Sept. 11 – Pro Photo Social + Seminar: The Fine Art of Painting (Photographs)


  • When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 5:00-9:00pm
    • Social Hour at Barley’s downtown – about 5:00pm
    • Laughlin Print Competition deadline at Farmer’s Mutual  – about 6:30pm
    • Seminar / Meeting at Farmer’s Mutual – about 7:00pm
  • Where: Farmer’s Mutual of Tennessee (837 Hall of Fame Drive, Knoxville, TN 37917)
  • 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 next meeting for PPETN (Professional Photographers of East Tennessee) will be Thursday, September 11 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 (see below). The 6:30 PM deadline for McLaughlin Print Photography Competition 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 Seminar Program

IMG_0374-EditFULLPresented by D. Brent Walton, Cr.Photog., CPP

The Fine Art of Painting

Painting with out the setup, mess and clean-up—using computer tools and painting techniques to create masterpiece paints. (Three of my four paintings this year received merits, and two made the Signature book. If you think Print Competition is
tough, try entering the Master Artist category!)

In this presentation I will show some of the tools I use and talk about how to get started doing digital paintings—and practices you should avoid. I discuss how I photograph the subject in the studio and step through the process to the end product.

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

painting - Evening Repose

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 “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, USB flash drive*, or disc*, before the 6:30 PM deadline (when the competition begins).

Please provide your digital image files with a minimum resolution of 2000 pixels on the longest side AND less than 1 MB per image. This is a new request due to the upgrade of the website at to make the images look even better for your marketing. Thank you!

If you submit via email, you must do so in advance of the competition to Ben Moser at Entries 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 publication on our blog.  Any winning images will be posted on the website with back links to your website.  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 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 to those member in attendance. Door prizes have been generously donated to PPETN by 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!

Speaker Bio

D. Brent Walton is owner of photography by db walton llc, located in Palmyra, New York. His trademark tag line, CAPTURING BEAUTY, describes what he does best. Brent is a Certified Professional Photographer, the CPP Liaison for New York, and a Photographic Craftsman. He opened his first studio in July, 2000, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in 2007, Brent and his wife Elizabethe moved to Western New York. Brent’s studio was featured in Professional Photographer Magazine in 2013. Brent is also author of the books 25 Things Business Owners Do To Undermine Their Business, and a coffee table book about Palmyra, New York.