February 2017 Meeting

February 2017 Meeting

February 2017 Meeting

The Finger Lakes Section of PPSNYS, Inc. will hold its February 2017 meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Ablgail’s Restaurant, 1978 Routes 5&20, Waterloo, NY

Business Meeting starts at 2:00PM with a 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. All Photographers are welcome!
••First time guests attend for free••.
Dinner from the menu will follow the program.

This month 3 Members of Finger Lakes will share their expertise by setting up demonstration work stations in the following areas:
• Monroe Payne will show his workflow in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
• Elisa Knataitis will show how she does blemish retouching, glass glare removal and sky enhancements in Adobe Photoshop.
• Brent Walton will be showing his workflow in Corel Painter 2017.

Feel free to bring your laptop and try out some of the techniques you’ll be seeing.
If you’re working on images for IPC and would like critique, bring them as well.


MARCH 1:  Deadline to send in 2016 Service Point Forms.  Degree Forms are also due. *See PDF attachment 
March 15: Herb Jones will be showing a presentation of National Parks images. 
March 31 - April 2: FOCUS NY in Buffalo, NY *Schedule is attached  Register TODAY! http://ppsnys.com/index.php/focusny-home 
April Meeting:  George Jweild - program description TBD
May Meeting: Photo safari in Seneca Falls, perhaps affiliated with the Women's Rights Museum. Alternative would be park setting for portrait photography in Seneca Falls. 
June Meeting: Jim Hartsen, RIT graduate, street shooter and artist will make a presentation of images from his Cuba trips.
July is Workshop! Register before April 15 to receive the $100 discount. http://ppsnysworkshop.com/

New Officers

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2017-2018 Officers: Right to Left
D. Brent Walton, Section Chair
Al Knataitis, First Vice President
Monroe Payne, Second Vice President
Neil Sjoblom, Secretary
Ameka Cooper, Treasurer (missing from photograph)

copyright 2017 Honey DeLapa

Pat Luke, PPSNYS President, Swears in Our New Officers

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.