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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
Some recent images I have posted with Instagarm. Fun with photography!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about our services and to book your next construction project photo shoot.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for our email list (see sidebar).
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.
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 email@example.com
Yesterday our President came to town!
President Obama dropped in on the citizens of Nashua, NH on Saturday (Oct. 27, 2012) as part of the last leg of his re-election campaign. In my opinion, having the leader of the free world stopping into town is a big deal and for me a chance to capture a little history with my camera.
The folks in Nashua really turned out and despite long lines and many hours of waiting, they kept the smiles on their faces. The fact that so many people decided to take part makes me hopeful about the state of our body politic. It was a small demonstration against apathy, and I will take it as a positive sign.
James Taylor provided a warm-up act for the main show and he did not disappoint. He played a selection of his hits and really sounded great. It was a nice distraction and provided some relive for the thousands of folks patiently standing en-mass on the lawn of the Elm Street School campus.
I was able to share this experience in the company of two of my sisters, which is rare get together for us, which made for a more important occasion. The event brought to mind, all the political /campaign events we have witnessed together in New Hampshire over the last forty or so years. From the days of Nixon to today we have had a front row seat to the American political process.
Just another good day in New Hampshire.