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August Photo Newsletter

People in Context

August Workshop



The Environmental Portrait

Thursdays,  August 16 and 25  7:00 - 8:30

Last month we spent time developing skills for handling different lighting conditions. This month we step back and take a look at people in their natural habitat.   Issues covered will include making use of backgrounds and settings and posing and positioning.   We'll also consider how to apply principals of composition to get people shots that are both exciting and personal. (No prerequisites necessary)

Session One:  Discussion and demonstration of a wide range of picture-taking approaches

Session Two:  Review your work from the intervening week.

photo by Owen Biddle

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Rodin Museum

          Sunday  August 12  10:00 - 12:00

A nice cool, air-conditioned setting to watch people interacting with great art!

This  museum, recently returned to its original European appearance, is a rich destination for photographers.  We will start by photographing Rodin’s powerful and moving sculptures, both indoors and outdoors. The site also offers wonderful architecture and landscaping.  A perfect opportunity to explore how black and white can unify many elements: live people viewing stone sculptures, vegetation against architecture etc.  

Location:  Philadelphia








Dillworth Plaza

Tuesday,  August 14  10:00 - 12:00

A super fun place to capture images of kids playing in the water fountains against the backdrop of Philadelphia's City Hall.  Lots of action!


August Photo Salon

Sunday 3:00 - 4:30  August 19

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.                  

Saturdays  3:00 - 4:30  8/11,  8/18,  8/25,  9/1

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.

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

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:

Rachael Muller

Here's what Rachael has to say:

  “Photography has always been a personal interest of mine because of the memories that are captured.  When I found the classes at Owen Biddle Photo School I was excited to learn about the craft.  It has taught me important skills that help capture life, emotion, and storytelling.  My passion for photography is now even greater and I am looking into options to turn it into a career. ”

Congratulations to Rachael, who has come great distances in a short time!  We chose to feature Rachael this month because her interest in capturing people is a perfect match for our August theme.  The variety of pictures Rachael offers us shows some of her scope, as well as a sense of adventure as she dives into her new passion!

Click on thumbnails to see full images.

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