June 27th Program – Randy Van Duinen – Light Painting the Night Up! Hands-On!

head shotMark your calendars and plan to be at the June 27th program for a night of Hands On Light Painting with Randy Van Duinen! Randy will start out by explaining how to light paint through a slide presentation showing you the equipment used, examples of both small table top set-ups and large scale shoots, along with techniques to get your creative juices flowing. He will then do a live presentation where you will actually see him light painting a couple different setups using different techniques.

The last part of the presentation, and best part, is all hands-on! You will be able to make your own light paintings using the setups that Randy has laid out with the lights he has brought with him. So remember to bring your CF card so you will be able to make your own light painting photograph and get advice as you shoot.

BIO

Randy Van Duinen is a nationally and internationally award-winning architectural photographer, speaker and trainer. His art photography is in private collections around the country and in the permanent collection at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Randy is recognized for his digital imaging skills that he uses with his architectural and art photography. Randy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Photography from Grand Valley State University.

Professional Photographers of America Awards & Degrees

  • World Photographic Cup – Silver Medal, 2014
  • World Photographic Cup USA Team, 2016, 2014
  • 1st place in the commercial category, 2014 Grand Imaging Awards
  • 2nd place in the commercial category, 2013 Grand Imaging Awards
  • Top 10 Commercial photographer: 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Master of Photography (M.Photog.)
  • Master Artist (M.Artist)
  • Photographic Craftsman Degree (Cr.Photog.)
  • Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)

Florida Professional Photographers

  • Florida Professional Photographer Artist of the year 2016, 2015
  • Florida Professional Photographer of the year 2012
  • Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence (FDAE)
  • Top 10 Florida Photographer: 2012, 2013 and 2014

Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association

  • Photographer of the Year 2015
  • Photographer of the Year 2013
  • Top 10 Photographers past six years

Published in local and national magazines

  • Professional Photographer (Cover)
  • Photoshop User (Cover)
  • Interiors
  • Builder (Cover)
  • Professional Builder
  • USA Today
  • Tampa Bay Illustrated
  • Light It

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. Members, don’t forget your 8×10 entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

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.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)




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May 23rd Program – Pete Wright – Photograph! Process! Print! The Fundamental Skills of a True Artist

IMG_0896We hope you will join us on Tuesday, May 23rd, as we welcome Pete Wright as our program speaker with his program Photograph! Process! Print! The Fundamental Skills of a True Artist.

In this full circle program, Pete will take you through the studio lighting and posing techniques to use to create visually stunning portraits. Then he will take you into post processing and retouching your images to assure you the best possible product for your clients. To complete the circle, Pete will simplify the printing process and give you the steps you need to be able to finish your own art. This course will give you a better understanding of the tools necessary in each of the stages to get the best results from your work.

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Jacksonville Canon reseller Dorado Graphix will be coming with Pete and bringing Canon’s Large Format printers to print free sample wall portraits for those in attendance. Attendees may bring a thumb drive to the meeting with one image sized up to 24″ wide for printing! Please save your image on a thumb drive, label it or place in an envelope with your name on it and bring to the meeting.

BIO

Pete Wright is an international award-winning Master Photographer and writer based out of Bradenton, Fl. As a fourth generation artist and second generation photographer, Pete got his start as a professional and college sports photographer and eventually expanded into weddings and portrait photography. Outside of his client work, Pete has an extensive body of fine art photography and uses his free time to create new works which he considers to be his chicken soup for the soul. Through his success in print competition, Pete has become passionate about the physical print and an advocate for selling printed images and learning from the process of printing ones own work.

In May 2015, Pete’s First Book “Cinematic Portraits, How to Create Classic Hollywood Photography” was published by Amherst Media and was followed in the Summer of 2016 by his Wedding Photography book “Wedding Photography Kickstart” co-authored with his wife, Liliana. His work is also featured prominently in the Amherst title “500 Poses for Photographing Full-Length Portraits: A Visual Sourcebook for Digital Portrait Photographers” Additionally Pete has been a regular contributor to Professional Photographer Magazine, Action News Magazine, Richmond Weddings Magazine and others

Pete has been lecturing around the world since 2005 in both platform and hands-on environments. He has spoken multiple times at both Imaging USA and WPPI and lectured around the world at various workshops, state and regional conventions. He has also worked extensively as an International Print competition judge and chair for well over a decade. Pete is a true believer in the term “Pay it forward” and feels it is his responsibility to be an open book, sharing his knowledge.

Pete is sponsored by both Dorado Graphix and Canon!

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. Members, don’t forget your 8×10 entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

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.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)




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JPPG President’s Message – April 2017

“Hands-on March” was a big success. First we had a special workshop March 19th with the incredible Hanson Fong from San Francisco. It was a beautiful sunny day in the park and Hanson gave us some great ideas about how to professionally light a portrait session in most any lighting condition. We had live models, several photo stations and lots of photographers helping photographers. Everyone had a good time.

At our March meeting we had 3 hands-on photography stations: portraits, headshots and outdoor constant lights. Many members learned some new ideas and key information that will really help their photography improve and their business grow. Don’t forget to bring your 8×10 prints from those shootouts to enter into our People’s choice competition at April’s meeting. We will still have the standard categories, but also an additional table for the shootout images and the first place winner at the ‘shootout’ table will get a Chili’s gift card! Don’t miss it.

This is what our group is all about: Photographer’s helping photographers! Several people at these events had ‘camera issues’ which we were able to fix. They finally got their equipment to work correctly! Too often ‘online’ instruction, webinars and videos can only teach you up to a certain point. It often takes some actual hands-on help and assistance with a real pro to get you over the final hurdle giving you the critical information you need to turn your study into practical knowledge you can use. We are glad we can all be part of this great group and look forward to everyone’s future success!

Sincerely,

Dan Harris
Dan Harris, JPPG President

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April 25 Program – Roamin’ with Roman – A Paradigm Shift in the World of Bird Photography

IMG_0965 copyPlease join us on Tuesday, April 25, as we welcome Roman Kurvwczak to Jacksonville! Roman will present his program, Roamin’ with Roman – A Paradigm Shift in the World of Bird Photography.
 
This instructional program represents a fundamental change in the way today’s bird photographers should think and do things, especially when it comes to birds in flight! Roman will cover everything from gear to settings and techniques while also covering some of the most common mistakes photographers make in this exciting field.  Questions will be encouraged and answered throughout the presentation so that those attending gain a clear understanding of the principles of bird photography.
 
You can find galleries, blog, gear reviews, nighttime landscape e-book, and more at: www.roaminwithroman.com
 
BIO
 
Roman Kurywczak is a professional nature photographer and Sigma Pro who conducts lectures and workshops across the globe.  His boutique tour company, Roamin’ with Roman Photo Tours, caters to small groups (only 4 in the US) to provide the ultimate learning experience for participants. His down to earth and easy to follow teaching presentations make him a highly sought after lecturer. The author of several instructional books on nature photography, Roman strives to share his passion for photography as others have shared with him.  He is married, has two sons, and lives in NJ.
 

Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting beginning at 7:00pm. Members, don’t forget your 8×10 entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

 

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.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

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March 28 Program – Hands-On Lighting and Posing

You’ve asked for hands-on programs, and we are excited to host a hands-on evening for our March 28th program.

Please plan to join us at the Ramada Inn Mandarin, 3130 Hartley Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257 for:

• Hands-On Posing & Lighting
• Bring your camera!
• Come ready for a headshot!
• Bring a friend to join in the fun!
• 3 Set-ups… 2 indoors for headshot setup and family and group posing with live models!
• Lighting gear and pocket wizard slaves provided!

A great night of practice and learning from each other!

You can shoot solo or even shoot in small collaborating groups! No one gets left out! We’ll all get to see the results of our creative efforts!

Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting beginning at 7:00pm. Members, don’t forget your 8×10 entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

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.

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

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SHOOTOUT with Hanson Fong – March 19

Hanson FongSunday, March 19th, 1:30 – 5pm at Walter Jones Park, Jacksonville, 11964 Mandarin Rd., 32223
 
• Hands-On shooting!
• Bring your own camera, favorite reflector or lighting gear.
• Live models! Different stations taking place at the same time.
• World renowned photographer and instructor, Hanson Fong, will be on hand to give shooting advice and tips as he bounces from station to station!
• Sign up early!
 
We also are having a bonus evening class at the Joseph’s (3758 Beauclerc Rd, 32257) from 7-9pm! Hanson will give one of his entertaining and educational keynote programs… don’t miss it!
 
JPPG Members Price… Shootout only price is just $49, Evening Class only price is just $29, OR both classes combined for only $69!
 
Non-Members Price… Shootout only price is just $59, Evening Class only price is just $39OR both classes combined for only $79!
 
To register for the shootout only, the evening class only, or both, please select the desired option below from the appropriate members or non-members drop-downs.
 

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JPPG President’s Message – March 2017

The year is off to a good start. Everyone enjoyed Olis Garber’s program in January. If you want to add some adventure to your photography and get some exceptional images, go with Olis on his next photographic excursion.

February’s meeting was with the internationally recognized Photoshop guru Dave Cross. I’m sure everyone who attended picked up a new tip that will help propel their workflow for years to come.

March is going to be our hands-on, shootout month. Bring your cameras because we will have several opportunities for shooting and learning: On Sunday, March 19th the world renown Canon Explorer of Light Hason Fong will be giving Jacksonville attendees individualized hands-on tips during the day program while we shoot live models and then that same evening will have an instructional presentation. You can attend just one or both classes as your schedule allows. Check our website for the upcoming details.

Our March 28th regular meeting will also be hands-on, so bring your cameras, as we will have three shooting stations with live models and instructors helping you capture headshots and family portraits in both a studio setup and an outdoor night-lit setting. It will be a night of fun and interactive learning. You will get to see and use different lighting setups with your own camera.

Everyone learns differently, some prefer to learn by reading, some by watching and some by doing. Most people learn and retain information better if they have a good mix. Over the years some of my best learning moments were unexpectedly not from the lecture but often from another classmate or while attempting to implement a concept. We hope March’s inter-active, shoot-out programs will help you learn additional skills to help you with your future success.

Let us know how JPPG can best serve you!

Sincerely,

Dan Harris
Dan Harris, JPPG President

February 28 Program – Dave Cross – The Best of Both Worlds – Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

Dave CrossMark your calendars! Please plan to join us at our February 28th program as we proudly welcome Dave Cross to Jacksonville! Dave’s program, “The Best of Both Worlds: Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together,” is one that you will not want to miss!

Although Lightroom is a very powerful tool on its own, when you combine it with Photoshop you can access an incredibly creative and productive workflow. In this session Dave Cross will explore different options for moving files between Lightroom and Photoshop to harness the full non-destructive strengths of both programs, and strategies to approach common image problems.

You’ll learn

  • When to use the Lightroom Spot Removal tool vs the Patch tool in Photoshop
  • How to create a two-way Smart editing workflow between Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Using Dehaze with the Lightroom Adjustment Brush vs Dehaze with a mask in Photoshop
  • How to fix image problems with Merge to HDR – with one image
  • Retouching strategies that take full advantage of both programs
  • How to make Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop even better
  • Using Photoshop and Lightroom’s Identity plates to create borders
  • How to retouch Smart Objects

…and more!

If you’re looking for ways to get the most out of these two formidable programs, this is the session for you.

Social time begins at 6:30pm with announcements and meeting beginning at 7:00pm. Members, don’t forget your 8×10 entry for People’s Choice. The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both!

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. Come and try out our first meeting of the year for $5 off the event price so you’re first time attendance is only $20!

$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

BIO:

For over 25 years Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their Adobe software. Since1987, Dave has taught Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and is a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught for Adobe, at Photoshop World, the Texas School of Photography, Adobe MAX, Imaging USA and at numerous corporate locations. Dave has written many articles and multiple books, co-hosted Photoshop User TV and has appeared in many DVDs and online courses for Kelby Training, CreativeLive and Photoshop Cafe. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and now offers online training at online.davecrossworkshops.com, with new content added every week.

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JPPG President’s Message – January 2017

Wow! Where has the time gone! 2017 has arrived! It’s the time to reflect, evaluate and set new goals for the New Year. We have had some great programs and FUN learning experiences this past year and look forward to even better ones this next!

Your JPPG board is committed to helping you make this year BETTER than the last! We have put together some exciting programs, activities and hands-on learning experiences to help you bring your photography skills to the next level!

In life, there are lots of setbacks, roadblocks and mishaps that can prevent you from achieving your goals. Make a commitment this year to NOT let those things hold you back or distract you from ultimately achieving your goals. Don’t be so busy sawing that you forget to sharpen the saw! Break out of your comfort zone! Set aside the time this year to attend EVERY JPPG meeting and be open to learning from new and unexpected sources.

Remember we are here to help each other find success! Let us know how we can best help you.

Sincerely,

Dan Harris
Dan Harris, JPPG President

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