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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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1.  Go to Facebook SCVPA page.
2.  Make sure you have "liked" the page.
3.  Click the down arrow next to "Liked".
4.  Under notifications, click the "All On" selection.

Member Gallery

2017 June 13th Meeting

June 13th Meeting
Member submitted images for viewing:
May Theme Circular (David Green & Kelvin Pulker) plus event images from Jim Mahan-Soto, Kevin Karzin, Kelvin Pulker, Ron Gowin and Larry Gasinski.

President's Message

    What a beautiful day! Spring is definitely upon us. The hills are so green! I think this will be a great spring for photography, the flowers should be amazing. We are going to have to keep an eye out for the poppy fields in Lancaster and get up there when they are in bloom. My daughter sent me some photos from the almond orchards near Bakersfield and they are totally in bloom and just beautiful.

     I want to say congratulations to all the winners of last month's digital image competition. We had a small turnout but the images were fantastic!! Nicole Wilde won "Best of Show" with a fantastic image! I think the images in the digital manipulation, freestyle and fine art category were some of the best I've seen! I really mean that, too! We've had some great images in that category over the years but I think this bunch was the best. 

     This month we return to our normal meeting time and day, Tuesday March 14th at 6:45 pm. Nature photographer, author and videographer Rob Sheppard will be our guest speaker. Rob has written many books and articles about photography and nature, he was the editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine for several years but his current work is mostly with nature and connecting people to nature through photography and writing. I believe his presentation is going to be about "Night Life - the Amazing Bat"

     Also this month there is a day trip to Carrizo Plain on March 18th. Please sign up early as the plan is to carpool and we'd like to set that up soon. The last couple of month's "themes" have been - Window for January and Road/Street for February. The theme for March is "Face" (not necessarily human). The LA County Air Show is this month, March 24-26 - great photo opportunities from anywhere at the air field. The show is at Fox Field in Lancaster, it's about a 45 minute drive from the SCV. If you've never been, you have to go!

     I'd like to put together a "Single flash Portrait" workshop in the near future. I need to know how many of you would like to attend so I can make arrangements to do the class. Please either email me or sign up at the next meeting and we'll go from there. 

     Coming up in April we will take board of director nominations for the upcoming year. The new board takes over in June so we will have our election at our May meeting. It has been a great three years as the president of the club but I feel it is time to step down. So, I will not be running for re-election. The members of the board have been great, I hope they will continue to stay on board. If you've ever thought of running, please do so now. It is vital to the club to have a board to right the ship. It's really not that hard and I will help out anyway I can. 

     I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in a couple of weeks. Lets all get out there and photograph this beautiful valley, the hills aren't this colorful all the time and before we know it, they will be their normal brown.

     Keep Shooting,



Details and Announcements

2017 Folio Competition
Photo book entries for the 2017 Folio Competition are to be printed thru Zno
Be sure to read through the Rules for specific information!

Image Improvement Suggestions
Dusty created a video of the Judges' suggestions of improvements that could be made on the images presented for the Spring Print Competition on May 13th. Whether an image was judged high or low, the judges spent time with each image. This video could be useful to review before submitting an image for future competition.

Image Improvement Suggestions 2017 SCVPA print comp from Dusty Stiles on Vimeo.

2017 Antelope Valley Fair Photography Exhibit
Will close on Saturday, July 8th
- 7/25 workshop: Help you mount your Prints Workshop
AV Fair Photography Exhibit
2017 AV Fair Photography Rule

Theme of the Month - Members only

Please ensure to email your images to Kevin by 5pm Friday August 4th.
June Wall/Fence
July Sparkle

(It'd be great if you included your name and image title in the file name, but not required.)

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.

Future Club Field Trips Photo Trips June 2017 to June 2018

Speaker Blog Links

Additional links are posted on the "Useful Links" page.

Ted Dayton, Ted Dayton Photography   Flickr 

SCVPA Upcoming Activities

Monthly Meeting, July 11th

Guest Speaker: Ted Dayton

Topic:One Light Portrait Workshop

Japanese Garden, July 16th

Reception for Best in Show, Judge's Choice and 1st Place winners of 2017 Spring Print Competition, July 26th 6pm-8pm City Hall

Monthly Meeting, Aug 8th

2017 Folio Competition
Guest Speaker
& Judge: Ed Freeman

Venice Beach, Aug 12th

Bristlecone, Aug 18th - 20th
Shoot the Milky Way, Catch part of the Solar Eclipse(?)

Monthly Meeting, Sept 12th

Used Gear Table
Guest Speaker


Vasquez Rocks, Sept 16th
Sunrise & Sunset

Monthly Meeting, Oct 10th

Guest Speaker: John McGann, Editor Car Craft Magazine

Topic: Automotive Photography

LA River (lower section), Oct 14th

Fall Color, Oct 20th - 22nd

Monthly Meeting, Nov 14th

Fall Digital Image Competition

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Competition Events

August 8th - Folio Competition
Members only
Submit at August 8th meeting between 6pm and 6:25pm


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.
2017 Folio Competition Rules
and Entry Form

November 14th - Fall Digital Image Competition
Members only

Submit by October 30th, 5pm
Photos within 2 years
Categories:Animals, Architectural, Freestyle, Landscape, Nature and Photojournalism.
2017 Fall Digital Image Competition
Rules and Entry Form

February 13, 2018 - Winter Digital Image Competition

Members only

Submit by Feb 5th, 5pm
Photos within 2 years
Categories: Digital Manipulation,  Event & Editorial, Landscape, Macro & Close-up and Portrait


May 5th - Spring Print Competition
Open to the public
Submit by April 30th or May 1st, 8am-5pm
Photos within 1 year
Categories: Animals, Architecture, Digital Manipulation, Freestyle & Fine Art, Event & Editorial, Landscape, Macro & Close-up, Nature, Photojournalism, and Portrait

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