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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

March 2016 Meeting Photos

March 8th Meeting Photos

President's Message

April, 2016!! 

     Happy Spring everyone! I would like to update everyone on few of the ongoing things we are trying to do to improve our club. 

     This month’s meeting will take place at our new location: The Sierra Hills Clubhouse 28616 Kenroy Ave. Canyon Country, Ca. 91387. We will continue to meet at 6:45 pm and go until 9 pm.

     I would like to thank the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society for letting us use the Saugus Train Station for our membership meetings and workshops during the last year. The Society really stepped up and helped this club when we needed it the most. I will always be grateful for their help. Evan Decker really went out of his way to help us and make us feel welcomed.

     This month we will have a “Print Competition Workshop” where we will work a few images, showing how to improve them according to the comments given by the judges. David Saffir will make a presentation on printing. We will show images from our Descanso Gardens trip and the Los Angeles County Air Show. Larry Gasinski will be our “Featured Photographer”.

     We have had a couple of minor changes to the board, Jeff Barlow is stepping down as the Webmaster and moving to a board member at large. Cathy Gero is taking over as Webmaster along with her Secretary duties. I want to thank Jeff for the outstanding job he has done over the years as Webmaster. Jeff and Helen also hosted the board meetings at their home for several years for which we are very grateful. Eleanor Gray will now host the board meetings at her home starting in May.

     This month we will take nominations for the new board of directors. The current term ends on June 1st, we vote at our May meeting. Board positions up for election are:

President, First-vice president, Second-vice president, Treasurer and Secretary. The Membership Coordinator, Webmaster, and At-Large board members are all appointed. If you are interested in joining the board now, is the time to do it. 

     Our outings this month include the LA Arboretum on April 16th, admission is $9.00 (seniors 62 and older $6.00). We will post the meeting time in an email soon. Non-commercial photography is allowed, I’m not sure if you can bring tripods or not. But we will check and let everyone know. 

     We have a weekend trip planned for the end of the month April 29 - May 1, 2016 at the Red Rock Canyon State Park which is located 25 miles northeast of Mojave on Highway 14, near Cantil. Go west 1/4 mile on Abbott Drive. Signage indicating the turnoff is clearly visible on Highway 14. Camping is available on a first-come, first served basis, there is no reservation system. The campground has 50 primitive campsites, potable water, pit toilets, fire rings, and tables. There are no RV hook-ups or showers. A maximum of 8 people are allowed per campsite (there are no group sites). Camping is $25.00 per night per site, which includes parking for one vehicle. Additional vehicles are $6.00 each. The campground can fill up early, so arriving Thursday night or first thing Friday morning is recommended. Please register on the website if you are planning on going. We can get 16 people on two sites if we get there early enough. 

        Our Spring Print Competition is right around the corner. Rules have been posted on the website. The competition is open to all photographers, members or not. This year we will hold the competition at the Fellowship hall at the United Methodist Church located at 26640 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, Ca. 91350. Randy at Fast Frame will give the club members a discount on print mounting. The judging starts at 9 am and normally goes until 12, depending on how many entries we have. We will have a reception from 4 - 6 pm. I am really excited about holding the competition here as there is so much room, good lighting and everyone will be comfortable regardless of the weather. 


Keep shooting,



Details and Announcements

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 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

2016 Spring Print Competition, May 7th
Monthly Meeting, May 10th
2016 Board Election, 2016 Spring Print Competition results
Guest Speaker - Renee Bowen, Wedding and Senior Portrait Photographer
Ventura Pier at Sunset and
Main St at Night, May 21st
Registration requested. Registration
Monthly Meeting, June 14th
Guest Speaker - Steve McCrank, photojournalist for the Daily Breeze

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

 Competition Events in 2016


February 9 – 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

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