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  • Greater Rochester Professional Photographers

    Welcome to the Greater Rochester Professional Photographers official website! We are an organization of like minded professionals dedicated to the advancement of the photographic arts in Upstate New York. We are one of eleven sections of Professional Photographers Society of New York State and we are an affiliate of Professional Photographers of America.

    On this website you will find articles and links designed to help you find professional photographers for all your photographic needs. Whether you are getting married, looking for portrait work or just looking for some great pieces of visual artwork, you will find it here.

    If you are a professional photographer who is interested in networking with other professionals, please join us every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14607. Be sure to visit our Facebook Page for more information about our monthly meetings.

    Our meetings begin with a social hour from 6 - 7 pm followed by the main program from 7 - 9 pm. Your first meeting is complimentary - so come check us out!

Glen Gray Seminar

Glen Gray from Gray Mountain Studio in Jonestown, PA presented an all-day seminar entitled “Give Your Photography and Business the Edge It Needs” on April 18th at the RIT Inn and Conference Center. The seminar was a PPSNYS  Member Benefit Program sponsored by Burrell Colour Imaging. A select group of GRPP and Finger Lakes members were invited to join Glen and his wife Pat in downtown Rochester at an outdoor portrait session the afternoon before the seminar. Glen demonstrated posing techniques, lighting modifiers and scene selections. The winds were high and the temperatures were chilly, but we all enjoyed seeing Glen in action at an on-location shoot. Our models were fantastic. The participants included Honey DeLapa, her husband Frank and Neil Sjoblom (from the Finger Lakes section). The GRPP members included Renee Rischenole, Terri Parthum, Scott Crist and Denise Batiste. Thanks Glen for an informative and intimate learning experience!


Article and images provided by Denise Batiste.

PPSNYS Workshop Seminar

Professional Photographer Society of New York State Workshop will be hosting a  seminar with Michael Barton on Sunday July 18 from 3-5. The summer workshop is held at Hobart/William Smith College in Geneva, NY.

Register at the room 116 in O’Dell housing to get your name badge.
This is a PPSNYS member benefit so is free to ALL PPSNYS members. Non Members can attend for $20.  You do not need to be attending workshop to go to this event, but everyone needs to register as you will need the name badge to get in. If you are wondering if you are a PPSNYS Member, then look at the GRPP Membership page on the PPSNYS website by clicking here!
This includes Michael’s 2 hour seminar and the wine and cheese party afterward.

Getting Stuff Done: Technology is Your Friend”
Greater Rochester Professional Photographers attend the PPSNYS Summer Workshop in Genenva, NY during the summer each year. There is a free member benefit. Micahel  Barton. During this 2 hour program Michael Barton will show you how to streamline your work flow while spending less time editing and more time being creative and building your business. Michael will teach you concepts and techniques using the Adobe Bridge that you may have known were even there. You will also learn new Photoshop techniques that will take your work to a new level. You don’t want to miss this one!

July 14th Greater Rochester Professional Photographers Meeting

Doug Hansgate of ‘Advantage Media Productions’ ( has graciously offered his expertise on sharing some tips and tricks of the acclaimed photo editing software ‘Lightroom’ by Adobe. Many of us are already using the software, but there are so many features within it that we may not even be aware of which can be extremely beneficial to our businesses. Here are a few of the features Doug will be going over:

Easily process high-volume shoots, Automatically apply metadata stamps, Simple categorizing, Automatically rename files, Easily group photos, Quickly find any photo, Create virtual copies, Manage offline photos, Nondestructive editing, Enhance specific areas of a photo, Work smoothly with Adobe Photoshop, Edit large numbers of photos at once, Professional presentation, Share more easily, Print more efficiently, Create web galleries, Publish to your website in one click, Stamp your photos, Compose sophisticated slide shows.
It’s gonna be good ~ don’t miss this one!

Networking & Print Critique is from 6-7
* bring a food or beverage to share if you would like to
* bring up to 3 professionally printed 8x10s for critique

GRPP meeting begins at 7

Meeting is open to current paid members. Non-members are charged $30 at the door or may join PPSNYS.

Meetings are held at Booksmart Studio at 250 N. Goodman St. on the corner of Anderson and Goodman.

National PPA Photographer Registry

When trying to make copies legally, consumers complain, researchers hit dead ends, and media buyers become frustrated that they can’t get an up-to-date address for a certain photographer…all of which feed the frustration with copyrights and lead to complaints to government. But the Photographer Registry can help.

The Photographer Registry
The Photographer Registry ( is a free service designed to help past customers, retailers, and media buyers locate photographers with a small amount of information. Professional Photographers of America (PPA) members’ contact information is automatically included.

With this, those who need photographic reproductions can locate the copyright owner; and photographers can keep their contact information current, choose what information to display, identify their heirs, and specify how reproduction requests can be handled.

Why is this important? A consumer often only remembers the old address or phone number of the photographer. But the photographer might have closed their business, moved, or even be deceased. Compiling a list of current and previous contact information just makes sense.

Take advantage of the Photographer Registry…it’s simple:

  • Go to (there is no cost).
  • Log in using your PPA Member number as the username, and the first ten characters of your last name (including capitalization).
  • Keep your record updated.

Remember: The Photographer Registry is neither designed nor intended as a search engine for someone looking for a new photographer. It is simply used to locate photographers (usually in issues of copyright). In addition, contact information in the Registry will not be used for other purposes, is kept on a secure server, and will not be shared with any third parties. Members of the Registry may, however, receive periodic communications about Registry or Copyright issues.

Customers/Retailers/Researchers: Locate photographers for free to see if you can reproduce their copyrighted material.

Photographers: Create a free account that features your most up-to-date business information.

~ This post was taken from the very helpful Professional Photographers of America website.

Luke Photography earns a Merit in International Print Competition

Luke Photography earns a Merit in International Print Competition

In April, Patrick Luke of Luke Photography, a Rochester-based portrait photographer, submitted four prints in the 2010 International Print Competition through the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and the results of the competition were just finalized.

“A Mischievous Mind” – selected for the 2010 PPA Showcase book
One of the prints, “A Mishchievous Mind”, not only earned a Merit, but was one of less than 150 images that were chosen from the thousands that were entered to be included in the 2010 PPA Showcase book. The PPA Showcase book is published by the PPA every year to present some of the finest images that have been accepted into the PPA’s General Collection.

From Patrick: The image was captured during a portrait session with the 18-month old son of a long-time friend. While I was able to capture so many great images during the entire session, this one captured a split-second look and expression that is timeless, and brought a smile and chuckle to almost all the judges who viewed it.

Judges view all submitted images against 12 elements: Impact, Creativity, Technical Expertise, Composition, Lighting, Style, Print Presentation, Center of Interest, Subject Matter, Color Balance, Technique, and Story Telling. Images that score well in all 12 categories earn print merits. I’m pretty sure that Impact was the highest scoring category for this print.

I was pleased that I was able to attain this honor in only my 2nd print competition. It’s not always easy or comfortable to bear one’s creativity to critique, especially in an international competition against the best photographers in the world. But with results like this, it ends up being very rewarding and enriching.

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