Workshop: Layers in Photoshop, Nov. 28, 2017


[image1_left]We are going to have one of our Master Photographers help those of us who are wary of or just have not used Photoshop to become aquainted with the layers process.

Our very own Christine Wilkins will be teaching us the ins and outs of this powerful photo processing method. We will also be be working on our Holiday Greeting Competition for our December Christmas Party, so be sure to come and see what that is all about.

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​Oak Creek Wild Horses Field Trip – 09/30/2017


[image1_left]On September 30, 2017, we will be having a field trip to take pictures of the Oak Creek Wild Horse herd near Tehachapi. We will be meeting at the gate of the ranch at 9:00 (Directions below). This is a herd of black horses that has inhabited this area for about 100 years. They are believed to have possibly originated from Morgan horse ranchs in the early 1900s. The horses are apparently fairly used to people, and you will have opportunities to get fairly close, so you don’t have to worry about having a long lens for this field trip. There are foals, mares and stallions with all the normal interactions that occur in herds of horses. 

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September 19th General Meeting


We will be hosting a Fundamentals of photography night with a Photography Video and Popcorn evening. The Photographer teaching on the video is Joel Sartore, a National Geographic Fellow. This will be a great time to invite someone you know that has their first camera or someone you invited to the club meetings at the Fair. We will be covering the basic aspects of camera photography including shutter speed, aperture and depth of field and how light makes a photograph. Yes thats a lot to cover so please be ready to help your invited friend or new attendee. Encourage them to bring their camera and we can also help them with any questions that may be on their minds.

So you advanced, master and professional photographers this is your chance to pass on the desire and satisfaction of photography to someone. Be ready to help where you can and enjoy the popcorn and the excitement of seeing someone when the light come on about a fundamental aspect of photography. Give someone one evening of your time which can translate into a lifetime of enjoyment. Make that little extra effort and the rewards will be great for you and all that attend.

​Member Image Sharing Workshop – 09/26/2017


On September 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., we will be having a time for all of us to share some of our favorite images. This can be anything you would like to share – a project you have done, your winning fair images, your vacation photos, or anything else. You may upload the images to the LPA website at or you can bring a USB to the meeting (come a bit early if you do that so your images can be loaded on the computer). You can describe your images and perhaps a bit about settings, post-processing, or just run through them. We don’t want anyone to feel they can’t share because they don’t enjoy speaking in front of people.

Nan Carder will also be presenting some useful information regarding Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C) and how their competitions and awards work. We encourage all our members to be participating in S4C competition opportunities.

So make sure to upload your images by September 19. We are looking forward to see what everyone is working on these days! 

Night Photography Field Trip August 19


[image1_left]Join the LPA for a field trip on a hot August night, Saturday, August 19. Dale Taft will lead a night photography field trip at Red Rock Canyon.

[image2_right]Participants will meet at Denny’s in Mojave at 5:30pm and caravan to Red Rock Canyon Campground to photograph the Milky Way and star trails. Day use fee at Red Rock Canyon is $6 per vehicle at the campground. Sunset is at 7:38pm and complete darkness about 9:15pm. Photography will continue until everyone gets tired of shooting.

Recommended equipment is:

  • [image3_right]Fast, wide angle lens
  • Remote shutter release
  • Head lamp (with red light)
  • Tripod

Please sign up below so you will receive any last minute updates. Questions should be directed to

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Monochrome Workshop - August 22, 2017


[image1_left] On August 22nd, at 6:00 P.M. LPA will host a Monochrome Workshop at the AVSC. We are lucky to have George “Hutch” Hutchison, who has given lectures and judged Monochrome several times. Hutch is a frequent judge or presenter at various Southern California Camera clubs for about five years.  Also, he has had numerous judging assignments at Regional, National, and International competitions and exhibits.  He will be serving as a Monochrome judge for the S4C International Exhibit for the fourth consecutive year in 2017 as well as the Coachella International for the past two. 

Hutch has been an award-winning photographer for many years and still is winning awards. Hutch is a life-long photographer who grew up as a youngster in his father’s darkroom and joined the Thousand Oaks Photo Group as one of its original founding members almost 15 years ago.  He currently serves on his club’s steering committee and is the Director of Interclub Competition for the California Council of Camera Clubs Board of Directors.

He is the recipient of many awards including two Best of Show and three High Point Photographer awards at the Ventura County Fair, medals in National and International competitions and high point award in all nine divisions Southern California Council of Camera Club over the course of the past two years.

Hutch will show the ways to produce the best, and possibly award winning Monochrome photographs. Come and enhance your skills as a monochrome photographer by learning from a Master.

National Park Photography with Bob Killen - August 15, 2017


Join us on August 15th at 6:00 P.M. and meet Bob Killen, United States National Park Service Artist-in-Residence, who will explain how you may qualify for a National Park Service Artists in Residence grant for landscape photographers. Bob will provide handouts and applications for the program with in-depth details about the process and requirements. Learn about Park Service expectations, grants, housing, and how this prestigious program can benefit your art photography career while enhancing the pubic’s understanding our national parks through art.
Bob will also present information about National Park Photographic Expedition Workshops with information and examples that define the differences between Landscape Art, Documentary Landscapes, and the great American Postcard. Take a deep dive into the magic of workflow previsualization — from camera to post — learn how artists create bodies of work by defining Landscape Thematics. Bob will also share valuable insights about the four dominant landscape scenes and how to master them through composition and a visual voice that is unique— your own.
Bob Killen is a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence, Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Expert, Director of Mojave National Preserve Artists Foundation, and Director of National Park Service Photographic Expeditions programs, and a nationally recognized landscape art photographer. Collectors in 23 countries own Bob’s artwork, and he speaks to artists across the nation about the Art in the Parks opportunities.


Lynn Ballard, Director of Education and Student Services (714) 598-8899,
Bob Killen Direct (562) 665-7472

13335 Gosling Court, Unit F, Chino Hills, CA 91709

LPA Competition - Nature - July 18th, 2017


July 18th Competition - Nature

Judge – Nancy Speaker

Nature Definition – The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. Something that exists in nature: insects, butterflies, spiders, trees & leaves, etc., Nature can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

“Restoration of the appearance of the original scene” may include techniques such as HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning provided they do not alter the contents of the original scene and the result looks natural.

Borders are optional, but must be 3 or 4 pixels in width and must be white or a shade of gray.

As with all reality-based divisions, (Nature, Photo Travel, and Photojournalism), techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable modifications are removal of dust, scratches or digital noise, restoration of the existing appearance of the original scene, sharpening that is not obvious, and complete conversion to grayscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not eligible. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

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