Oregon Professional Photographers Association

Providing professional development for serious photographers


Upcoming events

    • 10/21/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 5329 NE Corral Ct, Hillsboro OR

    PPA Certification Exam


    April Kroenke, CPP will be proctoring the written CPP exam.

    Registrations are open to declared CPP candidates only. If you are interested in declaring for your CPP and taking the exam, please visit PPA to sign up. www.ppa.com

    Please contact April with any questions.


    • 10/28/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • ProPhoto Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup St, Portland 97209

    Focus Stacking For Sharper Images

    Increase the depth of field of your images by using a technique called focus stacking. Initially developed to overcome shallow depth of field in macro photography, focus stacking can also be applied to landscapes to give images greater three-dimensional depth and clarity while avoiding lens diffraction caused by smaller f-stops. Participants will learn about:

    • focus stacking examples
    • ensuring sharp focus
    • focus stacking techniques
    • focus stacking equipment and software
    • compositing images
    • and more

    Participants should bring a tripod, a DSLR with medium-range lens (24-70), remote cable release (or use your camera’s timer) and be familiar with manual exposure mode, LiveView and manual focus. A laptop running Photoshop and Helicon Focus (a free 30-day demo can be downloaded here) is also needed.

    Lastly, bring an potted orchid (available at Freddy’s) or vase with a bouquet of flowers for photographing. At the completion of the workshop participants will have created their own composited images with enhanced depth of field.

    About Lew Tarnopol:

    Lew's entry into professional photography began several years ago when a videographer friend suggested they pair up to photograph and videotape children’s dance recitals. He's since expanded into family portraiture and head shots, while his fine art images have been hung and sold in various local shows. Additionally, using a color-managed workflow, his services include providing acrylic artists with digital captures of their canvases so they can print and sell accurate photographic reproductions.

    Lew is a member of OPPA (Oregon Professional Photographers Association) where he served two years on the board as Treasurer. As an active participant in image competitions, several of his fine-art images have earned recognition from OPPA, PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and Pro Photo Supply.  

    This workshop is PPA-accredited; PPA attendees who attend the entire session will receive one PPA merit.

    • 11/11/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11/12/2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Art Institute of Portland, 1122 NW Davis Street Portland 97209

    LUMINATE 2017 is OPPA’s Premier Image Competition and Education event.

    The 2017 Annual Open Image Competition will be held on Saturday, November 11th as part of LUMINATE at the Art Institute of Portland. Mark your calendars now!

    LUMINATE is brought to by our sponsor:

    Nov 11th OPPA Annual Open Image Competition

    The Annual OPPA Open is open to members and non-members. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your images critiqued by highly experienced judges. Join us in Club 79, where you can watch the competition and share your experiences in a social setting. What a better way to express your feelings of joy, excitement, or even frustration than with your fellow artists. Our panel of judges this year includes: 

    Jury Chair:

    Lisa Dillion, M.Photog.Cr., CPP


    Uldis "Whitey" Ilvess, M.Photog.

    Toni Harryman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

    Phaneendra PG Gud, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

    Mary Fisk-Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API

    Sally Kolar, M.Photog., CPP

    Competition Links

    Annual OPPA Open

    Competition Tips

    Competition Rules

    Nov 12th - Creating & Maintaining a Profitable, Sustainable, Successful Business presented by Mary Fisk-Taylor M. Photog., Cr., CPP, ABI, API

    Do not miss this chance to spend time with and learn from Master Photographer and amazing business instructor, Mary Fisk-Taylor. Mary will share how she has created sustainable photography businesses with extensive branding, public relations, and powerful marketing strategies.  She will also go over the importance of an efficient sales plan in order to maximize our profitability. Learn More....

    What's Included w/ Your Ticket:

    We're offering easy, all-inclusive tickets for this event. The ticket include full access to the Open Image Competition, workshop by Mary Fisk-Taylor, Saturday's Club 79, casual and educational viewing experience for our image competition, as well as the President’s Forum, and Midday Social.

    • 12/07/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Pro Photo Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup St. Portland, OR 97209
    • 24

    Want to get the most out of Image Competion?

    Are you a competition newbie? Or maybe you’ve entered a few times but weren’t satisfied with your scores? We have the workshop for you! 


    Join Bryan Welsh and Lisa Dillon for a day of total competition immersion. We’ll show you how to look at your work with a judge’s eye so that you select the best competition images. We’ll also talk about shooting specifically for competition and using personal projects as material for competition. We’ll discuss what makes an image strong for competition and what kinds of things to look for that might make an image weak. Once we’ve selected images, we’ll discuss processing the images to get your best results. Class participants are encouraged to bring potential competition images for review—we’ll help you select your strongest images and give you pointers on how to best prepare them. You may learn some great Photoshop tricks that you can also use in your daily workflow. Bring your images on a thumb drive, CD or external hard drive.

    Bonus:  If you are interested in being a OPPA Juror visit:

    http://oregonppa.org/Juror-Development-Program for the details and process.  This class is 1 of the 2 that are prerequisites for joining the juror development program.


    PPA members who attend all of this workshop will receive one PPA merit. You must provide your PPA # to have your merit processed.

    There will be a mid-day lunch break; lunch is on your own and there are several restaurants in the area.

    Questions? Contact Lisa or Bryan.

    About the Speakers:

    Local Image Competition judges, Bryan and Lisa have more than four decades of professional experience between them. They are image competition veterans with 8 loan images, 7 Kodak Gallery awards, 3 Fuji Masterpiece awards and many other competition trophies. Bryan is an ASP member, has his Craftsman degree from PPA and is a PPA Approved Photographic Instructor. Lisa is also an ASP member, a Master Photographer and a Certified Professional Photographer. Together, they will demystify Image Competition and get you started on your way.

    • 12/14/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Hayden's Grill, 8187 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road, Tualatin, Oregon 97062
    • 64

    OPPA Annual Banquet

    All are welcome!  Members, partners, and guests!  Please join us for a fun evening of socialization, good food, and good company as we reflect on the year, honor our members' accomplishments, and look towards OPPA's future.

    While a banquet ticket is included as part of your standard OPPA membership, you must RSVP to reserve your seat as space is limited.  See "Member + Guest Registration" note below for instructions on how to register a member and their guest(s).

    Doors open at 6:00 for mingling; dinner will be served at 7:00.


    Our dinner will begin with a house salad, rolls & better, and conclude with your choice of cobbler, pumpkin bars, or vanilla ice cream.  When you register you will select your plated entree:

    • Cedar plank salmon, served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable
    • New York steak, served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable
    • Seasonal vegetarian ravioli, served with a white wine and butter sauce and asparagus
    Coffee, tea, and iced tea are included; a cash bar will also be available.

    Children may attend (please reserve a ticket here) and may order/pay from the restaurant's kids' menu on the evening of the banquet.

    Awards Program:

    Special Guest:

    Rob Behm, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
    2017 PPA President

    PPA National Award

    OPPA Degrees
    OPPA Fellow of Photography
    OPPA Associate Fellow of Photography

    Association Awards
    President's Award
    Member of the Year
    Jerry Auker Community Service Award
    Bob & Arlene Welsh Mentorship Award

    Image Competition Awards
    Luminate Open Competition Trophies
    Divisional Photographers of the Year
    OPPA Photographer of the Year

    Recognition of OPPA Board of Directors
    Exchange of the Gavel & Presidents' Comments

    Member + Guest Registration

    To register both a member (with an included no-cost ticket) and one or more guests, first log into this website using your OPPA email and password, then choose the Member ticket option.  You'll confirm your contact information, make your entree selection, and end up on a confirmation screen.  From there, use the button to start another registration, this time choosing the "Everyone Else" ticket option.  You can then register one or more guests.
    • 01/11/2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pro Photo Supply Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup, Portland OR

    A Night with the Pros:
    Business Best Practices

    Featuring Howard Burkholz and Julia Fitzgerald

    Join us for our first event of 2018 as we feature two photography business experts for an evening packed with information to help you build a sustainable photography business without being overwhelmed.

    The new year is a great time to ensure your business is in order.  We have a two-part program that will help.

    Howard Burkholz Julia Fitzgerald

    Professional Photographers Risk Management & Protection

    Howard Burkholz is an insurance expert focused on photographers, and has been an OPPA partner since 2016.  Howard has been an insurance agency owner since 1998. During that period, he has been recognized by industry leaders as the top business insurance producer in the country by Allstate Insurance, a Fortune 100 company. He specializes in professional photographer risk management and insurance.

    Personally, he loves photography, backpacking, golf, skiing, family, and recently becoming a grandpa. His passion for photography combined with his business insurance background makes him uniquely qualified as a professional photographer’s risk management and insurance advisor.

    10 Ways to Improve your Financial Workflow with QuickBooks Online

    Julia Fitzgerald, CPA PC is a past President of OPPA and financial expert who has worked with many photographers.

    As a photographer you have a workflow with your client work. It is the same with your business bookkeeping. There is a Financial Workflow that will improve your profits and make life so much easier.  Learn about the Financial Workflow using QuickBooks Online and why it is so easy to keep your bookkeeping in order with today’s technology. I know you dislike dealing with the bookkeeping side of your photography business and you may be thinking “I can't do it! It’s another software that I have to learn!” However, I believe that once you actually see just how easy it is to use and maintain, that you will be glad you came to the meeting. It is just like tending your garden - pay attention to your garden and it grows, pay attention to your business bookkeeping and your business will grow. 

    This event is free to all (members and nonmembers) but we do ask that you register using the button on the left.

Past events

10/17/2017 Social and Happy hour with F1 Society Photography Group
10/12/2017 Fear and Loathing in Photography - New Challenges - Michael Shay
10/11/2017 CPP - What to Know and Where to Start
10/05/2017 Making Your Clients Look Great while Striking a Pose
09/14/2017 Quarterly Image Competition (September)
09/08/2017 Intro to Video for Photographers
08/29/2017 CPP Study Group
08/05/2017 Childrens' Character Portraiture in B&W
08/03/2017 Shootout at Juarez Canyon! Summer Social
07/22/2017 Secrets of the Street- Tom Hassler
07/13/2017 Navigating High Volume Sports Photography
07/01/2017 The Photographers Ephemeris (TPE) - Instructions on Understanding TPE Application and Field Practice
06/08/2017 Quarterly Image Competition (June)
06/03/2017 How to create and sell, Double or Triple Albums and Wall Art Sales
05/30/2017 Suds and Shots
05/22/2017 CPP - PPA Certification Exam
05/19/2017 PDX Squared
05/13/2017 Getting Up-to-Speed With Lightroom - Mark Fitzgerald
05/11/2017 Photograph for Print and Profitability
04/29/2017 Beyond the Yearbook photo with April Kroenke
04/22/2017 Yamhill County VIP Historic Tour (Safari--plus wine tasting)
04/13/2017 Quarterly Image Competition (April)
04/04/2017 Tethering Workshop with Tether Tools
03/25/2017 Seeing Through the Eyes of a Judge
03/21/2017 Suds and Shots
03/18/2017 Identifying, Marketing, & Selling BIG to Your Perfect Clients
03/12/2017 CPP - Lighting Workshop
03/09/2017 A Journey in Documentary Photojournalism with Randy Rasmussen
03/05/2017 Vancouver Brewery Safari
02/23/2017 Drink and Click Portland w/ Pro Photo Supply and Olympus
02/11/2017 CPP - Hands on Lighting Workshop
02/09/2017 Quarterly Image Competition (February)
01/28/2017 How to win merits and influence judges. Image Competition Unlocked
01/18/2017 Suds and Shots
01/12/2017 CANCELLED: The Importance of Mentoring: Teaching Composition and Lighting to your Friends and Family
01/08/2017 Imaging USA
12/08/2016 OPPA Annual Member Banquet
11/11/2016 Oregon PPA Photography Expo
10/29/2016 Yamhill County VIP Historic Tour (Safari--plus wine tasting)
10/26/2016 Suds and Shots
10/20/2016 Ray Roman Wedding Cinema Workshop Series
10/15/2016 See, Capture, and Develop your Plan C
10/13/2016 How to Charge What You are Worth
10/09/2016 How to Photograph Landscapes
09/26/2016 CPP EXAM
09/24/2016 Make the Most of Mirrorless - Tom Hassler
09/16/2016 How to shoot Rocks & Weeds
09/10/2016 Transcending the Technical: Making the Creative Practice Personal
09/09/2016 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy of Image Competition
09/08/2016 Quarterly Image Competition (September)
08/21/2016 Plan C - See, Capture, and Develop Your Creativity
08/20/2016 Setting up Your Financial Workflow with QuickBooks Online
08/13/2016 Your Photography Business & PPA's Benchmark Business Guide - Let's Be More Profitable!
08/12/2016 Walkabout: John Day River Territory w/ Joni Kabana
08/11/2016 Shootout at Juarez Canyon! Summer Social
08/02/2016 Suds and Shots
07/16/2016 SEO for Photographers: Getting Found for Fun and Profit
07/14/2016 Quarterly Image Competition (July)
06/26/2016 Dynamic Black & White Portraits - Sam Tarrel
06/09/2016 After Hours: The Diverse World of Commercial Photography - Brian McLernon
06/04/2016 How to win merits and influence judges. Image Competition Unlocked
05/29/2016 Lensbaby Safari, the Pearl District
05/22/2016 Certification - The First Step to the Rest of Your Career!
05/22/2016 The Elements of Dance
05/21/2016 Photoshop - Workflow, Retouching & Artwork - Sam Tarrel
05/16/2016 Seeing the Light - Portraiture 101, Indoors and Out
05/16/2016 Setting up Your Financial Workflow with QuickBooks Online
05/15/2016 Beyond the Yearbook Photo
05/12/2016 Quarterly Image Competition (May)
04/22/2016 SEO for Photographers: Getting Found for Fun and Profit
04/14/2016 After Hours: Lightroom Mobile with Mark Fitzgerald (April)
04/09/2016 The Art of Macro Photography with Tom Reiman
03/19/2016 Create the Lighting YOU Want! - Tom Hassler
03/10/2016 Quarterly Image Competition (March)
02/27/2016 Image Competition Tips w/ Lisa Dillon & Bryan Welsh
02/27/2016 PPW Convention & Image Competition
02/11/2016 After Hours: The Many Sides of Craig Mitchelldyer
02/06/2016 Seeing Through the Eyes of an Image Competition Judge
01/14/2016 After Hours: The Importance of a Personal Project for your Creativity and your Business
01/10/2016 Imaging USA
12/10/2015 OPPA Annual Member Banquet
12/07/2015 Stopping the Paper Madness! QuickBooks Online for Photographers
12/05/2015 Improving Your Online Presence as a Photographer
11/12/2015 Oregon Photography Expo
10/10/2015 Mastering Lightroom's Develop Module with Mark Fitzgerald, M. Photog.
10/08/2015 After Hours: Randy Hopfer - Aluminum Printing process
09/26/2015 CoastBusters: Long Beach, Lighthouse and Cranberries Safari
09/20/2015 Stopping the Paper Madness! QuickBooks Online for Photographers [Albany]
09/10/2015 Quarterly Image Competition (September)
08/13/2015 OPPA Summer Social
08/08/2015 Stopping the Paper Madness! QuickBooks Online for Photographers [Bend]
07/31/2015 How to Shoot Rocks and Weeds w/ Vern Bartley & Mark Fitzgerald
07/09/2015 Quarterly Image Competition (July)
06/29/2015 Stopping the Paper Madness! QuickBooks Online for Photographers [Portland]
06/13/2015 Crepes & Grapes Country Tour Photo Safari
06/11/2015 After Hours: Getting to Know Your OPPA
06/07/2015 Make More Money with Framing
05/24/2015 Hot Air Balloon Ride Photo Safari
05/14/2015 Quarterly Image Competition (May)
05/02/2015 Improving Your Online Presence as a Photographer
04/09/2015 After Hours: Before the Wedding Day

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