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Saturday, July 28, 2012

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Friday, July 27, 2012

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Getting Your "Electronic Images" ready for Image Comp? RULES BELOW!

Who's EXCITED?There's nothing like a PPOC Image Competition to kickstart our August creativity. It's time to really buckle down and get your images together for our 3rd quarter PPOC Image Competition!

New Electronic Image Definitions (found HERE on our website):

The purpose of this competition is to allow the entrant to demonstrate their electronic imaging skill and expertise. Entries will be judged for digital, artistic and technical proficiency. Entries must have been sourced, composited, manipulated and/or produced by digital means.

1. Any entry that has been reproduced from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person must be accompanied by permission from that maker and pasted on the back of the entry. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the Photographic Exhibition Committee, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall be disqualified.

2. Entries in this category shall include any subject. Entries may also include guide images.

3. If an entry includes guide images, they must be included on the submitted digital canvas.

4. Digital entries may be any shape with the longest dimension being 4,000 pixels. A horizontal canvas format is suggested if guide images are included. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998, and it must be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. Total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB.

The same rules regarding maker and image apply as set forth in image competition rules posted on our site Follow all file specifications listed below or your entry will not be accepted for the upcoming competition.


Our Third Image Comp of 2012 is coming fast! So get your entries In!

If you're new to the PPOC or to Image Competitions (aka Print Comps), in general, this night is a visual treat for all that attend. You get to see some of the newest and greatest work from some of our members and you get to see the judges give their input on the spot and find out if the images win an award or not. It's a night of lots of clapping and ooohs and aaaahs with a few drinks in between. If you're all about competition with others or within yourself you'll have an absolute blast.

Here are some details about the Image Competition coming up on Wednesday, August 8th -

Where? - Equinox Fitness Club - Orange County, 1980 Main St, Irvine, CA (HERE's a map).

Time? - 6pm - Drinks and Shmoozin' and 7pm - is the start of the show! Image Comps tend to go a little over our usual 9pm end time.

Who's eligible to participate? - Everyone who is a member of PPOC!

Get your images submitted!

• You can submit up to four entries as digital image files, album or digital album.

• The cost for each entry is $15. You can pay HERE!

• Once you have paid your image entry fees you need to go HERE and fill out the form for each entry. Use this form to upload your images. Emailed submissions WILL NOT be accepted.

• Each entry must be 200 ppi and no more than 4000 pixels on the longest side.

• Enter only JPEG (Quality 10) images. Please, no other file formats.

• Your color profile on each image must be sRGB.

Please go HERE to read all the rules and more about each category.

HINT: Start your competition off GREAT by making sure you have awesome, clear, clever and concise titles for each piece submitted and you pick the right category(s) for your submission(s).


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Olympic Update

Getty Plans 20-Gigapixel Image of Olympic Opening CeremonyWIREDGetty Images has something special planned for today's opening ceremony of the London Olympics, reports Wired. The agency will be documenting the entire stadium in one enormous 20-gigapixel image, which will be uploaded to the Getty UK website within hours. Getty says that any of the 70,000 people in the stadium should be able to zoom in and tag themselves—Wired assumes that means on Facebook. The image will be created using two Nikon D800s.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Panoramic Pictures

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Panoramic Pictures

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 04:41 PM PDT

Understanding the way to learning how to do panoramic photography is one of the most exciting and fun things in photography. You can create thousands of photos that look beautiful on your wall or home office. It’s not only a great way to practice the way you look at photography in general, but a great way to master your landscape photography skills as well.

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“Sunrise at the lake” captured by Jim Kious (Click Image to See More From Jim Kious)

Let’s start with why panoramas were “invented”. Software businesses knew that the scene was bigger than what our cameras could record. So they created a process called “stitching”. Stitching is a term used to describe taking a series of photos side by side and merging them together to create one single, long and wide photo.

For panorama photography you don’t need anything too expensive when it comes to cameras. You just need a tripod, clear lighting and some software. My favourite software to stitch my panoramas is called “Panorama Maker Pro”. Nowadays they have version 6 available. You can even trial it for a short period of time to decide whether or not it is suitable for you.

I have created a lot of panoramas with the software. Once complete you can clearly see how it beautifully elongates a photo. This works fabulously for landscape photography. When you want to photograph your scene and do not have a wide or ultra wide angle lens, creating a panorama is good fun.

Camera Positioning for Panoramas

There’s one thing to make panoramas, and another thing to actually take them. There is a particular way to shoot panoramic shots and it’s less difficult than you are probably thinking. Okay, so let’s start.

Let’s start with photographing a landscape shot. Choose the scene you want to photograph. Make sure your landscape has nice lighting and there are no strong shadows across your scene, it will make it a lot easier to stitch if you have a clear and open scene.

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“Mineret Lake Panorama” captured by Sierra Pictures (Click Image to See More From Sierra Pictures)

Set your digital camera up on a tripod. Keep the digital camera securely fastened and able to move about from left to right or right to left only. It’s crucial that you allow the tripod to move horizontally. If your tripod slips downwards as you are taking the picture you make risk having your photo blurry and the software will be unable to stitch correctly.

Don’t shoot into the sun. Have the sun behind you. It is better to shoot at the end of the day, or the start of the day. The light is nicer, softer and so much more gentle at the start and end of the day. The colours are deeper too.

Creating Panoramic Photos

Choose manual setting and place the camera in the direction of the part of the scene you want to expose properly. Now keep the digital camera on those modes the whole time. Let’s say you have the camera at 1/250th of a second and F20, 100 ISO. You’ve decided that you want a certain part of the picture to be well exposed and these settings will do it. That’s good, keep them that way and don’t change the settings at all.

Once you have chosen your settings, now take a succession of photos, one after the other. Turn the camera from left to right, for example. Make sure you leave a section of the scene as overlap. Your stitching software needs to overlap something.

What Kinds of Things Can You Make a Panorama From?

Fast moving subjects may not work- depending on the light. Begin with motionless subjects. Landscapes with a nothing but blue sky and a mountain range are good subjects to begin with. Nothing is fast moving so the software should not have any concern stitching your scene together. Let me explain.

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“Metropolitan Cathedral” captured by Richard Deane (Click Image to See More From Richard Deane)

If you are shooting with a shutter speed of /125th of a second and the subjects is fast moving, like water for example, then you may not have a fast enough shutter speed for the motion of the camera and the water. In one photo the water will be at the top of the rock and the next photo the water will be half way down the rock.

When the software tries to stitch two irregularities together it will not be able to form a complete picture. You must always keep the shot without movement so the software can stitch the image in exactly the same spot. It will then make photo 1 the same as photo 2. There will be no difficulties and the two photos will come together nicely.

However, on saying that, if you have loads of light and a fast shutter speed you must to move the camera sooner than the water is moving. In other words, you need to move super fast to make sure you position your digital camera in a way that the stitching will match up.

If the water is moving at 1/250th of a second, then you need to move at 1/500th of a second. You need to move the camera from left to right, faster than the water. But for now, start with a single picture without movement of any kind. Keep your mind on a stationary subject. It’s simpler in the beginning that way.

What Other Scenes Make Great Panoramas?

There are heaps of ways to make your photos wide and big. Mountain ranges are not the only types of things that look good as panoramas. Once you have mastered the shutter speed and speed of motion for photographing a series of pictures, why not attempt a waterfall. Once you have mastered this method of panorama taking, you can work to produce panoramas in any direction. Not only do horizontal panoramas work but so do squares (tiles- two at the upper section of the photo and two at the bottom of your image), and so do vertical scenes.

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Photo captured by Alexander Volek (Click Image to See More From Alexander Volek)

I took a sequence of shots at Katoomba National Park in New South Wales, just a couple of hours drive out of Sydney, Australia. I did what was referred to as a “tile.” The shot comprised of 6 photos; 3 bottom ones of the scene and 3 top ones of the scene. I was very careful not to overlap any sections of the water because I was unable to shift the digital camera quickly and have a fast shutter speed. My overlap points were rock instead of water.

Why did I chose this? This was due to the sunlight dipping behind the mountain. I used a very high ISO to compensate for the light decrease. I knew it would be okay to do this as my camera wouldn’t overexpose anything in shadowy lighting like this. I was fortunate, the shot turned out well.

Stitching Your Photos into a Panorama

Once you have taken a series of shots from left to right, say 5, simply upload the photographs to your computer. Open up the Panorama software program. Then, once you are in, select the photos you want to work on. You will be able to follow the instructions pretty well when you are in the program itself. If your panorama works well, you should see a big scene. It is astonishing to see, for the very first time, that your photos have now become one and you are looking at a big photo- exactly the way you saw it with your own eyes. It’s a stunning thing to experience.

Making panoramas is a superb way to not only become skilled at the art of photography but helps you look at scenes in a different way. You will have a fresh appreciation and excitement for landscapes especially. Don't just stick with landscapes. Once you grow more familiar with the progression, try creating photos of trees, water, oceans (remember your light and shutter), roads, and even pathways.

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“Columbia River Panorama” captured by Jack Harwick (Click Image to See More From Jack Harwick)

Everything I have pointed out seems like a landscape scene, but if you do additional shooting you will find you can create a panorama out of just about anything. It’s so much fun to do!

About the Author:
Amy Renfrey writes for She is a professional photographer and photography teacher. She shows you how to take the most breathtaking, brilliant and incredibly stunning photos every single time you press the shutter button, even if you know nothing about photography and have never used a digital camera before.

For Further Training, PictureCorrect Suggests:

Check out The Perfect Panorama; a detailed eBook that walks you through the whole process of how to capture and stitch panoramic photos. This can be accomplished with any ordinary digital camera even if you have no experience with panorama software using this step-by-step guide.

It can be found here: The Perfect Panorama

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Surf Photography: Life on the Edge

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 11:06 AM PDT

Photographing surfers is a true labor of love. As Zak Noyle describes in the following mini-documentary, to become one of the great surf photographers, you put your life on the line every time you step into the water. Noyle, a well known photographer among the surfer crowd, proves his dedication to both, the sport and photography, by swimming out into some of the largest waves in the world, camera in tow. Check out some of the incredible footage of typical day in the life of a water photographer (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here).

As if finding the photo and getting the proper exposure wasn’t difficult enough, surf photographers are also challenged with being able to do so while swimming, often times amid thick packs of surfers blazing by on hard surfboards that wield razor sharp fins. The especially brave photographers face 20′+ waves, wipe-outs, and where there’s good waves, there is usually a jagged reef below, which will do a number on a person as they are being slammed into it by the impossible force of the ocean.

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“In the back of every surf photographers mind when he’s in the lineup, especially a heavy one like Pipeline, his eyes are going two different directions. One is in the pit on the barrell looking at the surfers and the other is keeping an eye on the horizon and the rest of the pack, what they’re doing, dodging a set, and what have you.”

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Friday, July 20, 2012

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Monday, July 16, 2012

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fw: PPOC Open House is TONIGHT!

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Our PPOC Open House is TONIGHT!

Hi Everyone,

Our PPOC Open House is TONIGHT and we've got some great sponsors that are planning on being there: Burrell Imaging (who happens to be running a 35% of EVERYTHING special right now), BWC Photo Imaging, Marathon Press, On the Wall Framing, Blue Squid Media and more.

Along with our sponsors we're planning on having lots and lots of food and prizes. So make sure you invite your photographer friends to come along with you and join in the fun. It's going to be a blast! Oh... just added: Everyone gets a drink on the house! Woot!

Please go over to our NEW Meetup page and RSVP so that we know you're going to be there. We're ordering some great food and it's going to be good for us to get a headcount on how many are going to be there so we have enough for everyone.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

More specific information about our PPOC Open House below!

NOTE: Be sure to read "Website Update!" below. It contains new information from our last newsletter.


More Information About Our Open House!

Hi All,

I wanted to take a moment to remind you about our PPOC Open House on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 7pm. Our Open House is a great opportunity for all our members to come together, get to know each other a little better, meet our vendor sponsors, and to eat some great food! It really is a celebration of PPOC! I love this event because I really get the time to talk with everyone and see what new and exciting things our vendors have to offer.

Most of our meetings are packed with so much; we don't normally get the chance to get to know all our PPOC members and our wonderful sponsors. Our Open House gives everyone a relaxed environment to talk with our peers and explore the many awesome things our vendors have.

This event is also a great time to bring in any photographers or vendors that are not familiar with PPOC. This event is crucial to growing our membership and we all should do our part bringing in new friends!

I hope to see you all at our Open House in July. We will have wonderful appetizers so bring your appetite and some fellow photographers. Spread the word and make sure to save the date!

Yvette Holguin
PPOC Membership



Website Update!

The PPOC is being revamped and built. By the time our Open House rolls around the website will be back up and functioning fully. If you would like to visit the website periodically while it is being built you can go to to watch the progress. It is not expected to be done until July 10th, 2012. Stay tuned!

The previous version of our member listing is being scrapped in favor of a manual system that I'll manage as submissions come in. I'd really like to get these listings started as I'm working on the site so that we can start to enjoy those pages on the site.

Here's what I need from all of our members:
Studio Name (if applicable)
Photographer Name
Studio or photographer - city and phone number
List of up to 6 categories you shoot.
A bio no more than 300 characters. Be clever.
Photographer pic - specific size: 150px x 188px (if you send another dimension your pic will not be put on the site and I won't write you back to fix it. You will have to discover your pic missing for yourself and resend it to me.)
Up to 5 portfolio pics that you are really proud of - specific size: no more than 720 px on the longest side. (If you send the wrong dimensions - larger or smaller - they will not be posted. Make sure you resize the pics to be posted on the site along with discreet watermark.)

In order to be listed your membership must be up to date and paid in full.

Please submit your information to

Thank you,



Joel Grimes is our Speaker in October!

*NOTE: This is a schedule change. Previously, it was mentioned that Joel would be speaking in September. Please make the changes in your calendar!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! September 12th, 2012

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Enriching people's lives through the arts
Call to Artists - Fresno Housing Authority and FAC
The Fresno Housing Authority is now soliciting proposals from artists, age 18 and over, with experience as it relates to two multi-unit housing developments, as supportive housing to homeless individuals.


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The Agency, with support from the Fresno Arts Council, is accepting artist's proposals for sculpture, tile mosaic, large paintings, or murals for outdoor space and smaller indoor pieces that could include textiles that will, among other things, welcome people to their home. The Arts Council is accepting proposal for either an existing piece of work that will fit the site, OR ideas for original work to be commissioned for the site. This project calls for an installation that is some or all of the following: welcoming, bold, creative, durable, low maintenance, imaginative and reflective of the theme for each property. 


This project calls for an installation that is some or all of the following: welcoming, bold, creative, durable, low maintenance, imaginative and reflective of the theme for each property.


RFQ Info at a Glance


Download the complete Request for Qualifications, Art Location Specifications, and the Mandatory Contract Clauses for detailed information on how to participate in this project.


Call for Artists - Request for Qualifications 

Art Location Specifications

Mandatory Contract Clauses 


*PLEASE NOTE, a highly recommended site walk through will be this Thursday, July 12th, 2012, 4:00 pm, beginning at Renaissance at Alta Monte, 205 N. Blackstone, Fresno, CA 93701, then to Renaissance at Santa Clara, 1555 Santa Clara St., Fresno, CA 93706.


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