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June Photo Newsletter
Sports Photography and Other Studies in Motion

photo by Owen Biddle

Dear Photographers,

   You may be a sports fan - or you may not.  But  capturing all the excitement, grace and dynamism of an athlete in motion is an undeniable art.  This month we invite you to delve into the many aspects of stopping and blurring action in photographing sports, dance, dogs romping, kids jumping, birds flying, leaves blowing....  you get the idea, anything that moves!


In Living Motion: Freezing and Panning

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photo by Owen Biddle

     Shutter speed is the hero of stop-action.  Come learn  the techniques and tricks for  capturing all-things-moving.  Both stop-action for freezing the split second instant of drama, and panning with its great artistic potential will be covered.

First Session:  Discussion of application of camera controls for sports, dance, nature etc 

Tuesday,  June 18  7:00 - 8:30

Second Session:  Share your work from the intervening week

Tuesday,  June 25  7:00 - 8:00


Photo Field Trips

Freezing Time on Forbidden Drive

This field trip is an opportunity to develop your skills for freezing and blurring motion in your photography. Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park is a favorite stretch for bikers, joggers, and even an occasional horseback rider - all excellent subjects for practicing the capture of motion.

Sunday,  6/23  10:00 - 12:00



Clifton Heights Dog Park

Come practice your skills for catching dogs in action. 

Saturday, 6/29  10:30 - 11:30


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!


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.


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

May Photo Contest:

Photography of the Young

First Place Winner

Lia Wheeler


  photo by Lia Wheeler
A beautiful self portrait


Second Place Winner

Nancy Karafel

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photo by Nancy Karafel
A youngster in Mexico


Third Place Winner

Eloise Bocella

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photo by Eloise Bocella
Two "young" camels!

June Photo Contest 

Studies in Motion

  It's your chance to show off your freezing and/or panning skills.  To enter simply email your photo to :

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


Not a photo but....

this sketch by Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917) shows his fascination with capturing the dynamic form of a bolting horse.



In-Person Photo Salon 

Sunday, 7/21   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.  


Photographer of the Month

Walter Iooss


A renowned sports photographer from Sports Illustrated shows us how this genre goes far beyond documenting.  With his original perspectives, amazing technical skills, unbelievable timing and unerring eye, he brings us one stunning image after another.  

Click on thumbnails to see full images.

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