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Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association

Who We Are

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 welcome to attend a meeting and check us out.

Member Gallery

2016 May - Larry Gasinski

May 10th MeetingFeatured Photographer Larry Gasinski

President's Message

May 2016

     Dusty and I just returned from the Red Rock Canyon State Park trip; it was good getting out and shooting again. Red Rock was pretty darn hard to shoot. We really had to work hard in order to make some good images. I remembered what Jim Akers had said while he was struggling during a shoot "Come on Jim, work your craft!" That statement really proved true on this trip. After checking out possible sites to shoot Thursday afternoon, Dusty said "We are going to have to learn how to shoot this place instead of how we want to shoot it."
We'll show some photos at the June meeting.

     Saturday May 7th is our annual Spring Print Competition, this year, being held at the Santa Clarita Methodist Church 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. The deadline is Tuesday May 3rd at 5 pm. We begin judging at 9 am Saturday. Judging this year's contest is Dan Holmes, Sharon Lobel and Michael Collins. Dusty will be videotaping the competition again and it will be up on the website in June. 

     After last month's meeting, I had a few photos I needed to download. When I turned on my MacBook Pro, my screen was all scrambled and I couldn't get it to stop. It turns out my hard drive was fried! Fortunately I have all my photos backed up on several different hard drives. My laptop was also backed up via the cloud; the only file I lost was the meeting slides of April's meeting. I can redo all of those as all the photos were on the different hard drives. If you don't have a backup system in place, do yourself a favor and do it soon. It's not a matter of if your hard drive will crash, but when!

     Our speaker this month is Renee Bowen, a Senior Portrait and Wedding photographer, and in June, Steve McCrank who is a photojournalist working for the Daily Breeze in Torrance, California. July's speaker is Tom Pavia who specializes in night photography, then in August we have our folio competition so get your entries ready.

     Dusty is currently working on field trips for the coming year. This summer we are hoping to go up north a few times, The Bodie Foundation is keeping the park open until 10 pm again this summer, a Lee Vining/Mono Lake trip and a possible return to the Bristlecone Forest to shoot the Milky Way. In the fall we will make our annual fall colors trip. I will keep you all posted on the details when they become available. If you have any suggestions please let either Dusty or I know. We'd love your input on this.

Keep Shooting,


Details and Announcements

The Judging Videos of the 2016 Spring Print Competition are now available.

Theme of the Month - Members only

Please ensure you email your images to Kevin by 5pm the Friday before the meeting. For example, May's Photojournalism images should be emailed by 5pm June 10th.
June- Photojournalism images taken in May

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 classes 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.

Upcoming Activities

Monthly Meeting, June 14th
Guest Speaker - Steve McCrank, photojournalist for the Daily Breeze
Monthly Meeting, July 12th
Guest Speaker - Tom Pavia, night photographer specialist
2016 Folio Competition, August 9th

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

 Competition Events in 2016


February 9 – Winter Digital Image Competition

Submit by February 1
Photos within 2 years
Categories: Portrait, Event and Editorial, Landscape, Macro and Closeup, Digital Manipulation, Freestyle and Fine Art.

Note: Read Carefully! The definitions of categories and the rules of submission have changed. This is not you grandfather's image competition. Rules

May 7 - Spring Print Competition
Submit by May 3
Photos within 1 year
Categories: Animals, Architecture, Digital Manipulation, Freestyle & Fine Art, Event & Editorial, Landscape, Macro & Close-up, Nature, Photojournalism, and Portrait
View the results of our 2016 Spring Print Competition, May 7th
Judges - Dan Holmes, Sharon Lobel and Michael Collins
Rules & Entry Form
August 9 - Folio Competition
November 8 - Fall Digital Image Competition

Need help with this site?

Please download and read the brief user's manual on the Documents page to help you manage your membership record. Our new website allows you to update your personal data including addresses, phone numbers, e-mail and personal website. It also allows you to specify which of your data is displayed on the Finding A Photographer Membership Directory page. Download  Member's User Manual here.