New Perspective on Past Event

| Andrea Hucke reporter |

Anyone, from first-time camera users to aspiring photographers to experienced professionals, in search of an opportunity to learn more about the field needed to look no further than Pittsburg State University’s Perspectives of Photography Seminar, Shoot-Out & Photography Competition.
The two-day event, which began at 1 p.m. Friday and ended at 9 p.m. Saturday, welcomed more than 100 participants and volunteers to PSU’s Kansas Technology Center.
The seminar consisted of 13 presenters who are all established photographers in their fields, five workshops, a photo competition, door prizes and an awards banquet Saturday night.
“The event began as a typical four-speaker, one day, lecture-based seminar that the Student Association of Photographers put on each year in February,” said Tiffany Moore, graduate in communication. “Before, there was a lot of good information, but it was just hard to relate to because it wasn’t hands-on.”
Moore chose to expand the event for her creative project required for her graduate degree.
The planning and organization of the banquet, as well as the remainder of the activities, demanded much time and effort from Moore and the group of 15 SAP members and several professors who worked in conjunction with the KTC and its faculty and assisted with the event.
“I started thinking about it and anticipating what all the project was going to require probably around the fall of my senior year,” said Moore. “However, I’ve been really focused and hardcore about it since last semester.”
During both days, individuals had the chance to apply their knowledge in a mixture of classroom settings, workshops and shoot-outs. Some of the photography areas that attendees worked with included black-and-white film, senior shoot-outs, posing, lighting and mock engagement and wedding shoots.
“My favorite seminars were the engagement and wedding shoots, directed by photographer Scott Plauche,” said Tonya Tomory, speech communication lecturer. “I liked it because we had the chance to tweak the pose and situation and mimic what he had just taught us.”
Another event participant, Jess Ferrell, junior in communication, said she most enjoyed working with the variety of professionals.
“Just getting the opportunity to spend the day with so many amazing photographers and learn what they have picked up along the way was awesome,” Ferrell said.
Apart from the many workshops, the photography competition was another main attraction. Those participating belonged to the high school, amateur or college divisions. Individuals could submit any image taken throughout the two days for a chance to win prizes and be recognized at the awards banquet.
Attendees enjoyed the new perspective on the event.
“I liked this year’s activities 100 percent better than those of the past because actually getting to be active and hands-on really taught me a lot,” Tomory said. “They were an amazing, helpful, educational couple of days of seminars.”
The event aimed to provide participants with knowledge of the photography field, the opportunity to develop and refine skills and a chance to network with professionals.
“With such a heavily photographically saturated community it seemed almost irresponsible not to have something like this,” Moore said. “Something was missing.”

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