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photo by John Sexton
December Photo Newsletter
Winter Botany


Dear Photographers,

   We may be tempted to think of winter as the time to snuggle up and stay nice and warm indoors.  But what a missed opportunity to experience the inspiration of nature at her most dramatic, stark and exposed!  As trees reveal their elegant structures against a grey sky, vegetation pulls back to its essentials, and colors bleach into neutrals, join us in capturing the sense of healing slumber as our living planet renews and recharges.  


photo by Owen Biddle


Photo Field Trips


Horticultural Center

Horticultural Center

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. 

Saturday,  12/17  1:00 - 3:00                      

Location:  Philadelphia


I love the massive trees in winter at this sprawling setting of mansion and grounds.

Monday,  12/12  1:00 - 3:00 










photo by Owen Biddle



Two-Part Photo Workshop:

Tree Shapes and Landscapes

In this workshop we will consider how trees and vegetation serve to animate our landscape photography.  Learn to  use these as defining elements of your composition, while at the same time paying homage to their absolutely vital role in sustaining us throughout the year.

First Session:  Friday, 12/9  7:00 - 8:30  Discussion of technique, equipment and editing to make the most of your outdoor winter photography.

Second Session: Friday,  12/16  7:00 - 8:30 Share your work from  the intervening week

          photo by Owen Biddle







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.


Online Photo 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.  What do you say???



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!

Not a photo, but ...

Can you guess the artist?  Beatrix Potter (1866 - 1943) was a prolific illustrator of the natural world and shows us the delicate beauty to be discovered in the simplest vines, berries and leaves.



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


John Sexton       


Paul Camponigro


Ansel Adams

     It's always fun to check in with our heros, to see what they might have to say about a particular theme.  This month, on the topic of Winter Botany, we found a treasure trove.  Take a look at the works of these three giants in landscape photography and you will be convinced that it is time to put on your coat and scarf, grab your camera, and go!  

Click on thumbnail to see full image.

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