Professional Photographers of California http://www.ppconline.com PROMOTE • EDUCATE • ENHANCE • INSPIRE Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:37:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Super Funday – Featuring Arthur Rainville – September 10-11 http://www.ppconline.com/2016/super-funday-featuring-arthur-rainville-september-10-11/ http://www.ppconline.com/2016/super-funday-featuring-arthur-rainville-september-10-11/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:12:04 +0000 http://www.ppconline.com/?p=18302

The Professional Photographers of California in conjunction with the West Coast School of Professional Photography presents a 2-day workshop with the legendary Arthur Rainville.

This is the only west coast trip Arthur is doing this year. Spend 2 days with Arthur Rainville and learn the amazing techniques he use to create his stunning images. Emotions will be high!!!

This event will be limited to 40 participants.

Dates: September 10 & 11, 2016
Times: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: Chevron Park Club, El Segundo, Ca

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PPC Quarterly Board Meeting – July 16-17, 2016 http://www.ppconline.com/2016/ppc-quarterly-board-meeting-july-16-17-2016/ http://www.ppconline.com/2016/ppc-quarterly-board-meeting-july-16-17-2016/#respond Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:10:24 +0000 http://www.ppconline.com/?p=18232 Notice of PPC Board Meeting
Saturday/Sunday, July 16-17, 2016
Los Angeles, CA

You DO NOT have to be a PPC member to attend. Come out and have fun with us!

Please check times of meetings as they have changed for this meeting.
Meetings will be held at the Chevron Employees Park Fish Shanty. (see map)

Saturday, July 16, 2016 (Chevron Fish Shanty)
9:00am – 11:00 am West Coast School Meeting, Lorenzo Gunn
11:00am – 12:00pm Fundays Meeting, Roger Daines
12:00pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH
1:00pm – 4:00 pm Affiliate Meeting **

Sunday, July 17, 2016 (Chevron Fish Shanty)
9:00am – 12:00 pm Board Meeting **
12:00pm – 1:00pm LUNCH
1:00pm – 4:00pm Executive Board Meeting

** All affiliate Presidents and Vice Presidents, or their official representatives are expected to attend the Affiliate Meeting and the Sunday board meeting.

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Outdoor Photography with Tim Meyer – Rancho Camulos Museum – July 11, 2016 http://www.ppconline.com/2016/outdoor-photography-with-tim-meyer-rancho-camulos-museum/ http://www.ppconline.com/2016/outdoor-photography-with-tim-meyer-rancho-camulos-museum/#respond Tue, 19 Apr 2016 23:50:26 +0000 http://www.ppconline.com/?p=18226 Outdoor Photography with Tim Meyer. A Funday Super Shoot

Tim will be demonstrating outdoor lighting with models at the Rancho Camulos Museum.
Bring your cameras and tripods, this will be a great Supershoot day.
Prices are $125 for PPC members, $100 for Premium members and $175 for non PPC members, this includes lunch, use of the facilities and models.

July 11, 2016 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Rancho Camulos Museum
5164 E. Telegraph Rd
Piru, California 93040
United States

For more information about California Fundays, this event, or to sign up click here

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Los Angeles Zoo with Robin Swanson – May 14, 2016 http://www.ppconline.com/2016/los-angeles-zoo-with-robin-swanson-may-14-2016/ http://www.ppconline.com/2016/los-angeles-zoo-with-robin-swanson-may-14-2016/#respond Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:20:14 +0000 http://www.ppconline.com/?p=18198 La Zoo with Robin Swanson
PPC member $49, Premium member Free, Non PPC member $79
Does NOT include price of admission to the Zoo

For more information about California Fundays, this event, or to sign up click here

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Underwater Fine Art Portraiture with Kristi Elias, August 8, 2016 http://www.ppconline.com/2016/underwater-fine-art-portraiture-with-kristi-elias/ http://www.ppconline.com/2016/underwater-fine-art-portraiture-with-kristi-elias/#respond Tue, 19 Apr 2016 21:43:20 +0000 http://www.ppconline.com/?p=18184 This event will be limited to 10 attendees. PPC members $49, Premium members FREE, Non PPC members $79.

Bring your swim wear, a camera and a towel
Full address will be given out once you have signed up on line.

For more information about California Fundays, this event, or to sign up click here

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PPC 2016 Image Competition Award Winners http://www.ppconline.com/2016/2016-winners/ Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:49:41 +0000 http://www.ppconline.com/?p=17912 And the winners are…

 

TOP TEN PHOTOGRAPHERS
1      JERRY GHIONIS
2     ENDRE BALOGH
3     KRISTI ELIAS
4     MARCY DUGAN
4     BRUCE BONNETT
6     JIM AKERS
7     REBECCA LI
8     JERRY STEVENSON
9     DAN HOLMES
10   BARBARA BRADY-SMITH
10   JOHN GRUSD

BEST OF SHOW:                               JERRY GHIONIS                    “LEGACY”

KODAK GALLERY AWARD:          YOGI PATEL                            “PRINCESS”

LEXJET AWARD:                             KRISTI ELIAS:                        “THE SNOW PRINCESS”

CPP AWARD:                                     MARCY DUGAN                      “REFLECTED SOLITUDE”

ASP AWARD:                                     KRISTI ELIAS                          “VENUS DECENDING”

BAY PHOTO AWARD:                     BABARA BRADY-SMITH      “HIS FAVORITE GAL”

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR:     JERRY GHIONIS

PRESIDENT’S AWARD:                 JERRY GIONIS                         “LEGACY”

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:       KRISTI ELIAS                            “THE QUEST FOR MERMAID ISLE”

JUDGE’S CHOICE AWARDS
PAUL SPEAKER:                             BRUCE BONNETT                    “TOUCHING DOWN”
FRANK PEELE:                                MARCY DUGAN                        “REFLECTED SOLITUDE”
STEVE:                                               PETER LEVSHIN                      “I HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED”
PETE REZAC:                                   REBECCA LI                               “CHARISMA”
GEORGE L:                                       GINA GARDNER                       “LIFE LESSONS”
NADIA S:                                           JERRY GHIONIS                       “LEGACY”

CATEGORY WINNERS

ANIMAL
BEST OF CATEGORY                    SHARON LOBEL                        ” TUCKED AWAY”

HONORABLE MENTION             ROBIN SWANSON                     “LUMINARY OF THE DEEP”
HONORABLE MENTION             JIM AKERS                                  “DANCE WITH ME”
HONORABLE MENTION             BARBARA BRADY-SMITH       “I CAN’T SLEEP”

ARCHITECTURE
BEST OF CATEGORY                    JIM DOYLE                                   “PARTY PATIO”

HONORABLE MENTION            JIM DOYLE                                    “THE DECORATOR DID A GOOD JOB”
HONORABLE MENTION            GLEN GLANCY                              “ST. CHARLES”

COMMERCIAL
NO WINNERS

CHILDREN
BEST OF CATEGORY                    FLORINA ROMOSER                   “LADY ATHENA”

HONORABLE MENTION             KRISTI ELIAS                                 “THE SNOW PRINCESS”

FAMILY
NO WINNERS

ILLUSTRATIVE
TIE –
BEST OF CATEGORY                   ENDRE BALOGH                            “TULIPS IN A CRYSTAL VASE”
BEST OF CATEGORY                   JIM TRAPP                                       “ARCHDUCHESS OF AUSTRIA”

HONORABLE MENTION           NICK SETH-SMITH                         “PEACEFUL”

LANDSCAPE
BEST OF CATEGORY                   GARY JOHNSON                              “SNOW CAPPED”

HONORABLE MENTION            PETER LEVSHIN                              EARLY MORNING
HONORABLE MENTION            BRUCE BONNETT                            THE MAJESTIC SIERRAS
HONORABLE MENTION            JOHN GRUSD                                   SUNSET ON THE EDGE OF THE CONTINENT

NATURE
BEST OF CATEGORY                    MARCY DUGAN                               REFLECTED SOLITUDE

HONORABLE MENTION            ENDRE BALOGH                             FLUFFY PINK HIBISCUS
HONORABLE MENTION            DARREL PRIEBE                             SUNRISE SOLITUDE
HONORABLE MENTION            BRUCE BONNETT                           LANDING APPROACH
HONORABLE MENTION            ENDRE BALOGH                             FRENCH TULIP

PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTIST
BEST OF CATEGORY                   ENDRE BALOGH                             STRADIVARIUS VIOLIN ROSETTE

HONORABLE MENTION            KRISTI ELIAS                                   THE QUEST FOR MERMAID ISLE
HONORABLE MENTION            KRISTI ELIAS                                   THE PIRATE QUEEN
HONORABLE MENTION            JOSE QUINTANILLA                      SECRET RECIPE

PORTRAIT ENVIRONMENTAL
BEST OF CATEGORY                   BARBARA BRADY-SMITH             MILES TO GO

PORTRAIT HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR
NO WINNERS

PHOTOJOURNALISM
BEST OF CATEGORY                   PETER LEVSHIN                              SWEENEY TODD

HONORABLE MENTION           PETER LEVSHIN                               I HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED
HONORABLE MENTION           DAN HOLMES                                   CAMPS FOR RENT

PORTRAIT STUDIO
BEST OF CATEGORY                  JERRY STEVENSON                         THE BIKER

HONORABLE MENTION           NICK SETH-SMITH                           RETIRED AND STILL THIRSTY MY FRIENDS
HONORABLE MENTION           GINA GARDNER                                LIFE LESSONS
HONORABLE MENTION           JERRY GHIONIS                                ERIC AND CATHERINE

STRAIGHT OUT OF CAMERA
BEST OF CATEGORY                  JERRY GHIONIS                                LIFE IMITATING ART

WEDDING
BEST OF CATEGORY                  YOGI PATEL                                        PRINCESS

HONORABLE MENTION          JERRY GHIONIS                                BEST FRIENDS
HONORABLE MENTION          LEYMI GUTIERREZ                          A WALK TO REMEMBER

ALBUM – WEDDING
BEST OF CATEGORY                  JERRY GHIONIS                                LEGACY

ALBUM – NON WEDDING
BEST OF CATEGORY                  JERRY GHIONIS                                DAMSAL CAUSES DISTRESS

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PPC President’s Message – March 2016 http://www.ppconline.com/2016/ppc-presidents-message-march-2016/ Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:58:33 +0000 http://www.ppconline.com/?p=17433 PPC is about half way through the third month of 2016 and we have already had 2 very successful events. We are looking forward more as we begin the Spring calendar.
The 2016 version of our state image competition was held on Feb 28th at the Tri-Community Photography Center. We had one of the largest entries that we’ve had in several years and the scores reflected the quality of the images and the dedication of the judges. The scores were higher than ever before: 82% of the scores were 80 or higher. Congratulations to all those who entered. We have several of our members who completed the requirements for the California Masters Degree. The degrees will be presented at the awards banquet on April 10th. During the awards banquet, we will have a special guest speaker and the other awards that PPC presents will be announced.

This past weekend, Sharon Lobel led an venturous group to Anza Borrego Springs. Some of the images that I have seen reflect a memorable trip to the desert. On April 17th, Roger Daines will conduct a “Snapseed Funday” in Escondido. If you are a PPC Premium member, this event is free. For regular members the fee is $49 and $79 for non-members. Go to ppconline.com for more information.
Speaking of image competition, the Western District judging was conducted on March 11th – 13th in Boise, ID. While the results are still being evaluated, the overall numbers are good: 52% of the images scored 80 or higher. Some of our members received enough merits scores to qualify for the PPA Master of Photography degree.

As most of you are aware, PPC is not having a conference this year. However, we are now beginning the process of planning for a conference in 2017. At this point, we do not have a venue, but we are looking for a great centrally located facility. Our primary plan is to bring back the great conferences that we had in years past. If you would like to work on the planning of this conference, please let me know as I am sure we can find a place for you on one of the many committees that it takes to put on a grand event. The best plan is to have a great program lineup and a big trade show. The trade show is the central shopping location that many of our members take advantage of for large purchases at a great price. Start looking for the news on next year’s conference.

April 9 – 11, 2016 will be the dates for our next PPC State Board meeting. The meeting will be held in El Segundo at the Chevron Oil Employee Center. You will receive more information very soon. Please mark your calendars for those dates. As mentioned above, on Sunday April 10, we will have our annual awards banquet with a special speaker.
Thanks,

Tim Mathiesen M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, CMP, S-PPC
PPC President 2016

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The Results Are In!!! Image Comp scores have been posted. http://www.ppconline.com/2016/the-results-are-in/ Tue, 01 Mar 2016 05:46:07 +0000 http://www.ppconline.com/?p=17400 The results of the 2016 PPC State Images Competition have been posted and are now available for download.

Click Here to Jump to the Image Competition Page

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Up Close and Beautiful: Macro Photography in a New Light http://www.ppconline.com/2015/up-close-and-beautiful-macro-photography-in-a-new-light/ Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:13:01 +0000 http://www.ppconline.com/?p=16872 Macro Shorts #1 by Frank Peele
Depth of Field: Making the Most (or Least) of it
Exposure 1.3 seconds, f/32, ISO 100

Exposure 1.3 seconds, f/32, ISO 100

Depth of field in photography is the zone of acceptably sharp focus in any scene which includes subjects at differing distances from the camera. The factors which control depth of field are these: Lens focal length, lens aperture (f/stop), and the distance focused on. (There is a fourth, known to scientists as the Allowable Circle of Confusion, but that’s a set value for each film or digital sensor format, so we’re not going to let that confuse us.) As we get really close to our subject – and of course, that’s what macro shooting is all about – we quickly learn that depth of field is severely limited. There are 3 ways to deal with this limit. The first is to celebrate the limited depth of field, carefully composing and focusing so that only the most important part of our subject is sharp. Letting everything else go out of focus really draws the viewer’s eye to what we want to feature in the image, and reduces or eliminates distracting “clutter” at the same time.

 

 Exposure 1/100 second, f/2.8, ISO 100

Exposure 1/100 second, f/2.8, ISO 100

 

There are times, however, when we really need to have greater subject depth in sharp focus, and that brings up method number two: stopping the lens down to a small aperture (expressed by a large f/number, such as f/22, f/32 or f/45).

 

 

 

 

 

 

But there is a price to pay when we use such small apertures. It’s a law of physics known as diffraction, which causes any lens’s optical performance to decrease when its aperture is stopped down too far. The law of diffraction applies to all lenses, no matter how expensive, no matter how new, and its effects are quite real. Look closely at the next two images, which are magnifications of the previous two shots:

 

Shot at f/2.8. Note sharp detail

Shot at f/32. Note softness caused by diffraction

Shot at f/32. Note softness caused by diffraction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s an easy rule of thumb we can use to determine the optimum aperture of a lens – the f/stop which yields the greatest sharpness – and it works for most general-purpose lenses. (There are special-purpose lenses designed at great expense to have maximum sharpness at other apertures – even wide open – but we aren’t likely to run into any such lenses in our work.) The rule of thumb is this: The optimum aperture is found by stopping the lens down between 2 and 3 f/stops from its maximum (widest) opening. Thus an f/2.8 lens should provide its greatest sharpness between f/5.6 and f/8, or f/7.1. A lens whose maximum aperture is f/4 should be stopped down to between f/8 and f/11, or f/9; an f/5.6 lens will be sharpest at between f/11 and f/16, or f/13 … and so on.

Now, using the optimum aperture doesn’t give us greatly extended depth of field. What it does give us is our lens’s greatest sharpness possible. That is a very good basis for going on to the third way of getting greater depth of field when we need it. It’s called Focus Stacking, and it’ll be the subject of the next of these “Macro Shorts” from PPC. Stay tuned!

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Frank Peele will be teaching “Up Close and Beautiful: Macro Photography in a New Light” at West Coast School 2016. To learn more about this intensely fun week of adventure, click here.

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“Do I really need a tripod?” http://www.ppconline.com/2015/do-i-really-need-a-tripod/ Fri, 07 Aug 2015 00:24:54 +0000 http://www.ppconline.com/?p=16811 It might seem like too much work to always carry a tripod around, but you may find that it can make the difference between getting the shot or missing the mark. Using the right tripod for your shooting style can help too. If you need to support a camera with a 600 mm lens then you need something a little more heavy duty then if you were shooting with a macro 60mm lens.

Some people think that if the hold their breath and press the camera to their face that they can hand hold anything. The general rule of thumb is that one should not try to hand hold a camera using a shutter speed that is less than the focal length of the lens that they are using. I shoot with a Tamron 90mm fixed focal length lens, which means I can’t handhold less than 1/90 of a second. My tripod is a Vanguard Alta Pro 284 tripod. It’s developed for macro photographers because it has a center column that pivots from 0-130 degrees and locks into place anywhere in that range.

Not Sharp...

Not Sharp…

For this image I tried to hand hold the camera using a shutter speed of 1/30 of second at an aperture of f3.5. I was trying to capture the single water drop as the center of interest. It was early in the morning so it was very still outside, no wind at all. As you can see, I missed the mark. While there are areas of the image that are in focus, my intended center of interest is not. The second image was shot at 1/160 at f3.5. Considerably sharper wouldn’t you agree.

Sharp!!

Sharp!!

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