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Ray Schneider
November Photo Newsletter
Black and White

"Black and White Photography is a message from another world" 


Dear Photographers,

    This month we revisit one of photography's basics: Black & White.  Join us in entering this evocative realm where tonality is the medium that conveys it all.  


photo by Owen Biddle


Photo Field Trips


West Laurel Hill Cemetery

An unusual choice of setting, perhaps, but one of our favorites for black & white images and one that is especially evocative in the  Autumn light.   The mausoleums, obelisks, angels and arching trees are the elements for creating uncommon compositions.  A great chance to try out your tripod and wide-angle lens.

Saturday,  November 19  10:00 - 12:00

Location:  Bala Cynwyd, PA


This special part of Philadelphia is a favorite with artists with its hills, canal, cathedrals, railway trestles and power lines. Learn how to exploit these elements in creating images, black and white and color, that both capture a unique neighborhood and at the same time make an abstract statement about line, shape, and texture.

Saturday,  November 26  10:00 - 12:00











Two-Part Photo Workshop: Black & White

Learn to capture the world through the essentials of black and white.  Setting aside the  complications and distractions of color we dive into the compositional elements of line, shape, texture, and tonality and discover not only the formal possibilities, but also the sense of mood and mystery that evolves as we master this basic part of our craft.

First Session:  Tuesday,  11/15  7:00 - 8:30  Discussion of technique, equipment and editing to make the most of your black & white photography, as well as a look at masters of the art.

Second Session: Tuesday,  11/22  7:00 - 8:30 Share your work from  the intervening week

          photo by Owen Biddle


photo by Owen Biddle



Main Line Art Center is excited to have recently re-opened their Darkroom, and are having their first series of classes this fall, Black & White Silver Gelatin Printing beginning on November 10th.  Also, if there are any programs or workshops you’d like to suggest, they would love to know!




Looking for the perfect gift for that shutter-bug in your life?  Or for yourself?  We're offering a 10% discount on all gift certificates purchased before the end of 2022. Email or call (610) 626 - 7854 for details.

Not a photo, but ...
a signature painting by Franz Kline (1910 - 1962) owes its impact to the starkly contrasting blacks and whites 





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.  


Photographer of the Month

Ray Schneider

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     Here's what Ray has to say "I’m a freelance portrait, fine art, and events photographer who has loved photography for decades.  Whether I have a camera with me or not, being a photographer continually deepens my relationship to everyday experiences, visually and emotionally.  I hope I’m a better person for it.

    Seeing like a photographer is to perceive well.  It’s creating images that are more than pretty pictures -- hopefully -- and that trigger the viewer’s inner-voice, that suggest a story, that evolve in the consciousness, that invite a sense of curiosity, that cause one to pause and maybe take a closer look. 

    I tend to create images that look better in black and white, at least to my eye.  I tend to “see” in black and white, looking past the colors that can interfere with an image’s voice.  Although I also create color images, seeing in black and white clarifies my vision for the image and focuses my attention on the essence of the composition.  Photographer Ted Grant once said, 'When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls' .”   

   We are so proud to feature Ray as our photographer of the month.  This selection of images shows black and white photography elevated to an artistic level that combines grace and beauty with meaning and spontaneity.  How he gets those crowds of people into well organized, easily read compositions and at the same time captures a split second of action and interaction.... well, something to inspire us all.

“Fleeting moments that pass us by each day.  Moments of awe, or emotions brought to the surface of each viewer.  This can be as simple as a smile or a whimsical look, or just a moment you feel you are part of.  Ray Schneider’s photography captures these moments for each of us to experience.  The simplicity of his images leaves so much to be contemplated, leaving the viewer in thought and wonder.”

-- Cara Weston, Photographer

    Edward Weston Gallery Director


“The best images are not the sharpest ones, the best processed, or ones that obey the rules … they are the ones created from vision and with passion.  As I look at Ray’s images, I feel both and find myself immersed in his vision, seeing how he sees and feeling his passion.  Ray demonstrates how great images are made.”

-- Cole Thompson, Photographer

    Fine Art Photographer

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