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photo by Eliot Porter

October Photo Newsletter
Landscape: Fall Palettes 

Dear Photographers,

  It is a time of transitions as we say good bye to summer and welcome the fall.  For many photographers our thoughts go to capturing the thrilling beauty of brilliant fall foliage.  But we encourage you to consider all the color palettes.  The flaming reds, yellows and oranges are irresistible (and should not be resisted!) but the more somber autumn shades of soft greys, tawny browns, and fading greens also make for very evocative images that can speak of endings and farewells as we savor the closing of one season and look ahead to the next.



Light and Color for the Season


photo by Owen Biddle


If you are determined to get the most out of the transient beauty of the season, this workshop will get you going!  The three sessions combine presentation, in-the-field experience and group feedback.  

First session: 

Friday, 10/13  7:00 - 8:30

discussion of equipment, technical issues and compositional tips as well as a chance to look at work of some master landscape photographers. 


Second session:

Friday,  10/20  3:00 - 5:00

In-the-field experience at Pennock Woods, an ideal place to try out skills.

Third session:

Friday,  10/27  7:00 - 8:30

share your work from the field trip and the intervening week 


(If you are not able to attend all three parts, participants are welcome to sign up for whatever date(s) work for you. Or sign up for the field trip separatedly; see below)


Photo Field Trips

West Laurel Hill Cemetery

    An unusual choice of setting, perhaps, but 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.

And a fun trip for the Halloween-inspired photographer

Location:  Bala Cynwyd, PA

Monday,  10/30  3:00 - 5:00



photo by Owen Biddle


Pennock Woods

This is a small nature sanctuary in Lansdowne, PA  that offers a surprising variety of photographic subjects. The warm 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

Friday,  10/20  3:00 - 5:00

photo by Owen Biddle


Return of the

In-Person Photo Salon

Sunday,  10/15  2:00 - 3:30

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.  

Photo Tip:  The Polarizer
Don't forget to keep your polarizer  handy in your bag.  Leaves often seem to act like little mirrors, creating a harsh light.  The polarizer removes these highlights for a smoother, more colorful picture.

First Ever

Owen Biddle Photo Newsletter

Contest Winner ~

Bob Turner


Animal Friends



For an unusual perspective....

  photo by Bob Turner

Second Place Photo

                 photo by Martha Friedma

We're not quite sure what is being  communicated here, but it looks important!

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October Photo Contest 

Fall Scenes

This month we are looking for images that capture the spirit of the season.  Considerations include color, composition, originality and overall mood and impact.  To enter simply email your photo to :

The winning photo will be featured in our next Newsletter.



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.


​(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. 

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.



Not a photo but.....

 this painting by Charles Burchfield (1893 - 1967) shows how a limited range of cool and warm colors can deliver the energy and mood of a late fall afternoon.  








Photographer of the Month

Eliot Porter

(1901 - 1990)










Here is what Eliot Porter has to say: "“Much is missed if we have eyes only for the bright colors. Nature should be viewed without distinction… She makes no choice herself; everything that happens has equal significance. Nothing can be dispensed with. This is a common mistake that many people make: They think that half of nature can be destroyed — the uncomfortable half — while still retaining the acceptable and the pleasing side.” – Eliot Porter

Eliot Porter, was not only a renowned photographer, he was an individual who cared deeply for our earth.  He used his great technical abilities and his artistic instincts to remind us of how gifted we are to inhabit such an amazing place.  As we open our eyes and our hearts we can also create pictures that tell of the natural marvels all around.  

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