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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 Santa Clarita Camera
                   21515 Soledad Canyon Rd #116  
                   Santa Clarita, CA 91350

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

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Hot August Night

August Theme - Hot August Night

President's Message

 Well, September is here and almost halfway over. The Los Angeles Times’ Pulitzer-prize winning Luis Sinco’s presentation of his photos of the Iraq war’s “Marlboro Marine” of Fallujah, Lance Cpl. James Miller, and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gangs of South America at our meeting last week was awesome. Sinco was embedded with Miller’s unit in 2004. Very moving material and it left a lot of us amazed! We had a pretty full house and several new faces. For those of you who attended for the first time, I trust we lived up to your expectations.

We have another special treat lined up for October’s meeting. Chad Slattery, who specializes in digital imaging and post production for aviation and aerospace industries, will be our guest speaker.
Here is a brief bio taken from his website at

“From his base in Los Angeles, Chad Slattery specializes in digital imaging and post production for aviation and aerospace industries. Corporate clients include Boeing, Dassault, Embraer, HondaJet, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Orbital Sciences.
Chad’s aviation background began as a child, accidentally gluing plastic model airplane parts to his parents’ kitchen table on a regular basis. At age 12 he mooched his mother’s camera and started bicycling to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field to make black and white photos of parked airliners.
Today he serves as a Contributing Editor at Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine, and is regularly published in Aviation Week, AOPA Pilot, Business Jet Traveler, Executive Controller, Pro Pilot, and Volare. He is proficient with both the Astrovision and Vectorvision Learjet air-to-air platforms. In 2000, he co-founded ISAP: the International Society for Aviation Photography.
His lighting and Photoshop techniques figure heavily in business jet photography for manufacturers, brokers, charter operators and completion shops. He is a member of NBAA, AOPA, ISAP, SoCal Aviation Association, and the Aero Club of Southern California.”

Our planned events for the rest of the year are described in the adjacent column.

October 14 is our association meeting at 6:45 p.m. at Santa Clarita Camera, 21515 Soledad Canyon Road, #116, Santa Clarita. The theme for September is “Shadows.” Please send your photos to me at

The Fall Digital Competition is right around the corner. Competition rules are listed on the website. The competition is held at our November 11th meeting. We are in the planning stages of changing our competitions for the 2015 year. Some of the ideas we are looking into include a second digital competition, held in February, changing up the categories and maybe having different levels of competition. If you have any ideas or thoughts on these please call or email me.

• And finally, December 12 is our Holiday Party. More information to follow.

Keep shooting!



Upcoming Activities


On Saturday September 27th and Sunday September 28th there is the 21st Annual Hart of the West PowWow & Native American Craft Fair at the William S. Hart Regional Park - Hart Picnic Area. 24151 Newhall Ave. Newhall, CA 91321. Saturday goes from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. For more information contact Cindy Reeves at: (661) 259-1750 or

On Sunday September 28th we are holding a “Off Camera Flash” workshop from 10am to 1pm at the Valencia Barnes and Noble Community Room. We have some very talented photographers who will show you how to improve your off camera flash photography. Those teaching the class are Clark Campbell, Kevin Glasgow and Garry Tice with Dusty Stiles and myself assisting. The workshop is open to all members of the association and the general public free of charge. Please visit our calendar on the website for more information. Please register for this Club-sponsored event through the calendar if you plan to attend.


October 23 through 26 we are doing a Milky Way/Fall Colors Field Trip. We will meet in Bishop, California on Thursday Oct. 23rd at 2pm, have a late lunch then travel to the Patriarch Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest to shoot the Milky Way which should be visible shortly after sunset. Then on Friday and Saturday we will search for the fall colors in the surrounding areas around Bishop and return home on Sunday Oct. 26th. For more information see our event calendar on our website. Please register for this Club-sponsored event through the calendar if you plan to attend.

See Milky Way Photography Tips for suggestions and tips.

On November 9th the Los Angeles Zoo is having its Annual Photo Day. This is a real fun event. Registration is now open, and prices for the event are as follows: before September 1st — $100.00 for the photographer and $50.00 for a guest. September 1st to October 1st $125.00/$60.00 guest. After October 1st $175.00/$70.00 guest.

Websites of the Month

Check out the October Field Trip at Bristlecone Pine Webpage 
Syl Arena is a leading advocate of Off-Camera flash. Check out his Blog here

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
2015 Monthly Themes
Please send you ideas for monthly themes to The Board will select the themes from you suggestions.

Local Businesses that have supported us

Santa Clarita Camera
(Our Sponsor)



Need help with this site?

Please download and read the brief user's manual on the Documents page to help you manage your membership record. Our new website allows you to update your personal data including addresses, phone numbers, e-mail and personal website. It also allows you to specify which of your data is displayed on the Finding A Photographer Membership Directory page. Download  Member's User Manual here.