Beauty in the Seemingly Mundane, Great Events Taking Place Around the Country, Advocacy Updates, Plus More

APA National – February News
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Beauty in the Seemingly Mundane

Still life photographer Lisa Adams has a knack for transforming ordinary objects into ethereal pieces with lighting, mood and composition. When we see mundane objects, she sees a lyrical image, where each item becomes part of a bigger story that incites our emotions—emotions of a lucid childhood memory, distaste or a craving for a food, or colors that stir a particular fascination. Read more.



John Lund at Apple Store, San Francisco
February 19, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Acclaimed photographer John Lund shares how to find creative satisfaction and financial success in stock photography.

Media Meetup! Tues. 6 pm – a friendraiser for our community news & wildfire reporting

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Dear Jimmie:

You’re invited to East County Magazine’s first “media meet-up” in the community!

Tues., Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. at Downtown Café, 182 East Main St., El Cajon
(note: if we get a large group, the event will move to Por Favor a couple of doors down)

If you believe community reporting is important in your neighborhood, or that wildfire reporting is important to sustain, please join us and share this invitation with your friends!

Tell us what news matters most to you – and help our nonprofit award-winning media outlet cover the stories that you believe are important! We’re your community media – because East County matters to us all.

Our friends and fans know how hard we’ve worked to become San Diego County’s most-read independent online news magazine – and we’ve done so on a shoestring budget, without the major funding or army of reporters that corporate-owned newspapers have. Often we’re the only media reporting on wildfires, local boards and commissions and major community events in some East County communities.

Our stories are making a positive difference – thanks to citizen journalists we’ve trained, sponsors and donors in the community. We’ve expanded into radio, in addition to our online news site, in the past year. We also provide free wildfire alerts to people across East County. Plus we’ve won 80 journalism awards – including awards won by our interns and community volunteers, as well as journalism professionals! (View our awards for last year: )

Now with small-town newspapers folding across our region, readers are asking us to fill more gaps than we have resources to do! We’ve had some challenges as expenses for rent, insurance etc. have risen. So we are reaching out to people in every community seeking to build a broad network of volunteers and support. Come meet your neighbors and help build a team in your community dedicated to news that matters!

You can help by getting involved! We need more writers, researchers, volunteers, paid freelance journalists (yes, we can train talented writers) and donors. If just 1,000 people would donate $10 a month, we’d have a budget to cover all the news our readers and listeners want us to cover! We want to spend our time reporting-not fundraising endlessly. (You can also donate online here and choose East County Magazine off our publisher’s list of options.)

It takes a combination of dedicated volunteers, people who want to learn journalism and broadcast skills, photographers, researchers, office help, event planners and event volunteers, and people to help us outreach into communities across East County.

Come learn how you can “be the media” in your community-and help our people-powered media outlet grow to the next level because we believe that East County matters!

The owner of Downtown Cafe and Por Favor (location will depend on size of crowd that RSVPs) has generously offered to extend happy hour pricing on items like their fabulous fish tacos and other appetizers for just a couple of dollars and drink specials. The event itself is free, though we encourage guests to try the restaurant’s yummy food.

Join us Tuesday at 6 p.m. and please RSVP to Leon Thompson, or 619-241-6873&&

Business as unUsual this month

Join us for ASMP’s February Business as unUsual Webinar

What’s Working in Social Media Today?

with social media guru Rosh Sillars
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern
Additional Q & A at from 2:00-2:30

Social Media can help you build an engaged audience of dedicated clients and evangelists, or it can be an enormous time suck that takes you nowhere. Join us for a conversation with Rosh Sillars, who literally wrote the book on social media for photographers. Rosh will talk about what’s changed, what’s the same and how to make social media work for you.

This important webinar is free for all live attendees.
Join us Wednesday, February 18 — REGISTER TODAY!

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Seeing Sandro, 5 Things to Know About Drones, Advocacy News and More…

APA National – January News
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Creativity, Access, Safety, Privacy…

With the advent of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, you can now photograph from above while remaining planted on the ground. Drone guru Cameron Davidson answers questions from Debra Hershkowitz about how much drone shooting he’s doing these days and what drew him to aerial photography. Read more.


Seeing Sandro

The winner of the Lucie Foundation’s “International Photographer of the Year Award” in 2014 has photographed over 230 tradespeople and children from Morocco. For 20 days in November 2013, Sandro and a small crew traveled around Morocco by car, truck, quads and camel from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains, then to Risssani and the Sahara Desert. Claire Sykes interviews Sandro about his choices and preparations for this extraordinary body of work. Read more.


Eric O’Connell, Pinhole

Nicole Weingartner interviews Eric O’Connell who has thoroughly embraced pinhole photography. Eric exposes the true emotion and inspiration behind the artist—both in reference to himself and to the artists that he photographs. The infinite depth of field gives his photos a softness and tonality. Since he began the pinhole project in March, his collection has grown to include intensely eerie snapshots-in-time of a composer, an artist, a painter, and a director. Read more.



Drones: Five things you should know or use.

If you are interested in using drones to enhance your photo business, you’ll want toread these five essential tips from aerial photographer Cameron Davidson.

APA Insurance FAQs

Figuring out business insurance allowances and limitations can be a head-scratcher with many variables that require careful understanding. Read our answers to some common questions about APA’s policy coverage for professional photographers.



Marketing Tips for the New Year
New York, Mon. January 27, 6-9P

Join us in New York for a great chapter panel lineup who will share their insights and answer your marketing Qs on January 27. Meet Monte Isom, Joe Lombardo, Amy Fitzgibbons and Karen D’Silva at Elk Studios from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.


Thomas Alleman at Apple Store
Los Angeles, Mon. February 10, 7:30-8:30P

Alleman will be the featured guest speaker for the LA Chapter’s next event on February 10. He’ll be showing his work and discussing his approach to photographing people and places in the urban landscape. Find more info here.



OFF THE CLOCK – Call for Entries
Entry Deadline: Thursday, February 12

APA Los Angeles’ personal work curated exhibition is going on right now. OFF THE CLOCK is easy to enter. No confusing categories. No creation date restrictions. No vastly different size prints or frames. Show will travel to ad agencies in the Los Angeles area Enter today.



Palm Springs Photo Festival Discounts

Here’s another way your APA membership saves you money. Receive 7.5% off on allPalm Springs Photo Festival activities including: registration, seminars, workshops, portfolio reviews and more. The festival dates this year are April 26 through May 1. Login to your MyAPA account then click on Discount Codes to access your savings for PSPF. Photo credit: Art Streiber


APA Joins the PLUS Board

American Photographic Artists is very excited to announce that Eugene Mopsik will represent APA on the PLUS Coalition Board of Directors.


Reason #3: APA Portfolio
Get Serious Exposure for your Work

All APA members are invited to join the APA Portfolio Gallery — an exclusive network powered by Behance — to gain broader exposure for their work. It’s about getting your work out there to be discovered by decision-makers. We have a rock solid platform that gets the job done. Your work will be shown on both the APA Portfolio Gallery and in the larger Behance Network that attracts millions of visitors per month. Gain followers everywhere your work appears, and easily alert your followers when you publish new work. This benefit is free to all members.

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SAVE THE DATE! APA | SD and Panasonic present: An Evening with Michael Grecco | Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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An Evening with Michael Grecco
Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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An Evening with Michael Grecco
Every age celebrates the photographers that captures the spirit of that time. These creative, successful people could photograph the greats – the artists, writers and celebrities of the day – so well because they were celebrities in their own right.

In the second half of the 19th Century it was Nadar. In the 1920s and 1930s it was Steichen and Snowden followed by David Bailey in the 1960s and Richard Avedon in the 70s and 80s.

Michael Grecco belongs in the pantheon of these greats – he’s one of the most respected and sought-after visual story tellers of our time. His conceptual vision and dramatic use of light have created some of the most distinctive images ever made.

It is with great pleasure that the San Diego chapter of American Photographic Artists welcomes Michael Grecco for a revealing presentation of his work, inspiration and Grecco’s unique take on the future of image making.


Thursday, February 26th, 2015 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Doors open at 6:30 pm Where:
Riverdale Studios | 6314 Riverdale Street | San Diego, CA 92120 | Cost:
$10 APA member | $15 ASMP, 3rd Space and Student | $20 Non-member $5 MORE AT THE DOOR
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