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photo by Alan Simpson

February Photo Newsletter



February Workshop

Two-Part Photo Workshop

 Lighting:  Everything but Flash

Wednesday February 5  7:00 -  8:30  Lighting People

Wednesday  February 12  7:00 - 8:30  

Come to  one or both 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!


photo by Owen Biddle


Two-Part Photo Workshop:  Nothing but Flash

Wednesday, February 19    7:00 - 8:30

Wednesday February 26     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.




    February Photo Field Trips

Rodin Museum

Sunday, February 9  2:00 - 3:30

This  museum, recently returned to its original European appearance, is a rich destination for photographers.  We will start by photographing Rodin’s powerful and moving sculptures, both indoors and outdoors. The site also offers wonderful architecture and landscaping.  A perfect opportunity to explore how black and white can unify many elements: live people viewing stone sculptures, vegetation against architecture etc.  

Location:  Philadelphia

Pennock Woods in the Winter

Sunday,  February 16   2:00 - 3:30

This is a small nature sanctuary in Lansdowne, PA  that offers a surprising variety of photographic subjects. The stark forms of tree branches against the textures of old logs, rocks, moving water and a sandy bank provide a great chance to celebrate the season in this little-known gem. If we're lucky enough to have snow it's even more magical!   Location:  Lansdowne, PA
















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.                  

Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30  2/1, 2/8,  2/15,  2/22

Thursdays  7:00 - 8:30  2/6,  22/13,  2/20,  2/27

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.

Fridays  7:00 - 8:30  2/7,  2/14,  2/21,  2/28

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!


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.

TBD  Please call us to discuss dates  (610) 626 - 7854

Advanced Photography

TBD  Please call us to discuss dates  (610) 626 - 7854



Upcoming Photo Salon


Sunday 3:00 4:30   February 23 

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


Gift Certificates Available


Call (610) 626 - 7854

or email

to get you options and place an order



Photographer of the Month

Alan Simpson

Here's what Alan has to say: "I’m honored to be chosen Photographer of the Month by Rachel and Owen!  There are so many people that are more deserving...  Since going pro a few years ago, I’ve come to terms with the fact that there is little demand for pros anymore.   On the upside, I’ve learned a great deal about studio lighting and working with models. I’ve been fortunate to shoot dancers a little and street photography too!  Hope you enjoy the pics!"

We've had the totally satisfying experience of watching Alan's photography evolve over those years, and are thrilled to present this very strong sample of his work.  Alan's attraction to style and glamour has lead him to these creative and original pictures (They look bona-fide pro to us!! Vanity Fair, are you paying attention?).  And then Alan shows us a completely different side to his sensibilities with street shots that are both sensitive and beautiful.  Thank you Alan, for sharing this combination of pictures that are gorgeous and  moving.

Click on thumb nails to see full images.



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