February 2018 Meeting

February 2018 Meeting

February 2018 Meeting

The Finger Lakes Section of PPSNYS, Inc. The February 2018 Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2018 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
Our insurance sponsor, Howard Burkholtz from Allstate, will be making a video presentation to us before our Program.

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 Image Competition
All Photographers are welcome!
••First time guests attend for free••.

Following the Program we will hold our Image Competition. See the rules which are attached in pdf format.

PROGRAM:   Historic Route 66 presented by D. Brent Walton and Paul Bardotz

What happens when two professional photographers take to the road for a month?

Come join us on February 21st and find out. In their presentation, Paul and Brent will talk about lessons learned from a month long drive on historic Route 66 and how they apply to photography. They will discuss the things they learned about their equipment, approaching strangers, and taking a business approach to a venture like this. (Brent and Paul secured sponsors and received comps along the way. They will talk about how that all works.)

During their trip they put on over 7500 miles on a rental car, took over 25,000 images, and met people whom they will never forget (and a few who will never forget them either… but that’s a story you’ll have to attend to hear.)

Attendees will all receive a special gift!

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Street Session – Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Laura – Seligman, Arizona

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Mr. D’z in Kingman, Arizona

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Owner of the Bagdad Cafe


The Workshop website has been updated with Instructors for 2018! 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

Winter Photography. Make sure you take a minute to read it! https://montewritesblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/winter-wonderland-vs-christmas-camera/




MARCH 21: PROGRAM – Jim Quinn, retired Nazareth art professor will present. Jim’s presentation discusses the link between light and shadow in classic painting and its connection to the same in portraiture.
MAY 16:Tentative Combined Program with Central – Dana Nordland and John Metcalfe on lighting
JUNE 20: Guided tour at Montezuma for nature and wildlife photography.
JULY: Workshop at Hobart
AUGUST 15: Finger Lakes Picnic
SEPTEMBER 19: Program by Dewey Neild – Tin Type Photography

Sponsored in part by businesses listed on this page.  They provide our members with benefits while supporting our organization.   We encourage our members to support these businesses where possible.

Howard Burkholz – Allstate Business Insurance, Photography Specialist

Howard Burkholz

Hunt’s Photo and Video

Hunt’s supports our PPSNYS Workshop and is now a sponsoring member of FLPP!  Members will be receiving information how to establish a personal relationship with a Hunt’s salesperson.

Sponsors - Hunt's Photo and Video

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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; 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.


Welcome President Walton

Welcome President Walton

A warm welcome to President Walton, our new FLPP President.  Sworn in last night by PPSNYS President Pat Luke were:

  • D. Brent Walton, president
  • Al Knataitis, 1st VP
  • Monroe Payne, 2nd VP
  • Neil Sjoblom, Secretary
  • Ameka Cooper, Treasurer


After Pat Luke provided a State of PPSNYS address, Brent provided insight to his emphasis for the year.  He gave a review of the PPA and PPSNYS degrees, service awards and certifications.

Education is our main charter.  We exist to educate photographers in all aspects of the business.  This doesn’t necessarily mean we provide training specifically in photography, but our training can also cover things like insurance, taxes, and other aspects of running a photography studio.


Al Knataitis reviewed upcoming programs for 2017.  He also asked for input on what people want to see.

He announced we have no program for February, but that was short lived.  In February we will have several stations set up where people can stop and learn about specific aspects of retouching and other photographic software.  (We’re looking for volunteers to bring their laptop and operate a station.)

As some ideas were discussed, it was brought up that we are not here to cater to the “camera club” photographers.    Going back to Brent’s comments earlier in the meeting, our charter is educating professional or aspiring professional photographers.


  • We have an annual full-ride scholarship to PPSNYS Workshop, as well as a 1/2 scholarship and $250 scholarship.  You earn points towards these scholarships by attending the monthly meeting, submitting images to image critique/competition at those meetings, and bringing new members in to the organization.
  • Convention early-bird deadline is coming up – Register by 1/31/2017 to receive the early-bird discount.
  • Watch for PPSNYS Service Award points announcement.  These are typically due at the end of February.