Jan. 16 – Bridal Workshop Image Critique

Bridal Workshop Image Critique

    • When: Thursday, January 16, 2014
    • Where: Calhoun’s at the Marina (4550 City Park Dr., Lenoir City, TN 37772)
    • What: Professional Photographers of East Tennessee Monthly Meeting
    • Cost: PPETN Members: Free (join here); Non-Members: $20.00 (first visit is free)

Basic Info

The next meeting for PPETN (Professional Photographers of Tennessee) will be Thursday, January 16 at Calhoun’s at the Marina, 4550 City Park Dr., Lenoir City, TN 37772 (865) 988-9838. The schedule is 6:00 PM arrival if you choose to have dinner, 6:30 PM deadline for monthly 8×10 print competition and the program will be from 7:00-9:00 PM. NOTE:  Due to concerns voiced by several members about our meeting location not being centrally accessible, we will be making a change for our February meeting. Watch for the announcement on Facebook and via PPETN.com.

Monthly Program

The focus of the January 16 meeting will be a critique of images that were taken during our October Bridal workshop at Maple Grove Inn. The critique will be an open forum style meeting, with Wade Tipton and Charles Garvey moderating.

Each photograph will be analyzed using PPA’s twelve elements that have been defined as necessary for the success of an image. Any image, art piece, or photograph will reveal some measure of all twelve elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one.  Click the link to review 12 elements:  http://www.ppa.com/competitions/content.cfm?ItemNumber=1792#content

Everyone attending will be invited to make comments about the images. Image makers may need some thick skin, but hopefully we all will learn from the critiques. Unlike annual competitions at the local, state, regional and national level, this time the maker can speak up if someone does not properly interpret how your image was made or what you were seeing and trying to do to create the image, so it should be a fun evening!

It is our desire that even those who did not participate in the Maple Grove Inn workshop will attend and learn from the critiques and then be inspired to enter our annual PPETN image competition on March 13 (deadline for entries is March 10).

The purpose of competition at any level is to challenge us to become better at our craft. Yes, it can be scary and intimidating at times, but when you hear others judge your work and point out the positive elements and areas that could use some improvement, it creates a desire to work harder next time. Photographs that do well in competition lead to more images your clients will recognize as fine art and pay to own, which will raise your profits as a professional photographer.

Monthly 8×10 Competition

Our “Photographer of the Year” is awarded based on your monthly print votes and pays for our annual scholarship! 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 (up to four entries). Members must submit their images digitally as well, either via email, thumb drive, or disc (6:30 PM deadline). If you submit via email, you must do so in advance of the meeting to Ben Moser at ben@moservisuals.comEntries will not be accepted without a digital copy provided in advance of the competition. 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)!

Entry fees provide funding each year for the awarding of the Michael Laughlin Memorial Scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship members can apply for to attend any PPA approved school or training event. The criteria and application is available on the PPETN.com website and we encourage members who qualify to apply.