I recently had the opportunity to do a program for the Professional Photographers of California’s Pro Photo Expo, which is their state convention, on how I’m still using film in my day to day portrait work. Kodak Alaris was one of the sponsors of the convention and they were kind enough to send me 10 sheets of Tri-X 4×5 sheet film so that I could produce some portraits on the material for my presentation.
I just returned from a week long investment in photographic education in an effort to improve my craft and learn a new skill set that I plan to introduce to my clients later this year. Where did I learn all of this? At the Professional Photographers of California‘s West Coast School on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego.
I had the privilege of creating this young man’s high school senior portraits last week. He was another great subject to work with and just perfect to use the large format 4×5 film camera to expose a few sheets of film on him.
I had the great pleasure of being asked to speak at a monthly guild meeting of the Professional Photographers of Orange County last week in Santa Ana, CA and then teach a day long workshop the following day on my Black & White Children’s Character Portraits. One the the great things about teaching is I always learn something new while teaching others!
We are just a few weeks away from our annual “Celebration of Smiles” event benefiting Operation Smile! This is the 5th year that I’ve had the good fortune of partnering with the doctors and staff at Pitts Orthodontics as we photograph smiles to save smiles because we are both in the smile business!
Print competition season is in full swing across the great land for those professional photographers that are members of The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the state and local organizations that are affiliated with PPA. There can be some confusion about what print competition is really about and I hope to share some light on it from my point of view.
One of the great things about photography for me is the opportunity to share what I’ve learned through the hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of mistakes I’ve made along the way with other photographers. The Professional Photographers of America has an educational series called SuperOne Day that I’m super excited to be participating in again this spring with my friend and colleague Diane Costello.