Once a year over 1000 photographers meet in Addision, Texas for the biggest and the best school of photography in the U.S – probably in the world since there were students from at least five other countries. Texas School of Photography is an intense week long school with some of the top instructors in the industry. Students choose a class and an instructor and spend the entire week learning from that photographer, soaking in all the knowledge and expertise they so willing share. And it’s not only in the classroom that you learn – it could be in the elevator, at dinner, at the nightly parties, or just walking through the trade show that Arlington Camera sets up. Everyone is so open and willing to share knowledge and give advice. At the end of the week students and instructors take part in an evening called “The Shoot Out” with staged sets complete with models, lights, and props. Thanks Texas School for another great week of learning and fun!
It’s only been 10 days since we celebrated the birth of our nation, but it feels like an eternity. But I have to admit the 4th of July is my most favorite holiday. Yes, even more than Christmas and birthdays! With July 4th you get cookouts, friends, and lights in the night sky and if you’re lucky, you can extend the fun for days! It seems every city and community has their own celebration, add churches to the mix and you can get 3 or 4 nights of fireworks!
This year I tried several techniques while photographing fireworks. One I had used before – turning the focus ring while the shutter is open. You can get some amazing images doing that! This year I added a technique where you place a piece of black cardboard in front of the lens while the shutter is open. You remove the cardboard for a few seconds and then replace it and repeat the process several times before closing the shutter giving you multiple exposures on the same image. I got some very interesting photos, and I’m sure I captured fairies playing among the lights in the night sky!