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<strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2020</strong>


6<br />

6<br />

Staying Local<br />

4<br />

Meet Your Executive Team<br />

8<br />

President’s<br />

Message<br />

Sheltering in Paradise<br />

10 20<br />

Creative Styling<br />

<strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers of California

SPRING <strong>2020</strong><br />

Gadget Guy<br />

From the Smoker<br />

18 31<br />

32<br />

Meet your Affiliates<br />

28 <strong>Photo</strong>shop - Zero to Sixty 34<br />

Machu Picchu<br />

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Staying Local<br />

John Grusd, M.<strong>Photo</strong>g., M-PPC<br />

One of the great truisms about photographers, especially those who specialize in landscapes and<br />

nature, is that they always think they have to go somewhere else to create terrific photographs. In<br />

unfamiliar locations we see masterpieces around every corner but the places we experience every<br />

day don’t even register on our creative radar. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a unique<br />

image of my hometown taken by a visitor! Why didn’t I think of that? What is it about our own home<br />

bases that make us so blasé?<br />

Maybe we have an opportunity in these times of “Social Distancing” to change that. We can<br />

possibly take advantage of this extra time to work on our skills, clean our equipment, learn<br />

something new and otherwise get everything ready for the future when we can safely go out again.<br />

Take nature photography for example. I live in the city of Los Angeles, California. Perhaps you have<br />

heard of it. This megalopolis probably doesn’t offer much in the way of nature photography. Right?<br />

What got me thinking about this was my morning walks with my dog. With nearly everybody staying<br />

home and there being almost no noise from automobile traffic, I noticed something different. Birds!<br />

Lots of birds! Hundreds of them! Maybe thousands! Every morning my neighborhood sounds like a<br />

gigantic aviary!<br />

It got me rethinking about what kinds of wildlife I’ve seen within a few blocks of my house, not to<br />

mention in my own backyard. I already mentioned the birds. I see many hummers, songbirds and<br />

woodpeckers. Birds of prey like owls, falcons and hawks are ever present. I’ve even seen a Golden<br />

Eagle! LA, like most of the places where each of us live, is on a major migration route. The passing<br />

of the weeks bring a constant change in the variety of species. Waterfowl such as ducks and geese<br />

are always around and there are too many shore birds to mention.<br />

I regularly see other animals as well. There are squirrels, of course, and possums, skunks, bats,<br />

raccoons and the ubiquitous coyotes. I’ve even seen the occasional bobcat and numerous families<br />

of mule deer. For those of you who are a bit delicate, I won’t list the creepy crawlies that are<br />

fantastic for macro or the biggest rattlesnake I have ever seen, just a few miles from my house!<br />

My point is, all we have to do is stop, look and listen to notice the photographable nature around us.<br />

There is plenty of it wherever you live! (Don’t forget <strong>Spring</strong> flowers and other flora!) The internet and<br />

apps are fantastic for researching animal behaviors and identifying species. They’re also great for<br />

picking up the photographic techniques that will yield fantastic results with practice. And you can do<br />

all of this while diligently keeping your social distances! Don’t despair that you can’t travel like you<br />

planned. You can turn these difficult times into a windfall of learning and opportunity!<br />

The Peregrine Falcon in the image below was photographed within the city limits of Los Angeles,<br />

not a 20 minute drive from downtown (where Peregrines also live). It was raining hard and I only<br />

spent a short while photographing but hopefully this is a new beginning of a local nature<br />

photography adventure for me!<br />


I hope you stay safe and healthy and make the most of these uncertain times. Keep your camera<br />

handy and ready to shoot! You never know what will wander into your own backyard or<br />

neighborhood!<br />

I’ll see you all out there…Eventually! – JG<br />

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President’s Message<br />

Wow, this year took quite an unexpected turn…I feel as though I am living a movie I may<br />

have seen when I was younger. This is and has been a very challenging time for so many of<br />

us.<br />

PPC has beein trying to stay up-to-date with all of the information flying around regarding<br />

financial help and had found that PPA is at the forefront of collecting and passing along this<br />

information which at times seemed to be changing by the hour. We are making sure to pass<br />

the latest and most accurate information along to you. A huge “Thank You!”, to Mel Carll for<br />

keeping on top of this and making sure it is posted in both the PPC and PPC Affiliates<br />

Facebook pages for you to access easily.<br />

Also, as you have probably heard, <strong>West</strong> Coast School has been cancelled for <strong>2020</strong>. It was an extremely difficult<br />

decision to make but we are already finalizing plans for 2021 and it will be better than ever! Stay tuned for more<br />

information.<br />

In light of everything going on out there, this may be a reset that so many of us needed. I know I have kept myself<br />

busy learning about all sorts of things that I have wanted to know but didn’t have the time. And, sometimes I just<br />

don’t even know where to start because I have too much time. It’s OK!<br />

These are unprecedented and strange times so please remember to be kind, to yourself and those around you!<br />

Take time to play, It is so very good for your soul!<br />

Diane<br />


“Afternoon Seat” by Sharol Lobel<br />

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Sheltering in Place …<br />

In Paradise!<br />

Sharon Lobel,<br />

M.<strong>Photo</strong>g., CR, M-PPC<br />

Little did I know that my scuba diving photography trip<br />

would turn into my own version of “Survivor”!<br />

Leaving Los Angeles on March 17th for a ten-day trip to<br />

Ambergris Caye, Belize to dive the Mesoamerican barrier<br />

reef (the second largest coral reef in the world) and the<br />

famous Blue Hole, I ended up facing the pandemic outbreak<br />

that was occurring around the world!<br />

Taking everything into consideration and weighing all<br />

the risks, I decided to weather the storm in place and<br />

stay on the Island. I thought, geez, how long could this<br />

last…they will have it resolved in no time! With no<br />

cases of the COVID-19 present on the Island or<br />

mainland, I felt extremely safe but still a little worried!<br />

What if there was an outbreak? How reliable were the<br />

doctors and the hospital? How fast could the government<br />

react to containing the spread of the virus on such a<br />

small Island?<br />

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Without much more thought, I gathered my dive gear to catch the next boat for a morning dive. Upon preparing<br />

for the dive I soon hear these words, “Oh, by the way, the resort is closing and everyone has to be out of here by<br />

Monday!” Of course, my reaction was, “What the f*@#!!!! In two days???” I tried not to think about it at the<br />

moment because I was about to flip off of a boat and dive under 80 feet of water!<br />

Well, my mental anxiety kicked in upon my ascent to the surface and once I hit the surface… so did my<br />

breakfast! If you know what I mean! Yuck! I made my way up the swim steps and into the boat and soon we<br />

were back on land! Everything was racing through my brain including this decision to stay on the island.<br />

Flights were being cancelled and the borders were closing. I could only think about how I was going to find a<br />

place to live in such a short time!

So, I did what I do best…started asking people about rentals. I called a friend who had spent a lot of time in<br />

Belize and talked to everybody I saw and later started walking the beach to find a place to live. I had rented a<br />

golf cart to get around, so I was stopping at every for-rent sign I saw. I met with a realtor and she showed me a<br />

few options, then I had lunch at a local beach restaurant called “Rum Dog” and the owner’s friend was in real<br />

estate, so he put us in touch with each another. My very frustrating day soon came to an end and it was a bust!<br />

Making my way back to the resort with a case of super anxiety, I quickly took a seat at the pool bar. Sitting<br />

next to me was the dive master and he asked if I found anything and then he suggested a few places to look the<br />

following day. I only had one more day to look or else it was camping on the beach!<br />

The next day a decision had to be made! Keep looking or take one of the places that I had already seen. I<br />

decided to keep looking. Awakened early and determined to find something, I sort of questioned myself…Did<br />

I make the wrong decision? I thought to myself that even a shack on the beach will do at this point. I felt a bit<br />

overwhelmed but, hey…it’s an adventure and I am adventurous! I am going to make the best of it! Who<br />

doesn’t dream of being stranded on an Island?!<br />

Off I went, stopping at every location between the resort and town as I was making enquiries of a place to live.<br />

I continued to hear everyone saying the same thing, “We are shutting down! There are no rentals!” I could not<br />

believe it! It’s an open market on this island and there are hundreds of empty condos and houses! I cannot be<br />

the only person looking for a place to rent or the only tourist who decided to stay on the island! I was so<br />

desperate I even asked the grounds caretaker that was racking the sand at one resort. Low and behold, as I was<br />

walking back to the golf cart the caretaker said, “Hey, my friend Pedro is the caretaker at this house up the<br />

beach. Here is his cell number. He can help you out.” The caretaker said it is not too far from here, it is called<br />

“Still Waters”, just keep walking up the beach and you will see the sign.<br />

I started walking up the beach and saw nothing. Stopped and asked a few people and they said I have no idea<br />

where it is. Well, duh! I had the guys number, so I made the call. A nice gentle voice answered the phone and I<br />

told him who I was, and he said, “Oh yes, my friend called and said you were coming.” I described where I<br />

was, and he said you are not too far, and I will meet you down on the beach.<br />

And there it was! OMG! The beach house of all beach houses! My expectations were a Hemmingway fishing

shack but after arriving, I found myself standing in front of a small two-story beach front villa. This is it! After<br />

taking a quick tour of the house and a phone call to the owner, all I could do was hope we had a deal! Now<br />

back to the resort with a better outlook on my decision to stay, I felt I was going to be okay.<br />

The last day at the resort had arrived. My security blanket was being dismantled! The staff was at my door<br />

early to make sure I was packing and ready to leave by noon. Geez! I still had no place to go and bingo! The<br />

phone rang! It was the owner of the house and it was a done deal. The beach house was a GO! YIPPIE!<br />

Suddenly, I was ready to leave the resort and embark on a new adventure! The resort was amazing in offering<br />

some food and water to get me by for a few days. So, packing up the golf cart with luggage, dive gear, camera<br />

gear, a crate of eggs, meat, fish, bread and water…a new chapter in my life had just begun! Now it is “Gucci<br />

Survivor” at its best! LOL!<br />

I quickly found myself more comfortable with my surroundings around the house, the beach and about town,<br />

but a new task came with each day! As the virus was rapidly spreading in the US and especially California, I<br />

too was facing my own crisis on the island as we had our first outbreak which lead to more people testing

positive. They were soon placed in quarantine and isolated from the rest of the islanders. Franticly a new wave<br />

of anxiety kicked in when I heard the local markets and vegetable stands were closing indefinitely. I did not<br />

have enough food to last a week and made a quick reaction to go to town and follow the herds and stock up!<br />

Now that the “beach sand” has settled, I am happy with my decision to shelter in place in Paradise! Even<br />

though our beaches are open, who would have thought the Caribbean Sea would be closed! No diving, no<br />

fishing or swimming in the ocean. It is extremely hard on the locals as they depend on fishing and on tourism<br />

for survival. We are all faced with some sort of difficulty!<br />

Making the most of my time, I am learning more about the Belizean and Island culture, which is fascinating.<br />

The Ambergris Caye (pronounced “key”) Island is one of more than 200 islands. It is just over a mile wide and<br />

runs for 25 miles along the barrier reef. The only town is San Pedro which has a very relaxed ambiance.<br />

Cooking has always been an enjoyment for me, so I’m learning all sorts of ways to cook with fresh coconuts<br />

that either fall in the yard or I pick up on my walks. Husking a coconut is not an easy task either! I’m also<br />

finding out that by not being able to go to the market as often as I did, it is a treat to stroll down the aisles of the<br />

local markets and vegetable stands!<br />

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One of the highlights of my day is watching all the wildlife venture out of the jungle from<br />

the side of the house into the yard. It is a bird watcher’s feast to see Yellow Crowned<br />

Night Herons, Ospreys, Azure-crowned Hummingbirds, Acorn Woodpeckers, Great<br />

Kiskadees, Frigates, Pelicans and Egrets to just name a few species. Then you walk into<br />

the bedroom and a beautiful owl butterfly has landed on your patio screen door. And on<br />

top of that, there is the cutest family of ringtail racoons that drink right from the swimming<br />

pool several times a day. One day I heard a lot of splashing and one of them had fallen in.<br />

It had to be rescued! Each day from sunrise to sunset brings a new memory!<br />

When the sunny day fades into the night I get extremely excited to sit out on the deck with<br />

a glass of wine and stare endlessly into the night sky of a thousand eyes! Thank goodness<br />

for my Sky View app on my phone as it has helped me identify so many stars, planets and<br />

constellations! I will be an expert on the tropical sky when this is all over!<br />

As a nature, landscape, wildlife, surf, ocean and travel photographer or matter of fact - any type of<br />

photographer, the world seems a bit out of reach right now. I understand more than ever that it is the time to get<br />

inspired while we are all “sheltering in place” by being productive, getting creative, organizing our photos or<br />

learning a new photo program. But it is also important to keep our photography and travel dreams intact and<br />

our bucket list full!<br />

I only came on my trip with my dive camera, my Nikon D500 and one 18-200 lens, an intervalometer, one ND<br />

filter and 2 batteries. It’s amazing what you can do with only what you have. Remember…this was only a 10-<br />

day trip!<br />


I’ve been on the Island for 42 plus days now and<br />

I don’t know when I will return to California.<br />

While I’m regrouping and reinventing myself, I<br />

know the future will be totally different. How<br />

we work and travel will never be the same.<br />

Don’t hate me when I say it’s a hard decision to<br />

either walk left or right on the beach or just hang<br />

out under a coconut tree and watch the beautiful<br />

clouds drift over the turquoise waters. It’s also<br />

worrisome not only to be concerned about<br />

myself but for my family and friends. It’s the<br />

fear of the unknown.<br />

We all thirst for too much time on our hands and<br />

when we have it… well, do we really know what<br />

to do with it? Since I only have my laptop with<br />

me and not my backup drives, I will continue to<br />

follow my passion with my camera in hand and<br />

make the most of this new and exciting situation<br />

creating new images!<br />

I would love to hear from you so, if you would<br />

like to reach out and chat, I’m available on<br />

What’s App, 818-802-7597 or via my email,<br />

ShutterBugSharon@aol.com. Let’s flatten the<br />

curve and quickly move forward! Wear a mask,<br />

do social distancing and be safe!<br />


Gadget Guy<br />

by Larry Skibiski M.<strong>Photo</strong>g.CR., CPP<br />

There are a multitude of options currently available for wireless<br />

“tethering” of our cameras to phones, pads, and computers. Many<br />

cameras have either built in wireless, or optional proprietary,<br />

external modules to perform image transfers. There are also a<br />

number of manufacturers who have products with which to<br />

accomplish wireless tethering. These include offerings from Vello,<br />

Tether Tools, and the most popular since 2012, CamRanger. The<br />

focus of this article will be the latest version of CamRanger, which<br />

is CamRanger 2.<br />

Many of you may own the original CamRanger, or, you might have seen one being used by an instructor<br />

at a workshop or seminar. My own success rate using the original CamRanger, as well as those<br />

instructors I have observed at several workshops or seminars, was limited. Sometimes it worked great,<br />

and other times not. However, it may not always have been the fault of the CamRanger unit, because<br />

among other things, operator error was often a factor when the unit was not correctly set up with the<br />

CamRanger application in the receiving hardware. Other things which affect performance include going<br />

beyond the range of the CamRanger, cameras or computers going into sleep mode, and interference<br />

from other devices nearby transmitting on the same frequency.<br />

I found myself frustrated trying to achieve an expected 100 percent success rate using the original<br />

CamRanger, so I was pleased to learn that CamRanger had developed a new version of their flagship<br />

product named CamRanger 2. Some of the things that make the CamRanger 2 new and different are the<br />

form factor, the battery, more supported cameras, additional camera mounting options, five times faster<br />

image transfers, dual band Wi-Fi, three times the range, an onboard SD card slot, and all new upgraded<br />

software features.<br />

Physically, the CamRanger 2 is noticeably larger than the old version. The battery too is now larger and<br />

provides up to 5 hours of stated usage. Nikon, Canon, Fuji, and Sony cameras are all supported;<br />

however, you should check the CamRanger website for a full list of which models are supported.<br />

Mounting options now include a ¼ inch 20 screw mount, a hot shoe mount, and my personal favorite, an<br />

Arca Swiss compatible quick release clamp (I use this for secure mounting to the vertical arm of my L-<br />

bracket). The dual band Wi-Fi has options for either 2.4 GHz for extended range, or 5 GHz for faster<br />

transfer speeds. CamRanger 2 has two available applications; one for the camera control/ saving and<br />

editing, the other for Client viewing.<br />

In a studio setting the fastest image transfers are usually accomplished by hard wire tethering directly to<br />

a computer. However, wired tethering is not without its negatives and is definitely not a solution for all<br />

photographers.<br />

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Who can benefit from tethering their camera wirelessly?<br />

• <strong>Photo</strong>graphers who need remote control of a camera mounted in a difficult, not easily accessible<br />

position.<br />

• Studio <strong>Photo</strong>graphers needing to see a full-sized preview on a calibrated monitor to check focus,<br />

composition, color, etc.<br />

• <strong>Photo</strong>graphers needing immediate downloading of images to a hard drive.<br />

• <strong>Photo</strong>graphers needing immediate collaborative feedback from clients, assistants, and art<br />

directors.<br />

• Sports <strong>Photo</strong>graphers needing FTP transfer to clients.<br />

• Wedding and Event <strong>Photo</strong>graphers creating live slide shows for guest viewing.<br />

• Pole <strong>Photo</strong>graphers (not necessarily <strong>Photo</strong>graphers of Polish descent. Actually, Pole<br />

<strong>Photo</strong>graphers are the ones who create aerial images by boldly putting thousands of dollars of camera<br />

and lenses on top of flimsy, hand-held poles).<br />

• <strong>Photo</strong> workshop instructors. (Note to instructors: Please stop trying to show off your amazing<br />

workshop images on that tiny LCD on the back of your camera! It just doesn’t ever work!)<br />

You will most likely come up with your own ideas as how to incorporate CamRanger 2 tethering into your<br />

own workflow. I often shoot youth baseball action images of my grandson’s team. My idea for a use of<br />

the CamRanger 2 was that I would shoot images at his games and allow parents of the players to view<br />

images live on their devices using the CamRanger Client application as they sat in the bleachers. It<br />

would be kind of like an “instant replay”, but with still images instead of video.<br />

Well that was my big plan, but my CamRanger 2 arrived just in time for the Covid-19 isolation orders to<br />

take effect. All sports activities have been halted. But I still plan to try my plan once life returns to some<br />

semblance of normal, or whatever the new normal will be.<br />

This article is but a brief overview of the CamRanger 2. I have only covered a handful of the many<br />

features and specifications. I hope that I have sparked in you an interest to explore more about the<br />

device and perhaps even add one to your own collection of photography gadgets. Take care, be safe,<br />

stay healthy!<br />

(For the full list of features and specifications please review the website at https://camranger.com. For a<br />

side by side comparison of the CamRanger 2 vs. CamRanger Mini vs. CamRanger click here.<br />



Creative Styling<br />

Using What You Have<br />

Michelle Norris Pennings, CPP<br />

As a photographer I am constantly thinking about how can I create images that have impact. Of course,<br />

I want my images to be technically good. I think about what kind of lighting am I going to use to create a<br />

particular kind of feeling. Or maybe I know the expression I want to extract from my model and I need to<br />

create the right lighting to enhance it. And what kind of pose do I want for my model? I think these are<br />

questions we all ask ourselves when creating images with impact.<br />

Well, I like to take it a step further and add creative styling to the mix. Now this can sometimes make me<br />

feel overwhelmed. Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough money to rent or create an elaborate<br />

costume? Or do you see other photographer’s images and think how did they do that? Well, call it trash<br />

to treasure or crap to creative or whatever you want. It doesn’t have to be that hard.<br />

I have done simple things to create style. A black tank top and jacket shirt with protective knee pads on<br />

the shoulders.<br />

Black trash bags wrapped and taped can look<br />

very glamorous.<br />

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For my image of Lydia in Blue, I had just picked up these silk flowers at a garage sale for 50 cents. I<br />

went to my dress closet to look for a dress that would match. I have a closet of old dresses that friends<br />

have given me. I did that by creating a post on Facebook asking if anyone had old prom or bridesmaids<br />

dresses they wanted to get rid of. I ended up with a whole closet full.<br />

I found a dress with the perfect colors. The problem was Lydia is about a size 8 and the dress was a<br />

size 18! No worries, I made it work.<br />

I started with the dress upside down. I had Lydia step into the bodice and I pulled the skirt up over her<br />

shoulders, starting in the back, pulling, and stapling. Yes you heard it, stapling. Just be careful not to<br />

staple your models skin. You can do all kinds of things with tape and a stapler. Remember, your model<br />

doesn’t have to really wear it to the prom, she just has to wear in a photo. You can fake a lot of things<br />

for an image.<br />


I created a leprechaun image when I first started my photography journey. I made leprechaun’s shoes<br />

with old tap shoes and a couple toilet paper rolls. I used brown duct tape and wrapped the shoes so<br />

they looked like long pointy toed shoes. I cut off the buckles from an old purse for shoe decor and<br />

attached velcro under the duct tape straps.<br />

The belts, well I couldn't find kids belts so I used regular adult size belts. I cut them down the back and<br />

sewed them together on the sewing machine so they were smaller. But you can use duct tape and<br />

staples. I used the fabric from old curtains to make ascots. I cut them up and wrapped it around their<br />

necks and tied it like a scarf.<br />

I bought the jackets at the thrift store. I first tried dying them with fabric dye but that didn't work. So, I<br />

resorted to spray paint. Then I washed them because I didn't want the children to be breathing toxic<br />

spray paint fumes. The spray-painted fabric actually washed pretty well. It was a little stiff. But the smell<br />

was gone.<br />

The knickers were sweat pants I cut off and used puffy paint to make a textured brocade pattern.<br />

So you see, you can take little things you have around the house and repurpose them. Staple them, paint<br />

them, go crazy! I can’t wait to see what you do with all those empty toilet paper rolls, cellophane or the<br />

stuffing out of old pillows.<br />

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Stuck at Home <strong>Photo</strong> Contest<br />

Smart Marketing<br />

by Larry Skibiski<br />


Thank you all so much for submitting what you have been up to and to Larry Skibiski for capturing<br />

the true essence of Smart Marketing in these unprecidented times.<br />


Afternoon Seat<br />

by Sharon Lobel<br />

by Kimerly Olker<br />


y Dan Holmes<br />

by Michael Collins<br />


<strong>Photo</strong>shop - Zero to Sixty<br />

Michael Collins, M. <strong>Photo</strong>g., CR., CPP, M-PPC,<br />

S-PPC, BA-PPA, F-PPC<br />

In this first edition of “<strong>Photo</strong>shop – Zero to Sixty” we are going to work on the layout of our desktop/<br />

workspace. It may seem simple but there are a couple of things you can do to make your life in <strong>Photo</strong>shop<br />

easier.<br />

The first thing you want to do is landscape the heck out of it. Only keep the panels and tools you really<br />

need and use on your desktop and the rest are hidden away. “But I might use that tool someday….” Don’t<br />

be a hoarder. Keep only what you need and hide the rest! If you haven’t used it in six months will, you in<br />

the next six? I would rather have space for my image I am working on than a whole bunch of garbage on<br />

the screen.<br />

Me personally, I like History, Actions and Layers on the right side attached to each other. I have Brushes,<br />

Brush Settings and <strong>Pro</strong>perties minimized but ready to go. I use these all of the time. But make it so that<br />

YOU are happy with it. Some people like to have their toolbar on the right side next to the Layer etc.<br />

Panels. Me? It doesn’t matter as I pretty much use keyboard shortcuts for all of the tools as it saves me<br />

time.<br />


Once your desktop is how you like it, save the Workspace as your own. Go to Window to Workspace to<br />

“New Workspace”. Title it with your name or other way to remember it and save it. You can always save<br />

it as “Collins Workspace” so you remember what a great guy he is.<br />

Next go to preferences, the keyboard shortcut is Cmd/<br />

Ctrl K. Cmd for Mac and Ctrl for PC. The first thing to<br />

do is go to “Interface” and pick the shade you want your<br />

workspace to be. I like the medium shade of grey but<br />

this is all personal taste. Next to the Color Theme is<br />

Highlight color. I chose blue as it stands out more<br />

especially in the Layers Panel. You can keep the<br />

default color of Gray or you can also pick Grey as your<br />

color. So, which is it Grey or Gray??<br />

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One more thing before you start getting up and running, <strong>Photo</strong>shop default in the layers panel is to have<br />

small Thumbnails. I am in the ancient category so I like mine a little bigger. All you have to do is click on<br />

the dropdown icon which looks like a stack of four pancakes in the upper right corner of the Layers<br />

Panel. Go almost to the bottom and click on “Panel Options”. Pick the size of the icon you would like to<br />

have. Thumbnail Contents, click on entire document.<br />

And there you have it - you’re ready to rock and roll.<br />



by Mel Carll, S-PPC, BA-PPC<br />

Let’s make some Homemade Berry Curd!<br />

During this Stay-at-Home order I thought it would<br />

be a great time to try something new. I love a<br />

good curd, whether it be lemon, berry or<br />

raspberry. I just love the texture and the flavor it<br />

gives. So on one of my trips to the market,<br />

strawberries and raspberries were both looking<br />

really good, and even better, on sale.<br />

So now, the adventure begins. I am going to make<br />

a Berry Curd for the first time EVER!!! It’s either<br />

going to be epic or worst case, an epic fail.<br />

So here are the instructions I did, while somewhat<br />

following a recipe, and somewhat changing it for<br />

my own tastes:<br />

1. I placed a cup of fresh raspberries in the<br />

food processor until basically smooth.<br />

Then I pressed it through a fine mesh<br />

strainer into a bowl, and discard the seeds<br />

when I was done.<br />

2. I then took a cup of chopped strawberries<br />

and did the same thing. Into the food<br />

processor, and then pressed through the<br />

strainer, again discarding the seeds.<br />

3. In a saucepan, I mixed 1/2 cup sugar and 1<br />

Tbsp of cornstarch. Then I whisked in 3<br />

large egg yolks and the berry puree until all<br />

of this was blended in the pan.<br />

4. Next I added 2 tbsp of butter, and cooked this over a medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture<br />

was just thick enough to coat a spoon, but also using a thermometer and letting the mixture reach a temp<br />

of 170 degrees.<br />

5. Once there, I added a tsp of vanilla extract and mixed well, but making sure not to boil.<br />

6. Once done, remove the pan from the heat.<br />

7. Now transfer the mixture to a bowl, and let it cool slightly.<br />

8. Press some plastic wrap onto the surface, and refrigerate until cold.<br />

9. After chilling, it is ready to serve, or transfer to a glass jar for storage in the fridge.<br />

This mixture was amazing. I will be making this again soon. If was amazing on a English muffin. But even more<br />

amazing over a warm brownie.<br />

Enjoy………<br />

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A F F I L I A T E S H I G H L I G H T S<br />

CIPPA - Channel Islands <strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers<br />

Larry Skibiski<br />

President<br />

www.cippa.org<br />

Dan Holms<br />

Vice President<br />

GCPPA - Gold Coast <strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers<br />

Michael Collins<br />

President<br />

goldcoastppa.info<br />

Scott Clark<br />

Vice President<br />

IEPPV - Inland Empire <strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers<br />

Nick Seth-Smith<br />

President<br />

ieppv.com<br />

David Schulman<br />

Vice President<br />

PPLAC - <strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers of Los Angeles County<br />

Eleanor Gray<br />

President<br />

pplac.org<br />

Roy Patience<br />

Vice President<br />

PPWC - <strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers of Wine Country<br />

Norah Burrows<br />

President<br />

ppwc-online.org<br />

Karna Roa<br />

Vice President<br />


PPOC - <strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers of Orange County<br />

John Aranas<br />

President<br />

ppoc.org<br />

Duane Murphy<br />

1st Vice President<br />

PPSDC - <strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers of San Diego County<br />

Janet Bark<br />

President<br />

ppsdc.com<br />

Antoine Didienne<br />

Vice President<br />

PPSV - <strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers of Sacramento Valley<br />

Kimberly Olker<br />

President<br />

ppsv.org<br />

Suzanne Hambleton<br />

Vice President<br />

PPSCV - <strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers of Santa Clara Valley<br />

Roberto Gonzalez<br />

President<br />

Jim Skintauy<br />

Vice President<br />

https://www.ppscv.net<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2020</strong><br />


Machu Picchu<br />

A Dream Come True<br />

In the late 1950’s while living in Miami, Florida, I recall anxiously waiting for mom’s friends to share<br />

their stories of their weekend escapes to Cuba’s night clubs; the Las Vegas of those days. Mom and her<br />

friends, from the Colombian and Peruvian Consulates, loved to travel. It was their stories of their trip to<br />

Peru that ignited my passion for travel. That trip to Peru was full of excitement, adventure, and wonder,<br />

especially for a child. However, as for many, school, work, and helping at home took precedence, so<br />

travelling around the world had to wait until my 40’s. So for my 65 birthday in 2019 I finally landed in Peru.<br />

The excitement was overwhelming as I retraced mom’s steps with my husband, William, savoring Peru’s<br />

culinary world, and embracing its famous city, Machu Picchu.<br />

Peru is located in western South America, bordered on the North by Ecuador and Colombia (my<br />

native country); the East by Brazil; Southeast/South by Bolivia and Chile; and the <strong>West</strong> by the Pacific<br />

Ocean. It is rich in seafood and enjoys arid plains of the Pacific coastal region in the west to the peaks of<br />

the Andes mountains. To ensure our excursion was comprehensive we booked through Marriott / G-<br />

Adventures National Geographic Journeys. The outcome was amazing, the tour was simply perfect!<br />

Los Angeles, CA to Lima, Peru. We arrived two days before the start of our tour to experience the<br />

city on our own. Our hotel “Antigua Miraflores” was formerly the mansion of a prestigious Peruvian family,<br />

the decor was stunning, and it was perfectly located close to Lima’s best restaurants, ocean board-walk,<br />

and must see sights.<br />

We celebrated my birthday at ‘La Rosa<br />

Nautica’ a gourmet restaurant with an exquisite menu<br />

and expansive ocean views. We visited the “Centro<br />

Cultural Ricardo Palma” and saw the breathtaking<br />

Black & White “Homo Urbanus Europeanus” exhibit of<br />

French photographer Jean-Marc Caracci whose work<br />

is inspired by Henri Cartier Bresson, Elliot Erwitt and<br />

Raymond Depardon, and influenced by American<br />

Painter Edward Hopper.<br />

Heeding recommendations, we took 1 camera<br />

each; William carried his Nikon D750 with the Nikon<br />

50mm and 28-300mm lenses. I carried my Nikon D810<br />

with my 14-24mm and 24-120mm lenses; extra<br />

batteries, SD Cards, etc. We traveled light knowing up<br />

front that this tour was all about walking, climbing, and<br />

hiking. Yes, this trip was quite an endurance test and<br />

one we prepared for at the gym! We walked between<br />

9,000-19,200 steps per day. And it was all worth it!<br />

Drink plenty of water, stay hydrated, take hiking shoes,<br />

and wear layers. You will need them.<br />

Ana Montgomery, BSBA, CPP<br />


Our 8-day travels included Lima to Cusco,<br />

Urubamba, Aguas Calientes, Cusco, back to Lima then<br />

home to Los Angeles. The tour officially started on<br />

Sunday when we met the balance of our group of 7<br />

couples plus the local guide, Mauricio who was<br />

exemplary as a leader and a true historian. We were a<br />

small group of Americans, Canadians, and Australians<br />

who got along beautifully the entire trip. That evening<br />

we enjoyed a wonderful city tour of Lima and a delicious<br />

seafood dinner at a local restaurant.<br />

On Monday morning we flew to Cusco where we<br />

toured the Urubamba Valley also known as the ‘Sacred<br />

Valley.’ There we toured the Moray Ruins known for its<br />

archeological ruins of extensive works of terracing and<br />

irrigation, and the Maras Salt Mines where salt<br />

evaporation ponds are situated at an altitude of 3,380<br />

meters above sea level. Although I was experiencing<br />

these cultural wonders with my own eyes, I was still in<br />

disbelief. I couldn’t fathom the engineering and<br />

architectural wonders created without modern<br />

technology.<br />

This particular evening we ate a traditional<br />

“Pachamanca Dinner” at the ‘Inkalicious Restaurant’,<br />

located walking distance from our hotel, Villa<br />

Urubamba.<br />

The servers were always dressed in beautiful<br />

traditional colorful handwoven clothes.<br />

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And, as a side note, our hotel looked very<br />

much like a traditional Colombian Finca ‘Hacienda’<br />

surrounded by green plush gardens. Each morning’s<br />

breakfast included a variety of local grains, Quiwicha<br />

Pop, Quinua Pop, freshly baked breads, eggs, and<br />

fruit yogurts. The service was impeccable and truly<br />

memorable.<br />

Once again on the road we toured the Pisac<br />

Ruins, Ollantaytambo Ruins, and enjoyed a<br />

fabulous meal at the ‘Parwa Community<br />

Restaurant’. Peru is known as the largest potato<br />

grower in the world with over 4,000 varieties of<br />

native potatoes varying in size, texture and colors.<br />

While at Ollantaytambo we enjoyed a detailed<br />

explanation of the traditions of planting and<br />

harvesting the vast variety of potatoes in the region.<br />

We also enjoyed a colorful demonstration of<br />

how wool is spun, tinted with nature’s different plants<br />

to produce consistently gorgeous colors then woven<br />

into works of art by the Inca women.<br />

On the following day, after a 30 minute<br />

train ride we arrived in Aguas Calientes and stayed<br />

at Taypikala Hotel Machu Picchu. The staff at the<br />

hotel was warm and welcoming, the rooms were<br />

perfect, and each morning there was a lovely buffet<br />

with more than you can eat. It was perfectly located<br />

near shops with a variety of handmade articles for<br />

the home, amazing restaurants, and the bus that<br />

takes you up a very steep, narrow and winding road.<br />

The bus drivers go up and down all day long from<br />

the bottom of the mountain to the top where Machu<br />

Picchu is actually located. Those drivers are true<br />

masters of the wheel as many of us only held our<br />

breath in fear with every curve – afraid to look out<br />

the window down the 10,000 ft precipice;<br />

nevertheless, we made it safely each time we went<br />

up and down.<br />

Machu Picchu was breathtaking, inspirational and more than I could have imagined. You felt the<br />

presence of the Gods, the energy of its history, the power of its warriers, and the glory of its beauty. It<br />

indeed was a trip that was full of wonder, excitement and new ‘lifelong’ friends. Thanks mom for your<br />

stories, I finally made it here.<br />

The tour continued with other city sights and shows like at the Planetarium, several performances, and<br />

equestrian shows. But it was this moment that brought it all together for me. To witness such beauty<br />

from up high, and to share it with my husband and our new ‘Aussie’ friends Sue and Colin Newman,<br />

was truly a dream come true.<br />


<strong>Photo</strong> by Colin Newman<br />

Saying goodbye to Peru was truly fun too!<br />

Written By: Ana Montgomery<br />

<strong>Photo</strong>s by: Ana Montgomery & Colin Newman<br />

<strong>Photo</strong> by Colin Newman<br />


<strong>West</strong> Coast School is a <strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers of America (PPA) Affiliate School founded in<br />

1956 and is considered to be one of the top five photographic institutions in the country! <strong>West</strong><br />

Coast School is a non-profit organization operated by the <strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers of California<br />

and offers an amazing week of hands-on <strong>Pro</strong>fessional Imaging Creativity, <strong>Photo</strong>graphy, Business<br />

Developement and FUN!<br />

Instructors are Internationally recognized and share the same goal of helping you with the growth<br />

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participation is emphasized as students learn the latest techniques from a successful professional.<br />

<strong>West</strong> Coast School offers an outstanding lineup of instructors and a full schedule of special events.<br />

Our commitment has been to teach attendees practical, real-world skill that can be used to build a<br />

satisfying and prosperous career in professional photography.<br />

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, <strong>West</strong> Coast School has been cancelled for <strong>2020</strong>. It was an extremely<br />

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Stay tuned for more information.<br />

The <strong>Pro</strong>fessional <strong>Photo</strong>graphers of California proudly presents the<br />

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