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Finger Lakes Family Picnic

The Finger Lakes Section of PPSNYS, Inc. will hold it’s Annual Family Picnic on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Craig and Linda’s Camp Pavilion in Cheerful Valley Campground, Route 14, Geneva, NY.
Cheerful Valley Campground
We’ll gather around 2:00PM at the Pavilion. Dinner around 5:00PM.
NOTE: Our Section Chair, Al Knataitis, will call a short business meeting around 4:30PM or shortly before dinner. Please be available to participate at the time.

All Finger Lakes and PPSNYS Members and families are welcome!

Bring a dish to pass, place settings, drinks and the meat will be provided.
PLEASE LET LINDA KNOW YOU ARE COMING, AND WHAT YOU’LL BE BRINGING, BY POSTING IT ON FACEBOOK IN THE REPLIES or at MRSHUTCHSR@aol.com.
The horseshoe tournament as 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/games you’d like to share.
Be aware that we will take a Group Portrait after dinner so don’t leave before that happens.
Questions? Just ask Linda at MRSHUTCHSR@aol.com and you’ll get an answer.


2019 PPSNYS Summer Workshop was a Success!

If you’d like to see all the fun and learning that went on during Workshop this year, please visit the FACEBOOK WORKSHOP page. Looks like a everyone had a wonderful time.

© Neil Sjoblom, Trustee

Upcoming Events

September 18 – Finger Lakes SPECIAL Meeting – Program by the renowned Fuzzy Duenkel

October 16 – Finger Lakes Meeting – Fall Outing – Details TBD

November 20 – Finger Lakes Meeting – Program by Finger Lakes Member, Dale Flinn and Image Competiton

December 2019 – Annual Christmas Party


Sponsored in part by ~

Sponsors - Hunt's Photo and Video
Howard Burkholz

June 2019 Meeting

The Finger Lakes Section of PPSNYS, Inc. will hold a SPECIAL monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 2:00PM.
We will be taking a guided tour of the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, 3395 U.S. Route 20 East
Seneca Falls, New York 13148
Directions
Meet in the Parking Lot at the Visitors Center. It’s important that we take as few vehicles as possible so please plan to bring your equipment and be ready to ride with someone once you arrive.
RSVP is necessary for this meeting. We need to know who is coming to make sure we don’t leave anyone behind in the parking lot. Please email Elisa Knataitis who made all the arrangements for this great outing: photographicservices@rochester.rr.com

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

Following the tour, we will meet at Woody’s Bar and Grille for a Business Meeting and Dinner.

DIRECTIONS

Please plan to stay for dinner and support the restaurant.


Samantha Knataitis presented a wonderful program on Business Marketing and Management at our May Meeting.
©Neil Sjoblom

We were pleased to welcome new Finger Lakes Member, Heather Vittocore, at the May Meeting.
© Neil Sjoblom

UPCOMING EVENTS:

June 192:00 PM – Finger Lakes Meeting – Montezuma Wildlife Refuge Safari
July 28 – August 2 – PPSNYS Summer Workshop, Register today! PPSNYS Workshop
August 21 – Finger Lakes Family Picnic
September 18 – Finger Lakes SPECIAL Meeting – Program by Fuzzy Duenkel
October 16 – Finger Lakes Meeting – Fall Outing – Details TBD
November 20 – Finger Lakes Meeting – Image Competition


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.

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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.


Sponsors - Hunt's Photo and Video
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Howard Burkholz
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May 2019 Meeting

The Finger Lakes Section of PPSNYS, Inc. will hold a monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 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 PM Program

ABOUT
Samantha is a Marketing Manager and a member of Spectrum Reach’s Field Marketing Team. She began her career at an entry level, database entry position with Invisible Fence® Brand while going to school to become a Psychiatrist. After working her way up the ranks and mastering many marketing tactics, she decided to pursue a degree in Business Management and Marketing. Since then, her focus has been on Demand Generation, or the focus of targeted marketing programs to drive awareness and interest in a company’s products and/or services, or the foundation for a solid Lead Generation program.

Join us for the May 2019 Meeting where we will discuss both Inbound and Outbound marketing covering search engine optimization, social media marketing, email marketing and more. We will discuss a multitude of marketing tactics as well as how you can apply them in your business. We will conduct a mini workshop to help each attendee work through portions of their individual marketing plans. Come with all your questions and take a rough pass at your marketing plan before attending. Click and download the template here – http://bit.ly/FLPPSNYS

Dinner will follow the Program.


UPCOMING EVENTS:
May 15 – Finger Lakes Meeting – Samantha Knataitis on Business Management and Marketing
June 192:00 PM – Finger Lakes Meeting – Montezuma Wildlife Refuge Safari
July 28 – August 2 – PPSNYS Summer Workshop, Register today! PPSNYS Workshop
September 18 – Special Event with Fuzzy Duenkel – Details to be Announced
October 16 – Finger Lakes Meeting – Image Competition and Critique


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.


Sponsored in part by –

Sponsors - Hunt's Photo and Video
Howard Burkholz

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.


Sponsors - Hunt's Photo and Video
Please support our sponsors
Howard Burkholz
Please support our sponsors

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
Sponsors - Hunt's Photo and Video

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