Owen Biddle Photo School April Newsletter

March 23, 2017

 

 

Marco Photography, Small Wonders

"To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower" William Blake

The world abounds in countless small wonders that most of the time we don't even notice, let alone pause to capture. But with your camera and a macro lens you can enter this fascinating realm and return with magical pictures.  Watch out bugs and flowers and all those hidden tiny beauties.... here we come! Smile!

 

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April Photo Salon    

Sunday 3:00 - 4:30  April 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!

 

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April Photo Field Trips:

Jenkins Arboretum

Sunday, April 9  2:00 - 4:00

Come to this charming arboretum to take pictures of a vast variety of local flora (and maybe some bugs too!). It is an ideal spot to try out some Macro Photography. We will spend time at the large pond, which, surrounded by reeds and other types of vegetation, offers some really lovely vistas.

Location: Radnor.

Jenkins Arboretum    

 

Barnes Arboretum

Sunday, April 30   2:00 - 4:00

The Barnes Arboretum in Merion, Pennsylvania, a mere 8 miles from the city, is another place to practice your macro skills - or just take beautiful images of early spring. If Albert Barnes expressed his passion through art appreciation, his wife, Laura, expressed hers through the cultivation of beautiful plants in stunning gardens.  Come celebrate the season in this hidden treasure.

Location, Merion

Barnes Arboretum

 

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April Three-Part Photo Workshop 

 

Marcro Photography for the Spring

Thursdays  7:00 - 8:30 


4/13,  4/20,  4/27
The world abounds in countless small wonders that most of the time we don't even notice, let alone pause to capture. But with your camera and a macro lens you can enter this fascinating realm and return with magical pictures. Learn to tame that clumsy tripod (no more punctured spider webs!). Some of the topics covered will be: ball heads, focusing rails, bellows, extensions tubes, teleconverters, diopters (close-up lenses) and lens stacking. (You don't need to own all of this equipment. A good macro lens is all that is really required. You will learn to switch and substitute these other accessories as needed) Watch out bugs and flowers and all those hidden tiny beauties.... here we come! Smile!

Session One:  a discussion of equipment and technical matters.

Session Two:  In-the-field instruction at Pennock Woods, Lansdowen

Session Three:  Students share work and receive feedback
Location:  Lansdowne
Cost :  $120

 

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Photographer-of-the-Month: Owen Biddle

Here's what Owen has to say:

   "Though admittedly not macro, these close ups of nature were shot with Nikons and Canons using pretty ordinary lenses, like 35 mm - 105 mm used at their closest focus at telephoto settings.  I didn't even need a tripod.  The lesson?  There's no excuse not to get out there and get up close and personal with all beauty that is unfolding in front of us right now.

    I love color and light which is part of any kind of photography, but when I have the opportunity to take flowers and leaves, it's hard not to go crazy with the beautiful shapes and shades."

 

 

Click on thumbnails to see full images.

 

 

 

 

 

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April Photo Tips

Marcro Photography:  Flowers, Insects, Leaves, Fungi etc.

Equipment:
1.A tripod to allow for longer shutter speeds, and more precise framing and focus.
2. Professionals use a macro lense, but you can start with a much less expensive close-up or diopter supplementary lens which screws onto your existing lens.  It works like a magnifying glass in front of your lens.  Better with a 55 to 200 mm zoom, rather than 18 to 55 mm lens.  The longer lens will give you sharper focus and more working distance (i.e. you can be further from your subject and get the same magnification - good for not scaring away that butterfly).
3.  A wireless remote control for the camera (about $20).  Saves you from touching the tripod when you shoot.
4.  Polarizing filter (Polarizer) for really sunny days.

Shooting Tips:
1.  Zoom between 70 and 100 mm
2.  Set your lens manually to the closest focus
3.   Depending on how much you need the background to blur, use F 8 or F 11.  This should   
      give you pictures about half life size.
4.  In manual focus move the camera backwards and forwards until the focus light comes on.  Sometimes a focusing rail on the top of the tripod helps you move the whole camera closer and further away.
5.  You can avoid glare by using a polarizing filter.
6.  Metering mode.  If you're shooting against the light, ( for beautiful rim light), your matrix meter setting may not give you a good exposure.  Try spot metering to get a better result.
  Otherwise, use your matrix metering, which is your default setting.  (Canon calls it evaluative metering).
7.  Black and white shots can accentuate the abstract features of line, shape, texture and form.
8.  For color shots, make the color count!

 

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Upcoming DSLR Fundamentals Classes  for Spring
 

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  11:30 - 1:00  4/15,  4/22,  4/29,  5/6,  5/13

or

Mondays  7:00 - 8:30   4/17,  4/24,  5/1,  5/6,  5/13

 

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    4/22,  4/29,  5/6,  5/13. 5/20

 

 

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!

Saturdays  1:00 - 2:30    4/22,  4/29,  5/6,  5/13, 5/20

 

Fundamentals 4:  Lighting Across the Genres 

TBA

 

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

TBA

 

 

 

 

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