Business Consultant Dave Dudley to Share Important Communication Skills and Strategies for Photographers at College of DuPage Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. in MAC 193

October 4, 2015

Presenter's Advantage Photography

Models Needed for Friday Portrait Class Shoots – Get Professional Portraits and Learn about Studio Photography

September 29, 2015

Heather Shedd’s photograph of model Richard Petry from a recent Friday Portrait class shoot.

Models are needed for the College of DuPage Portrait Photography class. Volunteer models need to be available from 11 a.m. to noon on Fridays for makeup, and from noon to 3 p.m. for the studio shoots with the Portrait students. Each model will be photographed by a group of 3 or 4 students that will “pay” the model with custom prints and 3 to 5 digital images on a disk. The Portrait Photography class collaborates with Cosmetology and Theatre students, as well as other interested COD students and members of the community.

If you’d like to participate, email Instructor Terry Vitacco at She will send you a Model Sign-Up form and will add you to our class model list.  Get some great portraits and learn about studio photography at the same time.

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Cosmetology Student Kristina Ziebell applies makeup to Richard Petry before his studio shoot In the College of DuPage Photo Lab.


(Left Photo) Cosmetology Student Jocelyn Hernandez works on model Katya Pospisil’s hair in preparation for her Portrait class shoot. Photo by Anna Gay. (Right Photo) Jennifer Guitian’s portrait of model Katya Pospisil.

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(Left Photo) Cosmetology Student Samantha Belcourt (far left) works on model Cristian Batiz as Jocelyn Hernandez styles model Olivia Baumann’s hair. Photo by Anna Gay. (Right Photo) COD Photography Student Sue Krpan’s portrait of Cristian and Olivia.

COD Photo Students Test New Profoto Lights in Studio Demo Today with Joe Lavine

September 24, 2015

Joe Lavine, the “Profoto Guy” came to the College of DuPage Photography Studios today to demonstrate the latest in lighting equipment. He also invited students to enter the Profoto EDU contest to win $5000 in Profoto lighting gear.

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Denver Commercial Photographer Joe Lavine looks on as COD Photo student Helena Joergenrud styles pastries for a tabletop shot.


Joe Lavine demonstrates how the new Profoto B1 and B2 off camera flash works well in studio and on location. It weighs one pound.

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Photo Lab Aide Meghan Daly sits in as Joe Lavine demonstrates how different light housings affect the quality of light in portraits.

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Meghan Daly (left) and Helena Joergenrud watch as Joe Lavine demonstrates how to enhance the texture of the pastries for the shots. Photo by Bernie Mack.

Profoto Lighting Demo at College of DuPage Photo Studio Thursday, September 24 with Joe Lavine

September 14, 2015

Profoto Flyer
Joe Lavine is coming to College of DuPage next Thursday, September 24th at 3 p.m to demo Profoto’s latest lighting equipment to our students. His specialties are commercial still life photography and education. He runs a commercial studio in Denver (link below), and taught at the college level for 18 years. He will speak in MAC 276, the COD Photo Studios.

We hope to see you there!

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Samples of Joe Lavine’s Editorial Work.

See some Great Images today – COD Photography Student Aline Fetter and COD Photo Alum Maureen Zwier Featured at Oak Brook Fall Festival of Fine Art from 11a.m. to 6 p.m.

September 13, 2015
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COD Photo Student and Lab Aide, Aline Fetter, with her “Through the Looking Glass” images at the Oak Brook Fall Festival of Fine Arts.

College of DuPage Photography Student Aline Fetter’s work from her “Through the Looking Glass” series will be featured today at the Oak Brook Fall Festival of Fine Art today.
Fetter’s Artist Statement:
Claude Monet said, “… a landscape does not exist in its own right since its appearance changes at every moment.” I agree that nature is ever changing and strive to capture its unique moments in the mysterious world of waterscapes. Here, natural light, wind, currents and seasons all work in conjunction to create dynamic scenes that change faster than the blink of an eye. For me, a waterscape isn’t just about tenuous moments. It’s about an unknown realm that reveals a brief look into another world where your imagination can run free. It’s where you find colors and patterns rife with personality and where you feel the juxtaposition of opposing emotions – peace and excitement, fear and courage, sorrow and happiness.In this photographic series, I wanted to capture the many moods of a fantastic world through the transient effects of light and atmosphere as they interact with and alter the surface of water. These images reveal the ways in which the sun, sky and other natural phenomena fuse to create beautiful impressions. I hope you enjoy viewing these fluid impressions of a moment in time as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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COD Photo Program Alum Maureen Zwier with her “Mandala” images at the Oak Brook Fall Festival of Fine Arts.

College of DuPage Photography Alum Maureen Zwier’s work will also be featured today, from her “Mandala” series..

Zwier’s Artist Statement:

The term Mandala is Sanskrit meaning “essence”. It may also be translated as “completion” or “circle”. A mandala is usually a concentric diagram used to draw the eye, or self, inward. The mandalas I have created are computer manipulations of photographs. All of the original photographs are of organic, living organisms, whether they are people, plants or animals. Each mandala projects the energy of the original, photographed subject, which is referenced in the artwork’s title. I have also included a copy of the original image somewhere in the artwork.
All of my Mandalas are “printed” on metal using heat and pressure. The final Mandalas range from 10x10inches up to 50x50inches.

Great Photo Conference Opportunity for Students – COD Photo Instructor Lily Mayfield to be featured at Midwest Society for Photographic Education Conference in Louisville, Kentucky October 1 to 4

September 3, 2015


The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) is a nonprofit membership organization that provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms through teaching and learning, scholarship, and criticism.

Lily says, “This is a great excuse for a road trip and quite an affordable conference at only $50 for students.”

COD Photo Instructor Lily Mayfield lives in Chicago. She earned a BFA in photography from the University of Florida and MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago. Mayfield teaches at both Columbia College Chicago and College of DuPage. She has exhibited her work nationally and has curated exhibitions for Northern Trust Bank and Woman Made Gallery.

Learn Special Motion Effects and More in Chris Schneberger’s Photography 1101 Class – Starts Tuesday, September 15

September 1, 2015

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Foundations of Digital Photography (PHOTO 1101-010)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:40pm
Instructor: Christopher Schneberger
12 Week Class beginning 9/15

This fun introductory course will cover digital photography from the ground up. We’ll learn all about cameras, camera controls, lenses, composition, subject matter, light, printing, and more. You’ll learn how to import and adjust images easily with industry standard softwares Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The course will offer assignments addressing a number of different subject matters and themes. Express your creativity while learning great techniques!

I’ve been teaching for 20 years and love working with students as they discover the power of photography. We have a lot of fun in this class and the atmosphere is relaxed.


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