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The Myth of Equivalent Focal Length

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Khai Nguyen, EPSA, SPSA Many photographers misunderstand that the focal length of a lens mounted on a crop camera would effectively be extended by a crop factor. For this reason, they think they can reach subjects at a further distance and make the images larger. This article will disprove this myth once and for all.…

Interview with Ceyda Öner Outgoing IPS Club President

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By Mary Ongwen The HQ1 IMF café was a buzz with conversations. Under the sparkling chandelier reflections Ceyda Öner and I sit down to a chat and the voices in the background faded out. Ceyda is the Deputy Division Chief in the Finance unit of the IMF. She is also the outgoing president of the…

Interview with Dorte Verner

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On a cool Monday afternoon, the MC building gives the impression that staff are either on leave or shaking off Monday blues. Not so for Dorte. I walk into her office and she’s in the middle of compiling a report while connected with staff in different time zones. I promise to keep the interview brief.…

September Speaker: Kyle Myles

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Kyle Myles is a freelance photographer based in the Washington, D.C. area. He is a self taught photographer who began photographing in 2012. Working primarily in black and white, his work focuses on family, friends and his daily surroundings.        

February Recap: Guest Speaker Rebecca Drobis

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Our guest photographer and judge was Rebecca Drobis. Rebecca, a commercial photographer and a born-and-bred Washingtonian presented her work that focuses on the following thematic areas: health, education, kids/young adults, family and portraits. She  showed a special video entitled “The Ice Cream Man” shot while doing a photo project on the Montana’s Blackfeet Reservation. Rebecca…

January Recap: Guest Speaker Ron Aira

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Ron presented his Matador photographs in video format (https://vimeo.com/199953980). Recording videos is a growing trend among commercial photographers who use them to showcase their work to potential clients. Ron also spoke about the types of images that usually catch his attention (including in judging) – something: i) not done/seen before; ii) risky and/or “weird”; and…

December Recap: Guest Speaker Richard Batch

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Our guest photographer and judge was Richard Batch. Richard presented images from his 30+ years of photography, most of which happened in and around DC. Richard talked about the importance of patience in photography and what Henri Cartier-Bresson called “The Decisive Moment”. Apparently, back in the day, if you wondered the streets of DC long…

November Recap: Guest Speaker Tanguy De Carbonnières

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Our guest speaker and judge was Tanguy De Carbonnières. Tanguy presented on the subject of “Why?”; Why we select certain objects to fill the frame? Why we want the viewer to have an emotional reaction to the image? He also touched on the importance of camera angle and perspective to influence the viewers perception of…

December Speaker: Richard Batch

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  Short Biography: Richard Batch has a background in photojournalism, portraiture and theater photography, working as a freelance photographer in the DC metro area. He standardized both B&W wet darkroom work and digital processes, to more easily produce great prints, and loves to share techniques. Richard currently teaches five photography classes at Photoworks at Glen…

May 2016 Speaker – Elena V. Grant

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Editor’s Note: This month, IPS is pleased to welcome Elena V. Grant as our final speaker of the 2015-16 season. Please see her bio below. We have had some terrific speakers this year, including highly respected veteran editorial photography editor Lauren Stockbower and how can we forget the exuberant and wonderful Washington Post photographer Marvin…