The South Dakota Professional Photographers Association hosted the annual SDPPA Spring Seminar convention in Sioux Falls at the Holiday Inn City Centre. SDPPA members enjoyed learning throughout the weekend by attending workshops and entering images into the print competition.
Pierre Stephenson, M.Photog, Cr. CPP, who owns and operates Pierre’s Portrait Art Company in Madison, WI, presented several workshops throughout the 2-day seminar. On Sunday, SDPPA members learned about the foundations for posing and low light photography. Later that evening, they headed out to the banks of the Sioux River to practice capturing low-light images, using techniques learned in class.
The highlight of the seminar was on Monday, when members experienced underwater photography first hand. Before diving in, Pierre gave a demonstration about set up, safety, and gear. Then everyone headed to the pool for some hands on experience. Here are several images captured underwater by Mary Sweeney-Gengler, using her own underwater gear for the first time.
Print Competition Results
Photographers from around the state entered images into SDPPA’s first all-digital print competition. Entries of the competition are evaluated and scored against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. While the competition did not qualify a member for merits, it was an educational experience for all who submitted entries. Those who entered images and attending the print judging received comments and scores from judge, Elaine Steen of Britton, SD. Here are the winners:
Thank you to everyone who attended. Our next workshop will be held on May 11th, with Jessica Edwards who will discuss Seniors & Pricing. More information coming soon – we hope you will join us!