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What a Show!!

We are so proud of the October presentation by our wonderful photographers. It was a sell-out success.  See our Photographers-of-the-Month below for a sampling from the show.  In honor of the participants efforts, this month we focus on Documenty Photography.....


November Three-Part Photo Workshop

 Documentary Photography

Wednesday  November 11  7:00 -  8:30 Discussion and tips

Sunday,  November 19  10:00 - 12:00  Field trip to Chinatown

Wednesday,  November 29  - Students share work

This three-part photo work shop will challenge us to develop our eye and skills for capturing the life around us - the urban setting and the people going about their lives.  Seeking the truly human aspect of our city and exploring photography's unique possibilities to reveal the forces at play as people interact will be the goal of our work in this workshop.




November Photo Field Trips

Our photo field trip this month is aligned to our theme of photography as a means of documenting the life of our city.


Sunday,  November 19  10:00 - 12:00

         The color, the bustle, the energy of Philadelphia's Chinatown offer endless   opportunities for  pictures that reflect a special culture and a special mood.    

   Philadelphia Naval Yard

Monday, November 13  10:00 - 12:00

A brand new trip to capture the moody atmosphere of  part of our country's history, juxtaposed with modern commercial development. 


November  Photo Salon 












Sunday 3:00 - 4:30  November 19

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.  These Salons often fill-up, so it's best to confirm your spot early!

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Want to learn Photoshop?

We are pleased to announce that Owen Biddle Photo School is bringing on board a Photo Shop instructor.  Charles Eustace has tons of experience with Photo Shop and is comfortable with all kinds of photography.

(267) 671 - 2242


Fall DSLR Fundamentals Classes 

Please note:  Private individual classes are always another option. Call (610)-626-7854 for details and scheduling.

All classes held in Lansdowne

(click on links for more information)

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

Fridays  7:00 - 8:30  11/10,  11/17,  12/1,  12/8,  12/15

(note no class 11/24)

Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30 11/11, 11/18,  12/2,  12/9,  12/16

(note no class 11/25)


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.

Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4

Saturdays 2:00 - 3:30  11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

(note no class 11/25)


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

Saturdays 12:30 - 2:00  11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

(note no class 11/25)

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 is designed to help advanced students define themselves as photographers

and to move towards independence with their picture-taking.  By the completion of

this class, students are ready to take on more professional photography projects


Photographers of the Month:

Kitty Kono, Brette Husar, Mark Furgeson, Jose Garcia and Alan Simpson

In October Owen Biddle Photo School presented From Washington to Valley Forge...It's Wild Out There a showing of work by five very talented local photographers.  Here is what Owen had to say:

 "The journey that brought me here this afternoon….Well, photography is at the core of this journey.

My first experience with photography was at Elwyn Institutes Davidson School’s Audio Visual Dept. where I took pictures of young students and teachers.  Although it was “just a job” I instantly fell in love with picture taking.  This “just a job” quickly evolved as I discovered a new dimension of photography:  It was actually art.   Was it more magical making the background a beautiful blur of color or stopping an instant in time?  Photography allowed me to look and see.  Its benefit was to make the world a much much richer visual place.

Years later I discovered another power of photography.  I was teaching kids at our Lansdowne Library with donated film cameras.  It was incredible watching young people also  learn to “look and see”.  And I found that photography is a non-verbal, cross-cultural language of self expression.  

And now?  At a gathering with some of my photographer friends last November there was a level of uncertainty and anxiety in the room.  We surprised ourselves by discovering the depth of our love for America and in the face of what seemed a time of confusion and turning we asked ourselves “what can we do?”.  The answer….photography!

This presentation is the product of that impulse.  Now I understand one more, perhaps most vital, role of photography - as an instrument of social responsibility.  
Here is how Gordon Parks said it”
“I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against of racism, against all sorts of social wrongs.  I knew at that point I had to have a camera.”

So please enjoy the work of five amazing photographers who have devoted the last ten months to documenting this time in our world.  From the jungles of Brazil to those of Washington DC, from the streets of Philadelphia to the glaciers of Canada, these photographers offer testimony to what we all know:  these people, the country and this planet are precious and deserve all we can give to protect them.  We hope you will find renewed inspiration from their efforts.  

Finally, the proceeds from this event will be donated to Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), a group committed to environmental and social justice. Any donations to the group would be very welcome


Click on thumbnails to see full images.

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