PSA Webinars

PSA - Educating and Connecting People through Photography

PSA Webinar 

✉ Shiv Verma, FPSA, 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 request a link and password to the webinar recordings at: Those who are not logged in, will find it, after login, under Education>Webinar Recordings

Webinars presented by photographers/speakers are their personal programs.  Titles and descriptions are as provided by them and should not be construed in other ways.  The speaker may or may not be a member of PSA and as such may or may not be aware of the strict rules of the various divisions and requirements for exhibitions.  As such all content is for education and entertainment purposes and not be considered in conformance to PSA guidelines. Please respect the presenter’s efforts, do not object to titles and question intent or the content presented by them.

 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 (after login):, and request the link and password to see the webinar
  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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  • Land to Sea, Near to Far - October 14, 2021
    Presented by: Deborah Sandidge, Nikon Ambassador
    Run time: 1:20:36

    Nikon Ambassador, author, and travel photographer Deborah Sandidge, guides you through capturing experiences and creative imagery, giving you a sense of being there in the moment.
    Through this presentation, Deborah shares the conceptual elements of her imagery and how the art and technique of photography can bring an image to life.
    Deborah’s approach through photography is to create an image that conveys what it feels like to be there — in other words, making it more of an experience. Learn how she envisions and creates shots in the dark, photographing stars and the rushing tide of the ocean, well before sunrise. Master details that engage the viewer and allow you to enjoy creative and alternate photography options through long exposure, infrared, and multiple exposures.
    Deborah shares double exposure tips and techniques that add depth and dimension to your imagery.
    “You’ll have fun, and come away with fresh ideas and new techniques that you can apply to your own photography and travels, near and far!”
  • Story Telling with Photography - Nov 2021
    Presented by: William Yu
    Run time: 1:25:18

    As a renowned international photo tour leader, William Yu will share his years of travel experience and practical tips of photography in this presentation from places around the globe. William will show you how it takes skills, knowledge, and experience to take better and memorable images when traveling, telling the story of places, culture, and people. William will share with you tons of tips and tricks for different aspects of travel photography, from gear choices to image composition, from technical to creative, from planning to execution.
  • Adobe Lightroom and the Ultimate Workflow with Clifford Pickett - July 23, 2020
    Run time: 1:46:24
    Presented by Clifford Pickett

    What if I told you your workflow can be automated down to just one click to organize and two clicks to find any image you’ve ever taken? Yeah. The best workflow is one that requires the least amount of work possible. The least amount of you possible. Less work, more flow. The problem with most workflows is that they don’t work, not all the time. If your workflow doesn’t work all the time, it doesn’t work at all. Come learn how to make Lightroom work for you. Come learn the last solution you’ll ever need to deal with your growing photo library so you can get back to doing what you love.
  • Color Workflow for Printing - September 10, 2020
    Presented by John Walrath 
    Run time: 1:40:05

    Join John Walrath, Datacolor’s Imaging Training & Technical Support Manager, for a look at a color-managed workflow to help you make your best prints. He will share strategies and best practices for color management, accurate display calibration, printer calibration, and the printing process. John will use several examples of his own work to demonstrate these principles that will help you share your vision with others through print.
  • 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,
  • 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.

  • Antarctica - Last Frontier - December 20, 2020
    Presented by: Ajit Huilgol
    Run time: 1:26:12

    There is possibly no place on earth more remote, more forbidding, more harsh than the continent of Antarctica - characterized by high winds, rain, snow, ice and cold temperatures that make anyone planning to visit it, have second thoughts. It is no wonder, therefore, that very few people have actually set foot on this remarkable place. I have been one of the fortunate few. I spent a month photographing the iconic landscape and the animals and birds that inhabit this wilderness, and came back with over 30,000 photos, some of which I would like to share with you. So, join me as I take you on a photographic journey to one of the last, relatively unexplored frontiers on earth. On this journey, you will see penguins, seals, icebergs and other wonders, and also learn about the whaling industry and some of the early explorers and adventurers. 

    Brief Bio from Dr. Ajit Huilgol
    I am a kidney transplant surgeon, practicing in Bangalore, India, since 1983, when the first successful kidney transplant was performed in Karnataka. I have done close to 2500 transplants till now. I have trained many surgeons from India and abroad, including from Nigeria, Bangladesh, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.
    I took up wildlife photography in 2007 with my first digital camera, the Canon 1D Mk3. I got my Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) in 2008. My image of a leopard descending vertically down a tree was awarded the Runner-up Award in Mammals Behaviour Category in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest in 2009.
    My images have been published in many national and international magazines and books.
  • Tanzania: A Photographer's Journal - with Shawn Carey - July 30, 2020
    Presented by: Shawn Carey
    Run time: 1:57:04

    East Africa evokes images of vast grasslands teeming with exotic animals. Enormous herds of wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, and gazelles graze under the watchful eyes of Africa’s great predators. It is nature at its most wild. In a region abundant with wildlife, perhaps no country is as celebrated as Tanzania. Home to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, Tanzania is a nature enthusiast’s paradise.

    For this special presentation, join wildlife photographer Shawn Carey on an adventure into the heart of Tanzania. We’ll take a safari vehicle into the country’s spectacular national parks and see the “Big Five”—African Elephant, Black Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Lion, and Leopard—in all their glory. Along the way, we’ll search for and photograph Cheetahs, Giraffes, Black-backed Jackals, and Hippos. And we’ll encounter a panoply of Tanzania’s wonderful and amazing birds, including the Greater Flamingo, Lilac-breasted Roller, Little Bee-eater, Giant Kingfisher, and Grey-crowned Crane—the country’s national bird. If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting East Africa and its incredible wildlife, this is a journey you’ll never forget. And it may just have you planning your own African adventure.

    Shawn Carey (Migration Productions) produces bird and wildlife-relate multi-media presentations, videos and photo workshops that have been presented all over the United States. Shawn moved from his home in Pennsylvania to Massachusetts in 1986 and started watching birds in 1988. His avid interest in photography was joined with a newfound passion for birding and he began to combine the two in 1991. By 1994, he and good friend Jim Grady started Migration Productions as a way to present their multi-image slide presentations to a live audience.

    Shawn’s photos have been published in the Boston Globe, New York Times, Mass Audubon Sanctuary magazine, Science magazine, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary magazine, and many others over the last 20 years.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Travel Photo Books from January 7, 2021
    Presented by: Matt Cohen
    Run time: 1:38:14

    Photo books are a combination of writing, editing, publishing, and photographic skills.  This webinar will acquaint you with those skills.
    The program will address the dual challenges you will face in travel photography in capturing photos and then telling a story with them through photo books.  The program will focus on the mix of photographs, and organization of the book, as well as tips and tricks, such as what background color to use, decisions on including black and white photos, arrangement of the photos by color pallet, captioning, marketing, and the myriad of issues that go into a successful book.  You will come out skilled enough to put together a book memorializing your travels in a way you and your loved ones will be immensely proud.  One collateral benefit of the photo book will be providing a cognitive rehearsal to your readers so that they will have an idea about their visit beforehand distinct from the guidebooks.
    You will understand what to do with the decision points if you arrive at the right place at the wrong time for a photo, how to arrange for cultural photos and portraits, and how to interface with guides to get the photos you want.  Which photos help tell the story more from your trip?
    The countries that will be featured in our webinar will be five from East Africa:  Eritrea, Ethiopia (north and south), Zanzibar, Uganda, and Rwanda.  The name of the photo book is Asmara to Zanzibar, Fine Art Travel Photography It is available on Kindle for any device. My books are also available in general Circulation at public libraries and Blurb.

    Matt Cohen is  a professional photographer based in Phoenix.  His areas of interest are travel photography, landscapes, studio portraiture, and architecture. His photo books are in public libraries and on numerous coffee tables and his images are available on stock. He asks you follow him on Instagram @mattcohentravelphotography. His books are on Blurb and Amazon.   

  • 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.
  • From Fear to Flash with JC Carey - August 20, 2020
    Presented by: JC Carey
    Run time: 1:38:26

    Have you been frustrated with lighting? Do strobes and flashes intimidate you? Do you have a headache when adding artificial light to a scene? Have you been stuck creatively with your photography? If you've always wanted to get better results with your lighting but were fearful of the process then join JC Carey as he demystifies lighting into the simplest steps possible so that anyone with a basic understanding of camera functions can start producing more dynamic images immediately. With tips and tricks that can be used with any lights, you add to your creative arsenal JC will talk about the basics and dive into some more advanced concepts. In three easy steps, JC will take you from Fear to flash. Topics covered: Lens selection and how it relates to lighting TTL vs Manual Camera modes High-Speed Sync/Rear Curtain Sync Off Camera Lighting Modifying the light."
  • 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
  • Infrared Photography with Bill Barnett, APSA, GMPSA August 13, 2020
    Presented by: Bill Barnett, APSA, GMPSA, August 13, 2020
    Run time: 53:33

    Today there is a lot of interest in infrared photography. It is a way to explore new worlds and capture fine art images. It changes the appearance of an image by creating false tones or colors. It stimulates your creativity. In this program, Bill will explore what infrared (actually near-infrared) radiation is and how it renders photographs of the world. Pure infrared radiation produces only black and white images, but also including part of the visible spectrum allows colored images to be created. The images shown in this program are the result of an extended personal project where images from across Connecticut were captured using a series of filters. Filters include a normal visible filter and a variety of filters that admitted infrared radiation plus part of the visible spectrum. Each filter produced a different result. Bill will begin by briefly describing the Infrared Connecticut project and the reasons it was undertaken. He will describe the equipment used and compare the photographs that can be obtained using different filters. Finally, he will describe the post-processing steps required for each type of filter. The presentation will conclude with a showcase selected from the many images captured during the project.
  • iPhoneography from Feb 10, 2021
    Run time: 1:09:52
    Presented by Jerry Hug

    What you will get to learn:
    More tips and trick for better photos with your Mobile devices. 
    - Settings and new controls in the latest iPhones and iPads. 
    - Using Video to capture moving images like flowers blowing in the wind etc. 
    - Snapseed secrets that need to known and used by all Mobile photographers. 
    - Why Retouch is so important in the applications of Mobile Photography 
    - Shooting RAW and minor editing in RAW (iPhone's soon to have RAW with the Native resident camera). 
    - More favorite apps and how to use these apps for shooting and editing. 
    - Ideas for close to home and seasonal photo shoots during the Covid times. 

    Jerry Hug is an award-winning photographer and a retired fine arts educator and administrator from the Maine Township Illinois High Schools.  Jerry lectures and teaches at photographic conferences and workshops throughout the country.  He is considered one of the go-to iPhone photography experts and is published in national journals.  His work has produced permanent photo exhibits funded by the Illinois Arts Council featuring historical places in Park Ridge, Des Planes and Niles, Illinois. 
  • 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.
  • Light Painting and Drawing at Night - Oct 1, 2020
    Presented by: Jürgen Lobert
    Run time: 1:48:53

    This is an instructional and technical program by night photographer Jürgen Lobert to introduce photographers to light painting and light drawing at night. 
Adding artificial light to photos taken at night can be done through a number of techniques. Light painting adds additional light to existing surfaces, but light drawing is one of the few techniques where a photographer can actively create unique and intriguing content, rather than simply photographing existing sceneries.

The following topics are covered: Introduction to light painting equipment & settings Trigonometry for photographers: the exposure triangle Capturing time so you can spend it on painting Adding light Exposure considerations and the square root paradigm Angles: how geometry creates intrigue Buy or do it yourself: the light painter’s toolbox Light Painting: How to convert a flashlight into a paint brush Light Drawing: Unleash your artistic side The three secret techniques for mastering light painting and drawing. Post-processing considerations Resources Throughout the presentation, Jürgen will demonstrate a number of light painting tools, show how to use them and how they look like in the many visual examples.
  • 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.
  • Creative Macro Photography with Charles Needle, July 15, 2019
    Presented by: Charles Needle
    Run time: 1:01:48

    Learn how to create unusual and striking close-up images both in the field and in your own backyard and/or home studio. Award-winning fine art photographer and workshop leader, Charles Needle, will guide you through all the necessary steps to take your macro photography to the next level. In this webinar, Charles will discuss specific methods for shooting water droplets, reflections on iridescent glass, mylar, and everyday household objects. He will also cover more advanced topics, such as selective-focus macro, “shooting through” with a telephoto lens, close-up lenses/diopters, artistic macro with Lensbaby and Kaleidoscopic lenses, Soft-Glow Montage macro, and wide- angle macro.
    Charles Needle is an award-winning, Colorado-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.
    In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England). This exhibition traveled throughout the United Kingdom. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards photo contest.
    Charles has authored three cutting-edge instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (Amherst Media, January 2015), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush (March 2014), and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques (2011).
    Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team member and North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase Award winner seven years in a row.
  • Macro Photography: The Universe at Our Feet - August 19, 2021
    Presented by: Don Komarechka
    Run time: 2:00:07

    Macro photographers experience the world differently and operate with a different creative and technical rule book. Explore everything from water droplets as tiny crystal balls to the invisible magic of ultraviolet fluorescence, all without expensive equipment. Much of this universe at our feet can be explored right at home, in your backyard, or on your kitchen table. From compositional tips through technical limitations and how to work past them, this presentation will make macro photography approachable to every photographer and inspire ways for you to incorporate these concepts into a professional portfolio.
    Don Komarechka is a nature, macro, and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don’s photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Exploring the world that we cannot see with our own eyes has been a common thread in Don’s career as a professional photographer. 
    Always science-minded but never formally trained, Don uses photography as a way to explore and understand the world around him. Photographing something unusual or unknown is the perfect excuse to learn something new. Don’s work often pushes up against the technical limitations of modern camera equipment and the physical limitations of light itself.
  • Neon at Night by Joe Pellicone October 24, 2020
    Presented by: Joe Pellicone
    Run time: 1:00:09

     A project about shooting brightly lit architecture at night with Joe Pellicone. Joe is in love with photography since he was a kid. He was involved with school photography in High School and College. He was official police photographer for Pope Benedict NYC Visit. He had been a Wedding Photographer and Album Designer for 5 years. Currently he is a Blog writer and Photographer for Platypod and Litra. He is also author of Taking Better Photographs and HDR Breaking the Rules.
  • Creating Sweeping Panoramas and other Cool Stitched Photographs with Lisa Cuchara - August 6, 2020
    Presented by: Lisa Cuchara, August 6, 2020
    Run time: 1:13:02

    This program will cover in-camera techniques as well as post-processing tips for creating stitched images. Stitched images can be great for panoramas, composite backgrounds, and for tight areas. The logistics and benefits or taking two vertical images at 30-40mm rather than one horizontal at 17mm will be discussed. Multi-image and multi exposure-image combinations will also be presented, for example, many of my panoramic images are 77 images combined, 11 verticals across with 7 exposures each. Vertoramas can also be created to help with building keystoning and/or to add impact.
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Street Photography - from Cities to Suburbs - May 12, 2021
    Presented by: James Maher
    Run Time: 1:16:20

    From Cities to Suburbs: How to Do Street Photography No Matter Where You Are - James Maher May 12, 2021

    This photography presentation seeks to broaden and inspire your definition of what street photography is and how and where it can be done.

    From cities to suburbs to remote areas, street photography is just sensibility - a way of seeing - and these types of photographs can be taken anywhere and anytime. We will cover a variety of tips, strategies, subject matter, and examples to spark this type of creativity.

    It's about walking out that door and figuring out what is interesting around you, wherever you are, and particularly wherever you spend most of your time.
  • 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.
  • Anonymous: How to Shoot Street Photography Without Revealing Your Subjects - September 3, 2020
    Presented by: Valerie Jardin
    Run time: 1:27:53

    If you are an introvert and the simple thought of getting close to a stranger makes you sweat, or simply if it feels too sneaky or obtrusive, know that there are other ways to practice the beautiful genre of street photography without getting close to your subject. This presentation will show you ways to be more incognito on the streets while also preserving the anonymity of your subjects. This presentation will also help you get back on the streets during this temporary era of social distancing.

  • Astrophotography at National Parks - June 24, 2021
    Presented by: Matt Dieterich
    Run time: 1:14:13

    In this presentation, Matt Dietrerich discusses astrophotography in National Parks. He covers recommended camera gear, settings, and planning tips to ensure you are well equipped to capture the experience of being under a dark sky.
  • CREATING LANDSCAPE ASTROPHOTOGRAPHS with Peter Scifres, GPSA, August 26, 2020
    Presented by: Peter Scifres, GPSA
    Run Time: 1:10:54

    Join Pete and learn how to get out at night and make your own beautiful and unique Landscape Astrophotographs. Topics will include how to select locations and times that will result in good images; personal safety while in the field after dark; what equipment to use and how to set it up; composition considerations; and some post-production tips. There will be at least one case study tying all this together. If you have ever marveled at the quiet beauty of the night sky, this is your chance to begin – or improve -- making memories of those experiences.
  • Art of Landscape Photography - September 17, 2020
    Presented by: Kah Wai Lin, EPSA, SPSA·
    Run Time: 1:16:32

    In this webinar, Dr. Kah-Wai Lin will tell you four pro tips in crafting better images in landscape photography: how to use the lights to create emotion; how to use long exposure to create dynamism; how to use the perspective of vision to create visual impact; and how to use composition to create a story.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evaluating Photographic Images - Sept 30, 2021
    Run time: 1:43:02
    Presented by Stephen Burgstahler

    Evaluating Photographic Images: Principles and Practice with Stephen Burgstahler Description “Great photographers do not automatically make great judges.” “We are all judges, even if we are only judging the judge.” Through learning to properly evaluate photographic images, a photographer can greatly improve their own personal photography and in so doing, move closer to refining their craft and voice. In his presentation “Evaluating Photographic Images,” Stephen will be sharing practical tips and tested advice on such topics as: -What to look for when evaluating an image -Breaking/going beyond “rules” effectively -The need for proper self-critique -Striving for one’s own style -Healthy versus unhealthy club competition -Identifying the message of an image (what does the image communicate?) "
  • 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.
  • History of Photography with Tirtha Dasgupta - September 11, 2020
    Presented by: Tirtha Dasgupta, FPSA, SPSA, EFIAP·
    Run time: 50:53

    This is a pre-recorded webinar on the history of photography that was created to celebrate World Photography Day - 2020. There is a second webinar of a PowerPoint presentation that was converted to a video that augments the webinar - there is no sound associated with that second video.
  • Nature's Upside Down - June 10, 2021
    Presented by Dalton Hamm
    Run time:

    Jump in with both fins as NAUI SCUBA instructor and award-winning underwater photographer Dalton Hamm leads you on a deeper dive into underwater photography. Dalton will show you a range of styles, from close-up macro images to sweeping, wide-angle underwater shooting, even teaching you how to nail the highly-coveted split shot! 

    With the perspective of U.S.C.G. licensed boat captain, he’ll reinforce some safety tips and environmental responsibilities. He’ll also cover gear, lighting, and how to enhance your photos with Lightroom and Photoshop to perfect your underwater masterpiece.
  • 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.
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  • Educational Webinars
  • 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.  This webinar discusses spring and 3D submissions as well as digital but effective September 2021, the Portfolio Assessment Program no longer accepts print or 3D portfolios.
  • 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