How to Become a Better Photographer

By Katie Yates Wow! Photography can be an overwhelming hobby. Whether you’re new or you’ve been at it for years, there’s always new gear, tech, apps, equipment, and skills to acquire. Just that list alone can seem daunting. You’re probably wondering–with all this to consider, how can I become a better photographer? Check out our list of recommendations. Determine your photography goals. Ask yourself: What techniques do I want to learn–bokeh, macro, infrared? What subjects do I want to photograph–landscapes, portraits, pets, products? Am I the type of photographer who just wants to take photos of the birds in my backyard? Or do I want to be a wedding/event photographer? Decide where this hobby will take you in the short term. Maybe you just need to learn how to use your camera, maybe you’re ready for some basic editing classes, maybe you’re ready to explore more advanced editing classes–but first, you need to decide: Who am I as a photographer? Join a community. Joining a community is an easy way to stay motivated, learn, ask questions, and get second-hand gear. The community can be an informal group of photographers who meet up a few times a month. The community could be on Facebook. The community could be something more formal–like our membership. These communities give you opportunities to learn, grow,

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When Does Blur in Photographs Work?

By Katie Yates Blur creates a sense of movement, dreaminess, and abstraction to photography when used properly. Blur can be captured with the camera or it can be created later with editing softwares. Want to learn more about creating effects with your camera or in Photoshop/Lightroom? Click here. Traditionally, photographers aim for crisp edges, hard lines, and tight focus. There’s nothing worse than seeing an image that’s just not quite right, as though you’re seeing it through the wrong pair of glasses. It’s satisfying to have a blurred background and sharply in-focus subject. That’s why Apple created the Portrait Mode effect, this elevates standard iPhone images. But, there are instances when blurring the subject is okay–in fact, there are times when blurring the subject is more than okay! The result of tasteful, purposeful, and meaningful blurring can be the difference between an image that’s humdrum and an image that’s fantastic. Blurring Gives A Sense of Motion This is an easy one. In photograph below, the blurring of the runner in the foreground enhances the sense that they are in motion. It puts the viewer of the image in the scene. The person standing at the railing is in focus–they are where our eye hits first–and we can build a story around them. The eye is more likely to linger on

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Letter to Our Patrons Regarding COVID-19

September 12, 2020 UPDATE: We are open, but we encourage patrons to review our virtual workshop opportunities. Click here to experience our Members’ Juried Exhibition remotely. ________________________________________________________________________ May 11, 2020 UPDATE: Our ProShop is now open to the public. Please stop in to see us! We ask that you wear a mask and remember to follow all CDC guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________ March 24, 2020 UPDATE: In response to the developing situation, we have closed our ProShop, museum, and school. Our staff continue to work from their homes. ___________________________________________________________________ Dear Members, Patrons, and Friends, You often come to us to learn photography and share your passion for photographic arts with others. Whether it’s a workshop, lecture, or gallery opening, you’ve gathered together, as friends, students, and patrons. Due to the developing circumstances around the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made some important decisions regarding our schedule of workshops and events. While the Centre, ProShop, and museum remain open, we are discontinuing the remainder of our evening lecture series, postponing some workshops, and canceling an upcoming museum opening. We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow best practices outlined by the Center for Disease Control and the Palm Beach County Department of Health. Our top priority is the health and wellness of our patrons and members, our volunteers, and our staff.

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Plan Your 2020 FOTOfusion Experience

FOTOfusion is a weeklong photography event (Feb 11-15, 2020) celebrating its 25th anniversary! Photographers, editors, photojournalists, and digital artists from all over the world congregrate to our state-of-the-art center to learn from and with some of the most talented names in the industry. It’s a chance to learn, create, socialize, and network. It’s our biggest event of the year! Start planning your FOTOfusion experience now by reviewing the passport options. Advance Registration prices are available until January 15, 2020 for Gold and Silver passports. For registration information and to learn more about Gold and Silver passports, click here.  We have several different events available throughout the week. These events include special parties, award ceremonies, workshops, lectures, photoshoots, and more. Take a look at some of the highlights from last year’s schedule below: 100 Series Seminars Photographers and the Unique Artist’s Book with Diane Farris The Power of a Powerful Portfolio: Creating an Image with Angelika Hala Special Journeys: Travel Photography with Vincent Versace 200 Series FOTOshoots Shoot The Garden Environment at Morikami Japanese Gardens with Jill Enfield The Beautiful Light at Sunrise with Gary Hershorn Long Exposure Seascapes with Matt Stock 300 Series Computer Labs Take Your Images Far in Photoshop – with Just the Basics with Laurence Gartel All About Color–Expand Your Use of Color When Painting from Photo Reference

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Love Nature Photography? Read these tips!

South Florida offers hundreds of acres of protected land with ample opportunity for photographers. Nothing beats glimpsing a rare bird, colorful plant, or wild animal. As a photographer of the natural world, you can be an ambassador for conservation! Help tell the story of Florida’s dwindling Everglades, but keep a few things in mind before enjoying the outdoors. Our friends at National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, and the alike will thank you! For more details on wildlife photography ethics click here. Wildlife Comes First  It’s our responsibility to remember that refuges, parks, and preserves are habitat! In that environment, the resources, plant or animal, are protected. They should go undisturbed, if possible. Overly excited photographers can sometimes forget this as they work to frame a good shot. Even this mild harassment can be stressful for wildlife. An animal that is afraid or stressed may panic. Panicking animals are more likely to injure themselves, a person, or even become prey. If an animal looks at you, stops feeding or moving, starts acting injured, or charges, you’re stressing it out! Be Distant  When it comes to wildlife, distance is our friend. Wild animals don’t need our food, our water, or our help. Wild animals are unpredictable, and should always be given ample space. If an animal feels trapped, it will try to

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Members’ Exhibition: See Your Photographs in a Museum in West Palm Beach!

23rd Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition 2019 by Katie Yates Submit to our photography competition! Selected work will be displayed in our beautiful museum space in downtown West Palm Beach! The Palm Beach Photographic Centre proudly announces the 23rd Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition. Annually, the exhibition is held in our museum space in downtown West Palm Beach. Have your art displayed in the same space as famous photographers from around the world. We have dozens of visitors a day and your work could be what they see next! Go global! The Members’ Exhibition will also be showcased on our website. How do you submit your work to our photography competition? It’s easy! First step, check to see if you have any great photographs to submit to this photography competition. This exhibition is open to photographers worldwide, both amateur and professional. We invite photographers working in all mediums and styles to participate. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome. Nude images will not be accepted. Next, check to see your Palm Beach Photographic Centre Membership is current through through October 26th, 2019. A Palm Beach Photographic Centre Membership provides you with a lower workshop fee, more opportunities at our week long photography event (FOTOfusion), and you can submit to the Members’ Juried Exhibition. Renewing and updating your Membership is easy. You can do

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Learn Photographing on the Go and Mobile Editing with Shane Srogi’s New Photography Workshop!

Learn Photographing on the Go and Mobile Editing with Shane Srogi’s New Photography Workshop! Written by Katie Yates | All photographs ©Shane Srogi An auditorium full of curious photographers and Palm Beach Photographic Centre Members watched as the lights dimmed and staff photographer Shane Srogi began his live demo. This was at our Evening Lecture Series, where our impressive list of professional photographers, editors, and photojournalists, share their expertise and stories. From this lecture and the response from our audience, Shane developed a workshop: Breaking Away from the Desktop: Using Lightroom Classic, and Lightroom CC. A Photographer on the Move Shane Srogi has been photographing the American Landscape for decades. From the hazy Everglades to the vast indigo mountains of the American West, Shane uses his camera to photograph the unimaginable, the profound, the uncommon. He has developed and taught dozens of photography and editing workshops at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. Shane teaches it all. Shane teaches workshops on the very basics of photography, learning to use your camera, and learning how to edit in Lightroom. He also explores West Palm Beach and South Florida with his students. Together, Shane and students explore downtown West Palm Beach, the Morikami Japanese Gardens, McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary, just to name a few. He even takes students on the only iPhone Safari in South Florida.  

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Laurence Gartel Wows with Variety of Photoshop Workshops in April 

Laurence Gartel Wows with Variety of Photoshop Workshops in April by Katie Yates | All images ©Laurence Gartel  Don’t be overwhelmed! With today’s digital tools, anyone (with some help) can create beautiful works of art, usually right in their living room. Here’s your chance to learn from Laurence Gartel, the legend who taught Andy Warhol. Other celebrities such as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake have collaborated with Gartel. Gartel is considered the “Father” of the Digital Art medium for over 34 years. He has won numerous awards and has been featured in museums across the world… and now he can be YOUR teacher! Gartel has a variety of Photoshop workshops offered in April which will fit any interest or need. Warm up with a creative workshop and expand your skills. Or step into our state-of-the-art West Palm Beach computer lab for a unique learning experience starting from scratch. If you’re new to Photoshop and want to learn more or have been using Photoshop for years and want to explore new horizons, check out these Photoshop workshops coming in April.  Did you know? Sign up for and attend two Photoshop Creativity workshops with Laurence Gartel and get $50 off. Sign up for and attend three Photoshop Creativity workshops with Laurence Gartel and get $100 off.  Photoshop Basics with Laurence Gartel Start here if you’re

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Photographers Travel to Cuba with Palm Beach Photographic Centre & Vincent Versace for Ultimate Photography Experience

Photographers Travel to Cuba with Palm Beach Photographic Centre & Vincent Versace for Ultimate Photography Experience by Katie Yates | All photographs ©Vincent Versace Photography Students Return from Trip to Cuba  Vincent Versace once again leads a group of photographers through the colorful streets of Cuba for a unique and unrivaled experience. They explored local neighborhoods few experience. They engaged in person-to-person activities with Cubans. They saw the everyday Cuba, the National Geographic Photographer’s Cuba. Ballet dancers, domino players, cigar rollers, and children enjoying ice cream, the photographers were presented with a buffet of imagery. With Vincent Versace guiding them, the photographers were able to capture images worthy of any gallery.    Vincent Prepares for Second Photography Trip to Cuba March 23 – March 31 While exploring this historic and cloistered island, photographers on the Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s ultimate experience will meet historians, teachers, artists, musicians, naturalists, and more. They will have the opportunity to capture this rapidly-changing island as it is today—antique cars and all.   Are you interested in visiting Cuba on this photographic journey with Vincent Versace?  Your experiences will be unique and you will be fascinated by the authenticity of each and every day. A one-of-a-kind experience, with access to Schools, Artists, Musicians, Ballet figures and dance schools, Sports figures, Artisans, a cigar plantation, rum factory

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FOTOfusion 2018 Instagram Giveaway!

Do you want a chance to win a free 100 series workshop at this year’s FOTOfusion 2018? We will be picking one lucky winner on January 16th. To Enter: 1. Follow us on Instagram @Palmbeachphotocentre 2. Tell us what you love to photograph in the comments section and tag three of your friends. It’s that easy! P.S. Those who participate will be entered into an additional giveaway at the end of the month! FOTOfusion 2018 is a digital photography festival running from January 23-27. In this unparalleled week of lectures, workshops, and photo shoots, students have the opportunity to learn with world-renowned photographers, editors, and photojournalists. You can see the full schedule by clicking here.  Get excited! The winner of this giveaway will have the opportunity to select one of the following FOTOfusion 100 series workshops listed below: 101 Pointing Your Camera In The Other Direction with Tim Rasmussen 102 Fine Art Infrared (IR) Photography in the Digital Era with Joseph Meehan 105 Women in Photography: Hire us! with Melissa Golden, Naomi Harris, Robin Schwartz, Daniella Zalcman, Judy Walgren, Moderator 106 Creating Photo Composites on iPhones & iPads with Seán Duggan 109 Get the Most Out of Your Portfolio Review with Mark Murmann 110 The NEW Mobile Photography Shooting and Workflow Options with Jack Davis 118 Finding your Way: Photography, Life and

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