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November 6, 2017

Congratulations to COD 2017 Easter Seals Photographers!

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May 10, 2016

COD Photo Program Students Unveil Their Portfolios at the Exposed Photography Showcase 2016

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College of DuPage Exposed Photography Showcase Winners were: Lauren Laws, Meghan Daly, Ethan Chivari and Susan Krpan.

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Kelly Anderson of Canon USA awards 1st Prize High School Portfolio winner Claire Pikul of Downers Grove South High School a Powershot G7X digital camera.

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Dr. Jean Kartje, Professor Glenn Hansen, Professor Terry Vitacco and Distinguished COD Photo Program Alumnus Jeffrey Ross at the Exposed Photography Showcase.

There was excitement and anticipation in the air at the Exposed Photography Showcase 2016 on Tuesday, May 3rd. College of DuPage Photography Program students unveiled their portfolios, websites and marketing materials at the event. We celebrated their visual communication skills as they presented their work to the business community, district residents, college and high school students, family and friends.

The COD Photography Program aims to launch our students’ professional careers and provide them with valuable real world experience at Exposed. Students share their portfolios and marketing materials, receive feedback from a diverse group of people, discuss their images, network, meet prospective clients, employers, and are offered internships.

High School students from 11 area schools also participated in the Exposed Photography Showcase. These included: Bartlett, Conant, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, William Fremd, Glenbard North, Hinsdale South, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Willowbrook, and York High School.

We also had a presentation by Jeffrey Ross, our 2016 Exposed Distinguished Alumnus, who

Shared his journey from COD Photo student to international corporate and advertising photographer. www.jeffreyworks.com

COD College Portfolios were juried by:

Robin Tryloff, www.robintryloff.com

John Merkle, www.merklephoto.com

Stephen Serio, www.seriophotography.com

High School portfolios were juried by the Photo Program Faculty and Advisory Committee and were on display at the event. Certificates and prizes were given to four selected High School and College Portfolios.

The Exposed 2016 High School winners were:

1st Place, Clare Pikul of Downers Grove South HS

2nd Place, Caroline Stasica, York HS

3rd Place, Alessandra Lane, Downers Grove South HS

Honorable Mention, Madison Casey, Downers Grove South HS

The Exposed 2016 College of DuPage Winners were:

Best of Show

Lauren Laws

3 Jurors’ Selections

Ethan Chivari

Meghan Daly

Susan Krpan

Grand Prizes for best College portfolio included a Canon Cameras (EOS 70D body and lens, a Wacom Tablet and a one-year membership to the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). The Grand Prize for the High School Portfolio Winner was a Canon Powershot G7X camera.

All Exposed Photography Showcase winners received 1-Year Subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud Complete including all software and mobile apps, Equipment and supplies from Midwest Photo Exchange, Helix Camera, Gift Cards from PJ’s Camera, and Studio Sessions from Procam Camera.

 

 

March 7, 2016

Use Your Photography Skills to Illustrate Acts of Kindness – Enter the Envision Kindness Student Photography and Video Contest

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February 22, 2016

Career Boot Camp Photo & MPTV Students Visit John Merkle’s Commercial Photography Studio

 

John_Merkle_Studio_1Photo 1821 and MPTV 1800 students enrolled in the Career Boot Camp class had the opportunity to visit John Merkle’s Commercial Photography Studio last Saturday, February 20th. There, they met with John Merkle (left) Larry Huene (center) and Fritz Geiger (right), all successful professionals who shared their knowledge and insights on the industry.
John_Merkle_Studio_2 Fritz Geiger, owner of Fritz Still and Motion Imaging, encouraged students to consistently be shooting to develop their personal style, “The best camera is the one you have with you.”

John_Merkle_Studio_3C.O.D. student Julio Guerrero takes notes during the discussion as the three photographers gave advice to students about what it takes to be successful in the photo industry today.

John_Merkle_Studio_4C.O.D. student Uwe Gsedl had the opportunity to share his own work with John Merkle.

John_Merkle_Studio_5Larry Huene, owner of Larry Huene Photography, shares his portfolio of client work with C.O.D. student Auste Kuncas.

John_Merkle_Studio_6C.O.D. photography students Chris Beach and Jess Callahan get a closer look of Fritz Geiger’s photography.

All Photos by Lauren Laws

March 3, 2013

Photogfind – “Not as Creepy as Craig’s List.”

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Geraldine Teotico, came to speak to my final Creative Boot Camp class yesterday.

She is a COD Photo Program alum who is now a freelance photographer shooting weddings and family portraits since she left her corporate job.

Photogfind.com is her new website. “It’s a new lead generating tool for photographers,” said Teotico. “It’s much less creepy than Craig’s List,” she said. It’s a marketing company for people who love photography.”

Geraldine Teotico tells Creatvie Boot Camp students about Photogfind.

Geraldine Teotico tells Creatvie Boot Camp students about Photogfind.

How does it work?

“Clients Create an event, and photographers in the local area may sign up to do the shoot. It’s a very simplified way for an average person to find a photographer.”

 

Photographers can list themselves in Photogfind for free. “They put in a short profile like they do in Twitter and up to 20 photos representing their work. Since people online have a short attention span, we keep it brief.”

“Right now it’s free,” said Teotico, who is hoping to add more traffic to her site. In the future Photogfind may charge a transaction fee if you get a lead that becomes a job.

“We are trying to change people’s paradigm about when to hire a photographer. We want people to hire photographers in their neighborhood for things like kid’s birthday parties, tours, group outings, etc.”

Students/ those starting out would benefit from this service. It’s a way to make people in your local area know what you do, and you can link your website to Photogfind.

Another benefit would be for pro photographers looking for an assistant or a second shooter for a wedding or other event. She is also hoping that party planners and anyone hosting a social event will put Photogfind on their radar.

If you have any questions about Photogfind, you can contact Geraldine Teotico at: gteotico@photogfindcom.

 

February 16, 2013

Creative Boot Camp Class tours Tom Maday & Kristen Barker Studios

COD Photo Program Alum Jeffrey Ross and Commercial Photographer Tom Maday
look over marketing materials during the Creative Boot Camp studio tour as Photo student Courtney Penzato looks on .

The COD Creative Boot Camp class toured the studios of Tom Maday and Kristen Barker on Saturday, February 16.

Creative Boot Camp  is a new field studies course that focuses on meeting and networking with successful photographers/videographers, and other industry professionals. Next week the class will attend the Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference at the Lisle Hilton.

Students were given insights  into the photographers business practices as well as good information and advice on marketing, assisting, social networking, building a successful website, self-promotion, and collaborating with other artists.

Tom Maday showed students his website and stressed the importance of updating it with new work as often as possible.

Jeffrey Ross shows students the large format camera in Tom Maday’s studio.

 

Jeffrey Ross introduces Photographer Kristen Barker at the beginning of her studio tour as Producer/Sound Engineer Sean McConnell looks on.

Photographer Kristen Barker (left) talked to COD Boot Camp students about her work creating still photography, videos, and music for her commercial and wedding clients with Sean McConnell (middle) and Chris Barker, (right) her husband and partner.

Photographer and musician Chris Barker tells students about the new Valentine video the bytheBarkers Studio just produced.

Kristen Barker explained the collaboration that goes on in her studio. “We have to communicate well with clients and know their brand and demographic. Everyone here wears many hats. Our job is to make life easier for everyone. There is no room for ego.”