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May Photo Newsletter
Young Photographers

photo by Sophia Lynn Eustace

Dear Photographers,

   We were with a friend, Lynn, who happens to be 19 years old.  When she showed us some of her photography we were smitten!  It has a look, a vibe, a sensibility that can only be described as coming from the next generation.  The fresh choices of subject matter,  original framing, quirky humor all speak of a view that is definitely not of our familiar territory, but invites us to  see the world through a whole new vantage point.  Join us as we venture into photography across the generations.

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Kids X Kids 

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     Do you know a youngster who has an interest in photography?  You are invited to bring your little ones (age 7 - 10) and a camera  (cell phones are fine) for a fun afternoon in the park.  Activities will be designed to provide tons of photo ops - blowing bubbles, jumping events, funny hats, swirling scarves etc.  The idea is for kids to capture pictures of each other in action!  Sound fun?  Come!

Saturdy,  5/25   9:30 - 11:30

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Photo Field Trips

Bartram's Garden

On the banks of the Schuylkill River in southwest Phila, this is the oldest botanical garden in North America.  You will find open fields and meadows, wooded trails, formal gardens and the flowing river for the photographer's delight.  

Sunday,  5/26  10:00 - 12:00

 

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FDR Skatepark

Looking for an entirely different photo destination with a peek into a distinct part of the youth culture?  This setting offers  action (soaring skateboarders) and colorful graffiti to combine for really exciting images.

Saturday,  5/18  2:30 - 4:30

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DSLR and Mirrorless Fundamentals Tutorials

Below are descriptions of the basic units of our curriculum available to students ranging from beginner to advanced.  Most units are five lessons and include a set of assignments designed to give practice in targeted skills with opportunities to get feedback from the instructor so that you learn from your experiences.

Just give a call and  we can set up individual sessions to keep you moving forward with your photography.

 Call (610)-626-7854 for details.

 

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Fundamentals 1:  Camera Operations   is for students who are just starting out, or want a good review of the basic camera functions. 

Fundamentals 2:  Applications  is for students who have some comfort with the camera and want to start applying their skills to expand their photographic range.

Fundamentals 3:  Composition  takes photography beyond the subject, and encourages you to see the artistic and compositional opportunities in everyday life. Here is a chance for your right brain to come out and play!

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Fundamentals 4:  Lighting Across the Genres is for students who are  ready for the next critical step: lighting.  Explore sophisticated means of controlling both natural and artificial light for portraits, landscape and still life to get just the mood and effects you want.

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Advanced Photography - Using self-generated assignments and in-depth critiques we will help you move forward in your work.

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In-Person Photo Salon 

Sunday, 5/12   2:00 - 3:30

These are very friendly, relaxed get-togethers at my apartment in Lansdowne. Photographers of all levels are welcome to share pictures, get photography tips, and discuss camera equipment. You can also get ideas for entering photography contests, submitting to photography magazines and having photo shows. Feedback from the group provides encouragement and inspiration to go out and take more pictures. These informal photography critiques offer an excellent opportunity to start identifying themes in your work and to get ideas for new directions. Group size is limited, so if you can come an RSVP is required by email or call (610) 626-7854. Cost is $10.  

March Photo Contest:

ABSTRACTION

First Place Winner

Mary Stamper

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  photo by Mary Stamper

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Second Place Winner

Nancy Karafel

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photo by Nancy Karafel

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Third Place Winner

Francis Baylis

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photo by Francis Baylis

May Photo Contest 

Photography of the Young

   This month we are looking for photos by the younger set - or the young at heart - that express  what it is to be growing up at this time in history.  To enter simply email your photo to : owenbiddlephotography@gmail.com

The winning photos will be featured in our next Photo Newsletter.

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On the subject of.... 

young photographers, take a look at Jaques Henri Laritgue (1894 - 1986)  "The man who captured the world as it sped up" was a boy-photographer in an era very different from our own, but he too, used his camera to record his times.

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Photographer of the Month

Sophia Lynn Eustace

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Here's what Lynn has to say:

"I am 18 years old and started photography as one of my many hobbies to help with my mental health. 
 

I love sewing, knitting, embroidery, gaming, yoga, gymnastics, reading, writing, playing guitar, coloring, doll collecting, makeup, skincare, and keeping up with my favorite fashion subgenres. Photography, however, is something that I've seen my father do, and was interested because he seemed to love it so much. I learned all about the generations of cameras and photographing techniques in a high school class, and still love taking pictures to this day. 

 

My favorite things to photograph are people and art. The most important things to me are mood, ambiance and color, but I pay close attention to lines and framing because of my perfectionist attitude. Most importantly, Photography is important to me because I believe you can't have life without art and creativity. "

Lynn shares with us a disarming openness, welcoming us into a vision that is full and rich.  Part nostalgia, part commentary, part macabra -  always completely artistic - her images fascinate as they draw us into her unique view of the world.

Click on thumbnails to see full images.

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