• Speed Up Your Downloads

    by Ken Bennett, Wake Forest University

    One of the most frustrating aspects of shooting a big event has always been trying to download many gigabytes of photos to my laptop, especially on deadline. I had several USB-3 card readers, and individually they were pretty fast, but using more than one would slow down the entire system. For our last commencement ceremony, it took more than thirty minutes to get all the photos onto my computer before I could begin editing. 

  • Exceeding Expectations

    Photo by Matt Cashore, University of Notre Dame

    There are certain things which trouble me more than they probably should.  Among these: Mayonnaise…the intentional grounding rule…pop-up flashes on DSLRs. I prefer full-frame, so the announcement of a new DX-format DSLR from Nikon would normally fly under my radar.  But when I saw the D500 was pop-up flash-less, it had my attention.

  • Magnetic Strobe Mount

    Photo by Robert Jordan, University of Mississippi

    I’ve always carried a few of the suspended celling mounting clips in my light kit bag with cold shoes which are Nikon/Canon locking pin compatible for hanging battery powered strobes from the celling. Using the clips, you can hang a flash from the celling without worrying about a light stand in the shot. The clips are inexpensive and work well, but they only work on suspended celling grids and you have to get both hands all the way up to the ceiling grid to attach/remove them to the grid.

  • 2016 POY– Matt Cashore University of Notre Dame

    Photo by Matt Cashore, University of Notre Dame

    Matt Cashore, a Notre Dame graduate and university photographer there since 2007, is the first recipient of the newly renamed Mark A. Philbrick Photographer of the Year Award for 2016. The name change honors eight time POY winner Mark Philbrick , who is retiring this year after a distinguished 40 year career as university photographer at Brigham Young University. Matt was presented with the award at the Austin Peay State University Symposium Awards Banquet on Friday evening, June 17th.

  • Best of Show 2016– How Did He Do It!

    2016 Best of Show UPAA. Photo by Nathaniel Ray Edwards, Utah Valley University

    Congratulations to Nate on Winning Best of Show in the 2016 UPAA Annual Print Competition. I asked Nate if he would submit a post about how he made this image. Below is the back story. 
    Behind the scenes photos by Jay Drowns all others by Nathaniel Ray Edwards

  • 2016 Multimedia Competition Winners

    Photo by Jaren Wilkey, Brigham Young University.

    The 2016 Multimedia Competition featured 22 entries a a wide variety of subjects. As in all UPAA competitions the winners were separated by a small margin, in this case less than .70 of a point. Familiar names again claimed the top spots but newcomers to UPAA are climbing closer to the top spots.

    Members of UPAA voted throughout the month of May and awards were presented at the 55th Annual Symposium held at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. 

    The Winners

  • Photographer of the Year Award Name Change

    Photo by Jaren Wilkey, Brigham Young University

    Eight times Photographer of the Year, 40 years a university photographer, five times a symposium host, five years president of UPAA, and one job interview. It should come at no surprise that the Board of Directors decided to name The Photographer of the Year Award after Mark Philbrick, photographer at Brigham Young University.

  • 2016 Annual Print Competition Winners

     Best of Show, by Nathaniel Ray Edwards, Utah Valley University

    UPAA members entered 256 prints in ten categories in the 2016 Annual Print Competition, held last week at the annual symposium in Clarksville, TN. Members attending the symposium judged the competition, giving awards to 49 prints. Nathaniel Ray Edwards, of Utah Valley University, won Best in Show for his portrait of a firefighter (above), and Mark Philbrick was the overall APC winner, placing five of his six entries. 

  • 2016 Nikon Shootout– Friends in Low Places

    Photo by Derek Eckenroth, Bob Jones University

    This year's UPAA Nikon Shootout winner is Derek Eckenroth, from Bob Jones University. Here is what he had to say about the challenges of the contest. For his efforts and excellent photograph Derek received a Nikon D750 and a Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens. 

  • Working with Fuji Raw Files

    Photo by Ken Bennett, Wake Forest University

    The Fuji booth was very popular at the 2016 UPAA Symposium in Clarksville, TN, and many members were able to borrow a camera and some lenses to test. For those of you who shot raw files and plan to process them in Lightroom, there are a couple of things to know in advance: