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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 Meet-Up.com 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: http://www.meetup.com/Image-Makers-Photographic-Workshop/

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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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 info@testoftimephoto.com

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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 info@testoftimephoto.com  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 info@testoftimephoto.com

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 info@testoftimephoto.com

 

 

 

 

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Photographer Critique Sessions

My goal  for all the people who attend one of my workshops or photo tours is to make them better photographers. They have  to pick up a new skill, learn a new technique or become more confident in their creative approach in my sessions .  If they don’t,  I fell like I have not delivered for them with my photography education experiences.

The question then becomes how do I know my students are learning from these workshops?

Photographer critique with Dan Splaine of Test of Time Photography in Nashua, NH ©2012 Daniel J. Splaine - All Rights treserved

Photographer and Photo educator Dan Splaine of Test of Time Photography in Nashua, NH presents a program of photo workshops and photographer tours. A big part of his photography education program is the monthly photographer critique sessions he held for his photography students. These meetings are a way to learn from other photographers and review the photographer skills taught in his workshops. For information contact Dan at info@testoftimephoto.com, ©2012 Daniel J. Splaine – All Rights reserved

The simple answer is that I have witnessed the improvements in ability during my photography critique sessions.  For the last three years I have held a monthly photo critique session with the photographers who have attend my photo classes.  The proof of the success of my teaching efforts is  in  the quality of photography they are producing .

As an educator there is genuine satisfaction in seeing  how my shared knowledge is learned and embraced.  Having verification of the effectiveness of my teaching methods is rewarding.  What matters most is how delighted I am in seeing the growth in my photo students ability and powers of creative expression!

The photo critique sessions allow me to offer my photo students feedback on the lessons they have learned in my workshops.  The value for them is that they can practice on their own and then learn by presenting those results to the group.

The dialogue and freely shared insights of the collected photographer at these monthly meetings has been a true source of inspiration and a wonderful learning experience.

For more information about these critique sessions contact me at info@testoftimephoto.com.

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The Most Important Photo Accessory

A point that I make in all of my photo workshops is about the most important photo accessory that every photographer must use. What is the “most important” photo accessory? you ask.  Your feet.  If you want to improve the look of your image; move!

Changing your camera position, your point of view,  is the  best way to improve how your photography looks. Compose your image carefully and fill your frame.  Only include the essential visual elements in your frame. Determine your camera position relative to the direction of the light falling on your subject.  Select a focal length the create the arrangement of distance you want to appear in your photo and then move your feet.  Don’t believe me ?  Here is what the iconic photojournalist had to say about the subject.

Source: pinstamatic.com via Dan on Pinterest

 

I offer a program of photography workshops and photographer tours at my studio in Nashua, NH and in locations throughout the Northeast. For more information contact me at info@testoftiemphoto.com .

My next photographer workshop is October 13-14  in Lincoln, NH.  For information about the third annual WHITE MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHER WEEKEND  go to the workshop website.

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Cog Railway- Mount Washington Observatory Photo Workshop – New Date Added!

New Date Added for The Cog Railway – Mount Washington Observatory Photography Workshop

 

Test of Time Photography and Photographer Dan Splaine are happy to announce we have sold out the Sept. 10 session of this photography workshop and we will be adding a second date for this workshop on Sept. 11, 2012.

This one day photography workshop includes photography instruction, round trip passage on the historic Cog Railway to the Summit of Mount Washington with four hours for field photography.  The workshop also includes a guided tour of the Mount Washington Observatory which is rare privilege.  Access to this working weather station is restricted, and the tour will be one of the most unique features for this workshop.

This workshop presented in partnership with The Cog Railway and The Mount Washington Observatory with Test of Time Photography.  Our goal is to give high quality photography education experiences in unique locations and the summit of Mount Washington could not be a better place for our photography event.  This workshop will emphasize landscape photography techniques and we could not ask for a more dynamic location.  The dramatic terrain , lively weather and lighting that we can encounter during this workshop is as unpredictable as exciting!  The potential for creative image making makes this a truly one-of-a-kind photo learning and skill building experience.

Space is limited  and registration is required to attend this workshop.  For complete details and to register CLICK HERE

This photography workshop is one from the program of photography education events presented with photographer Dan Splaine.  These include digital photography workshops and photographer tours  held in locations throughout New England. In the last three years over 1200 photographers have attended on of the events presented by Test of Time Photography with professional photographer Dan Splaine.

Our next photography workshop  is the WHITE MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND held on Oct. 13 and 14, 2012 at the Mountain Club on Loon  in Lincoln NH. This is the third year we are holding this workshop at this great resort and location for photography. For details and registration CLICK HERE.

 

 Cog Railway - Mt. Washington Observatory Photo Workshop with photographer Dan Splaine on Sept. 11, 2012 ©2012 Daniel J. Splaine

 

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2012 Photo Walk Workshops in Boston

PHOTO WALK WORKSHOPS presented by Dan Splaine and TEST of TIME PHOTOGRAPHY

I am happy to announce the launch of  a new program of photography workshops for the spring, summer and fall of 2012.  The PHOTO WALK WORKSHOPS will begin on April 28th and will run through October.  These digital photography workshops are open to adult photographers of all skill levels.  We will present these workshops at multiple outdoor locations which provide our photography students hands on field photography experience.

Digital photography students at a Photo Walk Workshop presented by photographer Dan Splaine in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood.  ©2012 Danile J. Splaine

The PHOTO WALK WORKSHOPS are led by a professional travel photographer who provides instruction and coaching during the 2 ½ hour workshop.  Our goal is to help photographers of all skill levels achieve greater creative control over their photography.  Combining conversation and  photo exercises helps our photography students learn how to use their digital cameras to make the photos they imagine.

By holding these workshops in unique and visually interesting settings around Boston and other New England locations present a learn-by-doing experience for our photography students.  Each workshop attendee receives a workshop study guide (via email) to help them prepare for their workshop session.  The study guide has information about equipment, photo skills and practice exercises.   We begin each workshop with a discussion of photography topics followed by a field photography session to practice photo skills.

Some of the locations of the PHOTO WALK WORKSHOPS are:

  • BOSTON COMMON AND PUBLIC GARDEN
  • BOSTON NORTH END
  • BOSTON CHINATOWN
  • NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY IN BOSTON
  • ROCKPORT HARBOR
  • PORTSMOUTH, NH HARBOR

For complete information and registration go to the TEST of TIME PHOTOGRAPHY website.

Photographer Dan Splaine offers photography workshops and photography tours in locations throughout New England. If you have any questions please contact us at photowalk@testoftimephoto.com

 

 

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