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Carl Caylor: Carl Unplugged - Photographic Concepts and Philosophies

  • 11/09/2020
  • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online Meeting (link to join sent to registered attendees the day of the meeting)


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Carl Caylor, PPA Certified, MPhotog.Cr, F-WPPA, Kodak-Alaris Mentor - Iron Mountain, MI - www.photoimagesbycarl.net

A message from Carl:

Due to the fantastic challenges of 2020, I will be pivoting like all the rest. What was to be a hands-on demonstration program has of course become more lecture in nature. I opted to discuss walking on to a scene and sharing what I see and how I make decisions while creating a portrait, and I will still do that. I just want something more for you all. 

So… I noticed you are collectively becoming more passionate about print competition and print critiques. I want to customize my program for your passion. I will still discuss the nature and philosophy of how I see, but I will also share the point of view of an IPC juror. I will also explain the differences of client work and competition/display images. I will even pull back the curtain at IPC and share some BTS views of the International Print Competition in action. You will see the full truth of how this all works and why I feel it has made me more relevant for my guests. 

How do I know about this all? I am the current Vice Chair of the IPC and have been the instructor the last three years for the Judges Training Class. Trust me, if you have a question about the system, I can get the answer.

To get the most out of our time together, I am asking for an image or two from each member. (Voluntarily of course) You can send everyday work or an image that was just entered in print comp. (NO NAMES PLEASE). I will use these images as well as mine to spark discussions. I will verbalize my thoughts as an IPC juror, as a photographic coach and as a photographer just like you. 

We will all learn from each other and make this COVID CHALLENGE a positive rather than a depressing let down.

I look forward to meeting with you all and I hope to see a wide array of images to help with our discussion.

Please submit your image using the link below. If you have the original as well as the finished version, I invite you to send both. If you have BTS image of your creation, that would be wonderful as well. I you cold just title them: Client name A, B, C so they are all together in the common folder, that would be very helpful. 


Thanks in advance for all your stunning participation.

Yours in the Art of Photography,

Carl Caylor, M.Photog., Cr., F-WPPA, F-ASP, Kodak Alaris Mentor, IPC Juror

Original program description

This program will take you on a Natural Light and OCF Journey from the open scene you walk up to… all the way to a finished portrait. Carl will go through his thought process of why he chose the location. He will show how to use existing design elements.  He will show usable light within the area and how to pose within that light.  He will share how his thoughts for the finished print evolve from vision to reality with darkroom techniques that anyone can master. 

Carl’s goal is to open your mind to the thought process that goes on when creating an image for both PPA print competition and for your client. He will discuss light, posing within the light, color harmony, composition, and more of the 12 elements of an artistic image in terms of client work and PPA Print Competition. 

Carl will do a brief image critique of selected images from your membership.  Please email your association images a week in advance if you would like to be included in the live critiques. (No names will be used.  This is for accelerated learning potential.) 

When you leave this program, you will find new backgrounds in places you would normally walk by. You will see usable light, depth and dimensions like never before. You will understand when and how to work without strobes.  You will know how to create emotion in your work and how to use psychology to your advantage. Yes.  It is a lot to take in, but you can’t help but learn with the real stories, straight forward explanations and demonstrations of each and every detail.

Bio: Carl is a down-to-earth, portrait photographer and photographic instructor. He is a Kodak-Alaris mentor and has been involved with professional photography for over 25 years. He started his photographic career in the darkroom as a custom printer and technician. He is PPA certified, a master photographer, a craftsman with Professional Photographers of America and an international judge. He has won numerous national awards for his photography, including 29 PPA Loan Collections and several Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece Awards.

Carl is the author of the book “Portraiture Unplugged” a guide to natural light portraits and is one of the most sought-after instructors in the country because of his "hands-on" coaching approach. Don't plan on simply watching in his workshop class—Carl will challenge you to become a better photographer than you already are. His photographic skills are just part of what will help each student. His greatest strength is his ability to see what skills others already possess and then break things down in simple terms to help enhance those skills to reach a new level. 

Carl prides himself on working hard to be prepared. He stays current on new concepts but is not afraid to look back to the old. He diligently studies photography and art to give his guests and his students the best service he can.

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