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photo by Scott/Jessica
October Photo Newsletter
Your  Camera  is  your  playmate

Dear Photographers,

    Our photographers of the month, Scott and Jessica, remind us that by learning the "boring" settings we lay the groundwork for all kinds of creative experimentation.  As you master the grammar of photography you are prepared to follow your own vision in whatever direction it leads you. 


photo by Scott Narimatsu

Not a photo, but ...
a favorite book by Betty Edwards which has inspired so many of us to play and explore as we pursue our art....

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Exciting Photo Event  

Sponsored by the Geographical Society of Philadelphia

        How the World Monuments Fund Is Saving Our Cultural Heritage: A Photographic Tour of Some of the World’s Most Important Places

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is the leading independent organization
dedicated to the preservation of the world’s most treasured places. It has
conserved over 700 cultural heritage sites internationally since its founding
in 1965. Speaker, Dr. Jonathan S. Bell, oversees the organization’s entire
portfolio of cultural heritage preservation projects around the globe.
Dr. Bell will provide a brief overview of the organization and how it works,
and then will show extraordinary photographs of sites, including traditional
communities in Benin, a widespread community of earthen builders in West
Africa, the Mosul Cultural Museum in Iraq, and historic water management
systems in India. He will illustrate places that are at the center of local
identity, economic viability, and community resilience. Come and see
fascinating images and hear inside stories of the accomplishments of the
WMF towards saving our cultural heritage.

6:30pm Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Location:  Pyramid Club, 1735 Market street, 52nd Floor, (Mellon Bank Building), Philadelphia, PA 19103

Cost:  $75 Members     $85 Non-Members  (Includes buffet and glass of wine)

 Tentative Logistical Details – To be confirmed via

For details and to register, see:

For questions, contact Grace Schuler at



Two-Part Photo Workshop:

Experimenting with Themes

   Using the format of a portfolio review, participants will share samples of their work for comments and feedback as we see what personal themes and interests emerge.  

First Session:  Monday, October 10    7:00 - 8:30 

Picture sharing and discussion. 

Second Session:  Monday, October 17    7:30 - 8:30 

Based on the insights from the previous session, participants can use the intervening week to develop these directions and share the results with the group.

       photo by Owen Biddle

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Photo Field Trips

University City  

University of Pennsylvania's urban campus and the surrounding neighborhood provide an exciting visual mix of green areas, sculpture, modern and classical architecture, and of course, young people in their preferred habitat!

Pennock Woods

This is a small nature sanctuary in Lansdowne, PA  that offers a surprising variety of photographic subjects. The changing colors of foliage against the textures of old logs, rocks, moving water and a sandy bank provide a great chance to celebrate the season in this little-known gem.  Location:  Lansdowne, PA








                                     photo by Owen Biddle



DSLR and Mirrorless 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.


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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.  


Photographers of the Month

Scott Narimatsu and Jessica Fager


Here's what Scott and Jessica have to say:" Jessica, a musician, and Scott, an emergency medicine physician from Austin, TX became interested in photography a little late in our lives.  We were fascinated in both the ability of the camera to recreate an image exactly as a person would experience being there themselves and the ability for the camera to recreate an image that the eye could not experience without the various powerful manipulations only a camera can make.  The ability to photograph a moment in time that captures not only the visual but emotional features is quite fascinating for us.  It’s been an amazing experience working with Owen to expand our knowledge of photography and we look forward to continuing this new artistic endeavor."

We are so excited for Scott and Jessica as they move ahead with their photography.  We chose to feature them this month because they so perfectly demonstrate that spirit of adventure, experimentation and play as they master the vast potential of digital photography.  Ranging from low-light to wide-angle to panning to macro, we can proudly say they've nailed it!

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