Focus on Photography, 2013

April 19, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

If you would like to learn about the "when, where, and how" I photograph Virginia Tech, join me at the VT Alumni Association's popular "Drillfield Series", an arrangement of several weekend programs for alumni and their families centered on special themes and a stay on the Virginia Tech's campus. This year, the series include a special program "Focus on Photography, 2013". The program is a three-day course with invited instructors who will cover processing and editing photos and videos, as well as topics such as lenses, digital exposure, night photography, etc.

The program begins on Friday, May 10th and continues through Sunday, May 12th, 2013.

Below you will find a tentative schedule:

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Friday, May 10

4-6 PM
Holtzman Alumni Center Foyer

6-7 PM
Welcome Reception
Holtzman Alumni Center Gallery
Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and wine as you stroll through the alumni center gallery

7-7:50 PM
Digital Exposure
Holtzman Assembly Hall
Presenter: Kirk Carter || website

Kirk CarterKirk Carter (Curious Surfaces)

How to get great exposure using the histogram and exposure modes. Kirk explains stops, dynamic range, and how exposure works. Bring your camera and your camera manual.

8-9:30 PM
Photography After Dark
Session begins at Holtzman Assembly Hall
Presenter: Jon Beard || website

Jon BeardJon Beard (Moonrise At Glass Window)

A presentation covering the technical and creative aspects of night photography, including starry night landscapes, star trails, and blue hour shooting. The session will include Q&A time, and then participants will head outside for some hands-on practice with a light painting session.

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Saturday, May 11

Breakfast at Your Leisure
Preston's Restaurant, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Enjoy The Inn's breakfast buffet on your own. Hours of operation are 7-10 AM. Breakfast vouchers are in your registration bags.

8-10 AM
Holtzman Alumni Center Foyer

9-10 AM
Photographing Virginia Tech
Holtzman Assembly Hall
Presenter: Ivan Morozov || website

Ivan Morozov | Virginia TechVirginia Tech Flyover

Learn the secrets of photographing Virginia Tech as Ivan shows you some of his amazing photography of campus and shares tips and tricks for where and when to photograph Virginia Tech.

Holtzman Alumni Center Foyer

10 AM-12 PM
Time to explore and photograph campus and the Holtzman Alumni Center
Participants are encouraged to share their best photos. All submitted photos will appear in a running slide show during the banquet.

12-1 PM
Holtzman Alumni Center Assembly Hall (boxed lunch)

1:15-2:45 PM
All About Lenses
Holtzman Assembly Hall
Presenter: Kirk Carter || website

Kirk CarterKirk Carter (Graphical Statements)

Kirk explains lens terms, lens types, and their uses. We also cover lens flaws, how to choose the right lens for your purpose, and the factors affecting lens sharpness.

3-5 PM
Option 1: Introduction to Shooting and Editing Video
Holtzman Assembly Hall
Presenter: Drew Jenkinson || website

Drew JenkinsonDrew Jenkinson (Relay For Life 2012)

Most cameras now come with a video mode, but if you’re used to only working with still images, video can be intimidating. Learn how to get your feet wet with tips to improve capturing and editing video.

3-5 PM
Option 2: Start to Finish:
Lighting, Shooting, and Processing Beauty-Style Portrait Photography
Alumni Board Room, 2nd floor
Presenter: Dave Hunt || website

Dave HuntDave Hunt (Outside the Box Portraits)

Dave will explain how images were lit, shot, and processed using Lightroom, Color Efex Pro, and Photoshop.

6:30-9 PM
Dinner Banquet and Showing of Photographs
Skelton Conference Center, Latham Ballroom D
Participants are encouraged to share their best photos from the weekend. All submitted photos will appear in a running slide show during the banquet.

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Sunday, May 12

8-11:30 AM
Optional: Champagne Brunch
The Inn at Virginia Tech, Preston’s Restaurant
To make brunch reservations contact Preston's Restaurant, 540-231-0120 or visit
This bountiful buffet brunch includes a wide range of delicious hot breakfast and lunch entrees, featuring the Inn’s Prime Rib au jus, chef-carved to order, as well as a glass of Champagne or Mimosa. Adults: $19.50


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