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Light your way to Success! 

2022 PPW Fall Event

For a photographer – light is everything. Knowing how and when to use it, diffuse it and reflect it is key to capturing the desired image. Light can be a photographer’s best friend and a challenge – all in the same session.

Plan to join the Professional Photographers of Washington for a full day of in-person instruction and detailed demonstrations to show you how to master lighting for Studio, Commercial and Off-Camera flash techniques to uplevel your lighting.

Mark your calendars and plan to join PPW in Ellensburg on Saturday, October 22th. 

Class begins at 9am goes to 5:30pm at the Kittitas Valley Event Center & Fairgrounds 901 E 7th Ave, Naneum Room, Ellensburg. There will be a after gathering and dinner at the Palace Cafe.

Registration: PPW/PPA Member: $129 Non Member: $199

Event Host: Chris Wooley & Faye Johnson

Hotel Accommodations: There is a block of rooms available now at the Days Inn by Wyndham, 901 Berry Road, Ellensburg - Call ASAP 509-933-1500 to make your reservation. Mention PPW to get rates: $109 tx inc. for 2 queens & $103 tx inc. for 1 king for Saturday Only. Fri/Sat (2 nights stay) total of $280 tx inc. ($140/night tx inc.). 

Join Matthew Weston, M.Photog.Cr, CPP, FP, Chris Wooley, M.Photog.,Cr., CPP, FP and Lara Grauer, CPP as they guide attendees through lighting the way to better images and brighter profits.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, Oct 22 - 

9:00 am Lara Grauer 

10:30 am Faye Johnson

11:00-12:00 Lunch 

12:30 pm Matt Weston 

2:00 pm Tammy Dwight 

2:30 pm Chris Wooley

4:00 pm Johnny Walker

 After Party at the Palace Cafe

Sunday, Oct 23 - 

9:00am PPW Board Meeting - Palace Cafe

Commercial Lighting - Fun & Fearless Tabletop Product Photography

Instructor: Lara Grauer, CPP

Product photography is very challenging and varied -it's at least as challenging as portrait photography, and in some ways maybe more. Lighting is an essential skill when working with objects, since pose and expression are not a factor. How can you harness the technical details and still be creative when working with inanimate objects? In this session, you’ll follow along with Lara Grauer on her recent commercial project, where she photographed a collection of over 200 pottery pieces for an upcoming book.

Walk away knowing:

What types of products you’re prepared to photograph

How to create light that takes a back seat and emphasizes the object itself

How to style objects with food

When and how to get creative shots that combine lighting with other techniques


Studio Lighting - Learning How to See and Create Light Within a Studio Space

Instructor:Matthew Weston, M.Photog.Cr, CPP, FP

We will examine how to use the equipment you already own to create images within a studio

space. Emphasis will be on the smaller studio space, but lessons learned can be applied to your outdoor and large studio spaces as well. Starting with a single light source we will learn to see how light can be controlled and shaped to create the look we desire. Then we will see how adding different lights in different ways can add the spice we desire to take our images to the next level. Matthew will share how he created portraits and commercial photographs for 30 years in a 12’ x 25’ space with only 8 foot ceilings. (yes...a converted carport/family room in a splitlevel house). Bring your questions and frustrations with your current studio lighting, and let's work on them together!

Off -Camera Flash - Sexy Location Lighting with Portable Strobes

Instructor: Chris Wooley, M. Photog., Cr., CPP, FP

Get that flash off your camera to add some depth to your location portraits. Instructor Chris Wooley will guide you through the fundamentals of off-camera flash -from “Getting Started” to “OCF Secrets”, you’ll walk away knowing not just how to use OCF, but how to make the most of it. We’ll dive into how Off-Camera flash works (and what gear is needed), go over the advantages and limitations of portable lighting, explore how High-Speed Sync (HSS) works, and actually learn to use location lighting. This course also includes gear and modifier recommendations and tricks for making the most of your location lighting kit.

Bonus Speakers.... The 2022 Graduates of the Speakers' Circle

Real Estate Photography  - Back to Your Future; Add Revenue to Your Real Estate Business

Instructor: Tammy Dwight

With a background in visual communication and commercial photography, Tammy Dwight is a real estate photographer based in the Pacific Northwest and Community Manager at CubiCasa. Tammy studied photography, graphic design, and traditional printing methods at Western Washington University. She worked with a Seattle advertising agency, and returned to school to earn her degree in commercial photography. She is interested in how emerging technologies will be used to meet the imaging needs of the real estate industry in the future, and is passionate about supporting other photographers to use these tools to make their businesses more successful.


Framing - Framing is Fun; Top 5 Thing You Should Know About Framing your Art

Instructor: Johnny Walker

With more than 40 years of experience working in global business, public service, and retail entrepreneurship, Johnny Walker speaks to the critical decisions that move your digital image from storage to display. Great images should be seen, Johnny’s process begins with expectations of media, print quality, and a great frame selection that customers will embrace. In 2010, he established Almost Candid Photo, Frame & Fine Art, Kingston, WA, and in 2022 he moved and rebranded the business as AC Photography and Custom Framing Boutique in Bremerton, WA. He is a native of rural Eastern Washington State, a U.S. Navy veteran, and graduate of Webster University with a dual Masters Degree in Business and HR. Johnny is a member of PPA (2019) and its affiliate, Professional Photographers of Washington (2017).

Adobe Camera RAW - How to Fix Your Images in Adobe Camera RAW

Instructor: Faye Johnson, M.Photog, CPP, FP

Faye Johnson grew up on a farm in Montana and studied photography in college and abroad. She married a Washingtonian native and started a portrait business in 2002 while holding a full time job in customer service and graphic design. She became a member of the Professional Photographer of Washington and was the treasurer, webmaster and board member. Currently she’s PPW’s chief delegator as the Executive Manager and has been a Professional Photographers of America member and Washington State councilor for 10 years.  In 2008 she achieved her Masters from PPA with mainly landscapes. From that she learned that she’s more of a Jack of all trades and a true creative at heart. Being a perfectionist in photography, Photoshop allowed her to take her work to the next level by fixing mistakes from not getting it right in the camera. As she perfected her capturing skills, Adobe advanced the features of the Creative Suites. Adobe Camera Raw is her favorite tool since sliced bread. Faye’s teaching approach is remembering where she was when she was learning her techniques while passing on her skills to you.

Registration: PPW/PPA members $129  ~  Non-Members $199  ~  This is a PPW/PPA merited event


Event Host: Chris Wooley & Faye Johnson

Hotel Accommodations: There is a block of rooms available at:  There is a block of rooms available at the Days Inn by Wyndham, 901 Berry Road, Ellensburg - Call ASAP 509-933-1500 to make your reservation. Mention PPW to get rates: $109 for 2 queens & $103 for 1 king. 


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