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Monday, May 20, 2024

Telling Your Animal’s Story - By Lisa Brice


Every dog has a story and a skilled photographic artist can weave a narrative with images capturing the true spirit of an animal through their lens. This can be accomplished with knowledge and understanding of the animal.  Watching for cues such as a happy wagging of the tail, stressed with panting, timid, or scared with the ears back will determine how the how the story will be told.  Dogs are great at finding joy in the simplest of things, catching a ball, a treat, and just laying down in the moment. The action to capture the uniqueness can happen in two ways, with a flash or on a camera with a very fast shutter speed.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Featured Member - Terril Bodner -How to Capture the Northern Lights.


Terrill Bodner is a self-taught photographer with a sincere passion for all things photographic - beautiful light, big and little people and animals, and beautiful spaces, both indoors and outside. She has been an Accredited member of Professional Photographers of Canada since 2011 and has won several awards and has work in the Loan Collection. She earned her CPA (2015), MPA (2016), and SPA (2022) while growing her business and meeting other photographers who have become friends over the years. She enjoys the challenge of pushing herself to try new things, and has thirteen accreditations including Night Photography and has volunteered in several positions on the BC Board since joining  PPOC.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

PPOC -The Hidden Gems of Volunteering

 Thinking about volunteering with the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) but not sure if it's worth it? Let's explore the ins and outs of volunteering with PPOC to see if it's the right fit for you. You might think that the PPOC's success is all about the stunning photos its members share, but did you know that volunteers play a huge role in making it all happen? They're like your buddies ready to catch you if you fall while walking a tightrope—it's an adventure with some risks, but definitely worth considering!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Why Are Digital Files So Expensive? Let's Talk.- Submitted by Deb Stevenson


Why Are Digital Files So Expensive?  This is a common question that many professional photographers get asked. It's a digital world where digital images are plentiful and likely take up the bulk of the memory on your smartphone.

But if you're considering hiring a professional photographer, you're looking for more than adding pictures to your camera roll or sharing them on social media.

It's a milestone moment, like adding a new pet to the family, celebrating your senior dog or finally getting some print-worthy photographs of you and your furry friend that weren't taken using a selfie stick. Whatever the reason, you've decided to hire a professional photographer. You envision some beautiful wall art, a gorgeous keepsake album or a folio box to commemorate your experience and preserve your memories. The uniquely personal touches that make your house a home.

So, you spend more time than you care to admit googling photographers in your area and narrowing your list down to a few. You love their work; they seem the perfect fit to work with you and your pet. But the photographer charges a lot for their products, so you ask about digital files to save a few bucks. They're how much?? Say what now? But I don't need to get prints or an album. I just want some digitals.

Stefan Malloch - A Journey to Qualified PPOC Judge: Reflections on Six Years with the PPOC


In the realm of photography, the path to mastery is a winding road marked by countless clicks of the shutter, endless hours of editing, and a realization that learning is forever. For many photographers, reaching the pinnacle of their craft means more than just capturing stunning images, it's about becoming recognized and respected by peers, and perhaps even becoming a judge who can inspire and guide others on their own photographic journeys. My adventure to becoming an Accredited Professional Judge with the PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada) has been a transformative journey, marked by moments of humility, unexpected growth, and the unwavering support of an incredible community.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

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

A photo of two vibrant blue and red beta fish on a black background
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

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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

A pair of sandhill cranes in flight against a white background
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

Monday, May 30, 2022

2022 NATIONAL IMAGE COMPETITION AWARDS

Congratulations to the Award Winners in the National Image Competition 2022. Submitted by National Blog Chair, Mona D'Amours Be inspired by the creative talents of some of Canada's best photographers recognized virtually at the 75th Annual Awards Gala, April 23, 2022. Be thankful that Lisa Demaline assumed the daunting role of National Image Salon Chair which she said "I couldn't have done it without a massive amount of training and help from our past Salon Chair, Gerry David, and our NEC Chair, Tina Weltz." There were 600 submissions representing 154 photographers. Awards were presented for 418 images representing 131 accredited PPOC photographers who were recognized with Accepted, Merit, or Excellence designations. Each award was judged on the basis of Impact, Vision, Technical Excellence and Composition, each of equal value. All award winning images will be published, and are available for advance orders in the beautifully designed 12x12 inch hardcover Inspiration Book 2022. Among these outstanding images, there were Judges Choice Awards, and Loan Collection Awards. In this article, we will feature the Best in Class images, and the Photographers of the Year: Commercial, Kristian Bogner - Portrait, Becky Fleury - Wedding, Rabih Madi - Photographic Artist, Louis-Philippe Provost.

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