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Light of the Season




Light of the Season

December Photo Newsletter

Finding the Light

What does "light" mean to a photographer?  Surely, it is more than what comes from a lamp, or even  the sun or the moon.  Light in photography is like line in drawing.  It is the magical element that defines object, space and mood.  Light is infinite and we are here to trap it.


December Workshops


Three-Part Photo Workshop

 Lighting:  Everything but Flash

Monday December 4  7:00 -  8:30  Lighting People

Monday  December 11 7:00 - 8:30  Lighting the Details (food, decorations etc) 1

Monday  December 18  7:00 - 8:30 Lighting Interiors

Come to  any or all sessions to learn great tips for maximizing use of available light for all kinds of pictures.  We will explore use of window light and lamp light.  We will discuss the beauties of candle light and even the mysteries of illumination from car headlights!

Two-Part Photo Workshop:  Nothing but Flash

Thursday  December 21  7:00 - 8:30

Thurssday  December 28 7:00 - 8:30

For those exited about learning flash photography, no need to feel left out!  This workshop will go deeply into the technical challenges of instantaneous light. Starting with on-camera flash, we will move to off-camera flash.  We will explore use of  umbrellas and other diffusors.


December Photo Field Trips

Masonic Temple and City Hall

Tuesday,  December 14  2:30 - 4:30


This may be a new discovery for you, but the Masonic Temple is a fascinating building, both from the outside and inside. The fantastic and luxury, the golden mosaics, stained glass windows, sweeping stairways and Egyptian pillars are the ingredients for some unique and gorgeous photography.                                                                                            

Location:  Philadelphia

  Rittenhouse Square

Tuesday,  December 194:30 - 6:30

A magical  spectacle of trees festooned with colored globes of light.  In the heart of the city, you will find ample opportunities for pictures of lights, store windows, street scenes and of course, people being people!!



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


Upcoming 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  1/5,  1/12,  1/19,  1/26,  2/2

Saturdays 12:00 - 1:30  1/6,  1/13,  1/20,  1/27,  2/3


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 1/6,  1/13,  1/20,  1/27,  2/3


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!

Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30  1/3,  1/10,  1/17,  1/24,  2/1

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



December  Photo Salon













Sunday 3:00 - 4:30  December 17

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!

Photographer of the Month:

Fred Herzog

   Not long ago I ran across an article that said if you liked Saul Leiter, you would like Fred Herzog even better.  Well, I remain a huge Saul Leiter fan, but this new discovery, Fred Herzog, is right up there.  I can't wait to share this new treasure with you!  Imagine roaming the streets of a fast developing city with a Lieca and kodachrome film. Working with low light challenges, such as shadowy spaces, dark interiors and the fading light of evening, forever fighting for depth-of-field and encountering slow shutter speeds, Herzog shows what magic can be done!  We have selected pictures that emphasize his masterful handling of light, but Herzog's body of work is vast and worth further exploration.

Click on thumbnails to see full images.

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