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Appalachian’s commercial photography program is featured in national photo publication

BOONE—Former students and an assistant professor in the commercial photography program in Appalachian State University’s Department of Technology and Environmental Design were recently featured in the fall 2014 print and online edition of PDNedu (Photo District News), the magazine for emerging photographers and photo educators.

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The magazine included the article “Transforming the Familiar: Nikon’s Everyday Cinema Contest Inspires Winning Video Class Assignments,” in which assistant professor Chip Williams and former student Elke Talbot are interviewed. Talbot placed third in the Nikon Everyday Cinema Video Contest earlier this year for her video titled “Cake.” Talbot graduated in May with a degree in commercial photography.

The project challenged students and others to “turn the ordinary into the extraordinary within a two-to-three minute clip.”

Williams told PDNedu that projects such as the Everyday Cinema Contest are an important exercise in “sequencing and succinct storytelling within the framework of a short clip.”

Talbot’s entry documented her recreation of a family tradition of making cranberry bread for the holidays. She said the project taught her about creating an entertaining visual story. She shot the winning entry on a Nikon D600. The video can be viewed at

The author of the article also interviewed May marketing graduate Wesley Overvold, who received an honorable mention for his video “Fuel for Fire.” Three of Overvold’s fellow classmates also received honorable mention in the Nikon contest. They are Ally King, Corey Adams and Annie Watts.

The online publication also contains an article written by Williams titled “Bringing Motion to Stills,” in which he writes about how adding video is affecting college and university still photograph programs now that today’s marketplace requires photographers to know audio, video, editing, production and storytelling. Williams wrote that with the advent of the video-capable HD-SLR, “a new model of the photo media professional is emerging that blurs the line between traditional still photographers and filmmakers.”