2020 Judges

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Carl Caylor

M. Photog., CR., CPP

Carl's Critique Corner

Carl will discuss the artistic elements of portraiture both physically and physiologically in concept. He will then do an open critique from members’ work. This increases the scope of any program, because so many ideas and skills show-up from actual work that usually do not come to mind in a normal program. It is like Improv with benefits for everyday issues in our industry. It requires volunteers to send images before the program. Every program will be different than the one before.  Carl will always make sure there are examples of what he wants to cover, but because of the uniqueness of members’ work, there will always be something new. Carl strongly believes in learning from each other and this is a wonderful way to do it.  Audience participation is expected and encouraged as we work together to make us all better behind the camera and in front of the computer.

Images from members can be comp images, but Carl would prefer everyday work.  No names are revealed unless the maker does so during the program.

Some highlights include:

-Lighting -Composition -Emotional appeal and story telling -Posing -Color Harmony -Technical advice -Custom Printing -Simple Photoshop tools and techniques</h3> Sponsored by White House Custom Color About Carl Caylor

Carl is a down-to-Earth, Natural Light Portrait photographer and photographic instructor. He has been professionally involved in the field of photography for over 25 years. Carl began his career as a photo journalist and darkroom specialist. A beginning that would prove very beneficial to the new age of digital portraits in a Natural environment for both his guests and his students. He has shared his passion with photographers coast to coast in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Korea.

Carl is a Kodak Alaris Mentor. He is PPA Certified, a Master Photographer and a Craftsman with Professional Photographers of America. He is an International Affiliated Photographic Judge and has won numerous national awards for his photography including 24 PPA Loan Collections and several Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece Awards.

Carl is the author of the book, “Portraiture Unplugged” a guide to Natural Light Portraits and is one of the most sought after instructors in the country because of his hands on coaching approach. Don't plan on just watching in his workshop class... Carl will challenge you to become a better photographer than you already are. His photographic skills are just part of what will help each student. His greatest strength is his ability to see what skills others already posses, then break things down to simple terms to help enhance those skills to a new level.

Carl is active in his community in Iron Mountain, MI. He helps coach and run many youth sports programs in the area. He enjoys hunting, fishing, physical fitness and spending time with family and friends.

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Carl Caylor

Carl Caylor

M. Photog., CR., CPP

Cris Duncan

M. Photog., M. Artist. CR., CPP
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Cris Duncan

Cris Duncan

M. Photog., M. Artist. CR., CPP

Kimberly Smith

M. Photog., M. Artist. CR., CPP

I believe everyone has an artist inside them, waiting to come out.  As photographers, we create art that is so meaningful and will touch the lives and hearts of so many for generations to come.  Some photographers create their work very traditional, some are very modern, and some are very artistic.  I believe the best works I have seen contain a little of all three.

Mindset is the key.  Sometimes we are so focused on the technical aspect, that we forget to add in the artistic, the personal, the emotion.  Don't get me wrong... technical is mandatory.  We must know our craft and be confident in what we do so that we can be free to add in the rest.

Some of us, myself included, are off the charts right brained.  We live in the creative, fun, fly by the seat of your pants mindset.  While others are more left brained... you like rules, you read the camera manual, you are beyond organized and have to have a plan.  Of course, there are those of you who seem to have it all together and are a good mixture of both.  One isn't necessarily better than the other, just different.

In this class we will discuss how to become more artistic, how to see things from a different view.  We will learn different ways to get your creativity flowing and where to look for inspiration beyond photography as well as learning some great photoshop tips, tricks, blending and creating beautiful art pieces in photoshop.

Join me in walking through the process I use from the first thought to the final detail and learn how to bring to light, your artist within.

Bio

Kimberly J. Smith began her professional photography career in 2001 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  Through Professional Photographers of America, she has earned her Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, Master Artist, Certified Professional Photographer and Imaging Excellence.  She is also a PPA Affiliate Judge.   She truly believes in lifelong learning and that every competition and every journey to a new degree has pushed her to become a better, more creative photographer.  She is blessed to have a job she truly loves.

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Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith

M. Photog., M. Artist. CR., CPP

Christine Richman

M. Photog., M. Artist. CR., CPP, F-Ph
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Christine Richman

Christine Richman

M. Photog., M. Artist. CR., CPP, F-Ph

Joseph Giiter

M. Photog., CPP
• Master Photographer, CPP • Owner, Bohemian Photoworks • Completed PPA Juror’s Workshop • Currently serving on the Professional Photographers of Nebraska Board of Directors • IPC medalist four consecutive years • Former instructor at the Washington (DC) School of Photography • Former Senior Executive
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Joseph Giiter

Joseph Giiter

M. Photog., CPP

Sandra Pierce

M. Photog., Cr., MEI - Jury Chair
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Sandra Pierce

Sandra Pierce

M. Photog., Cr., MEI - Jury Chair