Northwestern Creativity Project planning second photography show, workshop

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Northwestern Creativity Project planning second photography show, workshop

June 23, 2009

 Jim Apel
Jim Apel of Guthrie, will present, “Telling a Story with Pictures” during Picture My Weekend on Saturday, Aug. 1. Apel helped facilitate last year’s Picture My Weekend event. He graduated from Northwestern in 1988.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Creativity Project committee is playing host to its second annual event Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Runnymede Hotel in downtown Alva.

A free Photography Show and Workshop titled “Picture My Weekend” will take place for participants at all digital photography skill levels and for varying types of digital cameras.

On Friday, anyone planning on taking part in the Saturday workshop is welcome to provide items for the photography show set for 7 to 9 p.m. Each participant is welcome to bring up to five matted pieces to have on display on the first floor of the Runnymede. Visit for specific details on how to prepare photos for hanging.

The Max Ridgway Trio will provide music during the Friday evening photography show, which will be free and open to the public.

Saturday’s workshop begins with check in at 8:30 a.m., followed by a welcome from Alva Mayor Arden Chaffee at 8:45 a.m. The first of a number of roundtable sessions provided to help photographers at all skill levels become better at their craft and how to use their camera begins at 9 a.m.

New this year is “Teens Talkin’ Photography,” a session taught by 1999 Northwestern alumna Korina Schneider. This session is available for teenagers, 13 years old and up. This group will be able to utilize the tips they learn by going out and taking photographs. Students younger must be accompanied at the session by an adult.

Also new, participants will have an extended lunch period where they may take what they learned during the morning sessions and practice by taking photographs in the community. These photographs will be compiled for a slide show set to end the day’s activities at a special 7 p.m. showing in Northwestern’s Science Amphitheatre.

Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, will welcome participants to Northwestern, and Dr. Kay Decker, department of social sciences chair, will present “Using Our Talents to Increase Awareness of Cultural Heritage and Our History” prior to the slide show. To end the event, there will be an open discussion about photography.

Workshop sessions will include The Very Basics, Off-camera Lighting, Telling a Story through Pictures, Composition and more. All sessions have been developed to help everyone try various ways to improve their photographic skills.

Registration is required so the committee will have an idea of how many people will be in attendance. Registration is open through July 24 or until 80 people have registered. An online registration form is available at

For additional information or to volunteer to help facilitate the roundtable discussions, please contact Dr. Rod Murrow, associate dean of graduate studies, at (580) 327-8589 or Information also is available online at