PSA Webinars

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PSA Webinars

✉ Shiv Verma, APSA, MNEC·
The PSA Webinar program will invite various accomplished photographers or photographic companies to present Webinars using the Citrix GoTo Webinar and GoTo Training System. An attempt will be made to include all Webinars in a digital library once they are presented, which can be accessed by all PSA members and clubs.   

PSA members who are already logged in, can view or download webinar recordings at: Those who are not logged in, will find it, after login, under Education>Webinar Recordings

IMPORTANT: Please read the following guidelines on PSA Webinars

  1. Webinars are for use by individual PSA members only.  Membership must be current with a valid membership number.
  2. Organizations (clubs, councils, Chapters, and societies) are NOT permitted to register for any PSA webinar. If an organization would like to have access to any of PSA’s webinars, please contact the presenter directly and make the appropriate arrangements.
  3. All Webinars are presented online and concurrently recorded. 
  4. When notification is received by email, members may register. Members can watch the live webinar and then participate in the Question & Answer session afterwards. 
  5. When the webinar is over, the recording will be edited, cleaned up, and sent to the PSA Webmaster for posting on the website.
  6. The recorded webinar is then available to PSA individual members only to view at any time. This is usually in seven to ten days after the webinar has been presented.
  7. There will be information from the Webinar Director sent to participants each time the webinar is announced.
  8. To view previous Webinars: 1) Login using the Member Login button, entering your Username and Password; (2) Locate the webinars in the PSA Education area or go directly to the page:, select and view the webinar from the webinar page
  9. All webinars are the copyright of the presenter and may not be downloaded, copied, or replayed at any venue at any time.
  10. Please note the registration email states the webinars will be available on the PSA website. 

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  • Educational Webinars
  • Getting Creative with Long Exposures with Susan magnano - July 15, 2020
    Presented by: Susan Magnano
    Run time: 1:26:51

    Susan Magnano has dedicated many nights to the art of creating long exposures that stand out from the rest. She will cover everything from how to adjust your camera settings to ND filters, to expanding your artistic vision through the use of light painting, light graffiti, and night portraiture. Together, we will test the limits of your creativity with long exposures and see how you can apply it to all fields in photography. 
  • Dance with the Clouds - Hema Narayanan, QPSA - July 1, 2020
    Presented by: Hema Narayanan, QPSA
    Run time: 1:01:21

    There is a limitlessness to the Sky. When we look up at the clouds in the massive vastness of the sky, we observe formations, moving clouds or clouds that appear to have faces, shapes and patterns in them. The Drama of the Clouds is a big part of Nature’s character. Nature’s best reward to us photographers are the infinite opportunities for photographing sunrises, sunsets and sun rays piercing through the clouds, creating striking imagery. But, think of these images without clouds? Without clouds, landscapes or sunrise/sets can be dull and dreary, making us cut out the sky and lay emphasis on foreground elements instead. On the contrary, witnessing the puffy, bulbous, stormy clouds lit up in myriad manners, can make the scene appear more colourful, alive and dramatic.

    The goal of this webinar is to get you thinking about how you can look up more and capture the skyscapes and understand few nuances of this genre. Hema’s presentation will cover the following topics with illustrations: 1) Weather Conditions 2) Usage of Right Filters 3) Exposure Length 4) Use of light correctly 5) Composition and 6) general tip on post-processing. She will also share two rare phenomenons she witnessed in the Himalayas that occurred amidst the clouds.
  • Create Fine Art Photographs from Urban Exploration with Lisa Cuchara - June 25, 2020
    Focusing on the Details
    Run time: 1:18:02

    Lisa will discuss the love for RUST and their approach to and experience with photographing historic and abandoned buildings, urban decay, etc. This program will include techniques for wide-angle and close-up photography including the use of HDR (high dynamic range), EDR (extended dynamic range), HDR-panoramas, and light painting in this program. Equipment and techniques used to bring out the beauty and drama of these subjects will also be discussed as we show our fascination with RUST. The program is aimed to inspire you: inspire you to visit new "old" places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story, inspire you to capture high dynamic range images and to light paint, and inspire you to create art from decay. Urban exploration (UrbEx) is the art of finding and exploring abandoned locations. Not all locations are technically "urban" or even "abandoned". The term abandoned is used VERY loosely. It is not "being abandoned" that attracts us to a place, it is the history, beauty, decay, charm, and architectural details (which contrast so drastically with today’s vanilla architecture). Another definition of UrbEx is the investigation of seldom seen man-made structures, a definition more consistent with our quest, since our subjects may be FAR from abandoned (like the architectural grandeur of bustling Grand Central Terminal or the surprising drama of the [empty] neo-Gothic Eastern State Penitentiary), but these sites count as "unseen" because few people actually stop to appreciate beautiful prison architecture or the jaw-dropping details of Grand Central.
  • Bird Photography with Jorn Hansen - June 11, 2020
    Run time: 1:41:59
    Presented by: Jorn Hansen

    Birds are in many ways a photographer’s dream with their exquisite plumage and beautiful eyes. Combining this beauty with feeding, courtship and social/antisocial behavior as well as flight provides enormous photographic opportunities. However, there are difficulties; birds are often small, are in constant motion and are usually not willing models. Based on a number of years of experience, this presentation addresses many of the challenges that need to be overcome in order to obtain bird photographs that illustrate interesting behavior while simultaneously being technically acceptable/excellent photographs. The seemingly simple yet fundamental photographic elements of focus and exposure can in fact be very challenging; interesting behavior is often over in a fraction of a second so focus and exposure must be correct the first time. When using long lenses, getting a rapidly moving bird in the frame and keeping it in the frame requires practice, knowledge, technique and luck; furthermore, capturing a pleasing composition adds another layer of difficulty. A once in a lifetime observation must be captured and captured correctly when it occurs. 

    The presentation discusses lessons learned trying to capture ordinary and extraordinary behavior. The subjects covered include light quality; use of on-camera flash; studio-style flash setups; backyard photography; approaches to exposure and focussing; capturing feeding, aggression and reflections; techniques to improve the success of flight photography. The presentation concludes with a discussion of equipment selection and camera/lens settings followed by some favorite photographs.
  • Street Photography with James Maher - June 4, 2020
    Run time: 1:18:24
    Presented by James Maher
    This webinar cover a wide range of street photography topics, beginning with an introduction to the genre and progressing through intermediate and advanced topics. It covers everything from how to set up and use your camera, to tips and tricks to make street photography easier and more comfortable, to street photography in quiet and suburban areas, and to overall conceptual issues in street photography, such as telling a story and creating a portfolio or project.
    James Maher has lived in New York for his entire life. Like many Manhattanites, he is a terrible driver and cook, but he’s an excellent navigator. He has been practicing the art of street photography since he first picked up a camera, has worked as a portrait, studio, and documentary photographer in New York since 2005, is a certified New York photography tour and workshop guide and is the author of The New York Photographer’s Travel Guide and The Essentials of Street Photography. Visit his web site at
  • Macro & Close-up Photography with Shiv Verma - May 21, 2020
    Macro & Close-up Photography with Shiv Verma
    Run time: 1:22:33
    Macro photography lets you explore and create exciting photographs of a whole new and intimate world. Zeroing-in to create an interesting abstract or just filling the frame with tiny flowers, insects, and crystals.
    This program will address the challenges you'll face with Macro Photography and the methods and tools used to overcome those challenges. We will deal with the lighting and equipment, as well as several techniques to get better images. This includes selecting the appropriate equipment; lighting and stacking.
    You will understand the importance of Depth-of-Field as it affects Macro Photos. You will learn how to create high magnification images using macro lenses, tubes, and diopters.  In addition, you will learn how to create one completely focused image from several partially focused images. 
    You will also learn about Tripod alternatives and reinventing the ballhead.
  • Wabi Sabi with Lisa Cuchara - May 14, 2020
    Wabi Sabi with Lisa Cuchara
    Presented May 14, 2020
    Run time: 1:03:57

    This program explores the beauty of imperfect and/or unconventional subjects. As nature photographers we often seek out the flowers, leaves and such that are perfect, with no blemishes or defects. 

    This program highlights subjects that are not perfect, such as flowers that have character, double headed flowers, decaying fall leaves, the deformed coneflower that stands out as flawed and hence different and beautiful, rust as it creates abstract patterns amidst the decay, etc. We will also explore the concept of slowing down and appreciating the beauty of everyday life, things that might be overlooked. 

    As purveyors of rust and decay we appreciate the perseverance and beauty of “life after humans” as cars and equipment falls apart and succumbs to oxidation and decay. Wabi-Sabi teaches us to find beauty in everyday life. It is a kind of anti-aesthetic, an alternative to the dominating discriminatory ideas we hold about beauty. “Wabi means a beauty of elegant imperfection. Sabi means aloneness. Together, they suggest the beauty of ‘the withered, weathered, tarnished, scarred, intimate, coarse, earthly, evanescent, tentative, ephemeral.’ ~ Crispin Sartwell, Six Names of Beauty. It is a way of honoring that everything is impermanent, and we are always in a state of both becoming and falling away. It is used to describe a particular philosophy that beauty can be found in the old, the everyday, the imperfect. Wabi Sabi applies to more than nature and the seasons of change and decay, but it also to the “Life after Humans” arena or UrbEx (urban exploration). As a side note, the term Wabi Sabi can also be part of the social movement of embracing imperfection of your physical traits as a human being, especially with respect to self-perception and celebrating imperfection in a society that encourages people to be perfect and pressures people to be flawless.
  • Understanding Black and White Photography - April 30, 2020
    Presented by: Don Toothaker of Hunt's Photo Education
    Runtime: 1:45:16

    Black and white photography is not only alive and well in the digital age, but it is also better than ever before. Personal growth in photography is rooted in the fundamentals of exposure and composition and no genre teaches you more about each than working in monochrome. How does one see and create images in black & white in the modern, digital world?

    Join Hunt’s Photo Education’s Don Toothaker to learn, understand, and discuss the characteristics that make for a strong image in Monochrome. He will take you through the process of how to find images that are most suitable for monochrome (and those that are not). The goal of this webinar is to get you thinking as much as possible about how you can utilize black & white to further your photographic creativity and add it to your arsenal of imagery.
  • Nature Photography in High Key Style - April 9, 2020
    Creative & Impactful: Nature Photography in High-Key Style 
    Webinar by: Lisa Langell
    Runtime: 1:11:57

    High key photography is typically a contemporary genre with characteristically dominant white or bright tones.  It is very visually appealing—with high impact—yet it can be challenging to execute without knowing what to do in-camera and when post-processing.   That said, when it all comes together, the results are spectacular! 
    This live, interactive and fun webinar will introduce you to the skills for executing High Key photography.  You will learn how to apply the right camera settings, identify the right lighting conditions, and we will even show you how to recognize images already in your archives that produce the best results for obtaining this look using a few surprising adjustments.  
    You will learn:

    • What lighting conditions are best (and worst) for high-key photography

    • The settings that are generally recommended for creating high-key work

    • What foregrounds and backgrounds work best for high key photography

    • Composition tips for this style of photography

    • Images in your archives that work best for creating the high-key look through post-processing

    • Additional post-processing tips to create the final look
  • Global Landscapes with Olympus Visionary Frank Smith - March 26, 2020
    Presented by: Frank Smith
    Run time: 1:18:42

    Nature photography is a broad term and photographer Frank Smith shares with us many different elements and aspects from his raw travel abroad capturing nature. An outdoor enthusiast, Frank has traveled around the globe with a keen focus on landscapes in every climate and will share insights on timing, lighting and travel prep that will make you want to pack your bags!
    Frank will share with us his techniques and imagery from his many photo journeys. Frank enjoys the remote areas of the various places around the globe he has visited. He knows to capture the shots though it often means early rising and late to bed. Sunrises and sunsets create a dynamic that you cannot see during the daytime hours.
  • Artistic Floral Photography - Various Styles and Techniques, February 13, 2020
    Presented by: Jackie Kramer
    Run time: 1:26:01

    Join Jackie Kramer as she takes us on a journey through her digital garden where she will share a variety of techniques to bring out the character in floral subjects. She will offer examples showing how to reflect the personality of a flower and how to shoot straightforward macro images with selective focus, shoot-throughs, abstracts, multiples, textures, and more. Hear her rationale as it applies to decisions in the field pertaining to the selection of the subject, background, approach, composition, lighting, exposure, and depth of field. You will leave with a desire to put some of these ideas into action as you create your own unique images.
  • Photographing Architecture - Interiors of Religious Places - January 10, 2020
    Presented by Padma Inguva 
    Run time: 1:00:56

    While countless photographers attempt to photograph churches, few succeed in capturing images that are as breathtaking as the churches themselves. The reason is - photographing the inside of a church is hard. It takes an advanced skill-set to capture the three-dimensional beauty, found in reality with such high dynamic range, and then to convey the same level of emotion in the two-dimensional plane of a photograph.

    In this program, Padma Inguva showcases her portfolio of images of places of worship, the equipment she uses, how she plans her visits, the research she does, proper etiquette while photographing, camera settings for both tripod and handheld capture, Image processing post-capture techniques that bring to life the images she captures.
    Here is a link to her portfolio:

    Padma Inguva is well known for her flower photography. However her passion for photography goes beyond her incredible love for photographing flowers. It extends and encompasses the architectural world and all its wonders that include photographing places of worship especially interiors. As a photographer and a student of Civil Engineering, she incorporates the two disciplines into an art form. Her appreciation of Neoclassical Architecture has led her to travel the world to capture some of its magnificent religious structures.

    PSA members who are already logged in, can view or download the webinar recording at: Those who are not logged in, will find it, after login, under Education>Webinar Recordings
  • Infrared Processing in Topaz Studio 2 - December 12, 2019
    Presented by Rad Drew
    Run time: 53:48

    Rad Drew shares his workflow for processing infrared photos in Topaz Studio 2. 
    Learn to set a black/white point, adjust detail and contrast, and finish with a slight glow for stunning infrared images! 
    Rad A. Drew is a photographer, teacher, and tour leader from Indianapolis, Indiana. He makes photographs with mirrorless and infrared cameras, and assorted iPhones, and he loves to teach and inspire others to discover hidden creative talents. His creative images have been recognized in galleries and photo competitions around the world. Rad writes for the online photographer’s resources, Luminous Landscape,, and for the mobile art network, TheAppWhisperer. He is author two fine art books, and is a contributor to today’s most comprehensive volume of iPhone instruction. He is the creator of the popular webinar series, How I Did It!™, and he shares his Topaz Studio workflow in regularly scheduled Topaz webinars.
    Rad was recognized in the Photography Society of America’s Who’s Who in Photography 2018 in the Editorial Awards category. A seasoned workshop leader and teacher, Rad guides photographers to beautiful locations around the world including Cuba, The Palouse, Cape Cod, Tuscany, Calabria, and Moloka’i. 
    For more information contact Rad directly at, or visit his web site,
    PSA members who are already logged in, can view or download the webinar recording at: Those who are not logged in, will find it, after login, under Education>Webinar Recordings
  • iPhone-ography - Recorded August 28, 2019
    Run time: 49:42 
    Presented by: Jerry Hug, APSA

    Jerry Hug covers the following:
    • Purchasing a Cell Camera and pre-planning your purchase for photography.
    • Setting up the resident Camera app and Photo settings for maximum results.
    • Favorite applications (apps) for Photography - (Apps for shooting and apps for editing.)
    • Organizing your images on your mobile devices.
    • Adding Mobile equipment: Lens, Stabilization, Extending shooting with battery chargers and various homemade aids.
    • Traveling advantages and disadvantages of Cell Phone photography
    • Creative editing and developing a unique style.
    • Storing your images
    • Printing your images directly from your mobile devices to inkjet printers.
    PSA members who are already logged in, can view or download the webinar recording at: Those who are not logged in, will find it, after login, under Education>Webinar Recordings
  • Travel & Nature Photography, Near and Far - Recorded June 17, 2019
    Whether you are standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon or just trying to capture the colorful flowers in your backyard garden, here is the chance to get some helpful hints on how to best capture your subjects. Join Professional Photographer Ken Hubbard as he helps you fine tune your photography skills, so you don't miss out on taking the best possible images of your next adventure. During this webinar you will learn how to create the right exposure, approach your subject, compose new angles and perspectives, pack your bag with the right lenses and much more useful information. Open your eyes to the world of travel & nature photography and your memories will last a lifetime!

    PSA members who are already logged in, can view or download the webinar recording at: Those who are not logged in, will find it, after login, under Education>Webinar Recordings

  • The A.I, Revolution with Topaz Labs on Feb 15, 2019
    Greg Rostami, Topaz guru gave an exciting webinar of the cutting-edge A.I. solutions from Topaz Labs:
    - Upscale your photos 600% with unprecedented quality using A.I. GigaPixel.
    - Remove high ISO noise and sharpen your photos with A.I. Clear.
    - Convert any JPEG to RAW and increase dynamic range in A.I. JPEG to RAW.
    - Create an art masterpiece from your photos with A.I. ReMix.

    - Welcome and introductions
    - Presentation & Demonstration
    - Questions if possible

    PSA members who are already logged in, can view or download the webinar recording at: Those who are not logged in, will find it, after login, under Education>Webinar Recordings
  • Discover Luminar 3 with Libraries - January 18, 2019
    Duration: 1:27:42
    Given by: Abba Shapiro

    Get a special look into Luminar 3 and learn about the all new Library features that can help you sort, rate and filter your images and much more to help you quickly organize and edit your best images! 

    Some of the topics we will be going over: 
• Explore the new Library features in Luminar 3
    • Look at Sorting, Rating, and Filtering 
• Examine the new QuickEdit Workflow 
• Unique AI and Image Aware Filters in Luminar 
• and more! 

    Presenter: Abba Shapiro is the Senior Evangelist and Trainer for Skylum Software as well as a Professional Photographer and Author who conducts workshops around the globe.

    PSA members who are already logged in, can view or download the webinar recording at: Those who are not logged in, will find it, after login, under Education>Webinar Recordings
  • Details from Friday, November 9, 2018 - Color Management for Photographers
    PSA’s first webinar, “A Photographer’s Color Management Workflow” was broadcast on Friday, November 9, 2018

    The webinar was recorded and is available for members to view. You must be logged in to the Members Only Area and then use the Education link on the upper left and the dropdown menu to the “Webinar” tab.

    Click here for a direct link. (requires member login first)

    Details of this webinar are:
    A Photographer’s Color Management Workflow

    The best weapon in any photographer’s kit is a ColorChecker Passport and iOne Studio a Monitor/Printer Profiler. This seminar is for everyone who is concerned about good color quality in Still and Hybrid Photography. Here is what you will learn:
    • Using the Color Checker to white balance and obtain correct color in your images
    • Using Lightroom for profiling and color managing your images
    • Preventing and Correcting color casts
    • Warming and Cooling your portraits and landscapes to set the right mood
    • Calibrating your monitor for optimized editing

    PSA members who are already logged in, can view or download the webinar recording at: Those who are not logged in, will find it, after login, under Education>Webinar Recordings
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  • PSA Informational Webinars
  • Creating a PSA Portfolio with Joanne Stolte, HonPSA, MPSA, EFIAP, ESFIAP - presented July 9, 2020
    Presented by: Joanne Stolte, HonPSA, MPSA, EFIAP, ESFIAP
    Run time: 1:07:03

    This webinar is a companion to the Portfolio Webinar presented by Dan Charbonnet, HonPSA, EPSA, and covers different aspects of the Portfolio development process. Joanne will describe the educational features of this PSA Distinction program; provide tips for creating a Bronze Portfolio, and proceeding to Silver and Gold Portfolios, and show sample Portfolios to help the participant envision creating their own portfolio.
  • How to Enter PSA & FIAP Exhibitions - June 18, 2020
    Presented by John Andrew Hughes, APSA, PPSA
    Run time: 1:05:48
  • PSA Portfolio Distinctions Program, May 28, 2020
    Presented by Dan Charbonnet, HonPSA, EPSA, May 28, 2020
    Run time: 31:30

    The PSA Portfolio Distinctions program includes the need for an OVERVIEW IMAGE in addition to the images in the portfolio.  The design of the Overview Image can make or break a successful portfolio no matter how good the individual images are.  This webinar covers how to craft the Overview Image and what to consider when arranging the thumbnails of the individual images in the Overview Images instead of just randomly placing them.
  • Achieving Photographic Distinctions from the Photographic Society of America, December 2018
    Webinar available for viewing in the Member's Only area

    Given by Roy Killen, GMPSA, EFIAP, APSEM

    This webinar will explain the process of obtaining Star Ratings and Recognition of Photographic Achievement (ROPA). It is recommended that participants download the “Star 1-5 Application Instructions” and the “Star Ratings Application Spreadsheet” from prior to the webinar. 

    PSA members who are already logged in, can view or download the webinar recording at: Those who are not logged in, will find it, after login, under Education>Webinar Recordings