Central Branch Meetings are generally held the fourth Monday of the month. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW LOCATION. SO CHECK OUT THE HOME PAGE FOR THE CURRENT MEETING.
The Calendar has a full listing of scheduled meetings.
Other dates may be added for informal events offered to those interested during the year. These will consist of visiting the latest AGO/ROM exhibitions, or those at other galleries. Members will be notified by email of these events.
Your Contact Details:
Please ensure we have your most recent email address, we can’t be expected to know you’ve got a new email unless you tell us. Also, please make sure our spectacular missives are not going into your spam. All changes of email details go to: Kristina Laukkanen
Your Personal Property at All Meetings:
Please note that you and you alone are responsible for the safe handling and security of ANY personal or professional belongings at ANY PPOC meeting. Yes, really. Anything that gets damaged, goes missing, somebody fumbles – NOT the responsibility of PPOC.
Message here: Don’t touch anything that doesn’t belong to you – even if you’re trying your best to be helpful. Be thoughtful and careful about where you put food and drink, and do not handle anybody else’s gear, photo’s, albums, books, clothing without their expressed permission. If however, your carelessness breaks somebody else’s (or our branch’s stuff), you will be thrashed (in turn) by all of us. Comprende?
This is a very important process to us. Our policy for 2012-13 is that EVERY image entered will be commented on. This commenting will be aimed at helping YOU the entrant, giving guidance and encouragement. We like to think that we want to be the judging panel you wish you saw when you first entered.
The aim is to give you input as to where your image may (emphasis ‘may’) sit at the National competitions as well as other international competitions. One way to maximize the value of your entry is to make a small (6×4) copy of the image and talk more to the judges during the ‘social hour’ at the end of the evening.
Our aim is to make the whole process open, helpful and educational AND encouraging. We understand the value of bench-marking and image appraisal as well as the educational aspect.
After all, if you don’t receive a comment regarding improvement or praise – why would you enter? What is the value to you as a member without that?
We are making the time to do the best for you that we can. Due to the judges (and our) commitments to our own businesses, we may not have the time to provide you with feedback on your entries if you can’t make it to the judging. We NEED you to make the time to be there and hear what we say.
There is now NO such thing as entering beyond the cut-off date. Not under any circumstances. We are all volunteers who are giving up valuable time from our own businesses and families to make this happen for you.
You WILL read the instructions – follow them to the letter – or you will have your entry refused. It’s that simple. No exceptions. No one will fix it for you anymore or make it right. YOU make it right. Make your entries the right size (as specified in the instructions) title them (as specified in the instructions) If all else fails…read the instructions.
It isn’t hard. If I can do it, you can too. And I’m thick. You will not make extra work for Margaret Hines, or any other volunteer, or you will suffer. Make your entries right. We will be using the National designation as used for Accreditation and entries. In spite of the generosity of previous years and the gentle hearts of those doing all the hard work, the cut-off dates for entry will be absolutely enforced with NO exceptions.
Competition details and specifications are detailed under “Print Show”
The digital files should be sized to 2560 x 1440 pixels, saved to maximum quality JPG (level 12), in the Adobe RGB1998 color space.
If your image is square – make it 1440×1440 pixels.
The screen will be rotated for vertical images, so your image can be as tall as 2560 pixels (depending on the format of your image)
If it’s horizontal, you can make it up to 2560 pixels wide (depending on the format of your image)
Do not over sharpen.
Do NOT include any studio ID on your image – this will disqualify your entry immediately.
Images may be from the same session or wedding, but should be substantially different. i.e. different pose, or location.
Please use this opportunity to present us with just the strong image you’ve made, in other words maybe you don’t need the ‘matt’ or the colored keyline anymore.
If you do choose to do fancy image positioning or a colored keyline it will not affect your score in either direction – but it WILL make your entry smaller on the screen.
Please use this opportunity to present us with just the strong image you’ve made, in other words maybe you don’t need the ‘matt’ or the colored keyline anymore. If you choose to do fancy positioning and a colored keyline it will not affect your score in either direction – but it WILL make your entry smaller on the screen.
Naming the files:
Images are required to be titled like this:
ppocid#_first name_last name_category#_name_of_file.file extension
(Students use OSSS for PPOC# -i.e. OSSS_william_smith_12_beautiful_image.jpg)
Lower case is required for your name.
Information courtesy of :http://www.ppoc.ca/documents/accreditation/General_Accreditation_Information.pdf
CPB Competition submissions to: David Williams
For 2012, all of our competition entries will be viewed under almost an exact replication of what is used at the Nationals.
We will have the facility to project the entry being judged for you (the audience) at the same time as the judges are viewing a high-resolution monitor image.
We trust this will pique your interest!
(These instructions are repeated under “Print Show Entry Rules” – a sub menu item under “Print Show”)
Will follow the same exact timing so don’t be late. Meetings will start exactly on time – even if it’s just the committee and one church mouse in attendance. So be there on time, or miss something good. We have so much good stuff we want to bring you this coming year we just can’t start late!
Here’s the outline for each meeting: (NOTE: the November 26th meeting will run from 6:00pm to 10pm due to the temporary location)
4.00pm – 4.30pm Registration – don’t be late……just don’t.
4.30pm – 6.00pm Print show judging that you are encouraged to enter so as to receive feedback on your latest work.
(Just so you know, we will have tea and coffee and some cookies)
6.00pm – 6.25pm 5x5x5 (five members talking about five favorite images for five minutes)
6.30pm – 7.30pm Guest speaker
7.45pm – 8.00pm A 15 minute introduction by one of our key vendors in the industry – the latest/the greatest.
8.00pm – 9.00pm A Professional development hour, where experienced photographer/judge will review member’s work and provide constructive suggestions to help members prepare for print competition, accreditation and client focused work.
9.00pm – 10.00pm A social hour at the end of every meeting – meet and greet – for sale table – informal chat.
10.00pm Until next time. (Don’t knock bits off the church exiting)
Professional Development Hour:
If you would like your work, proposed competition entries or accreditation submissions discussed in a helpful and friendly atmosphere (public that is) you may submit files to us five days before each meeting. Depending on how many people do this, we may have to limit the number of images you submit – try 10 maximum?
All entries for Professional development hour must be supplied as digital files same specs as detailed for competition entries, and must be sent to: email@example.com FIVE DAYS BEFORE THE MEETING with covering email listing clearly your contact details. We of course expect you to be there in person. As the sorter chappie, I regret I cannot stuff around with items not submitted correctly, so get it right eh?
For Sale Table:
We would invite you to bring professional photographic items you want to sell (not the kitchen sink please). A table will be made available for you to set your stuff up on during (and only during) the social hour 9.00pm – 10.00pm. You can leave a note on the table detailing what you want to sell/how much for/and how to contact you. Collect your stuff at the end of the evening otherwise it will be donated to the waste basket.
Rules are: You are responsible for looking after your stuff. You are responsible for making the sale/collecting your money/and making sure you’ve provided a fully functioning product to another member. You may NOT ask someone else to do this for you. Any lending by a buyer to a seller is at your own risk.