Buzz Christmas Ball Show Photography

Check out the sideshow from the Buzz Christmas Ball produced by Jim Roach of JJR Productions at the Place theater   This show, presented with the crew from WGIR- Rock 101 radios morning crew – The Morning Buzz, and features a line-up of incredible talent.


To view the sideshow click here



I am a live action and on location photography expert   The  photography I created  of this live event is used in the digital public relations and promotions for this annual show.  One of the primary services of TEST of TIME PHOTOGRAPHY is corporate photojournalism – consider me your in-house media creator. For more information about using live action and event photography for your business communications contact me at


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Photographer Critiques and Portfolio Review Sessions

Student photographer monthly photo critique session.


As a photo educator I feel that  one of the best learning tools I can offer to my students is feedback on their results.  One of the activities for photographers that I give is a critique of their photography. Every month I host a photo critique session at my studio that is open to the photographers who attend my workshops and photo tours.

Our photo review sessions are  equally valuable learning experiences for myself and the photographers who take part.  The group dialogue and insights shared help inform each photographer about their image making.  I learn how effective my teaching has been  when I see the results of those lesson shown in the student progress. They receive feedback from me and their peers and I gain valuable quality control on my photo education program.  It is a win-win situation.

For more information about my monthly photo critique sessions go to the event page.  For more information about my photography workshops and tours contact me at

Photographer Dan Splaine holds photo critique sessions and portfolio reviews for digital photography students who attend photo workshops and photo tours presented by Test of Time Photography in Nashua, NH ©2012 Daniel J. Splaine - AllRights Reserved

(Nashua, NH) Photography students at Test of Time Photography studio during the monthly photo critique session. Photographer Dan Splaine offers photo and portfolio reviews for photographers that attend his program of photo workshops. The photo students present images they have made in the workshops, on his photo tours and from photography theme assignments. The value of photography critiques is to give the photo enthusiast feedback on the photography they are making and help them explore creative options. ©2012 Daniel J. Splaine- All Rights Reserved

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Photographer Meet-Up Group hits membership milestone

Image Maker Photographic Workshop now has 250 member photographers!

I am happy to announce a milestone of  note.  The Image Makers Photographic Workshop has just reached the 250 member mark.  This is a group I have organized on for digital photographers from around New England.

Professional photographer and photo educator Dan Splaine announces that the Image Makers Photographic Workshop Meet-Up group has 250 members, amilestone in growth for this group od active digital photographers. ©2012 Daniel J. Splaine -All Rights Reserved

The Image Makers Photographic Workshop Meet-Up group has just hit the 250 member mark. Organized by photographer Dan Splaine, the group provides digital photography events for adults throughout New England. For more information go to the group website:

This meet-up group is free to join and is open to adult digital photographers of all skill levels.  The  goal of the group is to encourage photo enthusiasts to improve their creative talents and to build their skills as photographers.  We present a program of digital photography events and workshops at the Test of Time Photography studio in Nashua NH and at locations throughout New England.

Since February 2010 we have presented over 120  events for photographers  These have included photo tours to Canada, the Isle of Shoals and  the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Our photo workshops are topic specific and are a mix of classroom and on location  field photography sessions.  The photography education program presents a range of photography interests and  for all skill levels.

One of the most popular events and one of my favorite programs to host are my photo critique sessions.  Once a month I get together with the photography students that attend my photo workshops and we spend a few hours going over their photography.  We  have a theme for each of these photography review sessions so the group  can learn about a particular photo technique.  As a photography educator and  someone with a passion for photography,  these photo critique sessions are exceptional!  I can see how my photo students have taken the lessons from my photo classes and used them in their image making. It is very satisfying  to see the growth in their creative photography skills and the dialogue we share is always inspiring.  (Next photo critique dates are Dec. 13 and Jan. 17)

I want to express my thanks to all the photographers who have become members and I invite any other photographers to check out the group on Meet-up 



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Photos posted by Photographer Dan Splaine on Pintrest and Instagram

Some recent images I have posted with Instagarm.  Fun with photography!


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Architectural Photography for Remodeling Contractors

How do remodeling contractors impress potential clients?

The short answer is simple, show off your work.  Having high quality photography made of all of your completed projects is must have for contractors who wants to build their business.  Most purchasing decisions begin with a search and one of the best ways to get attention on the internet is to use images.  High quality photography will convince a homeowner to hire you to remodel their home better than a verbal pitch.  The old axiom “show them, don’t tell them” rings true today especially because photography provides high engagement rates in social media marketing and  internet promotions.

Sample architectural photography by commercial photographer Dan Splaine of Test of Time Photography in Nashua, NH.  The photography shown was made for a remodeling contractor client to promote their company.  For more information about location photography, photography for marketing and architectural photography services provided by Dan Splaine go to  ©2012 Daniel J. Splaine  - All rights reserved

Hire a Pro to photograph your remodeling projects

Have a qualified professional shoot architectural photography of your building projects.  DYI photography is fine for documenting job progress but it falls flat when you want to showcase your work.  Professional building contractors know the difference between a homeowner built kitchen and one installed by a qualified contractor.  The same logic applies to photography – hire a pro if you want the project done right.


Test of Time photography  provides architectural photography, construction progress photography and promotional photography for contractors  builders and architects.  Contact photographer Dan Splaine at  to find out about our services and to book your next construction project photo shoot.

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Group Photo Project – Learning together

Check out the photography of my 52 Photo Walk Group!

Photograhy made by the 52 Week Photo Walk group organized by photographer Dan Splaine of Test of Time Photography.  The online group is part of his program of photography workshops and photographer tours he presents.

One of my goals as a photography educator is to give my photography students opportunities to practice the photography skills they learn in my workshops.  The photographer tours that I present are all built around the bringing photographers to unique locations to practice different types of photography.The 52 Week Photo Walk group I have organized on Flickr is another methods I have provided to get folks out with their cameras.

We have a group of 95 photographers  participating in the Photo Walk program! This group has worked hard all year and much of their beautiful image making is found on our group page.

Becoming a good photographer requires regular practice.  The more you work at learning your tools, practicing your camera work the better your photography will become.  Make sure you take some time to look at the photography produced by this wonderful group of photographers   I hope you admire their efforts and appreciate the work they are putting into their photographic craft.

Want to learn more about becoming a better digital photographer?

Make sure you sign-up for my email list (see right sidebar for form) so you can receive notices about my photography education program and photo tips.  I present photo workshops in my studio and at locations throughout New England and beyond.  In 2013 I will be introducing more interactive online learning programs that you will not want to miss.


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New Digital Camera- Now what do you do?

Buying a digital camera is the first step to becoming a better photographer

A common photo-rookie error is to think that once you have purchased that brand new digital camera you are going to start taking great photos. Following that same logic, many people think, the more money they spend on a camera the better their photos will be.

I got some bad news (and some good news.)  Good photography is made by good photographers. No amount of deluxe camera equipment will matter if you do not have skills.  Now the good news photography is a set of skills that are learnable and need to be practiced.

My mantra, that is often repeated in my photography workshops is “It is not the camera, It’s the photographer”.

Purchasing a camera is the beginning of the process, not the end for being able to create good photos.  Our digital cameras are remarkable tools for personal and creative expression but they require some effort to master and use well.   Invest the time and effort into learning how to make quality photos and you will be richly rewarded.

You bought anew digital camera - now what do you do.  Article about learning digital photography skills. ©2012 Daniel J. Splaine

Creative photography is best produced in deliberate manner.  Carefully observing your environment, finding visual opportunities is the name of the game. Knowing your camera and the tools it has for image making, is how you translate those observations.  Photography, the craft of image making, requires practice and experience to master.  No musician made it to Carnegie hall without practice and no photographer produced great images without the same commitment.

My point is not to discourage the new digital photographer.  Rather, I want them to embrace the challenge and build their creative abilities.unities is the name of the game. Knowing your camera and the tools it has for image making, is how you translate those observations.  Photography, the craft of image making, requires practice and experience to master.  No musician made it to Carnegie hall without practice and no photographer produced great images without the same commitment.

The fact that photography provides an infinite learning opportunity is one of the reasons I most attracted to this profession.  I vividly recall  my first experience of watching a print develop before my eyes in a darkroom tray. At that moment (in 1972!) it occurred to me I would never be bored with photography, that if I did it every day for 100 years I will still have plenty to learn and practice.  For me that insight was not daunting, it was inspirational.!

Thirty five years later I still work at my craft and practice new skills.  That commitment to quality image making has been richly rewarded and I still have another 65 years to go before I discover if assumption was correct!

If you want to learn from my experience and get some guidance on becoming a better digital photographer attend one of my photography workshops or photo tours.  Sign-up to receive my email notices about the workshops (see form on right sidebar) or contact me at

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New York City Photo Workshop registration is open – President’s Day weekend

New York City Photographer Tour - President's Day weekend with Photographer Dan Splaine and NH Tours


Registration is now open for the New York City Photographer Tour on President’s Day Weekend.  Join Photographer Dan Splaine and NH TOURS  for this 2 night , 3 day excursion from New Hampshire to New York City.  Explore the city, with your camera and learn new night photography and street photo techniques.  The best part is we do all the driving!

This package includes round trip bus from NH and two nights hotel in Times Square.  We will spent the weekend in the heart of Manhattan , taking in the sites and making some images of the urban landscape.  For complete details and registration CLICK HERE.

This photographer tour is one of a program of photography education events presented by Test of Time Photography.  We offer workshops in our Nashua, NH studio and at locations throughout New England.   We partner with NH TOURS for all of our travel events and destination photo workshops.   For more information contact us at  or sign up for our email list (see sidebar).

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Internet Marketing for Artists Workshop (Nov. 14, 2012)

Are you an artist, performer, or creative pro that is unsure how to promote your self?

Want to build your audience?

Internet Marketing for Artists Workshop at Test of Time Photography in Nashua, NH on November 14, 2012On November 14, 2012 I will be presenting a workshop for artists and performers  about the tools  for self promotion using internet marketing.  The INTERNET MARKETING for ARTISTS  will be held at Test of Time Photography studio in Nashua, NH at 7 pm and it is open to all creative artists.

As a commercial photographer and photography educator I bridge the two worlds of commerce and creativity in the everyday operation of my business.  In this workshop I will show all the internet marketing tools I use to promote my  services and workshops.  This workshop will feature my real-world experiences using the powerful marketing tools that are available for building audience.

How Internet Marketing has Built my Creative Enterprise

In October of  2009 I decided to offer digital photography classes for adults at my new studio location.  As I developed my program of classes I expanded my use of internet marketing to promote these events.  Since that time I have had over 1400 people attend one of my workshops and photographer tours.  This growth in my photography business is directly attributed to  online promotions.  In this workshop I will share my experience and will guide artists through the process ob building an online reputation.

For complete details and registration for this event CLICK HERE

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The Power of RAW in Digital Photography

RAW format is  the best choice for image capture.  JPEG format is the best choice for image distribution


Unsure why you should shoot RAW format images?

Don’t know how to process a RAW file  on your computer?


I have the answer for you.  On Thursday night  (11/1) I will be presenting my RAW WORKFLOW WORKSHOP that will introduce you to the advantages  for using the RAW format in your image capture.  In this class we will cover the procedures and techniques you can use in your post production to use those advantages in your digital photography.

Screenshot of Adobe Lightroom develop module.  Photographer Dan Splaine will cover this tool in his RAW WORKFLOW WORKSHOP on November 1, 2012.  For more information coat him at

We will be primarily using Adobe Lightroom to show how to  process RAW images  and  we will review the similar features in Adobe Bridge  Camera Raw.  In Lightroom we are  working primarily in the Library and Develop modules and this workshop is a good introduction to this productive tool for digital photographers.

Topics include a review of digital asset management (DAM),and then will move in photo editing techniques  (white balance, exposure. tonal correction, etc..).  The aim is to introduce the digital photographer to a systematic approach to post-production of their RAW format captures.


RAW image conversion to the DNG format will be covered.  I will explain the value of using the DNG format that  has been introduced by  Adobe.  In my client photography I have found this  a very useful option and I think it will ultimately become the industry standard for a universal RAW format.  For a good explanation of the DNG format and some of the future capabilities  that Lightroom will have to work in this format check out this article on CNET   ” Revamped DNG format shows new Lightroom possibilities”


The RAW WORKFLOW WORKSHOP is one of a series of  digital photography classes that I present.  This program of photography education  includes class sessions at my  Nashua, NH studio  and in locations throughout New England along with photography tours.  The photography tours single to multi-day workshops at great locations for photography. Recent photo tours include Quebec, the Bronx Zoo, the Isle of Shoals, and the summit of Mt. Washington.  On President’s Day weekend (Feb. 16-18, 2013) I will be hosting a Photography Weekend in Times Square, presented with our travel partner NH Tours.  For more information on these photo workshops contact me at





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