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    • 21 May 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    The Gold Rush Image Competition

    Join three Northern California Professional Photographers Groups, Sacramento Valley, Country Santa Clara, and Wine Country, as we host our first ever combined Image Competition evening. 

    Special Judges! Awards! And More!

    We are continuing to use PrintCompetition.com so see below for instructions to enter and watch the competition!!

    Why enter?

    • You receive professional feedback in a positive environment
    • It's an excellent way to learn and grow your artistic skills
    • There's an opportunity for PPSV members to win fabulous prizes
    • PPSV Members qualify for annual awards such as Photographer of the Year and Category Winners

    When:  May 21st at 6:00pm, via Zoom & printcompetition.com

    Categories:

    • Portraits
    • Weddings & Events
    • Commercial
    • Photojournalism
    • Open Illustrative
    • Artist

    Each image is judged against PPA’s 12 Criteria for Merit Image
    Competition rules can be viewed here Rules & Info

    Start time (pacific time zone)

            6:00 pm announcements, Q&A, judge introductions
          ~6:15 pm competition starts, ends approximately 9:30 pm

    Deadline for image submissions:  

    Sunday, May 19th at 11:00 pm.

    You will be sent a zoom link once you register. It will also be available in the GameDay app on printcompetition.com. 

    Fee:  The fee for PPSV, PPWC, and PPSCV members is $10.00 per image. Guest fee is $15.00 per image.

    Note: You will need to register with printcompetition.com and minimally pay for the BASIC membership to ENTER images for competition (The cost for basic is ~$13 yearly. Premium is ~$17 Quarterly or ~$63 annually.) You can use the free account to just watch the competition.

    Steps for entering the PPSV Image Competition:
    1. Log-in to your Printcompetition.com account
    2. Choose the PPSV Logo (available once a competition is open for registration)
    3. Scroll down to the “Create New Image Entry” and click on the link
    4. Enter the Image Title
    5. Select the Image Category
    6. Click on the “Create New Entry” link
    7. Scroll down to the “Entries for the Upcoming Event” section and upload your image(s)
    8. Once uploaded, click on the “Pay Image Fees” link (located in the red bar above the “Create New Image Entry” link) and pay according to the number of entries uploaded. Any entries not paid for prior to the competition night will be removed from the competition. Note: once paid, fees may not be refunded. 

    DEMO VIDEO of the Instructions for setting up account and entering images.

    • 19 Jun 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 1600 Winchester Blvd Campbell, CA 95008-1880
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    MONTHLY MEETING
    JUNE 19, 2024
    6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    New Location:  San Jose Camera at 

     1600 Winchester Blvd Campbell, CA 95008-1880

    This is a shared meeting with our sister affiliates Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley and Professional Photographers of Wine Country.

    PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

    Many times we find ourselves at odds with the two sides of our own brain - struggling between what one side tells us we should do and what the other side tells us feels right. We need to balance those two thoughts if we are going to be successful at creating work that feeds our souls and inspires others and yet still pays the bills! We are creatives and as such feel both a desire and a need to create. But are you creating the right stuff or is it time to re-invent yourself? If you feel a little burn out you may already be there.

    This program deals with the professional and personal journey we all face, and the consequences of the decisions we make. After nearly 40 years in this business (my2nd“career”), I can now look back with more clarity on those times when a critical decision was necessary and where it led me. You’ll not only see how those decisions evolved and shaped my work, but also led me from Mill Worker to Photographer, from Photographer to Artist from Artist to Leader (hopefully), back around to Volunteer, and how I knew each step was the right one.

    This brief synopsis of life will hopefully help YOU to become more introspective of your own life and help you answer the question “Am I where I’m supposed to be?” You may be surprised at the answer. If you’ve ever felt trapped by circumstances don’t miss this! As my favorite Led Zeppelin song says - “there’s still time to change the road you’re on” - no matter how old you are.


    SPEAKER BIO:

    Mark Campbell, M. Photog., Cr., CPP, API has been a studio owner since 1989. A Past President of both the Triangle Photographers Association and the Professional Photographers of West Virginia, he also served on the PPA Council for 9 years and has either chaired or served on several PPA committees, including (most recently) chairman of the By-Laws, Rules & Ethics Committee. Mark is also a PPA Approved Photographic Instructor and is currently the PPA President.

    He teaches a variety of topics, including advanced photoshop as well as an inspirational

    program titled “Where Are You Supposed to Be?” which is based on his Amherst Media book  “Inspire Yourself”, (published in 2018). It chronicles the evolution of his career from “documenter” to “creator” after a painful personal upheaval caused a massive change in his work - work that now has much more substance and meaning and includes his unique underwater work among other things.

    He has presented programs for numerous professional photography groups throughout the US as well as Fine Arts Centers and school systems and has represented Epson in several capacities. He was the number one photographer in West Virginia’s 2002 print competition and his very first entry into PPA National competition, “Fisherman’s Wharf” appeared on the 2002 Loan Book cover. Since then, he has won many competition awards including several Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece Awards. In 2005 Mark was presented with The National Award - PPA’s highest service award. He was also named WV artist of the year by the Professional Photographers of West Virginia for 2015.


    • 20 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TBD
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    Come join PPA President Mark Campbell and our three Northern CA Community Network Partners for a day poolside in the Wine Country!

    This PPA Merited course will be presented in two parts:

    The first half of the day will include instruction (with full participation or observation on your part) in the water. Special guest model “The Pittsburg Mermaid” will be on hand as we learn water safety, techniques, and creative composition.

    The 2nd half of the day will include all things technical. Bring your laptop to work with your images or bring a notepad to just take notes. You can decide to what degree of participation you would like to do.

    When: Thursday, June 20, 2024, 9:30-5:00 pm

    Where: Private residence in Santa Rosa, CA
    (Exact address and directions given upon registration.)

    Cost: $59 for PPSV, PPSCV, PPWC, and PPA members, $89 for non-members

    Bring: Full list given upon registration, but some things include: a folding chair for the pool, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, camera and wide-angle lens, underwater housing if you have it (1-3 housing units may be available to use,) laptop with fairly current LR and PS, power strip, charging cables

    Coffee, donuts, lunch, and bubbly water will be provided. If you have food sensitivities or would prefer your own food, please bring your own food.

    *** We will meet at one location and move to a 2nd location for the pool. It is imperative that you are not late to this event. Please arrive early if at all possible. You are about to have an incredible day with PPA President Mark Campbell. Can’t wait to see you there!

    Questions? Contact Karna Roa: theppwcgroup@gmail.com, or 707-328-4905


    • 27 Jun 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 4235 Warren Ave, Sacramento, CA
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    • 17 Jul 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 2003 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA, 95825
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    MONTHLY MEETING
    JULY 17, 2024
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    One Light:10 Portraits with Cris Duncan

    Add diversity to your portfolio and skills to your repertoire by harnessing the power of light. Cris will do a live demo creating ten unique images using only one light source and a 1x4 strip box. This presentation will empower you to see the creativity, flexibility, and quality that a single source can create.     

    In Person Meeting
    Free to PPSV Members
    $35 Guest Fee for Non-Members

    Agenda:

    • 6:00-6:30 pm: Networking
    • 6:30-6:45 pm: PPSV New Member Intros/Announcements/Business
    • 6:45-8:30 pm: One Light: 10 Portraits

    Bio

    Cris along with his bride, Deanna, own and operate CjDuncan Photog- raphy, a high-end portrait and commercial studio in Lubbock, TX.

    CjDuncan Photography has flourished for almost two decades in a competitive market and continue to be regarded as one of the top studios in Texas. Cris is a Master Photographer, Master Artist, Certified Professional Photographer, and a Photographic Craftsman.

    Since turning pro in 2002, they have photographed Presidents, Vice Presidents, dignitaries, and countless others. Cris has worked for such companies as Armenta Jewelry Design, Bahama Bucks, Stephen Joseph, Frito-Lay and Bayer CropScience and been honored to photograph numerous weddings, portraits and commercial assignments of great people all over this land.

    Cris, who is one of only a handful of PPA approved CPP instructors and an IPC Juror, is also the recipient of several awards and honors including 3-time Grand Imaging Award finalist and a multi-year PPA Medalist. Garnered with best portrait, wedding, and commercial trophies from both TPPA and PPA Districts, Cris and Deanna have both become respected educators and leaders in the photographic community.

    Cris and Deanna have been married since 1997 and have one daughter, Elizabeth, who is a med school student at Sam Houston College of Osteopathic Medicine.



    • 18 Jul 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Action Camera -4415 Granite Dr #200, Rocklin, CA 95677
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    Photography is a beautiful blend of art and science.  It is taking a vision in your head and then knowing the recipe to create it in the camera.

    Recipes all start with a knowledge of ingredients and how to combine them in new and unique ways—ways that define your personal style.

    Join Cris and Deanna Duncan for this incredible event that will transform your lighting arsenal. With a special way of simplifying the complex, the Duncans walk you through high level lighting principles and help you adapt them to your personal workflow.  

    If you have been photographing for 30 years or 3, this class will change the way you view sessions and empower you to create things you once only dreamed about.  High key with one light.  Yes.  Fashion inspired hard lighting.  Yes.  Romantic soft lighting or balancing flash with ambient.  Yes.  Cris’ signature “wonky light”.  Absolutely.  It’s this and much, much more.  If you are natural light only or a pro with five strobes in studio, this class is for you. 

    • LEARN LIGHTING:  Light anywhere, in any situation, with any light.
    • APPLY LIGHTING PRINCIPLES:  Why does it do that?  How can it work for me?
    • SUCCEED:  Light, compose and design with the end in mind to ensure profitable sessions—Every time.

    All-Day Workshop Pricing Information:

    • $99 PPSV Members
    • $109 Affiliates (PPWC & PPSCV)
    • $149 Non-Members

    SPONSORED BY:




    BIO

    Cris along with his bride, Deanna, own and operate CjDuncan Photog- raphy, a high-end portrait and commercial studio in Lubbock, TX.

    CjDuncan Photography has flourished for almost two decades in a competitive market and continue to be regarded as one of the top studios in Texas. Cris is a Master Photographer, Master Artist, Certified Professional Photographer, and a Photographic Craftsman.

    Since turning pro in 2002, they have photographed Presidents, Vice Presidents, dignitaries, and countless others. Cris has worked for such companies as Armenta Jewelry Design, Bahama Bucks, Stephen Joseph, Frito-Lay and Bayer CropScience and been honored to photograph numerous weddings, portraits and commercial assignments of great people all over this land.

    Cris, who is one of only a handful of PPA approved CPP instructors and an IPC Juror, is also the recipient of several awards and honors including 3-time Grand Imaging Award finalist and a multi-year PPA Medalist. Garnered with best portrait, wedding, and commercial trophies from both TPPA and PPA Districts, Cris and Deanna have both become respected educators and leaders in the photographic community.

    Cris and Deanna have been married since 1997 and have one daughter, Elizabeth, who is a med school student at Sam Houston College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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