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Kaplan students' photos on display at art gallery

January 11, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Kaplan University student Bill Shatzer of Sharpsburg looks over photographs taken by some of his classmates during a reception at the Contemporary School of the Arts Friday evening.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Historic and bucolic scenes from the Tri-State area taken by Kaplan University students will be on display at the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc. at 4 West Franklin St. through the end of January.

While the works are for sale, one of the photographers said what he learned will be useful in his career.

“I can’t put a price on what I learned in digital photography,” Bill Shatzer of Sharpsburg, a graphic design student, said Friday at a reception opening the exhibit. “Whenever you’re doing web pages or any other design, it’s nice to be able to use your own photographs.”

The photos were taken during class trips to Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, and Gettysburg, Pa., Shatzer said.

“For our program specifically, we like to teach the career end of it,” said Cookie Redding, a graphic design professor at Kaplan.

“To take your own strong, composed shots, it will actually help your graphic design, because you can do your own images instead of using stock photos,” Redding said. “It makes you more versatile.”

“I’ve had an interest in photography since I was a little girl,” said Jennifer Toney of Hagerstown, an information technology student at Kaplan.

Toney said she learned much about how to compose a photograph in Redding’s class.

“I learned how to better frame the photos ... and use angles to give it a better composition,” Toney said. She pointed out a Civil War era home she photographed and how she used autumn foliage in the foreground and background to enhance the image.

A couple of the photos were sold within a few minutes of the opening of the reception, said Ron Lytle, the executive director of the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery. The photos are already framed and matted and are reasonably priced, he said.

The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

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