The PTC Photography Portfolio Contest

The Pickens’ Technical College photography department, headed by instructor Lowell Mosher, is geared toward helping students start a successful career in photography. Mosher teaches a two-semester, comprehensive program designed to help students not only hone their photography skills (which, let’s admit, we could all use some training in, judging by my Facebook Newsfeed), but also find work and build a business by getting as many clients as possible. From the basics of Exposure Theory to black and white photography and creating a professional portfolio, Mosher teaches students at PTC how to be skilled, professional photographers when they graduate from PTC.

Every year, Mosher puts together a photography contest for PTC students. This is an opportunity for students to showcase their abilities and their skills they have been learning all year and connect with local photographers who judge the competition. Several students have found work as a professional photographer on the strength of their entries to the contest and their contact with local professional photographers.

One of the professional photographers who judged last semester’s contest is Kimberly Brumfiel. Brumfiel has been a professional photographer in the Denver area since 2002 after she graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado. She has done work for many events in the Denver area in her career and she was all too happy to help budding photography talents find their own way in the industry.

Brumfiel said that judging to contest based mostly on technical aspects such as composition, printing and Photoshop techniques, and color allowed her to give useful feedback for young photographers trying to break into the profession. She wanted to be a judge for PTC’s contest because she thinks PTC’s photography program is “designed well, they all have a chance to take their career to the next level for sure.” The contest is valuable for students because “students learn from their own mistakes and their peers’ mistakes in photography.”

Brumfiel has since taken a PTC photography graduate student under her wing to help her learn the ropes and master the business side of working as a professional photographer. As for Brumfiel herself, she plans to start a new photography business with a colleague to find larger accounts and clients that need fine photography done the right way. Be on the lookout for Kimberly Dawn Photography in the coming months, Denver!

Part of PTC’s mission is to expose its students to as many professional, real-word mentors as possible. Finding someone to take you under their wing is usually the best thing that can happen to a young photography student, or any student of professional art. As always, PTC gears students for a professional life in the discipline that makes them happy. The photography program at PTC is no different. Lowell Mosher has connections throughout the local photography industry like Brumfiel and the other judges of last semester’s competition. Mosher works hard to ensure that all of his students have a chance to get the career of their dreams off the ground in the local Denver scene.

Three Back to School Items You’re Forgetting

It’s August, people, and like it or not, it’s nearly time to go back to school. Here at Pickens Technical College, we’re all excited to get back to helping you put your best foot forward on your path to professional happiness with our excellent professors and experience-oriented classes. No matter what class you’re taking here at PTC, you’re going to spend at least some time in the classroom. I know, you’d rather be out there learning in the real world, and for many programs at PTC, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing. However, you will also need to break out the pens and pencils and notebooks to absorb the critical lessons your experienced teachers will lay down.

You know you’ll need something to write with and write on (or just a computer), but here are a few back-to-school items that you may not be thinking of for your return to the classroom this fall:

  • Portable stapler. Think of all the Office Space jokes you could make when someone borrows your stapler. In all seriousness, think of all the times you have needed only one staple but you can’t find a stapler anywhere in the classroom. This is one of those things you forget about until the moment you absolutely need it. Keeping a little stapler for your backpack also beats walking around with a million paperclips lose in your smallest backpack pocket.
  • Correction fluid or tape. For quick, on-the-go corrections for schoolwork, quickly erase any embarrassing typos or mistakes in your papers before you turn them in with this handy item. Whiting out or taping over a mistake looks more professional than drawing a line through it or scribbling it out. They are usually pocket-sized and inexpensive and can be a very useful item to throw in your backpack before school.
  • Stain remover pen. You may not need this handy ‘oops’ device to quickly remove stains from your clothes if you have the gracefulness of a ballerina, or if you don’t care about coffee stains. But if you’re like me and getting through a day without slopping some sort of staining liquid or condiment on your clothes is a small victory, investing in this item can save you the embarrassment of walking into class with messed up clothes. Try to find these pens in keychain form for added convenience.

Back to school time is right around the corner, like it or not, and you’ll have a better time in the classroom if you’re prepared. Sometimes, just the act of getting your back-to-school items together for the first day of school can help you get in that mindset of homework, studying, and taking notes. So while you’re browsing for pencils, pens, notebooks, and text books, make sure you load up on some of these underrated and often forgotten back-to-school items before the first day comes. The better prepared you are in advance, the faster all those classroom hours will flit by on your way to a great career after PTC.