Owen Biddle Photo School January Newsletter

February 19, 2017



Tell a Tale or Two -
 Narrative Photography


This month we explore the concept of constructing your own reality to photograph.  The idea is to unleash your creativity as you manage the people, lighting, setting, and props to communicate a mood and hint at story.  Very mysterious and fun!  Lights, camera, action!!!

Time Out for Shout Out....
Mandy Seligman has been awarded the BLACK & WHITE Magazine Single Image Award for two entries. Her winning pictures are truly elegant.  You can even check them out on line.


January Photo Salon     Sunday 3:00 - 4:30  January 22

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!





January Three -Session Photo Workshop:  
Constructed Reality:  Tell a Story with your Camera with Film Stills
   Wanna try something really different?  Imagine you are a film maker and you are in Hollywood, trying to sell your new idea for a film. You only have five minutes with the producer -- the one with the money. You need a still photograph that says it all in a single image: shows your idea, suggests the story and is so strong, the producer cannot resist! In this workshop you will learn to use your skills to set up a shot that does exactly what you want. You will be responsible for props, setting, characters, lighting, color decisions, costumes etc etc. You will learn to exploit and coordinate all the elements of the photograph in order to create powerful pictures that tell a story.  Does it sound like a lot? This is what professional photographers do!  Session 1:  examples and discussion, Session 2: Hands on collaboration to create some amazing shots, Session 3:  Show off what you have done on your own.
Mondays  7:00 - 8:30  1/16,  1/23,  1/30
Photographer-of-the-Month: Paul Donnelly


Here is what Paul has to say:  "My journey into photography has been a slow one, but my interest was sparked by my experiences studying in Spain and by my travels. The more time I spent documenting my adventures, the more I found myself enjoying the opportunity to capture moments: moments that engage and enable me to appreciate not only where I went, but who I spent time with and the memory extends beyond the image that was captured by my camera. With Owen, I am gaining a deeper appreciation for not only the moment that was captured, but the subtleties of light and color which together weave a much richer story. With this appreciation and deeper understanding, I am not only capturing moments of which I am part, but creating my own narratives with the photos that I take.  This is very much the beginning of my photographic journey, and I am looking forward to where that journey takes me. "
Paul's sense of adventure shows not only in his love of travel and experiencing new places and people...as these pictures show, he is willing to try all kinds of new things in his photography too.  We love the range he incorporates in his work, from the odd humor of "big foot" in the desert to the ominous in the hulking backlit figure, with many sensitive and provocative images in-between. Paul shows us that photography can be a world of creative exploration and we look forward to seeing what new things he will be sharing in the future. 
Click on thumbnails to see full images.


January Photo Tips:  Warm Places for Cool Pix
For those who prefer their photo ops to be warm, there are a surprising number of place where you can work on your craft without risking frost bite.  Some suggestions include musems (very fun for people watching too), the animal houses at the zoo and green houses, like the Horticultural Center.  And of course, you can check out our photo field trips this month to warm locations or join our photo workshop - all indoor occasions to keep your photography going, no matter what the weather





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