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A PICTURE CAN SAY A MILLION WORDS

Une photo bien plus que des mots

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MIPP Foundations in Image Editing Course – 2017 edition

MIPP Foundations in Image Editing – 2017

 

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Course:

 

From 27th September to 2nd November 2017

 

Lecturer: Martin Agius AMIPP ASIFGP

 

Co-ordinator: Kevin Casha FMIPP FSWPP AMPS AMPA

 

 

 

Booking Deadline: 31st August, 2017

 

A practical foundation course for all those who want to get an excellent grounding in practical Digital Editing. It is necessary that all participants bring their own laptop. A participation certificate will only be given to those attendees who will attend for at least 80% of course. Tasks and work files will be provided. This course will be run in English if required.

 

 

Venue – Hilltop Gardens, Naxxar

 

Start Time: 7.00 pm (approx. 2 hour duration).

 

 

Fees:

 

MIPP members: €60 Non members: €80.

Special offer for non members: Course plus MIPP 2017 & 2018 full membership €100.

 

Payment for the course is on booking.

 

Only a limited number of students can be accommodated so booking will be held on a first come – first served basis.

 

 

 

Course details: Foundation in Image Editing:

 

Lesson 1 – Wednesday 27th September 2017

 

Introduction to Photoshop, Workspace, Bridge, Camera RAW & Shortcuts

Importing Photos into Bridge, Speeding Up Photoshop, Configuring Bridge & Photoshop, Palettes

 

Lesson 2 – Thursday 5th October 2017

 

Essential Photoshop tools

Cropping & Vignettes

Manipulating Contrast & Brightness – Curves, Brightness/Contrast, Levels

Colour enhancement & correction.

Sharpening – Adjust Sharpness, High Pass Sharpening & Unsharp Mask

 

Lesson 3 – Wednesday 11th October 2017

 

Retouching Marks & Blemishes – Clone Stamp Tool, Spot Healing Brush & Content-Aware Handling Raw Files

 

Lesson 4 – Thursday 19th October 2017

 

Monochrome – Professional Conversion of Colour images into Black & White, Monotone and Sepia Layers and Masks explained

 

Lesson 5 – Wednesday 25th October 2017

 

Selection Techniques – Marquee Tools, Lasso, Quick Selection Tool, Magic Wand, Refine Edge. Compositing – replacing a background

 

Lesson 6 – Thursday 2nd November 2017

 

Producing Text, Frames & Borders, Creating Panoramas – Stitching Photos

HDR – High Dynamic range processing, Creating simple Action tools

 

 

 

*The MIPP reserves the right to cancel any course/s if the sufficient amount of participants is not attained.

 

For bookings and enquiries kindly contact MIPP course director Kevin Casha on courses@mippmalta.com quoting course title when applying.

 

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BOOKING INFO:

 

There are three payment options: Go onto our website link http://www.mipp-malta.com/index.php/joinus

 

Option 1: If you are a member, you can pay for the courses directly through the Bank of Valletta website: http://www.bov.com and log in to BOV internet banking with your Securekey. You can thus avail yourself of the special subsidized rates for MIPP members.

 

Option 2: If you want to join the MIPP and attend the course, you can download the MIPP Membership Application Form, http://www.mipp-malta.com/index.php/join-us fill it in and send it together with your cheque for 40 euros and the relevant course fee for MIPP members. Please make the cheque payable to THE TREASURER, MIPP. Postal Address is MIPP PO Box 8, Birkirkara, BKR 1000. Acceptance of your membership is subject to MIPP approval.

 

Option 3: If you are a non member (and you do not want to join the MIPP), you can pay for the

courses directly through the Bank of Valletta website: http://www.bov.com and log in to BOV internet banking with your Securekey or you can send your relevant non member course fee by cheque. Please make the cheque payable to THE TREASURER, MIPP. Postal Address is MIPP PO Box 8, Birkirkara, BKR 1000.

 

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MIPP GOZO PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (in collaboration with Gozo Photography Association)

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MIPP GOZO PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (in collaboration with Gozo Photography Association)

Programme:

SUNDAY 9th July
08.15 – Meet on 8.15 ferry boat at Cirkewwa (cars to be left in Malta)
08.45 – Arrival at Mgarr Gozo and rendezvous with van
09.15 – Photography around the new Citadella
10.15 – Visit to Aurora Theatre, in Rabat
11.15 – Free time in Rabat for street photography
12.15 – Lunch at El Dorado (pizza/pasta approx. 8 eur. NOT INCLUDED IN TICKET)
13.45 – Rendezvous van
14.00 – Visit to Ta’ Pinu church
15.15 – Model photography in Gharb village
17.15 – End and return to Mgarr harbour to catch 6pm ferry boat.

Approx. costs per person :
Transport in Gozo (6 eur) (we leave our transport at Cirkewwa)
Gozo Ferry ticket
Light Lunch (approx. 8 eur)

BOOKINGS by 6th July on courses@mipp-malta.com

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Photographers’ Rights at Law

FLASH FROM PAST MIPP LECTURES:

Photographers’ Rights at Law

The Right to take Pictures and the Right to Protect them was a presentation given by Dr. Jackie Scerri, Director for Legal Services at Equinox, at 3 different Malta Institute of Professional Photography (MIPP) events targeted at photographers, 2 of which were held in Malta and with the other having been held in Gozo.

The presentation addresses photographers’ frequently-asked questions and oft-encountered difficulties and conundrums. Issues covered include copyright, licensing, privacy & data protection, legal issues with photos of different subjects and public order considerations.

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POSTHUMOUS AWARD TO LINO ARRIGO AZZOPARDI

The Malta Journalism Gold Award, which recognises a Maltese resident with a long career and vast experience in journalism and whose contribution goes beyond the requisites of normal professional practice, was yesterday presented posthumously to Lino Arrigo Azzopardi (pictured above) and Lino Bugeja.


Organised annually by the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM), the 27th edition of the Malta Journalism Awards was held at The Palace Hotel Sliema.

IGM, formerly known as the Press Club, has organised the Gold Award since 1998. The board awarding the prize is made up three prominent figures, flanked by a secretary chosen from the officials of IGM.

The Gold Award was presented by former President George Abela posthumously to members of their families.

(in picture above) The Gold Award was presented to Vincent Arrigo, brother of the late Lino Arrigo Azzopardi.

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Myth debunked: Bilingual children will not master either language

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Obituary: the Azure Window

The Azure Window, which has died after a long illness, was to Gozo what the Tower is to Pisa (in more ways than one).

It had the singular honour of appearing at least once on every page of every issue of Air Malta’s in-flight magazine. It served actively and with full honours in the Tired Adjective Regiment, a unit that included a number of famous, ico­nic, renowned, landmark, gem and breathtaking names in its ranks. It rubbed shoulders with the unfortunately named Fungus Rock, the coastal Inland Sea, a quarry, a shanty town, a car park and several purveyors of fine hot dogs.

Born into a family of Lower Coralline limestone about 30 million years ago, the window was a late starter. For much of its life, the best it could hope for by way of company was nesting sparrows and one or two brave fishermen. It really only came into its own when its ability to make visitors part with their money became clear. A good part of that power was down to nature, which had made it look man-made (like a window, in fact). Rather like sculptural cactus, the Azure Window sat bet­ween nature and culture. And, when the signs began to show of the malady that would end its life, people weren’t sure whether to leave it alone, as they might a work of nature, or restore it, as they would a crumbling church.

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Above: The Azure Window at the turn of the last century, when it still showed little sign of terminal illness.

Towards the end, it became clear that the thousands of tonnes of hard rock would not withstand the weight of a human body. To as much as tread on the window was made a hanging offence – though not on the spot, which would have defea­ted the purpose. Astonishingly, when the time did finally come, it was the thousands of tonnes of sea that shuffled it off.

 
The Azure Window is survived by a heartbroken Prime Minister, four inspired ministers and a sniggering public. Its place on the tentative Eighth Wonder list has been taken by Ta’ Pinu Church.
Mark Anthony Falzon ( via The Sunday Times 12th March, 2017)

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News Media Must Up Their Game Or Trump Will Run The Show


“Journalists covering the White House must always be at the top of their game: tenacious, fearless and dedicated to a fair accounting of the truth. But the Trump presidency will challenge them like no other in our lifetime.”

Canadian veteran journalist Sean Mallen tries to decypher Donald Trump’s relationship with the media.  I made Sean’s acquantance when I produced his ENG live segments during the last Cardinals’ Conclave which elected Pope Francis from St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Italy.

Sean Mallen had an award-winning career of more than 3 decades covering stories from coast to coast and around the world, principally for Global News. He was Queen’s Park Correspondent, Host-Producer of Focus Ontario and the London-based Europe Bureau Chief for Global National. He is a multiple winner of the RTNDA award, including a citation for coverage of referendum night in Montreal in 1995. He has covered several federal, provincial and municipal elections going back to the 1980s. The many international stories he has covered include the Royal Wedding, the Eurocrisis in Greece, the Arab Spring in Egypt, Vladimir Putin’s re-election as president, the Costa Concordia disaster, the last Papal Conclave and both the Athens and London Olympics. He is now a communications consultant in Toronto, specializing in strategic communications. speech writing and high level media training. He is also an award winning travel writer with articles published in the Toronto Star, Post Media papers and other publications.

Read his full article on link below:

http://m.huffpost.com/ca/entry/14253564

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FOUNDATION PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

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A course in Photography is being organised, which will give participants a sound basis to increase one’s learning and enjoyment of the medium.

This popular course is specifically aimed at persons wishing to make fast, practical inroads into photographic enjoyment. Read more on the link below

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“Foundation Course” is being done under the auspices of the MIPP and caters for the enthusiastic  beginner who wants to learn how to control his camera better,

understand better photographic terminology, improve his  pictures as well as grasp the fundamentals of photography. The course is also suitable for students doing their System of Knowledge projects.

 

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KEITH ELLUL INTERVIEWED

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My friend in photography and a fellow Nikonista, Keith Ellul, has been interviewed for the website THE MALTESE GALLERY. See the video below to appreciate his work, his thinking process and inspiration.

Keith Ellul, 37, lives in San Gwann, Malta. He works in the automotive industry as a Spare Parts Manager. He considers himself to be a simple person who loves photography, and enjoys spending his free time in the early mornings by the sea, where he finds peace and balance from his daily routine in today’s hectic life – which is a challenge, as he also has to balance the responsibilities of a full-time job and the demanding role of a parent and a husband, not to mention all the other things that life throws at you. Photography has grown to be more than just a hobby for him, and has now become a fully-fledged passion.

 

Visit also THE MALTESE GALLERY’s interview here:

http://themaltesegallery.com/keith-ellul/

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