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Upcoming events

    • 10/12/2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Virtual

    A Night with the Pros:

    Macro Photography and Focus Stacking

    With Chris Richman

    Macro Photography: Anyone Can Do It! 

    You don’t need an expensive macro lens to learn the basics of macro photography. We will explore the essence of macro photography with strategies for overcoming the depth of field limits. Equipment and accessories, lenses, and macro photography challenges will be included. We may touch on microphotography, if time permits.

    This workshop will be virtual only. 

      Please register here for this free talk and include your email in order to receive the zoom link via email on the day of the presentation.  Thanks!

      About the Speaker:

      Chris Richman

      Please join us on October 12th at 6:30pm for social time and BYO social distancing snacks before we get started at 7pm for what is sure to be a great presentation!

      • 10/28/2022
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • TaborSpace 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97215


      with Scott Detweiler

      Hands-on class with photographing in the morning, and practicing compositing in the afternoon.

      We will have a hybrid/streaming option for those who can't make it in person! 

      Location is the TaborSpace (Annex Room), which has a parking lot and plenty of nearby street parking too. 

      This day-long seminar will help you refine your tools to create more artistic images through strategic lighting, posing, and Photoshop. In addition, these creative compositions will open up new markets by producing products that stand out to your potential clients. This is critical with so many photographers in the market today!

      This crazy in-depth one-day seminar covers utilizing creative strategies used by painters for hundreds of years, including cropping, color theory, and composition. We will also learn some lighting strategies, get a chance to practice those with some hands-on photography, and then move into an afternoon of Photoshop. To further help us achieve our goal, we will utilize some of the new Artistic AI tools, which are just now starting to come onto the market.

      Artificial Intelligence has been in the news recently and will continue to be a significant part of many industries. Recently AI has been directed to learn what makes "art" and has learned a lot about composition and artistic styles by looking at billions of pieces created worldwide. I want to show you what a few of these different systems can do for you and how an artistic learning AI can be harnessed to push your creativity into our photography.

      This day-long hands-on seminar will help you create additional products, open new doors, and help you become a more efficient and artistic photographer. Bring your camera, Photoshop, and an open mind!

      About your Speaker

      Scott Detweiler

      M. Photog., M. Photog.Cr.

      I have been an artist and painter since I was pretty young when I worked with pen & ink, marker, and acrylics.  I became interested in Photoshop when it still came on floppy disks. My motivation to focus on photography came when I realized that it was never truly mine, mentally or legally, no matter how I modified an image. I could paint or manipulate the image for hours or days and never actually own it.

      The decision to start shooting stock started me on the journey I am on today. My initial challenges were lighting-related. I could envision the image I wanted, but getting the lights to cooperate was a constant source of frustration. To get past this, I shot as often as possible, and by changing small variables each time, I learned how my alterations affected my images.

      As a Physics major, I enjoy the technical aspects of photography. I like to know my camera settings, angles, focus depth, fall-off, and other elements of the scene that directly affect the result. By understanding these things, it becomes much easier to make creative decisions.

      Our studio challenges each other to set up complete scenes and take a single photo without test shots. This has dramatically improved our abilities to create successful scenes from our imagination, even on location or group shoots where planning isn't much of an option. We are always learning and trying new ideas.

      Most of my work is now commercial photography, retouching, boudoir, fine-art, and 3D modeling photography. I also do corporate headshots, catalog, and magazine work but love the occasional commission for something much more artistic.

      Teaching others is something I enjoy doing via workshops, speaking engagements, or traveling to shoots as often as possible. I also do themed shoots, seminars on lighting, posing, and post-production seminars that are open to the public at my studio near Milwaukee, WI.

      I love passing on my knowledge to those now facing similar frustrations with the technical aspects of this fantastic artistic outlet.

      OPPA Members receive 1 OPPA Point for attending this workshop in its entirety.

      PPA members will receive 1 PPA Merit for attending this workshop in its entirety. 

      • 11/13/2022
      • In Person

      LUMINATE 2022

      Luminate 2022, Live & In Person. We are excited to bring you classes from John Gress, Toni Harryman, and Chris Wooley. 

      John Gress presents: Creative Portrait Lighting Using Multiple Lights

      Join featured presenter John Gress as he takes you through the process of lighting a subject with 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 lights. At a session on location and you only have 2 lights? He’ll show you how to get the best lighting possible! Ready to tackle a 5 light set up? He’ll guide you through the process and in the end, you’ll be able to light your subjects for their best look with any number of lights you have available. 

      For over 20 years Chicago photographer & director John Gress has created stunning photography and videos for some of America’s largest companies and international media outlets. His work has included national lifestyle advertising, portraits and videos for the beauty industry and action photography of professional athletes. Professional Photographer Magazine called Gress “one of the nation’s foremost experts on lighting.”

      His unique resume has allowed him to develop a dynamic style that produces striking visuals whether they are produced in the real world or in his Chicago, Illinois studio.

      As a commercial photographer, Gress has worked on advertising and public relations campaigns for many Fortune 500 companies. His clients and marketed brands have included Airborne, Avon, Ben & Jerry’s, Best Buy, Burger King, Chrysler, Cialis, Clairol, Dodge, ESPN, Hyatt Hotels, Hershey, Hyundai, Lexus, Lufthansa, Mattel, Merck, Microsoft, Midas, Miller Coors, Nabisco, Nike, Ocean Spray, Reebok, S.C. Johnson, and Sam Adams. Film and video clients have included Hyatt Hotels, Namaste Laboratories, Napa Auto Parts, WebMD and NPR.


      Toni Harryman presents: Dream Emote Play Create

      From the fairytale stories and imaginations of her youth, Toni brings to her work a sense of timelessness and beauty where women are the quiet heroes of their own story and children exist in sweet innocence. She is inspired by leaves, twig, and flowers, so nature often peacefully invades her images of people or tell their own emotional stories in botanical images. Each image evolves from her imagination through costuming and design or the gathering of leaves and flowers, to camera and then is carefully crafted through digital compositing, textures and often digital painting to bring her dreams to life. In her 2-hour class, you’ll be inspired by her creative process and breathe new life into your photographic and artistic endeavors.

      Toni Harryman, M. Photog, Cr, M. Artist, CPP, F-PPI, is an award-winning artist. In 2020 and 2021, she was a diamond photographer of the year in the International Photographic Competition. She is also an approved PPA juror. In addition to her fine art work, Toni also works with families, dance and sport photography. She has served on the PPI board of directors for 13 years and is a Past President of that organization.


      Chris Wooley presents: Master Your Marketing

      Get your marketing on the right track!   In this course learn how to hone your marketing to make the time and money you spend even more efficient.  Learn about client profiles.  Tap into the power of partnership marketing (complete with real world examples and ideas). Focus your social media to match your brand.  Tap into the power or referrals and repeat clients. Each helps you develop stronger and more consistent marketing to get the perfect clients in the door.

      Chris Wooley, M. Photog., Cr., CPP, F-PPW is a photographer and educator with a retail portrait studio in Spokane,Washington where he specializes in Vintage Inspired Portraits and Commercial BusinessPortraits. He also serves as a PPA councilor for Washington. He is a past-President of the Professional Photographers of Washington and has won numerous image competition awards, including multiple Fuji Masterpieces, ACI’s Image Excellence, and various state “best of” awards. He is a recipient of the prestigious “PPA National Award” for his contributions towards the photographic industry.

      • 12/14/2022
      • St. Irenes: 20175 SW 112th Ave. Tualatin, OR 97062

      More details coming soon.

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