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Instagram Member Takeover

We want to connect with YOU! APA|DC is excited to launch our 2017 Instagram Member Takeover!

 Rules:

-You must be a current APA|DC Member

-All posts must be your own images

-Keep posts positive towards APA and the photo community

-You will have to post at least 1 photo per day for 7 days

-Remember to #

-All Eligible members maybe have the opportunity to takeover the @APA_DC Instagram for 1 week every 3 months.

 

To be assigned a week please email Erika: director@apadc.com

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Capture One Training- Tickets Available 12/16/16!

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Capture One Training

Saturday January 28th, 2017

 

Come join us for an in-depth look at Capture One, the raw converter and image editing software developed by Phase One. The software has quickly become an industry standard for commercial photography. Through three 90-minute sections, two Capture One veterans– Tyler Darden and Cameron Davidson — will look at the ins and outs of the software including tethered capture, image processing and image organization and workflow. We will also have two licenses for Capture One software to give away.

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017; 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

Where: Renée Comet’s Studio, 2141 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite I, Washington, DC 20007

Pricing: $99 for Leaders/Professional APA members; $125 for other APA members; $150 for the general public

Registration: Begins December 16 for Leaders/Professional APA members; January 2 for all APA members; January 9 for general public. Only 15 spaces available so register early to get a spot

Get your tickets HERE

Tyler Darden is a commercial photographer and art director based in Richmond, Va. After spending first part of his fifteen year career as a magazine art director, he decided to pursue commercial photography full time in 2010. He has worked for clients such as Ritz Crackers, Lidl, Garden & Gun magazine, Self magazine, Men’s Health magazine, Prosciutto di Parma, Duke’s mayonnaise and Colonial Williamsburg. Tyler has been using Capture One for a year after switching from Adobe Lightroom and teaches courses at Virginia Commonwealth University on the software. His work has been recognized by publications such as the Art Director’s Club of New York Annual, the Communications Arts Design Annual and Photo District News.

Cameron Davidson is a commercial photographer based in Washington, D.C. He specialized in photographing aerials, landscapes and people for a mix of advertising, corporate and editorial clients. Cameron has been using Capture One to process his work for 10 years and has worked for clients such as Discovery Communications, Dominion, General Motors, Jeep-Chrysler, Virginia Tourism, Air & Space, Audubon, Forbes, Smithsonian and Vanity Fair.

Renée Comet is a noted advertising photographer specializing in food photography. Whatever the subject, her visual treatment can best be described as uncomplicated, fluid, and elegant. Her distinctive work has appeared in advertising, packaging, cookbooks and digital content. Some of her clients include: PopCorners, FoodNetwork, Glutino, Australian Lamb, Marriott International, USDA, Ritz-Carlton, US Postal Service and American Diabetes.

 

 

3rd Annual Members Only Holiday Party

Join us on 12/14 for our 3rd Annual Members Only Holiday Party at the MadHatter. We will have a buffet; each member can bring a +1 and will receive 2 drink tickets

We encourage all members to send us your top 5 photos from 2016 for us to loop on a slideshow during the party.

RSVP and email your images to Erika Nizborski: director@apadc.com

Where: The MadHatter

1319 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington DC 20036

When: 6:00 PM – ??

Closest Metro: Red Line Dupont Circle or Red Line Farragut North

12/7/16 COFFEE BREAK

Join us at 2:30 PM on Wednesday 12/7 for a Coffee Break over at the newly reopened Smithsonian National Gallery of Art’s East Wing Gallery. We will meet in the Terrace Cafe and have an informal discussion on looking forward to 2017. Afterwards we will visit the Photography Reinvented show. This event is FREE and open to EVERYONE.

You can RSVP on facebook here.

WHEN: Wednesday 12/7/16 @ 2:30 PM

WHERE: Smithsonian National Gallery of Art in the Terrace Cafe

CLOSEST METRO: Green/ Yellow Line Navy Memorial/ Archives stop

Toast to Matthew! Thursday November, 10th

Toast to Matthew! Thursday November, 10th

Join us on 11/10 at Brixton, conveniently located at 9th and U St. NW.  Celebrate with Matthew Rakola as he ends his term as Chairman of APA|DC.  Matthew is passing the torch to Jason Hornick, effective immediately. So, let’s toast to Matthew, Welcome Jason, and KICK OFF FOTODC WEEK in style!

Where: Brixton 901 U St. NW Washington, DC

When: Thursday, November 10th @ 6pm

Closest Metro: Green/Yellow Line, U Street

A Letter from Matthew:

Dear APA|DC members, and the larger DC photo community as a whole,

It has been a great pleasure to hold the title of chair and to work with the board of the DC Chapter of the American Photographic Artists for the past 4 years. I’ve really enjoyed meeting many of you and (hopefully) doing just a little bit to help in your careers.

On October 25th I stepped down from this position in order to dedicate more time to a growing family. Child #2 (not his legal name) is due at the end of November, and if Alex is any indication, I won’t have much mental energy to spare.

Over the course of this tenure my overarching goal has remained the same: to better the working conditions for ALL photographers in the area. I firmly believe that the tighter knit we are as a community, the more informed, capable and successful we will be as working professionals. In the six years that I’ve lived in DC, I’ve only seen the creative talent here grow. This community, regardless of professional affiliation (or not) can compete, shooter for shooter, with any region in the country.

I’m very proud of the work that our local chapter board has put into helping to make this a reality: We’ve held social events that promote open communication and goodwill between photographers; professional training on all aspects of our industry; presentations and partnerships with the local creative community; and events like our ‘Featured Member’ series, portfolio review, and in-person referrals.

Jason Hornick, longtime board member has already taken the reins as chair of the chapter. Those of you who were at the portfolio reviews saw first hand the many talents that Jason has already brought to the chapter. I’ve heard some of his (and the board’s) ideas for 2017 and I gotta be honest.–it’s going to be a spectacular year and I very much look forward to attending them as a chapter member.

In closing, I’m not going away, just stepping back. Please feel free to reach me at any time at matthew@matthewrakola.com to say hi or offer to buy me coffee. (Just saying– with two young children I’ll need it.)

It’s a very exciting time to be a photographer in this area, and I can’t wait to see how this chapter helps to shape it.

Thanks,

matthew rakola

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Peer Portfolio Reviews – September 17th

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Join us on Saturday September 17th for a Peer Portfolio Review at HOIST STUDIO in Fairfax, VA.  

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Show your work to other photographers including veteran photographers working in all genres. This review is a great opportunity to get honest feedback on your work or build your portfolio in preparation for the First Annual APA|DC Portfolio Review on October 5th.

Share your thoughts on your peers’ work. We can all use a fresh set of eyes on our images and can benefit from hearing constructive feedback from different points of view.

Learn from those who have been around the block a time or two. (Or three or four). Pick up tips on showing work to a creative (hint: breath mints!) and see what kinds of portfolio presentations other photographers are using.

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This is an informal portfolio review event for all photography levels. Bring your portfolio in any format, on any medium. This is an opportunity to get honest feedback on your work before you show it to potential clients. We’ll have tables set up and experienced APA members will begin reviewing work right away. There’s plenty of time for conversation and learning to develop organically, so be prepared to look, listen and learn. 

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Saturday, September 17th, 11:00 am – 3:00 PM

 HOIST Rental Studio

2807 Merrilee Drive Suite E, Fairfax VA 22031

Closest Metro:  Orange Line / Dunn Loring-Merrifield

 

  • FREE for APA Members
  • $10 for Students and Sister Organizations (ASMP, WPOW, WHNP, ASPP, PPA)
  • $20 for non-members

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP IN ADVANCE

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APA|DC First Annual Mid-Atlantic Portfolio Reviews

This is an acceptance only portfolio review for professional commercial and editorial photographers inside of Union Station, in the heart of Washington, DC. Literally steps from the train platforms and METRO station, as well as blocks from the US Capitol, this is a once-a-year opportunity to share new work and meet with creatives from around the mid-Atlantic, one-on-one. Afterwards, follow us next door (but still inside the Station) for a social hour with the reviewers.

Each participant will have (3) 15 minute reviews with some of the top creatives in the region from organizations and companies including AARP, Discovery Communications, Ogilvy, Smithsonian and more. There is a possibility that additional review slots will become available, a la carte.

WHEN        October 5th – 6:30 – 9:00. First reviews begin promptly at 7 pm.

WHERE     The Columbus Club inside Union Station, Washington, D.C.

PRICING    $75 for Professional/Leader level APA members; $95 for other APA members: $125 for the general public. (Refunds may be given on a case by case basis.)


The Reviewers (alphabetical by company):

  1. Jill Foley – AARP
  2. Caitlin Peters – AARP
  3. Mike Kline – AOPA Magazine
  4. Susan Wetherby – Discovery
  5. Drew Mitchell – Fathom Creative
  6. Ivana Wong – Fathom Creative
  7. Jamin Hoyle – Freelance
  8. Frank Meo – Found
  9. Johnny Vitorovich – Grafik
  10. Rachna Patel – Ketchum
  11. Claudia Barac-Roth – Marriner Marketing
  12. Gretchen Carswell – MDB Communications
  13. Dennis Dimmick – Formerly National Geographic Society
  14. Molly Roberts – National Geographic
  15. Kai Fang – Ogilvy PR
  16. Bill Cutter – Smith Gifford
  17. Christy Steele – SCIENCE Magazine
  18. Kevin Richards – Subject Matter
  19. Donald Bullach – TMP Worldwide
  20. David Baratz – USA Weekend/USA Today
  21. Jennifer Beeson Gregory – Washington Post
  22. Wallace Boss – WHITE64
  23. Stacy Swiderski – Wonderful Machine
  24. Louise Salas – Wunderman

MORE BIOGRAPHIES HERE 


There are several steps in the process, so please read and follow each step completely. Questions? Email Erika Nizborski at director@apadc.com or Matthew Rakola at matt@apadc.com

Step 1) Submit your Website for Consideration.

In order to keep these reviews as competitive as possible, all participants are required to submit their websites for acceptance into the reviews. Website reviews will be conducted by an affiliated APA chapter representative and participants will be notified within 24 hours of submitting whether or not they have been accepted. 

Submit your website to: events@apadc.com at any time for review. There is no application fee.

Step 2) Register.

Upon acceptance, register as soon as your membership allows (i.e. Pro and Leader levels on 9/13.) There are a limited number of attendee slots available.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Registration Period Dates:

•  Professional & Leader level APA members – Tuesday, 9/13 and later;

• Other APA membership levels – Tuesday, 9/20 and later;

• General Public – Tuesday, 9/27 and later.

*** Please note, PRO and LDR members will not get priority booking after 9/20. There will be no preferential booking after 9/27. Sign up as soon as possible!***

Step 3) Choose your Reviewers.

After registering,  choose your top 5 preferred reviewers by emailing your choices to events@apadc.com. Use the subject line “[Your Last name]: Reviewer Selections – confirmation number” (i.e. Eventbrite’s 9 digit Order #.)

 If additional reviewers become available, Leader and Pro levels will be notified, in the order in which they registered, and given the opportunity to add that reviewer. Registration ends at midnight on September 30th. Final schedules will sent to attendees by Monday October 3th. We will do everything we can to accommodate participant’s selections but we cannot guarantee specific reviewers.

It is possible that reviewers will be booked after the end of the first and second period dates.

Step 4) Preparation

We will share tips and strategies for portfolio reviews to everyone in attendance. In the meantime, we will be offering a peer reviewed event on Saturday, September 17th for anyone interested. This will be an opportunity to show your book to veteran photographers who can offer insight and advice on your presentation in a low pressure environment. This is free for APA members and $20 for non-members. Light food and beverage will be provided. More info here

Step 5) Attendance

The reviews will begin promptly at 7 pm. The Station has a garage, as well as easy access to METRO, Amtrak, and the MARC trains. Please give yourself time to come in and get settled before the event begins. The venue is literally steps from the Union Station food court and dozens of restaurants. We’ll also have a healthy amount of mints on hand!


General Information and Tips

  • The venue is steps from Amtrak, MARC, and METRO:
    • Amtrak: The last train to NYC leaves at 10:10pm.  Find routes Here.
    • MARC: The last train to Baltimore on the PENN line leaves at 10:30. Schedule Here.
    • Union Station is on the RED line on METRO. Full map here.
  • Union Station also has a parking garage and street parking is available in the neighborhood with a little effort.
  • We will have some reviewers who can review short video pieces. Please bring Your own OVER THE EAR headphones. We will provide cleaning wipes.
  • iPads are nice but don’t underestimate the printed book!
  • Reviewers are donating their time. Please respect that by making the transition between reviews as quick as possible.
  • We will be raffling off (2) full copies of CaptureOne, courtesy of Capture Integration!

 

 

A big Thank you to our sponsors!

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SOS | Sunday, August 28 2016

Sunday Open Studio is an opportunity for you to explore, experiment, collaborate, and mingle with like-minded photographers in a casual but capable atmosphere. We provide the studio, interesting equipment, supporting resources, and some active projects to participate in… but you are encouraged to use this opportunity to do what YOU want to do! Try something new, work something out, kick off a self-assignment, or just come and mingle. Bring your camera and your creativity!

In this iteration, we’ll have a few set-ups going, including a lighting test where we will explore the creative side of gels! Our most exciting event of the day will be a demonstration and educational informative session with the RAIN MACHINE at HOIST!

 

 

BUY SELL TRADE!

And… we’ll have another section where we are assigning tables for anyone who would like to participate in a gear swap. Do you have gear collecting dust? It might be time to take inventory. Your junk might just be what another photographer is looking for! Entry to this event includes a table for you to participate in the gear swap. To keep things easy we are asking that people pay for gear swap items with cash or check.

 

This is an event for everyone from veteran shooter to aspiring assistant to learn something new, network with assistants and other photographers, and have a good time.

APA|DC will provide a delicious brunch station for all to enjoy!

Want to bring your own lights to test? Cool with us, just check let us know! (Carlton@apadc.com)

When     Sunday, August 28th from 11 am – 5 pm.

Where   HOIST Studio – 2807 Merrilee Drive Suite E,Fairfax, VA

Cost       $10 (APA members) ; $20 (ASMP, WPOW, NPPA) ; $30 general public.

Please note that all prices will be +$10 at the door.

Buy Tickets HERE

APA|DC Members Only cookout and Movie Night!

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Summer in DC is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the days are long and (usually) sunny, on the other hand it’s H-O-T out there. Summer also means our 3rd Annual summer cookout and movie night!

This summer we’ll be at co-chair Jason Hornick’s swank new place in Silver Spring. His home is a mid-century beauty that looks out over a park and has ample parking.

We haven’t settled on a movie yet, but some of the finalists include Blow Up, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Finding Vivian Maier . What would you add?

Deets:

Where

10420 Burnt Ember Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20902

When

Saturday, August 6th from 5:30pm – ???

How Much

This is a free, members only (plus guest) event.

RSVP to director@apadc.com