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DECEMBER 2010 Janet Boschker Working with Childen Jamie Hayes Holiday Sets & Lighting Victoria Kelly East Coast School

Cover Art: “Radiant” by Roseanne Rainville

2010 ONLINE PUBLICATION OF SEPPA


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Personal Journey I am not one that ever sets resolutions at the beginning of a new year. That being said, it seems like only yesterday that I was contemplating what 2010 would bring. In my mind, I had set forth some rather lofty personal goals. As the year progressed, the day in and the day out of it all, I stayed true to my goals. I remember, as a child, time always seemed to pass so incredibly slow. My parents always warned me that as I grew older, time would begin to zoom faster than I would want. I think 2010 was one of the first times, and I truthfully admit, they were absolutely right. (That was frightening.) The point of this is to ask: what goals did you set for this year? Where did you end up? What might you have changed or done differently? Where will 2011 take me? I don’t know yet. I have already begun to think about important tasks and goals I would like to accomplish. I challenge you, and myself to set some goals, formulate a plan, make it happen! Let me know how your journey goes. I’ll keep you posted.

Carpe Diem,

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It’s not too early to start making your hotel reservation for the 2011 SEPPA Convention. The host hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn. Room rate is $125 per night. The hotel is a simple crosswalk away from the Classic Convention Center. Their direct number is 706-353-6800. http://www.hiltongardeninn.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=AHNDTGI


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Showcase Millers Photo Flex Academy Productions Pro Photo White House Custom Color Little Dreamers Designs CCI

Inside Cover

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Shop

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Learn Jamie Hayes

Building Holiday Sets

Janet Boschker Classic or Cool

Suzette Allen

Painting in CS5

Victoria Kelly

East Coast School

Janel Pahl

Living in Light SEPPA Preview

Mary Fisk-Taylor

PPA Charities Celebration

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John Woodward Visual Aids

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Rick Gibbons

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Folks: Tom McCollum

Kevin Newsome

Stump Kevin, If You Can

Cover Artist

Roseanne Rainville

Cheri MacCallum

Painting a Landscape

Attend 12 17 26 “Travelers Rest” by Lonnie Hoke

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Maryland North Carolina (PPNC) SEPPA Shooting Stadium & Chariot Races IUSA SEPPA Covevention Hotel

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Jamie Hayes

How to build

HolidayinSets a Small Space

Happy Holidays! Here is a great way to make a lot out of a little, space that is. During November and December we offer to our existing clients the opportunity to have professional holiday portraits without standing in line at the mall. We schedule 30 minutes for the session and 30 minutes for the order. We create pose and expression on each background and we take a few extra exposures of each child alone for add on sales. Mary created five collections, some of which include custom cards which yield a $300 dollar average. I transform the main gallery space into two sets, one traditional tree scene and one non-specific winter wonderland. The camera room is the set up for the third set in which clients have the option of four feet tall Christopher Radko ornaments, Santa Claus, a snowman and everyone’s favorite: a nutcracker. I have included “overalls” of each set as well as a sample finished image. By the way, none of these are retouched. This distinguishes our portrait pricing from these Quick Take packages.

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The main light is the same for each set and I move it around to each set as well as the fill light. Two lights are bounced off of the ceiling in the camera room and these lights are left on for each set. Photo 1 shows the effects of the main light, (3x4 soft box). Photo 2 was created with only the fill light on, (much like on camera flash). Photo 3 is the result of the two bounced strobes which are located in both corners aimed forward and up to turn the ceiling into a large ceiling of light, like a large soft box. The only difference in exposure for the tree set is that I lower the shutter speed to pick up the candles and tree lights ( Photo 4). All three sets are contained in this “L” shape, including our main gallery space and the camera room. The dimensions are 18 feet from the fireplace to the back of the winter wonderland set and 11 feet by 19 feet from the tree to the black background. All of the additional props are kept to a minimum and resemble antiques verses studio props. This gives our images a more tailored look than the mall shots. We love quick take days because it’s a great way to not only offer your clients a great gift but gives us a chance to catch up with our friends that we may not have had a chance to photograph earlier in the year.


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Camera: Canon 1DS Mark III Lens: Canon 35-350 L Series 3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens Exposure: 1/20 sec @ f/11 100 ISO RAW File Capture and jpeg (for viewing purposes only) Light Meter: Sekonic L-358 Light Modifiers: Larson 4x6, 42 inch Starfish Strobes: Profoto Compact 600r

Hayes & Fisk: The Art of Photography 804-740-9307 www.hayesandfisk.com jamie@hayesandfisk.com

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The SEPPA Board of Governors, at the annual meeting in Franklin, TN, approved the all new SEPPA Degree Program. The Southeastern Photographic Fellowship is now a reality! You can earn your new SPF Degree in two categories. The orange ribbon will be with a concentration in print credits. The purple ribbon be with a concentration in service to the organzation. Both options will be complemented with education and or service credits. You may also, achieve both Degrees separately for a purple and orange ribbon. SEPPA will post the Credit Chart and submission forms at a later date. Be sure to check back. All events, beginning April 1, 2010 will be eligible to submit for credit.


Classic or Cool I decided to take action – take action I did! My normal approach to the dulldrums is to get busy and try something new – I sent out an email to clients saying I was developing a new product line for kids between the ages of 2 and 12. KidzArt was born! I designed a logo and pricelist, bundling new products such as Gallery Wraps and funky framing. All I needed were some samples to hang in the studio – I invited past clients to come in - bring their children and let them dress in their favorite funky clothes – the brighter and busier the better, and if they had favorite toys or hobbies, that was O.K. too! This was by invitation only, complimentary sessions, special pricing. I immediately filled the calendar - I was ready to rock my world!

In the past year, as the economy has affected the photography industry, I began to question my style…….was “classic” the kiss of death? Everywhere I look there are way-too-cool images of kids – newborn babies in the woods on logs……… babies in bright colored woolen hats……kids in mismatched clothing and over-saturated colors….. I worried that I was living in a bubble and had been left behind by the newbies in town. Could this be the reason my phone had all but stopped ringing? I blamed the economy, but was that really true or did I need to step up my game? I had to find out. It was the winter of 2009…. surely I am not the only one that had this scary experience, right? 10


The kids were great – my favorites were the little boy who at 4 wants to be a rock star when he grows up and came in with his guitar and a little girl who wants to be a model. These kids were so much fun we had a blast. I was lifted out of my “gloom and doom” mood as I went through and edited the images – I could be cool! How were the sales, you say? Well, they weren’t all that! Some were better than others, but none were close to my normal average. But it did a few things for me…..it got me out of a bad mood, I got to do something a little different and it brought in some revenue during a scary dry spell at the studio. To be honest, it’s not what flips my switch…… my style is classic and soft, sweet and childlike. I loved the images we did during that period, but it brought home to me what really feeds my soul - producing a product that a family will cherish for generations……..that will stay on the wall for years to come and not look dated…….that could have been made today or back in the 50’s.

Meanwhile, we have started to see the light at the end of the tunnel during this recession, and I hear comments from old and new clients that make me realize how important my work is to them (the classic style). Comments like “those are cute, but you can get them anywhere” – maybe I was trying to be like everyone else? A new client commented, “ I’ve done lots of casual pictures, but nothing I would want to hang on the wall”. Sales and sessions are up and I’ve learned a valuable lesson – Classic IS cool! Now I have simply added to my repertoire – when a child comes in for a session and the clothing they arrive in is funky and fun, I simply do a few “warm up” shots in their everyday clothes before they change into the formal outfits mom brought in for the portrait. The result: add-on sales that add-up!

Janet Boschker www.northlightphotography.com jbnlight@aol.com

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Suzette Allen

Wow, the CS5 Mixer brushes are Awesome! I have been loving them— adding beautiful painterly touches to my images with so little time involved! There are TONS of options with these brushes and so many looks, but this Smarticle will help you get some basics down so you can do a saleable painting TODAY and have a blast doing it! It is super-easy stuff, once you have a few preferences set! Here is today’s project—a sweet baby painting! photo 02

In this image of baby Helena, I just wanted to paint her ruffles and skirt gathers to make it soft and painterly without a lot of time—but I found that the brushes did not make it easy to paint ruffles going every which direction… it made me crazy trying to keep my brush going the right direction. Here is the Hot TIP of the day: Brush Direction! Once you have it set (and saved) you can paint in any direction and the brush will follow you just like a real sable beauty! First, though, let’s set up our image so it is ready to paint and modify with flexibility! Here is my method for quick painting enhancements, which allows me infinite changes on any area and keeps me from smearing my “perfect brush strokes” when I get to stroking other areas nearby!

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Step 1: Make a blank layer for painting each element or area. (simple blank layer) Step 2: Choose the Mixer brush(under the reg brush). Be sure to set the brush options to: “sample all layers” and “clean brush” so it only smears the colors there instead of painting on color. This way, all the brush strokes are on the layer above your image and you can always change it, diminish it, mask it or erase that spot to repaint! (See Photo 02) In this image I had three layers of paint. Layer one was just the skirt and ruffles. (See Photo 03) Layer 2 is the white background smears (See Photo 04) and layer 3 was the skin smoothing and fine detail blending of the hair band and bloomers. (See Photo 05) All three layers together look like this. (See Photo 06) As you can see, the entire image is not actually painted, but gives the look of it! (this is a quick-and-easy way to make a painting out of a photograph that doesn’t take hours, but looks great) photo 03

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You may contact Suzette at: suzette@suzetteallen.com

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Suzette Allen continued.... Note: Additional prep: For a soft glamorous skin look, I make a duplicate layer of the image and apply a filter to the entire image. This takes care of the basic blend of the skin, which I use for babies and Pinup/Glamour images. I use Topaz Lab’s, Clean 2, Crisp style. It makes the skin smooth and creamy and saves me lots of blending. This is optional, of course. Step 3: Choose your mixer brush tip. Let me show you one of my basic brushes that leaves nice streaky lines like a real brush and looks great. It is called the Flat Blunt Short Stiff. It is the 2nd one of the darker grey mixer brushes that come with CS5. To use it as a mixer (not to add color, but just smear the color that is there) on the option bar, click the dropdown menu next to the color box and choose Clean Brush so the color box is clear (checkerboard). (see Photo 2 again) Now let’s paint. The problem with that brush in its default set up is that it looks wide and streaky as you paint left to right, but dense and skinny when you paint up and down. The brush won’t turn! (See Photo 07) Here’s how to fix that!

Step 4: Go into your brush palette and check Angle Jitter and choose Initial Direction from the dropdown! (See Photo 08) Now try it: it now streaks the way you start each stroke! (If you want it to follow your direction continuously, choose Direction) See the difference? (See Photo 09) Now you can quickly stroke each ruffle in its direction and get the look you want. Don’t feel like you have to paint every inch…remember you are just hitting the highlights of structure and transitions for the painterly look!

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Step 5: After you get the skirt done, you can turn off/on the layer to see your work. If you made a mistake, whip out the eraser and take off the spot you don’t like and repaint that spot! It really helps to have the paint strokes on its own layer! Before going to the next area, save your file (of course) and make a new layer for the next area. I made the white satin blend on its own layer. Then of course, you can do the skin on its own layer and not worry about contaminating the area around or mixing too much—you can also change the stack order if that helps! You can seriously make a great painting like this in a few minutes and your clients will LOVE IT! We need to be focusing on doing things our competitors (often our own clients, these days) cannot do! Here is a wonderful tool that can transform your images into something far more desirable and custom!

There are MANY more options and tools with the mixer brush! I will be doing more smarticles on this topic but this is all we can cover for today! Have fun painting and glamourizing with Photoshop! I LOVE CS5!

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Victoria Kelly

The holiday season is flying by and when we aren’t fulfilling portrait orders, making holiday cards or working with a client to come up with the “just right” gift for Aunt Betty, we’re refining our activity calendar for 2011, right? ’ll bet your calendar looks a lot like mine: bunnies in the spring, studio beach in July, a trip to the mountains (or some other exotic locale!) for location portraits and other odds and ends that keep us busy year round. Now...here’s a question for you...how much time have you allocated for your professional development? It’s no secret that our industry is changing almost more rapidly than we can adapt. And change, no matter how positive, can be a little stressful. What are you doing to stay current? Webinars? Internet learning? Purchasing DVDs? Maybe there’s one thing you’d like to focus on--lighting? photoshop? a new twist to your studio offerings? In my role as director of the East Coast School Photographic workshops, it’s my responsibility to work with our board of advisors to put together a very robust slate of superb instructors for 30 hours of intensive learning in a structured yet flexible environment.

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ECS will be offering 9 classes for its 2011 session...you’ll be wanting to “save the dates” of July 31st through August 4th for this professional development experience. Read on for our incredible list of “who’s who”. We have 2 lighting classes on tap for 2011 with returning instructors Tony Corbell and John Woodward. If you need to take your photoshop to the next level, you should put Suzette Allen on your list of “must study with” instructors. If wedding expertise is what you need, you’ll be rocking with Thomas and Mario Munoz. (And I do mean rocking... bring extra sneakers--they are ALWAYS on the move!) New to the industry? Bob Boyd’s class of photography fundamentals may be just what you’re looking for. Jennifer Hudson will be presenting her “handmade life” class and Bry Cox and Gabriel Alonso will surely up your game with all things photographic.

We’re also pleased to have Gary and Kathy Meek doing a CPP review and exam presentation during the week. If certification is your goal, why not make the commitment to come and study with two of the best? Our school is held at the downtown Raleigh Sheraton...a beautiful venue with lots of fantabulous spots within walking distance to create your one-of-a-kind images.


This will be one of the few times where you’ll be surrounded by photographers...and it’s not uncommon to overhear a photoshop discussion in the elevator or the best technique for setting your white balance while enjoying the beverage of your choice in the afternoon.

By now I know you’re just itching to register for our 2011 session. Hop on over to the East Coast School website at www.eastcoastschool.com and click on the appropriate registration button. You’ll be signed up and in the class of your choice in short order and can enjoy the remainder of your holiday season knowing that 2011’s professional development is on your schedule.

We’re committed to helping you have a memorable week...and that means we mix in a good dose of fun and social events... last year we started off the week with a scavenger hunt...followed by our traditional Monday night event at Tir Na Nog Irish pub with scrumptious eats and a live band...followed by Tuesday night’s Raleigh crawl...well, you get the idea! You’ll also want to take advantage of our lighting lab. We have 5 photography bays set up with different lights and props for you to practice what you’re learning. Our board of advisors act as coaches, giving you tips on metering, lighting and posing.

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convention speaker

Monday, March 28 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Living in Light Janel’s passion for light has affected her photography as well as her life. Creativity flows when our subjects have beautiful light skimming across them. A face, a flower, a tree in a forest or a single shell on the sand all are affected by the light. Janel’s program will inspire you to seek the light and apply its beauty to your subjects as well as your everyday life. Her teaching, woven with her life’s stories and positive outlook will prove to be a breath of fresh air.

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JANEL PAHL Janel Pahl has been photographing California families for over 27 years. She designed and built a 1,000. square foot elegant home studio with a pathway to her enchanting year round cottage garden. Janel’s passion for life and people comes out in her artistic photographs, which emphasize emotion, natural light and creative composition. Eager to share, Janel has become a teacher throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland and Italy, mostly with her own artistic workshops, “Journeys of the Soul”. Her work has won numerous awards in PPA competitions. Along with her family portraits, Janel has pursued her fine art photography. She has signed with the world renowned art publisher Winn Devon and was their featured “artist to watch for in 2009” in Décor magazine. She has shown her work at the well known Laguna Beach Art A Fair for the past two years.


Mary Fisk-Taylor

PPA Charities is so excited about IUSA 2011 in San Antonio. Why you ask? Well, of course there will be so many amazing events, programs and opportunities to work with, chat with and learn from many amazing photographers from the entire world. That is one great reason to go to IUSA. San Antonio, Texas is beautiful, rich in history and culture and overall just a wonderful place to visit. This is another really good reason to go to IUSA. However, my very favorite reason PPA Charities gets to host an amazing event and party where we have some drinks, mingle, conduct a silent and live auction and we get to give Operation Smile a REALLY big check. 24


Last year we presented Operation Smile with $100,000!!! $100,000 that professional photographers, vendors in the industry and friends of PPA Charities raised together. What an amazing accomplishment for all of us. This year at our PPA Charities Celebration Event we have the amazing Texas School of Professional Photography on board as a co-sponsor so you know it will be an amazing party and event. The event this year will be on Saturday, January 15th at 8:00 pm at the PPA IUSA San Antonio Convention. We are so excited about all of the amazing items we have already received for your auction and the opportunity to meet each of you and welcome you not only to the IUSA Convention but thank you for your continued support and contributions. The event is free to all IUSA attendees and we cannot wait to see you all there. Last year with our $100,000 donation to Operation Smile we know that we changed so many children’s lives. What an amazing accomplishment as professional photographers and what an amazing gift, the gift of a smile. Our donation was enough to change the lives of over 400 children that may have lived the rest of their live with severe facial deformities and cleft lip and palette abnormalities. That money literally changed their lives by giving them back a smile, a grin, the ability to be social and happy.

The PPA IUSA Celebration is indeed a Celebration but what makes it so great are the donations that we receive and the ability to present that check to Operation Smile. This year we are well on our way to our $120,000 goal but we need your help to insure our success as a community of professionals. There are many ways to help PPA Charities and I ask you to consider pitching in and joining this small army of photographers with charitable hearts and a giving mind. Below are a few great options. Regardless of what you decide to do make sure you keep checking in with us at www.ppacharities.com. There are always great stories and ideas available on our website. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for January 15th at 8:00 pm for our PPA Charities Celebration Event at the PPA IUSA San Antonio Convention. It is going to be a great auction, lots of fellowship and fun and like I said with the Texas School of Photography involved, It’s a Party Y’all! See you all there!

Mary Fisk Taylor mary@hayesandfisk.com 1-804-740-9307 Twitter @maryfisktaylor facebook - maryfisktaylor

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Sunday, March 27 4:30pm to 7:00pm

sunday, March 27 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This is the live program you have always wanted to see! Two master photographers photographing live, in front of an audience. A panel of judges. A host. A secret prop. Only one can reign supreme as the best. You get a front row seat to this exciting event. This will be like nothing you have ever seen at a photographic convention. Bambi Cantrell and John Woodward will go head to head in battle as they show you all the knowledge they have. You will be inspired, You will be captivated by the energy. You’ve just got to be there!

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Saturday Evening In the Courtyatrd

Show Your State Pride!! Each state is invited to participate in the 2011 Chariot Races. Custom create your own state chariot . Get a red wagon and fix it up! The creation is completely up to your team. Each state team will consist of a rider and 4 Puller-Pushers! Contact Tom McCollum, SEPPA Executive Director and Register now! It’s complimentary! State__________________________________________ Team Rider___________________________________ Four Member Push Team_____________________ ________________________________________________

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John Woodward

Visual Aids Visual Aids

In these two examples, I have given you an easy way to achieve a “window light” type effect without changing your exposure or your lights’ positioning. The only catch will be the need for a very wide background wall. You have to work very close to your background if you are using muslin or paper rolls. You must take an indirect attack angle in either case.

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In the first example the setup shot shows the main on my right and I am shooting at about a 35 degree angle to the back wall. In the “window light: example the setup shows that I have walked around until the main light is on my left. I am now shooting from about 35 degrees in the opposite direction. To better understand, look at the diagram below and pretend that the back wall is running East and West. Most studios shoot from due South. I am shooting with the main on the closed side of my subject. In these examples I am in portrait. (Modified Glamour or Portrait work the same way) In the ”window light” example I am positioned and shooting from the South East. The other example shows me shooting from the South West . The red dot would represent your subject.


In this example I have modified the basic “Glamour” set and added a “kicker” light. In looking at the image of Lucia, you will notice the kicker creating the specular highlights on her right side. As always the mask of the face, the nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead are lit by the Main Light. In a variation from my normal placement of the reflector, I am positioning it so it will use both the main and the hairlight in providing properfill. In the example on the left, I am using the Glamour form and adding a “general fill.” In my style of photography, I almost never do this because the background will desaturate. I very rarely use any form of direct light because of my desire to keep the background isolated. By isolating your background you can use “gels” and change or accent your scene. It did not work in this case because the subject must be too close to the bookshelf in order to maintain proper perspective.

You may contact John Woodward at: woodward2@aol.com or become his friend on Facebook

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Rick Gibbons Dating his high school girlfriend, Annis, and working as an electrician’s assistant, Tom decided after winning said lottery in 1970 that he would control his own destiny and gracefully decline Uncle Sam’s request to line up in his skivvies and cough with the other guys at the recruiting station. Thinking his electrical experience would be put to good use and would guarantee him a choice assignment in the Air Force, he scheduled an appointment at the local office, . When he arrived for his meeting, the Air Force guy had stepped out, but the Marine recruiter was there with open arms and promises of fame and glory, not to mention a one-way ticket to Parris Island.

Tom McCollum The 1960s and 70s. Neither decade inspires many pleasant memories. Oh, sure, there are a few standouts: the Beatles, civil rights, muscle cars, Woodstock and the Apollo moon program. Then there are those cultural and political atrocities that we would all rather forget: bell bottoms, political assasinations, oil embargos, Watergate and Vietnam. If you remember any or all of those historical references, you may also remember the power ball lottery all of us guys were automatically entered in on our 18th birthdays. No need to go to the local convenience store to buy a ticket, this televised lottery was not optional. In fact the only way to escape the grand prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Southeast Asia, was to opt for the frozen tundra of Canada. Such was the fate of recent high school grad, Tom McCollum, class of 1969.

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Boot camp and testing revealed talent in our young hero, but not for the avionics and electrical jobs he hoped to turn into a career in four years. It turned out Tom was a crack sniper on the firing range and with opportunities aplenty for those skills, his reservation for Vietnam was sealed. Every cloud has the proverbial silver lining, however, and back then your tour was limited to two years; then you got to pick your stateside assignment. So in April 1972, Tom packed up, left his bride of three months and the red clay of Georgia for the glamour of Washington, DC. More specifically, Quantico, Virginia, where he was one of the last infantry to be selected for duty on HMX-1, better known as Marine One, in the service of the President of the United States.


Tom’s very first trip was unforgettable. Flying in the support helicopter, one of two always aloft when the president travels, Tom made his first trip to Chicago. This was, if you are following along this convoluted trail of history, the summer of the re-election campaign for Richard Nixon. Unfortunately Bird 2, as the support craft was called, developed a problem and had to stay behind in Chicago while Bird 1 traveled back to DC. A week in Chicago standing guard while mechanics waited for and installed spare parts…sounds like a dream job doesn’t it? 1972 brought many trips to Key Biscayne and the Bahamas. Nixon was, after all, trying to escape the ever increasing scrutiny surrounding that little news item about CREEP (the Committee to re-elect the President) and their unscheduled overnighter in that now-famous office building on the Potamac called the Watergate Office Building. One trip to Key Biscayne is especially memorable, the night of the election returns when Nixon won by a landslide vote. Flying to meet the presidential yacht, the Sequoya, secret service men escorted the president onto Marine One. Tom remembers Nixon being in a post-celebration state. Maybe carried aboard Marine One would be a better description.

Then there were the times when HMX-1 flew under the political radar. During the Arab Oil embargo, many, especially the liberal media and democrats, thought it scandalous that the president would fly to Key Biscayne or California while oil was being rationed to the general public. Nixon attempted to defuse the issue and bought a ticket on a commercial airliner and left Air Force One in the hanger. After a flight to Miami with the common folks, Nixon hopped onto a recently repainted HMX-1 and made the remainder of the trip to his vacation destination. Little did anyone know that the Presidential helicopters had been converted to unmarked military transport aircraft, even devoid of call numbers. They didn’t call him Tricky Dick for nothing. While Tom was in service to the White House, he and Annis received Christmas Cards each year, signed by the first couple. His closest brush with celebrity was the opportunity to ride on Bird 1 with Pat Nixon to Philadelphia. Not much small talk ensued but she was “nice.” The conversation never got around to Julie and David’s wedding or if Tricia was a natural blonde. Then he had a face to face with Nixon himself in Norfolk while waiting for the secret service. The possibility for national fame escaped Tom when he retired just before Nixon resigned in August of 1974. Otherwise, that famous pic of Nixon in the Victory salute as he left Washington for the last time , in disgrace, could have included Tom McCollum of Georgia instead of Tom’s buddy. Tom still keeps in touch with his fellow service men from the Marine One days. Phone calls, impromptu reunions and Christmas cards keep everyone connected. One of Tom’s prize posessions is the letter of appreciation for his service to the president. He has fond memories of that time in history and only a few regrets. If only he hadn’t forgotten to lock that door back at the Watergate…

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Major news networks and magazines all have editorial features. SEPPA is lucky to have our very own Kevin Newsome. Kevin is featured each month as he gives us his latest rant. Some things may hit home, some may be surprisingly poignant. When it’s all said and done, it’s just Kevin’s opinion and he thought he should share it. We, at Southern Exposure, cannot wait to see what this challenge brings forth. It should be fun. “A Few Moments With...”. This month, STUMP KEVIN. (Click on the title, STUMP KEVIN, and you will be linked to the video.) Do you think you can do it? We can’t wait to see.


convention speaker

Tuesday, March 29 8:30 am - 5:00 pm limited to 40 registered students

Master Class Beyond Portraiture

Are you searching for inspiration and new direction? If so this is a day you will not want to miss. Joyce will share photographic and art techniques to add to your repertoire, and help build your reputation as an artist. Demonstrations and assignments with the emphasis on creativity and concept will stretch your imagination and help you develop unique images and products for clients…competition prints that rock…and portfolio collections for gallery shows. Joyce has maintained a philosophy throughout her career of “One for Thee – One for Me”. This philosophy served her well as she was able to satisfy her client’s needs and continue to experiment and grow as a creative artist. Joyce’s enthusiasm and passion for art and her ability to teach and guide students is legendary. You will be introduced to a variety of processes: pastel fusion and oil painting on digital images…creating digital negatives for Cyanotype, Van Dyke and Polymer Photogravure…collage and acrylic transfers…hand made albums and accordion booklets, and Photoshop techniques to elevate your work to another level. Not your ordinary workshop, this day of discovery will take you on a path Beyond Portraiture into the elusive realm of fine art and new visions. Assignments to continue after the workshop day, marketing information and hand-outs will enable each student to continue experimenting and challenging themselves on their personal journey.


JOYCE WILSON Joyce Wilson is an artist who consistently produces images with creativity and imagination, and continues to surprise and delight her many followers. After a long and successful career based in Indianapolis, Joyce moved to Santa Barbara in 1996 and served on the faculty at Brooks Institute. She left this position in 2006 to concentrate on her personal work, but has recently returned as adjunct faculty to teach the popular Beyond Portraiture class. Joyce has lectured and taught at photographic conferences throughout the world for the past 40 years. She is a M.Photog.Cr. and Fellow of the American Society of Photographers and was awarded an honorary Master of Science from Brooks Institute. In 2003, the International Photographic Council honored her at the United Nations with the distinguished Leadership Award, and she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2006. Joyce’s work is featured in solo and group exhibitions, and is part of the permanent collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the International Photography Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, and the Sherman Hines Museum in Nova Scotia. Recent exhibitions include the Rossignol Cultural Centre, Nova Scotia, Canada, Larson Art Gallery, Columbia College, MO, Ami Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, Samy’s Camera Gallery, Santa Barbara, and the Faulkner West Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.

REGISTRATION This is a separate registration in addition to the normal SEPPA Convention registration. All registrations must be completed by February 15, 2011. Required: PPA Master of Photography Degree Call Tom McCollum, SEPPA Executive Director and provide the information listed below. Checks and Credit Cards accepted. Call SEPPA at 888-272-3711

Tuition: $89.00 per student in advance.

Name____________________________________________ email_____________________________________________ website___________________________________________ PPA Number_______________________________________

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Roseanne Rainville Celebrate life . . . That’s the focus and passion of Rosanne Rainville, Master Photographer, CPP. This national, award-winning photographer specializes in custom designed portraiture. “My heart’s desire is to create portraiture that celebrates life through the art of photography. My images are designed to portray ordinary people as the truly extraordinary human beings they are.” In addition, Rosanne supports her local community by donating her time and talents to many charitable organizations. She is a passionate volunteer photographer for the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep foundation. Through this program she provides infant bereavement photography at no cost to families experiencing an early infant loss.

Note: Images chosen for the cover of Southern Exposure are first place, distinguished or other award winners from the annual affiliated judging.

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Cheri MacCallum We are presenting the next painting project over several months. There are several steps and we want you to be able to spend as much time as you need to learn the techniques. Be sure to read upcoming issues to see the completion of this project.

image 07 My next step is to hide my retouched image. With two or more images open, it’s very easy to accidentally start painting on the other image with a wayward brush stroke. To avoid this, I make sure the “paint” image is activated and I click “control M” on the keyboard. This puts a gray background between the image I’m working on and the retouched image (image 06).

image 06 We’re almost ready to paint!! On the color wheel, I make sure that the little rubber stamp on the bottom left corner is clicked. This means I’m only cloning color and tonal values FROM whatever our clone source is, which is the “retouched” image. You’ll know if the color wheel is in clone mode because the colors will be kind of “grayed” out as seen here (image_07). Later when we paint with colors from the color wheel we will turn off the rubber stamp and the colors will be vibrant and available to choose from as seen here (image_08).

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image 08 I find the paintbrush in the top left on the tool palette which looks very similar to the tool palette in Photoshop. Next I go get the brush I want to use first. The brushes are located in the top bar on the far right. The first dropdown is the brush categories such as oils, pastels etc (image_09). The second dropdown are the variants of each category (image_10). I will be using Den’s Oil Brushes/oil funky chunky first.


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My next step will be to start the process of pulling some detail back in where I want it. Using the same brush, just a bit smaller to pull the tighter tonal values in some areas and start to build up some of the details (image_13, 14). Next I choose a different brush and begin pulling in some tighter detail. This is a Den’s oil brush/oil brush luscious. (image_15, 16). At this point we are ready to add color accents.

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image 10 Note, Den’s oil brushes do not come with Painter. You can get it from various Painter forums and in some artists instructional dvds. There are several brushes that are similar that do come in Painter as another option. The rest of the brushes in this article do come with Painter. With varying brush sizes and opacity of around 50-80, I begin painting, basically wiping out any detail (image_11) . It will look like a total mess at first (image_12), but out of this mess will eventually emerge the finished painting.

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Cheri MacCallum completes the painting in January.

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CONVENTION HOTEL RESERVATIONS It’s not too early to start making your hotel reservation for the 2011 SEPPA Convention. The host hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn. Room rate is $125 per night. The hotel is a simple crosswalk away from the Classic Convention Center. Their direct number is 706-353-6800. http://www.hiltongardeninn.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=AHNDTGI


Southern Exposure December 2010  

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