Create your own seminar

It is often difficult to know what topics interest people at any point in time. At the same time I am often asked when my next seminar will be. Seminars take effort to create, often considerably more time than the seminar itself. Specialty seminars can be especially time consuming making sure that appropriate sample material is produced.

I have created an alternative concept. I will let you create the seminar. I have an entry on my website learning page that will allow you and your friends to decide what seminar I teach. Some suggestions are listed, but topics related to photography and Photoshop/Elements are all options.

In Lightroom, Photoshop and Elements I can work with your images rather than my own, bringing the learning closer to your needs. Most students are amazed at how some basic and pretty simple techniques can substantially improve their output.

Some people can learn on-line from tutorials about certain techniques, but I have found that most people do not know what processes, tools and techniques they can use to begin with. This is where I can be particularly helpful.

Individual and group seminars can be created and made to suit your schedule. As an example I am offering any local camera club a seminar in Lightroom basic raw image processing and integrating Lightroom with Photoshop or Elements using club member images at no charge. Clubs outside of the Harrisburg/Hershey area are welcome to take advantage of the offer as well. Please contact me to make arrangements.

Cameras only produce source material; the image maker is responsible for creating the final result. There are many photographers out there who see interesting images but don’t know how to take their captures to the next step. Plugins and actions are not how you get where you want to be.

PPA of PA 2016 Convention

The Professional Photographers Association of PA will hold their annual convention April 10-12, 2016 at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle, PA

The speakers program for this year include:

Steve Kozak — The Road to Success is a 4-Wheel Drive!
Alan Berg — Social Media Marketing Methods
Jamie and Jason Turner — Techniques for Amazing On-Location and In-Studio Lighting

Detailed information on each speaker is at the convention web link.

In addition to the regular member competition, PPA of PA has a non-member competition category. Information on competition rules and an entry form are at the top of the convention page. PPA competition judging puts each image against a standard of excellence rather than competing against other entries for the highest score. This means that each image must achieve a benchmark and is scored accordingly. This is a great opportunity for non-members who may be interested in comparing their work to professional photographers and being judged by certified PPA judges. Entries must be in by Friday, April 8th. They can be shipped or delivered to Ron Bookwalter at:

Bookwalter Photographics
3280 Spring Road
Carlisle, PA 17013