susan Stoltzfus // This one too has nice soft lighting across the face with great catchlights and sharp eyes. Bringing his face up to the camera angle from above helps make this work.

    Spring Light

    Spring Light by Jeri Beth Hardy // The lighting in this image is beautiful. It draws me into the shape and texture of the tree in bloom.

    Throwing Pizza

    Throwing Pizza by Meghan Murphy // This is a great environmental portrait – we see enough facial features to clearly identify the woman, but she’s in action, giving us a bigger part of her story.

    Hobbit Path

    Hobbit Path by Patricia Burk // I feel like quoting Bilbo Baggins as I walk this path through the woods.


    Wanderlust by Brooke Harrison // I like how Brooke deliberately added layers to this photo. It’s not just a map; it’s not just a suitcase; The combo brings it together into a deeper picture than either would be alone.

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    Feature Friday // Get 20% off 2014 classes

    Happy Black Friday!

    We have a great deal for YOU! Today November 29th, and tomorrow, November 30th, get 20% off any 2014 class registration! Use coupon code: IPSBlackFriday when you check out. Tell your friends! Our $25 referral program works on this too! So refer your friends, they get a discount and YOU get $25!

    Also, get 25% off at the IPS store now through December 12th! Get the photography equipment you’ve wanting for Christmas! Use coupon code: MerryChristmas2013

    Merry Christmas!

    The IPS Team


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    Final Classes of 2013

    We’re quickly approaching the end of 2013. It’s been an amazing year! In our first year of offering online classes, more than 50 students have participated, seeing dramatic improvement in their photographic skill and creativity. Here’s what one of my favorite quotes about a student’s experience this year:[testimonialswidget_list ids=”3566″]

    Photo by M’Kalee Morgan

    All this brings me to the point, we are quickly coming up to the final courses of 2013 and you don’t want to miss out! We have four classes starting October 7 and October 14, giving you the ability to transform the artist inside you before Christmas. To sweeten the deal, I’m offering 10% off for anyone registering for these classes when you register with discount code lastchance2013.

    Don’t wait! Register now:

    Digital Photography 1 [Starts October 14]
    Digital Photography 2 [Starts October 14]
    Digital Photojournalism [Starts October 14]
    Digital Videography 1 [Starts October 7]

    I can’t wait to see you reach the next level!


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    Feature Friday // Photography Skills and Writing Skills

    Any of you artists have trouble with the writing side of photography? This article gives super helpful advice about how to write in a creative way, one that reflects your personality and artistry like your photography does.

    Read it. 

    Do you like writing? Maybe you’ll be interested in our Digital Photojournalism class! 

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