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Friday, June 18, 2021

ORNITHOLOGY / BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE VALUE OF CITIZEN SCIENCE

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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

Accreditation: My Personal Journey Through The Highs And Lows

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.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

2021 NATIONAL IMAGE COMPETITION AWARDS

PPOC had their annual Gala (virtual this year), on April 18th - to celebrate the accomplishments of all the members who entered the National Image Competition. It also celebrated the achievements of our membership who attained new Professional Photography Designations. The fact that this Gala existed this year, is a testament to all the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. The following is a list of our major award winners from the 2021 National Image Competition. Congratulations to them and all who participated.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

6 Food Photography Myths - Busted

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Story by Jules Sherred. Food photography is one of the most technical forms of photography that fall within a wide range of classifications, including fine art, editorial, lifestyle, advertising and more. In the infancy of food photography – think Mad Men – the form was mainly advertising and had a very specific look, thanks to tomfoolery and plastic food. In recent years, there has been a huge shift in the industry, thanks to a mix of cameras in every pocket and truth in advertising laws.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Taking Colour A Step Beyond Simple Harmony

(Submitted by Jay Terry MPA). As every artist knows, a successful image has many elements to it: lighting, composition, a center of interest, impact and story. Each has a role to play in how an image is viewed and interpreted by the viewer. An image maker can, through their use of line, contrast and depth, influence how the viewer’s eye travels through an image and what parts of the image hold more “weight” than other. Each element can play off of another, enhancing their mutual effects, but one intersects and connects them all: colour. The right balance of colour can add either harmony or tension, depending on the intentions of the maker, by using any one of the principal colour schemes: monochromatic, analogous, complementary, split complementary or triadic, and finally, tetradic.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

2021 NATIONAL IMAGE COMPETITION FINALISTS

THE 2020 NATIONAL IMAGE COMPETITION FINALISTS ARE…    LES FINALISTES DE LA COMPÉTITION NATIONALE DE L’IMAGE 2020 SONT…

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Quarantine Creativity – Frozen Bubble Photography

 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

SHAPING OUR PERSPECTIVE OF COLOUR

(Article submitted by Chelsea Jones).

Monday, February 1, 2021

Photography: The Art And Science Of Racial Oppression

(Submitted by Chelsea Jones). Since the invention of the camera, the images we created and the photographic industry has been fraught with issues of inequality, inequity, and oppression that continue to this day. As with the industrial revolution and the current age of technology, with innovations come distinct benefits as well as consequences. Created and developed in the Victorian era by French and English inventors, the camera and the images it produced was as the intersection of art and science. 1 This development of photography took place when positivism was the dominant scientific ontology. 2 This led to a strong faith in machines, known as ‘machine objectivity’, since they were regarded as more objective than individual human perception. 2At that time there was little question that a photograph was an accurate and truthful representation of the subject.1 Photography, like any form of representation, was and is a social practice whose connotations were organized through cultural ideas and contracts, and is inherently problematic with roots in colonialism, government oppression, and racism especially towards the black community. 1

Sunday, January 24, 2021

WHO ARE YOU TALKING TO AND ARE THEY EVEN LISTENING

(Submission by Crystal Mercredi). Are you being intentional with your audience? Many photographers are running sole proprietorships, which means you are the be-all-end-all of every responsibility in running your business. Time not spent intentionally when it comes to marketing is most often time you’re wasting, or worse, potentially even damaging your reach. Stop wasting time trying to market yourself to everyone with a pulse. 

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