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April 2019 Meeting

The Finger Lakes Section of PPSNYS, Inc. will hold a monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Woody’s Bar and Grille in the Quality Inn, Rt. 414, Waterloo, NY.

DIRECTIONS

Business Meeting starts at 3:30PM

A $5.00 charge for each member will be collected at the door (this includes ANY PPSNYS member).
Non member charge is $35. All Photographers are welcome!
••First time guests attend for free••.


4:30 PM – PROGRAM

ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT FRAMING – Presented by JASON CAMPBELL, of Frameworks of Rochester.

Jason Campbell has owned Frameworks of Rochester since 2008. It was founded 40 years ago and Jason himself has over 20 years of experience.
All of Frameworks work is performed on site, and is genuine, handcrafted work from matting to framing. Products include framing of traditional art work and prints to sport jerseys, shadow boxes and restoration of antique and vintage frames.
From our Speaker:
I plan on talking about the factors that go into choosing framing materials. Everything from mats, backing, glass, frame and how they can impact the artwork. I can go over how to actually join metal frames since I’ve had a few customers struggle with that. I will talk about the difference between gallery framing and framing for a home or office.
I am happy to answer any questions from the group.

Dinner will follow the Program.

Please plan to stay for dinner and support the restaurant. We are guests in their meeting room at NO CHARGE!


UPCOMING EVENTS:

May 15 – Finger Lakes Meeting – Program on Marketing by Samantha Knataitis
June 192:00 PM – Finger Lakes Meeting – Montezuma Wildlife Refuge Safari
July 28 – August 2 – PPSNYS Summer Workshop, Register now! – PPSNYS Workshop


The Finger Lakes Section is a section of the Professional Photographers’ Society of New York State, Inc. (PPSNYS) and an affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

The PPSNYS, Inc. is a not for profit association formed in 1905 solely to instruct its members and the general public in photography; and to create, foster, promote and encourage the exchange of information among its members and the public.

The PPA is a worldwide association that exists to assist its members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.


March 2019 Meeting

The Finger Lakes Section of PPSNYS, Inc. will hold a monthly meeting
on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Woody’s Bar and Grille in the
Quality Inn, Rt. 414, Waterloo, NY.
DIRECTIONS
Business Meeting starts at 3:30PM
A $5.00 charge for each member will be collected at the door
(this includes ANY PPSNYS member).
Non member charge is $35. All Photographers are welcome!
••First time guests attend for free••.
Please plan to stay for dinner and support the restaurant.
We are guests in their meeting room at NO CHARGE!
4:30 PMPROGRAM
WHAT NOW? – Presented by Don Menges, Photographer and Partner at Image City Gallery
Finding New Markets for Your Photography
This presentation will explore methods to expand your market. We will discuss local gallery exhibitions, niche markets, festivals and art shows,
and how to gain gallery representation. You will be introduced to 3
photographers who have been successful in these venues.

Dinner will follow the Program.
PPSNYS FOCUS 2019
Finger Lakes Section Attendees (Steve Chesler left early)

Group Photo by Adrian DeJesus
Al and Elisa Knataitis were both awarded Bronze Service Medals as well as the
PPSNYS Accredited Degree.
Neil Sjoblom received the PPSNYS Accredited, Qualified and Artisan Degrees. It was also mentioned that Neil has been a PPSNYS member since 1975.
Linda and Craig Hutchings were both awarded Service Bars to add to their many awards.
Award photos taken by Monroe Payne.
Finger Lakes Members also received awards for MERIT Images during
the Awards Presentation on Monday Night.
Can you help?

HELP FINGER LAKES HELP THOSE IN NEED
At this March meeting we will again be collecting donations of non-perishable food items, new or gently used warm clothing and personal care items, etc. for the Geneva Center of Concern, a non-profit organization that helps those in need. If you forgot last month you have another chance.
Neil has volunteered to represent the Finger Lakes Section and will kindly take the donations to the Center.


UPCOMING EVENTS:
April 17 – Finger Lakes Meeting
May 6 – PPSNYS Online Council Meeting
May 15 – Finger Lakes Meeting
June 19 – 2:00 PM – Finger Lakes Meeting – Montezuma Wildlife Refuge
Safari
July 28 – August 2 – PPSNYS Summer Workshop, Register before
April 15th to receive an early bird discount of $100
PPSNYS Workshop


The Finger Lakes Section is a section of the Professional Photographers’ Society of New York State, Inc. (PPSNYS) and an affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
The PPSNYS, Inc. is a not for profit association formed in 1905 solely to instruct its members and the general public in photography; and to create, foster, promote and encourage the exchange of information among its members and the public.
The PPA is a worldwide association that exists to assist its members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.


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Howard Burkholz
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February 2019 Meeting

The Finger Lakes Section of PPSNYS, Inc. will hold a monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Woody’s Bar and Grille in the Quality Inn, Rt. 414, Waterloo, NY.
https://www.fingerlakes.org/dining/woodys-bar-grille
Business Meeting starts at 3:30PM A $5.00 charge for each member will be collected at the door (this includes ANY PPSNYS member).
Non member charge is $35. All Photographers are welcome!
••First time guests attend for free••.
Please plan to stay for dinner and support the restaurant. We are guests
in their meeting room at NO CHARGE!
4:30 PMPROGRAM
Our Program this month will serve as preparation for the upcoming FOCUS Image Competition and future IPC. The FIRST part of the program will be an IMAGE COMPETITION. Images should be prepared to IPC
standards and will be judged according the the FOCUS/IPC rules.
Click here for all the information.
https://ppsnys.com/page/speaker-focusny-1
Please bring up to 6 Images prepared to be judged. This month all 6
images will be awarded Blair/Rodabaugh Points. The SECOND part of the
program will be helpful critique and discussion of each image. We will
also go over titles and help you decide what might work best for each
image. Titles are important in scoring and the right one can add points to
your scores.
Dinner will follow the Program.
HELP FINGER LAKES HELP THOSE IN NEED
At this February meeting we will be collecting donations of
non-perishable food items, new or gently used warm clothing and
personal care items etc. for the Geneva Center of Concern, a non-profit
organization that helps those in need. Neil has volunteered to represent
the Finger Lakes Section and will kindly take the donations to the Center.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
February 10 – Deadline for Paid Membership Dues to get FREE
Conference Registration
February 15 – Deadline for Service Point Form
February 20 – Finger Lakes Meeting – Woody’s Bar and Grille
February 22 – Deadline for Degree Form
Look for the new form on Facebook
March 2 through 4 – FOCUS NY Conference at Villa Roma – Register todayhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/focusny-2019-tickets-52019560907
Businesses listed on this page provide our members with benefits while supporting our organization. We encourage our members to support
these businesses where possible.
Howard Burkholz
Sponsors - Hunt's Photo and Video

January 2019 Meeting

The Finger Lakes Section of PPSNYS, Inc. will hold a monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Woody’s Bar and Grille in the Quality Inn, Rt. 414, Waterloo, NY.
Directions: https://www.fingerlakes.org/dining/woodys-bar-grille
Business Meeting starts at 3:30PM

A $5.00 charge for each member will be collected at the door (this includes ANY PPSNYS member). Non member charge is $35. All Photographers are welcome! ••First time guests attend for free••. Please plan to stay for dinner and support the restaurant. We are their guests in the meeting room at NO CHARGE!

At this, our January 2019 meeting, we will welcome and swear in the new officers. Following that our new Section Chair, Al Knataitis, will lead a discussion about ideas and plans for events throughout the year. Please come to share your thoughts

The Finger Lakes Image Critique will be held after our formal discussion. Please see the rules posted on the Competition Page. Bring up to 3 images for this critique.
Dinner will follow the Image Critique.

OUR SPONSORS

Howard Burkholz
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The Finger Lakes Section, founded in 1911, is a section of the Professional Photographers’ Society of New York State, Inc. (PPSNYS) and an affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

The PPSNYS, Inc. is a not for profit association formed in 1905 solely to instruct its members and the general public in photography, to create, foster, promote and encourage the exchange of information among its members and the public.

The PPA is a worldwide association that exists to assist its members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.


September 2018 Meeting

September 2018 Meeting

The  September 2018 meeting of The Finger Lakes Section of PPSNYS, Inc.  is Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Woody’s in the Quality Inn, Rt. 414, Waterloo, NY.

NOTICE!!!   NEW TIME! NEW LOCATION!

Due to of Abigail's going out of business, our good friend Woody/Jimmy from Abigail's has opened in his new spot and has graciously extended the invitation to hold our meetings there.  

Directions: https://www.fingerlakes.org/dining/woodys-bar-grille

Business Meeting starts at 3:30PM  
First of all we will discuss meeting times for all future meeting as well as other items of business.
Program at 5:00PM
Image Critique after the Program. 

A $5.00 charge for each member will be collected at the door (this includes ANY PPSNYS member). Non member charge is $35.  All Photographers are welcome!  ••First time guests attend for free••.
Please plan to stay for dinner and support the restaurant. Because they are not charging us to use the room, it is the least we can do!

Program

Roger William Theise,  Owner of Roger William Photography Studio and Co-Owner/Principal Photographer for What’s HOT Magazine in CNY.
September 2018 Meeting

 


Finger Lakes Annual Picnic

Finger Lakes Annual Picnic was  August 15h, 2018 at Linda and Craig Hutchings’ camp. Thank you to them for hosting this wonderful event for so many years.  Thank you Craig for cooking the delicious turkey and to everyone who brought such great dishes to pass.

Honey DeLapa was the lucky winner of the litratorch donated to Finger Lakes by our sponsor, Gary Farber of Hunt’s Photo.  Please see Gary for all your photographic needs. He and Hunt’s have been very generous to both Finger Lakes and PPSNYS.

Remember to support our sponsors!

Photo by Neil Sjoblom

FLPP Members at the 2018 Finger Lakes Picnic


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The Finger Lakes Section is a section of the Professional Photographers’ Society of New York State, Inc. (PPSNYS) which is an affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

The PPSNYS, Inc. is a not for profit association formed in 1905 solely to instruct its members and the general public in photography, to create, foster, promote and encourage the exchange of information among its members and the public.

The PPA is a worldwide association that exists to assist its members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.


Our Sponsors

Howard Burkholz

Sponsors - Hunt's Photo and Video


August 2018 Picnic

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August 2018 Picnic

Our meeting this month is the August 2018 Picnic.  Please join the Finger Lakes Section for our Annual Member Family Picnic on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 2:00PM at the Cheerful Valley Campground in Phelps, NY.

https://cheerfulvalleycampground.com/directions/

Our hosts, Craig and Linda Hutchings have once again offered their hospitality by reserving the pavilion for us.

Please bring a dish to pass, place settings and drinks. The meat will be provided.
Send your response to Linda, MRSHUTCHSR@aol.com, so we know if you’re coming and what dish you’re bringing.

The traditional horseshoe tournament will start as soon as we have enough people gathered.

BRING: bathing suits if you’d like to use the pool, fishing gear if you want to try your luck in the stream and any fun outdoor toys or games you’d like to share.
Be aware that we will take a Group Portrait after dinner so don’t leave before that happens.


NEWS FLASH

The Workshop website has been updated with Instructors for 2019! If you can’t decide which class to take, you can now register online and choose later. Get your deposit in to hold a place for next year. You don’t want to miss it! www.ppsnysworkshop.com

Workshop 2018

Workshop 2018


Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 17: PPSNYS Council Meeting 10:00 AM

SEPTEMBER 19: Finger Lakes Meeting – Dewey Neild on Tin Type Photography, Location TBD

Our Sponsors

Howard Burkholz

Sponsors - Hunt's Photo and Video

 

 

ppsnys

The Finger Lakes Section is a section of the Professional Photographers’ Society of New York State, Inc. (PPSNYS) which is an affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

The PPSNYS, Inc. is a not for profit association formed in 1905 solely to instruct its members and the general public in photography; and to create, foster, promote and encourage the exchange of information among its members and the publi

The PPA is a worldwide association that exists to assist its members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.


No July 2018 Meeting

No July 2018 Meeting

Instead of a meeting this month, we encourage all photographers to go to PPSNYS Workshop which starts tomorrow.  Thus, there is no July 2018 Meeting.  Our meeting will be substituted with workshop.

PPSNYS Workshop 2018

About Workshop

A commentary from FLPP President, D. Brent Walton, CPP, Cr.Photog.

My first PPA Affiliated School was California Photographic Workshops (CPW), where I took Bambi Cantrell’s class.  It was in 2005 and it was close to $1000 for the week.  To me, it was worth it just to learn from Bambi.  I had admired her photography for a long time.

copyright 2005 db walton

A picture I shot at Workshop in 2005

As you can see from the above picture, the class was a success for me.  Not only did I create some stunning images, I met makeup artists, models, and others who would prove to be invaluable for my business and career as a photographers.

Achieving My Goals

Workshop helped me achieve my goals.  After that first workshop, various things got in the way of being able to attend a week long workshop.  However, a few years ago, I worked in to my business budget (time and money) and set a goal to attend annually.

As I previously mentioned, CPW proved to be invaluable for my business and career.  Now, living in Western New York, my workshop attendance is at our New York State PPA Affiliate’s school.:  Photo Imaging PPSNYS Workshop.

Here is a list of instructors I’ve had, and the objectives they’ve helped me reach:

  • Jim Cunningham – helped me understand Corel Painter to the point where I could actually paint something.
  • Helen Yancy – helped me become very proficient in Corel Painter.
  • Jim Sturdevant – taught me techniques to improve my composite images.
  • Michael Barton – taught me how much you can do with continuous lighting, and that got me heavily in to lighting with LEDs.
  • Michael Mowbray – taught me how to do battery powered flash the right way.  I now have a portable studio I can throw on the backseat of my car and take my studio anywhere.
  • Jim LaSala – got me excited about street photography

Make Time

I hear part-time photographers say they don’t have time for workshop because of their full time job.

MAKE TIME!

Plan your vacation around workshop.  Before leaving my full-time job, I was going to workshop and conventions, bringing my family with me, for my annual vacation.

By so doing, it also helped edge me towards quitting the ‘day job’.  Once I left my day job, it is amazing how important your portrait sessions become and how much better a business manager you become.

Make time for workshop.

Recommendation

My recommendation to the part-time (and by that I mean anyone who works a 40-hour a week job where they are paid an hourly wage or a salary) photographer who calls themselves a professional photographer…

  1. Set a goal to leave your day job – your goal has to be measurable, realistic, attainable, time-bound and specific.  Example:  Quite my day job on December 31st, 2020.
  2. Between now and then budget (time and money)  for education:
    1. 1 hour a week for online training
    2. 1 day or full evening a month for hands-on, face-to-face training.  (I’m talking about training, not group photo shoots where there is no specific instruction, but training where the instructor has a syllabus and a specific educational goal.)
    3. 1 contiguous week a year for hands-on, face-to-face training
  3. Talk regularly to a full-time (one who doesn’t have a wage or salary job) professional photographer.  Ask them for advice and LISTEN to their answer, then act upon it.
  4. Set a goal to become a Certified Professional Photographer.  You’re clients probably won’t give a hoot that you have CPP behind your name, but it WILL improve the quality of your work.
  5. Set a goal to become a PPA Master Photographer.  Some comment as CPP.  Your client’s may not care, but they WILL notice how good your work has become.  It’s not the degree that makes your work better; it is the effort you put forward to earn that degree that makes your work better.

Conclusion

There’s no substitute for the education you can gain through your state affiliate school.  None.  I’ve taken semester long photography classes in college that don’t hold a candle to the knowledge gained through a week at PPSNYS Workshop.

copyright 2018 dbwalton

Me at Michael Barton’s Workshop 2015


June 2018 Meeting

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June 2018 Meeting

The Finger Lakes Section of PPSNYS, Inc. will hold its June 2018 Meeting meeting on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 2:00PM.

SPECIAL EVENT:

Rain or Shine! Join us from 2-5pm for our FLPPSNY meeting being held at the Montezuma Audubon Center at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah NY. This is NOT the National Wildlife Refuge on Rt 5/20. It is about 15 minutes north of there on Route 89. DIRECTIONS We will be taking a birding walk through the property’s woodlots and meadows in hopes to spot some wildlife and capture some great images. Our Guide will point out some of the wildlife and flowers native to the area for us. Get your gear ready and have a plan for possible rain protection too! Some other items to consider bringing: bug spray, umbrella, jacket/sweatshirt, beverages if it’s hot…and remember to charge all those batteries! This will be fun!…Hope to see you all there!

A $5.00 charge for each member will be collected at the door (this includes ANY PPSNYS member). Non member charge is $35.  All Photographers are welcome!  ••First time guests attend for free••.
Dinner will follow for anyone who wants to attend. Place to be determined.

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

JUNE 22: Monroe Payne Art Exhibition at ZaZa’s Cucina, Ithaca, NY 5:00-6:30PM  Event Info
JULY 15-20: Workshop at Hobart
AUGUST 15: Finger Lakes Picnic for Members, Family and Invited Guests
SEPTEMBER 19: Program by Dewey Neild – Tin Type Photography

The Finger Lakes Section is a section of the Professional Photographers’ Society of New York State, Inc. (PPSNYS) which is an affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

The PPSNYS, Inc. is a not for profit association formed in 1905 solely to instruct its members and the general public in photography; and to create, foster, promote and encourage the exchange of information among its members and the publi

The PPA is a worldwide association that exists to assist its members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.

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Howard Burkholz

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Sponsor Message

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Sponsor Message

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FLPP Presents Elisa Knataitis

FLPP Presents Elisa Knataitis

FLPP Presents Elisa Knataitis at our monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Ablgail’s Restaurant, 1978 Routes 5&20, Waterloo, NY.  http://www.abigailsrestaurant.com/Directions

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Business Meeting starts at 2:00PM

Program at 3:00PM

A $5.00 charge for each member will be collected at the door (this includes ANY PPSNYS member). Non member charge is $35.

Dinner will follow the program. Please stay to enjoy a great meal and conversation with your colleagues.

All Photographers are welcome!

•• First time guests attend for free (the $35 guest fee is waived on your first visit) ••.

PROGRAM

Elisa Knataitis, Finger Lakes, PPSNYS and PPA Member

Please join us for our November 15th meeting with presenter Elisa Knataitis.  Equipped with her 32 years of experience, she will take you through her career to help arm you with the insider secrets that will truly make your images shine.

Starting with techniques from the beginning of her career, Elisa will show you everything from the basics to what is trending now – from makeup enhancements, to removing backgrounds, to compositing collages – all while she takes on your toughest photos and questions.

Image Competition

We will hold our Image Competition following the program so select your THREE (3) best images and bring them along. See our Facebook Group Page or our website, www.flppsny.com, for all the details. This is your last chance to accumulate points toward the Blair/Rodabaugh Scholarships. Winners will be announced at the December Holiday Party!

President’s Message

FLPP Member Paul Bardotz and I took a month long journey down Route 66.  We drove to Chicago, hopped on Historic Route 66, and made our way to Santa Monica, California.  It was a real eye opener.

We ran in to several photographers along the way.  Some were professionals, but mostly amateurs.  But the most fun was running in to everyday folks and hearing their stories.

If you haven’t seen it, check out our website and blog about our journey.  You can find it at http://www.route66photographers.com.

Below:  Paul and Brent present Steve Kurtz of Bay Photo Labs a Route 66 License Plate with our “Thank You” written on it.  Bay Photo Labs was one of our many sponsors who helped make our trip special.

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Paul, Steve Kurtz and Brent

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