It’s time for another coffee break! This is a series of informal group discussions on a general topic combined with a trip to see and inspirational photo exhibit. This time around, we’ll focus on shooting film– what’s available, favorite cameras, where to process/print, how to scan it, anywhere the conversation leads.
Afterwards, we’ll head over to see the current show, Luminous Landscapes by Architect/Photographer Alan Ward. Shot on large format and panoramic cameras, Luminous Landscapes is a B&W show that explores manmade environments.
We’re please as punch to announce our second annual creative happy hour specifically for members of APA|DC and ASMP|DC and also members of AAF DC (formerly DC Ad Club), AIGA, and other specially invited art directors, photo editors, and creatives.
This is not a job interview or the time to show your portfolio, but rather a chance to get to know our counterparts in the agency, publishing, and communications world in a relaxing environment. So, leave your books at home and get ready to meet some really interesting image creators and users.
Wednesday, March 30th, 6–9pm
Local 16 (1602 U Street, Washington, DC)
$15, advance registration only. This includes one drink and light food.
Punxatawney Phil, everyone’s favorite rodent meteorologist, will be doing his annual prognosticating next Tuesday, February 2nd. Will he see his shadow, get freaked out, and jump back into his hole? (Which will bring six more weeks of winter.) Or, will he do the right thing and hang out for awhile, chat up the locals, and bring us an early spring?
Regardless of the outcome, we’ll be gathering at James Hoban’s in Dupont Circle to compare survival tales from the recent storm and knock down a few pints to ease our aching muscles. (And feel free to embellish your stories, that’s kinda the point.)
As an added bonus, if Phil DOES see his shadow, and we are doomed to 6 more weeks of this yuck, than we’ll buy a round for all current APA members!
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 with different beauty dishes– pitting Mola, Profoto, and Paul C. Buff versions against each other. We’ll have a continuous light section where you can experiment with Kino Flo, HMIs, and LED panels and others. And, we’ll have another station working with, and thinking about, subtractive lighting. 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.
2 models will be on hand for most of the day, and APA|DC chair Matthew Rakola will be slinging eggs, pancakes, and more for brunch.
Want to bring your own lights to test? Cool with us, just check let us know! (Carlton@apadc.com)
It’s been awhile since our last happy hour. We’re changing things up, this time around, and having a members only (plus one guest) happy hour on May 20th at Whitlow’s on Wilson, in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, VA.
Members, enjoy a pair of happy hour drinks on us. Keep ’em both or bring a friend, we don’t care. Either way we’ll also have some food out will likely be hitting the pool table as well.
While this is a free event, please RSVP to Erika (director at apadc dot com) so we know how many people to expect.
Our first coffee break was such a success that we’ve gotten requests for more. So, please stop by the Cascade Cafe on May 5th for an informal conversation about print promotions. We’re gathering as many examples as we can of successful examples so we can talk about the pros and cons of each style. Please bring your own and share your experiences about the process.
You’ve read all of the camera manuals, studied the lighting diagrams, and dissected the BTS Youtube videos. But, sometimes, what you really need to hone your craft is to take a few hours to break out your gear and use it in real world environments.
In the new Play Date series, we’ve taken care of the logistics for you so you can do just that. Each pop-in, pop-out play date will be hosted in the kind of location in which we, as photographers, are often asked to photograph. We provide the physical space and time, and perhaps a few pieces of gear, and leave the rest up to you. Arrive whenever you can, leave when you need to. Like a pick-up game of basketball, this is the time to keep your skills sharp and have fun with other photographers.
We’re opening the series at the soon-to-be-opened Dew Drop Inn in northeast DC, near Catholic University. Bars/restaurants can often be some of the most difficult locations to shoot in because of their use of so many indirect AND point light sources. Now is the time to figure out how to manage all of the variables, without the client in the room. We’ll have the run of the space, which includes a bar floor and a patio, from 11 am to 4 pm, and perhaps on into the evening. We’ll have some LED lighting and a few gels on hand to play with, so bring a tripod and a fast lens and let’s play!
Playing nicely with others. At APA, we try to make all of our events a win/win/win for the photographer, our chapter, and the location hosts who, in some cases, are donating the space to us. All we ask in return for this Play Date is that you show some love and tag the Dew Drop Inn and @APADC on social media in any of your shots, so we can help a small business get off the ground. We are not promising the use of any of our members’ photos to the host establishment, but you are more than welcome to work out a deal with them independently.
UPDATE : Jerry and f8 Rentals has come through again! He’s supplying a pair of LED bicolor panels, the Tokina 11-16 2.8 AT-X Pro (Canon full frame) AND the Canon 17mm Tilt/shift! The latter by itself is worth the trip! Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn’t note that f8 Rentals offers a 20% discount on all rentals to APA members with proof of membership. Email Erika (director at apadc .com) or Matthew (matt at apadc .com) for the code.
You know how we’re all trying to entrench ourselves in social media? Here’s an easy way. APA|DC members, give us a follow on social media and we’ll make sure to follow you back. Instant connectedness. We’ll be #Bff ‘s before you know it!
Our NEWMember’s Only facebook group. This is where you will find people looking for advice, crew recommendations, used gear, or simply a way to vent. Remember, these are your peers so keep it supportive!
Our public facing facebook page. This is where we’ll share member news, repost interesting articles about the photo world in general, and generally keep you in the loop about what’s going on around town.
Twitter. Follow @apadc 2 c articles and find out what ur missing #doitnow #apanational #dcphotoevent
Instagram. We’ll feature behind the scenes images from events, graphics for upcoming events, and we promise to <3 all of your pics.
Earlier this month, APA|DC member Yacouba Tanou sat down with one of the chapter’s up and coming shooters, contributor level member Zach Miller to talk about music, inspiration, and what it takes to make it in today’s photographic landscape.
Interview and images by Yacouba Tanou
Who is Zach Miller?
I was born in Olney, MD and raised in Gaithersburg, MD. My favorite color is blue. Seafood is my favorite food. I wear my heart on my sleeve, and Meridian Hill park is one of my favorite places in D.C.
That’s awesome Zach. How long have been shooting professionally?
I have been a professional photographer for 4 years now.
Why photography?I was always a shy person and this type of art gave me an outer body type experience. Photography broke me out of my comfort zone and forced me to go meet people. Photographs are moments in time, capturing life. A picture is forever caught, showing our amazing world. This craft allows us to slow down time to gather and collect beauty.Can you recommend any book that helped you along your journey?
I am not really a book person, but I do believe that you are only as big as whom you surround yourself with. The internet is an open book for us to see who is around and see what’s trending. I love portraits and fashion, so my quest was to find who the best photographers in the area were at the time when I started. I wanted to learn what they were doing and to find a mentor to model myself after.
What inspired you to become a Photographer?I studied Business Management at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2008, I moved back home to Maryland in pursuit of a music career. In my spare time, I was always traveling and taking pictures. Wow, that’s pretty impressive. Are you still performing music? What’s your Musician name?Yes, I am in a band called G2O. We’re a funk, soul, and rock band. A while back, one of the band members said that I should take a couple of photography classes. Little did I know that those couple of classes would turn into a year of photography classes at the Art Institute of Washington. Who and what inspires your photography?
I find myself shooting a lot of landscape and street photography in my downtime. My inspiration comes from Ansel Adam whose work I find very uplifting.
Will you share with us how you have penetrated the market and what advice you have for the photography community?I had a day time job for a while, and realized how hard it would be to become a professional photographer if I did not take the leap of faith and follow my passion. So, I had to get my name out there, and I did so using social media. Get out and shoot as much as you can, and you will get into a flow of growth.That’s beautiful Zach. How would you describe your photographic style? And where do you see yourself 5 years from now?We are starting to view D.C. as a colorful city with a sense of style. Our city is becoming a place to be, and the rest of the nation is starting to see that. To be honest, I am still trying to find my niche, but in 5 years time, I would like to travel and tell stories that will inspire people.What’s your happiest memory as a Photographer?Well, this is a little personal. My Father always wanted to take a road trip, traveling across country on Route 50, so last October on his 60th birthday we crossed that off the bucket list. For 16 days we drove across the country, witnessing stunning views and open county. Utah was by far my favorite part of trip because before leaving the state, we ventured off to the Arches National Park. It was a photographer’s paradise. There is so much beauty in the American landscape, from California to Colorado. Plenty of “wow” factor going on out there. It was on that trip, I decided to be a travel and portrait photographer.