Making the Move to Motion

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Have you made the move to making movies?
Now’s your chance to show off your directorial dexterity at the upcoming screening roundtable discussion ‘Making The Move To Motion.’ Send us your 5-minute (max) motion project (on any topic) and join us on Thursday, February 20th for APA San Diego’s silver screen event. Popcorn and beverages will be served.

The most interesting and accomplished pieces will be selected and shown large, so compress to impress.

All levels of photographers and cinematographers are encouraged to join the night’s discussions.

To submit, please send a link to by February 17th.

We will screen as many submissions as possible.

WHEN: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Doors open at 6:30 PM, Event starts at 7 PM

WHERE: Riverdale Studios
6314 Riverdale St., San Diego, CA 92120  |  619-280-9900

SPECS: 1080p  | .mp4  | Limit 2 submissions per person  | Max 5 minutes long, including credits

We are professionals and license our photos, so be sure to license any music, etc., in your video

COST: APA | SD Members: Free
Students & Affiliates: $5.00
Non-members: $10.00

Reserve your spot today here!

An Evening with Frank Ockenfels 3

Thank you to everyone who joined us at MOPA for An Evening with Photographer Frank Ockenfels 3. We were happy to see some new members and friends along with many familiar faces from our creative community. Frank gave an inspiring presentation while sharing some compelling personal and professional work from his new book, Volume 3. 

We appreciate the support of our sponsors and partners who help make these memorable events possible.

Photos © Stacy Keck

An Evening with Photographer Frank Ockenfels 3

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APA San Diego and MOPA are proud to welcome acclaimed photographer and director, Frank Ockenfels 3. Join us for a special one-night event including a photographic talk and slide presentation about his new book, Volume 3 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater.

Frank Ockenfels 3 is an American photographer, artist, and director based in Los Angeles, California. He is renowned for his portraiture and incorporating non-photographic elements in his work. Ockenfels applies techniques like collage, painting, and drawing to his photographs. His career began working for magazines such as Rolling Stone, Spin, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, and Vogue. He photographed over 200 album covers for various musicians. Additionally, he has created countless campaigns for major television and movie clients. Other advertising clients include Nike, K Swiss, Reebok, and Hennessy. Frank Ockenfels 3’s work has been in demand for over three decades.

Frank’s ability to adapt to any situation as well as staying away from the obvious seem to be qualities that set him apart from other photographers. Frank thrives on pushing the boundaries of digital photography and believes in collaborating. In many ways Frank is unconventional. He believes that photography can still have moments of purity without being overly conceptualized or retouched.

Frank recently published his first book entitled, Volume 3. This book provides a window into his visual thinking-the internal world of imagery and emotions in his mind. Subjected to ink, collage, or paint, the images are no longer just photographs of an individual, but become a more personal statement of who the artist is, of his psyche and as such, creative artistry in its purest form. The erotic, the sublime, and the violent collages are blended with portraiture that seamlessly complements each other. The photographic creations become tactile, bringing another dimension of sensory experience.

To check out Frank’s work, go to:

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | Doors open at 6:00 pm, Event begins at 6:30 pm

Museum of Photographic Arts | 1649 El Prado | San Diego, CA 92101

APA & MOPA Members: $15
Students: $15
Affiliates (AIGA, ASMP, YBH, LPW, PEC): $20
General Admission: $25

Tickets $5 more at the door!

Purchase tickets here today!

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MEET. Dennis Burnett

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Meet Austin based photographer and APA member, Dennis Burnett.

Who are your top 5 favorites that you’re following on Instagram?
@adamvoorhes, @kylejbean, @thedailyshow, @magnumphotos, @nytmag 

What is your camera of choice?
For a very long time, 15 years or so I was strictly a canon shooter. However the last three years I have made a serious investment into the Sony family. The Sony AR7IV is a wonderful tool.

What do you listen to when you’re shooting?
While I’m shooting I try to stick with anything with an upbeat rhythm. Spotify channel called focus / Brain food is usually a good bet. If I am retouching or processing imagery. I will listen to a podcast. It could be anything from Chase Jarvis, Futur or the wondery. 

Who were your biggest influencers?
I am big fan of Alec Soth, William Eggleston and Martin Parr. I try to look at anything but photography for inspiration sometimes for example. Graphic design, Painting etc. Especially for color palettes for still life work.

What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out?
My father said, if your on time you are 15 minutes late.

What have been some of the highlights and challenges of your career so far?
The hardest challenge in my career was when I moved to Austin Tx back in 2015. I knew only one person. It was my girlfriend at the time. I would get assignments from craigslist, shoot for other wedding photographers, It was a really lonely experience for some time. Fast forward 6 years and I just wrapped directing my first network television series. One should really try to develop a community no matter where you are in your career. 

Did you learn through experience, school, other?
I continue to learn and try and learn from every perspective. I got a BFA at Savannah College of Art and Design. From there I worked from the college from 2006-2012. Here is where I learned true hands on experience. Each year I averaged over 150 shoots a year ranging from architecture, still life, portrait, lifestyle etc. However, I did not learn much about the business aspect of photography. This is something I think you have to learn from trial and error, through mentorship and being inquisitive. I also still use youtube to learn. 

When were you first introduced to Photography?
I received a camera as a present my sophomore year of boarding school.

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
In my mind I have always been a photographer. However my first job was at Wal-Mart in the pet department.

What 3 words describe your photography style?
Authentic, Honest, and Colorful

What do you want people to understand about the industry?
Its ever changing and it’s the photographers responsibility to sell their value.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing?
I would be a Chef 

What do you do when you get stuck?
Slow down. Put my phone down and stop checking my emails. I would usually walk the dogs to get some fresh air and think.  There is a term called Forrest bathing which is basically sitting under a tree and taking in nature. 

Do you have a favorite podcast?
I have a few different categories that I really enjoy. American history, true crime and industry related materials. Here is a list of a few in no particular order. The Wondery Dr Death, The go creative show, Chase Jarvis, Detective Trapp, Dear Art Producer.

What is your best marketing advice for your peers?
Keep shooting, creating, making, Don’t wait for a client to hire you to make an image.

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years?
My advice would be to just continue chasing the goal. For a long time I had a financial number in my head that I felt equaled success. Now that I reached that number it doesn’t mean anything. Another would be to stay true to yourself as an artist and don’t get distracted by others success or highlight reel of social media.

To read more about Dennis visit our website.
Check out more work from Dennis Burnett!

2019 Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Photographers

Hey there! Gary Allard here, your APA | SD Chapter Chair. It’s holiday season and that means there’s probably someone on your list deserving of a photo gift. We put together this handy guide to share some ideas (or make it easy to share this wishlist). These are some of my favorite things, in no particular order:

FujiFilm Instax Wide instant camera
This was on our list last year and I still love this camera! This is just plain fun. It’s a great way to get my head out of the digital world and take time exploring analog photography. Fuji has been great at introducing new film formats and styles for the Instax line and the creative possibilities are endless. I’ve built an entire portfolio of instant film work with these cameras. Check it out in person at Nelson Photo and use your APA membership discounts to stock up on film.

MIOPS Smart+ Camera and Flash Trigger
This is a new gadget I picked up recently and have been playing with the diverse functions it has. It’s an all-in-one sound, laser, lightning, intervalometer, HDR, flash trigger and more. With the laser function, I can capture high speed movement with precision. The sound trigger can fire the camera or flash for a multitude of uses. And the Smart+ is mobile app supported so you can turn your phone into a wireless camera control device.

Litra Professional Adventure Lighting
These little guys are awesome. Not only are they great for photo and video work, they are super handy for nighttime adventures like climbing, cycling or hiking. With multi-level output and a very compact size, they are versatile enough for any job or adventure. With a 1/4″ screw mount they will connect to just about anything you can think of. And, extra bonus, they are fully waterproof to around 30 feet. I have two LitraTorches and have used them for photo and video above and below the water.  Order your kit and get 25% off the with the APA | SD discount code APASD25

G-Drive Mobile Hard Drives: Everyone can use some extra storage. I have a couple of the 1TB drives and I can fit my entire Users file from my iMac or MacBook Pro to take on the road. This makes it handy to backup a system or keep everything in one place. A little larger than an iPhone, it’s an essential workhorse and a bargain at around $100.

GoPro Hero
No secret that the GoPro is the go-to compact adventure camera for most videographers. The wide array of options and the recently introduced new models make it an easy entry into video.  I keep a little GoPro Hero kit on hand for behind-the-scenes stuff or when I need to get an interesting angle from a tight spot. The addition of voice-control is nifty, as well as the remote operation from iOS or Android. Visit George’s Camera or Nelson Photo to check out the whole line. Be sure to mention your APA membership for discounts.

Museum of Photographic Arts Membership
I can’t say enough about this place. Their programs and exhibitions just keep getting better and better. This museum is very unique because it’s one of only a handful of dedicated photography museums in the world, and it’s right here in our backyard. We have such gratitude for their continued involvement with APA | SD. Give a gift of membership that will last the whole year.

ThinkTank Bags and Cases
ThinkTank has been an ongoing supporter of APA for many years and their gear stands the test of time. They make a vast line of products to suit any level of photographer. I use the Airport Roller Derby and the Vision 13 shoulder bag. Both are high functioning, carry all the gear I need for a small shoot and fit neatly in the overhead compartment with elegance. Check out the ThinkTank discounts on our member benefits page.

CreativeLive Classes
I’ve been a big fan of CreativeLive since its launch. It’s now grown to include many more categories beyond photography and filmmaking so it’s worth a look for any creative mind. Need to learn how to make a motion graphic in After Effects®? Just get a new version of Final Cut Pro®? Brushing up on your Photoshop CC® skills? Head on over and get schooled. APA members receive a 20% discount on courses.

Bonus Round:
Lifeproof phone case: Make your phone waterproof and lifeproof. The latest e release includes cases for the iPhone 11 series. Mine is with me on all adventures.
Smove Gimbal Stabilizer: iPhone video stability with an economic price tag.
PDN Magazine: Use your APA membership discount for one the best industry publications out there.
Chrome Digital: Print your work! High quality local printing with excellent hands-on customer service. Make something beautiful.

Have your own great gift ideas? Drop a comment or connect with me on Facebook or Instagram.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at APA | SD!

Holiday Party and Print Exchange

Photo © Gary Allard

Join us and other San Diego photographers at what is now a venerable tradition: arrive at Coronado Brewing with a loose print and depart in the wee hours filled with winter cheer, your heart full of holiday spirit, your hands clutching a new and wonderful photograph. It’s a custom. It’s an age-old practice. It’s a party.

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Coronado Brewing Company | San Diego Tasting Room
1205 Knoxville Street | San Diego, CA 92110
Space is limited.

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Untitled 2019 Winners Announced

We would like to thank all of the sponsors, attendees and participants who helped make the Untitled 2019 exhibition and auction a great event. More than 400 entries were received and our judge, Michele Romero, curated the top 20. The prints were displayed at You Belong Here for a one-night only event and silent auction benefiting the Museum of Photographic Arts and prizes were awarded for the top 3 winners and people’s choice.

Thank you for supporting our photo community!

Photos Courtesy of © Stacy Keck

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!


Untitled 2019: A Photographic Exhibition

Join us on Friday, November 8, 2019 at You Belong Here for a one-night only auction and exhibition of the top 20 photographic prints from our Untitled 2019 contest. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Museum of Photographic Arts. See all competition entries shown in a rotating slideshow, sip local craft beer and bid on original art by some of the regions best photographers. Winning entries were judged and curated by Michele Romero and prizes will be awarded for the top 3 images.

When: Friday, November 8, 2019, 6:30-9:30 PM
Where: You Belong Here, 3619 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

Free and open to all.

Thank you to our Sponsors!


STAND OUT, Photographic Events, 2019

STAND OUT Photographic Events are designed to inspire, to educate and to motivate. STAND OUT Photographic Events bring together top-level photographers and innovative industry creatives to discuss their work and explore
new ways to differentiate both the art and business of photography. At each event, attendees will view spectacular medium format images, test out leading photographic equipment, and network with industry leaders and professionals.

Attendees at each event will also have the opportunity to schedule an appointment with Phase One technical experts who will provide complimentary cleaning and service checks on medium format cameras. Each tech expert will be at the event all day to answer any questions attendees may have about medium format equipment or related topics. Appointments are limited and attendees must register on Eventbrite for their time slot.

Wonderful Machine will be at each event providing 20-minute consultations or portfolio reviews by appointment. Appointments are limited and attendees must register on Eventbrite for their time slot, as well. See city pages on website for more info and the registration link.

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MEET. Stewart Cohen

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Meet Dallas based Photographer, Director and APA member, Stewart Cohen.

Who are your top 5 favorites that you’re following on Instagram?
Top 5 out of the 6000 I follow? That is like asking which one is my favorite child. I follow photographers, filmmakers, models, designers, zines, hash tags of places I love. Instagram is the new encyclopedia of pop culture. I love it!! What about @toiletpapermagazineofficial  check that out 

What is your camera of choice?
Canon IDX-Mk2, Phase One, Red Helium and I always have a Fuji X-T3 in my backpack with me.

What do you listen to when you’re shooting?
Varied mixed of Spotify playlists, depending on who the subject is.
Gravitate toward Mash-ups, high energy, fun stuff.

Who were your biggest influencers?
To name a few.
Robert Capa, Eugene Smith, Garry Winogrand, Henri Cartier Bresson, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh, Jay Maisel, Ralph Gibson. Also my step-Dad who was a salesman and taught by example that life is about sales, subtle or not. You are always selling something.

What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out?
It is a journey, not a destination. Some days are better than others but they are all better than hanging sheetrock.

What have been some of the highlights and challenges of your career so far?
Highlights include, getting jobs to shoot on all seven continents. Traveling to places I did not even know existed. But as I type this I realize that the continuing highlight has been all the people I have gotten to meet while doing this. I love interacting with people from all walks of life.  

As for challenges, learning business without going to business school. Doing it the hard knocks way.

Did you learn through experience, school, other?
I studied and got a great basis in University and then worked as a photo assistant for a few years. I loved assisting and learned about the real world of photography by living that lifestyle. I worked for Joe Baraban, Arnold Newman and Helmut Newton.

After being out on my own for a few years, I went back and studied film at USC which started me on a road to creating a career doing combo live action and still shoots.  This was 12 years before digital, we were shooting film so things were a little different.

When were you first introduced to Photography?
My dad tinkered with cameras when I was a kid but I started on my own accord  in high school

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
I was a guitar playing long haired high school student.

What 3 words describe your photography style?
Honest, quirky, lighthearted

What do you want people to understand about the industry?
You know all that matters is that they like your images and you are fulfilled. The behind the scenes of the industry is probably like any other industry, parts of it are alluring and parts can be a little ugly.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing?
I’d be an Options Trader. (That is my hobby)

What do you do when you get stuck?
Exercise is a great way to get past stuck. I always keep pushing through and know that blue sky will emerge at one point. 

Do you have a favorite podcast?
American Scandal and How I built this.

What is your best marketing advice for your peers?
Be nice, make friends, be out-going, don’t burn bridges and put your money where your mouth is.

I have always bought placement in magazines that I though my market was attune to. I want the world to see what I shoot.

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years?
Don’t listen to the naysayers. Go bigger yet. Don’t be intimidated to do anything. Remember it is not brain surgery, have fun every day.

Check out more work from Stewart Cohen.