Jeff Newell and Ellie Mayberry take a selfie with an alpaca during the “Showtacular Alpaca Show.” | Wasim Ahmad, The Fall Workshop trainer

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ITC students team up with professional coaches for The Fall Workshop

Three Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central photography students, Katy Fermin, Ana McGough and Ellie Mayberry, attended The Fall Workshop at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as a part of the “Emerging Artists” team.

The Fall Workshop is a rigorously scheduled workshop that ran from Oct. 19-22. At this workshop, SU photography students work with professional photography coaches from around the globe on multimedia projects.

The “Emerging Artists” team consisted of eight students from high school and undergraduate photography classes from Syracuse and Georgia who worked with five professional photographers. I had the honor of volunteering as an assistant with this team, along with their coaches: Mike Roy, Linda Epstein, Michelle McLoughlin, Wasim Ahmad and Elisha Stasko.

Fall Workshop 2017

The students’ multimedia project, “Have Y’all Herd?” covered the “Showtacular Alpaca Show” at The Great New York State Fairgrounds. The project was shown at the workshop’s community show that weekend.

Katy is a senior who has studied media communications at ITC for four years and has an eye for detail in photography. She will continue to use her newly acquired photography skills in her photography internship opportunities at ITC high school this year.

Ana and Ellie are juniors who have already mastered their own personal DSLR, or digital single-lens reflex cameras, through portfolio workshops and critiques at ITC’s photography club and ITC’s summer photography enrichment classes. They both took their love for photography to a whole new level at the workshop.

They had the honor of meeting many inspiring photographers, including Ana’s favorite portrait photographer, Greg Heisler.

Ellie, who loves to photograph her own horse for her portfolio work, even had the wonderful opportunity to show an Alpaca (check out our selfie).


— Submitted by Jeff Newell, ITC media teacher

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