Impressive lineup of photographers set for 'Picture My Weekend'

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Impressive lineup of photographers set for 'Picture My Weekend'

July 12, 2011

A strong lineup of professional and hobbyist photographers and artists has been assembled for the fourth annual “Picture My Weekend” free digital photography workshop scheduled July 29-30 at Alva’s Runnymede Hotel. The group will lead a number of workshops designed to accommodate all levels of photography skills.

Kim Baker of Meeker is an Oklahoma-based nature and conservation photographer whose work has appeared in Oklahoma Today, Outdoor Oklahoma and AAA’s Home & Away Magazine.

In 2001, Baker started the photographic project Oklahoma Rivers, to help create awareness about the need for water conservation and protection of the state’s water resources. In 2010, she started her conservation photography initiative, the Oklahoma Conservation Photography Survey, in an effort to use photography to advance conservation and create public awareness of the need to conserve and protect Oklahoma’s natural resources.

Baker’s first collaborative project, the Illinois River Survey, uses compelling photography to make a difference for Oklahoma’s beautiful Illinois River. Photographs from the Illinois River Survey, accompanied by essays by Oklahoma authors including a special foreword by Oklahoma river advocate Drew Edmondson, will be published in a conservation photography book in 2012. The publication will coincide with a traveling photographic exhibit, which will tour Tahlequah, Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Baker will lead a session on “Near and Far—Macro to Landscape.” It will include ideas, tips and techniques for shooting creative macro images, and information on finding locations, creating images with punch and compositional rules for landscape photography.

Also a contributor to Oklahoma Today, Mark Nault is a freelance photographer from Edmond. He is a self-taught photographer, beginning as a teenager in the mid-1970s. In 1979, he entered the Air Force and served for 23 years at bases in the U.S. and overseas. He said he was very lucky to enjoy a tremendous variety of environments in which to develop his technical and artistic skills.

His interest in photography is focused on the changes natural light brings to a subject throughout the day.

“To me, Ansel Adams summed it up best when he said ‘photography is painting with light,’” Nault said.

His sessions will include “Lightning and Storm Photography” and “Landscapes and Farmscapes in the Panoramic Format.” The former will include safety tips and the latter will focus on aged farm and ranch architecture and scenes.

Brody Schmidt is a freelance sports photographer based in Alva. He has a background in photojournalism and was a photographer and photo editor for five years prior to converting to freelance work 18 years ago. He has been an Associated Press contributor for the last 14 years and Schmidt’s images have appeared in ESPN Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Time and USA Today.

In 2008, he launched, an online photography archive that features Oklahoma State University (OSU) sports images ranging from equestrian to football. targets editorial clients and has grown to represent additional photographers and provide print sales to fans.

During the week Schmidt owns and manages SPI, a technical solutions provider offering a wide range of solutions for hardware, software, and computing needs.

Schmidt will present “Basic Photo Editing/Workflow,” which will deal with downloading, editing, archiving and retrieving photos; and “Sports Photography and More” covering planning, equipment, settings and techniques.

Baker, Nault and Schmidt each will contribute a segment called “So You Want To Be a Freelance Photographer,” discussing their careers.

Kayte Anton of Enid established Kayte’s Kreations Photography & Design in 2005 after graduating from Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in mass communications.

Kayte’s Kreations provides professional photography and design services. With a strong background in layout and design, Anton has become known for one-of-a-kind digital albums, a love for “outside the box” ideas and a commitment to capturing memories with a “go with the flow” attitude.

She volunteers for “Inspiration through Art” by providing complimentary photo shoots to families with a child who is suffering from a serious illness or life-altering disability.

Anton will present two sessions—“Finding the Light: Natural Light Photography 101” and “From Snapshots to Portraits: How Posing Makes the Difference!” The first will include dramatic light, backlighting, sun flares, shadows, etc., and metering modes for the situation. The second will cover creating flattering poses, how to complement the subject and scene, common problems and suggestions and ideas.

Edmond-based Cody Lee Dopps is a landscape photographer who specializes in capturing the abandoned houses that litter the open space of Oklahoma and the rest of the Great Plains. Dopps also specializes in on-location portraiture with the use of natural or off-camera lighting. He has worked professionally for a handful of magazines around Oklahoma, and in the last year has kept himself busy with his own portraiture and wedding photography business.

This will be the third year that Cody has volunteered his services as a session leader at “Picture My Weekend.”

Going from natural light to man-made light, Dopps will cover “Off-Camera Lighting and Its Many Uses,” discussing the equipment and techniques of using off-camera flashes and lights for portraits. He also will lead "Ordinary to Extraordinary: Portraits, Landscapes and More” on how to make an everyday photo something eye-catching and unusual.

Although his professional life took him to a different field of the arts, photography has been a life-long hobby of Dr. Rod Murrow of Alva. He said it started in the mid-1950s with a gift from his parents of a Kodak Brownie camera that used Kodak 127 film.

After retirement from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where he served as professor of music and associate dean of graduate studies, Murrow and his wife Carolyn opened Murrow’s FrameArt LLC, a custom picture frame shop located in Downtown Mall on Alva’s square.

Murrow will lead “Photo Editing using Online Editors,” introducing five free online editors that include many of the same features found in expensive software packages. Persons attending this session are asked to bring a laptop computer with wireless card.

Also from Alva, Becky McCray gets her love of photography from her grandfather, Alva studio photographer Glenn Hendricks. Her photos have been printed in local newspapers, Convene Magazine and a textbook by National Geographic, and published online by Now Public, SparkSheet, Schmap travel guides for Philadelphia and Dallas, and many others.

McCray has taught digital photography courses at High Plains Tech Center in Woodward, and this is her third year to lead a session in photography basics at “Picture My Weekend.”

McCray will conduct two “Basic Camera/Photography” sessions—one on Friday evening and the other Saturday morning. This session is designed for newcomers to digital photography or those with more experience who have a new, unfamiliar camera.

Brandice Guerra is an assistant professor of art at Northwestern. This fall, she will begin teaching a variety of courses in painting and drawing, as well as a course in the history of Western art. As an artist, she is a painter of natural and narrative subjects in oil and a commercial illustrator.

Guerra holds a bachelor of fine arts in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master of fine arts in drawing and painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught courses in life drawing, drawing fundamentals, and painting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal. She has created natural history illustrations for nature preserves and museums across the country.

Ken Kelsey of Ringwood is an adjunct instructor in the departments of history and fine arts at Northwestern. He teaches a variety of history courses, from “Ancient Greece” to “Museum Methods,” and an art appreciation course entitled “Art in Life.”

He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Oklahoma State University and a master’s in art history from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Before moving back to his home state of Oklahoma, Kelsey worked for 10 years in the education department of the Dallas Museum of Art.

In addition to his work at Northwestern, Kelsey is the regional arts network coordinator for the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Guerra and Kelsey will team to lead a session on composition and storytelling.

Multi-talented Warren Little of Alva is involved in oil and pencil portraits, wood carving, photography and collecting knives. Retired from the wheat and cattle business, he now concentrates on his photography work.

“Everywhere you look, there’s a picture,” Little said. “All you have to do is stop and look at it. . .stop and take the photo.”

With that philosophy in mind, Little will lead the session “Ordinary to Extraordinary: Developing an Artistic Eye.”

Picture My Weekend always includes a hands-on session where all attendees are sent out to take photographs for a slide show at the end of the day. This year, attendees will be divided into six groups to be led by Baker, Schmidt, Anton, Dopps, McCray and Little.

Complete information about the session leaders and topics, as well as an online registration form, may be found at The workshop is free to those who register prior to July 26. After that date, there will be a fee of $20. Registration is limited to the first 60 persons.