PPOC-AB Alberta

Why I love being a member of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC)

March 18, 2017  •  Chelsea Weiman

I have been meaning to write this post for a while, and I think I have been putting it off because I have so much to say...how do I condense it into something that maintains a readable length?

Here goes... why I am a member of the Professional Photographers of Canada.

The Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) is an...

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Preparing for a Great Professional Headshot

by Jana Miko

Your headshot is an important representation of you and your business. It should reflect your true personality and can often provide a level of reflection into your business as well. The following are standard guidelines to help prepare you to get the best possible headshot.


- Choose an outfit that fits you well. Make sure it is not too tight(or loose) and that it lays...

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November 2016 AB-Central monthly photo contest theme “Winter in the World”

 WINNER: Garth Anderson


A few years ago, a brotherly friend and I had planned to spend the weekend skiing at Fernie BC, however, the avalanches that year had shut down a large portion of the ski hill.  Our options were to ski the small amount of terrain at Fernie, drive a few hours to another ski hill, or opt to $$$ up and go Cat Skiing (riding in the cab of a modified ski...

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Travel Tricks Part 2 - Choosing the right Point and Shoot travel camera

There are several things to consider when buying a Point and Shoot camera for travel. And yes, you need to buy one. Trust me. You may not get any award winning photographs from it (although you can and may), but chosen well, it will help you with your thought process and scene selection, as well as help your marriage! (the above photograph, which falls into my "Snapshot memory" folder, was taken...

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Travel Tricks - Part 1 - What kind of picture are you taking?

For a photographer, vacations can become a bit of a stressful event. There is the stress of the vacation itself (yes, although they are supposed to relax you, studies have shown that vacations can be more stressful than everyday life!), the stress of sleeping in different beds, of keeping a bunch of people busy and happy, and lastly, of trying really hard to document the trip. You are, after all...

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The OBSERVER Series - Part 1 - The Pre-accreditation Process

The OBSERVER Series – a series of articles for PPOC Observer Members

Part 1 – The Pre-Accreditation Process

About 4 years ago, BC Branch began a service they refer to as pre-accreditation. The idea is you submit 15 of your images that you feel are ready for accreditation in front of a group of regional judges, and they rate and comment on them.

This year, the process has been adopted at a...

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The OBSERVER Series - Part 2 - Journey to Accreditation

The OBSERVER Series – a series of articles for PPOC Observer Members

Part 2 – Journey to Accreditation

I wanted to write a series of articles that would help PPOC Observer members feel welcome, and help them get excited about moving on to the next level with confidence. My first article in this series (before it was a series) was called The Pre-Accreditation Review Process. Read it, it’s...

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2016 PPOC Alberta Central Branch (all branches welcome!) BBQ - Sunday July 17, 1-5 pm

Come join us for our annual PPOC Alberta Central Branch BBQ! All members are welcome.


Directions are at the bottom.


Please go here to register (by July 10, 2016):



$10 per adult includes food & beverages

(if anyone has dietary concerns, let us know ASAP)


$5.00 Kids over 5 -12 yrs 


Kids under...

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Central Branch Monthly Shootout Winner for June 2016

In June 2016, Shelby Borys won the monthly shootout, entitled "You shot THAT with a Smartphone?"

JUNE 2016 1st Place: Mountain Rainbow

The theme for the photo contest at the AB Central meeting in June was “You Shot THAT With a Smartphone?” and I had been carefully considering which images to submit since the contest theme was decided in January given how it’s been my favourite hangup in past...

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Central Branch Monthly Shootout Winners

The month of April and May were both judged at the same time. And one member stood out and won both!

Congratulations to Jeff McDonald.

From the winning member:

Sports play of the day…

I recently discovered that the Canadian National Taekwondo Team Trials were going to be held in Calgary, and with my background in Taekwondo, I was determined to get to the event and capture some interesting...

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