Student Stories: A Conduit For Human Connection // by Tricia Ramsay

I have always been creative, but as so many creative stories go, I suddenly found myself sitting at a plastic desk in a sterile office under blinding florescent lights doing what they call “work.” Every day for seven years I went to “work,” and bit by bit lost my identity in that hollow, colorless routine.

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Left Brain: Two Steps to Secure Your Data

Do you have a solid back-up system in place for your images? We’re always surprised to hear how few actually do. It’s always one of those things you mean to get to, but usually don’t put into place until after you experience a major data loss. By then you’ve shed many tears (and probably just

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Student Stories: The Very Best Parts of Me // by Peta Hood

Imagine if you were gifted a perfect little package, a gift that represented all parts of you, that celebrated who you are, and when you opened it, there emerged the most powerful and much-needed parts of you that you never knew existed. That is what taking this class felt like to me. It continues to

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Left Brain: What is Street Photography? // by Michael Dees

Street photography by Michael Dees

What exactly is street photography? In my reading, I have seen no definition that is satisfactory. I’m glad to say that my view of street photography is quite liberal. These variations shared below are not so much necessary rules or essential attributes of our art, but some examples of images that we’ve all seen that

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Student Stories: Meet Kristin Kobza

“The fleeting beauty of baby-ness, our daily mess of sweet dysfunctions, and the sensitivity of motherhood itself are what has brought me close to photography. What at first seemed to be the only way to simply capture my kids has become a creative outlet that had long been missing in my life.” Along Kristin Kobza’s artistic

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What I Have To Say: Press On by Brian Schindler

One of the biggest things I’ve come to learn is how important claiming your stake in this industry has become. And by that I mean you, yes you, claiming that stake. Allow me to explain. For years I let myself wait for that validation to come from other people, to match other people’s styles, to

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Announcing: Our Online Photography Classes for July

School may be out for summer for the little ones but summer plans – whether relaxing by the pool or adventuring with the ones you love – make it the perfect time for us big kids to get our learn-on. We have a fantastic line-up of classes scheduled for this July including a brand new class for

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Student Stories: Meet Kierstan Bell

Many of our student stories begin with a creative who is trying to break through a barrier of some kind, whether that be technical or artistic. Point of pain meets one of our inspirational classes and – VOILA! – our community grows and expands both in size and talent. What’s different about Kierstan Bell is

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What I Have to Say: Ryan Longnecker

The summer after I graduated college, I, like many other recent grads, had a lofty idea to do some backpacking overseas. I already had a trip planned to Kenya and considered not going home with the group on the return flight, and instead backpacking up to Giza, Egypt. (I’ll pause so that you who have

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#definethejourney with us

We love a pretty picture; great light, a beautiful backdrop, and an interesting composition. Yeah, just like you, beautiful images make us happysigh. But what has always been at the heart of DEFINE, and what we continue to strive to uncover, examine, and share, is the journey to that defining moment when the shutter is

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