Owen Biddle Photo School March Newsletter

February 24, 2017

 

 

What to do with a model?  For many photographers the idea of working with a model is both exhilarating and a bit intimidating!  This month we will delve into the issues encountered in kind of project and also provide opportunities to try out new skills in a modeling workshop in a very evocative site. 

 

 

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March Photo Salon    

Sunday 3:00 - 4:30  March 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!

 

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March Photo Field Trips:

Inside/Outside: Philadelphia Museum of Art 

Sunday, March 19  10:00 - 12:00

Bring your camera to our world class museum and explore the possibilities of photographing the vast array of artwork.  Especially intriguing for photographers are the collection of armor, the monumental statuary from India and the serene images of Cambodian Buddhas. The building  itself, from both inside and out, also makes for great photographs.      

 

30th Street Station

Sunday, March 12  10:00 - 12:00

This Philadelphia site is so familiar  and utilitarian, it is often overlooked for its photographic possibilities.  But we will explore  the grand architecture, indoor markets,the tracks, wires, trains coming and going and views of the city from the platforms.  Our approach will go beyond showing a "beautiful building", and aim to document the interplay between man and the environment in this transportation hub.  (Also a great place to capture people going about their everyday lives.)

 

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March Photo Workshops:  

 

Lighting for Portraits

Thursdays  7:00 - 8:30 


3/23,  3/30
Learn the tricks of the pros!  In this two-part workshop we will see the role of light in creating top-shelf portraits.  Take control of this most important aspect of portraiture using both continuous artificial light and flash.  The first session will be a discussion of techniques and equipment and the second session will be for showing off your work from the intervening week. BYOM (feel free to bring your own model)
Location:  Lansdowne
Cost :  $80

 

 

 

Working with a Model on Site: Mount Laurel Cemetery

Sunday, March 26  10:00 - 12:00

 

An opportunity to work with a professional model in a setting that is beautiful and evocative.  Experiment with issues of posing, background selection, exploiting available light, framing etc and get some stunning and original images in the process!

Location:  Bala Cynwyd

Cost: $100 (includes model fee)

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photographer-of-the-Month: Alan Simpson

Here's what Alan has to say:

"I’ve been a photographer for a long, long time.  But I only take pictures from time to time when favorable circumstances converge.  Sometimes I’ll skip a decade or two if life gets in the way.  I was on a roll when in high school, toiling in the dark room, stinking of stop bath with aspirations of Cartier-Bresson .  Been on a roll the past few years too.  I’m loving it for the most part but then again, months can go by without a single click.  I’ve never had much of coherent style or “direction”.  Lately I’ve shot beautiful, young ballerinas in unusual locations.  But most recently, I’ve tried my hand as a “Glamour" photographer.  Always admired great street photography too and dabbled in it often with an eye towards Vivian Maier.  Great contemporary photographers aren’t hard to find either - quite a few can be found around Owen’s photo salons.  I turned pro last year, scrapping with the rest of them to sell my artistic stuff.  Its been easier selling the sports and portraits.  But selling photographs is not easy."

Alan has been a wonderful addition to our community of local photographers.  As you can see here, his wide range of interests and ways of seeing often surprise and always please.  Alan may be a bit modest about his art but his pictures give us a lot to think about.

 

Click on thumbnails to see full images.

 

 

 

 

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March Photo Tip

Whether photographing a model or snapping your neighbor's kids, choosing the correct lens will insure more flattering perspective.  If your DSLR is a cropped sensor, using your zoom at 70 mm will give you a realistic view of the person's head and shoulders. The same would be true on full frame cameras at 100 mm.  Following this tip will help you escape the distortion you get when taking a selfie.

 

 

 

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