Oregon Professional Photographers Association

Providing professional development for serious photographers

Events

Upcoming events

    • 02/21/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pro Photo Supply - 1801 NW Northrup St, Portland, OR 97209
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    Bill Whitmire is a successful commercial and advertising photographer based out of Portland. After coming into photography from another career, and recently moving his whole business across the country, Bill will be discussing how he not only built a loyal client base, but how he has maintained and rebuilt that client base through this transition. Some of his other talking points will include: 

    • The importance of identifying what you want so you can make a plan. 

    • Understanding who your clients are and how to get your work in front of them. 

    • How to build a portfolio that gets you the work you want. 

    • How to approach agencies and get portfolio showings. How to market yourself in general and find clients. 

    • How to prepare for portfolio showings and how they work. 

    • What it takes to do this full time. 

    • How to make real money and figure out how much you can and should charge. 

    • Working through your plan and over-coming obstacles such as self-doubt and creative block. 


    Please join us on February 21st at 6:30pm for social time and snacks before we get started at 7pm for what is sure to be a great and educational presentation!

    • 02/23/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Blissful Mondays Photography Studio, 8678 SW Logan Ln Tualatin OR 97062
    • 10
    Register

    Newborns & Babies: Safety, Soothing & Sustainability

    Amy West, CPP will be teaching students how to safely and efficiently photograph newborns focusing on the 5 S’s (swaddling, shushing, side laying, sucking, swinging). Photographing, posing and handling newborn babies bares with it a weight or responsibility for the photographer to be aware of different safety precautions and posing techniques to ensure your client’s safety. The class will also go over how to create an amazing client experience, how to keep clients coming back through incentives and a well-developed baby plan package and end with live model demonstrations.

    This course will cover:

    • Safety, soothing, health
    • Client experience
    • Product Development
    • Baby Plan
    • Basic posing, styling & planning sessions

    This course is designed for beginner to intermediate students and will begin from the very basics to ensure everyone is on the same page. This is not a shooting-class, but an intensive 1-day workshop on newborn photography education. Camera’s will not be needed. After covering the basics, come ready to observe a live newborn model as Amy demonstrates abbreviated newborn, 6 months and 1-year sessions.


       Amy West, CPP
    www.blissfulmondays.com

    Portrait Photographer, Amy West, CPP, specializes in maternity, newborn and baby photography out of her studio in Tualatin, Oregon. Amy began her photography career 2002 as a US Navy Photographer’s Mate. After her time in the Navy, Amy spent a few years as a photographer for several non-profit organizations before opening her studio in 2014. Blissful Mondays Photography quickly grew to become one of the top newborn photography studios in the Portland Metro area. Amy credits her studio’s success to building quality relationships with clients, excellent customer service and continued education. Amy was a Silver Medalist at the 2016 PPA International  Photographic Competition and earned 2nd Place Portrait in the 2016 NW District PPA Photographic Competition. 


    PPA Members receive 1 Merit for attending this course in its entirety.

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

    • 03/02/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Haugen's Galleri, 275 East Main Street, Monmouth, Oregon 97361
    • 6
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    Think Like a Competition Judge -  Lisa Dillon & Bryan Welsh

    Learn to better understand Image Competition from the Judge’s side of the equation—learn how scoring works, how to apply the 12 Elements in critiquing an image, learn judging etiquette and how to verbally critique an image in this half-day judge class. You’ll learn how to evaluate your own images (as well as others’ images) using the PPA Image Competition standards. You’ll also learn what is new in the process and better understand the IPCC rules changes for the upcoming competition season. If you are planning to enter images at District or IPC competitions, you’ll want to attend this class so you can make sure you fully understand the new submission and disqualification rules.

    Even if you aren’t interested in entering OPPA's Juror Development Program, this class will help you with your own competition journey.



    Lisa Dillon
    M. Photog., Cr., CPP, FP-OR

    Bryan Welsh
    M. Photog., Cr., CPP, API, FP-OR        


    Local Image Competition judges, Bryan Welsh and Lisa Dillon have more than four decades of professional experience between them. They are image competition veterans with 9 loan images, 7 Kodak Gallery awards, 3 Fuji Masterpiece awards and many other competition trophies. 

    Bryan is an ASP member, has his PPA Masters & Craftsman degree, is PPA Certified and is a PPA Approved Photographic Instructor. Bryan is a new JIT as of 2018.

    Lisa is also an ASP member, a Master Craftsman Photographer and a Certified Professional Photographer from PPA.  Lisa is a PPA JIT since 2016 and has traveled the country judging at some of the countries largest events.

    Bryan and Lisa also are both Fellow Photographers from the Oregon PPA.

    Together, they will demystify Image Competition and get you started on your way.

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

    • 03/09/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Cobalt Studios PDX - 1030 SE Clinton St. Portland, Oregon
    • 5
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    Join Sam Tarrel, M. Photog. Cr., CPP, FP-OR as he shows you the method to the madness! If you have a basic understanding of photoshop tools, but just can't quite seem to put it all together to get the results you want, this is the class for you! Sam will walk you through the intermediate arts of selection, masking, dodging and burning, retouching and more!


    PPA Continuing Education Course


    For this class you'll need the following:

    • A general understanding of the tools in Photoshop

    • Laptop computer with Photoshop/Lightroom CS6 or later

    • Wacom Pen Tablet or equivalent

    If you have a desktop computer that you would like to bring, please reach out to Sam first at lightsciencestudios@gmail.com. 

     


    • 03/14/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pro Photo Supply Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup St, Portland
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    Quarterly Image Competition
    (March)



    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, March 12th by 6am.

    This is our first 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

    • 04/05/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04/06/2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland OR
    • 10
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    The Art of Painting in Photoshop

    2 Day Class

    Painting in Photoshop is an alternative for you to paint beautiful art pieces rather than attempting to learn a new program. I took many classes from the best Corel Painting instructors in the business. When I did find time to open and actually paint in Painter, I found I had forgotten most of what I had been taught. Photoshop is where we feel comfortable and are familiar with the tools. The learning curve is drastically decreased. I decided to teach myself to paint using what I knew and loved Photoshop. 

    My Course will cover:

    • How you will paint with the air brush.
    • The mixer brush and how it works.
    • The different modes to paint with.
    • How to extract images for painting composites.
    • The financial aspects of adding an art line.

     
      Sandra Pearce
    M. Photog ., M Artist. CR., CPP 

    Sandra Pearce is one of the most sought out digital artist in the photographic industry today. She is a Master Artist, Master Photographer, and Craftsman. She is an Image Excellence & Image Excellence Bar Recipient. Sandra has had the opportunity to speak to thousands of professional photographers across the country from guild level programs to state and national conventions. Her experience in digital imaging has set her apart in competition and she has been awarded Artist of the Year by the Florida Professional Photographers numerous years, Canon Par Excellence 2015 and 2016, Kodak Awards, Fuji Awards and other awards through the years. Sandra has been in the top ten for GIA awards since its inception in 2010. Sandra won the GIA Award for 1st place in the Art Category in 2010 and 2016 at the Imaging Awards. 


    The difference between traditional art and digital art are vast and varied. There is one common link, the knowledge and skill needed to create true art, regardless of the medium. Now only does Sandra have a working knowledge of the traditional and computer based art, she has experience teaching each form as well. She feel photographers already are comfortable with the tools used in Photoshop. This enable them to concentrate on the techniques of painting rather than learning a new program.

    With so many teachers in the photography world, we all need a good reason to take a class that will help our business grow and prosper. Sandra is one of only a handful of digital artists who are using Photoshop exclusively to create masterpieces. She teaches how to use all the tools that Adobe has in Photoshop to be used for painting. You will learn to use the Mixer Brush to create and blend backgrounds. You will learn to take your images to the next level.




    NOTE: A computer (laptop) and basic knowledge of Photoshop, and it's tools required.  Use of Wacom tablet is highly recommended.

      

    Eligible to earn 1 PPA Merit and/or 1 OPPA Point by attending the workshop in its entirety.


    • 05/17/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 05/18/2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Treehouse Studio, 955 SW Summit View Dr, Portland 97225 (Fri PM) and Garibaldi/Cannon Beach OR (Sat. all day)
    • 8
    Register

    Long Exposure Photography:  Thibault Roland

    A hands on workshop is given in two parts:

    Friday May 17th 2019 : 5:00 PM-7:00 PM @ Treehouse Studios Portland- Instructional lecture where students will learn the basic principles of long exposure photography, essential equipment and techniques in a class room setting.

    Saturday May 18th, 2019 - 9:00 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.

    www.thibaultroland.com

    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 morning the group will meet at Three Graces site in Garibaldi, OR  (north of Tillamook OR, HWY 101 N & Harbor View Dr.) at 9:00 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.

    If there is high probability of inclement weather on May 17-18, the alternative workshop date is set for June 28-29. 

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

    • 06/13/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pro Photo Supply Event Center, 1801 NW Northrup St, Portland
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    Quarterly Image Competition
    (June)



    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, June 11th by 6am.

    This is our second 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

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

    Quarterly Image Competition
    (September)



    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

Past events

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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