Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tom Kilpatrick 72 years old and still learning

Nikon D750, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 100, ƒ/8, 1/200
This photo of Tom Kilpatrick caught how I see him. He is such a kid. He just loves to explore and have fun.

He has taught photography for more than 30 years and been a photojournalist for even more years and yet he decided to join us in Romania for the Storytellers Abroad Missions Multimedia Workshop.

Nikon D750, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 100, ƒ/5.6, 1/125
Here Tom shows his wisdom by not getting on the roof of the car like James Dockery.

Tom brought to the table the skills of shooting great still images, but had not put together his images with video and controlled the entire project.

Tom interviewed a Romanian pastor who had a vision for creating a evangelistic outreach for the Romanian Baptist church.

Here is the interview that Tom did and his package.

God's Vision for ROMANIA from Storytellers Abroad on Vimeo.

On the last day we were in Romania Tom's computer decided to crash. It took a few days for us to recover all the work that Tom had done. After James Dockery worked on the external hard drive the package was recovered.

Nikon D750, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 1800, ƒ/4.5, 1/100
You can see Tom working hard here while one of his former students from his days of teaching at Temple College Jon Franz is busy working on his project.

Tom worked really hard and stretched his comfort zone a great deal.

When digital photography finally became economically feasible for most photojournalist to switch from film Tom was not the first to adopt the new technology. Actually he was thinking this was just too much for him to do and was willing to walk away from photography.

Tom's heart couldn't let him give up on storytelling with pictures. He bought a new camera system and pushed himself to learn the new technology.

Nikon D750, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 12800, ƒ/3.5, 1/60
Tom loves helping missionaries tell their stories. The most likely place to find Tom is in some country other than the USA shooting photos of missionaries and the people they are working with each day. Tom loves to capture the love of God being shared through people's lives the world over.

Now Tom will be helping the missionaries to tell their own stories in their own voices through the power of multimedia.

If you have experience in the industry like Tom Kilpatrick, but just haven't had the chance to do it all by yourself, then send me an email and I will put you on the list to tell you about the upcoming workshops I am doing next year just like this workshop. Here is my email address

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