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January Photo Newsletter

Color, Shape and Form

Look around and what do you see?  Color, shape and form everywhere.  Use your camera to capture stunning images that are all around, once you learn to see them!


January Workshop


Two-Session Workshop

 Still Life Photography

Step Indoors and Let  your Imagination go!

Thursdays  7:00 - 8:30   1/18,  1/25

    A still life is a grouping of ordinary objects, perhaps boring in themselves.  What brings them to life is their arrangement, the light you use, your choice of background, and of course, by extension, the concepts and emotion they evoke.

For the beginner to the most advanced photographer, setting up and taking a still life is one of the best explorations I know of in the art of photography.  Managing exposure, exploiting depth of field, framing (composing), using a tripod, focusing a lens and arranging your subjects are all fundamental skills that carry through to every other part of photography.  Even if your interest is landscape, portraiture or some other branch of photography, this unhurried approach is a great way to delve into the basics while creating beautiful gems of images.



January Photo Field Trips

Art Museum

Sunday January 14  10:00 - 12:0

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.    

Location:  Philadelphia

Horticultural Center

Monday,  January 22  10:00 - 12:00

This beautiful greenhouse located in Fairmount Park lends itself to a more meditative photo experience. Inside you will find a variety of plants to explore. Here is an opportunity to slow down, to really see and appreciate the incredible structures, patterns and textures in these living things. The intricate lines and shapes of leaves and stems are also outstanding for black and white. An ideal chance to learn about close-up nature photography.  Bring your tripod and macro lens, if you have one.                        

Location:  Philadelphia



Tom Tauber shared this link for information about entering the Wilmington International Photo Contest:

Mandy Seligman has been accepted into New York's

Soho Photo Gallery.  We are so proud!

Kitty Kono has a new book out from her photo excursion to Brazil:


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  1/5,  1/12,  1/19,  1/26,  2/2

Saturdays 12:00 - 1:30  1/6,  1/13,  1/20,  1/27,  2/3


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.

Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30 1/6,  1/13,  1/20,  1/27,  2/3


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  1/3,  1/10,  1/17,  1/24,  2/1

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 is designed to help advanced students define themselves as photographers

and to move towards independence with their picture-taking.  By the completion of

this class, students are ready to take on more professional photography projects



January  Photo Salon









Sunday 3:00 - 4:30  January 21

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 confirm your spot early!

Photographer of the Month:

David Cunicelli

  Here's what David has to say: "I grew up around cameras and photography.  My first camera was a 110 yellow waterproof Minolta at for my 10th birthday.  I took it swimming. I took it to school.   I took it everywhere. Through my childhood, my father encouraged us all to take pictures, thousands of them.  He allowed us all to use any of his cameras as long as we could load the film and change the lenses.  I had to be one of the youngest kids anywhere to be able to load and shoot a Hasselblad. I didn't take many good pictures but I loved trying.  After my father passed away, I didn't touch a camera for 20 years. This past April, I bought my first DSLR.  The fundamentals of taking a picture came back slowly.  But the love of looking for a shot will always be there. Trying to capture the beauty of what I see is my only goal." 

With this month's theme being Color, Shape and Form, David's worked immediately popped to mind.   His attraction to the beauty he discovers in  unexpected places, plus his intensely bold and original perspective give us a series of  images that remind us to pause, look and appreciate.

Click on thumbnails to see full images.

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