Michael Gordon: Death Valley – Magnitude & Mystery


On August 20, 2019, the Lancaster Photography Association has the pleasure of having professional photographic artist Michael E. Gordon come and give a presentation that will feature images and stories from Death Valley National Park. The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman Street, Lancaster, CA 93534.

Michael E. Gordon is an award-winning photographic artist best known for his black and white images from California’s deserts which, said Broughton Quarterly, portray “stunning ethereal beauty from terrain where others see only a bleak landscape.” A lifelong student of nature and wilderness, Michael’s intimate relationship with the natural world results in quiet images of depth and discovery.

Michael's work is held internationally in the private collections of the United States Embassy, Kaiser Permanente, Milken Family Foundation, The Wilderness Society, and many others. His photographs have been published in and on the covers of magazines, calendars, brochures, annual reports, textbooks, music CD’s, and newspapers, including B+W Photography (UK), SHOTS, Arte Fotográfico, Backpacker, View Camera, Rangefinder, Broughton Quarterly, USDA Forest Service, Brooks/Cole, and more. Michael’s work has been awarded by the International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie Paris, and Black & White Spider Awards.

Michael owns and operates Death Valley Photo Tours, is co-founder of Visionary Photography Workshops, and leads workshops for The Los Angeles Center of Photography. He lives in Southern California with his wife Shauna.

More about Michael's photography: https://www.michael-gordon.com/

Michael's Death Valley Tours: https://www.deathvalleyphototours.com/

Photojournalism Competition – July 16th, 2019


By Nan Carder, APSA, MPSA2, AFIAP

Entries due by: July 9th at 11:59 p.m. Enter here

The July 16, 2019 LPA competition is Photojournalism General. Our judge is going to be Nancy Lehrer, a wonderful photojournalist who specializes in street photography, which is a subset of Photojournalism. Some links to her work are:   http://www.inancyimages.com/  and https://www.flickr.com/photos/rovernl/

The Lancaster Photography Association (LPA), the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C), and the Photographic Society of America (PSA), all provide competitions for its members that are reality-based. Reality-based competitions are different from pictorial competitions because reality-based competitions allow few modifications that do not alter an image. Pictorial competitions allow all post processing modifications that may or may not alter an image.

Actually, competing in the reality-based classes is easier, since the exhibitor should not be manipulating the image other than cropping, straightening, dodging (lightening),and burning (darkening). Exhibitors can do basic adjustments to the image (like straighten the horizon) so it looks like the image the photographer saw when they took the picture.

The most important thing that an exhibitor can do with any competition, is to read the definitions and requirements. If the exhibitor understands the concepts of what a competition is asking for, there is no reason why the exhibitor cannot do well. There is less subjectivity by judges in the reality-based competitions than the pictorial competitions.

Below is the Photojournalism definition for the Lancaster Photography Association taken from the LPA webpages. Entries are due July 9, 2019.

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Pin-Up Photography Workshop - June 25, 2019


CHANGE - No models are available for this evening.

On June 25th , 2019, our Vice-President, Sharna Lee, will be giving a presentation on Pin-Up Photography. The meeting will be at the Antelope Valley Senior Center at 6:00p.m.

Sharna is a successful, and often-published pin-up photographer in the Antelope Valley and beyond, and she has a lot of experience that she will be sharing with us. She has invited a model to come and demonstrate some of the posing and lighting techniques that she uses.

As you can see from the article she wrote in this issue of the newsletter, there is a lot of history related to pin-up photography and doing it justice is not an easy task. She has mastered it and is going to be sharing some of her insights with us.

Come and enjoy learning about a new genre of portrait photography!

End of Year Competition - June 18, 2019


Our 2018-2019 competition year was very exciting! Many of our members participated and won ribbons. We had some wonderful images entered in our competitions, and I know it was difficult for our judges to choose. We have a great club with many amazing photographers!

Thank you to Dale Taft and Kathy Newman, who ran the competitions and scheduled the judges. Also, a big thank you to Paul Craft, who organized all the entries and ran the computer during the competitions, as well as his assistants, Rebecca Bieling and Manny Altamirano.

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Open Competition - May 21 st , 2019


It is time to get those entries in for our May Competition. The Category is “Open”, which means you may enter any kind of photograph. This is your chance to grab your favorites from the past year that did not fit in any of our other competitions and enter them. We should have some amazing entries!

Please remember, the deadline is May 14 th , so don’t delay on entering. You may enter up to 3 images for the small fee of $5.00.

Our judge for this competition is Matt Cohen. He is a retired attorney with a passion for photography. Having traveled the country and the world with his beloved wife Dedrie, it has been his luck to photograph rare, stunning, and exotic subjects. Matt holds a Certificate in Digital Photography from Phoenix College and the New York Institute of Photography and is an active member of the Photographic Society of America. His photographs have won numerous awards, including blue ribbons, and been published in various media; and, his prints hang in numerous offices and houses worldwide in addition to traveling exhibits. He is the Arizona Coordinator of the Travelers Century Club (people who have traveled to 100 countries or more). Matt also enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, exercising, and watching spectator sports. The Cohens enjoy attending Spirit of the Senses Salon meetings and art show openings and exhibits.
Please feel free to follow Matt on Instagram at mattcohentravelphotography and his website (http://mattcohentravelphotography.com) His email is mattread@cox.net.

Enter your images HERE.

Table Top/Still Life Photography - Kevin Karzin – April 16, 2019


On April 16th , Kevin Karzin will be giving a presentation on his Table Top/Still Life work. He will include many examples of his own work. He plans on discussing what equipment is needed, what to look for, the best lighting and post-processing. A demonstration of the process will be done for us t. After that, he will show us the post-processing techniques he uses to create his work. He will include a Q&A session at the end as time permits.

Kevin is a professional photographer from the Santa Clarita Valley, who has won numerous awards including PPC 2018 Photojournalism Photographer of the Year, 2018 Top Ten Photographer of California and 2018 Prime Image Collection, and PPA 2018 Western District Photography Competition – 2 merit awards. He has been president of SCVPA (Santa Clarita Valley Photography Association) since 2014.

Cell Phone Competition – March 19th, 2019


On March 19th , 2019, Lancaster Photography Association will be having the March Competition for our members at Antelope Valley Senior Center at 6:00p.m. The deadline for uploading your images is March 12th at 11:59 p.m.

Our category this month will be “Camera Phone”. The definition is fairly obvious – Any photograph taken with a camera phone. Images processed by apps are allowed.

Each member may enter up to three images for a $5.00 fee, which you may pay by Paypal on the website or in cash on the day of the competition. When naming your picture during upload, please include your phone model in the title, as we think it would be very interesting to see the various types of phones used.

We are excited to have this category as a competition theme for the first time, as phone cameras have become a convenient way to document life and create art in our society. Photographers say that the best camera is the one you have with you, and that would certainly apply to cell phones, which are much easier to carry around than large DSLRs.

“Phonography” uses the same principles of light, color and composition as regular photography, but each phone varies in the features it has related to the camera. Enjoy playing with those features. Try new apps like Snapseed, VSCO, Tiny Planet, Afterlight2, Adobe Lightroom, Aviary, and Prisma, to edit your photos.

Our judge is TBD.

Landscape Photography and Retouching - February 19, 2019

With Serge Ramelli


Serge Ramelli will be discussing Landscape Photography and Retouching with us on February 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center.

We are very excited to have him presenting to Lancaster Photography Association! Invite your friends who are interested in photography. He has some great resources, and he will be offering his courses to us at a discount.

His words regarding his upcoming presentation:

In 2005 a friend of mine showed me what you can do with Photoshop and turned an ok portrait into a magazine cover. I was amazed, since my earliest childhood I wanted to create art, images and videos. What I like about it, is that all it took to create a great piece of art was a camera and a software, the rest was up to my skills and imagination.

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