Oct. 16 – Pro Photo Social + Workshop: Still Life Photography


  • When: Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 5:00-9:00pm
    • Social Hour at Barley’s downtown – about 5:00pm (click for directions)
    • Laughlin Print Competition deadline at Farmer’s Mutual  – about 6:30pm
    • Workshop / Meeting at Farmer’s Mutual – about 7:00pm
  • Where: Farmer’s Mutual of Tennessee (837 Hall of Fame Drive, Knoxville, TN 37917 – click for directions)
  • What: Professional Photographers of East Tennessee Monthly Gathering
  • Cost:
    • PPETN Members: Free to attend
    • Non-Members: $20.00 to attend (first visit is free—join here)

Basic Info

The October meeting for PPETN (Professional Photographers of East Tennessee) will be Thursday, October 16 at Farmer’s Mutual of Tennessee in downtown Knoxville. We encourage members to attend our Pro Photographers’ Social + Networking Hour directly before the meeting at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in downtown Knoxville (click for directions – see below). The 6:30 PM deadline for Laughlin Print Photography Competition (held at Farmer’s Mutual – click for directions) is still in place (details below) and the program will be from 7:00-9:00 PM.[/two_third]



Pro Photographers’ Social + Networking Hour

Members are encouraged to get together for our social and dinner hour in the Old City (Barley’s) before our monthly meeting. This is a time for all pro photographers in Knoxville—young and old, new and experienced—to get together and network, socialize, and have fun with our peers. We typically go to Barleys before (and sometimes after) our meetings.

Pro Photo Workshop Program

BTurtleFPresented by Michael Gustafson

Still Life Photography Workshop (bring your camera!)

Michael will be presenting the basics of still life photography, covering how he approaches each job from quote to the setup and delivery of the image. He will also share his approach to setting up each shot, which includes background selection, composition, lighting, and strategy for multiple shot jobs. He will also share his ideas for the setups that we will be photographing during the workshop.

019019SweetgumAndHoneyLocustWe will divide into groups and everyone will have a chance to photograph on different sets and try different types of lighting! We will even be painting with light using a flashlight instead of studio strobes during one of the sets!

You will need to bring:

  • Your tripod (don’t forget your mounting plate)
  • Your camera and lens with a freshly charged battery and an empty memory card
  • A small flashlight (recommended: a Mini Maglite or any flashlight that size)
  • Bring extra batteries as well, one for the camera and a complete set for the flashlight.

To learn more about the presenter, check out their bio at the bottom of this page.

Laughlin Print Photography Competition

Our Pro’s Choice “Photographer of the Year” is awarded based on the votes of fellow professional photographers and pays for our annual scholarship! So make sure to bring your prints in for submitting. You can compete to be this year’s Pro’s Choice “Photographer of the Year!” (Studio, Active, and Aspiring members may submit to the competition. Studio and Active members may vote in the competitions.)

Checklist for Submitting Images (all are required):

  • Prints must be accompanied by a $3 entry fee per print (up to four entries allowed).
  • Prints needs to be an un-mounted print no larger than 8.5×12”, no smaller than 8×10”.
  • Prints should not have any markings that identify the photographer.
  • Prints may be placed in sleeves for protection.
  • Prints will be accepted between 6:00pm and 6:30pm. Voting will take place from 6:30pm until 6:45pm.
  • Prints must be accompanied by a digital image file with a minimum resolution of 2000 pixels on the longest side AND less than 1 MB file size. The digital image file(s) must be submitted in advance of the competition either by email to Ben Moser at ben@ppetn.com, or members may bring digital image file(s) on disposable digital media storage* prior to the beginning of the competition. Entries will not be accepted without a digital copy provided in advance of the competition.

Points towards our Pro’s Choice “Photographer of the Year” will be recorded each month.

All monthly winning images will be published on the website with back-links to your website (verify your website is correct on our members page). This will help with your exposure (P.R.) and 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.

*If you choose to submit images via portable media, that media may not be returned. In the case of USB flash drives, the drive must be well labeled and will be returned to you, but due to data storage limits, it may not be returned until a later date. Please communicate with Ben Moser how and when you prefer to have your drive returned to you, and he will do what he can to make that happen.

PPETN Door Prizes

This year, we have begun to give away door prizes at our monthly meetings (we’ve already given away hundreds of $$$ worth of gear and equipment)—all you have to do is be present to win! Door prizes have been generously donated to PPETN by our featured speakers, local and national photography labs, education companies, and equipment manufacturers.

As available, we will give one door prize out to the first-place entry in the Laughlin Print Photography Competition, and one will be given randomly to an Active, Studio, or Aspiring member in good standing AND in attendance. Repeat: You MUST be present to win a door prize!


Michael Gustafson

Speaker Bio

Michael received his associates degree in photography from the Community College of Denver and immediately began working as an assistant for various photographers in Colorado.

When his second child was on the way, he secured a staff photography position with Photoart, Inc. in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He mainly did catalog and brochure photography while with Photoart. One of their main clients was Service Merchandise. He worked with Photoart until they closed their doors in 2000 and then ventured out on his own.

He has had his own studio in Hendersonville for several years now, and he still does a fair amount of catalog work, but has diversified his work. His a past president of the Professional Photographers of Middle Tennessee and currently serves as their Executive Secretary.

You can view some of his work on his website: mg-photo.net