Welcome to PPSO – Professional Photographers of SW Ohio

The Professional Photographers of Southwest Ohio (PPSO) is a network of professional photographers committed to the craft of photography. The organization provides its members with fellowship, business and marketing support, and continuing education. We serve the entire SW part of Ohio including Dayton and Cincinnati and all surrounding counties and communities and we strive to elevate the standards of photography. We are the Dayton/Cincinnati and vicinity affiliate of the national organization of Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Through monthly continuing education programs given by award winning photographers, and networking with other members we share knowledge and experience with one another and our members continue to enhance the quality of their products and services, their skills in technology, creativity and best business practices.

Whether you are a professional photographer, a student, an aspiring photographer or a local resident in need of the services a professional photographer can offer, we are a resource for you.

The Fashion Inspired Wedding Day Workshop with Ted and Rachel Linczak – June 5, 2017

Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017

Full day and evening class with national award winner Ted Linczak!


Camera, note-taking materials, money for dinner on your own (lunch included in registration)

Advance registration: $59 PPSO & PPA Members / $69 non-members. $10 more at the door.
Register online at www.ppso.org/registration-2017-workshop

Our event is open to all photographers and aspiring photographers.

This is a certified PPA CE merit class. PPA members can receive one merit for attending this course.

BONUS: The first 25 to register will receive a $50 gift card to Nations Photo Lab and an Artsy Couture 30% off coupon!

Don’t make the mistake of skipping this class thinking it is “just about wedding photography”! These core principles are applicable to not only wedding photographers, but ANY photographers that focus on capturing PEOPLE!

The Fashion Inspired Wedding Day
Lighting, Posing & Composing for Impact

with Ted and Rachel Linczak

If you photograph people in any setting, you won’t want to miss this full-day, hands-on workshop, taught by Ted Linczak, M. Photog. Cr., and hosted by Professional Photographers of Southwest Ohio! Although taught through the “lens” of wedding photography, the skills you will take away can be applied to all portrait photography disciplines. Topics of discussion will include:

  • The EIGHT most common light sources encountered during a wedding (or portrait shoot!), and how to use them the most e ectively to achieve drama in your images
  • The importance of posing in helping to FLATTER your subject and add a whole new level of nesse to your work
  • The science of composition, and why an in-depth understanding of where to place your subjects within a frame is CRUCIAL for images that carry impact

The class will culminate in a half-day shoot with several models, breaking down all of the principals covered earlier in the day in a real world setting. You will be able to see how all the puzzle pieces come together to create wedding or portrait images with a fashion feel. Be prepared to have a whole new perspective on your approach to portrait and wedding photography!

Ted and Rachel Linczak, M. Photog Cr., own photography studios in Ohio and South Carolina. In business since 2006, they are highly sought after for their wedding and portrait photography. Ted’s style is glamorous and combines high fashion with photojournalism, to create imagery that speaks to the relationship between his subjects. As an educator, Ted focuses on the fundamentals of beautiful posing, lighting and capturing the decisive moment. His recent achievements include

  • Overall 2016 PPA Grand Imaging Award and ASP Gold Medallion Award for his album “1863”
  • 2017 Ohio (PPO) Photographer of the Year
  • 2015 Photographer of the Year in both Ohio and South Carolina (PPSC)

View more of Ted’s award-winning photography at www.linczakphoto.com.

Fine Art = Fun! with Peggy Steinberg – May 1, 2017

Date: May 1st

LOCATION: The Pisanello’s Pizza in downtown Franklin, between Dayton and Cincinnati. Our event is open to all photographers and aspiring photographers in the greater Dayton and Cincinnati areas.

Meeting in upstairs on the 2nd Floor.

  • 5:30 networking, lens calibration, dinner, mentors corner
  • 6:45pm business portion of meeting and announcements
  • 7pm program begins

COST: Members and first time guests pay $10 All others pay $20. This helps us bring the best possible speakers and trainers to our monthly meetings.

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with Peggy Steinberg, M. Photog.

The subject of Fine Art can seem so high brow – but it doesn’t have to be! Discover some new tools, and some new ways to use old tools, that will add an artistic flare to your images and spark your creativity.

Peggy Steinberg, M. Photog., is a multiple medalist in the PPA International Photographic Competition. She was awarded the degree of Master Photographer in 2014; and, in 2015 she earned the distinction of being a PPA Diamond Photographer of the Year. She has served on the Board of Directors for PPO and PPSO, where she was President in 2010. She earned her B.A. in Humanities from the University of Toledo.

Website: www.peggysteinberg.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/peggysteinberg4art
Facebook: www.facebook.com/peggysteinberg4art

Photoshop Workflow Automation! With Mike Price – March 6, 2017

Date: March 6th

LOCATION: The Pisanello’s Pizza in downtown Franklin, between Dayton and Cincinnati. Our event is open to all photographers and aspiring photographers in the greater Dayton and Cincinnati areas.

Meeting in upstairs on the 2nd Floor.

  • 5:30pm to 6:30pm grab dinner and network/chat
  • 6:30pm to 7:00pm announcements/business
  • 7:00pm to 9:00pm Mike’s presentation / questions

COST: Members and first time guests pay $10 All others pay $20. This helps us bring the best possible speakers and trainers to our monthly meetings.

Photoshop Workflow Automation: Instructor Mike Price

Time is a precious commodity. Time spent wrestling computers, software, and digital images in post processing is not nearly as valuable as time spent selling our services, creating great images, or even work/life balance time with family and friends.

Today’s digital workflow can be a blessing or a curse depending on how much of your time it consumes. A manually intensive post production workflow can consume your free time, delay delivery of images to clients, and generally create a burden that dulls the excitement of the great images we create.

Join Mike Price as he explains a variety of time-saving techniques in your digital workflow that will appeal to a wide range of skill levels. Mike will focus on freeing up your time by speeding up your workflow by demonstrating:

  • Working space organization on your desks
  • Organizing your image folders
  • File naming time savers
  • Using metadata like keywords and IPTC fields in images
  • Setting custom shortcut keys that fit your style
  • Streamlining menus
  • Creating and managing your most used tool presets
  • Photoshop built-in tools that can save you time
  • Move repetitive work into Photoshop Actions, Batches, and Droplets
  • Inexpensive external tools to run Actions at the push of a button
  • Demonstration of multiple elements described above to retouch an image quickly
  • Combine images, text, and templates to create hundreds of customized images
  • Overview of the power of scripting

BIO: Mike Price turned his part-time hobby into a full-time business 10 years ago to specialize in portraiture, events, and youth team and individual sports portraits. Prior to expanding Fairfield Photography into a full-time career, Mike worked in Corporate America for over 25 years in various leadership roles in information technology, project management, consulting, and sales. This deep experience in applying the right people, process, and technology in solving problems, coupled with the business and sales acumen developed over that time, has given Mike a powerful advantage in creating a customer service business that produces award-winning images. Mike holds a Bachelors of Applied Science from Miami University and a Masters of Business Administration from Franklin University. Based in Pickerington, a suburb of Columbus, Mike is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America, the Professional Photographers of Ohio, and currently the President and Executive Board Member of the Professional Photographers of Central Ohio.

Pet Portraits with Susan Gertz with live demonstrations – February 6th, 2017

Date: February 6th


  • 5:30pm to 6:30pm Networking and bring your own food – enter side door of venue
  • 6:30pm to 7:00pm announcements and introduction
  • 7:00pm to 9:00pm Susan Gertz Presentation

Location: Pendleton Art Center in downtown Middletown (Map click here)

This presentation is NOT at our regular location in Franklin

COST: First time visitors and members pay $10 at the door to help with venue costs and speaker honorarium. After the first visit guests pay $20 per visit or become members of the organization.

Dogpatch Pet Photography is Born

Susan Gertz established Dogpatch Pet Portraits seven years ago. From her earliest childhood memories of the family Weimaraner, Susan has shared a deep bond of love with furry family members. Susan pursued her interest in animals by completing a Bachelor’s degree in zoology and a Master’s Degree in biology, focusing on animal behavior. Working in the science education field for nearly 30 years, Susan has shared her love and knowledge of biology as a zoo educator and an author and designer of science books.

Connecting with animals empowers her vision and goals

As a pet photographer, Susan brings her animal experience and artistic vision together to create fine art portraits of clients’ beloved pets. Reflecting the real spirit and personality of dogs, cats, horses, and even sugar gliders, rats, or miniature pigs is Susan’s goal. “I feel a bond with every animal I photograph,” says Susan. “And that translates into portraits that are genuine and personal.”

Susan has been competing for several years and has learned what it takes to create outstanding and competitive pet portraits

Susan has been an Ohio Top 10 Photographer for the past several years; has been a PPA Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist, received a PPA Grand Imaging Award nomination in the animal category for 2017, and received PPA’s Master of Photography in January 2017. You can view her website at www.dogpatchpix.com and her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dogpatchpix/.

This presentation will include Demo and actual portrait taking as well as post processing skills

Have you always wanted to offer studio pet portraits, but you didn’t know where to start? This program will help beginning pet photographers create beautiful studio pet portraits for clients. The program will emphasize dog portraits, as these are most common. Dog body language, dog handling and posing, lens choices and camera settings, and studio lighting for pets will be introduced and demonstrated with pet models. Post processing for pet portraits will be demonstrated as well.

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