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Welcome to the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society Blog! The posts on this blog are authored by a myriad of individuals in Ophthalmology. Posts are not always authored by those directly affiliated with the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society and opinions may not be those of the OPS; however, all posts are submitted to a review process and have been approved by the OPS before being posted. Comments are open to the public. New posts are added every Friday, so make sure to check back often!

 

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Facebook and the "Week of Montage"

Posted By The Gnomes Behind the Curtain, Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013

Each week, the Professional Development Committee's Facebook team publishes a challenge on Facebook. These are posted with the purpose of fostering the community and sparking dialogue about ophthalmic imaging. It also gives us the opportunity to share our work with the society (and Facebook stalkers at large). As it goes with most challenges, the more the merrier --  This week, in the wacky land of Facebook, retinal periphery is all the rage. Make sure to check out the fantastic montages that are being created and posted for all to ooo and awe over.

Have you got an amazing montage of your very own??? Then don't be selfish - show it to the rest of us!! Send your images to ops.fb.challenge@gmail.com. Be sure to check back often as the theme does change on a weekly basis.  Check out the October - December line up below.  

Oct 7 -  Random Ophthalmic Questions You Have Always Wanted To Ask - Amy
Oct 14 -  Montages- Chuck
Oct 21 -  Are YOU Ready for New Orleans? - Sarah 
Oct 28 -  Halloween, Spooky Faces, etc - Noelle
Nov 4 -  Name that Diagnosis - Amy
Nov 11 -  Favorite Anterior Segment OCT images- Chuck
Nov 15 -  LIVE from New Orleans-  Rona (starting Friday)
Nov 25 -  Happy Thanksgiving!  Facebook Team is off this week.
Dec 2 -  Share Your Personal Photos from Thanksgiving - Amy
Dec 9 -  Pictures from OPS Annual Program in New Orleans- Sarah
Dec 16 -   FA Descriptive Interpretation -Noelle
Dec 23 -   Merry Christmas! Facebook Team is off this week.
Dec 30 -   Best FB images of 2013 - Noelle 

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Facebook page, here’s the link: 

www.facebook.com/pages/Ophthalmic-Photographers-Society/281978208503871

OR --> Download a free QR app and check us out...

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OPS Facebook Challenge (April - June)

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 29, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 29, 2013
This update is brimming with congratulations and change! A big congratulations go out to Jennifer Thomson. She is stepping down as the Facebook Editor as she will be spending more of her time as the Marketing Chair for the OPS. Elaine Lok has graciously accepted the new role as Facebook Editor and will make Jen proud! Please welcome Chuck Hamm and Noelle Pensec to the Facebook Team. They have been participating in our Challenges for months and are excited to run a few Challenge of their own! We are excited with all of the growth on the Facebook Team. If you are interested in getting more involved with the OPS, please contact Professional Development Committee (PDC) Chair, Sarah Moyer at smoyer@gmail.com.

As many of the Challenges work better when we receive images from other photographers to post, we wanted to share our Facebook Challenge Schedule with you so that you could prepare images for the Challenges ahead of time. The list below indicates the Monday of the week the challenge will run (Monday-Friday), the topic of the challenge and the Facebook Team member responsible for hosting that Challenge. If you have an image or comment that you think would be helpful for that
Challenge, please email it to our address: ops.fb.challenge@gmail.com

Apr 1 - What's your favorite thing about San Fran (Rona)
Apr 8 - Artifacts quiz (Chuck)
Apr 15 - FAF photos (Amy)
Apr 22 - Images with the iPhone use in clinical setting (Rona)
Apr 29 - Share your personal photos of San Fran / What did you learn at Mid-Year (Elaine)

May 6 - Favorite Stereo Pair (Noelle)
May 13 - Share your "Eye as Art" images (Elaine)
May 20 - Get to Know the OPS (Sarah)
May 27 - What did you do for Memorial Day weekend? (Chuck)

Jun 3 - Meet your New FB Team
          Monday - Rona
          Tuesday - Elaine
          Wednesday - Amy
          Thursday - Noelle
          Friday - Chuck
Jun 10 - Guess that Visual Acuity (Noelle)
Jun 17 - Hidden Shapes (Amy)
Jun 24 - What's Up with New Orleans? (Sarah)


Your Facebook Team:

Rona Esquejo-Leon

Amy Désirée Goldstein

Chuck Hamm

Elaine Lok, Editor

Sarah Moyer

Noelle Pensec

Jennifer Thomson

 

PS. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Facebook page,here’s the link:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ophthalmic-Photographers-Society/281978208503871


OR --> Download a free QR app and check us out...

 

 

Be sure to "like” us!!

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Getting Started

Posted By Lindsay Shepard, Friday, January 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, January 18, 2013

When I first started in this field ten years ago, I never would have imagined all the opportunities that would come before me and fun experiences I would get to enjoy. I think this is a truly interesting field of work and there are so many things to enjoy about it, but one of my favorite parts is the art aspect of every image.

I would like to start off with a big HELLO to everyone, and also a Thank You!! I have been in ophthalmology for 10 years and recently in retina specifically for two years. When I started two years ago, just learning how to capture an image and work the camera, I never would have thought that I would fall in love and have such a great passion for this art. This is truly an amazing field of work that is so rewarding in numerous ways. The more I research the more interested I become and the more my eagerness to learn grows. As I have researched and sought out other resources to learn from, I came across the amazing OPS Facebook page. The Facebook page has not only taught me many things, but it has allowed me to interact with others in this field. One of my favorite things about the OPS Facebook page is checking what challenge is next on the OPS Blog. (Insert link to blog). There have been so many challenges that I have enjoyed but here are a few of my favorites.

One of my all time favorite challenges so far is FA Interpretation!!! First I just love a good IVFA image!! But more importantly I enjoy getting others’ input by reading their comments and analysis of images. It’s great because some comments will give you a different outlook on a picture that maybe you were overlooking before. On many occasions I have been reading through responses and thought to myself "Yes, Yes I love that answer!!” I have found that learning things from the interpretation of others has allowed me to further my knowledge and use it to my benefit on the job, which is what this is all about.

 

Another one of my favorite FB challenges is Name that Diagnosis. Since now I work strictly in retina, there are so many things that I do not get to see on a regular basis. I used to work in General and some of the things that we would get to see were so interesting!! I love to see and examine pictures of different areas and structures of the eye and try to figure out for myself what they may be. Many times I think how great it would be to be able to see some of these things myself. I also enjoy the art of ophthalmic images and the amazing technique and quality that other imagers in this field posses!!

I have had the opportunity to meet so many great people since I started in this field and everyone has been so helpful and encouraging. Many of the people I have met and spoken to have encouraged me in so many ways and have offered to help me further my knowledge with information about other available resources. I admire the passion and amazing knowledge that everyone has and hope to just keep improving my own skills and understanding.

OPS Facebook page has been one of my favorite resources and learning tools. I know how much this page has done for me and see I am not the only one as I watch the number of fans increases weekly. Keep up the Good Work and Thank You for Everything!!!!!

 

Lindsay Shepard joined Illinois Retina Institute in February 2011 as an Ophthalmic Tech. and has since moved to the Retinal Angiography Department. Prior to working at IRI she worked as an Ophthalmic Tech. for a dual general ophthalmic practice for 8 years.

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OPS Facebook Challenges

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 4, 2013
Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013

Please welcome Amy Goldstein to the Facebook Team!  She has been participating in our Challenges for months and after attending the Annual Program in Chicago is excited to get more involved with the OPS.  We’re happy that Amy is joining the Team!

As many of the Challenges work better when we receive images from other photographers to post, we wanted to share our Facebook Challenge Schedule with you so that you could prepare images for the Challenges ahead of time.  The list below indicates the Monday of the week the challenge will run (Monday-Friday), the topic of the challenge and the Facebook Team member responsible for hosting that Challenge.  If you have an image or comment that you think would be helpful for that Challenge, please email it to our address: ops.fb.challenge@gmail.com

Jan 7 - Tell us what you did over the holidays (Elaine)

Jan 14 -  OPS Facebook Best of 2012 Week (Amy + Elaine)

Jan 21 - Favorite fundus Image (Jen)

Jan 28 - Tell us what you do stay healthy, especially since winter is upon us (Jen)

 

Feb 4 - Name that Diagnosis (Amy)

Feb 11 -  Personal Photography (Elaine)

Feb 18 - Descriptive Fluorescein Angiograms (Elaine)

Feb 25 - Show us your favorite OCT image (Jen)

 

Mar 4 -   Share with us the best career advice you've received (Amy)

Mar 11 - Submit your favorite anterior segment photos (Rona)

Mar 18 - Name that Diagnosis (Elaine)

Mar 25 - What can you do to keep your eyes healthy? (Jen)

 

Your Facebook Team:

Rona Esquejo-Leon

Amy Désirée Goldstein

Elaine Lok

Jennifer Thomso

 

PS.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Facebook page, here’s the link: 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ophthalmic-Photographers-Society/281978208503871

 

OR --> Download a free QR app and check us out...

 Be sure to "like” us!!

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Personal Photography Night

Posted By Sonya Brooker, Friday, October 12, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 12, 2012

 

(Hawaiian Rainbow by Jaclyn Pisano) 

Hello OPS members!  Last year's Personal Photography Night at the Annual Meeting in Orlando was such a huge success - we have decided to do it again in Chicago.  Many OPS members take pictures by day and enjoy photography during their off time.  Some of us are avid photographers; others snap shots with cell phones when that "Kodak moment" arises.  Don't let those moments of self-doubt interfere with sharing your awesome photographs (I myself am guilty of this).  Actually I think this every year when the call comes for entries for the scientific exhibit, ASCRS, etc.  "My images aren't good enough", "someone else's are better", "if only I had a better camera", "if only I'd remember to carry my camera with me".....these are some of my thoughts, and I know that I am not the only one thinking these things.  The truth is some of my images are good, and yours are too!  Send them to me.  It doesn't matter if you used your professional camera, disposable camera, or cell phone, and yes, I will be looking for some of my images as well.

 

(Awareness by Tamera Schoenholz, CRA, OCT-C) 

During the Welcome Reception on Friday, November 9th, we will display your personal photographs. This is open to all OPS members, even if you are unable to attend the meeting. We will combine all accepted entries into a slideshow and loop the images during the Welcome Reception. This is a great way to learn about the "other” side of many colleagues you have only known through ophthalmology.  The first 15 submissions received by October 30th will be included.  The submission details are listed below:

-Jpeg images at 96 dpi

-The longest side of your image should be 1000 pixels

-12 images maximum -Images must be received by October 30th

-Include your name and your city/state

 

Send images to Sonya Brooker, CRA through http:// www.yousendit.com or to her email address sunshine28409@yahoo.com.

 

(Clouds by Cornelia Gottlieb, CRA, OCT-C)

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