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Upcoming Austin PPA events

    • 28 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Doc List Photography, 8711 Burnet Road Ste B-38, Austin, TX
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    The Art of Compositing - A full day on extracting and compositing!

    Are you wanting to create cutting edge composites, but not sure how to begin?  Or do you currently create composites, but they lack that “believable” feel?  This is the workshop for you!  

    Randy Pollard, M. Photog Cr., CPP has been creating composites for high school seniors and sports teams for over 10 years and can give you some tips and tricks to take your composites to a whole new level!  

    The morning begins with an image creation session to create some raw materials for our compositing.  Creating the image is arguably the MOST important step of the process, and Randy will give you the three keys to creating an image that practically extracts itself.  

    Then, Randy will go through the fastest extraction process he has found, plus an alternate process for that ‘difficult’ extraction!

    Finally, we put it all together in a believable, impactful composite.  

    This is a VERY hands on event, and you’ll be creating a composite in class with help through every step, so bring your camera and laptop and let’s get busy!  

    If you’re only going to ONE seminar this year….go to Texas School…BUT - if you’re going to two, then go to Texas School and Randy’s Compositing class on August 28th! 

    Randy is sponsored by Miller’s Labs.

    Randy Pollard, M. Photog Cr., CPP and his wife Laura Ann Pollard M. Photog Cr., CPP own L-Ann Imaging and On the Edge Photography in Victoria, Texas.  Compositing is only one aspect of their specialties, which include High School Seniors, Babies, Children, Families and Commercial work.  They are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their studio, and their 30th wedding anniversary.

    Randy Pollard, M. Photog Cr., CPP
    Master of Photography
    Photographic Craftsman
    Certified Professional Photographer
    PPA Certification Liaison

    This class has been approved by PPA for one continuing education merit for each attendee. (approval in progress)

    This is a hands-on class. You MUST bring your computer and a tablet (Wacom Intuos is recommended). If you don't have a tablet, beg, borrow, buy, or steal one, but you need one.

    This is not an introduction to Photoshop. You will need to know a few basics, have used the brush tool, and be reasonably comfortable generally.

    • 28 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Precision Camera & Video, 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757

    The Art of Compositing - The ’Need to Knows"!

    Are you wanting to create cutting edge composites, but not sure how to begin?  Or do you currently create composites, but they lack that “believable” feel?  Randy Pollard, M. Photog Cr., CPP has been creating composites for high school seniors and sports teams for over 10 years and can give you some tips and tricks to take your composites to a whole new level!  Randy will give you the most important things to look for when creating an image for extraction, plus composite assembly info including - retouching the image quickly and easily, matching subject to background, blending the composite together, and of course - the dreaded shadow creation!!

    Randy is sponsored by Miller’s Labs

    Randy Pollard, M. Photog Cr., CPP and his wife Laura Ann Pollard M. Photog Cr., CPP own L-Ann Imaging and On the Edge Photography in Victoria, Texas.  Compositing is only one aspect of their specialties, which include High School Seniors, Babies, Children, Families and Commercial work.  They are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their studio, and their 30th wedding anniversary.

    Randy Pollard, M. Photog Cr., CPP
    Master of Photography
    Photographic Craftsman
    Certified Professional Photographer
    PPA Certification Liaison

    Sponsored by... Miller's LabsMeeting schedule:
    Doors open, social hour, networking: 6:00pm
    Deadline for competition entries: 6:30pm
    Competition voting ends: 6:45pm
    Business meeting: 7:00pm - 7:30pm
    Break: 10 minutes 
    Program: 7:40pm - 9:30pm


    • 18 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Doc List Photography, 8711 Burnet Road Ste B-38, Austin, TX
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    Explore beyond photography into the world of digital artwork.  More than just swapping backgrounds, we will also discuss sources of inspiration and use of stock images, demonstrate how to photograph your subjects and other elements with the end result in mind, and show the creation of an elaborate fantasy composite - from start to finish.  Bring your camera and laptop with your favorite editing software.  We will be using Topaz ReMask, Topaz Adjust, Topaz Texture Effects, and Nik Color Efex the most.

    This class has been approved by PPA for one continuing education merit for each attendee. (approval in progress)


    • 18 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Precision Camera & Video, 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757

    What Are You Afraid Of?

    Disable the excuses that get in the way of your own success.

    Photographic competition is designed to hep you become abetter photographer. Learn what to expect, how to get past your excuses, and take full advantage of the competition process. You will be a better photographer.

    Brad Barton is a North Texas photographer specializing in art portraits and actor headshots. He has had a camera in his hands as long as he can remember and got his professional start doing freelance photojournalism and event photography in college. Graduating with a degree in math, his professional photography career was put on hold for a while. But ultimately he came back to his first love. Over the last 10 years, he has worked at establishing himself as one of the premier headshot photographers in Dallas and has had images published in a number of books and national magazines, as well as having the opportunity to photograph many celebrities including Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Emie Hudson (Ghostbusters), and Lar Park Lincoln (Knot's Landing an dFriday the 13th Part VII).

    Meeting schedule:
    Doors open, social hour, networking: 6:00pm
    Deadline for competition entries: 6:30pm
    Competition voting ends: 6:45pm
    Business meeting: 7:00pm - 7:30pm
    Break: 10 minutes 
    Program: 7:40pm - 9:30pm






    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Doc List Photography, 8711 Burnet Road Ste B-38, Austin, TX
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    This class is all about editing and post production techniques using Photoshop and Lightroom for retouching people photos. This is an in-depth class sharing the workflow and techniques Tim use to process his images.

     Topics will include the following:

    • A color-managed workflow – how to set it up and use it from camera to print

    • Setting up Lightroom and Photoshop for optimum performance
    • Organizing files, folders and catalogs
    • Understanding global and local editing methods in Lightroom
    • Workflow from capture to print (Lightroom and Photoshop)
    • Understanding layers, masks and blend modes in Photoshop
    • Understanding quick retouching capabilities in both Lightroom and Photoshop including blemish removal, skin smoothing, teeth whitening and eye whitening/brightening
    • How to improve color harmony
    • Using liquify and dodge and burn to modify form
    • Advanced retouching in Photoshop using frequency separation
    • Cropping, sizing and outputting images from Lightroom for web and print

    The techniques you’ll learn can be used to make subtle improvements to your images or dramatic changes – the choice is up to you!

    This class is limited to eight people. You will need to bring a laptop with Lightroom (any version from 3 – cc) AND Photoshop (any version from CS3 – CC). Tim will provide images, exercises, presets and actions that you’ll use during the day. Tim will have notes, handouts and shortcuts for you – bring note taking materials – you’ll need them!

    We’ll start at 10 am, break for lunch then wrap up the day at 5 pm. This day will be in-depth and you’re sure to pick up tons of information to make your images sizzle!


    This class has approval pending by PPA for one continuing education merit for each attendee. (approval in progress)

    This is a hands-on class. You MUST bring your computer. A tablet is optional.

    This is not and introduction to Photoshop. You will need to know a few basics, have used the brush tool, and be reasonably comfortable generally.

    • 16 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Precision Camera & Video, 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757

    Bree started as most photographers do in this new digital arena. She bought a Canon Rebel and became an underpriced self-taught shoot and burn MWAC. (Mom with a Camera). She was shooting in auto and buying presets and actions to make her photos magical while copying the style of photographers she admired. She was booked solid around the clock and turning away clients and earning a huge paycheck of…practically nothing.

    Then something happened. She realized there could be so much more to this photography journey with some education, finding her own niche and style, charging a respectable amount for what she offered and creating who she was as a photographer verses following the crowd and most importantly tapping emotion!

    Bree Adams evolved from a shoot and burn $85 per disk weekend warrior to a studio established and award winning photographer in 18 months specializing in the niche of Newborns and Modern Maternity. Her average client going from $85 for a full disk to averaging $4000 for the same client and taking the print competition arena by storm and earning her Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman in just 2 years.

    Bree runs a successful studio bringing back the revival of maternity and newborn artistry. Her newborn style consists of minimal props and distractions with pure focus on the beauty of posing and light from both organic to dramatic light. Her maternity sessions step away from the frumpy “been there and done that” belly posing and traditional feel to a stylish and fresh approach that ranges from organic, to sexy and even timeless high-end art.

    Now Bree runs a fully booked studio in Historic Mansfield Texas. In a short amount of time she has accomplished:

    • Photographer of the Year Dallas, 2016
    • Master of Photography
    • Photographic Craftsman
    • Certified Professional Photographer
    • Medaling all three years of IPC with PPA

    In this program she will take you through how she tore her entire business apart to start over and do it right. Attendees will learn exactly how she runs her hybrid studio pricing, online marketing, new ways to market, how to think outside of the box to connect, how to take their studio to a new level and how to accelerate any genre.

    http://breeadams.photography

    Meeting schedule:
    Doors open, social hour, networking: 6:00pm
    Deadline for competition entries: 6:30pm
    Competition voting ends: 6:45pm
    Business meeting: 7:00pm - 7:30pm
    Break: 10 minutes 
    Program: 7:40pm - 9:30pm


    • 18 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 19 Nov 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Doc List Photography, 8711 Burnet Road Ste B-38, Austin, TX
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    The Art of Painting with Photoshop

    The differences between traditional art and digital art are vast and varied. There is one common link: the knowledge and skill needed to create true art, regardless of the medium. Not only does Sandra Pearce have a working knowledge of traditional and computer based art, she has experience teaching each form as well. She feels that photographers are already comfortable with the tools used in Photoshop, and this enables them to concentrate on the techniques of painting rather than learning a new program.

    With so many teachers in the photography world, we all need a good reason to take a class that will help our businesses grow and prosper. Sandra is one only a handful of digital artists who are using Photoshop exclusively to create masterpieces. She teaches you how to use all the tools that Adobe has in Photoshop that can be used for painting. You will learn to use the Mixer Brush to create and blend backgrounds. You will learn to take your images to the next level (and the next!).

    Please join Sandra for fun, while exploring your inner creativity and learning to paint during the journey.

    Sandra Pearce is one of the most sought out digital artists in the photographic industry today. She is a Master Artist, Master Photographer, and Craftsman. She is an Image Excellence & Image Excellence Bar Recipient. Sandra has had the opportunity to speak to thousands of professional photographers across the Unite States, from guild level programs to state and national conventions. Her experience in digital imaging has set her apart in competition and she has been awarded Artist of the Year by the Florida Professional Photographers numerous years, Canon Par Excellence 2015 and 2016, Kodak Awards, Fuji Awards, and other awards through the years. Sandra has been in the top ten for GIA awards since its inception in 2010. Sandra won the FIA Award for 1st Place in the Art Category in 2010 and 2016 at the Imaging Awards.

    This class has been approved by PPA for one continuing education merit for each attendee. (approval in progress)

    From APPA: This is a hands-on class. You MUST bring your computer and a tablet (Wacom Intuos is recommended). If you don't have a tablet, beg, borrow, buy, or steal one, but you need one.

    This is not and introduction to Photoshop. You will need to know a few basics, have used the brush tool, and be reasonably comfortable generally. It is recommended that you take an introductory Photoshop class, watch some YouTube videos or otherwise prepare yourself.





    • 20 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Precision Camera & Video, 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757

    The differences between traditional art and digital art are vast and varied. There is one common link: the knowledge and skill needed to create true art, regardless of the medium. Not only does Sandra Pearce have a working knowledge of traditional and computer based art, she has experience teaching each form as well. She feels that photographers are already comfortable with the tools used in Photoshop, and this enables them to concentrate on the techniques of painting rather than learning a new program.

    We all want our businesses to grow and prosper. Sandra will explain how to turn your photography into beautiful art pieces.

    Sandra Pearce is one of the most sought out digital artists in the photographic industry today. She is a Master Artist, Master Photographer, and Craftsman. She is an Image Excellence & Image Excellence Bar Recipient. Sandra has had the opportunity to speak to thousands of professional photographers across the Unite States, from guild level programs to state and national conventions. Her experience in digital imaging has set her apart in competition and she has been awarded Artist of the Year by the Florida Professional Photographers numerous years, Canon Par Excellence 2015 and 2016, Kodak Awards, Fuji Awards, and other awards through the years. Sandra has been in the top ten for GIA awards since its inception in 2010. Sandra won the FIA Award for 1st Place in the Art Category in 2010 and 2016 at the Imaging Awards.

    Meeting schedule:
    Doors open, social hour, networking: 6:00pm
    Deadline for competition entries: 6:30pm
    Competition voting ends: 6:45pm
    Business meeting: 7:00pm - 7:30pm
    Break: 10 minutes 
    Program: 7:40pm - 9:30pm





    • 04 Dec 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • TBD


    To mark the end of another great year, come out and celebrate with fellow members at the 2017 Austin PPA Holiday Party!

    Dinner/cash bar/door prizes

    Every member will receive a goody bag containing lots of great stuff!

    Please note any special dietary requests with your RSVP

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