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Professional Photographers of Orange County is an organization that is dedicated to the continued Education of new and Professional Photographers. We achieve this by hosting Monthly Meetings, Workshops, Image Competitions Safari's and Networking Events.

Our members are committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in our industry. 

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Ricks Photoshop Actions - Set 1

If you attended the October 2015 PPOC meeting you had the opportunity to be introduced to a few non-destructive techniques for retouching portraits. By popular request, I am distributing my Dodge and Burn, as well as my Frequency Separation Actions for our members. Attached to this documents should be a very small .atn document titled Ricks Actions.

To install the actions in Adobe Photoshop (CC and/or CS6)

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President's Address:

PPOC members - an evolution for all organizations is inevitable. Of course, things change - hopefully the effort to advance change is for the benefit and advancement of it’s members. And that’s what the Board has been working on for our organization. 

If you’ve participated in any of the recent Image Competitions you are aware that our entire presentation has been revamped.  We are using PrintCompetition.com - an online management system for image judging and scoring. Our members can use their smartphones or tablets (alone with the “Game-Day” app) to watch live streaming of the current image, live streaming scores along with the current leader board. After the competition they can review their own images - along with audio of the judges critiques as well as any other image from ANY affiliate organization. 

Speakers and workshops - we have moved all of our workshop to The California Center for the Digital Arts in Santa Ana for the simple reason that they are providing us with their large presentation room along with the use of several fully stocked studios. This, of course, makes our studio workshops much easier for the participants and the instructions. Backgrounds, studio lights and a “ton” of other equipment is at hand for everyone. 

For 2018, we are lining up an entire year of speakers who will cover a broad spectrum of marketing, shooting techniques, and software discussions/instruction. During 2017 we did not have any “safari” outings and we intend to return to this activity in 2018 - as of this writing we have scheduled three outings. Check out the calendar in October for details on these outings. 

Hopefully most of you will be attending the PPC Expo in mid-September. We are delighted to see the PPC return to this event. It’s a great weekend to see the latest from various organizations, and hear from the photographic industry leaders. 

Most importantly, we’d like to hear from you! Things that you love…things that you hate…things that you’d like to change. After all, this is really YOUR organization and the Board would like to present a program that meets your needs and desires. We welcome your comments and communications and would be delighted if you’d like to become more actively involved in evolving the PPOC.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Rick Valasek, President, PPOC


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