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News from PPSCV - September 2018

Published on 11/3/2018

News from PPSCV

September 2018

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President's Message


We had a very good BBQ and Potluck program at Kelly Park last week. Everyone had an opportunity to photograph three models around different locations in the park. Some used natural light and others used various lighting methods, from reflectors, on camera flash, and softboxes. You can see some images below. We had two programs last month, the first one was about architectural photography on our regular monthly meeting, and the second one was our annual BBQ in the park.

This month we have Jim Trapp covering outdoor family portraiture. He will present at our regular monthly meeting on Wed 9/12, then he will follow with a full day program with outdoor family portraiture on the following day Thu 9/13. This a program you do not want to miss. Hope to see you all there.

Roberto Gonzalez

September Monthly Meeting (Wed September 12)

7:00-7:30 Registration and socializing

7:30-9:15 Announcements and program
9:15 -9:45 Print Comp

Next Day: Full Day Workshop

About the Presenter

Jim Trapp is an international award-winning, Master Photographer. He earned his Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) and is currently one of only 42 CPP in the state of California. He has served as President of the Professional Photographers of Sacramento Valley from 2015-2017. He currently sits on the Board of directors for Professional Photographers of California as First Vice-President. Over the past two years, he has been a keynote speaker at several professional photography group events throughout California. Jim also offers workshops on studio and outdoor lighting, family portraiture posing, and one-on-one coaching with students of all levels.

Recent distinctions:
2018 PPA Bronze Medalist Photographer of the year
2017 PPA Silver Medalist Photographer of the year
2016 PPA Gold Medalist Photographer of the year
2016 PPC Illustrated Photographers of the Year, California
2015 PPA Silver Medalist Photographer of the Year
2015 Lifetouch Chairman’s Award Winner

Please RSVP for this month's program by clicking on meetup icon here.

Please look at stunning images created by Jim Trapp below

Jim Trapp 2

Please RSVP for this month program by clicking on meetup icon here.

Topics Covered:

  • Examines the dynamics of Large group posing
  • Balancing ambient to fill light made easy
  • Location, Location, Location
  • Choosing the background
  • Color harmony for success
  • Prints vs Digital for Profit

Meeting at a park with early lecture & directions followed by outdoor family portraiture.
Returning to our regular meeting location after the family portraiture.

Please RSVP for this month program by clicking on meetup icon here.

Calendar 2018

Sep12 Jim Trapp Creating Outdoor Family Portraits
– Lighting and Posing for Success:

Print Comp

Sep13 Jim Trapp Creating Outdoor Family Portraits
– Lighting and Posing for Success:Full Day Workshop

Oct10 TBA
Print Comp

Nov14 TBA
Print Comp


2018 Print Comp Info


Print Comp Guidelines

Prints to be entered should be..

  • Image size 11x14 to 16x20
  • Must be mounted and unframed.
  • Image could be mounted on gatorboard or Masonite
  • No maker or studio name or logo may appear on the image.


  • Studio portrait,
  • social / special event (Wedding),
  • environmental portrait,
  • commercial/industrial,
  • unclassified/illustrative.

The 12 elements of a merit image

Twelve elements have been defined as necessary for the success of an art piece or image. Any image, art piece, or photograph will reveal some measure of all twelve elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one. Here is a list of all twelve elements.

1.) Impact
2.) Technical excellence
3.) Creativity
4.) Style
5.) Composition
6.) Presentation
7.) Color Balance
8.) Center of Interest
9.) Lighting
10.) Subject Matter
11.) Technique
12.) Story Telling


100 - 95: Exceptional
94 - 90: Superior
89 - 85: Excellent
84 - 80: Deserving of a Merit
79 - 75: Above Average
74 - 70: Average
69 - 65: Below Exhibition Standards


What is CPP?

The Certified professional Photographer (CPP) program from PPA assures others of a photographer's knowledge, experience and continuance to develop new skills and techniques. It is a declaration of your professional competence!

Study Groups:

Join our study group or start a new one. You could join or start a group at any point in time throughout the year. There are a lot of resources to help you get certified. We also have two local CPP Liaison to help you with this process.
The CPP program is the first of a series of educational pathways to obtain the many degrees available through PPA.

Our meeting location :

Almaden Hills United Methodist Church
1200 Blossom Hill Rd.
San Jose, CA 95118


It's on the South side of Blossom Hill Rd., between Almaden Expressway and Pioneer High School.

Use the driveway on the left and park in the large parking area.Look for the PPSCV sign!

PPSCV meets the second Wednesday of each month, January through November.

Typical meeting timeline

7:00-7:30 Registration and
7:30PM- 9:30PM Announcements & Program

9:30PMPrint Comp ( If there is no print comp, then the program may be extended )

For meetings with print competition, print check-in must be completed before 7:30pm.

Free for members. $20 for Non-Members if pre-registered with Meet-Up, otherwise it is $25.00 at the door.This guest fee may be applied towards your membership dues when application for membership is made at the next meeting.

Useful Links


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