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Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association

Who We Are

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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:
Sierra Hills Clubhouse
         28616 Kenroy Ave.
         Canyon Country, Ca. 91387
Guests are always welcome, come to a meeting and check us out!

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3.  Click the down arrow next to "Liked".
4.  Under notifications, click the "All On" selection.

Member Gallery

2016 October Meeting Photos

October 11th Meeting Photos

President's Message

October 2016
Wow! What a great meeting! Tin Man Lee was awesome.  Not only were his photographs good but his presentation was one of the best we've had. It was so great to see someone so enthused about sharing his photography.  I loved how he said every time he goes out he learns something new, how even though he felt like he was just wasting time he decided to wait and wait and wait until the right moment when the animal would appear.  I remember when I was shooting for the newspaper sometimes you waited for hours at a news scene before the opportunity to shoot something came.  How easy would it have been for him to just give up while he was waiting for days to shoot the bears fishing?  How many of us have given up before we got the shot we wanted? Tin Man showed us last night what it takes to be a photographer who truly loves what what he's shooting.  I hope he will visit us again and after talking with him last night, I;m sure he will. 

I'm not sure how many of you know that I lost a life long friend last month. I've known Joe since I was 16 and he was always like a big brother to me.  So since the beginning of last month I've been dealing with helping his family move his wife Ronnie from their home in Acton to Valencia. There's still a lot of work to be done for her but we are getting everything taken care of.  One of the things we did was have a memorial for Joe at their home in Acton.  Joe's daughter-in-law DeAnne made a beautiful memorial out of photographs the family and friends had gathered.  The problem was that I'd say 90% of the photographs they had were either on a disc, camera card or on their computer.  So I had them send me the images and I printed them at home.
Are prints a lost art? I'm beginning to think so!  How many remember going to their grandparents house and looking at albums of family members during their life time?  I remember not only seeing my grandparents when they were young, but  also their brothers and sisters along with my parents while they were growing up.  Wendy and I have boxes full of photographs of our kids when they were growing up but sometime around the beginning of the century the photos stopped. I think the reason for this can be blamed on everyone going digital. Look around, there used to be 1 hour photo labs on every corner, drug store, Walmart and such.  Not anymore. I think most people keep their images in their cameras, on their phones or on cds that just get thrown in the drawer.
What happens when they get lost? When the card gets corrupt? You lose your phone? Get your family photos printed! We will all lose the people we love, then we will wish we have photographs of them to look at and remember them by.  Photographs are so important; printed photographs bring back memories as if you were just there yesterday.  If you only have the images on a card, without backup, they may be gone forever someday.  Don't let that happen! Print you photographers!
     Keep Shooting,



Details and Announcements

Ron Gallmeier Memorial
The memorial service for Ron Gallmeier will be Saturday November 5 at 10 am in Towsley Cyn park. Drive way up the road to the parking lot on right, green trees and house on left.
2016 Fall Digital Image Competition
Just a reminder to get your images submitted before 5pm October 31st. There are a few minor changes to the rules, so be sure to read them carefully.  One change is to send your images directly to Jeff Barlow, not the Webmaster.
Holiday Party
The Board is mixing things up a bit, the December 13th meeting will be our Holiday Party!  Kevin, Mel and Glenn will be cooking the main dishes for us! 
We're asking that as you make your plans to attend, you think about what side dish and dessert you'll be bringing. Dishes and desserts should be ready to place on the table with serving utensils included (please make sure you mark everything with your name).  We're also looking for volunteers to set-up, help out during the party and clean-up. The more volunteers we have, the less everyone will have to do individually.
Cathy Gero will be setting up sign-ups on the website by the end of October but if you want to be amoung the first to volunteer, go ahead and send her an email.
This should be a grand party and a wonderful way to start your Holiday celebrations.

Theme of the Month - Members only

Please ensure you email your images to Kevin by 5pm Friday November 4th.
October - Motion
View upcoming Themes  Theme of the Month

Photo Opportunities

Many local and regional photo opportunities are listed on the Event Calendar, highlighted in light brown. Upcoming SCVPA member activities are listed here and on the Event Calendar.
The SCVPA Board is requesting that members & guests sign up for field trips and workshops so we can prepare for the correct number of participants. Sign-ups are done by clicking on the registration button and then selecting the Sign-Up options.
If there are no registered participants by the Wednesday before the field trip or workshop, the event will be canceled.
View future Club Field Trips  June 2016 to May 2017

Speaker Blog Links

Additional links are posted on the "Useful Links" page.
Wildlife photographer - Tin Man Lee

SCVPA Upcoming Activities

Monthly Meeting, Nov 8th

2016 Fall Digital Image Competition

Rules and Entry Form


El Matador State Beach Field Trip, Nov 12th

Great ocean views, lots of surfers and sea life to photograph.



Fossil Falls & Trona Pinnacles, Nov 18 - 20

Weekend rugged camping event or Hotel-it at nearby Ridgecrest.  Spectacular night photography!



Monthly Meeting, Dec 13th

SCVPA Holiday Party, come and enjoy the festivities!


Holiday Lights, Dec 17th

Details TBD, we’ll travel to some of the best Holiday decorated streets/areas in SCV

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Competition Events in 2016


November 8 - Fall Digital Image Competition

Submit by October 31st, 5pm
Photos within 2 years
Categories:Animals, Architectural, Landscape, Nature and Photojournalism.

Rules updated on September 14. Make sure you have the current copy!

August 9 - Portfolio Competition
Submit at August 9th meeting between 6pm and 6:30pm
Please read the rules carefully as there have been changes from last year.


A “folio” is a collection of images that are unified around a theme. The theme is about something: a place, a person, a mood or feeling, or something else that ties the images together. Purely technical or descriptive themes like “My Best Black & White Images” are not permitted.

Judge - Ed Freeman

Rules and Entry


May 7 - Spring Print Competition
Submit by May 3
Photos within 1 year
Categories: Animals, Architecture, Digital Manipulation, Freestyle & Fine Art, Event & Editorial, Landscape, Macro & Close-up, Nature, Photojournalism, and Portrait
View the results of our 2016 Spring Print Competition, May 7th
Judges - Dan Holmes, Sharon Lobel and Michael Collins
Rules & Entry Form


February 9 – Winter Digital Image Competition

Submit by February 1
Photos within 2 years
Categories: Portrait, Event and Editorial, Landscape, Macro and Closeup, Digital Manipulation, Freestyle and Fine Art.

Note: Read Carefully! The definitions of categories and the rules of submission have changed. This is not you grandfather's image competition.



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