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! 

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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Rick Ferro Workshop – June 30th

Do you want to make more money with your portraits? Learn how to pose and light your clients and increase your income at Rick Ferro’s workshop. Rick is a lead photographer and trainer for Walt Disney World. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master photographer!

Details:

  • Get hands on experience and guidance with posing and lighting couples and individuals
  • Bring your camera! Two shooting bays. Pose models, get feedback to refine and shoot
  • Experiment with the newest LED products and off camera flash equipment.
  • The location is in a large bay behind the Shoppes of St. Johns. Plenty of parking is available.
  • Bring your camera, note taking materials and questions for Rick Ferro
  • Two restaurants are located in the shopping center for a convenient group lunch

Sign up at the JPPG meeting on June 25th with check or cash, or email rick@rickferro.com about mailing a check.

Lighting is Everything! June 25th Program

Rick Ferro

As a lead photographer and trainer for the Disney Corporation, Rick Ferro will teach you his style of lighting and posing that landed him the job at Disney in 1993 to develop and train their photographers. His award winning images have been seen all over the world and he has received international awards and recognition.

Rick loves to teach and is looking forward to sharing his expertise so you can create beautiful portraits your clients will love!  His comprehensive program will cover:

  • Effective Use of Light
  • How to control the sun in harsh conditions
  • Off-Camera Flash
  • Led Lighting  /  Specialty Lighting using Rotolight
  • Importance of Body Language and posing
  • Posing & lighting couples
$25 Guest Fee
(Non-JPPG Members)

Even if you only photograph the occasional portrait or are a full time wedding photographer, you will benefit from Rick’s lifetime of experience he is graciously happy to share with you. You can look forward to live demonstrations and behind the scenes tips and tricks. We look forward to seeing you at Rick’s program on June 25th!

***Followed by Rick’s bio, model and set-up images, then the typical JPPG wrap-up

May 28th Program – Hands on Headshots

Hands on Headshots

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

6:30pm Social 30, 7:00pm Program

A Workshop with your expert guides,

Michael Joseph, M.Photog Cr., FDPE, FED and Tammy Czigan, CPP, FED, FSA

Do you struggle with creating a headshot that your client loves without taking dozens of images? Would you like to learn how to analyze faces and create more flattering light on your client’s faces?  Then don’t miss the JPPG Hands on Headshots workshop!

Come prepared to work from both sides of the camera. That’s right, it’s headshot night at the guild meeting! Bring your camera, favorite portrait lens and dress in any style you choose for your new headshot.

We will begin with 10 practical tips on lighting and posing and move right into the hands-on workshop and you will photograph each other. Two lighting set ups will be in place.

Get the best headshot you can of each person you photograph, because at the June meeting we will pick a winner! You will be given instructions on how to submit the headshots you take. Our committee will narrow the choices and you will vote on your favorite headshot at our June meeting.

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

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? 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)

Michael Joseph

Originally from Allentown, PA, Michael Joseph has traveled throughout the eastern U.S., photographing people and their pets. With over 30 years, 16 states and thousands of portrait sessions behind him, he has photographed every stage of life and type of person that you could put in front of him. He is a walking encyclopedia of his craft.

He received his Master of Photography and Craftsman degrees from PPA, the Florida Photographer of the Year from FPP, Highest Case Score, and the North Florida Photographer of the Year. Some additional distinctions include three-time Florida Top Ten List, Kodak Gallery Award recipient, and the FDPE, FED degrees from Florida Professional Photographers.

Tammy Czigan

With an outgoing personality and a background in recruiting, Tammy is adept at quickly putting her headshot clients at ease.  She has photographed hundreds of headshots and a large percentage of them on a green screen. She loves the challenge of getting a headshot that every client loves, especially the ones who walk in the door saying they hate having their headshot done.

Tammy has her Certified Professional Photographer from PPA and her FSA and FED degrees from Florida Professional Photographers. She has attended FPP’s Florida Photography Workshops 9 times and is happy to share the knowledge that was so generously shared with her.

Ken Bovat – 03/26 Program

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 Bovat

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.

Would you like to understand how color can make or break your images? Then this program is for you!

For any professional photographer, recognizing the conscious and subconscious influences of color is crucial to bridging the gap between what you are trying to communicate and what is actually perceived by the viewer.

We try to get you to think about color in ways you have never thought before.

We then connect it to people portraits and how certain colors can change a persons look. What color should you be photographed in and why.

Ken’s program will cover:
• Seeing color differently
• Recognizing the subconscious influences of certain colors
• How colors work together
• The nine types of color compositions
• Understanding skin color undertones

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Outgoing President’s Message

It seems each year time just moves faster and faster! Having served as your guild president for the past 3 years, I wanted to take a minute and thank all our wonderful volunteers who have put in so much time, energy and dedication to the guild to make it what it is today.

And of course without all our great members we wouldn’t have a guild! So a big shout out to my fellow photographers and friends who I enjoy meeting and working with throughout the year. As members with common interests we all gain from each other’s support and comradery.

I joined the guild 18 years ago looking for some guidance on how to create a business out of my favorite hobby and not only learned a ton in the process, but have made some lifetime friendships. The photography industry continues to evolve and change, I have had to change and expanded my business over the years to service my customers efficiently.

I make jokes daily (not always funny ones) about how the business of photography has become less and less about taking pictures. Picture taking is now only 20% of what we do. Our studio has become its own lab and manufacturing facility doing everything from initial developing, retouching, printing, framing and finishing.

The president of the guild is officially a 2-year labor of love, (I loved it enough to do it for 3 years) but now having passed the torch, I am still working hard in my business and will still be an integral part of our guild helping to guide its future success. I am looking forward to the future, please know that I am here to help you should the need arise, and I appreciate your help and support too!

Thanks,

Dan

January 29th Program: Brad Hall – Videography 101

Please join us on Tuesday, January 29th, as Brad Hall from Tampa, Florida  presents Videography 101

With ever advancing imaging technology, video is more important than ever to understand and add to your professional service offerings.  Brad will provide an overview of basic video capture in a real-life scenario video shoot.  You will learn basic camera settings including suggested resolutions, frame rates, color profiles, sound, lighting, and more!

With over 30 years of experience, Brad provides photography and video services to clients from local social events to large scale commercial projects.

 
 

Featured on ESPN, MTV, Cosmopolitan, RedBook, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Inside Weddings, Headline News, Time, Florida Weddings Magazine, NBC Universal, CBS News, USA Today, Fox and Friends, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, America Online, Disney, Verizon Nationwide, Yahoo, In-Touch Magazine, The New York Daily News, the Kodak Image Gallery on Time Square, ABC, The Discovery Channel in addition to numerous other publications, billboards, menus, websites, brochures, marketing materials and broadcasts worldwide.

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? 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)

JPPG Archives – Guild Newsletter from 1978

JPPG has a long history. It goes back to the mid-1900s when it was known as the Professional Photographers Society of North Florida, or PPSNF. The name JPPG was recently only adopted within the last 10 years.

From time to time, we come across something that rewinds the hands of time in all of the history that we keep in many binders — newsletters, meeting minutes, marketing pieces, etc — and we get a glimpse of what the photography world and the Guild was like. This piece, however, was shared with us from one of our Members, Harry Forsythe.

 We’ll take you back through the JPPG Archives to 40 years ago to June 1978. 

Below are scans from a PPSNF Newsletter from June 1978. Some of our Members were Members back then, some were in their early childhood years, and some of our Members weren’t even born yet.

There’s a great article on Competition, too, that’s definitely worth the read. Enjoy this time machine travel back to 1978.

Click to enlarge each page of the newsletter image below.

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978

JPPG Archives - PPSNF Newsletter June 1978