• Mirrorless Month Part 4

    (photos and text by August Jennewein, University of Missouri-St. Louis) This is the fourth in a series of articles on mirrorless cameras in the wake of the Nikon/Canon mirrorless launches.

  • Mirrorless Month Part 3

    (Text and photos by Louis Brems)  This is the third in a series of articles on mirrorless cameras. (See part 1 and part 2)  Louis Brems is University Photographer at The Citadel. He switched to a Sony a9 mirrorless from a well-used Canon 1DX DSLR.

  • Mirrorless Month Part 2

     Leica M Typ 240 and Nikon Z7 (photos and text by Roger Hart, University of Michigan)

    Roger Hart is Director of Michigan Photography and Michigan Media at the University of Michigan. In Part II of Mirrorless Month (see part 1 here) Roger gives a real-world user review after a month with his own Nikon Z7.

  • Mirrorless Month Part 1

    Mirrorless cameras are not new, but the two major legacy manufacturers’ move into the mirrorless market is a turning point in the photo industry. This is the first in a series of articles on mirrorless cameras as used by UPAA members, primarily focusing on the new entries into the market from Nikon and Canon.

  • MIC Q&A-2018 September

    (Photos by Derek Eckenroth) Derek Eckenroth is a staff photographer at Bob Jones University. Derek’s photo “Lightning on Front Campus” was voted Best In Show in the September 2018 Monthly Image Competition. 

    Quick tech stuff—camera model, focal length, exposure data, lighting used (if any):

    •Canon 5D Mark IV


    •ISO 100

    •f/11 25sec (bulb)

  • Oh, The Places You'll Go! The potential of self-assignments...

    Text and photos by Jay Drowns

    Jay Drowns is Photography Manager at Utah Valley University. In 2018 a UVU assignment in Alaska provided Jay with an opportunity to do what is a bucket list item for many: Visit all 50 U.S. states. He describes how being a university photographer put him in a position to both serve his campus and broaden his own horizons.

  • Profoto D2: Freezing in Summer

    Photos and text by Glenn Carpenter, Moraine Valley Community College

    Look at any of Nate Edwards’ or Jaren Wilkey’s studio action photos and you will notice one dominant characteristic: Tack-sharp motion. At the symposium we discussed this and came to the conclusion that you can spot an image made with Profoto lights a mile away.

  • Triple Play isn't just in baseball!

    The “Triple Play” began at the 2013 Symposium at Elgin Community College. The idea: Give three different photographers 15 minutes to shoot a typical assignment and watch each photographer’s approach to the job. The idea was an instant hit, but also a bit of a zoo, as all the Syposium attendees watched live and in person, a gallery of 75+ people chatting and following photographer and subject from location to location. It was a little crowded, a little noisy and amped up the pressure on the participants.

  • MIC Q&A-2018 JUNE

    (Photos by Adam Glanzman) Adam Glanzman is staff photographer at Northeastern University. His photo “Track Coach” was voted Best in Show in the June 2018 Monthly Image Competition.

    How did this job land on your calendar?  Client request, your idea, or a combo of both?  

  • Unprecedented: 2018 UPAA Symposium

    (Text by Matt Cashore; 2018 Symposium group photo by Lauren Martinez Olinger; All other photos credited to photographer when metadata was included in the file)

    The 2018 UPAA Symposium in one word?


    The 2018 UPAA Symposium at Wake Forest had several ‘never befores’:

    •More new attendees than ever

  • MIC Q&A-2018 May

    Jay Drowns is Photography Manager at Utah Valley University. Jay’s photo “Goga” was voted Best in Show in the May 2018 Monthly Image Competition.  This is Jay’s second “Best in Show” award this year. Read about his first here. (All photos by Jay Drowns except where noted)

  • Access to the Madness

    Lukas Keapproth is staff photographer at Loyola University Chicago. The following is a re-posting from Lukas' personal blog. Text and photos by Lukas Keapproth

    Back in early March during a brief meeting of our Marketing and Communication staff to gameplan for our March Madness coverage, we said to ourselves, “Wouldn’t it just be great if they win that first round game?”