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    • 25 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Comerica Park, Detroit MI
    • 20

    Here is a once in a lifetime opportunity to actually shoot like the pros do, during an actual baseball game at Comerica Park, Home of the Detroit Tigers.

    Join Rick Dupler and Darcy Olsen as they teach you the finer points of fast action baseball photography.

    Rick has been the official Detroit Tigers Fantasy camp photographer for the past 23 years, traveling to FL for the annual camps held there. He had also been the camp photographer for the MLB All-Star game fantasy camp for 15 years, traveling across the country to wherever the All-Star game was held.

    Darcy Olson, M. Photog., CPP - An official photographer for Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) state wrestling finals, Darcy has over 20 years experience as a school portrait and sports photographer. She currently enjoys creating individual and team sports banners/composites.

    The Detroit Tigers Fantasy Camp, is an opportunity to fulfill your dream and fantasy of playing baseball in a real professional baseball stadium. You receive an official uniform, use the official locker room, and have real ex-major league ball players as your coaches. You get to play on the same fields that the pros use.

    After we photograph a few games, we will move our group over to the Hockey Town Café for further discussion, and program information. Darcy and Rick will show you some of the unique and special items that you can create once you've captured your awesome images.

    Now for the fine print: 

    For this program and opportunity, you actually be shooting the same "Photo Wells" that the pros shoot from during the professional baseball games. Due to this unique and special opportunity, we will have some restrictions and procedures that will need to be followed.

    This event begins at 1:30, so plan on arriving by 1:00;

    There will be a Mandatory orientation at 1:30, and you will not be able to enter after this begins;

    YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT WITH THE TIGERS. You will also be required to sign a release for your images, or you will NOT be allowed to attend the event;

    All photos will be released to PPM for distribution to players for non-commercial use;

    All images will be shot as Large JPG, NO RAW, unless you can shoot to multiple cards and will shoot RAW to that one;

    Only small Camera bags will be allowed, you don’t need much equipment. A long lens will work the best, I use 28-300mm. I also use a 300mm, but it gets limited as you lose the chance for any near plays if a cropped format is used;

    No Tripods, but you may bring a Monopod;

    You can bring a small cooler for water or snacks;

    You CANNOT leave the well once the game starts, no roaming around the park;

    Bathrooms are available, but the home dugout will need to wait until game break;

    NO AUTOGRAPHS!!! Violation of this will be cause for ejection from the park;

    NO souvenirs (dirt, etc.) Violation of this will be cause for ejection from the park;

    All cameras should be time synced at the beginning of the event (orientation meeting);

    At the change of each game, you must change folders. Each game will be put into its own folder;

    The weather may be hot, cold, dry or wet; you must dress accordingly;

    No, non-registered guess be allowed on the field or in the photo wells.

    Failure to comply will result in the removal from the field and forfeiting of your registration fee.

    Afterwards, we will meet for a wrap-up Q&A at Hockey Town Café from 6:00 – 8:00, and to collect your images. Lunch will be on your own;

    You will park in the Tigers Lot 3, or the "D" garage. The entrance will be at the Moain lobby on Montcalm, under the walkway to the Tigers Garage.

    This will be during a Tigers Fantasy Camp Game,
    NOT a real MLB Tigers game

    Comerica Park
    2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
    8XQ2+HH Detroit, Michigan

    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Online

    Carl Caylor Webinar

    New To Image CompetitioN

    This is the first part of a four part series of our Image Competition Series.

    In this first part, you will participate in a webinar presented by Carl Caylor.

    Carl is a down-to-Earth portrait photographer who has been in the industry for over 25 years. He is known world wide in the portrait industry and has numerous awards and acknowledgments for his photography and his photographic teaching. His work has been published in many books, magazines, Kodak ads, and vendor booths across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Korea. He is the author of the book, “Portraiture Unplugged” a guide to Natural Light Portraits.

    Carl passionately studies art and photography to ensure you the newest techniques and the best of himself.

    Carl is a Kodak Alaris Mentor. He is PPA Certified, a Master Photographer and a Craftsman with Professional Photographers of America. He is an International Affiliated Photographic Judge and has won numerous national awards for his photography, including 26 PPA Loan Collections and several Kodak Gallery, Lexjet Sunset and Fuji Masterpiece Awards.

    Carl will review the basics of International Photographic Competition (IPC), including rules, 12 Elements of a Merit Image, and ways to prepare for your next image competition.

    After you register for this event, you will receive the login information that will be needed to attend this great and informative webinar.

    • 29 Sep 2019
    • 30 Sep 2019
    • Tobacco Ranch - Clare, MI

    Jeff JOHnson

    The Creative Edge


    Retreat Schedule

    (subject to change)

    S O U L R O A D T R I P S

    The Creative Edge

    So, you’ve mastered your camera, the exposure triangle and your composition is solid.
    Now, you’ve taken the weekend off, time away from work and your family, and have driven several miles to your favorite location. You know the sunrises and sunsets will be magical over those mountains and that gorgeous waterfall, you can’t wait! You shoot and you shoot and you shoot. Then you look at your images on the camera’s monitor. Your heart sinks. You can’t believe your eyes . . . flat and lifeless. You load them to your laptop, same thing . . . boring! They’re sharp and they’re well exposed, according to the histogram.

    Your composition seems creative and inviting, but they just look dead! That pop and brilliance you expect is just not there. OMG . . . what have you missed? As you drive back home your mind races between how you could have screwed up these images and maybe a career in plumbing or pest control would be more rewarding. 

    STOP . . . HOLD ON . . . TAKE A BREATH! You’re only halfway done. You just need some good ol’ post-processing. The digital darkroom. Don’t worry . . . I think I can help! As silly as this story sounds I have heard it repeatedly. First off, shooting in RAW, images will appear flat, so that is a good thing!! Secondly, join me for a couple of hours of Lightroom best practices for editing and then adding the punch you crave with Photoshop enhancements.

    I’ll share with you my over 40 years as a working professional on image enhancements with easy and awesome Lightroom and Photoshop tips, tricks and surefire, easy-to-do techniques. Including intimate color and tone adjustments, texture overlays, image blending, luminosity masks, burning and dodging, all in a non-destructive process . . . and all easy to repeat from image-to-image! 

    All you need to do is bring an empty notebook and an open mind as I will challenge your creative process and leave you with many new ideas to apply to your imagery. 

    Hotel lodging will be at the Doherty hotel in Clare, MI. Hotel link

    (Remember to mention PPM for your discount)

    And remember, this is a Merit Class for PPA Members.
    So have your PPA number available when you register.

    • 14 Oct 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Ann Arbor Law Quad.


    Photowalk in the Quad

    Come join us as we welcome fall in one of the most amazing campuses in the state.

    We'll be meeting at the NW corner of Monroe St. and Tappan Ave. at 3:00. And with sunset coming in at 7:16, we'll have plenty of time to play before the the golden hour of 6:14 to 6:52. Yes we looked it up....

    There is street parking available as well as a parking structure about a block away.

    Afterwards, join us as we compare photos and talk about ways to take our images to the next level with tips and tricks from our Masters. There are many little  shops and cafe's in the area to meet up, and we'll probably wait until that day to decide where we're going as it will depend on how many people show up. 

    If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

    Here's a little information form the Law Quad's website about the area.

    The Extraordinary Law Quad

    Living and Learning, Studying and Socializing
    The striking Gothic-style buildings that form the William W. Cook Law Quadrangle include the Lawyers Club with residential facilities for 227 students; the Legal Research building, which contains the magnificent Reading Room and faculty offices; a modern underground library addition, the Allan F. and Alene Smith Library, regarded as an architectural tour de force and one of the world's best law libraries; and Hutchins Hall, with classrooms, seminar rooms, and faculty and administrative offices. In January 2012, our existing facilities were further enlarged by both a new four-story academic building, South Hall, constructed in modified collegiate Gothic style, as well as a gorgeous new glass-roofed gathering place for the Law School community, the Aikens Commons. The result, physically as well as metaphorically, enhances our true community of law.

    The location of residential and academic buildings within the Quad fosters the integration of activities for both students and faculty. In addition, the excellence of Michigan’s library, the concentration of scholars, and the serenity of the setting attract numerous visitors within the profession. Those visiting lawyers, judges, and law faculty enhance the experience of living and studying in the Quad. One result of this architectural design—sensed immediately even by entering students—is an ethos of collegiality and accessibility regardless of the age, reputation, or career achievement of those who walk its paths and corridors. It's, therefore, hardly surprising that interactions at the neighboring coffee shops, restaurants, bistros, and bars are frequent between faculty and students, as well as among students.

    625 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    77F6+J6 Ann Arbor, Michigan
    (734) 764-0537


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