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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Stefan Malloch CPA - Exponential Growth as a Photographer; My Journey in Photo Competitions

Photography has always been a passion of mine and over the years, I have honed my skills and developed a keen eye for capturing the “perfect shot”, whatever that is. There are so many factors in what is considered “a great photograph.” It was not until I started entering photo competitions that I truly saw the impact it had on my growth as a photographer. Participating in photo competitions, specifically with the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) and others, has helped me improve my skills and advance my career.

Sunday, April 2, 2023

AI and Copyright: Critical Evolving Issues for Photographers

An AI generated futuristic image of a copyright symbol
Abstract: In this post, lawyer and award-winning landscape photographer Jason Marino discusses critical copyright and related issues every photographer using AI needs to know right now. With reference to popular AI image generation platforms such as Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, and Dall-E, Jason breaks down the need-to-know issues into bite-sized chunks easily digestible by photographers of every genre and level. He examines the latest, headline-grabbing cases working their way through the courts as well as the March 2023 guidance issued by the U.S.Copyright Office, and, drawing lessons from those cases and guidance, he suggests several practical points that photographers should keep in mind when using AI in order to maximize their potential for copyright protection and minimize the potential for other intellectual property problems.

Monday, February 27, 2023

Featured Member: Trevor Pottleberg CPA

Ontario nature photographer Trevor Pottleburg standing in the water in hip-waders, looking through a camera viewfinder.
Trevor Pottelberg
 is a professional photographer and photo educator based out of Southwestern, Ontario, Canada. Specializing in ethical wildlife, landscape, astro & wave photography, his photographic portfolio is packed full of beautiful Canadian scenes. His love for nature conservation and the great outdoors is apparent in each of his photographs.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Using Mirrorless Camera Exposure Settings on a Century-old Large Format Camera

a large format camera sits in front of a foggy train bridge across a coulee.
Using Mirrorless Camera Exposure Settings on a Century-old Large Format Camera 
By Graham Ruttan

Sunday, July 18, 2021


Submitted by Mona D’Amours I am writing to all PPOC photographers with the intent to encourage each of you to share your stories on our News feed. I look forward to meeting each of you face to face one day, and when I do, I will most likely approach you with three questions. What is your name? What do you do? Where do you live? It is strange that most of us can answer these questions easily under normal circumstances. However, we have been living in abnormal times, but I would still like to know the answers to these questions. Therefore, I am presenting a challenge for each of you. I would like to know more about YOU. First, introduce yourself. Then . . .

Thursday, July 1, 2021


Submitted by Mona D'Amours Regardless of whether we agree or disagree with the restrictions for the past sixteen months during the pandemic, the truth is that we have all been impacted. We lost our Canadian Rights and Freedoms, such as freedom of assembly, freedom of movement, freedom of worship, and countless other freedoms which we took for granted. The first image that reflects this reality is LOCKDOWN. It was a provocative emotionally charged image I entered for the National Salon competition 2021. This was my first time submitting since my accreditation in February 2020. I did not know how the judges would respond to it. They could have easily dismissed it without comment, and a result of “not accepted”. However, the image was judged three times for 12 minutes 33 seconds, and two of the five judges gave it a score of “excellence”. I also wrote the poem though it was not part of the image for adjudication. What impressed me with the judges is that they were thoughtful, honest, and open-minded to my message. I am sharing the judges critiques with you to understand how it reflected the loss we have all experienced. As a former psychology professor, the comments of the judges reminded me of the defence mechanisms we use during times of stress and anxiety such as denial, intellectualization, and rationalization.

Friday, June 18, 2021


night heron
Submitted by Violet Aubertin.  As a recent recruit to PPOC I am very pleased to announce my first successful accreditation in Ornithology / Bird Photography. After retiring from a career in health care in 2018 I made the decision to pursue my long time passion for photography by letting it guide me to my destination. My photographic interests are many allowing me to explore several techniques and genres, but one that has kept me active through all seasons has always been Ornithology / Bird Photography making it the best choice for my first accreditation.

Sunday, May 16, 2021


Story by Terry Tinkess. I guess I would have to lay blame at the feet of photographer Joe McNally for being the reason photography became more of a pursuit than an interest for me. It’s not like he came to me and said, “You’re good kid,” although he did say something similar, years later after I had stopped being a kid, and as part of a paid workshop/critique session.