After two months with no JPPG meetings, it was more than refreshing to be back and around my fellow photographers again. The January meeting was a great way to kick off the new year. The evening opened with announcements, the 50/50 drawing (the winner received an astounding $125!), and door prizes.
February – For our February meeting, Michael Potthast will be traveling up from Winter Haven, FL as our Guest Speaker. For more information, please visit the JPPG blog post.
March – In March, we will be hosting the semi-annual Salon competition. Time is ticking, get working on those images! Information regarding deadlines and the like still to come.
April – Gary Hughes will be our March guest speaker. More information to come.
Also, for anyone seeking to join JPPG, the $25 Membership fee will be waved until the Friday the 24th.
Duval County invites you to participate in their Special Olympics event where you will be photographs have the chance to be put into The Art of an Athlete 2015 calender. The categories are Photo Journalism, Creative, and Portrait. The practice event will take place in February, followed by the final competition on March 8th. For more details such as entry requirements, please visit the EventBrite site
Education Chair Ken Moran and Dan Harris were able to give out more information about the upcoming 2014 mini seminars. They said each class will be $35 unless you register for more than one. If you register for 3, the price drops to $30.00 per class. For 5, the price is then $25.00 per class. For 7 or more, the price is only $20.00! At 10 classes, you get two free classes and that’s not even the best deal. For $360, you can purchase what is called the VIP All Access Pass. For a mere $15.00 a class, you get to attend each and every class offered this year! “You’ll learn things you never though you’d be able to learn.” said Dan.
Here are a few of the confirmed classes:
• Preparing Your Images for Competition with MJ and special guest
• Secrets to Finer Retouching with Jane Conner-Ziser
• Conceptual Shooting and Composition with Fred Brinson
• Exploring the Mysteries of HDR with Olis Garber
• Educate Yourself! with Kevin Floyd
• Glamor Session Lighting Techniques and Extraction with Bob Sargent
• Word Press, Social Media and SEO with Keely Deuschle
• On-Location Natural Light Photography with upcoming PPA President Susan Michael
To sign up for Mini Seminars, you must first be a member of JPPG (If you’re thinking about joining, as mentioned above, the $25 membership fee is waived until the 26th), and you have to be at our February Meeting IN PERSON and be able to pay when you register. If you can’t make it that night, there will be a PDF posted soon on the JPPG website that you can print off and send with a friend to turn in. The classes are a first come first served basis. Get there at 6:00 and be sure to get into the classes you want! After the meeting, any left over spots can be signed up for online, but there’s no guarantee the class you want will have spots open at the end of the night.
MJ will also be hosting another camera lens sale with Nelson. If you would like to be notified of when this will be happening, email Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, Rick Sammon, a 10th year Cannon Explorer of Light, began his presentation. He showed us a slideshow of his stunning work, offering tips for each and every print. He talked about how to get the best in-camera exposure, how to create drama in an image, the difference between looking and seeing, “croposition”, the rule of odds and his top 10 ways to get inspired. For more of Rick’s work, or a list of his top plug-ins, please visit his site ricksammon.com
At the end of the night, 35 of us, including Rick and his wife Susan, got together at Chili’s for dinner and socializing.
— Samantha Addy