July 11th – "Photoshop & Lightroom Tips & Tricks" by J. Wade Tipton & Colby McLemore

Come join the fun while J. Wade Tipton and Colby McLemore demonstrate photo editing techniques that will improve the quality of your edits and speed up the amount of time you spend in front of the computer. Better images through better editing translates into customers who want to buy more and bigger. Your time is worth money, so the faster you finish your editing, the higher your profitability. Did that get you attention?  

To start off, Colby will feature Lightroom’s incredible ability to edit masses of images in a fraction of the time that it used to. He’ll cover most all of the batch processing ability of the software designed for this type of work. He’ll show you how to quickly apply to groups of images sharpening, changes in white balance, exposure, contrast, and much, much more.

J. Wade Tipton will review how to do basic compositing; and if you’ve ever seen any of his work, you know he’s really good at this! He will show you how to use elements of various layers and combine them into one exceptional image. After a review of compositing, he will move on to show you how he retouches a typical portrait, taking it step by step.

If doing better and faster editing has any appeal to you, this is a meeting you won’t want to miss!

More Information on Wade:

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As a photographic designer, J. Wade Tipton is committed to serving you with the highest degree of professional quality, service, and courtesy.  Wade and his wife, Joy, own and operate Gallery Portraits, a full service portrait studio in West Knoxville.

J. Wade Tipton holds a BS degree in business management from Mississippi State University as well as being a Certified Professional Photographer from Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPA)  Wade also holds the Master of Photography Degree and the Photographic Craftsman Degree from PPA along with Fellowship Degrees from both the Professional Photographers Association of Missouri (PPMO) and Professional Photographers of the Ozarks (PPO).  In 2003 Wade received the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association’s (TPPA) Certified Degree and its Service Degree in 2010. He served as a board member of TPPA in 1999-2000 and in 1998, 2003, 2009, 2010 & 2012 was named a Tennessee Professional Photographers Association Top Ten Photographer.  Wade is a past president of PPO and Smoky Mountain Professional Photographers (SMPP).  2007 & 2008 saw Wade receive the Photographer of the Year award for SMPP!  In addition, Wade is a member of International Christian Photographers and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Wade and Joy both attend numerous local, state and national conventions, seminars, and workshops to continually sharpen their skills and keep abreast of current and forthcoming trends in the industry.

Wade attributes the success of Gallery Portraits to the support of his wife, Joy, and his son, Philip along with the trust of his clients and most importantly the blessings of God!!!  Wade, Joy & Philip give all the glory to God!!!

To see more information about him and examples of his work, click portrait photographer.

More information on Colby:

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Colby McLemore is a Knoxville-based professional photographer whose award-winning work revolves around commercial, portrait, and wedding photography. His commercial work covers architectural, product, food, industrial and corporate event photography. His portraits include executive and staff headshots as well as family, high-school senior, and children’s imagery. He photographs local and regional weddings and is also available for destination weddings. He works both on location as well as in his downtown Knoxville studio.

You have probably already seen Colby’s work as it has graced national as well as regional and local magazines and newspapers, corporate websites, brochures and annual reports, various print and digital ads, books, and now even a smartphone app! Colby has also photographed for TV shows, celebrities, government officials, and politicians.

Colby’s consistent striving to better his work has won him many accolades. In 2013, Colby was named one of the international Top Ten Commercial Photographers at the International Photographic Competition sponsored by Professional Photographers of America. In 2012, Colby was awarded the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Reader’s Choice “favorite” award and Cityview’s Best Commercial, Best Portrait, and Best Wedding Photographer awards. In 2011, he was named Photographer of the Year by both Tennessee’s Professional Photographers Association (TNPPA) and Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN). In his career, he has been recognized with both the Kodak Gallery award as well as the Fuji Award for Excellence. He has received Top Ten Tennessee’s Professional Photographer awards as well as numerous best in shows.

Colby is very active in promoting professional as well as enthusiast photography throughout the southeast.  He is the president of PPETN. He teaches photography at the University of Tennessee’s Photography Certificate Program on such topics as food photography, architectural photography, portrait retouching, and many others. He earned an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) designation from the makers of Photoshop.

Colby has worked with clients such as USA Today, Sea Ray, ABC’s Extreme Makeover, The Learning Channel’s 18 Kids and Counting (he even appeared in at least two of the episodes), the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism, WonderWorks, Hollywood Wax Museum, Webb School of Knoxville, Bohan Marketing, American Advertising Federation, A3 Creative Group, Marketing Dimensions, At Large Graphic Design, Atmosphere Pictures, Globe-Pequot Press, Family Fun, Primary Color, Points North, Cityview, Knoxville Magazine, and many others.

To see more information about him and examples of his work, click portrait photographer.

Monthly 8×10 Competition

Our “Photographer of the Year” is awarded based on your monthly print votes and pays for our annual scholorship! So make sure to bring your prints in for submitting. You might be this year’s “Photographer of the Year!”  Studio, Active, and Aspiring members may submit to the competition.  Studio and Active members may vote in the competitions.

PPETN members may bring 8×10 prints to the competition each month. The cost is $3 per print. Members must bring on a thumb drive or CD a digital copy of the image to the meeting or e-mail a copy prior to the meeting to be able to enter the contest.  E-mail submissions to colby@colbysphotography.com.  Points towards our annual “Photographer of the Year” will be awarded once we receive digital versions for submitting on our blog.  Any winning images will be posted on the website with back links to your website.  This will help with your SEO (search engine optimization)!

Meetings are generally held at Calhoun’s on Bearden Hill at 6515 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 on the 1st Thursday after the 2nd Monday each month. 6:00 P.M. gathering, fellowship & Dutch dinner. 8×10 print competition starts at 6:30 P.M. Programs 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. unless otherwise noted above.

Meeting Cost (excluding food):

  • PPETN Members: Free
  • Non-Members: $20.00 (first visit is free)
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