Gordon Kreplin earns PPA Photographic Craftsman Degree for teaching, mentoring and service.

January 31, 2014

Community

In January 2014, at the Imaging USA convention in Phoenix, PPA Master Photographer Gordon Kreplin was awarded his second PPA degree, that of Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.).  Pictured here the day of the degree award ceremony are Gordon (center) with President of the PPA Board of Directors Ralph Romaguera (right) and sponsor Randy McNeilly (left). What is the PPA Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.) degree?  From the PPA website, a Photographic Craftsman degree is:   One of the highest recognitions for speaking, writing, or mentoring on photography; positions the photographer as an authority in the industry. Awarded in recognition of service to the profession as an orator, author, or mentor. Learn more about the accomplishments and expertise our clients benefit from.  Visit the PPA website. 

Thank you Blue Ridge VA photographers!

October 30, 2013

Education & Training

Many thanks to the Virginia Professional Photographers (VPPA) Blue Ridge district for presenting my “Walk Into the Light” seminar on lighting for outdoor portraits.  The weather was beautiful and the Smith Mountain Lake gave us a wonderful backdrop for our portrait demonstration.  All images posted here were made with a Hasselblad 4D 40, one off-camera light, a Phototek umbrella with diffuser, and an Elinchrome Ranger Quadra Rx.  Important in this demonstration was the use of ambient light either as rim, main or fill with additive off camera light used either as fill or main lighting.  In addition, lighting ratios to give depth to our subjects were also achieved through careful use of a Sekonic meter, measuring incidental light with both ambient and ambient fill combined to establish ratios.  These images are un-retouched; only levels have been set. As well, the use of background compositional devices was demonstrated.  Our family, on the path to the lake,  is framed by the trees…

Thank you Northern Virginia photographers!

October 30, 2013

Education & Training

The Virginia Professional Photographers (VPPA) Northern District presented a wonderful day of teaching and shooting demonstrations by Gordon Kreplin.  In his program, “Walk Into the Light”, Gordon talked about the use of ambient and fill light combined, in both outdoor and indoor sessions, to create lighting ratios. Our senior models were beautiful and full of sparkle.  Several images posted of them were done in very bright conditions.  Demonstrated was how to meter for hot spots, record ambient light readings and then combine with an additional light source.  As well, compositional elements were of importance to bring subjects out of the frame.  Note the long fence behind one senior that becomes a sort of reverse leading line. Finally, Robert and Joanie Ballard were kind enough to allow a whole pack of us into their beautiful gift store and gallery.  We used our Elinchrome Ranger with a Larson 17×17 soft box directed at the faces of our lovely couple.  We shot this…

Photo Safari in the Smokies!

October 5, 2013

Community

The Tennessee Professional Photographers Association state convention was set in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.   The day after Gordon gave his “Walk Into the Light” Seminar, he took a group of pros into the mountains for a safari.  Although the day was rainy, great fun was had by all. Next – back to Virginia for the fall foliage!  Call us for more info.

“Walk Into the Light” with the Hodge Family

October 5, 2013

Education & Training

Last week, Gordon attended the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association state convention as one of their featured speakers.   He presented his seminar, “Walk Into The Light”,  a hands-on course specifically for those interested in understanding additive off-camera lighting for outdoor portraiture.  In this session, the model family was a great group of four – the Hodges.  Here are some of the images from that demonstration session.   Gordon made  these portraits using his Hasselblad HD4 40 camera, Hasselblad 35-90 lens, Elinchrome Speed Head, and Phototek umbrella softbox.

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