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The Love of Photography

By Staff | Aug 21, 2015

If you love photography, then the upcoming “Photo Day” at Prairie Village Museum is the place you need to be. The idea is to help those who are interested in photography by giving them hand on assistance – using the Prairie Village Museum as the perfect backdrop. Three exceptional professional photographers will be on hand to give personal help and attention. They are Dan Smith, Ryan Stander and Tonya Slaubaugh. Each of them will give a short presentation and then be available for one-on-one or group help.

The museum presents challenges, with buildings, dark corners and tight quarters. According to Dan Smith, one of the professionals who is going to share his experience, “Interesting images can be made, and with a bit of preparation and experience one can move past snapshot photography towards images that say more than ‘I was here.'” He continued, “The camera is not important. You don’t need an expensive camera. A basic camera, film or digital is fine. Bring what you have and we’ll help you get better photographs.” Smith further stated, “We will have an extra tripod or two for those who may not have one. Tripods help in the dim interiors as well as pushing one to concentrate on setting up and composing an image before tripping the shutter.”

With three professionals to help, you can improve your photography, be it people, architecture, still life or whatever story you are desirous to tell with your camera. With the gentle guidance on set-ups and composition that will be available, all levels of experience will feel at ease. Take advantage of this once in a lifetime experience where you may be able to turn your love of photography into something even more special. The event will be held 1-4 pm on Sunday, 23rd of August.

Dan Smith, Commercial, Fine Art and Photojournalism. Experience: News Photographer with work from AP, San Diego Union Tribune, Salt Lake Tribune, Pierce County Tribune as well as many newspapers and magazines. Taught photography and photojournalism in the California Jr. College system, Cerro Coso College – Bishop CA Campus. Has photographed sports professionally with NFL, MLB, NBA, Formula-1 racing to NASCAR and smaller venues for more than 30 years. Second instructor with Tilman Crane STRUCTURE: Abandoned Farms in North Dakota – and curated the current show at Prairie Village Museum featuring images by the workshop participants.

Ryan Stander, Assistant Professor of Art, Director of Flat Tail Press, Minot State University. Bio: Originally from the farmlands of northwest Iowa, I am a fairly recent transplant to central North Dakota. I’ve alternated my education between art and theology [MFA from the University of North Dakota, MA in Theology from Sioux Falls Seminary (SD), and a BA in Art from Northwestern College (IA)]. Currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Minot State University in Minot, ND, where I teach photography, direct the BFA program and direct Flat Tail Press

Tonya Slaubaugh: A young Photographer who has finished the program at Dakota College in Bottineau as a Certified Commercial Photographer. A life-long interest in photography pushed her to get formal training to further hone her skills and help prepare for a career as a working photographer. She will be joining us fresh off a Photography trip through Kenya, where she is working on images for publication and her stock photo Library.

– Tribune Staff Report

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