photo by Kristen Herzel
March Photo Newsletter
From Here to (Optical) Infinity
Two-Session Photo Workshop
Mondays 7:00 - 8:30 3/18, 3/25
A Crash Class for anyone who is ready to move their DLSR/Mirrorless camera from automatic to manual. You will be introduced to the functions of your camera so that you can start taking pictures that reflect your own eye and style. We will cover the basic principles of: ISO (light sensitivity), shutter speed (stop action) f-stop (blurring out the background) and white balance.
photo by Kristen Herzel
If you are eager to try out some features of your DSLR or Mirrorless camera this trip is for you! Stop action? How about bicyclists, joggers and even horseback riders flying by? Depth-of-field? A person with an out-of-focus background of trees and creek.
The Wisssahickon offers gorgeous views of the creek as it passes through its picturesque ravine. This part of Philadelphia's Fairmont Park System has attracted artists and photographers for over a hundred years. With its steep rock walls and huge variety of trees, set off by the red covered bridge, this trip offers great opportunities to try out both close up photography and landscape photography.
Right outside of Philadelphia, Lansdowne offers a perfect setting to try out some night photography, from the neon lights of the downtown strip to trails of head lights and tail lights to shots of trains coming and going from the train station, you will find plenty of inspiration to experiment with this especially evocative kind of images.
Owen Biddle Photo School's
Advanced Photographers Present...
A group show at The Regency Cafe
29 N Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050
Show is now up and should run until mid April.
Lighting Classes Offered this Month!
We don't run these classes every month, so here is your chance. For advanced photographers, explore issues of lighting in depth to take your photography to that next step. See below for dates and times.
Looking for a great professional photographer? We are pleased to recommend Alan Simpson for head shots, portraits, events etc. He also does printing!
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 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23
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 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!
Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27
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.
Upcoming Photo Salons
Sunday 3:00 - 4:30 March 24
Sunday 3:00 4:30 April 28
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: Christine McNutt
Here is what Christine has to say about herself:
"I asked my husband for a camera for Christmas 2017. I was so excited to get started and poured over websites, online lessons, YouTube videos, etc. I took digital photography lessons with a school in Philadelphia. While I was taking pictures, I was confused by all the components that went into making a great picture. Fast forward to June 2018, seven months later and I was frustrated still. I went online to search for another class – something to help put it all together. That is when I discovered Owen’s school. I enrolled for private lessons and after a few it all came together. Owen not only taught me how to use my camera but helped me become a photographer! Me a photographer! Photography is my passion now. Even without my camera I’m seeing through the lens in my everyday life. With my camera I’m able to capture beautiful moments and memories. Thanks Owen – you too Rachel!"
We are super proud to feature Christine this month as an inspiration for people who might be relatively new to DSLR/Mirrorless photography, and maybe even feeling a smidge intimated by that sophisticated new gadget. Not to worry.... as Christine shows us, once you grasp the basics, you too can be taking stunning shots that express your own unique vision. In keeping with the theme of mastering the basics, we asked Christine to share examples of a variety of camera skills, including depth-of-field, shutter speed, low light and white balance. Thank you Christine for showing us the level you have achieved and sharing so many beautiful pictures. Yes, you are, without a doubt, a fine photographer!
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