TAPPA Tribune | February Jan26

TAPPA Tribune | February...

The latest issue of the TAPPA Tribune is out. Pictures from the last meeting with Pete Wright teaching Cinematic Portraits, a great article on “Persuasion” from Chuck Vosburgh, Woody Walters, image competition prints and...

SEPPA Magazine | January Jan21

SEPPA Magazine | January...

The latest issue of SEPPA Magazine has wrrived. Look inside for a must-read article on tightening your WordPress security to ensure your website isn’t controlled by hackers…....

Woody Walters – February Speaker Jan19

Woody Walters – February Speaker

Visualization- The Future of Photography – Tuesday, Feb. 9th T.A.P.P.A Meeting Doubletree Hotel 6PM There will always be a need for high quality straight forward photographs.  Even the quest to produce an above average portrait requires a great deal of visualization on behalf of the photographer.  Quality of light, separation of highlight and shadow, relationships of figure and background, all must perform in harmony together to convey the final outcome. In today’s world we are bombarded with not only high quality visual content, but very creative visual content as well.  Semi trucks converting into robots, landscapes with mountains and waterfalls floating in the skies, anything we can think of, we can make real in this digital world we live in.  How we take our ideas and concepts and turn them into a photograph still boils down to the act of visualization.  Join Woody Walters as he explores the future of Photography.  See the process as he unfolds elements or pieces to make up the whole of an image.  Understand the physical effects of colors and tonal values and how they relate to the subject and story of the image. Avatar, Planet of Apes, and Star Wars, were all extremely creative with high impact visual content and imagery.  To recreate spectacular images it comes down to your vision and what you want the viewer to ultimately feel. Woody will show you his process of how he breaks down images into segments.  Open your creative awareness and give your images a new breath of excitement and visualization  Woody is also holding a 2-day class!! Woody will be holding a two (2) day class Feb 6,7 Sat/Sun 2016 from 9:30 to 5:30 pm The class will cost $200.00. All attendees will receive a set of Woody Smoke brushes It will be held at the studio of Benjamin Todd, 1906 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL. 33607 Space is limited so book early Starting with single images and beautiful lighting, Woody will teach you how to transform your photography with photoshop brushes and backgrounds to create drama and add interest. You will discover how easy it is to add special effects like fire, powder, lighting and fog and soft floral effects. You will learn how to choose colors and manipulate the digital elements to tell a story.   This course is very hands-on and photoshop heavy, with only one actual photo session to teach you Woody’s lighting techniques.   The rest of the class will be completely filled with projects each building on the one before it so that at the end of the class you will have a whole new arsenal of tools and elements at your disposal.   Class Highlights: •Learn how to take an image from average to amazing in less than an hour. •Learn composition, color, tonal values, and color theory and how to direct a viewer’s eye where you want it to go. •How to sell it.   The majority of Woody’s class will be teaching techniques that can be created in 15 minutes to a few hours. Even though Woody will spend a small amount of time on advanced compositing, he believes that the average studio cannot afford to spend days creating detailed complex digital montages for one client. It simply is not lucrative. [Show...

TAPPA Tribune | January Jan04

TAPPA Tribune | January...

The January Issue is out! New President! Photographer of the Year! Great...

Pete Wright – January Speaker Dec28

Pete Wright – January Speaker

Cinematic Portraits – Creating Old Hollywood Style Images In the constantly evolving world of professional photography, it seems like everyone is always looking for the next big thing. When everyone else is trying to figure out what is new and fresh, Pete Wright has been looking back to the classic portraits from the 20’s and 30’s for inspiration. His studio has developed a reputation for his Film Noir look, which is an homage to photographic greats like George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull and other photographic pioneers from Old Hollywood. Join Pete Wright as he brings back the glamour of the silver screen stars and makes what was once considered old, new again. He will show you how to create beautiful and dramatic lighting with perfect poses, wardrobe, props and sets to create an authentic feeling image. This program will walk you through some of the quintessential studio basics for portraiture and advance to combining those basics with the right tools to create a unique look that your studio can offer right away. Pete Wright Bio Pete Wright is an international award-winning Master Photographer and writer based out of Bradenton, Fl. In his 18 years in business, he has photographed everything from professional sports, to weddings, to portraits. Through his experience growing up in the darkroom assisting and learning from his father, he truly fell in love with black and white photography. This ultimately led to his passion for recreating timeless Film Noir style portraits as an homage to his favorite photographer, George Hurrell. Pete leaned on his experience as a professional and college sports photographer to transition to wedding photography in the late 90’s. He still leans on his ability to capture great sports moments to help him anticipate great moments at weddings. He is also known for finding unique locations and ways to photograph brides and grooms on their wedding day to give them powerful images to remember their wedding day. In 2014 alone, Pete’s work was recognized with Best in Show honors in both Virginia and Southeast PPA (SEPPA), multiple category First Place awards in Virginia, SEPPA and North Carolina and also won the prestigous Canon Par Excellence Award, the Fuji Masterpice Award, LexJet Sunset Best Portrait Award and Lexjet 3rd place nationally, as well as a 3rd place PPA Grand Imaging Award and had multiple images not only merit, but also entered into the International Loan Collection at PPA. Pete has been awarded PPA Photographer of the year 8 times by meriting all four of his images in IPC. In May 2015, Pete’s First Book “Cinematic Portraits, How to Create Classic Hollywood Photography” was published by Amherst Media and is soon to be followed in the Spring of 2016 by his Wedding Photography book 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 four times at Imaging USA, six times at WPPI and at both has given hands-on programs. He has also taught around the U.S. at other workshops like After Dark, PSD Experience and various other state and regional conventions. Additionally, Pete has lectured in the Philippines, Grand Cayman, Bermuda and Jamaica and is scheduled to speak in 2016 at SWPP in London, England. You can also see Pete speak twice at WPPI in 2016 along with several times around the US in state conventions and workshops. Pete has also been a huge advocate of print competition and works hard to not only encourage photographers to enter so that they can grow, but to also educate them on success in print competition. He has judged and chaired in state...

FPP Seminar | Damon Tucci Dec22

FPP Seminar | Damon Tucci

Damon Tucci Lighting, Capture, and Posing Strategies Damon Tucci has been a professional photographer in the Orlando area for the past 20 years and has photographed over 2500 weddings.  His images are emotional, unique, and interesting; just like the couples he photographs. Damon’s distinct artistry is a combination of talent and experience.   He began his career as an underwater cinematographer, and later as a photographer for Disney Photographic Services.  It was at Disney that he carefully crafted his unique approach to wedding photography, which is a mix of documentary and stylized fashion. His award winning work has been published in several regional and national magazines including Professional Photographer, Rangefinder, Studio Photography and Design, InStyle Weddings, People, Brides and a host of others.  Damon is an active member of PPA and a dynamic speaker who is frequently asked to lecture to other photography professionals across the country.   He takes great pride in teaching others what he has studied for the past two decades and is honored to share his experiences with his students. Damon’s non-traditional method of blending fashion with documentation is revolutionizing the wedding industry.  Today’s modern couples don’t want to spend precious hours on formal poses; they want to enjoy their day with family and friends.  Damon’s unique understanding of light, allows him to capture these once-in-a-lifetimemoments, but in an unobtrusive manner that does not impact the wedding. As an artist, Damon revels in breaking the rules.  He firmly believes that if you don’t enjoy what you do, then you should do something else.  His laid back personality is easy going and fun.  Although he is a strict professional, his sense of humor is never far away, and that makes working with him more like spending time with an old friend. More info and sign up is...

Tips

A post on how you can make it easier to enter Print of the Month competition every month at T.A.P.P.A. One of the things that makes T.A.P.P.A. so much fun (and valuable) is the monthly print competition. Personally, I try to enter every month. The way I see it, we are a photographic organization and so we should surround ourselves at all times with the art of photography. Also, vodka and door prizes… but mostly the photographs.   Here’s what you can do to make it easier to compete every month as well as make it easier for the newsletter editor to feature your images in our award-winning newsletter.   Prepare a bunch of images at once. Right now, this month, cull through your work over the last year and grab a bunch that you like. Prepare them for printing and send them off to your lab. Reedy Photo has always been a great supporter of T.A.P.P.A. and they will take good care of you. (Prints must be 8×10)   When your prints arrive, put them in a bag that you take every month to the meeting so you always have them.   Order some black foamcore. Cut the foam core to 8×10. You’ll need 2 of these. Also, get an adhesive roller.   Now you are set. Each month, select what you want to enter, swipe the adhsive roller on the foamcore a couple of times and stick the print to it. Easy! When you are done, peel off the print and save the foamcore for next month. I’ve been using the same foamcore and roller for 2 years.   One more thing and you will be done:   Do you have a Gmail account? If so, you also have a free account...

Florida Photographer Dec01

Florida Photographer

The new issue of Florida Photographer is out. Check out the great articles and all the images from Focus 2015! Click here to view!...

TAPPA Tribune Dec01

TAPPA Tribune

The latest issue of the TAPPA Tribune is online!! Fantastic images from our members!...

December

Look Ahead Thanksgiving dinner and its accompanying guilt are past. You’ve survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and the Cyber Monday sales. Take a deep breath. Most of 2015 is receding in the rear view mirror while the final stretch—another classically busy December—looms ahead.   In consideration of my absent newsletter for November, I encourage you to take a few minutes to review all the good things you experienced this year. Think about trips you’ve taken, family you’ve spent time with, friends new and old who’ve enriched your life, and turn your focus ahead.   What do you discover? Parties to give and attend. Presents to buy, wrap, and ship. Decorating to do. Cards to write and send. And somewhere in the bustle, a minute or two to put your feet up and rest. Great!   Imagine you’re doing that right now. Take a minute to do a check list, not for December, but for 2016. Most of us collide with the New Year exhausted, partied out, and carrying more weight than we ever planned. Not to worry. A new year is coming.   Set goals now, and like a batch of simmering cider or homemade soup, resolve to enjoy December and arrive at January prepared for joy and success.    Take a class to improve your skills.  Mentor someone. Do it for a few weeks once a week or longer if you choose.  Support your TAPPA leadership team.  If you need to take better care of your health, find a way to do it.  Try photographing something you don’t usually capture.  Clear out old equipment you don’t use. Give it away or sell it.  Enter competitions.  Nurture your family and friend relationships.  Celebrate every...

SEPPA Magazine | November Nov30

SEPPA Magazine | November...

The latest issue of SEPPA Magazine is online..  

TAPPA Holiday Party Nov20

TAPPA Holiday Party

 T.A.P.P.A. Holiday Party and Awards Banquet It’s that time again! Time for the end of the year banquet and awards presentation! If you’re one of the members who has never come to the Holiday party you really should come. First of all, it’s a lot of fun. You get to meet people’s spouses , everyone dresses nicely, they are awards, prizes and scholarships given out.. There’s a bar! It really is a wonderful way to bring your year as a TAPPA member to a close. Sunday Dec. 6th, 6pm $35 per person. DoubleTree by Hilton  4500 W. Cypress, Tampa 33607 R.S.V.P. through the member portal here or simply email Melissa sewellcrew@verizon.net Pictures from the Party: [Show slideshow]...

Is Stock Photography Sexist?...

Interesting article about changes in the stock photography world as well as a little history. Good read… I think the peach needs to be shinier,” Bustle senior creative director Isla Murray tells Dawn Foster, a staff graphic designer who has been slowly sucking a piece of fruit for the last several minutes. “Should we spray it with water? Or something else? How do we make it look more provocative?” Murray and Foster, along with several other editors from the women’s lifestyle site, are gathered inside a photo studio at the company’s Manhattan offices. The space is covered in props — melons, sprinkle cookies, plastic chili peppers, a fur rug, some sort of phallic purple thing covered in rhinestones that is almost certainly a dildo, piles of underwear, boxes of lip gloss, hot dogs stuffed into buns and slathered with ketchup. Read the article here: http://www.racked.com/2015/11/5/9648598/stock-photography-sexist-getty-images-shutterstock...

Michael Joseph | Nov. Speaker Nov03

Michael Joseph | Nov. Speaker

It’s all about the lighting….lighting is everything. Michael Joseph has almost 30 years of experience of Photographing Pets with their People. He’ll be sharing with you several different lighting techniques that he uses in the studio from soft boxes, hair lighting, kicker lights & reflectors. Then he’ll talk about some of his favorite outdoor lighting equipment that he uses with lightweight strobes and modifiers. He’ll also share with you his 10 favorite gadgets and gizmos that he can’t shoot without. He will also be ready to answer technical questions on lighting, posing, studio set up & sales. Have your questions ready! And, he’ll unveil his Top­Ten Secrets to Pet Photography. Originally from Allentown, PA, Michael Joseph has traveled throughout the eastern US, photographing people and their pets. Over 25 years, 15 states and more than 35,000 portrait sittings later, almost every breed of dog and cat have had their chance in front of MJ’s camera. In fact, if you could get all the dogs, cats, birds and horses that he’s photographed over the years, together at one time, you could easily fill each seat of any major football stadium! Although photographing families and their pets remains a top priority, MJ photographs a great deal of non­pet related assignments as well… whether it be weddings, families or children. And for the past 9 years, you may have seen MJ working freelance with Canon at various trade shows and conventions as they work with pros and give advice on camera functions and features. He has 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, three­time Florida Top Ten List, Kodak Gallery Award recipient.               [Show slideshow] Images courtesy of Amanda...

TAPPA Tribune Nov03

TAPPA Tribune

The latest issue of the TAPPA Tribune is...

Southern Exposure | Nov. Nov02

Southern Exposure | Nov....

The latest edition of Southern Exposure is out. Great article on PPA...

One Shot Is All It Takes...

Here’s a fantastic article telling the story of a non-professional photographer and the shot that made his career.  ...

Get Involved Oct13

Get Involved

Kira Derryberry spoke this year at TAPPA  and is also the instructor for the Fall Seminar at FPP. She is a guest blogger today at PPA and her article on the benefits of being more involved is a great read. Head over to the PPA website and check it...

TAPPA Tribune Oct06

TAPPA Tribune

The latest issue of the TAPPA Tribune is out with articles on Krystal Radlinski, our speaker this month, Twitter for Photographers and more…....

October

When we check the rear view mirror of 2015, summer has faded into the distance. Up ahead we sniff the slight shift of lowering temperatures and humidity that signal fall. Isolated trees here and there offer a hit of color change, but most leaves simply turn brown and drop, littering our yards with a fresh batch each day. October also offers a crop of orange and black signs beckoning us to buy costumes and candy for the annual procession of parties, theme park festivities, and parade of children with bags for goodies. “Trick or treat!” This year’s annual celebration lands on Saturday, guaranteeing a hefty turnout of kids. As you prepare to fill their bags, consider what’s in your photography bag. Dump it out, just like youngsters do after a night in the neighborhood. They discover many treasures and a few things to discard. To identify what you want to keep and what you need to dispose of, upend yours and find out what you’re carrying around. Photographers’ sweets are the things we put our faith in for satisfaction and success. Skills. Equipment. Clients. A network of professionals and friends. A positive outlook.  What have you done this year to fine tune your skills?  Is your equipment realistically up-to-date?  How strong is your base and your outreach to clients?  Who is actively in your network?  What motivates you? We try to stay abreast of equipment and techniques through conferences and classes, learning ways to perfect our art. Well-directed and disciplined practice pushes us to new heights of expertise. Within reason we check out new products and invest appropriately. Daily and weekly we touch base with former and potential clients, keeping our business fresh in their minds. At times we offer specials. At other times we simply connect through informational posts. The treasure...

Krystal Radlinski | Oct. Speaker Sep28

Krystal Radlinski | Oct. Speaker

Master Photog., Cr. FSA, FDPE, FED Krystal got her start with a degree from University of Florida in photojournalism and as photojournalist for the United States Army. They sent her to Bosnia, Kosovo, Ecuador, and other armpits of the planet. She figured, “Hey, at least you’re less likely to encounter sniper fire during a wedding. Let’s do it!” Along with her husband Matt, and now a house full of wild babies, she runs a Gainesville area home-studio specializing in weddings and portraiture since 2001.

 During those years, Krystal has been awarded Florida’s Top Ten Photographers three times, two Fuji Masterpiece Awards, a Kodak Gallery Award, and degreed a Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman by the Professional Photographers of America, PPA Platinum Photographer of The Year twice and the Accolade of Photographic Mastery Medal by Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. Her mom also made her some yummy cookies. You can see her image portfolio at www.vervestudio.com or for the most up-to-date imagery on their Verve Studio facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/VerveStudioPhotography [Show slideshow] [Show slideshow] 12► Meeting Images courtesy Booray Perry...

Southern Exposure|Sept. Sep28

Southern Exposure|Sept....

The September issue of Southern Exposure is out. Three great articles this month that are full of tips to help you...

Tampa Photographers Score at IPC!...

Now that FOCUS convention is over, we can finally display all the images that merited (or more) at the International Photographic Competition this year! (here’s more about the competition: http://www.ppa.com/competitions/content.cfm?ItemNumber=1716) The IPC is the final step in gaining recognition for you work and ability as an artist. This year we had 27 images receive a merit and 8 of those images were chosen for the Loan Collection. A fantastic showing by the group! Here’s all the images that received recognition this year: [Show slideshow]...

TAPPA Tribune Sep01

TAPPA Tribune

The new issue of the TAPPA Tribune is an important one because it contains all the new candidates for the Board of Directors! Be sure and read these profiles to learn more about each one.....

Southern Exposure | August Aug28

Southern Exposure | August...

The latest issue of Southern Exposure magazine is out!  

Megan DiPiero – Sept. Speaker

7 Sales Crimes that are Robbing You of Success   By now you probably know that to thrive in this industry, you need two big things on your side—Art Skills and Business Skills.In this course, Megan will reveal 7 fairly common, but entirely criminal, sales practices that may be stopping you from achieving the sales of your dreams.She’ll also show you the Sales Solutions to set your business straight.   This class is perfect for the emerging pro looking to avoid common pitfalls and get their business started on the right foot. Experienced pros will enjoy the reminder to polish off their marketing approach and the interesting glimpse into the world of luxury sales.   About Megan:Megan is a Sales and Pricing specialist who mentors students across the globe.You can find her on Facebook in the active forum: “Photogs Rising! With Megan DiPiero.” Her thriving portrait brand, Megan DiPiero Photography, has nearly doubled its income every year since launch.Megan loves showing photogs all that she knows about consistently maintaining 4 figure sales averages and very happy clients! [Show slideshow] Here’s pics from the meeting! [Show...

Mentor Workshops! Aug28

Mentor Workshops!

You won’t want to miss this epic opportunity to spend 3 hours with 3 of TAPPA’s top notch mentors. Workshops will be hands-on, intimate (6 participants per class) and chock full of information. We will be featuring one mentor each month over the next three months.  The best part, an opportunity like this would normally cost a bundle.  To support TAPPA’s Scholarship Fundraising efforts, we are offering these workshops at a tremendous value of just $49 per workshop. Registrations will be limited to the 1st 6 paid registrations received per class.  Paypal’s date and time stamp will determine order received. Individual Mentor announcements with class outlines will follow. SEPTEMBER’S WORKSHOP: CHUCK VOSBURGH – September 12th – 9 AM to 12 PM “One light, One Reflector, 16 Looks” OCTOBER’S WORKSHOP: KEVIN NEWSOME – October 10th – 9 AM to 12 PM “The Basics of Studio Lighting and Posing” NOVEMBER’S WORKSHOP: RANDY VAN DUINEN – November 12th – 5 PM to 8 PM “Light Painting the Night Up!” Register online by submitting your payment through Paypal.  Send your $49 payment to TAPPA1996b@gmail.com.  Be certain to make a note in the comments area which workshops you are registering for. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contactsusan@bsusan.com. Register & Pay using...

September

September: A Month to Remember Our Legacy What will our legacy be in 127 years? That may sound too far away, too unrealistic to imagine still having an influence, but we never know how the way we use our talents will transform the lives of others. Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday of September, gets the lion’s share of notice. The first observance was with a parade, held to encourage support for the eight hour work day. At that time, people normally worked twelve hours—with no air conditioning, ergonomic work accessories, smart phones, or telecommuting. And there was no Starbucks to visit on the way to the job. In the past, it was also the last weekend before the school year started. Now August claims that position. However, many families use the Labor Day weekend to take a final vacation at summer’s end. Others enjoy beach or pool time, or have barbeques to prepare for the fall football season. But as photographers we have another reason to celebrate. In September 1888, George Eastman got his patent for the roll-film camera and the Eastman-Kodak company soon was off to becoming one of America’s major corporations. Imagine looking up from this newsletter and seeing George Eastman smile and extend his hand to shake yours. Despite your surprise, you rise, shake hands, and motion for him to take a seat. He removes his very fashionable hat of the late 1800s and places it on his knees. “Thank you so much for giving me a part of your day.” Trying not to sputter, you respond, “Of course, I’m delighted…” “And a bit baffled, I suppose.” He waves off further questions. “It’s you I’m interested in hearing “Me?” “I understand that you and I share a love of photography, of taking and preserving images for our lives and...

FPP Magazine Aug17

FPP Magazine

The FOCUS Convention issue of FPP magazine is out! Get updated on the rules for competition (including the NEW category!) and the details on all the speakers and activities happening in...

TAPPA Tribune Aug07

TAPPA Tribune

The new edition of the TAPPA Tribune is online!...