Photographing the Milky Way – November 16th

On November 16 th at 6:00 p.m, David Wilkins will be speaking to us on photographing the Milky Way. Please join us via Zoom for an great time of learning more about this tricky subject!

This workshop will cover what is the Milky Way and how to find it and sites nearby where it can be seen. The gear needed will be discussed along with camera settings. Time will be spent discussing the two most important things when photographing the Milky Way. Post processing will be briefly discussed. Finally will be some real life examples of images taken at nearby sites.

Zoom Information:
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Meeting ID: 867 7188 6233
Passcode: 664800

Dia de los Muertos Field Trip - Saturday, Oct 30, 2021

Death Mask Image
This event is a great photo opportunity, many people dressed in elaborate costumes, face paint, along with music, dancing, and a great parade! The tickets are on sale now, but being this event is located in Los Angeles County there is a good chance it could be cancelled due to covid restrictions; however at this time it’s still a go! Tom Jordan strongly recommends buying tickets online, instead of at the event where the lines are extremely long. Also, parking is difficult. We plan on going as soon as it opens and stay there for about 5 hours (it’s that good). There is only one entrance and the plan is to meet just inside the entrance off to the left. Tom is open to carpooling if someone wants to join him. Sign up below!

Costumed participants in a parade
Event: Dia de los Muertos - Hollywood Forever 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m
Cost: $48.46 through website
Event Location: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90038
Event / Ticket link:
LPA Event Leader: Tom Jordan (661) 916-3500
Link to Tom’s Slideshow from the same event in 2019 -

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Workshop - Prime Desert Woodland Walk - Tuesday, Oct. 26 2021

Join us for a sunset walk through the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve, starting at 5:00PM to take advantage of evening wildlife movement before sunset at 6:04.

This workshop will be an in-person photo opportunity at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve in Lancaster. Bring your cameras and long lenses for birds, rabbits and perhaps even a coyote! This is a great way to gain knowledge from fellow photographers on proper settings, techniques, etc. A tripod will help you to be able to shoot after sunset.

Location: 43201 35th St W, Lancaster, CA  - Prime Desert Woodland Preserve.

Hoping for a great sunset! Don't forget your wide-angle lens for that!

LPA Competition - October 19th at 6:00 p.m.

Our theme will be Flowers (including Wildflowers). The definition is: Single or multiple blossoms of one or more plants, including Desert Wildflowers. This is not a reality-based class, so creative images are acceptable.

The competition is now open for entries. Members may enter up to 3 images for the $5.00 entry fee. The deadline for members to upload entries will be October 12th at 11:59 p.m.

Collage of sample flower images
Our judge will be Debbie Lefever. Debbie, a professional traveling event photographer for over 10 years, found herself with lots of time on her hands due to events shutting down during the pandemic. Every time she came home, her husband had “Welcome Home Flowers” waiting. The best way to make flowers last is to photograph them. This is how/why she also became a flower photographer (FYI – she will shoot anything in front of her lens).

After teaching several Zoom Flower Photography classes, she wanted a way to stay in touch with students. Thus “Debbie’s Flower Photography FaceBook Group” was created. It now has over 300 members…and growing. It’s a community where we share not only photos, but what we’ve learned as well. It’s a positive support group for photography addicts.

Meeting ID: 876 1815 2013
Passcode: 409993

Need-To-Know Photography Tips - Sept 21 2021 at 6:00PM

On September 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., Lancaster Photography Association will be hosting a Zoom workshop for anyone who would like to attend.

John Geldermann, our Vice-President, will present an overview of basic photography skills and tips to help our newer members, and to remind the rest of our members of things we may have forgotten. This session should benefit photographers of all levels.

Invite your friends who might be interested in learning more about photography!

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Meeting ID: 849 6583 6639
Passcode: 705242

Purposful Photography Photowalk - August 24th at 6:00 PM

Join us on August 24th 2021 at 6:00 p.m. for a photo walk along Lancaster Blvd. Learning to take photos with purpose is a great skill to foster and helps us see things in ways we might not normally see them.

We will each pick a theme and work to capture photographs within that theme during the 1 to 1-1/2 hour stroll along the Boulevard. Suggested themes include People, Reflections, Macro, Signs, Abstract, Architecture, Vehicles, Movement, etc.

We will meet at the Round Steel Sculpture kitty-corner to MOAH at 6:00 p.m. and wander along the street from there to take our photos.  They will then be compiled for an article in the newsletter.

See you there!

Colors of Europe - August 17 2021 at 6:00PM

Location and Tech Tips for Stunning Travel Photography with Jim and Magrit Nilsen

On August 17th , 2021 at 6:00 p.m., we are excited to announce we will be having a Zoom webinar about photographing Europe! As things start to open up slowly, some of you may be wanting to plan photography trips! Even trips closer to home will benefit from their helpful hints.

Travel with Jim and Magrit Nilsen, two award-winning photographers to some of their favorite locations in Europe. Jim and Magrit will present beautiful images from nine different locations in Italy, France, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, and Croatia. This presentation also includes photography tips for anybody who would like to create their own masterpieces.

Jim Nilsen is an award-winning photographer who specializes in travel and landscape photography.

For the past 10 years, Jim and his wife Magrit have been operating Photography Travel Tours (, conducting photo tours and workshops in Europe. Destinations include the Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Venice, the Italian Dolomites, Provence, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, The Netherlands, and Portugal.

Magrit Baurecht Nilsen was born and raised in Austria. She is a photographer and graphic designer with a background in architecture.
Both Jim and Magrit feel passionate about color and composition in photography and love sharing beautiful destinations and photography techniques with their clients.

Jim and Magrit live in Edmonds in the beautiful Pacific NW just north of Seattle when they are not leading tours or researching new exciting photo destinations in Europe.

Their website is:

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Meeting ID: 896 0922 1204
Passcode: 828798

Nature Competition - July 20 2021

On July 20th, 2021, LPA is having our first competition of the year. We encourage all our members to participate in the competitions as a way of getting feedback on your photography and learning ways to improve! We all have some great nature photos, so let’s start this year off with as many of us entering as possible!

The Class is Nature, which is reality based. The definition below is long, but will help you decide which of your images will work best for this Class.

Don’t forget to renew your membership (if you haven’t already) when you log in to enter your photos!

DEADLINE: Friday, July 16th at 11:59 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 868 5215 1982
Passcode: 809752

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Date: 17-Oct
Venue: LPA Competition
Theme: Nature
Submission Deadline:
10-Oct 11:59PM

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