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photo by Robert Zwaan
January Photo Newsletter
 Sunrise Sunset


Dear Photographers,

    Sunrise and sunset pictures have such a special appeal, we decided, as one year ends and the next begins, we'd invite you to take a minute to appreciate the moving beauty of these times of day.  They could be called humdrum, as they occur every single day of the year (at least if you don't live in a polar region) but somehow, they invariably stir  feelings of awe.  The challenges of capturing these images (not the least of which might be getting out of bed before daybreak) are many.  But dedicated photographers have discovered that the sky filled with glowing warm colors, fleeting as they are, give ample reward.  














photo by Rachel Zervas



Two-Part  Photo Workshop:

Time Over the Land


The dance of time and light has always  been a preoccupation of photographers.  In this workshop we explore the interactions by a close observation of how time of day affects the mood and look of a photograph.  

First Session:  Tuesday  1/18  7:00 - 8:30 

Discussion of principals and techniques for exploiting time of day to maximize the  impact of your images.  An assignment to sharpen these skills will be provided.

Second Session:  Tuesday  1/25  7:00 - 8:30

Feedback on your work from the intervening week.  










photo by Owen Biddle





 Photo Salon

​  Unfortunately, we have decided to put in-person photo salons on hold for right now, until we have a better idea of the risks of gathering indoors.  We really miss seeing everyone in person, and can't wait to get back to sharing our work, our inspirations, our friendships (and our cookies).

In the meantime, come to our facebook on-line salon to post and see exciting pictures and to get feedback from our wonderful community of photographers.  A great way to stay motivated!

Check out this  facebook link and join the group.  

Our purpose is to provide an online place for our community to stay in touch, stay inspired  and get out there and keep snapping.  You can post pictures and get feedback, ask photo questions, make suggestions etc.  What do you say???

Special thanks to Jonathan Prusky, whose technical skills have saved us more than once and made this whole endeavor possible.


                            photo by Owen Biddle





Don't Forget all Those Shutter Bugs on your list...

Wouldn't they just love a photo field trip to get lots of photo tips and bring home a picture worthy of putting on the wall??

Or a special photo workshop to develop skills?

Or a tutorial individualized to the student's  level and interesest?

(Maybe you need a gift certificate for yourself!)

It's easy to set up -

just email or call (610)626-7854


DSLR 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.


​(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. 

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!


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 - Using self-generated assignments and in-depth critiques we will help you move forward in your work.  


Not a photo, but ...

 William Turner (1775 - 1851) shows us that sunsets have been a powerfully compelling subject for a very long time!




Photo Field Trips

Two field trips this time to get you up and at 'em to experience sunrise photography.

John Heinze Wildlife Refuge at Dawn

 This stunning expanse of water, trees, grasses, woods and wild birds is magical in the early morning light.  

Monday  1/24  6:45


Art Museum at Dawn

This monumental building, with its iconic stairways and fountains, glows in the early morning light.  Come capture this magical place as we deal with issues of wide angle photography and perspective

Monday,  1/31  6:45 am










Scroll down for Photographer of the Month,Robert Zwaan




Robert Zwaan
















Here's what Robert has to say:

"I’ve always had an interest in photography from the time I was a little kid.  I am one of 7 children in my family. My Dad would always take pictures of us playing sports at school, camping trips with the Scouts or birthday celebrations and then get us all together for a slide show at least once a month.  My first camera was a Kodak film camera and that’s were I learned my first lesson about ISO, the hard way. Later, during my time in the Army I was lucky enough to be stationed in two beautiful locations, first Colorado and then Hawaii. I think that is where I developed a love for landscape photography especially sunrises and sunsets. Fast forward to DSLR’s and that’s when I needed some help which I got lots of taking Owen’s courses.  Photography for me, now, is a way to separate myself from the “normal” things in life and sink myself into the pleasure of creating art through my lens.  I think it’s a great way to connect with people and an awesome place to be in. I think it’s a great way to explore the beauty that’s all around us or travel to a beautiful place and capture the moments to enjoy in solitude or share with others."

Get ready to be dazzled by beautiful skies and by Robert's knack for capturing the exact moment and place in pictures that remind us of the miraculous world we live in.  Thank you, Robert, for sharing this stunning collection.  We need it!


Click on thumbnail to see full images.                    

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