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September Photo Newsletter


September Photo Field Trips

Two trips that offer lots of opportunities for abstract photography




Horticultural Center

Monday, Sept. 18  1:00 - 3:00

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 monopod and macro lens, if you have one.
















Saturday,  Sept. 23   3:00 - 5:00

Manyunk, this special part of Philadelphia, is a favorite with artists with its hills, canal, cathedrals, railway trestles and power lines. We will 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


September Two-Part Photo Workshop

Photo:Graphics  Abstraction in Photography

Thursdays  September 21 & 28   7:00 - 8:30  

All cameras welcome!

Taking photography beyond the subject, this workshop encourages you to see the artistic and compositional opportunities in everyday life. Explore the abstract and formal elements of composition: line, shape, texture, and form and see how light and space can be used to amplify affects. 


Session One: a discussion of issues such as close-up, wide-angle vs telephoto, color vs black and white.


Session Two  Share your work from the intervening week.

Cost :  $80






September  Photo Salon 












Sunday 3:00 - 4:30  September 24

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!

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Special Discount for Returning Students

 For returning students 10% off for individual classes!  15% off for small group classes!Contact us before September 30 in order to take advantage of the discounts, though your lessons may occur later than September.  Email  or give us a call at (610) 626-7854.

Looking forward to more photography adventures together!



Owen Biddle Photo School


Some of our finest photographers have gotten together  to document the events of 2017, capturing major themes and expressing personal responses. Photographers include Jose Garcia, Mark Furgeson, Brette Huser, Alan Simpson and Owen Biddle.  And our featured photographer will be Kitty Kono who will share with us "A Wildlife Photographer's Love Story" .  Those who know Kitty or have seen her incredible images from Valley Forge to Africa to Just North of Antarctica realize we are in for a real treat. Kitty is traveling to the Pantanal in Central Brazil to photograph the jaguars in September - just before our October presentation. She says she may be able to include a few of those images as well. You don't want to miss this - put it on your calendar.

Sunday, Oct 8  2:00 - 4:00

Vinyl Revival Theater

35 N Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050

Tickets $10 - proceeds will be donated to EQAT

Space is limited.  RSVP required at (610) 626-7854 or











  photo by Brette Husar         photo by Kitty Kono


And see these links for upcoming events thanks to some of our local folks!

Ray Schnieder: Vermont Bicycle/Photo Trip

Tom Tauber: Transformations Photo Contest

Brette Huser: Franklin Parkway Photo Contest


September/October 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  2:00 - 3:30  10/7,  10/14,  10/21, 10/28,  11/4

Fridays  7:00 - 8:30  10/6,  10/13,  10/20,  10/27,  11/3


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.

Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30  10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4


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!

Wednesdays  7:00 - 8:30    9/6,  9/13,  9/20,  9/27,  10/4

Thursdays  7:00 - 8:30  10/5,  10/12,  10/19,  10/26, 11/2


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 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


Photographer of the Month:  Denise Gallagher

Here's what Denise has to say "I started out as an art teacher, and painter. I spent a year in the Tyler Rome Program at age 22 and it forever changed my temperament and artistic sensibilities. For one thing, I painted the cityscapes and eventually the landscapes of Italy for many years. The other is that travel to foreign lands is/was just normal to me.
I dabbled in B/W photography in the eighties, even developed my own prints but photography was always secondary to painting for me, just "reference shots". That all changed in 2010 for two reasons, I went to New Zealand and photographed madly all day long, came back, made short slide show films and surprisingly, received a lot of praise for my pictures. And, soon after this, I “fell” unexpectedly into photographing at night in my kitchen what I call my magical landscapes. They are spontaneous explorations of light, color, form. You can see these at

Rachel and Owen asked me to share some vacation photos. Well? I spent the last 9 months traveling and made it all the way around the world. One focus of my trip was to work with the Syrian refugees in the Ritsona camp, one hour north of Athens, Greece. I chose a few of those pictures to give you a flavor. I was not an “official photographer" so carrying my DSLR was not  allowed. These were done quickly with my cell phone. All other photos were done with my Nikon D5200. I included shots from my favorite place to photograph in Italy, Belvedere, a couple from the charming town of Frome in southern England and 2 of my magical photos. Enjoy!"

As these pictures  convey, Denise is an extraordinary person in many ways. Her travels, her connections to people in myriad places and all circumstances, her relationship with the earth.... everything she approaches somehow becomes art. And as you'll see, in her abstract work, she joins her sense of play and mystery to create some equally arresting images.

Click on thumbnails to see full images.

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