March 24th | A Program for the Image Maker!

***The Ramada Inn is closed due to the Coronavirus. JPPG’s meeting scheduled for tonight, March 24th is cancelled. We hope to see you at our next meeting on April 28th!***

What are the 12 elements of a successful print and why should you care? Learning how to create great competition images will make you a better photographer and ultimately make you more money! 

Please join us as Ken Bovat gives us insight on the 12 elements. You’ll learn some things that the judges are looking for and some things you should never enter. You will learn how to get helpful critiques and how to set proper goals.  

What are the 12 Elements of a Successful Print? Impact, Creativity, Technical Excellence, Composition, Lighting, Style, Print Presentation, Center of Interest, Subject Matter, Color Balance, Technique & Story Telling.  

Check out more of his work on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Photo-Art-by-Ken-Bovat-78222915278/ 

Ken Bovat, Certified, Master Photographer, Craftsman, is the owner and sole photographer of Photo-Art by Ken Bovat in Claverack, New York. 

He began his business in 1976, photographing mostly weddings and environmental portraits, working out of his home. 

As his business grew, he relocated to an old railroad depot, which he converted into his current studio.  His photography consists of weddings, portraits – specializing in High School Seniors, copy and restoration and a small amount of commercial photography. 

Ken received his Master of Photography Degree from the Professional Photographers of America in 1988 and his Photographic Craftsman Degree in 1992.  He was awarded Life Membership in 2014.  In 1998, the Professional Photographers’ Society of New York State awarded Ken the PPA National Award. Ken went on to serve a President of that organization in 2003-2004. 

Ken reached a personal goal in 2016 of earning 125 exhibition metits.  

Ken is the recipient of numerous photographic awards on the local, state and international levels.  He has lectured and presented photographic classes to many groups, both professional and amateur. 

Artist Statement 

Photography is my passion, as well as my profession.  I use the power of light, color and composition to create an image that reflects a specific mood and meaning.  I love creating new and different images that I hope will be enjoyed for generations. 


We meet at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin (I-295 and San Jose Blvd). The Flea Market starts at 5:30pm. Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting beginning at 7:00pm.

People’s Choice
Members, don’t forget your 8×10-ish entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both. All entries must be submitted by 6:51pm. Can’t make it to the meeting? Send your images with a friend!

Not a JPPG Member? You are welcome here! Check out JPPG Membership options and email membership@jppg.org with any questions. You are invited and welcomed to join (or re-join) online and show up at this meeting as our newest member!

First time Guest? Great! If this is your first time visiting, please let us know at the check in table. Your guest fee is waived and your very first meeting is FREE

Returning Guest? Welcome Back! If you aren’t ready to join yet, no problem. Just click on the “Pay Now” Guest Fee button below or pay at the door. Either way, we will love to see you again.

$25 Guest Fee

February 25th | Competition Can Change Your Life!

“You need strength, determination, and of course inspiration to take that big leap into photography competition.” ~Michelle~

So get ready to laugh, possibly cry, but more importantly be inspired as Michelle takes you along her photography journey. She will talk about her inspiration on 10 of her latest competition images showing you straight out of camera images, camera settings, and her final images that were competed. She will walk you through each image and answer any questions you may have along the way. Michelle will also have on display her lighting equipment to help visualize how each image was created. 

Michelle just celebrated her 7 year photography anniversary.  On December 12, 2012 she had her first session not know anything about photography. Everything was in manual and she didn’t even know the basic terms of photography such as ISO or fstops. However, with her determination she taught herself photography and overcame the hurdles photography sometimes brings us. By her 5th year she received her first international award-winning image along with Florida’s Emerging Artist Award. Within her 2 short years of competing she has won over 70 awards including The Becker Award in Florida’s Professional Photography Focus Competition.

We meet at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin (I-295 and San Jose Blvd). The Flea Market starts at 5:30pm. Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting beginning at 7:00pm.

People’s Choice
Members, don’t forget your 8×10-ish entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both. All entries must be submitted by 6:51pm. Can’t make it to the meeting? Send your images with a friend!

Not a JPPG Member? You are welcome here! Check out JPPG Membership options and email membership@jppg.org with any questions. You are invited and welcomed to join (or re-join) online and show up at this meeting as our newest member!

First time Guest? Great! If this is your first time visiting, please let us know at the check in table. Your guest fee is waived and your very first meeting is FREE

Returning Guest? Welcome Back! If you aren’t ready to join yet, no problem. Just click on the “Pay Now” Guest Fee button below or pay at the door. Either way, we will love to see you again.

$25 Guest Fee

January 28th Program – Creative Problem Solving in Photoshop

Does Photoshop leave you frustrated? Would you like to learn more skills you can use to enhance your images? Join us as Dana Heisler shares helpful tips and tricks for both landscape and portrait photographers. Dana has earned both her Master Photographer and Certified Professional Photographer from PPA.

Sample Landscape image by Carol Fryer

Dana will show you how to take a landscape shot from capture to beautiful in camera raw or Lightroom, how to retouch severely blemished skin and more! Bring notetaking materials and be prepared to jot down other Photoshop problems you regularly have and we will do our best to address those in the near future.

We hope to see you there!


When and Where?
We meet at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin (I-295 and San Jose Blvd). Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting beginning at 7:00pm.


People’s Choice
Members, don’t forget your 8×10-ish entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both. All entries must be submitted by 6:51pm. Can’t make it to the meeting? Send your images with a friend!

Not a JPPG Member? You are welcome here! Check out JPPG Membership options and email membership@jppg.org with any questions. You are invited and welcomed to join (or re-join) online and show up at this meeting as our newest member!

First time Guest? Great! If this is your first time visiting, please let us know at the check in table. Your guest fee is waived and your very first meeting is FREE

Returning Guest? Welcome Back! If you aren’t ready to join yet, no problem. Just click on the “Pay Now” Guest Fee button below or pay at the door. Either way, we will love to see you again.


$25 Guest Fee


JPPG Workshop | Landscape Photography

Image

A 2-part Workshop

with Keith Bartholomew and Olis Garber

Lovely vertical image of a winding road covered by majestic oak trees

What in the heck is a Holy Grail? What is a nodal point and why does it matter?

Find out as Olis and Keith walk with you from the planning stage to the final destination: Stunning Landscape Photography.

Let’s go with them and then get out and practice what we learned!

Above Image by Olis Garber

Colorful Fireworks explode over the downtown Jacksonville Florida skyline and the blue main street bridge
Fireworks over downtown Jacksonville, Florida
by Keith Bartholomew

Part 1

Sunday, January 5th, 2019
4:00pm – 6:30pm

Dana Heisler’s Studio
675 Kingsley Ave
Orange Park, Florida 32068

Above Image by Keith Bartholomew

Classroom Discussion on:
Equipment | Techniques | Post Processing
Landscape Photography Overview

Bring note taking materials. This is not a Photoshop class. While you may take notes on a laptop or tablet, a laptop is not required.

Equipment – DSLR & Mirrorless, Tripods & Heads, Single Camera vs Multiple Cameras, Converting a camera to IR

Techniques:

  • Focus Stacking
  • Interval Timer
    • Time Lapse Movies
  • Day to Night & Night to Day
    • Aperture Priority & Auto ISO
    • Holy Grail
    • Composites of detail & light
    • Star stacking & trails
  • Panning (What’s parallax & Nodal Point why does it matter?)
  • Photographing Lightning (Triggers, Interval Timmer & ND Filters)
  • Planning & Scouting
  • An overview of Post Processing (Lightroom, Photoshop, LRTimelapse, etc.)
Image by Olis Garber

Part 2

Monday, January 6th, 2019
3:30pm

Meet at the parking lot next to:
Castillo de San Marcos

1 South Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, FL, 32084

Above Image by Olis Garber

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and meet in the parking lot next to the fort in St. Augustine, the Castillo de San Marcos for a hands-on experience in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida.

Bring your camera, tripod, interval timer if you have one, and whatever lenses or gadgets you learned about in the classroom that will be helpful.  

Olis and Keith will help you put some of those techniques you learned to work, live and in person! We will practice what we learned with help and feedback from Olis and Keith.

When we’re done shooting, we’ll wrap up the day with a meal together somewhere in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida.

Members only sign up through December 10th at midnight for only $69
On December 11th, Member Price increases to $89 and
Non-members may sign up for $99
Final day to sign up December 20th

Registration is now closed

Class size is initially limited to 12. If you attempt to sign up and the class is full, email programs@jppg.org with a note that you want to attend the Landscape Workshop. If at least 6 people email and commit to attending, class size for Part 1 will increase up to 24 and we will open a SECOND day of hands on shooting in St. Augustine with Olis and Keith on Tuesday, January 7th at 3:30pm!

by Olis Garber
by Keith Bartholomew

JPPG 2019 Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony – Tuesday, December 3rd

Aloha! We’re having a luau that’s sure to be fun! For our annual Holiday Party, put on your wildest Hawaiian wear and don’t forget your leis. Bring your significant other or friend and Hula on over to Just a Pinch Café, Dec 3rd, for a Tiki Time Celebration!

Address: 1615 County Road 220, #180, Fleming Island, FL 32003

Social hour is 6:00-6:45pm, with dinner starting promptly at 7pm. There will be a cash bar available to suit your cocktail needs.

The menu includes:

Dinner: Hawaiian Roast Pork, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Steamed White Rice, Sweet and Sour Steamed Veggies, and Sweet Bread Rolls

Dessert: Cheesecake and an assortment of other desserts

Following dinner, there will be an awards ceremony and a gift exchange game. Two lucky winners will walk away with an all access scholarship to the upcoming mini seminars in April 2020.

Come lounge with us in our holiday paradise and let’s limbo the night away together! Tickets are $35 each. Please purchase your tickets by Sunday, November 24th.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jackie Lindquist or Leslie McDonald Evans for additional details. We look forward to doing the Hula with you!

Mele Kalikimaka! (Merry Christmas!)

Buy your Holiday Party Ticket(s) below by midnight
on Sunday, November 24th

JPPG Flea Market & Posting With Purpose: How to Create a Social Media Strategy

Leslie-Evans-headshot

Please join us on Tuesday, November 19th at 5:30pm for our Flea Market, then stay for some social media tips from Leslie Evans, CPP. Then are cordially invited to join us at Chili’s after the meeting!

Whether you use social media to promote your business, or share your images for the joy of photography, there are specific things you can do to gain more followers and encourage more engagement.

Do you wonder why your followers aren’t liking, commenting on and sharing your posts?  Part of the answer is hidden behind the scenes in social media algorithms. If all this is a Greek to you, then this program is for you! Leslie will take the mystery out of it and teach you how to get better engagement from your followers with content that people want to see.

Does the idea of posting regularly overwhelm you? Leslie will also share some strategies for creating, categorizing and posting content so you can get started right away. We are looking forward to seeing you there!



But Wait – There’s More!

It’s the JPPG Flea Market!

Come early for the program and enjoy the flea market or stay late after the flea market for the program. Either way works for us!

This is a “no charge” meeting. All are welcome, so invite a friend to come with you!

Several JPPG Members will have tables filled with gear… cameras, lenses, light stands, tripods, reflectors and all sorts of photo gear. Tables will be set up on one side of the room for selling your gear or buying someone else’s!

How do I reserve a Flea Market Table? I’m glad you asked! First, click on the button below and pay for your table, then gather your gear, take some photos and send them to communications@jppg.org. Next, we’ll post your photos on our JPPG Facebook page to help you sell it! Then on Tuesday the 19th, load up your gear and head on over to the Ramada after 4:30pm.


Reserve your Flea Market Table Here:

Our friendly JPPG Flea Market Team will have a 6’ table ready and waiting for you and your gear. Doors open to members and guests at 5:30pm. No advance sales. If your name is on our gear, please mark through it on the photo before sending.


 

How do I get my hands on some cool New-to-Me Gear? I’m glad you asked! First, this Flea Market is open to all, so invite your friends to come with you. Next, dig that cash out of your sock drawer and just think about that shiny piece of gear you’re going to find at the flea market. Most importantly, be at the Ramada at 5:30pm on November 19th when the doors open for some shopping!

We will post photos of gear for sale on our JPPG Facebook page as soon as we can so you will have an idea what is available. No advance sales.  Just like any flea market, the transaction is exclusively between you and the seller. We are looking forward to seeing you there!


 

When and Where?
We meet at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin (I-295 and San Jose Blvd). Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting beginning at 7:00pm.

We meet at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin (I-295 and San Jose Blvd). The Flea Market starts at 5:30pm. Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting beginning at 7:00pm.

People’s Choice
Members, don’t forget your 8×10-ish entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both. All entries must be submitted by 6:51pm. Can’t make it to the meeting? Send your images with a friend!

Not a JPPG Member? You are welcome here! Check out JPPG Membership options and email membership@jppg.org with any questions. You are invited and welcomed to join (or re-join) online and show up at this meeting as our newest member!

First time Guest? Great! If this is your first time visiting, please let us know at the check in table. Your guest fee is waived and your very first meeting is FREE!

Returning Guest? Welcome Back! If you aren’t ready to join yet, no problem. Just click on the “Pay Now” Guest Fee button below or pay at the door. Either way, we will love to see you again.

September 24th Program: Image Competition – Salon

JPPG Fall Image Competition/Print Education/Salon

  • Early Bird Deadline on Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 11:59 pm
  • Final prints and entry fee must be received by Monday, September 23rd at 11:59pm
  • A Great Panel of Judges are Lined Up For Us!
  • First-Time competitors enter for free

We are excited to have several first-time competitors join us this year in image competition. This is a great way to improve your photography anonymously because the judges will be critiquing each image without them our anyone in the audience knowing who the maker is. The exception is if you win 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in a category or best of show. In that case we will celebrate you and the image you created!

Our judges this year are exceptional artists and award-winning photographers. All three were awarded the esteemed degrees of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman, and without giving too much away, other degrees and prestigious titles earned by these judges are: Certified Professional Photographer, Master Artist Degree and the prestigious Fellowship Degree from the American Society of Photographers (ASP).  Each of them have had and currently have their work on display in public galleries.  They have graciously agreed to spend a day with us for a nominal fee and we are truly grateful. Their names are withheld until all entries are received.

Judging will take place prior to our meeting from approximately 3pm-6pm and you are encouraged and welcome to attend. The room will remain darkened and attendees will remain silent throughout the judging process. Once the meeting has officially started for the evening (approximately 7:30pm), the scores will be announced for each image, and the judges will take turns critiquing each image against the criteria found here: 12 Elements of a Successful Print

How to Enter:

  • Review the Official Salon Education Rules which will include your entry form. Print at least the last page and fill it out. Highlights are below, but please read all of the rules.
  • Get your images ready! You may enter up to 6… your 4 highest scoring images will count toward end of the year awards, etc.
  • Be careful to follow instructions on naming and sizing your files.
    File Size: 4000 pixels the longest side

Format: JPEG quality 10 (file size must not exceed 3.5mb)
Embedded color profile: either in sRGB or Adobe RGB (1998)
File name example: last name_category_imagetitle (use _ for spaces)
Example: jones_P8_See_Spot_Run.jpg
(This is the current PPA image guideline for entry except for adding name and category.)

  • Email your images and entry form to Michael Joseph NO LATER than Monday, September 23rd at 11:59pm. No exceptions. mjjoseph@me.com. Be sure you receive an email confirmation.
  • Your entry may be paid when you enter on the JPPG website, or you may pay with a check made out to JPPG by 7pm on salon night.
  • First-time competitors are free. Just email your images and entry form by the deadline. If you wish to enter more than 6 images, you may do so by paying the entry for anything over 6 images.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

When and Where?

We meet at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin (I-295 and San Jose Blvd). Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting beginning at 7:00pm.

People’s Choice

NO people’s choice on salon night

Not a JPPG Member? No Problem. You are welcome to attend and the cost is only $25/event. You may pay in advance (below) or at the door. Guest fee is waived for first time visitors only, so your very first meeting is FREE!  Just let us know at check-in.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

Entry Fee Payment


Late registration link (beginning 12:00am on Saturday, September 21st)

Select Number of Images Entering

Below are some of JPPG’s 2018 Salon Winning Images

Congratulations to the Makers!

JPPG 2018 Best of Show: “Drama Queen” by Jackie Kramer

“Forgotten Prayers” by Keith Bartholomew

“Graceful Landing” by Jim Dvorak

A Red Heron glides it’s feet across the water as it prepares to land.

“Grand Central” by Tom Grzybala

“Ice Cold Stare” by Pat Lowe

“It All Comes Down to Love” by Michelle Shafer

October 9th Program: Suzette Allen

PAINTING YOUR IMAGES
PHOTOSHOP CC MIXER BRUSH MAGIC 

Painting your images can be fun and easy especially if you know the secrets to success. Speed up the painting process and maximize efficiency by preparing your files for the most dimension and using filters to accomplish the ‘first wash’ on your files. Learn how to modify and customize brushes to your liking and how to organize your tools for efficiency. 

But even more important is using a system that doesn’t get bogged down by memory-hungry brushes! Learn to leverage the “1% secret” and paint with more speed and control! 

Brush making (or modifying) is also a vital skill to get the look you want and develop your own style. Learn to design your own custom brushes and save them for future creativity. 

We will also explore how to finish off your art with a convincing texture (if not printing on true canvas or watercolor paper). Suzette will also show some of her images with surface brush strokes that truly complete the look. 

Topics you will learn: 

  • Choosing good images to paint. 
  • File Prep for dimension and drama 
  • First Wash techniques with filters 
  • Mixer brush modifying and customization 
  • System for speedy painting: “the secret” 
  • Layers and mixing- controlling the look with painting on layers 
  • Get inspired about new directions with your images 
  • The marriage of blending modes and painting for gorgeous art 

BIO: 

Suzette Allen

Suzette Allen is a passionate educator, teaching Photoshop to professional photographers for 19 years. Her work has morphed over the years, specializing in retouching, compositing, video and painting. Her passion for creativity and fearless attitude toward technology has served her well and kept her at the forefront of photoshop education and creativity while her laid back, friendly style has kept her in the hearts of many of her students as a true source of help and inspiration. 

Her latest passion of travel with her husband and beloved Bubble Trailer has taken her on a 13,000 mile trek across the country this fall, and she will be coming through Jacksonville on Oct 9! She wanted to thank the members for changing the usual meeting time to accommodate her Bubble Trailer Tour schedule! Get ready to be inspired and enjoy the journey as you follow her adventures on IG at @BubbleTrailer as well as the sights and stories on her blog, SuzetteSays.com. #createontheGo #MobileArtLife #CampCreateConnect 

A special note from JPPG: We are so excited to welcome Suzette and her husband Jon on their amazing Bubble Trailer tour, that we are waiving our $25 admission fee! But wait, there’s MORE! If you are not currently a member, decide to join (or re-join) that night and pay for your 2020 membership in full, your November admission is also FREE. If you are thinking of coming back to JPPG, this is the perfect time. We are looking forward to seeing you there! 

P.S. Click on Suzette’s Bubble Trailer link above and follow her tour to be entered to win weekly prizes! 

Darla Sharp – August 27 Program

Taxes Don’t Have To Be Taxing!

Are you interested in making money from your photography or are you already making money? Does the thought of receiving an audit notice from the IRS make you nervous or cause panic? Then this program is for you.  Darla will share with you what questions you should be asking your tax professional and how you can stay prepared. She will also share a brief overview of the differences in tax implications of a sole proprietorship, LLC and S Corporation. If you want to learn some strategies to avoid paying IRS penalties & interest, then don’t miss Darla’s program!

Darla Sharp is the owner of The Sharp Studio, LLC in New Smyrna Beach, FL. She began her photography career right out of high school working for a professional studio in Western Kentucky and continued to expand her experience in the industry over the last 30 years working for various color labs and dark rooms. In 2004, while endeavoring to outsource the accounting for her and her husband’s businesses, she stepped into the world of tax preparation.

For over 10 years she served clients as a tax advisor while growing her expertise in Small Business tax preparation and meeting IRS requirements to write tax returns. Today she continues to serve both industries working in operations for H&R Block and also running her studio as a Certified Professional Photographer, member and FED degree holder with FPP, and FPP Delegate and Program Director of her local guild (Professional Photographers of Greater Daytona Beach)

FREE for first time visitors!

$25 Returning Guest Fee

Linda Long – July 23rd Program

Competition- turning your art into money and marketing

Linda Long, M. Photog. Cr., CPP, FDPE, FSA, FED

Fifteen years ago Linda started a photography business on a whim.  Her hobby quickly grew into a full time endeavor and has grown into the premier Tallahassee portrait and wedding studio.  Linda is the FPP Competition Manager and an IPC juror in training.  She has earned: 2017 FPP Photographer of the Year, The Becker Award, five time Florida Top Ten Photographer, six time Tallahassee Photographer of the Year, and lots of other accolades for her work.

www.LongsPhotography.com

www.Facebook.com/LongsPhoto

Competition is more than simply selecting and entering your best photographs.  It is a journey which challenges makers to push the limits of their skills and it forces them to grow and change, becoming better photographers through the process.  While competition is widely regarded as the best way to learn and grow, it is rarely seen as a money making endeavor.  Join Linda as she shows you how to turn competition work into a viable component of your business– from bringing in new clients, gaining respect from the community, garnering greater client loyalty and even how you can get clients to pay you to photograph for competition!

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

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