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July Photo Newsletter
The High Art of Travel Photography

Dear Photographers,

   Whether you're planning a trip to explore a new place, or staying local, the mindset of  a travel photographer will open your eyes and provide opportunities for all kinds of picture-taking:  landscape, street, food, people, architecture, stop action... In responding to "place" with a fresh vision we discover all manner of images to capture.

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Night Photography

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photo by Owen Biddle

     One of the joys of exploring a place via  photography is venturing out with your camera after sunset.  We can discover an entirely transformed world as the street lights, shop windows, car lights  etc switch on.  This workshop will go over technical tips for getting the most out of your night photography.

Thursday, July 18 and 25  7:00 - 8:30

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Photo Field Trips

Dillworth Water Park 

    Children romping and cooling off in jets of water with our Beaux Art City Hall as a background, this setting provides an ideal vantage point for catching happy kids in action.  Practice both stop-action and panning for some cool  shots.  Very summery!
Location:  Philadelphia

Monday,  July 15  5:00 - 6:30

 

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Morning at Appleford 

Appleford is an estate open to the public that is an outstanding environment for outdoor photography.  Work with expressive and challenging light against a setting of fields, woods, a pond, even a waterfall. Issues of exposure and white balance will be explored.  

Location:  Villa Nova, PA   

Sunday,  July 14  7:00 - 9:00am

photo by Owen Biddle

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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.

June Photo Contest:

Studies in Motion

First Place Winner

Robert Conklin

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  photo by Robert Conkliln

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Second Place Winner

Eloise Bocella

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photo by Eloise Bocella
 

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July Photo Contest 

Travel Photography

  Exotic travels or staying home, either way, send us pictures of what you are seeing.  Cityscape, landscape, people, food, architecture, streetside pigeons, all are welcome.  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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Not a photo but....

this work by the American landscape painter, Thomas Cole (1801 - 1848), is a good example of his dramatic and romantic take.  While painting allows for these kinds of emphases and exaggerations, the photographer can learn about choosing an exciting perspective, managing depth-of-field and considering time of day and weather to create a really impressive image.

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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.  

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Photographers of the Month

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Eric Meola

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Fred Herzog

Fred Herzog and Eric Meola are two very different photographers, representing two different generations and photographing two vastly different parts of the world.  They are also two of our favorite travel photographers.  Eric Meola's pictures from India bring out the intense color and richness of decoration from that culture.  His pictures include intimate views of the individual people he encounters and often interacts with, a very personal view.  You may find Fred Herzog's pictures of Vancouver in the 1950s and 60s provide a more detached study of the urban scene.  His attention to balanced composition makes for elegant images that at the same time depict instants of very human interactions, sometimes tinged with a bit of humor or irony.  As you check out these two masters we hope you find inspiration for your own travel photography. 

 

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