Registration open for annual photography show, workshop in Alva

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Registration open for annual photography show, workshop in Alva

Graphic illustrator Picture My Weekend eventRegistration is now open for the sixth annual Picture My Weekend digital photography workshop and show Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, in the Student Center on the campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.

Picture My Weekend, a part of the Northwestern Creativity Project, will feature a public showing of participants’ photos on Friday evening in the Ranger Room with entertainment by Fred Riggins of Alva, Photo Booth photographs and two workshops. Saturday will have a variety of workshops, along with a shooting session around Alva. At the end of the day on Saturday, photographs from the “shooting assignment” will be featured in a slide show at the Graceful Arts Center in downtown Alva. A special photography exhibit currently is on display at the Center that participants will be able to view prior to the slideshow and announcement of awards.

“We can’t wait to see our friends who have joined us during past workshops, as well as all the new people who are interested in learning more about their cameras and photography,” said Valarie Case, Picture My Weekend committee member. “We’re also hoping that members of the Alva and surrounding communities will attend the Friday show to view our participants’ photographs, and enjoy entertainment and refreshments.”

Registration is free until Tuesday, July 23, and is limited to 60 persons. All donations are welcome, however. After July 23, there will be a registration fee of $25 per person, if space permits. Participants younger than 13 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration may be accomplished online at

Each participant may bring up to four photographs to be displayed in the Friday show that is set from 7 to 9 p.m. This year’s special photo category for display is a “tree.” All the tree-related photos will be hung together in a featured display.

“The last couple of years we’ve asked participants to bring creative shots of one kind or another, and that seemed to be well-received,” Case said. “We had so many great photos of faucets and photos showing off the participants’ individual communities over the last couple of years that we thought we’d just keep that tradition going. Should be interesting to see how all of the photos will have different interpretations of trees.”

Something new this year to the event will be a Photo Booth, provided by session leader Kayla Waldrop of Enid PhotoOp.

“For only $2 per photo our guests Friday and Saturday can have fun photos taken, with or without any of the props Kayla is bringing,” Case said. “So gather up your friends for an enjoyable evening of talent, and before you leave, have some fun getting your photo taken in the booth.”

This Photo Booth is a traditional style, sit down unit with touchscreen technology that produces high quality 2x6 inch prints.

“Users can choose from color or black and white prints,” Waldrop said. “The print is ready in seconds using a professional dye sublimation printer, and the prints are water resistant.Lots of fun unique props will be available, so you can rock your photo! Also, photos will be uploaded on the web so you can share your experience from the Photo Booth with the world.”

Besides the Friday photography show, two workshop sessions also will take place. One will compare Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom, and the second will talk about focusing on subjects and depth of field.

Saturday’s sessions will kick off with tips to help participants create better photos, as well as taking photos of subjects that won’t stand still.

Following this first session, participants will be sent out into the Alva community to take a series of photographs that will be turned into a slideshow video and be shown at the Graceful Arts Center. Past slideshow videos may be seen at

“These photos could be taken inside or outside, so residents and business people may see a number of our participants asking to take photos of various subjects,” Case said.

Other topics on tap for the day include composition, gadgets, posing people, photos as fine art, choose lenses and a more in-depth look into Lightroom software.

This year’s session leaders are Waldrop and Kayte Anton of Enid; Ken Kelsey, Ringwood; Brody Schmidt, Nash; and Andrew Lauffer, Alva.

More information may be obtained at  Questions may be sent to