Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley Advancing Photography as an Art and a Profession







Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley is an organization whose objectives and purposes include the advancement of photography in all its branches, both as an art and as a profession. PPSCV creates and fosters cordial relations and interchange of thoughts and ideas among its members. We promote and educate the consumer to the advantages of hiring a professional photographer.


PPSCV is affiliated with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and with the Professional Photographers of California (PPC).


If you’re already a professional photographer, or an aspiring one, in the greater San Jose area and are interested in joining or learning more about PPSCV please contact any of the Board members and consider attending one of our monthly meetings.

PPSCV Welcomes you!

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February 2014





Next General Meeting

Wednesday, August 13th

Come to our annual barbecue at Kelly Park in San Jose!!

4:00PM to 8:00PM


Announcements and Coming Events


Meet Jerry Venz, famed photographer, who will demonstrate his phenomenal lighting techniques.





Using the SUBTRACTIVE NATURAL LIGHT alternative to flash outside!


Do you want your portraits to look SO much better than your competitors that your clients exclaim," WOW!" when you show them their images , on your camera, during the session?


Do you want to produce portraits that are WALL ART that clients are willing to BUY AS LARGE PRINTS?


Wouldn't it be great to do this with LESS TECHNOLOGY to haul to your outdoor sessions? (Leave all the speed lights, stands, soft boxes and radio triggers home!)


Have you tried to SIMPLIFY your outdoor sessions using REFLECTORS only to get either flat lighting or clients with squinty eyes?


Do you want to be IN CONTROL of your imagery? ( we'll show you the FACE MASK HISTOGRAM )


Do you know what lighting pattern and pose combination makes most people look great?


Are you tired of all these questions and just want ANSWERS?


That's what Jerry W. Venz, M.Photog. CPP, PPC-F, PPC-S, PPSCV-F, PPSCF-S and Kathi Venz, PPSCV-S, Master Poser and Photoshop Diva, are going to do!


Using TRUE natural light modified with the subtractive technique will produce superior portraits that will ALWAYS look more natural than ANY flash technique. In addition, with the money you save NOT buying a bunch of speed lights, soft boxes, stands, weights, and radio triggers, you can invest in a REALLY NICE PORTRAIT LENS.  How's that for a WIN--WIN!


Kathi and I are very excited to come back "home" and give back to the organization that helped us for so many years!


Jerry and Kathi have been a, full-time, professional photographic team, doing portraits, weddings, commercial, and fine art, for over 25-years.

In addition to Jerry's PPA Masters Degree and Certification, he used his mastery of light to earn:

PPSCV's Photographer of the Year twice.

Capri Album's National Competition--Portrait Photographer of the Year.

Accolade of Photographic Mastery--WPPI.

Accolade of Outstanding Photographic Achievement--WPPI.

Part of the Fuji Talent Team (2003-2007).


You can check out their client website at: - their training website at: and Jerry's blog at:



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