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August Photo Newsletter

Presenting.... Our Virtual Best Selves

It's been a while.....  Like so many of us, we have taken some time to regroup.  But now Owen Biddle Photo School is ready to start ramping up!  While in-person meetings and instruction will still be limited to outdoor, socially distanced activities, we are also bringing back classes, workshops, tutorials and consultations using Zoom. Take a look at what we have to offer for August.

Two-Part  Photo Workshops (via Zoom)

Self-Portraits: Showing Your Best Self

This workshop was developed with our present circumstances in mind.  We are all thinking more about our online presence whether for websites or for sharing with friends and family.  Learn the techniques for getting great pictures of yourself so that you will be presenting your virtual best.

The first session will be to discuss equipment and tips for self-portraits.

The second session will be sharing your work from the intervening week.

Wednesdays   8/12 and 8/19  7:00 - 8:30


Get outside and capture the views all around, both intimate scenes and grand vistas.  

First session will go over equipment for all kinds of landscape photography, and a discussion of methods.

The second session will be to share your work from the intervening week.

Fridays  8/14 and 8/21  7:00 - 8:30

Photo Field Trips (In-person)

These trips will be in-person, but to insure social distancing, they are appropriate for photographers who already know how to work their cameras.  Owen will not be able to stand near you to point out or demonstrate camera controls.

Forbidden Drive, Wissahickon 

The Wissahickon 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.

Monday, 3:00 - 5:00  8/17



photo by Owen Biddle

Chanticleer Estate

This stately turn-of-the-century mansion, surrounded by formal gardens, complete with a beautiful old fashioned swimming pool, offers great opportunities for photographing both intimate scenes and grand vistas.  The grounds feature unusual plantings as well as some quirky post-modern garden statuary.  Our exploration will range from the macro abstractions of flower-portraits to the wide angle accentuated perspective of deep space landscapes.  And we won't miss the reflections on the beautiful lotus pond. 

Friday,  3:00 - 5:00   8/28

Note:  The first person to sign up will get FREE admission to the estate.

photo by Owen Biddle

Below is what Rachel has been doing to stay semi-sane at home.


Pandemic Discount 

Save $10 on any Fundamental Class taken in August

(pending adequate enrollment)

Upcoming DSLR Fundamentals Classes

   Below are descriptions of some of our classes. Respecting social distancing requirements for now, sessions will be online via Zoom.

Fundamentals 1:  Camera Operations   is for students who are just starting out, or want a
good review of the basic camera functions.     

Tuesdays  10:30 - 12:00  8/4,  8/11,  8/18,  8/25


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

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.

Not scheduled. You can contact us if you'd like to discuss dates.

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!

Not scheduled. You can contact us if you'd like to discuss dates.

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.

Not scheduled. You can contact us if you'd like to discuss dates.

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.

Not scheduled. You can contact us if you'd like to discuss dates.





photo by Owen Biddle


Photo Salon

In-person Photo Salons are on hold right now, but we are very excited about our new online salon.  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.  And we'll be suggesting prompts to challenge you to try out all kinds of new picture-taking.  What do you say???

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


Online Photo Salon Challenge for the Month of August


How about some motion shots?  Panning and Blurring.  Could be fun...

The Wissahickon is a great place to capture bicyclists, joggers, and even the occassional horse.

Post on the facebook salon.




Speaking of presenting our best virtual selves.... here is a selection of self-portraits that reveal the range of creativity possible as photographers tackle a most intriguing subject - themselves!  Allowing room for a full range of skills,  these images provide a great chance to show off technical abilities, a unique vision, and often a sense of humor.   Check out these self-portraits.  Can you identify any of the photographers??


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