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PPA Edu/SW District Event: Capture In Flight, With Lights, In Motion

  • 29 Apr 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • 327 Pacific Ave, Bremerton, WA


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Capture In Flight, With Lights, In Motion

3 session all-day event

Join us for a fun and creative day as we deep-dive into 3 creative techniques to uplevel your photography. Award winning wildlife images, lighting for impactful portraits and creative use of light techniques to go from image to art - Everyone will expand their photo understanding and have the opportunity for meaningful interaction. 

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PPW/PPA Member: $99
Non-Member: $129

Location: 327 Pacific Ave, Bremerton, WA
Contact: Johnny Walker, FP

Photography for the Birds; becoming a better wildlife photographer

Bonnie Block, Wildlife Photographer 

Bonnie will present detailed discussion and presentation of her work that includes but is not limited to planning for success in the field, helpful equipment, camera features and settings, long lens use and strategies, research criteria for subjects, location and habitat, field ethics and etiquette, postproduction, helpful software and more. She will be including Q & A as part of her session.

Bonnie Block is a self-taught wildlife photographer residing in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, WA. After retiring in 2009 Bonnie was finally able to have the time to combine her love of photography with her lifelong passion for animals and the natural world. In addition to other recognition, Bonnie has had several recent works honored by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), the Seattle Audubon Society, and the Photographic Society of America. Audubon US Grande Prize Winner 2016


Long Exposure Portrait Photography

Johnny Walker, FP, Almost Candid Photography

Johnny will present a discussion and practicum on light painting and its adaption in portraiture as part of a single organic image. Discussion will include types and uses of different light tools, camera settings, studio set up, model techniques, and postproduction strategies. Q&A plus an extensive student practicum will be part of the 2.5-hour course. Students that bring their Nikon or Sony camera, or a Flashpoint compatible controller with a different camera will be able to use the existing light setup

After 40 years of public and corporate service, Johnny reinvented himself as a self-taught professional photographer and small business owner in 2010, founding a community-based business called Almost Candid Photo, Frame, and Fine Art in Kingston, WA. He joined PPW in 2017, PPA in 2019, and earned his Fellow of Photography degree in 2023. Recently, he moved his studio to Bremerton, WA, rebranding as Almost Candid Photography & custom framing boutique. While Johnny has been best known for his work in women’s sports, he likes to creatively test the established rules of photography and conventional aesthetics to promote new perspectives about conventional works. His experimentation with top-down photography and long exposure portraiture are examples of his methods to think differently


Yousuf Karsh techniques for portrait photography

Matthew Weston, M.Photographer. Cr, CPP, FP

Matt will discuss and demonstrate a detailed drill down into the Karsh technique in a studio environment. Emphasis will be on the smaller studio space, but lessons learned can be applied to your outdoor and large studio spaces as well. Starting with a single light source we will learn to see how light can be controlled and shaped to create the look we desire. Then we will see how adding different lights in different ways can add the spice we desire to take our images to the next level. A model is provided as this course is a mentored practicum with student Q&A. Students that bring their Nikon or Sony camera, or a Flashpoint compatible controller with a different camera will be able to use the existing light setup. 

Matt Weston is a distinguished photographer and a member of PPW since 1986. He studied photography and portraiture at the Brooks Institute of Photography, where he also taught Photography 101. He earned a two-year apprenticeship with Yousuf Karsh in Ottawa Canada, and worked directly for Paul Skipworth for two years in Shreveport, LA. He worked as an industrial/Scientific Photographer for Rocket Research / Olin Aerospace before working for, then purchasing Fowler Portraits in Edmonds, WA, retiring after 20 years of successful business. He is a life member of both PPW and PPA

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