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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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February 2020 Member Photos

2020 February Member Photos

Message from the President

Wow! What a great meeting on Tuesday. Dan Holmes was awesome! He shared so much information it was incredible! It was good to see so many of you! And we even had four guests which was great too! 

We had eleven of our members share their work. It was wonderful to see so much talent, and great work and participation! Please keep it up and send me any images you’d like to share. I truly believe that as a photography club, we need to show our members our work! 

I would really like to hear for each of you about what you’d like to see the club do; which type of workshops, seminars, guest speakers that you’d like to see or do. I am going to offer my living room (which is my home studio) to those members who want to learn lighting, table top photography (still life, product photography etc.). We can meet early Wednesday evening and shoot for an hour then break down! I was talking with a friend of mine who said “Get your lights set up, get everything ready to make photographs, then pick an item, it doesn’t matter what it is. Pick something and photograph it for an hour, not 45 minutes, not an hour and a half. Just an hour and see what you can come up with.” That could be interesting. Another thing we could do is to take three wine bottles, remove the lables, paint one flat black, another matt black and the last one satin black, then photograph the bottles. This is a great way to learn about lighting! If you’d like to do something like that let me know! 

Another thing we talked about was just getting out there and making photographs. Take a drive, set your phone alarm to go off every hour, stop your car and spend 5 minutes photographing what ever you find! Drive another hour and do it again, etc. We could meet, drive out to the coast and head north for a few hours then come back and do it again and see what we can get. Again, if any of this sounds like something you’d like to do, please let me know and we’ll do it! 

One of our guests asked me if anyone in the club is interested in video, I told him we normally didn’t do video but most of our cameras are very capable of shooting video and maybe that is something we should consider looking in to. I certainly am going to look into that as there are a few things I’d like to try…so give us a month or so to look into that and I’ll let you know what I find. Next month we are going to have a speaker who uses a drone to make photographs. This is going to be very interesting! The drones are getting more affordable and within the reach of just about anyone. But, if you do that, you need to get a pilot’s license and there are several places that will help you through the process. I’ll do more research on that as well. I think if someone is shooting video, a drone is something that you’ll need and will help you in the long run. 

Have a great month! Keep shooting and sending me your work! 


Details and Announcements

January Meeting: Dan Holmes - Composing in the Landscape World

Concept – Create Powerful Landscape and Nature Photographs 

Objective:  Learn to use compositional elements to create strong and powerful photographs. 
- Understand how compositional elements work.
- Learn major compositional elements.
- Learn to identify compositional elements in photos and artworks.
- Learn to look for and find compositional elements in nature/life/studio.
- Incorporate Compositional elements into your photographs.

How: Spend time learning how to “SEE” through the viewfinder
- how to Simplify
- how to look for the story in the image
- how to pull something memorable out of all that scenery

What makes a powerful Landscape Photograph?  What gives a photograph “staying power”? How does it become a “lifetime image”?  How do we find the image in all that beautiful nature?  How do we see and create emotional photographs using just what we see? 

We will talk about Getting to the Point, building a composition, “Looking through the Scenery” Turning off and relaxing, and the simple joys of being outside and discovering!  
We will also spend time on a fun discussion/critique of photographs submitted from the group. 

The examples will be mainly landscape and nature – but the thoughts and ideas apply across all genres and styles of photography: people, sports, abstracts, animals, family….  It is all about telling Stories with Light! 

Image Share - Members only

Please ensure to email any images you want to share at the monthly meeting to Kevin by 5pm the Friday before the meeting.

Please note that in order to save as much time as possible for our guest speakers, no images will be shown in July, August and November. There will be a "Year in Review" slideshow during the Holiday Party so send in any images you want included.

(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 

Field Trips July 2019 to June 2020

Speaker Links

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

Dusty Stiles, Dusty Stiles Photography

Kevin Karzin:

Mel Carll:

SCVPA Upcoming Activities

Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Competition Events

2020 Spring Print Competition, date TBD
Open to the public
Submit by TBD
Photos within 1 year
Categories: Animals, Architecture, Digital Manipulation, Event & Editorial, Fine Art, Freestyle,  Landscape, Macro & Close-up, Nature, Photojournalism and Portrait

August 11, 2020 - "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" Competition
Members only
Submit at August 11th meeting between 6pm and 6:25pm

November 10th - 2020 Fall Digital Image Competition
Members only
Submit by November 2nd, 5pm
Photos within 2 years
Animals, Architecture, Digital Manipulation, Event & Editorial, Fine Art, Freestyle, Landscape, Macro & Close-up, Nature, Photojournalism and Portrait

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