Oregon Professional Photographers Association

Providing professional development for serious photographers


Upcoming events

    • 07/27/2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 07/28/2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Pro Photo Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland 97209. (Sat AM) and Garibaldi/Cannon Beach OR (Sun. all day)
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    Long Exposure Photography:  Thibault Roland

    A hands on workshop is given in two parts:

    Saturday July 27, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00 noon @ Pro Photo Event Center, Portland- Instructional lecture where students will learn the basic principles of long exposure photography, essential equipment and techniques in a class room setting.

    Sunday July 28, 2019 - 9:30 AM -1:00 PM - @ Garibaldi, OR  and 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Cannon Beach, OR:  on location photo-shoot utilizing instructions from previous evening.  A limited class size would allow "one-on-one" interactions and instructions from Thibault Roland in the field.

    At the end of workshop students will be able to make compelling fine arts long exposure images.

    Thibault Roland

    Born in France, Thibault Roland is a black and white fine art photographer specializing in long exposure architecture, minimalism and seascapes.

    He grew up with a love of science, eventually obtaining his PhD in Physics in 2009. His scientific research brought him to work in the United States as a researcher and engineer.

    Previously an instructor at the New England School of Photography, Thibault leads workshops and gives presentations in the United States and in Europe. He is supported by Sony through their Artisans of Imagery and Global Imaging Ambassadors programs. His fine art photographs have been shown, published and awarded internationally and are included in public and private collections such as the Boston Athenaeum.


    Necessary Equipment:

    Participants need a camera that permits exposures longer than 30 seconds (Bulb setting); mirrorless or dSLR camera with multiple lenses are recommended; a sturdy tripod; a 13-stop ND filter (a set ranging from 6 to 16 stops is recommended); a shutter release control.

    Tilt/Shift lens optional

    Minimum Skills Required:

     • Basics of using a digital or film camera, including changing modes, shooting manual focus, manual aperture, manual shutter speed.

     • Proficient with effect of changing aperture, shutter speed, and sensitivity.

     • Cursory understanding of concepts like depth of field, field of view, etc.

     • Familiarity with using manual/bulb shooting mode

    For those in need of a refresher, references of books and online classes will be provided after registration. Note that practical knowledge of these fundamental aspects is mandatory in order to appreciate the workshop to its fullest.

    Note: Registrants are responsible for their own transportation and lunch to and from Oregon Coast location.  Car pooling is highly recommended.

    Saturday July 27th, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon:  participants will meet in Portland for a presentation by Thibault who will present an overview of the workshop, slide presentation and  equipments necessary to acquire skills for long exposure photography.

    Sunday Jul. 28th 9:30 AM-6:00 PM : Participants will meet at Three Graces site in Garibaldi, OR  (north of Tillamook OR, HWY 101 N & Harbor View Dr.) at 9:30 AM, the exact address will be provided upon registration. The afternoon session will be in Cannon Beach, OR, approx 35-40 min. drive from Garibaldi on Hwy 101 N.

    OPPA/PPA members receive 1 OPPA Point/ 1 PPA Merit for attending this work shop in its entirety.

    • 08/07/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 1801 NW Northrup St. Portland, Oregon

     The Secret Language of Your Ideal Customers

    Have you ever noticed that the clients you jump through hoops for are often the least profitable? While the clients that are the easiest to work with spend the most amount of money? Those are the clients you want more of, right?

    Imagine a photography business where every one of your clients is worth your time and effort. Imagine no longer having to convince people of your value and the value of professional photography and instead, only work with people who already value you and what you offer.

    The problem is that in your business there is a gap. A gap between your brand messaging, how to promote your business, and what your ideal customers need to see, hear, and feel to be motivated to work with you. However, by speaking the Secret Language of your ideal customers—their Lingo— you will close that gap. In this program, you’ll learn how to attract your ideal customers, offer the services they most want, and develop experiences to wow them.

    The result will be a photography business that is more profitable, you’ll be able to create your best creative work, and build relationships with clients who will come back year after year and will rave about you to their friends. Not only will your business become irresistible, but running your business will be easier than it’s ever been and your life more fulfilled.

    • 09/12/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pro Photo Supply Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup St, Portland

    Quarterly Image Competition

    Join us for an OPPA Quarterly Image Competition.

    Registration to enter images into this event will be via PrintCompetition.com - images must be uploaded by Tuesday, September 10th by 6am.

    This is our third and last Quarterly Digital Image Competition for 2019 and is being held in the evening at Pro Photo Supply Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup St, Portland Or.

    Members can enter up to four images to be evaluated against the 12 Elements of a Merit Image with OPPA points to be awarded and applied towards the OPPA degree program.

    Even without entering any photos this is an amazing educational opportunity! It is free to members and visitors to attend and watch the competition.

    You will learn a lot and meet some amazing photographers!

    Here are the OPPA Competition rules; register to compete via PrintCompetition.com or RSVP to the left if you're just observing.

    Questions? Contact Thea Martin, Competition Director

    • 11/08/2019
    • 11/10/2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 11/8: Cobalt Studios 1030 SE Clinton St, Portland, Oregon 97202 & 11/9-10: Hyatt Place at the Portland Airport - 9750 NE Cascade Pkwy. Portland, Oregon 97220

    "Creating With Excellence"

    Luminate '19 is Oregon’s premiere education and competition event! This year the  programming will span over three days and will focus on “Creating With Excellence”. Centered around the 'Open Competition' we will be joined by many nationally-recognized experts to help you raise the bar on both your craft and business.

    A few reasons why you should attend!

    1. Master your craft by learning from a diverse group of experts
    2. Gain hands-on experience to expand your portfolio
    3. Challenge your skills in the Open Competition 
    4. Earn PPA merits & OPPA points
    5. Network and meet new people 
    6. Get inspired and have some fun!

    Learn from Industry Experts -

    • Phaneendra Gudapati (PG), M.Photogr.Cr., CPP, "Enhancing Portraits the Güd Way"
    • Tim Meyer, MFA, MA, M.Photogr.Cr., F-PPC, S-PPC, CPP, "Portrait Lighting Through the Lens of History" Sponsor: Bay Photo
    • Pete Rezac, M. Photog.Cr., CPP, “Film: What’s Old is New Again Sponsor: Bay Photo.
    • Jessica Robertson, M. Photog., Cr., FP, "Bridging the Gap Between Passion & Profit". Sponsors: Richmond ProLab, Acrylic Press & GW Moulding.
    • Kristy Steeves, M. Photog.Cr., CPP, "Posing: It's All in the Details"
    • Bill Whitmire, a Portland-based Commercial/Advertising photographer

    Schedule & Locations -

    • Shooting Bays & Portfolio Review Sessions, Friday 11/8/19, 6-9p at Cobalt Studios, 1030 SE Clinton St, Portland, Oregon 97202
    • Annual Open Competition, Speaker Presentations & Sponsor Tables, Saturday 11/9/19, 8a-6p at Hyatt Place at the Portland Airport, 9750 NE Cascades Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97220. No-host dinner to follow.
    • Speaker Presentations & Sponsor Tables, Sunday 11/9-10/19, 8a-5:30p at Hyatt Place at the Portland Airport / Cascade Station, 9750 NE Cascades Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97220

    Do you have access to an amazing product or service that you can donate for the Luminate raffle? Think creatively about a contribution that someone would enjoy in the raffle. We also need lots of volunteers to help make the event happen!

    Please contact Linda Keppinger at lindak@keppingercreative.com with questions.

    We look forward to seeing you there!


    • 02/13/2020
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pro Photo Supply - 1801 NW Northrup St, Portland, OR 97209

    A Night with the Pros:
    Artificial Intelligence &
    with Aaron Hockley

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the world of photography, and savvy photographers will embrace this evolution of how we make and manage our images.

    We saw a big shift when the internet changed photography distribution.  We saw a big shift when high-quality digital cameras became affordable for the average photo enthusiast. We're now at the beginning of a third big shift in photography, as AI impacts our industry in numerous ways.

    In this forward-looking presentation, we'll observe how artificial intelligence will impact:

    • How we create and capture images in our cameras and smartphones
    • How we edit, retouch, and prepare our images after capture
    • How we catalog and manage our image collection over time

    AI used to be the realm of futuristic science fiction novels; today it's impacting your photography.  Like the internet and digital shifts mentioned above, it'll be up to you whether you fight the change, or adapt and embrace a shifted world to keep your photography and business viable.

    About Our Speaker

    Aaron Hockley, M.Photog.Cr, FP-OR, helps photographers grapple with the intersection of photography and technology.  He writes frequently on his website, TechPhotoGuy.com, and speaks at photographic events around the country.  His images have been selected for inclusion in PPA's Loan Collection, he's been a third-place category winner in PPA's Grand Imaging awards, and he was a World Photographic Cup finalist.

    Please join us on February 13th at 6:30pm for social time and snacks before we get started at 7pm for what is sure to be a great presentation!

Past events

07/13/2019 In Search of the 12 Elements
07/11/2019 A Night with the Pros: The Business Side of Photography - With Craig Mitchelldyer
06/29/2019 “Creating Cinematic Portraits From Start to Finish” - With Bill Whitmire
06/13/2019 Quarterly Image Competition (June)
06/09/2019 Equestrian Horse Photoshoot
05/09/2019 A Night with the Pros: Kurt Mottweiler - A Portland Cameramaker
04/11/2019 A Night with the Pros: Lena Hyde: Simple & Effective IPS Workflow for Success
04/05/2019 The Art of Painting with Photoshop
03/14/2019 Quarterly Image Competition (March)
03/09/2019 Photoshop 201: The Method behind the Madness
03/02/2019 Think Like a Competition Judge
02/23/2019 Newborns and Babies 101: Safety, Soothing & Sustainability
02/21/2019 A Night with the Pros: Bill Whitmire - Breaking into the Business
01/10/2019 A Night with the Pros: Utterly Irreplaceable - Finding and Owning Your Niche Market w/ Ara Roselani
12/12/2018 OPPA Annual Banquet
11/10/2018 LUMINATE 2018
11/10/2018 Annual Open Image Competition (November)
11/09/2018 Think Like a Competition Judge
11/07/2018 Landscape Photography: The Craft. The Technique. The Art. The Vision
10/27/2018 Inside The Competition Workflow
10/11/2018 A Night with the Pros: The Business of Corporate and Architectural Photography w/ Steve Whittaker
10/07/2018 The Fine Art of Printing
09/15/2018 Photoshop-Retouching & Color Grading Techniques : Sam Tarrel
09/13/2018 Quarterly Image Competition (September)
08/25/2018 Street Portraiture - A Portland Walkabout
08/11/2018 Video for Photographers
08/05/2018 OPPA Summer Social
07/25/2018 Selling With Emotion: How I Built My $4100 Portrait Session Sales Average
07/22/2018 OPPA Mentorship Event
07/12/2018 A Night with the Pros: China the New Wine Frontier w/ Janis Miglavs
06/15/2018 Knowing Newborns- Creative Portraiture/marketing : Julia Kelleher
06/14/2018 Quarterly Image Competition (June)
05/10/2018 A Night with the Pros: Image Presentation that Wows Clients and Competition Judges
05/05/2018 Getting Started with Drone Photography
04/28/2018 Wealth In Photography- Marketing, Selling and Pricing
04/12/2018 A Night with the Pros: Wealth in Photography w/ Bill Sorenson
04/08/2018 Creating Images with Impact
04/07/2018 CPP- What to Know and When to Start
03/12/2018 Posing - Making Your Clients Look Great
03/08/2018 Quarterly Image Competition (March)
02/08/2018 A Night with the Pros: Becoming an Instagram Pro w/ Morgan Stone Grether
02/03/2018 Improving Your Online Presence as a Photographer
01/23/2018 CPP Study Group
01/22/2018 CPP - What to Know & Where to Start
01/11/2018 A Night with the Pros: Business Best Practices
12/14/2017 OPPA Annual Banquet
11/11/2017 LUMINATE 2017
10/28/2017 Focus Stacking for Sharper Images
10/21/2017 CPP - PPA Certification Exam
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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