Finger Lakes News

Finger Lakes News

NOTICE: Due to the current State of Emergency requirements and out of concern for our members, their families, and the staff at Woody’s, it is with regret that we have postponed our upcoming meetings until further notice.

Our special event with Lindsay Adler that was scheduled for April 19, 2020 has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 1, 2020.


Our regular Monthly Meetings have been suspended until we have more information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please read this MESSAGE FROM OUR SECTION CHAIR, AL KNATAITIS:

Hello everyone, 

I hope everyone is well and staying safe.Please keep Liz at Woody’s in your thoughts as she definitely under duress with this closing. Sorry we had to cancel Caleb Williams in March but beyond our control.

At this time I assume April is also a washout. If we were to meet in April, Elisa and I would be presenting our banner process, capture to finish.Ed Lewko and I spoke this week and he is excited and looking forward to present to us. That is scheduled for May 20. Further details to follow. As you all should know by now, we had to postpone Lindsay Adler to November 1, 2020. This is still a Sunday. Lindsay has been confirmed and he event site confirmed. All registered attendees have been individually contacted and any necessary refunds have been issued. Only two at this time are not attending, but others who asked for refunds will still be attending, they just did not want to tie up the money through the summer. Elisa has re-posted the event to many Facebook groups already, and other photographers have been posting and sharing to help promote the event. Lindsay’s manager has been negotiating with Canon on our behalf and it appears even with our smaller numbers, Kathleen has arranged for a partial sponsorship of this event. Kathleen has really stepped up for us! If the world returns to normal, we will be on location near Ithaca at a farm for our June meeting. Once again, details to follow.

Bruce Berg and I have been conversing and he may be available most likely in October. It is dependent upon selling other area sections on hosting him also. It is a work in progress.

District competition is open and runs til May 7 without additional financial cost. Not sure of its final end date. Hope everyone stays safe, stays well, and Elisa and I look forward to seeing all of you. Please contact me with any questions/ suggestions for the group and I will do my best.

Thank you,

Al


Upcoming Meetings

* All events are subject to change based on current emergency declarations.

MAY 20 – Finger Lakes Monthly Meeting – Program by Ed Lewko
JUNE 17 – Finger Lakes Monthly Meeting – Fairview Stables Photo Outing to photograph animals, buildings and landscapes.
JULYPPSNYS WORKSHIP – **April 15th is the Deadline for the Early Discount of $100
AUGUST – ANNUAL FAMILY PICNIC
SEPTEMBER – Finger Lakes Monthly Meeting – TBD
OCTOBER 21 – Possible Special Event with Bruce Berg from Oregon


The Finger Lakes Professional Photographers’ Society of New York, Inc. 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 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 our good friends at –

Sponsors - Hunt's Photo and Video
Howard Burkholz

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


Member Input 2018

Member Input 2018

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The Finger Lakes Section of PPSNYS, Inc.
will hold a monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Member Input 2018 at
Ablgail’s Restaurant, 1978 Routes 5&20, Waterloo, NY. http://www.abigailsrestaurant.com/Directions

Business Meeting
starts at 2:00PM
Program at 3:00PM

A $5.00 charge for each member will be collected at the door. (all PPSNYS/PPA members included in the member price)
Non member charge is $35.
Dinner will follow the program.
All Photographers are welcome!
••First time guests attend for free••.

PROGRAM:

No speaker this month. – Group Discussion and Member Input

One thing on the agenda will be a discussion of the Blair/Rodabaugh Points. We started out with a point system that we knew would have to be reconfigured as we found how much work each job took and what would need to be added or deleted. Please take some time to look over the attached copy of our current point system and think about what you might like to see added or changed. Here are some jobs/events that might be added so that new volunteers can take them and have the chance to accrue points:
• Keeper of the Points for Blair/Rodabaugh
• Image Comp Judges
• Social Media
• Officers
* Council Meetings
* Image of the Year
 
Bring your ideas for Programs, Outings, etc. so we can plan a great 2018!

In Addition


As our Main Event, we will be creating Portraits for the staff at Abigail’s. Al Knataitis, 1st VP, will be bring lights and background for the Formal sessions and Brent Walton, Section Chair, will provide the lighting for the environmental sessions. Bring your cameras and each member will be given time to work with the staff.

Any member who would like a Portrait taken is also welcome to be photographed.

Focus

FOCUS is coming up in MARCH!! Register at: http://ppsnys.com/sitepage/focus-ny/welcome
Register NOW!

Focus 2018 Speakers

Focus 2018 Speakers

NEWS FLASH: The Workshop website has all the 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
We also have updated the facebook group page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/ppsnysworkshop/
UPCOMING EVENTS:


FEBRUARY 15:    PROGRAM – Route 66, Brent Walton and Paul Bardotz will be covering their road trip and some of the issues they encountered along the way.
Image Competition will be held this month
MARCH 15: TBD
MARCH 24-26: FOCUS CONFERENCE
Sponsored in part by:

Howard Burkholz

Hunt’s Photo and Video

Sponsors - 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.

Businesses listed on this page provide our members with benefits while supporting our organization.   We encourage our members to support these businesses where possible.

Sponsor Us!

If you own a business that serves photographers and the photographic industry, let us know if you would like to be a sponsor.


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).

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.

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.


August 2017 Picnic

August 2017 Picnic

NOTE: THE AUGUST 2017 PICNIC WILL BE HELD ON THE  4th Wednesday!

AUGUST 2017 PICNIC

Please join the Finger Lakes Section for our Annual Family Picnic on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 2:00PM at the Cheerful Valley Campground in Phelps, NY.

http://www.cheerfulvalleycampground.com/travel.html
 
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, drinks and 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. 

June 2017 meeting

2016 FLPP Picnic

Remember - Please RSVP to MrsHutchSr@aol.com and let her know what dish you'll be bringing.

NEWS FLASH: 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


UPCOMING EVENTS:


Sunday, August 20: 6:00PM - Milky Way Pot Luck Dinner and Photo Meetup at Hemlock Lake - Elisa Knataitis came up with the idea of an outing to Hemlock Lake to photograph the Milky Way and use the techniques she learned in Joe LeFevre's class at Workshop. After Elisa contacted Jim Hooper, who lives about four minutes from Hemlock Lake, he generously offered to host a pot luck dinner that evening for those who'd like to join us. After dinner we'll all head out to the perfect spot for photographing the Milky Way around 8:30 or so. This date is just before the new moon so it should be really dark and perfect for photographing the stars. We're inviting Finger Lakes members, class members, and only a few guests, to keep the number manageable. If you bring a guest please include just one if possible. 
 BRING: Dish to pass and drinks to share
 Photographic equipment
Jim's address is 4616 Cole Road Hemlock NY 
hooperphotographic@yahoo.com
585-354-3421 is Jim's phone number just in case you get lost. 
Get directions from google or email Jim. If you'd like to attend the photo session only, you can meet us at the north end of the lake. We can coordinate a time later. 
We have set up a rain date for Friday, July 25, but let's hope for clear weather!
SEPTEMBER 20: Travel and street art photographer Jim Hartsen.
OCTOBER 18: Gary Geer, corporate photographer. Image Competition after the Program.
NOVEMBER 15: John Aitken and studio products to drive sales.
DECEMBER 13:  Finger Lakes Holiday Party – Abigail’s Restaurant, 4:00PM
January 2018  We will start off the year with a brief discussion of group direction. With their permission, we will be doing headshots of the Abigails staff. Perhaps also a print critique.

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.