Maryland's only Professional Trade Association Committed to the Artistic, Technical, Personal, and Business Success of the Professional Photographer


Upcoming events

    • December 02, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EST)
    • ZOOM

    Join us for a special additional program!

    Wednesday, December 2nd  7-9:30pm

    Susan Gertz 
    "Graphic Design for Photographers"

    Free to Members! | Guests $39

    If you can't make this meeting, but would like to see the presentation, good news! All registered participants will have access to a recording of this presentation for 30 days!

    As a professional photographer, your expertise in lighting, posing, lenses, and composition shows with every shot! The last thing you want is to take away from your hard-won professional image with amateurish graphic design. Just as being a professional photographer is much more than knowing how to open Photoshop, graphic design is much more than opening software and typing words in a document! 

    In this program, you will learn how to make your own DIY designs look less like “crap” using the using the CRAP design principles: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. You’ll also learn how to select and use typefaces to create the right mood and choose the right file formats and color spaces for digital and print uses. 

    Improving your design skills needs to go hand-in-hand with learning better production skills so you can execute your idea. We’ll focus on using Photoshop as your graphic design tool since it’s what you already own and use. These skills will translate to other Adobe Suite applications if you decide to branch out to dedicated tools for document design (Adobe InDesign) or vector drawing (Adobe Illustrator). You’ll leave this program knowing how to control every aspect of type spacing. You’ll also learn when (and how) to create vector objects in Photoshop.

    Improving your DIY skills is valuable, but understanding when and how to work with a professional graphic designer is important too. So, we’ll end the program with what to look for when hiring a graphic designer and how to get the most out of that relationship.

    A bibliography of learning resources will help you build your skills after the program.

    About Me

    I have a Master’s Degree in Technical and Scientific Communication from Miami University which includes coursework in graphic design. I taught a graphic design course for that program for several years after graduating. I have worked as a graphic designer and technical writer for the Center for Chemistry Education (CCE) at Miami University for 30 years. My design work for CCE includes logos, promotional materials, educational materials, and websites. One of my specialties (and favorite jobs) is designing long books using Adobe InDesign and producing both digital and print versions from the files. In recent years I have been learning animation using several different programs. As a freelance designer, I design many of the same types of materials, often for fellow photographers.

    As a photographer, I have had a pet photography studio in Middletown, Ohio for 10 years. I am a CPP and Master Photographer and have been a Bronze, Silver, and Gold photographer in IPC competition in the Photographic Open and Master Artist categories. I have had three images selected for the Grand Imaging Awards top 10 in the pet category.

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    • December 03, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • ZOOM

    We hope you will help us welcome our new Print Competition Chairs and say Thank You to our outgoing Print Chairs! Plus, learn about changes to Print Competition for 2021!

    Thursday, December 3rd  7-8pm via ZOOM

    Everyone is Welcome!

    Ellen Zangla

      Lidia Miller

    Julie Kim and Christina Martin

    Join us to say THANK YOU! to outgoing print chairs Christina Martin and Julie Kim and welcome our incoming chairs Lidia Miller and Ellen Zangla!

    Print Competition updates will also be presented! Q+A welcome. S

    See you on December 3rd at 7pm!  

    Zoom link will be provided upon registration.  Everyone is welcome!

    • December 09, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • ZOOM

    Due to Covid-19, our 2020 Holiday Social will be a virtual event!

    Save the date and time:

    Wednesday December 9th  6:30pm -8:30pm 

    We hope you will join us to celebrate our community! Mark your calendar for an evening of catching up and celebrating this one-of-a-kind year. Past members are invited to join us too! 

    We look forward to spending time with you!

    • December 14, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Virtual - ZOOM

    Join Us For Our Collaborative Work Day: Monday, December 14th, 2020!

    Until further notice, our second Monday Collaborative Work Days will take place virtually from 12-1:30pm on Zoom. Stay as long as you like!  Join Bruce, Anne and the rest of us to catch up, collaborate, discuss what's on your mind and projects you are working on, techniques and tricks, anything else, and of course get to know your colleagues better!

    We are working on two 5 minute features for December. If you would like to present, please contact Anne! 


    Everyone is welcome!

    You do not need to be an MDPPA member to join the call, you just need to register to receive the login.

    {Join by video or telephone. Zoom call login information will be sent to registered attendees - so be sure to register- anytime before or during the call, to receive the login link.}  

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Upcoming dates:

    January 11, February 8th

    When we are able to return to in-person meetings, we will meet from 9:30am-3:30pm. This is an open house work environment - stay a little while, or the whole day!  Bring your computer, files, paperwork, binders, lighting equipment, coffee, lunch, whatever you need to have with you to get your work done.

Past events

November 18, 2020 Harold Ross presents "Sculpting with Light"
November 09, 2020 Collaborative Work Day: November 9, 2020
October 27, 2020 Fall Fest! Program and Print Competition
October 22, 2020 IPC Happy Hour with Danny Douglas
October 12, 2020 Collaborative Work Day: October 12, 2020
September 25, 2020 Painting in Photoshop with Sandra Pearce!
September 23, 2020 Membership Evening!
September 14, 2020 Collaborative Work Day: September 14, 2020
August 26, 2020 Fine Art Landscapes - Beyond the Postcard
August 21, 2020 MDPPA Member Happy Hour with Danny Douglas
August 15, 2020 Cancelled - Member Family Picnic!
August 10, 2020 Collaborative Work Day: August 10, 2020
July 23, 2020 July Print Competition
July 22, 2020 Color Management for Digital Photography
July 22, 2020 Postponed - Spend the Day with Cris and Deanna Duncan
July 20, 2020 MDPPA Webinar Series: Dodge and Burn in Photoshop with Kelly Schneider
July 13, 2020 MDPPA Webinar Series: Add Some Spark to Your Social Media Mix: Adobe Spark
July 13, 2020 Collaborative Work Day: July 13, 2020
July 06, 2020 MDPPA Webinar Series: Ins and Outs of Print Competition
June 24, 2020 MDPPA Webinar Series Double Header with James Corbett and Bruce Press
June 08, 2020 MDPPA 45-Minute Webinars - Danny Douglas
June 08, 2020 Collaborative Work Day: June 8, 2020
June 05, 2020 Brown Bag Virtual Lunch with Danny Douglas
June 04, 2020 MDPPA 45-Minute Webinars - Amy Masi
June 03, 2020 MDPPA 45-Minute Webinars - Paul Biederman
May 27, 2020 Transformational Photography: A Heart Centered Approach to Photographing Women
May 26, 2020 MDPPA 45-Minute Webinars
May 11, 2020 Collaborative Work Day: May 11, 2020
April 29, 2020 Profit with a Purpose
April 22, 2020 Quarterly Print Competition
April 17, 2020 MDPPA Virtual Happy Hour
April 13, 2020 Collaborative Work Day: April 13, 2020
March 25, 2020 Postponed - A Profit-Making Approach to Shooting in a Commercial World
March 09, 2020 Collaborative Work Day: March 9, 2020
February 26, 2020 Zen and the Art of Nature Photography
February 10, 2020 Collaborative Work Day: February 10, 2020
February 01, 2020 MDPPA 2020 Annual Awards Banquet
January 29, 2020 Convention 2020 LUNCHES
January 28, 2020 MDPPA Annual Convention 2020
January 08, 2020 The Ins and Outs of Print Competition with Christina Martin and Julie Kim
December 11, 2019 MDPPA Holiday Social 2019
December 09, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: December 9, 2019
November 20, 2019 MDPPA Member Share
November 14, 2019 Gallery Day Out: Exhibition Tour at the National Gallery of Art
October 22, 2019 Fall Fest Day 2: October 2019 Print Competition
October 21, 2019 Fall Fest Day 1: Facial Analysis: Lost Art in Creating an Impactful Portrait
October 21, 2019 Fall Fest Day 1: Before, After and How to Get There
September 25, 2019 September Artist's Program
September 09, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: September 9, 2019
August 17, 2019 Member Family Picnic!
August 05, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: August 5, 2019
July 25, 2019 A Day with Mary Fisk-Taylor and Jamie Hayes
July 24, 2019 July 2019 Print Competition
July 08, 2019 Collaborative Work Day + Programing: July 8, 2019
June 26, 2019 A Day with Photographic Artist Paul Biederman
June 10, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: June 10, 2019
May 22, 2019 Photographing and Fundraising with Furry Family Members
May 13, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: May 13, 2019
April 24, 2019 April 2019 Print Competition
April 18, 2019 Gallery Day Out: Tintoretto Tour at the National Gallery of Art
April 08, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: April 8, 2019
March 27, 2019 Baby's First Year: From Newborn to First Birthday - Secrets to Creating Portraits that WOW!
March 11, 2019 Collaborative Work Day: March 11, 2019
February 27, 2019 Deep Space Astrophotography
February 02, 2019 MDPPA 2019 Annual Awards Banquet
January 31, 2019 2019 Annual Print/Digital Competition
January 30, 2019 MDPPA Annual Convention 2019
January 16, 2019 Photoshop: The Basics with Bruce Press
January 03, 2019 Print Competition Updates and Monitor Calibration
December 12, 2018 MDPPA Holiday Social 2018
December 11, 2018 Gallery Day Out: Gallery Tour at the National Gallery of Art
November 14, 2018 Interior Architecture with Chris Spielmann
October 24, 2018 Fall Fest: Light Painting with Adrian Henson
October 24, 2018 Fall Fest: October 2018 Print Competition
October 23, 2018 Fall Fest! : Inspiration and Drone Photography with The Timmons
September 26, 2018 "Empow-her" With Kay Eskridge
September 17, 2018 Collaborative Work Day and Equipment Sale: September 17 2018
August 18, 2018 Member Family Picnic!
August 06, 2018 IPC Streaming and Collaborative Work Day: August 6 2018
July 25, 2018 July 2018 Print Competition
July 24, 2018 Work/Life Balance with Jenni Knezovich
July 16, 2018 Collaborative Work Day: July 16 2018!
June 27, 2018 MDPPA Member Benefit Event!
May 23, 2018 French Country Stylized Event - a Hands-on Photo Shoot
April 25, 2018 April 2018 Print Competition
March 22, 2018 Leveraging Today’s Technology for More Creative Images - with Bob Coates
March 22, 2018 A Day with Bob Coates - Be Inspired! Black and White File Processing and Personal Projects
February 28, 2018 Image Salience and How to Achieve it in Portraiture, with Kelly Schneider
February 03, 2018 MDPPA 2018 Annual Awards Banquet
February 01, 2018 2018 Annual Print/Digital Competition
January 31, 2018 MDPPA Annual Convention 2018
January 10, 2018 Demystifying Print Competition
December 13, 2017 MDPPA Holiday Social 2017
November 15, 2017 A Full Day of Wedding Photography Education! Creating Impact with Art - Turning the Ordinary into Extraordinary
October 25, 2017 October 2017 Print Competition
September 27, 2017 Portrait Lighting for Maximum Impact and Lightroom to Run Your Studio
August 23, 2017 The Business of Photography: From Hobby to Sustainable Profession
July 26, 2017 July 2017 Print Competition
June 28, 2017 Profiting From Non-Profits
May 24, 2017 Making the Jump to Commercial Photography and Modern Senior Portraiture
April 26, 2017 April 2017 Print Competition
March 10, 2017 Gallery Day Out: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
March 04, 2017 MDPPA 2017 Annual Awards Banquet
March 02, 2017 2017 Annual Print/Digital Competition
March 01, 2017 MDPPA Annual Convention 2017
February 22, 2017 Bodyscapes with Matt Meiers
January 25, 2017 Getting Noticed In The Crowd: Social Media and Marketing for Photographers
January 18, 2017 Ins and Outs of Print Competition
December 14, 2016 MDPPA Holiday Social 2016
December 01, 2016 Consider the Masters - Gallery Tour at the National Gallery of Art
November 16, 2016 Conceptual Portraits - Tatiana Lumiere
October 26, 2016 October 2016 Print Competition
October 25, 2016 Two Days of Pet Photography with Barbara Breitsameter Day 1 and Angela Lawson Day 2
September 27, 2016 Location Portraits with Dave Brosha
August 24, 2016 Doug Mattice- Business
July 27, 2016 July Print Competition
June 22, 2016 Teens and Tweens with Lidia Miller
June 17, 2016 CPP Exam
May 25, 2016 Seniors with Beth Forester
April 27, 2016 Print Competition
April 26, 2016 Ann Monteith's Get Down To Business!
April 13, 2016 Double Your Income- Double Your Fun! Joe Switzer
March 23, 2016 Take Your Prints To the Next Level With Christine Walsh-Newton
February 28, 2016 MDPPA Annual Awards Banquet
February 26, 2016 Sensor Cleaning
February 26, 2016 Annual Print Competition February 26, 2016
February 25, 2016 MDPPA Annual Convention 2016
February 03, 2016 Time Lapse photography and 360 Degree Virtual Reality Photography
January 20, 2016 How to Prepare for the annual print competition with Christina Martin (MDPPA Print Chairman)
December 04, 2015 MDPPA Holiday Social
November 18, 2015 How To Photograph Pets and Their People
October 28, 2015 Print Competition October 28 2015
October 14, 2015 CPP Exam
October 08, 2015 CPP Mentorship Workshop
September 30, 2015 Boudoir by Jen Rozenbaum
March 07, 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony and Banquet
February 21, 2015 "A Planet of Light: Exploring Light, Lines, and Moments in our Outdoor World" - Dave Brosha
February 21, 2015 Avant Garde Fashion with Brian deMint
January 28, 2015 Tim Cooper - Painting with Light

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