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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...

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]...

Spring Salon Winners and Merits...

If you’re a visitor to the TAPPA website, you might wonder what all the fuss is about. The Salon Competition takes place twice a year. We bring in qualified judges to judge our work. Each photographer can submit up to 6 images. Each image is assigned a score. The goal is to score an 80 or above, this is called a “merit.” Below, you’ll find a list of the winners in each category as well as all the images that received a merit score in each category. Just click the category to bring up the individual images, then click the first one to bring up the slideshow. The winers are the first images in each category. Here’s the complete list of Salon winners and merits from the Spring Salon in March 2015 Best in Show: Elvin Velez Portrait: 1st- Elven Velez 2nd- Missy Duncan 3rd- Michael Landes Social Function 1st- Booray Perry 2nd- Booray Perry 3rd- Michael Landes Unclassified 1st- Michael DeMartino 2nd- Curtis Frey 3rd- Lisa O’Geary Commercial 1st- Randy Van Duinen 2nd- Michael Landes 3rd- Susan Black Electronic Imaging 1st- Michael Landes 2nd- Randy Van Duinen 3rd- Randy Van Duinen Merits: Susan Black- 3 Michael Landes- 5 Curtis Frey- 2 Randy Van Duinen- 6 (6 pack) Kevin Newsome- 2 Lisa O’Geary- 4 Constance Avellino- 2 Missy Duncan- 3 Christine Reynolds- 1 Booray Perry- 4 Becky Jordan- 2 Michael De Martino- 2 Amanda Pratt- 1 Elvin Velez- 1 Bob Sargent-1 Commercial 6 Photos Electronic Imaging 6 Photos Unclassified 13 Photos Social Function 8 Photos Portrait...

Spring Salon

TAPPA’s next meeting will be out Spring Salon! For many, this is the most exciting meeting all year (along with Fall Salon) as this is the meeting where we bring in judges to grade our work. Rules are here Deadline and upload is here It looks like we will be starting the judging at 3PM but this is not confirmed. Critique will be that night at the regular meeting. If you have never participated in a Salon, it’s really a great experience. If there is any way you can come early for judging, do… it’s a great learning experience.   Judges: Gary Sweetman Gary opened his studio in 1971 and joined PPA and Florida Professional Photographers Associations. At the all the conferences, he saw the “great divide” of portrait and commercial photographers, and thought, “why don’t they do both?” which is what he set to do and has accomplished for over 43 years. Commercial trends bring innovation to portrait clients while the skills of the portraitist make a C.E.O. or high profile editorial client feel at ease. In 1984, Gary built an awesome studio in Bradenton with over 4000 sq. ft. of specialized space for both his commercial and consumer clients. He was the first in his area to adopt the digital transition: changing the name to Gary W. Sweetman Photography & Digital Imaging In 2000. He has given programs and lectured regionally, nationally, and internationally. As well as his many PPA and FPP degrees, he was awarded a Life Membership in FPP and often judges at the various Guilds and at FPP State. Gary stopped shooting weddings in 2011 (except for existing clients) because they were just too much fun! Which is fine, because it gives more time to pursue the family passion...