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    • 8 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • 4300 Westbrook Drive, Aurora, IL 60504 (Procam)

    Sabina Cavalli is a portrait photographer based in Greenville, SC.

    She is a PPA Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, Fellow-PPANI, 

    and a Certified Professional Photographer.  Sabina teaches advanced studio lighting, commercial and portrait photography in the Division of Art & Design of Bob Jones University.  She serves as councilor of PPA as well as the 2021-22 President of ASP -American Society of Photographers.



    • 13 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • 4300 Westbrook Drive, Aurora, IL 60504 (Procam)

    I have been an artist and painter since I was quite young when I worked with pen & ink, marker, and acrylics. However, I have only been a serious photographer for a little over a decade.

    Initially, I became interested in Photoshop over a decade ago when it still came on floppy disks. My motivation to focus on photography began when I realized that no matter how I modified an image, it was never truly mine, mentally or legally. I could paint or manipulate the image for hours or days and never actually own.

    The decision to start shooting my own stock started me on the journey I am on today. My initial challenges were lighting related. I could envision the image I wanted and even sketch my idea, but getting real lights to cooperate was a constant source of frustration. To get past this, I shot as often as possible, and by changing small variables each time I learned how my alterations were affecting my images.

    As a Physics major, I enjoy the technical aspects of photography. I like to know my camera settings, angles, focus depth, fall-off, as well as other elements of the scene that directly affect the result. By understanding how an image will look at 24mm versus 200mm, or when lit by a larger or smaller apparent light source, it becomes easier to make creative decisions.

    In our studio challenge each other to set up complete scenes and take a single photo without test shots. This drill has dramatically improved our abilities to create successful scenes from our imagination, even on location or group shoots where planning isn't much of an option. We are always learning and trying new ideas.

    Our challenges now lie in finding dependable muses, unique designers, and amazing stylists that can work in collaboration. I am quite blessed with a bevy of such individuals here in the Milwaukee area, where we can additionally pull talent from Green Bay, Madison, and Chicago when needed.

    My latest passion in the last few years has been body painting. I have taken my artistic visions and applied to the subject of some of my creative works. I do quite a few commissioned paints each year and it has become an unexpected niche for my market.

    Teaching others is something I also enjoy doing via workshops, speaking engagements, or traveling to shoots as often as possible. I also do themed shoots, seminars on lighting, posing, and post-production seminars that are open to the public at my studio.

    I love passing on my knowledge to those who are now facing similar frustrations with the technical aspects of this excellent artistic outlet.

    Memberships and Degrees:

    -PPA Master of Photography

    -Camera Craftsmen of America (CCA)

    -PPA of Nothern Illinois (PPANI)

    • 10 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • 4300 Westbrook Drive, Aurora, IL 60504 (Procam)

    The Dramatic Portrait

    If you want to create memorable and dramatic portraiture, this class is a 'must-see.' Chris Knight will cover his essential tips to transform your lighting techniques to create drama. He'll cover topics as diverse as personal style, ratios, cutting light, tightly controlled modifiers, and shaping your shadows. After taking this class you'll be prepared with new tools and techniques to take your portraiture to the next level. After the shooting demonstration, Chris takes you through a post-production workflow showing you how to work with dark tones and maximize their impact!

    Chris Knight was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and hardened by the sweaty, nearly chewable, humidity of Florida. He combines his unconditional love of art history with his conditional love of technology, topping it off with a flair for the cinematic and an uncompromising eye for detail.

    His work has appeared in or on Vogue, People, MSNBC, ABC, Ocean Drive, GQ and others.

    Chris is the author of The Dramatic Portrait, a Profoto Legend of Light, Fujifilm Creator, and an instructor at Pratt Institute as well as the New York Film Academy.


Past events

14 Jul 2021 Mid-Year Print Competition
9 Jun 2021 Michele Celentano - Family Posing
12 May 2021 Dan Frievalt - Senior WOW Factor
14 Apr 2021 Jerry Alt - Lighting for Everything
10 Mar 2021 Gary Box - Marketing and Selling Inside the Box
10 Feb 2021 Annual Print Competition
13 Jan 2021 Online Trivia Night
11 Nov 2020 Kelly Schneider - Powerful Portraits
14 Oct 2020 Barbara Breitsameter - Conceptual Photography with a Spark of Sophistication!
9 Sep 2020 Twig & Olive - Creating Beautiful Family Sessions within Your Brand
12 Aug 2020 David Beckham - Strictly Business
13 May 2020 Lisa Asp and Kristy Johnson - Combining your Passions: Travel and Wildlife Photography
8 Apr 2020 Richard Sturdevant - How to Create Award Winning Art
11 Mar 2020 Jeff Dachowski - selling for success
12 Feb 2020 All Day Print Comp
11 Dec 2019 PPANI Prepaid 2020 registration
8 Dec 2019 PPANI Holiday Party
13 Nov 2019 Mark Bryant - composites
9 Oct 2019 Kathryn Northcott - Light Painting
11 Sep 2019 Brooke Shaden - fine art portraits
12 Jun 2019 Pierre Stephenson - Taking the Plunge - Underwater Portraits Live!
8 May 2019 Megan DiPiero - The $3000 Headshot
10 Apr 2019 Steve Kozak - The Road to Success Requires 4-Wheel Drive
13 Mar 2019 Dan Rowe - Seniors
13 Feb 2019 All Day Print Comp
1 Dec 2018 PPANI Holiday Party
14 Nov 2018 Bob & Dawn Davis- Visual Storytelling with Weddings
10 Oct 2018 Pete Rezac - Black and White Children's Portraits, Print Comp to Follow
12 Sep 2018 Scott Detweiler - Lighting & Advanced Composition
20 Jul 2018 PPANI Member's Only Event: Daniel Berry - Photographing the Night Sky
13 Jun 2018 Tim Priest - Commercial and Product Photography
10 May 2018 Sandra Pearce - Digital Painting day two hands on
9 May 2018 Sandra Pearce - The Art of Painting in Photoshop, Print Comp to follow
11 Apr 2018 Dani Miller - Creating Magic with Little Souls
14 Mar 2018 Michael Mowbray - Headshots
14 Feb 2018 All Day Print Comp
2 Dec 2017 PPANI Holiday Party
8 Nov 2017 Bert & Cindy Behnke - Family photography, PPA Continuing Education Class
8 Nov 2017 PPANI Prepaid 2018 registration
11 Oct 2017 Thom Rouse; Fine Art & Photoshop, Half Day Print Competition
13 Sep 2017 Jason Higdon, M. Photog. Cr. Photog. - Photoshop Skills

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