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photo by Owen Biddle/ postcard by Bettina Rheims

December Photo Newsletter

Photo Art



December Workshop


Two-Session Photo Workshop

Back to Basics

Fridays    7:00 - 8:30   12/14   12/21

Your DSLR or mirrorless camera is a very sophisticated instrument with the potential to take high-level, exciting pictures that can capture meaningful moments and express your artistic self.  Learn to blur out the background to bring your subject forward, freeze action in the instant, take pictures in low light or even night photography and control the color in your images.  The first session will cover all these capabilities of your camera and the second session will be to share your work from the intervening week and to get feedback.





December Photo Field Trip

30th Street Station

Tuesday  12/11   10:00 - 12:00

This Philadelphia site is so familiar  and utilitarian, it is often overlooked for its photographic possibilities.  But we will explore  the grand architecture, indoor markets,the tracks, wires, trains coming and going and views of the city from the platforms.  Our approach will go beyond showing a "beautiful building", and aim to document the interplay between man and the environment in this transportation hub.  (Also a great place to capture people going about their everyday lives.)








Philadelphia Art Museum

Tuesday  December 18,  10:00 - 12:00

Bring your camera to our world class museum and explore the possibilities of photographing the vast array of artwork.  Especially intriguing for photographers are the collection of armor, the monumental statuary from India and the serene images of Cambodian Buddhas. The building from inside and out also makes for great photographs.   

Gift Certificates
Photo tutorials, classes, workshops or a
    field trip... the perfect gift for that
shutterbug in your life.  
Email or call (610) 626 -7854 to learn more
Our own photographer-of-the-month, Fiona Keyes, is participating in the Malvern Retreat House Art Show
January 30th – February 3rd
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)


End-of-the-Year Holiday Special

Three session courses for $100!

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

Wednesdays  7:00 - 8:30  12/5,  12/12,  12/19


Saturdays  10:00 - 11:30  12/8,  12/15,  12/22

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.

Thursdays  7:00 - 8:30   12/6,  12/13,  12/20

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  12:00 - 1:30  12/8,  12/15,  12/22

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.




December Photo Salon








Sunday 3:00 - 4:30  December 16

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 get your spot early!



Photographer of the Month:

Fiona Keyes


Here's what Fiona has to say about herself:

"Photography is seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. 
Capturing the true essence and beauty of my subject has always intrigued me, and my love for nature continually leads me to the next micro-universe of discovery.  My images represents the various colors, textures, folds and lines that I love to get lost in while admiring the world around me and have evolved into an exploration of the magnificence of detail.
The simplicities of our daily passings have become works of art that evoke the feelings of awe and inspiration.

I hope you are drawn into my world of amazement."

Actually, there's no way NOT to be drawn into the the beautiful images Fiona puts before us. Our theme this month is photography as art, and her selection demonstrates this perfectly.  Her attention to color, line, texture, shape, lighting, and above all, powerful composition, add up to pictures that hold your eye - just like all wonderful art does!

Click on thumbnails to see full images.

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Photo Tips for Photo Art


Don't be shy to think of yourself as an artist.  Anyone with a camera, an eyeball or two, and a soul, has what it takes.  Look at paintings and sculpture, magazines, illustrated books, sunsets, tree branches, babies (you get the idea).  Let the inspiration flow in and let your artistic expression flow out.

A favorite local photographer, Celeste Stewart, put it well: "Look at the masters...they have figured it out."

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