Arizona Professional Photographers Association


Upcoming events

    • Tue, December 05, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Leveraging Todays Technology For More Creative Images

    Bob Coates.M.Photog.Cr.MA., CPP

    We have more creative tools than ever built into our cameras. The gear is becoming lighter, faster and sharper than ever. Technology is making it possible for making more Creative Images than ever before. 

    We can now remotely control the camera via wifi and see what the camera is seeing. Pull 8MP stills from 4K video, pick focus after the fact, create Time-lapse videos in camera. Capture an image after something has already happened. (I know it was hard for Bob to believe too!) 

    Intelligent Auto can determine the subject matter and give preprogrammed settings so you can concentrate on composition. Let’s not forget post-processing techniques to work on the images after capture. It’s a great time to push the envelope! 

    Bob will share how he’s combining the new tech from Panasonic Lumix Cameras, Adobe Photoshop and Aurora 2017 HDR software to make photography fun again.

    About The Speaker:

    Bob Coates - M.Photog.M.Artist. Cr., CPP

    Lumix Luminary

    Coates started his official pro career in March of 1995 after picking up and putting down a camera for the previous Thirteen years. Based in the Caribbean for the beginning three years of business Bob concentrated on commercial photography. He was dragged kicking and screaming into the wedding side of the business and then embraced weddings. Upon his move to Sedona, Arizona to get out of the path of hurricanes weddings were mixed with some commercial work. Coming full circle Bob is back to concentrating solely on commercial projects and creating an art décor line and leaving weddings behind.

    Articles for magazines and books authored by Bob are part of how he gives back to the photographic community. In addition, Bob has presented programs from Hawaii to the Caribbean including National platforms at Imaging USA and other venues. Judging local and International print competitions is another way Bob has shares his expertise in the industry.

    Bob has always believed in giving back to the community using his photographic skills. Among lots of community projects a couple notable ones were a calendar based on the movie Calendar Girls that raised money and garnered lots of community awareness and National press for the Sedona Arts Center. He also photographed, designed, printed and sold a calendar for the Sedona Community Center raising almost $10,000.

    Bob currently lives and works from his residential studio in Sedona, AZ with his wife Holly.

    • Tue, January 02, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    AzPPA Open House

    If you are a professional photographer, or aspiring to become one, join us on January 2nd for our annual AzPPA open house.

    Socialize with fellow photographers and discuss topics that affect all of us in the industry today.

    Peoples Choice Awards

    You will be able to vote for your favorite image created by our attendees from our on location workshops from 2017. 

    Hors D'oeuvres will be served.

    Free to all attendees

    Map Of AzPPA Meeting Location:

    • Sat, January 20, 2018
    • TBD

    Pay To Play With the Master Photographers

    Charity Event


    Donate $25 or more for PPA Charities (must be paid through AzPPA website when registered for event) and attend this very special event hosted by Master Photographers from AzPPA. 

    Details to be announced shortly

    • Sun, June 03, 2018
    • Abilities360: 5025 E Washington St, Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ 85034

    Ben Shirk,M.Photog.M.Artist,Cr.

    Composing, Capturing, and Creating.  The ideas, techniques and motivations behind creating unique images

    Full Day Program

    FREE To AzPPA Members

    $199 Non-Members

    Nationally recognized Master Photographer and PPA GIA Award winner Ben Shirk will be joining AzPPA for a Full Day workshop on June 3rd 2018. This is an event that you will NOT want to miss!

    Ben will be demonstrating photographing High School Seniors for preparation of creating amazing composite images. Ben will then share his techniques on various techniques he uses to produce these art pieces which are cherished by his clients.

    This full day event (Daytime workshop and evening monthly meeting) is FREE to AzPPA members! Non AzPPA members are welcome to attend at the special rate of $199. Please Note: You must be a current member of AzPPA on June 3rd 2018 to attend at no charge.

    There will be more details on Ben's program including the location of the full day event (it will be in the Phoenix area with the evening portion being held at our regular meeting location at Ability 360) in the following months.

    Ben Shirk

Past events

Tue, November 07, 2017 AzPPA On-The-Road Heritage Series: Back To The Darkroom
Sat, October 28, 2017 AzPPA Fall Festival 2017: Exclusive Kartchner Caverns Photographic Access and Tombstone
Tue, October 03, 2017 Lightroom Seminar with Jim Walls, CPP
Tue, September 05, 2017 7 Steps to Build and Grow a Successful Photography Business
Tue, August 01, 2017 Image Critique
Tue, June 20, 2017 Image Preparation Boot Camp For Competitions (Exclusively For AzPPA Members Only)
Tue, June 06, 2017 The Business Of Baby Photography With Ana Brandt
Sat, May 06, 2017 AzPPA-On-The-Road Series: Boyce Thompson Arboretum Macro, Landscape and Portrait Workshops
Tue, April 04, 2017 Videography Primer For Photographers - David Weingarten, CPP
Sat, February 25, 2017 Dinner at Lucille's BBQ For AzPPA Convention February 25th (Must be a convention attendee)
Fri, February 24, 2017 AzPPA State Convention and Image Competition 2017
Tue, February 07, 2017 Pet Photography with Lisa Asp
Tue, January 03, 2017 AzPPA 2017 Open House FREE To All Professional Photographers
Tue, December 06, 2016 Family Portraits with Michele Celentano
Fri, November 04, 2016 AzPPA Fall Festival: Slot Canyons & Page, AZ
Tue, November 01, 2016 AzPPA On-The-Road: Light Painting Workshop at Superstition Mountain Museum
Tue, October 04, 2016 Becoming A Fine Art Photographer With Jane Conner-ziser
Sun, September 11, 2016 Studio Tour
Tue, September 06, 2016 Perfecting The Pose
Tue, August 02, 2016 Image Critique
Tue, July 12, 2016 Image Preparation Boot Camp For Competitions (Exclusive For AzPPA Members Only)
Tue, June 07, 2016 The Fluent Photographer - Your Survival Strategy with Suzette Allen
Sat, May 07, 2016 AzPPA-On-The-Road Series: HS Seniors Workshop At Gold Mine, Jerome AZ
Tue, April 05, 2016 Executive Posing with Kay Eskridge
Tue, March 15, 2016 Artisan Colour Lab - AzPPA Group Tour and Social
Sat, February 20, 2016 State Convention and Image Competition
Tue, February 02, 2016 Greg and Lesa Daniel: Value Of Prints and Large Wall Portraits (Sponsored By PPA Charities)
Tue, January 05, 2016 AzPPA Open House FREE To All Professional Photographers
Sat, November 14, 2015 Portraits Of The Old West Fall Festival
Mon, November 02, 2015 Green Screen Masking/Extraction Techniques with Live Demo
Mon, October 05, 2015 Panel Discussion: Sales Techniques and Products For Increased Profits
Tue, September 01, 2015 Image Critique (TUESDAY Evening Program For September)
Mon, August 03, 2015 Architectual Photography 101: How To Add Additional Income To Your Studio
Mon, June 08, 2015 Marketing Newborn and Baby Photography With Ana Brandt
Sat, May 02, 2015 Sedona Environmental Portraits Workshop with Bob Coates: AzPPA On-The-Road Series
Tue, April 28, 2015 Photographers Mixer Happy Hour
Mon, April 06, 2015 Discovering The Artist Within with Stephen Moody, M.Photog
Wed, March 25, 2015 Photographers Mixer Happy Hour
Mon, March 23, 2015 SOLD OUT! Outdoor Lighting Workshop at Japanese Friendship Gardens
Tue, February 24, 2015 Photographers Mixer
Mon, February 09, 2015 AzPPA Open House For All Professional Photographers
Sat, January 17, 2015 AzPPA State Convention
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