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July Photo Newsletter

Good Day, Sunshine!

Sunlight = Color

July Workshop


Two-Session In-The-Field Workshop

Outdoor Portraits: Control The Sun!

Wednesdays  9:00 - 11:00 July 18 and 25

Outdoor portraits can be stunning!  But working with the variable qualities of sunlight presents special challenges:  overly dark shadows in all the wrong places, washed out highlights,  squinting eyes, competing background colors and shapes.  Starting out at Appleford, a lovey park-like setting, this workshop will increase your awareness of how to use placement to take advantage of natural lighting conditions (shadow, full light, mixed light). In a addition you will learn to use diffusors, reflectors and other simple equipment to tame the sun and make it work for you.

Session One: At Appleford, Discussion, demonstration and practice of a wide range of picture-taking approaches

Session Two:  At our studio, review your work from the intervening week.


photo by Owen Biddle

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Chanticeer Estate

          Thursday, July 12  3:00 - 5:00

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.  To learn more about Chanticleer check out this link:  Chanticleer Gardens








Catch the Color:  South Street

Looking for some fashions that are not Main Street?  Think South Street!  The shops, the folks, the atmosphere add up to photo opportunities for anyone who loves capturing the look of today, and especially what's up with youth.


July Photo Salon

Sunday 3:00 - 4:30  July 15

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.  These Salons often fill-up, so it's best to confirm your spot early!



Upcoming DSLR Fundamentals Classes


Please note:  Private individual classes are always another option. Call (610)-626-7854 for details and scheduling.

All classes held in Lansdowne

(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.                  

Tuesdays  7:00 - 8:30  7/10,  7/17,  7/24,  7/31

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.

Summer Special:  Scheduled at your convenience, private lessons at group rate.  Call (610) 626-7854 to set up times.

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!

Summer Special:  Scheduled at your convenience, private lessons at group rate.  Call (610) 626-7854 to set up times.

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.

Summer Special:  Scheduled at your convenience, private lessons at group rate.  Call (610) 626- 7854 to set up times.


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

Summer Special:  Scheduled at your convenience, private lessons at group rate.  Call (610) 626- 7854 to set up times.



Photographer of the Month:

Jim Troyer

Here's what Jim has to say:

  “I’ve been interested in photography since my high school days. Part of the fun is the gadgetry of the camera and the photo editing process. But my main pleasure comes from capturing the memories of places we have visited and people we have met. My emphasis now is learning how to take a photograph instead of a snapshot.

Well, Jim, it's clear you know how to take a photograph instead of a snapshot!  We are thrilled that Jim is part of our community of photographers.  His images show that he is a person who not only loves to travel, but brings a really open, curious and sensitive perspective to the places and people he encounters, which he so successfully conveys through his beautifully executed photographs.

Click on thumbnails to see full images.

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