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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.

Inspiration Books / Livre Inspiration!

Many of you will be familiar with PPOC’s Inspiration Book, an annual collection of all of the best imagery from the PPOC National Image Competition. This stunning 12” x 12” hard cover book, produced by Custom Colour Imaging and Publishing in Toronto, includes ALL of the images scoring Accepted, Merit, and Excellence in PPOC’s annual National Salon. Aptly named, these volumes provide inspiration for photographic artists, and are a treasured record of the talents of PPOC members through the years.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

VOLUNTEERS ARE THE HEART OF PPOC

Submitted by Mona D’Amours Becoming a PPOC volunteer is like walking a tight rope with friends ready to catch you if you fall. It's a challenging adventure worth the risk. We might presume that the success of PPOC is based on the professional quality of photography shared by the members. Though this is in part the reason, it is the volunteer base that provides the countless services we take for granted. PPOC volunteers educate, guide, and support each of us. I would like to share with you the benefits of becoming a volunteer. In doing so, I would also like to recognize all PPOC volunteers, those I haven't met, and those I will meet one day. Volunteers are the heart of PPOC. 

Sunday, March 20, 2022

10 TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

Dave HutchisonSubmitted by Dave Hutchison I have been photographing and exploring the wilds of nature on and off Vancouver Island for close to 15 years. Like any genre within photography, wildlife photography has certain tips and tricks that are valuable for capturing the best possible images.

Monday, February 28, 2022

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PPOC MEMBERSHIP

Submitted by Kathryn Gardner As I write this installment from my cozy couch in the BC interior two weeks ago, it is minus twelve degrees outside with nighttime temperatures dipping down into the -20°’s. The driveway has been plowed more times in the past week than the entire winter last year, and we are settling in for an extended period of cold. Now I can hear our members in the “real cold” parts of Canada guffawing! “Minus twenty!” you say, “that’s a balmy-day walk in the park!” But for us in the temperate zone, negative double-digits is a time for hunkering down with hot cocoa and a good book. May I suggest you trade that book for an afternoon on-line with PPOC, and become familiar with all the things you can do with your membership?

Monday, February 14, 2022

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY FROM WPC TEAM CANADA

Submitted by Mona D'Amours in honour of World Photographic Cup WPC Co-Captains, Jillian Chateauneuf, BC; Gerald David, AB and WPC Team Canada, Top 10 Finalists in the World, Deborah MacEwen, SK; Louis-Philippe Provost, QC; Michelle Valberg, ON. I approached this outstanding group of leaders in photography to write a news story for Valentine's Day which is all about LOVE. We will do anything for love, and that is so true in photography. Take the time to enjoy the gallery of all images selected to represent WPC Team Canada 2022. Follow our camera lens which will be focused on Deborah, Louis-Philippe, and Michelle who have shared, not only their WPC images, but two of their own personal favourites. Their images are magical, but their stories are compelling. They really are about LOVE!

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