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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 info@testoftimephoto.com

 

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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 www.testoftimephoto.com  ©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 info@testoftimephoto.com  to find out about our services and to book your next construction project photo shoot.

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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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Big crowd turns out for the President in Nashua, NH

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.


President Obama during campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire on October 27, 2012. ©2012 Daniel J. Splaine - All Rights Reserved

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.

Singer- songwriter James Taylor during his performance in Nashua, NH during the Obama campaign event on Oct. 27, 2012 .  ©2012 Daniel J. Splaine - All Rights Reserved

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.

President Obama at Nashua, NH campaign stop on Oct. 28, 2012.  ©2012 Daniel J. Splaine = Al Right Reserved

 

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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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Test of Time Photography on The Friends of Kevin Radio Show

On Monday (7-9-12)  I will be  Kevin Willett’s   guest on his radio show broadcast on WSMN radio in Nashua, NH.  Kevin is the founder of the FRIENDS OF KEVIN NETWORKING GROUP, a really terrific business networking group that I am a member of.  He connects business people from around the Merrimack valley and southern New Hampshire together with his program of events and activities.

There are two things about this group that make it distinctly different from the other business networking groups I have experienced.   The first is Kevin’s goal of doing some good for the communities while helping members build their businesses.  He opens the group to not for profits, leveraging the network to support their needs in any way possible.

The other feature of the group adds to its effectiveness, is Kevin himself.   This guy is really working on behalf of the members, deploying a mix of technology (social media) and a friendly personal touch.  The FRIENDS OF KEVIN RADIO SHOW, that I am a guest on tomorrow,  is a perfect example of the extra value he provides members.

I am looking forward to our conversation and having a unique platform for getting the word out about my photo services and photography workshops.   Please listen in from 11 to 12 to WSMN 1590 radio to catch his program. I am scheduled from 11:40 to 12:00.

We will be discussing how to use photography for  business communications and social media, specifically how my commercial photography services can add to bottom line. The other topic  we will cover is my program of digital photography workshops and photographer tours. I have a number of events, like the Bronx Zoo Photographer Tour (July 21) and my Photo Walk Workshops that I want to promote to Kevin’s audience.

Kevin Willett in the WSMN radio station in Nashua, NH during his radio broadcast.  ©2011 Daniel J. Splaine

(Nashua, NH -€“ Nov, 21, 2011) Kevin Willett, on the air during the Friends of Kevin radio show on WSMN in Nashua, NH. Friends of Kevin is a business development/networking group that serves the business, non-profit and artist communities. The group’s goal is to promote member businesses both online through our website and social media presence, and in person at networking events.
The Friends of Kevin raises awareness of local non profits while allowing our friends to network in a stress free environment. For more information go to www.friendsofkevin.com. Photo courtesy of Dan Splaine -€“ Test of Time Photo ©2011Daniel J. Splaine All rights reserved.

 

 

 

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NH Primary fun – “You’re no Jack Kennedy…”

Game on in New Hampshire!  Now that the Iowa caucus is over John Huntsman will not be the only primary candidate wandering the streets on New Hampshire  seeking primary voters.    This shot  made on Monday when all the excitement was in the Midwest, the calm before the storm.  Looking forward to a week full of political events and sightings.

Gov. Huntsman with wife in tow,  passing in front of a bust of JFK  which graces the  Main Street in front of the city hall in Nashua, NH.   The statue commemorates the spot that  Kennedy started his campaign for president in 1960.  The image reeks of irony for me and I can not but hear the voice of Lloyd Benson comment on VP Dan Quayle ” You’re no Jack Kennedy…”

The presidential primary,  the national sport of the Granite State  is truly  one of my favorite things.  Only six more days until the parade leaves town!

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STEAM on SNOW photography trip (Jan. 7th) sold out!

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.

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Digital Photography workshops- September and October program schedule

Fall foliage, maple leaf deatil image by photographer Dan Splaine during one of his NH digital photography workshops ©2010 Daniel J. Splaine-Test of Time Photo

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

Monthly PRINT REVIEW AND CRITIQUE SESSION

Wednesday September 14, 2011 7:00 to 9:00 pm

PHOTO COMPOSITION AND DESIGN workshop

Tuesday September 27, 2011 7:00 to 9:00 pm

UNDERSTANDING EXPOSURE workshop

Saturday October 1, 2011 1:00 pm to 3:300 pm

CAMERA to COMPUTER workshop

Thursday October 6, 20111 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY at BOSTON HARBOR (field photography)

Tuesday October 11, 2011 6:30 to 9:00 pm

Monthly PRINT REVIEW AND CRITIQUE SESSION

Saturday and Sunday October 15-16, 2011  9:30 am  Sat. to 2:00 pm on Sun.

WHITE MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHER WEEKEND

Saturday October 29, 2011 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

STUDIO GLAMOUR LIGHTING workshop

Please consider attending our class and make sure you pass on this  information to the digital photographers you know that may be interested.

 

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Developing your photographic style

Often a photographer’s identity can be determined by simply viewing an image.  Their personal style is so well-formed that each photograph they create is readily recognized as distinctly their own.  Consider the example of Ansel Adams.  His images are iconic and if you are not familiar with each  photo he made you arguably would know one when you saw it.

So how does a beginner photographer develop their own photographic style?

The ability to create original photography on a consistent basis requires practice and skill. For those starting to learn photography I suggest two paths to follow on the way to establishing their own unique photographic style.

My first suggestion and something I urge photographers of all skill levels is to study the work of other photographers. An examination and understanding of the images created by others will help inform you own perspective.  I am not suggesting that you mimic the style of others, rather use their work as inspiration and a source of insight about photographic content, technique and design.

In my over 30 year professional photography career I have constantly referred to the work of other photographers to expand my understanding and refine my personal point of view.  Other photography provides reference points and a standard for comparison.  Apply that reference material to your imagination and intellect to create the photography that illustrates your own unique viewpoint.  As you develop your photographic skills learn how to deconstruct the images of others to find the techniques applied in their creation.

Digitla photography student at New Hampshire photography workshop hosted by photographer Dan SplaineMy second suggestion is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the camera and the photographic options that it provides.  Understanding the physical controls and how incremental adjustment will affect your photograph is fundamental to achieving predictable results.  Creative control of your photography begins with technical expertise.  To make the photography that matches your vision you need to know how to control your camera.

Making correct exposure, understanding optical choices and focus control are fundamental photography skills. Once you establish mastery of technique you can then maintain creative control, you can actually begin to shoot and make consistent results.

Your own personal photographic style is a product of your imagination and how you process your experiences and impressions. Digital photography requires study and practice to be creatively consistent.   That consistency of results builds the the foundation of style.  Ansel Adams did not get accidental results; his beautiful photography was the product of exceptional technique and a highly personalized vision.

To learn more about digital photography and to learn more about this topic you should consider attending a photography workshop.  I offer a full program of digital photography workshops and photography tours for adult photographers.  On September 14, 2011 (7 to 9 pm) I am holding the PHOTO COMPOSITION and DESIGN workshop at the TEST of TIME PHOTO studio in Nashua, NH.  Please consider attending this or any one of my many digital photo classes.

Pro photographer and photo educator Dan Splaine of Test of Time Photography in Nashua, Nh

Dan Splaine _ Photographer

 

About the Author:  Dan Splaine is a professional photographer and photo educator who operates a commercial photography business in Nashua, NH.  He produces custom, unique images for businesses, institutions and individuals (regionally and nationally) with particular expertise in public relations and location photography. In his thirty plus years photo career he has photographed in dozens of countries and location ranging from rain forests to the halls of congress. He teaches photography workshops at his New Hampshire studio and conducts photography tours in New England and internationally.

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