Log in

Upcoming Monthly Programs

    • January 23, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • TBD

    "Controlling Time, Simple Steps to Shutter Speed Mastery" by Jim Landers

    Stopping time/motion, extending time/motion, summarizing time/motion, and even making parts of an image completely disappear! -- Things that humans cannot do, but with the tools available on a camera you can!  Jim will prove that humans are invisible!

    This fun, silly, light-hearted, informative program will start by talking about shutter speeds as photography tools, then we expand our knowledge to accomplish things humans cannot! Like photograph the Alamo in the middle of the day with no one visible in the photograph. But this program isn't "all talk, no action." -we take action: one lucky volunteer is going to look like a ghost!

    Jim is a professional photographer and photography instructor for over two decades, Jim wanted to be a photographer since he was six years old. The first wedding he ever photographed was in the summer before he started high school. Jim earned a Bachelor's degree in Photography in 1991, and has photographed U.S. Presidents, Ambassadors, Governors, sports figures, TV and movie starts, and many local business owners and executives. One of his portraits is at the Smithsonian Institution- but his favorite subjects are local families! Even Kodak has used his work to advertise their professional films (Portra, in June of 1999). Even more than doing, Jim loves to teach. He has over 8,000 hours of photography teaching experience, taught over 3,000 students, written over 100 photography classes, and started the only full-time professional-portrait-photography-focused school in the area in 1997. And now, with his flag-ship program Career Photographer, is training the next group of highly profitable photographers. 

    Jim married his wife, Robin, in the Summer of 1994 and they have two boys in college. Robin is active and plays a very important part of the business, keeping the wheels spinning behind the scenes. Jim believes he could not do it without her!

    So... come check out this fun and exciting program! It will not disappoint!

    • February 20, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • TBD

    "From Flowers to Fine Art" by Teri Whittaker

    Teri will discuss her daily image project, how it improved her photography and led her to photographing flowers. She will explain her different lighting strategies, lighting sources, background options, color choices for the subject matter/background/borders and post production work.

    • April 17, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • TBD

    "Digital Marketing for Photographers" by Ashley Siegert

    Facebook ads, email campaigns, Google, Instagram, your website, it's enough to make your head spin.

    There are so many moving pieces that it's hard to keep up, but what if there is an overall strategy that we have missed that would simplify, even streamline your business life?

    The day I changed my mindset to look at my whole business as a marketing machine designed to take eyeballs off the internet, run them through my doors and churn them out as dollars, EVERYTHING CHANGED.

    I started booking at rapid pace, and my sales average went way up. I am so excited to teach photographers this missing puzzle piece to unlock the internet as a client treasure trove.

    • May 15, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • TBD

    "Print Competition" by Mark McCall

    The new and improved print competition program is designed to take the scary out of print competition, giving you the tools you need to merit right away, and merit often.

    Did you know the 12 Elements are not listed in the order Jurors use to put a score on your image? Mark arranges the 12 Elements in the ACTUAL order a human brain will subconsciously use to react to an image. We will concentrate on just 3 of the 12 Elements to send your scores into the stratosphere.

    *Storytelling is #12 on the 12 Elements list, but learn why it leaps to #2 on Mark's list.
    *The single item that will kill your score faster than anything else and how to stop doing it!
    *One type of image almost always merits. Find out what it is and how to create it. AND learn how to get others to pay for it.
    *Two subjects are usually better than one, find out why.
    *Learn how to squeeze an extra point or two by paying more close attention to an often overlooked area...the mat!!!
    *Find out what type of paper to use with what type of image.
    *Learn how a scrapbook of ideas will help you create stunning images and Mark's own personal scrapbook of inspiration that has helped him nail down 8 Photographer of the Year Awards from PPA.
    *See Mark's ideas for the Master Artist category that includes taking things OUT of an image instead of putting things in.

    • June 19, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • TBD

    "Special Event Photography with On-site Printing" by Robin and Jennifer Janson

    This class is the perfect opportunity for all levels of photographers who are considering adding a new revenue stream to their business. Join us as we discuss how to start, build, and maintain a successful event photography regiment. You'll learn what marketing and sales techniques work. Learn basic lighting in addition to learning how to design borders, use green screen extractions within Core software, as well as printing on DNP dye-sub printers.

    This class starts off in the right direction so you can hit the ground running for any kind of special event using photography and on-site printing.

Past Programs

December 16, 2018 PPSA Annual Christmas Party & Awards Banquet
November 28, 2018 Guy T. Phillips - "Getting Started with Light Modifiers"
October 17, 2018 Steve Kozak - "Preparing for PPA Certification" & "The Road to Success Requires 4-WD"
September 19, 2018 Cecy Ayala - "Newborn Photography"
August 15, 2018 JT Blenker - "Nightscapes, Astrophotography, and The Milky Way"
July 18, 2018 Mark Sykes - "From Burned Out to Fired Up - Reigniting Your Passion"
June 20, 2018 Daniel & Jennifer Fermaint - "The Art of Posing Dancers & Dance Studios"
May 21, 2018 Elizabeth Homan - "Sales and Marketing Boot Camp"
May 16, 2018 Malinda Julien - Commercial Food Photography
April 18, 2018 Joshua Jordan - "The Art of Street Portraits"
March 21, 2018 Philip Thomas - "Capturing Peak Moments With Geometry"
February 21, 2018 Connor Fuller - "Photographing Weapons"
January 24, 2018 David Arnold - "Moving to a DotCom" - SPECIAL DATE
December 10, 2017 PPSA Christmas Party
November 15, 2017 Meet the Masters - Masters' Roundtable
October 18, 2017 Bry Cox - "Celebrity Style Imaging"
September 20, 2017 Bree Adams - "Reborn"
August 16, 2017 Nick Tsakiris - Lightroom & Photoshop "The Dynamic Duo"
July 19, 2017 Chris Hanoch - "Sports Composites and Posters"
June 21, 2017 Mark McCall - "Print Competition"
May 17, 2017 Kim Hartz - "Branding 101"
April 19, 2017 Chrystina Straughan - "Off Camera Flash"
March 15, 2017 Cris & Deanna Duncan - "Lighting for Sales"
February 15, 2017 David Boeck - "Sweep the Competition"

"Professional Photographers of San Antonio, Inc." is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.  San Antonio, TX 78260