Carteret Community College Title III Grant

March 11, 2010

Society for Photographic Education National Conference in Philadelphia

The Title 3 grant we have here at Carteret Community College made it possible for me to attend the Society for Photographic Education National Conference in Philadelphia, PA March 4-7.  The theme for this year’s conference was Facing Diversity, which is a timely topic in any discipline. The opening Keynote speaker, Kip Fulbeck, brought the crowd to their feet with his lively and fast paced presentation on the “other” category made up of multiracial Americans, which is the country’s fastest growing demographic.

The individual workshops had amazing variety from excellent presentations demonstrating online education, (our own DL wizard Patrick Keough) to making digital negatives form turn of the century process.  Everything old is new again. This seems to be the decade of the hybrid. There were hands on workshops on Adobe Lightroom, which we just purchased for our computer lab and a great presentation on Copyright sponsored by ASMP.

The University and gallery tours showed every type of photography being produced and were a real eye opener for our students. I love to see them light up with enthusiasm as new information and opportunities are presented.  It is a big world out there and I am proud when they interject themselves into it by showing their work at the portfolio reviews.

Their work is definitely some of the best student work shown.  It validates what we do here and gives them confidence to move forward. The trade show featured 75 vendors from every major photographic dealer and publisher in the country. They provided up to the minute reviews and samples of all upcoming products. Several of them have volunteered to come give free demonstrations at the college.

Philly is an exciting city and presented a great opportunity to get out and shot between talks. We lucked out on the weather and really beat the pavement for some visual treats. This was one of the best conferences we have attended and we all learned a great deal. It also validated what we are doing now in Distance learning and our curriculum.

Submitted by
Cathy Crowell
Curriculum Area Coordinator
Photographic Technology

Carteret Community College
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, N.C. 28557

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