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Category Archives: Photographer tours
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.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
Check out the photography of my 52 Photo Walk Group!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or sign up for our email list (see sidebar).
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday I held a street photography workshop during the Chinese New Year Parade festivities in Boston’s Chinatown. Sixteen photographers joined me for a day of photo education and image making. The Lion Dancers and festivities made provided a unique subject to photograph and plenty of excitement.
Street photography is one of the oldest traditions in photography. As camera technology became smaller and more mobile (Moving from large format view cameras to smaller roll film cameras) photographers turned their cameras to the realities and moments they observed around them. The aim of this workshop was to immerse the participants into the urban environment and to have them practice this type of on the fly documentary photography. Despite the cold and crowds, they were able to make some remarkable images.
Check out the results on the group Flickr page.
This workshop is one of the program of digital photography workshops and photography tours that we offer at Test of Time Photography. Our objective its to build photographer skills and creative abilities so our students can create the images they imagine. This was a fun event and a great way to start of the year.
Take a few minutes to listen to my radio interview with Kevin Willett from his FRIENDS of KEVIN RADIO SHOW on WSMN 1590 radio in Nashua, NH on November 27, 2011. It was a great conversation and a nice chance to share some of my history as a photographer and the genesis of TEST of TIME PHOTOGRAPHY.
To check out the interview click hereFRIENDS of KEVIN 11-27-11 RadioShowAUDIO
I am happy to announce we have had a tremendous response to our photography tour STEAM on SNOW. The trip is sold out!
Looking forward to the day in the White Mountains photographing the Conway Scenic Railroad steam engine in the winter landscape. Thanks to NH Tours for the help in organizing leading this photo tour.
We are getting to the end of summer and it is time to start making plans for the fall. Test of Time photography has posted a schedule of digital photography workshops and photography tours for September and October (2011). This line up includes a range of topics and a few field photography opportunities.
Night photography on Boston Harbor to classes on photo composition and a Glamour photography studio class with models are some of the options you have to choose from.
In October we are presenting our second annual WHITE MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHER WEEKEND which will be held at the CLUB on LOON MOUNTAIN on the 15th and 16th. This weekend photo workshop organized with the able assistance of NH TOURS and features an expanded program . We are offering a $20 discount to folks who sign up before September 10th. This resort is well-appointed and the location in the heart of the White Mountains is a dream place for photography.
Here is a complete list of links and photo workshop titles.
Tuesday September 6, 2011 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Wednesday September 14, 2011 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Tuesday September 27, 2011 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday October 1, 2011 1:00 pm to 3:300 pm
Thursday October 6, 20111 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tuesday October 11, 2011 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday October 15-16, 2011 9:30 am Sat. to 2:00 pm on Sun.
Saturday October 29, 2011 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Please consider attending our class and make sure you pass on this information to the digital photographers you know that may be interested.