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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!

Are you on Facebook? We are!

Get notifications, share photos and join the conversations.
1.  Go to Facebook SCVPA page.
2.  Make sure you have "liked" the page.
3.  Click the down arrow next to "Liked".
4.  Under notifications, click the "All On" selection.

Member Gallery

2018 Annual Digital Image Competition

November 2018 Annual Digital Image Competition
Congratulations to all our photographers who entered; beautiful images, great competition.

Best in Show, Judge's Choice, 1st Place Master Macro & Close-up
, Helen Henry for I Am Looking At You.

From the SCVPA Board


Every time our association has a competition I am completely blown away! The Digital Image Competition was no exception, of the 41 images that were judges we handed out 21 Merit awards. That’s better than half.

Congratulations to all the winners! You guys rocked it out of the park!     A big shout out to our judges, John Grusd, president of Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County, Wendy Brill-Wynkoop, Department Chair, Photography - College of the Canyons and Mel Carll, 2018 & 2017 Best of SCV - Photographer. The three of you did a great job! I thought your comments and feedback to our members were awesome.

Helen Henry was the big winner last night, collecting the Best of Show, Judges Choice and First place in the Macro & Close-up category. 
In the Master’s Division the winners are:
Animals1st and 2nd place - Chris Hoefflin, 3rd place - Jeff Barlow
Architecture Tied for 1st place - Michael Bowman and Dusty Stiles, 2nd place - James Mahan-Soto
Digital Manipulation1st place - Nicole Wilde
Event and Editorial 1st place - Kevin Karzin, 2nd place - Henri Lajer, 3rd place - Dusty Stiles
Fine Art 1st place - Kevin Karzin, 2nd place - Helen Henry
Freestyle1st place, Judges Choice - Nicole Wilde
Landscape1st and 2nd place - Eleanor Gray, 3rd place - Jean Carter
Macro & Close-up Best of Show, Judges Choice, 1st place - Helen Henry, 2nd place - Nicole Wilde, 3rd place - Chris Hoefflin
Nature1st place - Mel Carll, 2nd place - Dusty Stiles
Photojournalism1st place - Kevin Karzin
Portrait1st place - Helen Henry, 2nd place - Henri Lajer, 3rd place - Michael Bowman
In the Novice Division:
Animals1st place - Cathy Gero
Event & Editorial1st place - Tom Spanos, 2nd place - Cathy Gero
Landscape1st place - Tom Spanos, 2nd place tied - Mike Gollum and Robert Mosier, 3rd place - Mike Gollum
Nature 1st place, Judges Choice - Mike Gollum

Great Job everyone! Just outstanding work!

Next month we have our annual Holiday Party, please check the website for the details, Mel and I are cooking Tri-tip, Brisket and Chicken, we will also be providing a meatless pasta dish. We are asking everyone to contribute side dishes, desserts and anything else you’d like to bring. Please see the sign-up sheet on the website. We will also have a year-end slide show, Christmas music and photo-booth. Each member is allowed to bring 1 guest and please indicate on the sign up sheet if you are bringing a guest or not. The clubhouse said they will open the parking lot across the street for us. We will meet on our regular scheduled meeting day of December 11, 2018 at 6 pm. 

If you have any photos you’d like to have included in the year-end slide show please email them to me by December 1, 2018 so I can upload them into the video.

I hope each and everyone of you has a Happy Thanksgiving! 

See you next month, 


Remember,  Shoot, Process, and Share……

Tips from the Members:

From member Mark Luterman: "Pretty good movie editor"
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Details  and Announcements

Fireman Chase With His Axe
2018 Annual Digital Image Competition
1st Place Master Portrait and Merit Award - Helen Henry, Fireman Chase With His Axe

2018 Annual Digital Image Competition Photo Album

2018 Annual Digital Image Competition Results

Upcoming photography classes at COC with Lee White

Photo 160. Black and White Photography

Introduces mechanical and artistic principles in creating photographic images using a 35mm SLR camera developing film and printing black and white images in College of the Canyons’ fully equipped darkroom.  All equipment needed to fulfill class assignments available to students to check out for free.  Industry speaker brought in to make a presentation in class.

Photo 155 Photography

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and techniques of photography and camera RAW, including the theory and basic principles of image correction and print technologies in College of the Canyons’ fuly equipped digital darkroom.  All equipment needed to fulfill class assignments available to students to check out for free in College of the Canyons fuly equipped digital darkroom.

Photo 157 Digital Imaging

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques and applications of digital imaging using industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop. Through application of theory, students will explore both the technical aspects of image manipulation, as well as the artistic aspects of creating images in College of the Canyons fuly equipped digital darkroom in College of the Canyons’ fuly equipped digital darkroom.


Registration Starts January 7


Questions contact Lee White at

Share your Images - Members only

Be sure to send Kevin any images you shoot that you'd like to share in the monthly meeting; trips, events, special projects. special places color or B&W, still life or motion, etc.

Please ensure to email your images to Kevin by 5pm on Friday before the meeting.

(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 on the Event Calendar and in the Upcoming Activities section below.
The SCVPA Board requests that members sign up for field trips and workshops so preparations and communications will be accurate. 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 
Photo Trips July 2018 to June 2019

Speaker Links

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

Mel Carll, Mel and Co Photography 
SCV Center for Photography

Greg Alter, Altered Images Photography

Kevin Karzin,  Kevin Karzin Photography LLC

Nik Collection 

SCVPA Upcoming Activities

Holiday Lights (self-directed)
Dec 15th

Monthly Meeting, Jan 8th, 2019

Guest Speaker:
Greg Alter

Topic: Tabletop Product photographer

Film Workshop, Jan. 16th
Film Workshop - 1/16/2019

Death Valley Field Trip, Jan 18th - 20th

Monthly Meeting, Feb 12th
Kevin Karzin, Tabletop Photography Workshop

Calico Ghost Town/Civil War Re-enactment, Feb 15th - 17th

Film Workshop, Feb 20th
Film Workshop - 2/20/2019

Monthly Meeting, Mar 12th
Mel Carll, Image Presentation Workshop

Anza Borrego, Mar 15th - 17th

Film Workshop, Mar 20th
Film Workshop - 3/20/2019

Monthly Meeting, Apr 9th
Guest Speaker:
Larry Skibiski
Nik software

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Competition Events

May 4, 2019- Spring Print Competition
Open to the public
Submit TBD
Photos within 1 year

Categories: Animals, Architecture, Digital Manipulation, Event & Editorial, Fine ArtFreestyle, Landscape, Macro & Closeup, Nature, Photojournalism, and Portrait

August 13, 2019 - Folio Competition
Members only
Submit at August 13th meeting between 6pm and 6:25pm


A “folio” is a collection of images that are unified around a theme. The theme is about something: a place, a person, a mood or feeling, or something else that ties the images together. Purely technical or descriptive themes like “My Best Black & White Images” are not permitted.

November 12, 2019 - Annual Digital Image Competition

Members only

Submit by November 4th, 5pm
Photos within 2 years
Categories: Animals, Architecture, Digital Manipulation,Event & Editorial, Fine Art, Freestlye, Landscape, Macro & Closeup, Nature, Photojournalism and Portrait

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