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Photo School Receiving Rave Reviews!

Basic to Advanced Camera Classes Offered in Annapolis

Thanks to enthusiastic students ranging from those still in high school to ones who have retired, Annapolis Photo School had two more successful camera classes this past weekend. If you’re not yet familiar with the Annapolis Photo School, it’s because it’s a brand new venture that  just started in January. Annapolis photographer David Anderson is the Founder and Director of Education.

The school is currently offering an “Intro to Digital Photography” class, a “Learning to use a DSLR” class, and an “Advanced DSLR Class”. These three classes are being taught by Anderson, along with fellow Certified Professional Photographer, Al General.  “These classes are the only ones in the entire Baltimore-Washington region that are being taught by two Certified Professional Photographers”, Anderson said. Fewer than 3% of professional photographers in the world can use the “Certified” label, as it is a program that is sanctioned by the Professional Photographers of America, which follows standards established by the national Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE).

The Annapolis Photo School has plans to expand and to add more classes and more instructors who will teach a variety of skills, possibly to include Photoshop, Lightroom, travel photography, and more.  The current classes are all being taught at Anderson’s Annapolis studio, which is in the Parole Professional Park, just across Riva Road from the Annapolis Towne Centre. Before each class, Anderson converts the studio’s camera room into a classroom, complete with seminar-style tables, a projection system, workbooks, and refreshments. This arrangement comfortably accommodates only about 10-12 students, but using an actual working studio offers some nice advantages. “We have all the tools we need here”, Anderson said. “If a student asks a question about a specific type of equipment, we can easily demonstrate it.”

As the school continues to grow, they want to keep class sizes small in order to help each student on an individual basis, as needed.  Anderson added that “although we may offer walking photo tours and other types of classes to get people outdoors, we don’t currently have any plans to move the classes away from the studio”. 

Not everyone wants to get creative with their camera. The Intro class is perfect for people who simply want to learn to take a better picture with any camera, and to get just a basic understanding of the dozens of settings on today’s digital cameras. However, many others really want to know how to use their cameras. “For those who do want to take control of their cameras, there’s a lot more than just putting your camera on automatic and firing away”, Anderson stated. “Those who want to have more creative control should take the DSLR classes”, Anderson explained. “Our goal for these students is to get them off the Auto mode and to help them to understand just what all of those camera settings really do, and how to use them.”  

Students are asked to fill out an evaluation form after each class. If the reviews from this weekend’s classes are typical, the school seems destined to be a success:

  • “Very good; well organized. I particularly liked the section on composition. I would also like to sign up for the next class.”  Ed O.  (Feb. 23, 2014 Intro class)
  • “I liked the instructors. I will recommend.”   (Feb. 23, 2014 Intro class)
  • “Very simple and helpful. I particularly liked the demonstrations. I will likely recommend these classes to friends and family.”  Emily A.  (Feb. 23, 2014 Intro class)
  • “The workbooks were very helpful & will be a good resource in the future.” I liked learning about “the basic camera settings overview & discussion of composition techniques.”  Carly K. (Feb. 23, 2014 Intro class)
  • “Very useful.” Liked “the cordial, informative manner the class was conducted. All questions answered.”   JR  (Feb. 23, 2014 Intro class)
  • “Very helpful! I liked the examples on the slides and funny videos 🙂 I would like to take the advanced class!”  (Feb. 23, 2014 Intro class)
  • The class covered the stated objectives. The workbooks were great.  Jozette B. (Feb. 23, 2014 Intro class)
  • I liked learning about the “Rule of Thirds.”  I will recommend these classes to friends or family.  (Feb. 23, 2014 Intro class)
  • “Very helpful. I will recommend these classes to friends.”  (Feb. 23, 2014 Intro class)
  • “The workbook was “very useful as you can take it with you. Practical tips on taking pictures in different situations.”  (Feb. 22, 2014 DSLR class)
  • “I liked the explanation of ISO, aperture & shutter speed.”  (Feb. 22, 2014 DSLR class)
  • Did the class cover the stated objectives?  “Big Time”! “Great tips / awesome knowledge”  Stacey S.  (Feb. 22, 2014 DSLR class)
  • “Workbooks were easy to understand. Friendly … small class w/interaction w/the instructors.”  Ted G. (Feb. 22, 2014 DSLR class)
  • “The workbooks were very helpful! The fact that two teachers taught the class kept it very interesting! I particularly liked the exposure triangle cheat sheet.”  Lauren C. (Feb. 22, 2014 DSLR class)

To learn more about the Annapolis Photo School and to register for classes, you can visit their website at www.AnnapolisPhotoSchool.com.

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Clockwise, from top left: 1. APS students using workbooks and cameras 2. The classroom 3. Work tables 4. Students trying camera settings 5. Lovely “models”, Amanda and Sally.

 

 

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USNA Commissioning 101

I was honored to be invited to attend Commissioning 101 last Saturday. Graduation time at the United States Naval Academy is not like your typical college graduation. It’s a week long event that is chocked full of activities for the Mids, as well as for their families. There are award ceremonies, dances, receptions, concerts, project presentations – the list goes on and on – and many of the events are mandatory for the Mids themselves, and recommended for parents and family members. Of course, it all culminates with Graduation Day at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium where the Mids receive their diplomas and take their oath of office. They are also Commissioned as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps. All the details can be daunting and can make for a very stressful time for families if they are not prepared.  That’s why the USNA Parents Club of Maryland presents Commissioning 101, which is a training day for the parents of graduating Midshipmen.

Several vendors attended this year’s event, and included area hotels, caterers, and other vendors who provide services to Midshipmen and their families. I met many of the parents and had some great conversations. Several of the parents entered our drawing for a free portrait session which will be done later this Spring on the Yard (the grounds at the Academy).

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Any session scheduled before March 1st will receive a $100 credit toward the purchase of your finished portraits!

Schedule now so that the portraits will be ready to view and choose while you’re in Annapolis during Commissioning Week (or before, if you’re local)!

Need to Learn More first? See samples and FAQ!

And the Winner Is…

Thanks to all who entered our drawing for the free Midshipman portrait session. Monica M. from Glen Allen, VA won the session, so we’ll be scheduling a session for her son soon!

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Camera Instruction

Individual Camera Instruction Now Available!

In addition to the classes we are now teaching at the Annapolis Photo School, we have had several people ask about individual instruction – mainly to learn more about their specific camera – so we are now offering 60 minute time slots as our schedule permits. Go to our online studio scheduler at http://daphoto.bookmonline.com/schedules, click on “Individual Camera Instruction” from the drop-down menu, pick a date and time, and pay right online!

NOTE: This one-on-one instruction is designed to help you learn more about the operation of your specific camera. It does not take the place of our other photography classes – there simply is not enough time and we don’t use the resources that are included with those classes.

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Into the Woods!

Into the Woods

Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s production of Into the Woods in December was a big success!  Into the Woods is a musical that intertwines the plots of several fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and others.  This was the first big show at ERHS for new drama department head, Chris Mannino, and he hit it out of the park for his debut. The consequences of the characters quests hit all the emotions, and Mannino’s interpretation made several scenes and several characters laugh-out-loud funny.

The entire production rivaled a professional performance of the same show that we saw over the summer, and some of the roles were even better than that version.  There are a lot of talented kids at Roosevelt, and this show highlighted many of them.

Michael Butler as The Baker, and Megan Winner as The Baker

Michael Butler as The Baker, and Megan Winner as The Baker’s Wife.

Emily Anderson as Cinderella, and Aaron Goldstein as her Prince.

Emily Anderson as Cinderella, and Aaron Goldstein as her Prince.

Montana Monardes as Jack, and Teresa Johnson as Milky White.

Montana Monardes as Jack, and Teresa Johnson as Milky White.

Kristina Krumpel as The Witch, and MerryRose Howley as Rapunzel.

Kristina Krumpel as The Witch, and MerryRose Howley as Rapunzel.

Alyssa Brown as Little Red Riding Hood, and James Fahey as The Wolf.

Alyssa Brown as Little Red Riding Hood, and James Fahey as The Wolf.

Elizabeth Bailey as the Narrator

Elizabeth Bailey as the Narrator

The Pit

Music Director Sally Wagner led the orchestra.

The Cast of Into the Woods

The Cast of Into the Woods

The Cast of Into the Woods

The Cast of Into the Woods

The Cast of Into the Woods

The Cast of Into the Woods

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Meet the French Ambassador

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Beneteau America President Fabre with French Ambassador Delattre

I had the pleasure to meet and photograph France’s Ambassador to the United States today.  Ambassador François Delattre was appointed Ambassador of France to the U.S.  in 2011 after serving as Ambassador of France to Canada (2008-2011), Consul General in New York (2004-2008) and Press and Communications Director at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. (1998-2002). He has also held several other positions in the French government since 1989.

Ambassador Delattre was in Annapolis to tour the offices of Beneteau America, a French yacht builder with it’s U.S. Sales and Marketing offices headquartered in Annapolis.  Laurent Fabre, President of Beneteau America, spoke with the Ambassador about upcoming developments in the company, and also took him on a tour of a Beneteau power yacht docked behind the offices.

French Ambassador François Delattre tours Annapolis offices.

French Ambassador François Delattre tours Annapolis offices and takes the helm of a Beneteau Yacht.

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Photography Classes

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Photography Classes

Annapolis Photo School debuts in January!

Getting someone a new camera for Christmas? Have one yourself that you don’t really know how to use well? I can help!

After discussing and planning for more than two years, myself and fellow Certified Professional Photographer, Al General, are launching Annapolis Photo School in January!  And to help kick it off, Amazon will be offering a great deal for the Christmas season! I’ll let you know more about that later, but in the meantime, take a look at our website to get an idea of what the classes will be like. And, if you’re interested, fill out the contact form on the site and I’ll make sure you’re the first to know when the Amazon offer goes live!

 

 

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daphoto - December 27, 2013 - 5:05 pm

The DSLR class on Amazon has SOLD OUT! We will be offering our own discount in a few days, so stay tuned!

Manasi – Class of 2014

Manasi is a senior in the Science and Tech program at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt. She is very active at school and with other interests including robotics, Model UN, Frisbee, choir, Girl Scouts, and piano.  College plans include either the University of Maryland  or Princeton, and she wants to major in engineering and foreign politics. Her goal is to become a lobbyist or a public relations representative for a large technical engineering company.  She has a good start on the foreign relations because she already speaks four languages including English, Hindi, Spanish, and Tamil (spoken predominantly by Tamil people of South India and North-east Sri Lanka)!

Thanks to Sara Lawrence from Behind the Compact  (@BhindtheCompact) for providing her great makeup services!

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