FOTOfusion 2018 Instagram Giveaway!

Do you want a chance to win a free 100 series workshop at this year’s FOTOfusion 2018? We will be picking one lucky winner on January 16th. To Enter: 1. Follow us on Instagram @Palmbeachphotocentre 2. Tell us what you love to photograph in the comments section and tag three of your friends. It’s that easy! P.S. Those who participate will be entered into an additional giveaway at the end of the month! FOTOfusion 2018 is a digital photography festival running from January 23-27. In this unparalleled week of lectures, workshops, and photo shoots, students have the opportunity to learn with world-renowned photographers, editors, and photojournalists. You can see the full schedule by clicking here.  Get excited! The winner of this giveaway will have the opportunity to select one of the following FOTOfusion 100 series workshops listed below: 101 Pointing Your Camera In The Other Direction with Tim Rasmussen 102 Fine Art Infrared (IR) Photography in the Digital Era with Joseph Meehan 105 Women in Photography: Hire us! with Melissa Golden, Naomi Harris, Robin Schwartz, Daniella Zalcman, Judy Walgren, Moderator 106 Creating Photo Composites on iPhones & iPads with Seán Duggan 109 Get the Most Out of Your Portfolio Review with Mark Murmann 110 The NEW Mobile Photography Shooting and Workflow Options with Jack Davis 118 Finding your Way: Photography, Life and

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Take More Pictures: 10 Reasons to Make Photography One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Get Some New Gadgets If you’re a fan of technology, digital photography is a great way to plug into progress by acquiring nifty new gadgets, applications, software, and social media accounts. Whether you’re just taking pictures on your mobile device or jumping in with a new Digital SLR camera, there are plenty of lenses, equipment, gear, and tools that can improve your outcome and they are fun to use! Just ask the guys at the ProShop!   2. See the World Differently Photographers have the unique opportunity to explore and capture the world. To avoid seemingly cliche, photographers learn how to see the world differently, and capture the rare scenes in even everyday situations.   3. Photography is Full of Adventure No one adventures like a photographer! Whether it’s close to home or on the other side of the planet, photography gets you out and exploring!   4. Reach the Whole World with Your Photographs With the touch of a button, you can share your photographs with everyone in the world, starting with your friends on social media. Tap into current events, express yourself, tell the story of your community and culture—photography lets you do it all.   5. Photography Can Be Therapeutic!  There are many reasons why photography is good for your mind, body, and soul. Photographers

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FOTOfusion 2018: So Much To Explore

The final schedule for #FOTOfusion2018 is up and available on FOTOfusion.org. If you haven’t yet had a chance to look at the choices, you’re in for a treat. You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store–there is so much to explore, from computer labs to photo shoots, studio workshops, panel discussions, and lectures. We even have location shoots with some of photography’s legends. If you’ve never taken a FOTOfusion workshop before, this is the year to do so. You will have the unique opportunity to network with other photographers, learn how to promote yourself and engage better with social media audiences. Meet your favorite photographers and discuss with them photography, methodology, and your work. This is an all-in-one rollercoaster of an experience for any photographer looking to expand their craft, vision, and toolkit. For those who seek to squeeze the most out of their experience, we recommend the Gold Passport. Register before December 31, 2017 for a special early registration price. GOLD Passport Includes: Be able to submit a portfolio for inclusion in FOTOfusion Student Portfolio Exhibition Unlimited 100 and 600-series Events (1) 200-series FOTOshoot (1) 300-series Computer Lab (1) 400-series Master Workshop 500-series Unlimited (6) Portfolio Reviews (minimum) All Fusion-Schmooze Parties Free Admission to Gallery Exhibitions Did you know? You absolutely do not need to be a professional

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Make the Most of Your Mornings: Photography Tips from Instructor Shane Srogi

  Photographing the uniqueness of morning light can be uplifting and inspiring.  There is something special about welcoming the first light of day.  That said, morning light is less predictable than evening light; don’t be discouraged by mornings that are less than spectacular.   1.  Get there early! Digital cameras are very sensitive to light and the predawn light can yield some lovely results. Set your alarm for a half hour earlier than you expect is necessary.     2. Know where the sun will rise. Use an app like Sun Seeker.  Be Ready! That sun rises quickly and the light changes from moment to moment.     3. Fog, Fog, Fog. Certain times of the year, fog is more likely. Make a note of when your mornings might be misty. Example: In Florida, watch for approaching cold fronts.     4. The stillness of morning. Some mornings are quiet and serene. The grand rivers of the west are snow fed and run quietly in the mornings. It takes a day of sun melting the mountain snows to cause them to turn into rushing torrents.     5. Keep photographing until that sun rises past 20 degrees in the sky. As the sun rises and the fog burns off, the light reveals the hidden details of the land. By mid-morning, the

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Interview with Artist in Residence, Rachel Brown

The final workshop with our Artist in Residence, Rachel Brown, was offered today (October 25, 2017). We so enjoyed having her teach at the Centre! If you missed being able to take a workshop with her, take the time to read our interview with her below! Rachel Louise Brown makes responsive work based on interactions with the unfamiliar. She observes the world as a stage, exploring alone and occasionally populating the images with willing strangers. Through these interactions, Brown endeavors to question the construction of society and to give a platform for the people and places that come before her lens. Rachel Louise Brown graduated from the Royal College Of Art in 2011 (MA photography), following a critical certificate in photography in 2009 (School Of Visual Arts, NYC) And BA (Hons) Photography (London College Of Communication) in 2008. Brown has exhibited and completed artist residencies internationally and is currently working on a solo show at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, opening in 2018. Alongside her practice, Brown is photography director of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country (UK editions) and regularly mentors students at UAL. She has previously worked for Steven Klein (production), British Vogue (freelance picture editor) and British photographer, Tim Walker (studio manager) Q: What motivates you as a photographer? RB: Creating a body of work that makes

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Palm Beach Photography Workshop Explores Farmers Market 

by Katie Yates    One thing we like to say at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre is, “Yes! We have a workshop for that!” Our impressive workshops cover every interest and every skill level. Many times, people are taking our classes in preparation for a trip. Regardless of your destination, we want you and your camera to be ready for whatever you come across! If you’re trying to capture that unique, jaw-dropping photo, you need to go where there is beauty, action, and vibrancy. Marketplaces have all this within a safe stroll—and you can sample great local food while you’re at it!    Maybe you want to explore the bazaars of Istanbul or neighborhood fruit stands in Italy. Nothing gets to the meat of a destination quite like their marketplace. The fish slingers at the Tokyo seafood auction, the leisure of an Edinburgh sidewalk market, the glistening produce at a Swiss farm stand—these speak for the people and the indescribable quality of a place.  They’re more than long lines and tired tourist traps. Of course, American farmers markets and flea markets also tell a story. They’re just waiting for the right photographer!   The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is very lucky to be located in the heart of West Palm Beach. We’re right in the middle of the hustle and bustle

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FOTOcamp Students Show off Skills with Camera and in Photoshop Lightroom

by Katie Yates It’s around 1pm when I join the FOTOcamp students in a Photoshop Lightroom session with instructor Jennifer Walker. Each student has their own computer and they’re following along with Jen, who is showing them the differences between contrast, saturation, and vibrance. Fresh from a walk to CityPlace, each of them is bubbling with excitement over the images captured. “While walking around CityPlace, we stopped to take pictures of five adorable little dogs! Some of them were super crazy while others were calm and smiled for their picture,” FOTOcamp student Emilia M. told me, hovering inches from her computer screen, showing off the photographs she took. “Taking pictures at CityPlace was a great experience,” says student Mercedes C. “We got to photograph restaurants, stores, people, dogs. I’m so grateful for this opportunity!” I ask the students as a group: “What do you like to take pictures of best?” They all chime in, excited to share their creative vision, they shout out every subject from flowers to their friends. Some are brand new to photography while others already seem like professionals! At just 13 years old, student Allison R.  has a website she created for her photography portfolio. This is her second year as a FOTOcamp student. “I enjoyed CityPlace,” she says, “we got to take pictures from all

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Lightroom with John Reuter: A Master-Level Photography Workshop in West Palm Beach

John Reuter’s name may sound familiar—aside from regularly teaching master-level workshops at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, his work is currently being displayed in our museum space. His exhibition Second Impressions, Polaroid Process to Singapore Infrared is running from June 22 to August 5, 2017, and is well worth a look or two! Seizing the unique opportunity to learn from the pro whose work was in a show just downstairs, students registered for his Lightroom CC workshop—and they were not disappointed! “Excellent class!” Writes Caroline L. “John Reuter is an amazing instructor and his teaching style is easy to understand and follow. I was able to learn techniques that will make my post production more effective.” Some have taken this particular workshop more than once, such as Greg M. He writes, “This is my third experience with this class. Each time I become more comfortable with what I learned in the previous class and challenged to use the techniques. John Reuter is a born teacher… I may take it a fourth time!” The workshop was four full days, a timeframe that may seem daunting to some—but, as Dennis H. writes, it is “time well spent.” He continues, “I highly recommend this course.” “An incredible experience!” Writes Diana M., “The instruction was well delivered and well paced allowing for Q+A as

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Are You Ready for the Fourth? Ten Tips for Fireworks Photography

by Shane Srogi 1: Bring a tripod (and a remote) 2: Set to Manual Exposure Mode 3: Set the camera to Shutter Speed at 1 second to start – explore slower shutter speeds for interesting effects 4: Set Aperture for f/8 – try f/5.6 for larger streaks or f/11 for more depth of field 5: Set ISO to 100 or 200 6: Use Manual Focus – Auto focus has trouble in low light and will lose focus against the dark sky 7: The exposure meter may be of little help – the combination of the dark sky and number of fireworks will change the reading. Overexposed the sky will be too light – Under and the fireworks won’t be very bright 8: Pick your vantage point – down wind from smoke and your view will be obscured* 9: Shoot vertical and horizontal shots 10: Tell the story. It’s not just about fireworks its about a celebration, gathering and location *Note: I had planned to Photograph the Space Needle for New Years 2000. They turn the Needle into a giant roman candle, making it the launching platform. Because of security concerns the area close to the display was closed. I picked a new location on the fly, it was downwind. The fireworks started and 15 seconds later the Needle was obscured

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Summer Camp Photography Students Explore West Palm Beach 

  The first session of FOTOcamp is almost over and Camp Instructor, Shane Srogi, is working late in the Centre’s state-of-the-art print lab. The Epson printer whirs and a bright photograph of a flower appears. He’s printing off some work by the students from earlier in the week. We’re impressed, all the students have accomplished so much since the first day of camp. Fatima NeJame, the Centre’s CEO, and Shane peer at the image. They comment on the intense color and masterful composition. The students are between 10 and 17 years old and some are brand new to photography. For others, like student McKenna D., this is their second or third year attending. What keeps them coming back year after year? McKenna says she loves FOTOcamp because “we have many opportunities to photograph things… Today we went to Jimmychangas before they opened to photograph them preparing the food.”     Teaching young people photography allows them to engage with their community. It gives them the opportunity and courage to express themselves. It is a skill that lasts a lifetime; whether students go on to study it further in college (many of our camp alum do!) or whether it remains a hobby, learning digital photography is an invaluable asset. From a local restaurant before it opens to the Centre’s studio learning

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