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Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association

Who We Are

The Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association is a group of dedicated photographers both amateur and professional that meets monthly to learn about photography and share images. Our members are from Santa Clarita and adjoining communities. Besides our monthly meetings the group takes field trips such as the Death Valley excursion, the Cambria excursion and participates in expositions at the Valencia Town Center and City Hall. Print and digital image competitions are held at least twice a year. The majority of our members are amateurs at all skill levels of photography however some members belong to the Professional Photographers of America, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and other organizations. Whether you are just starting out with your first camera or are a seasoned professional, SCVPA has much to offer.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:45pm until 9:00pm (or so.)

We meet at
The Saugus Train Station at Heritage Junction in Hart Park.
24101 Newhall Ave
Newhall, CA 91321

Guests are welcome to attend a meeting and check us out.

Member Gallery

2015 Winter Digital Image Contest

Winter Digital Image Competition

President's Message

March/April 2015


     Well, March has flown by us! Where does the time go?


      I thought we had a pretty interesting meeting on the 10th. Ted Dayton and David Green had a great way of showing us how to make our images better.

I thought they were clear on what judges are looking for when choosing among competition images. You know it is the simple things, i.e. watching the background, looking for mergers (trees sticking out of a person’s head; branches coming out of someone’s ear). A piece of trash in the foreground of a landscape. We all know this, but how many of us really take the time and look around the viewfinder before we click the shutter? I feel this is very important and try to do it every time I make a photograph, 

I fail sometimes, then have to fix it in post. It is so much better to get it correct in the camera first!


     This brings us to the topic of the 2015 Spring Print Competition which will be held on Saturday May 2, at the Saugus Train Station. If you haven’t yet, it is time to get your prints ready, and entries must be submitted on Monday April 27 and Tuesday April 28. Bring your prints to the SCV Center for Photography 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite 212 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Submission ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday April 28. No late entries will be accepted. Images must be permanently mounted, thickness must be a minimum of 1/8” and maximum of 3/8”. The longest side of the print must not exceed 24”. If you are going to mat your image, the mat cannot be any larger than the 24” maximum size. 



President's Message (continued)


     Entrants must select one of two levels of entry: Novice or Master. The Master level is for working professionals, and/or members who possess an advanced level of photography or editing abilities. This applies to any

member who has won four or more 1st place awards in prior SCVPA competitions. The Novice level applies to all entrants not fitting into the Master level description. Entrants are free to select the level that best fits their ability. Note that the board will review each selection and contact an entrant if a level has not been selected or if there is a question on the level selected. 


     For more information, the complete set of rules can be downloaded from our website by clicking the button in column 3.


     On March 14, we had a Lightroom Workshop run by Dusty Stiles and Garry Tice. They have so much knowledge about using Lightroom—attendees all said they had learned a lot from the class. Thank you, Dusty and Garry.

   Our April events include:

April 11 — Off Camera Flash Outdoors. 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Heritage Junction; meet at the Saugus Train Station.

April 14 — SCVPA membership meeting with William Innes as our speaker.

April 23-26 — Valley of Fire, Nevada State Park Field Trip. We were unable to secure a group site so we are going to have to get individual campsites. They are first come, first served sites. No reservations!

A few of us are going up on Thursday; I am going up first thing Friday morning. If you haven’t been on this field trip and like to shoot landscapes, this is the trip you want to attend.

     I hope everyone is doing well! Good luck in the print competition!


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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

 Competition Events in 2015

May 2 – Annual Print Competition
Submit by April 27
Photos within 1 year
Categories: All

2015 Spring Print Competition Rules

August 11 – Folio Competition

Entries due by August 11 at 6PM
Category: Open

November 10 – Digital Image Competition
Submit by November 2
Photos within 2 years
Categories: Animal, Architecture, Journalism, Nature


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