August Speaker – Dave Cross Jul25

August Speaker – Dave Cross

Stop Working So Hard In Photoshop! How to enhance your speed and creativity In this Dave will share practical Photoshop techniques that you can use every day to be more efficient, and to give your creativity a boost. Many people assume that means using Actions, but there’s a lot more to working smarter including customizing Photoshop, using presets, working non-destructively and more. Most of all you’ll see how to spend less time in Photoshop and more time shooting! Topics will include • Photoshop “best practices” • Customizing Photoshop to look and operate the way you want • Creating and using Workspaces • Layer Comps, Adjustment Layer Presets, and Tool Presets • Taking advantage of the not-so-obvious speed enhancers • Using non-destructive methods to create reuseable effects • How to use Smart Objects and Smart Filters to save you time About Dave: 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, the Santa Fe Workshops, 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. He offers online training at online.davecrossworkshops.com and runs a “boutique” stock photography site for compositing, compositingstock.com. Dave has taught Photoshop in every state in the United States, throughout Canada and in Europe, consistently earning rave reviews. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of...

SEPPA Magazine | July 2016 Jul21

SEPPA Magazine | July 2016...

The latest issue of SEPPA Magazine is out!  

July Speaker – Alicia D’amico Jul11

July Speaker – Alicia D’amico

TAPPA Meeting and Seminar is Tuesday, 7/12 at The Doubletree Hotel on Cypress in Tampa. Meeting starts at 6PM. Want to come as a guest? We would love to have you! Contact pratt1ak@gmail.com so you have a seat! Modern Fine Art Maternity Alicia D’Amico will demonstrate and talk about how she works with maternity clients to produce stunning imagery that leads her clients to purchasing large wall prints, custom designed albums and leaves excited and self motivated to promote her through word of mouth. She will be giving an inspirational talk as well as working with a model in a live demonstration.   Bio: Alicia D’Amico is a conceptual fine art photographer. Her captivating underwater portraits, unique and thought provoking maternity photography and Little Girl Couture fashion images have set her apart with a modern edge. She runs a 6,000+ member photography group on Facebook where she regularly contributes to the community. Alicia has taught at WPPI, Shutterfest and speaks for local guilds in addition to teaching her own workshops. Her motto is, “Together, we can and WILL rebuild the value of a single...

SEPPA Magazine | June 2016 Jul01

SEPPA Magazine | June 2016...

The June issue of SEPPA Magazine is here:  

TAPPA Tribune | June Jun08

TAPPA Tribune | June

The latest issue of the TAPPA Tribune featuring our dear friend and colleague Christine Reynolds on the cover.....

Jane Conner-Ziser | June Speaker 6/21 May27

Jane Conner-Ziser | June Speaker 6/21

Meeting is moved to Tuesday 6/21 this month and it’s “Bring a Friend” month! Bring a friend and they come for free! Retouching for Competition We all know that winning image competitions takes a lot of effort from start to finish. The photography has to be a step above beautiful, the right images need to be selected and from there every effort must be made to coax out the best of it through impeccable retouching and presentation. It’s not too difficult to create images that will score between 78-82 depending on how it comes up and how the panel feels about it, but when you want to score big, it’s all about perfection and giving the judges the confidence they need to shoot your score out of the ballpark. Details, details, details! In this presentation, Jane will walk you through some of the award winning images she’s retouched and show you how careful retouching can make the difference between really, really good and amazing. Come early – and bring 3-4 images on a flash drive if you don’t mind sharing with the group and we’ll go over them during the session – free advice from Jane!   About Jane: Jane is a photographer, digital artist, premier educator and independent consultant. With over 25 years of experience, 19 of them in digital imaging and evolving technologies, the techniques Jane developed for facial retouching and enhancement and portrait painting are widely emulated by photographers and digital artists worldwide through her classes and educational products. She was named as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light in their PrintMaster program, is past co-chair of Digital and Advanced Imaging Committee and Professional Photographers of America. and is currently: Craftsman Photographer / Professional Photographers of America. Adobe Influencer Adobe Photoshop Expert Corel PainterMaster X-Rite Coloratti Author / Photoshop Cafe & Software Cinema [Show...

Southern Exposure | May May23

Southern Exposure | May...

The latest issue of Southern Exposure contains all the information you need for upcoming seminars and events!...

FPP Magazine – 2nd Quarter May11

FPP Magazine – 2nd Quarter...

Are you headed to Florida Professional Workshops? Are you headed to FOCUS? Be sure and read this issue of Florida Photographer Magazine!...

Photobomb LIVE! | May Program May05

Photobomb LIVE! | May Program

Photobomb Live! Join Booray and Gary live as they record the popular photography podcast: Photobomb. Ph0tobomb is a weekly podcast centered on the world of professional photography. Hosts Booray Perry and Gary Hughes talk with guests about wide ranging topics from business tips to photography styles, Customer service to Copyright protection and all things in-between. They bring  years of experience as working pro’s to the conversation and a generous amount of humor. The audience is encouraged to participate with questions and comments. There’s really no telling where the show will go at “Photobomb Live!” Photobomb is available on Itunes and anywhere podcasts are distributed. www.photobombpodcast.com https://www.facebook.com/photobombpodcast/   Bio’s Booray Perry www.boorayperry.com Booray currently serves on the board of the Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association and won “Wedding Photographer of the Year” the last 4 years.  He travels and teaches wedding photography at other guilds and competes in print competitions at the state and national level.  In 2013 he was a Bronze Medalist in The International Print Competition. In 2015 he was a speaker at Imaging USA in Nashville and taught again in Atlanta in 2016. He hosts “IPC Live” during the International Print Competition and is a Certified Professional Photographer, Master Craftsman and PPA Councilor.   Gary Hughes www.hughesfioretti.com From 2010-2014, Gary was recognized annually as one of the top 10 photographers in Central Florida as well as being a Gold Medalist in PPA’s International Photographic Competition two years in a row. His PPA credentials include Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer and he currently serves as Past President of the Professional Photographers Society of Central Florida and as a PPA councilor. Icing the cake, Gary was featured in the April 2013 issue of Professional Photographer magazine, was a platform speaker at Imaging USA 2014 and 2015 and an instructor on CreativeLive. His book on headshot photography will release in...

TAPPA Tribune | May May01

TAPPA Tribune | May

The latest issue of the TAPPA Tribune is out with a great article on marketing from our own Chuck Vosburgh…...

Southern Exposure | April Apr23

Southern Exposure | April...

The latest issue of Southern Exposure is online!  

TAPPA Tribune | April Apr05

TAPPA Tribune | April...

The April issue of the TAPPA Tribune features the winning images from last month’s salon as well as information on next month’s speaker!...

Keith R. Mills | April Speaker Mar31

Keith R. Mills | April Speaker

Tuesday, 4/12 @ 6PM Doubletree Hotel on Cypress in Tampa. Join us this month for Master Photographer/Master Artist Keith Mills as he walks us through step-by-step how he creates fantastic works of art.  This will show the ins and outs of Painter and how to transform your images into works of art . Cloning and freehand painting styles will be demonstrated in and easy and direct manor . Will also cover how to create Oils, Watercolors, And pastels from your file step by step .   Biography Member of Professional Photographers Association of New Jersey. Member of Professional Photographers of America. Member of the Vero Beach Art Club Received MASTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY in 1990 Received PHOTOGRAPHIC CRAFTSMAN in 1994 Received MASTER OF ELECTRONIC IMAGING 2007 Keith opened his Studio in 1972 in Spring Lake New Jersey specializing in Wedding and Portraits. As a graduate from Newark School of Fine Art with a major in Illustration and a strong back ground as an artist, His love for painting has never diminished and has continued to paint through out his career. The adaptation from canvas to camera and film was a natural one. The transition has gone full circle, Now semi retired and living in Vero Beach he now enjoys painting on a regular basis in his chosen media of watercolor Keith has received many State and National Awards of excellence for his photography, including 2 PPANJ Best in Show, 8 Kodak Gallery Awards and Several Masters Loan Prints at PPof A, He holds both the Distinguished Fellow of Photography Degree, Distinguished Fellow of Service Degree and Life Membership in the PPANJ. A Past State President of PPANJ and Central Jersey Chapter in PPANJ. Extensive lecturing and teaching through out the North East at States and Local Regional Levels, A PPofA Super Monday Instructor for several Years. Currently teaching the techniques of painter Since Painter 5.5 and Photoshop.            ...

Southern Exposure | March Mar21

Southern Exposure | March...

The latest issue of Southern Exposure is out! Upcoming events!  

TAPPA Tribune | March Mar02

TAPPA Tribune | March...

The latest issue of the TAPPA Tribune is out Salon rules for the upcoming meeting are included as well as print competition winners and articles about photographing the police and staying on top of your...

March | SALON! Feb25

March | SALON!

Our March meeting is one of the two Salon competitions that we hold each year (the other is June). Each member may enter up to 6 images in the competition which is judged by three photographers who are not members of the guild. Click below for complete rules and upload criteria… Salon Rules Images that scored a merit are below. Key: Place/Category – Title – Artist – Score Best In Show - Buick Bullets - Michael Landes - 85 ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 14 This year’s judges are:   Frank J. Dispensa M.Photog.Cr., API, APM, Senior Associate IBM Engineer, PPA Master of Photography Degree, PPA Photographic Craftsman Degree, PPA Certification Degree, PPA Approved Instructor, WPPI Accolade of Photographic, Mastery Degree Frank joined the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) in 1989 and entered his first PPA print in 1990. He then earned his Masters, Craftsman and Certification degrees in just four years Awards Commitment to Excellence Award, Kodak Gallery Award, Loan Collection Print, First Place Winona Print Competition, First Place WPPI 16×20 Competition, First Place WPPI 8X10 Competition., Second Place WPPI 16×20 Competition, Two Courts of Honor, Portraits Displayed Bridal Fair Singapore, EPCOT Special Exhibit, , PPA Approved instructor, Accolade of Photographic Master   Kevin Floyd is an award winning portrait artist. He is a respected lecturer both in the community and within professional photographic associations. Kevin holds the Master & Craftsman Degrees in photography and is certified by the Professional Photographers of America. He is an active member of Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild, Florida Professional Photographer’s, and Professional Photographer’s of America. He has won numerous local, national and international awards. Kevin currently serves as President for Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild.   Linda Long founded Long’s Photography eleven years ago as a wedding photographer.  Her studio quickly grew to encompass portraits as well as weddings, becoming one of the most in demand portrait studios in the area.  Long’s Photography is now regarded as Tallahassee’s premier wedding and portrait studio.  Linda is a Master Photographer, a Photographic Craftsman, a Certified Professional Photographer, five time Tallahassee Photographer of the Year, and has been in Florida’s Top Ten photographers for the last...

SEPPA Magazine | March Feb23

SEPPA Magazine | March...

The latest issue of SEPPA Magazine is out. This is a one-stop-shop for all the upcoming workshops and classes. Also, the cover features a perfect score 100 image from competition last year!...

FPP Magazine Feb15

FPP Magazine

The latest issue of FPP Magazine is out with some great articles on fill-flash, improving the security of your website and attracting members to your local guild. Take a look!...

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!...

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...