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photo (cropped) by Owen Biddle

                                               July Photo Newsletter

 All About Light!  

July Workshop


Two-Session Photo Workshop

Lighting for Impact

Fridays 7:00 - 8:30  7/5 and 7/12

Lighting is a necessary - in fact, crucial - element photographers must consider as they go deeper into their craft.   In this short workshop you will develop your eye for color and light - its direction, its intensity and its quality (hard vs. soft).  Exploiting various light sources (windows, outdoors, lamps, studio light etc). Emphasis is on still life, interiors and portraits.  Adding light to a scene being photographed allows unseen areas to be seen and dramatic shadows thrown. In a portrait it puts the catch light in the subject's eye.  Your light illuminates both style and intent and has the power to elevate your craft to art.  

Session 1:  discussion of techniques and simple lighting equipment

Session 2:  Share your work from the intervening week






photo by Owen Biddle



July Photo Field Trips

Benjamin Franklin Bridge at Dusk

Saturday,  7/6  6:00 - 8:00

A unique vantage point for some great shots of Philadelphia.  From this bird's-eye-view use the monumental structure of the bridge to frame  patterns of streets, traffic, storefronts, the river, and people passing by, all lit by the irresistible combination of artificial light and twilight.               












Scott Arboretum 

Sunday  7/7  6:00p - 8:00p

Scott Arboretum, located on the campus of Swarthmore College, is an expanse of woods and creek, and formal gardens - an ideal location for capturing the glories of early Summer.

Location:  Swarthmore, PA








Bryn Mawr at Night 

Thursday 7/10  7:00 - 9:00

Come practice your night photography skills as you enjoy the visual possibilities in capturing this vibrant downtown area at night.  The festive decorations, lit-up store windows, traffic lights, and illuminated churches all add up to some fantastic photo ops.  Color, style, and shadow are the ingredients for some really special shots.













You are Invited to the

Owen Biddle Photo School Open House

Help us Celebrate 10 wonderful years with the best photographers in the tri-state area

*Do-it-yourself photo booth

 *A light-hearted photo contest

*Food and Fun

Saturday,  6/29  3:00 - 6:00

RSVP (610) 626 - 7854



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
Group lessons are not offered over the summer but will resume in the Fall.  See below for September dates and times.

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.                  

Wednesdays  7:00 - 8:30  9/4,  9/11,  9/18,  9/25

Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30  9/7,  9/14,  9/21,  9/28

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  9/5,  9/12,  9/19,  9/26

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!

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

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  July 14

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!



Special Project

Alan Simpson and Owen Biddle

present "Light the Dancers"











 Every once in a while, a special project can be instructive and fun.  Alan has been excited about photographing dancers for a couple of years, and he and Owen have been collaborating on a project of applying advanced lighting techniques to this irresistible subject matter.  Both in the studio and in carefully considered outdoor settings, they exploit the possibilities of light to perfect these challenging shots.  


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