Owen Biddle Photo School June Newsletter

May 20, 2017

 

June's Abloomin'

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June  Photo Salon    

Sunday 3:00 - 4:30  June 18

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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June Photo Field Trips:

 

Morris Arboretum

Thursday, June 22    2:00 - 4:00

 

 

This Arboretum near Chestnut Hill, offers endless opportunities to explore botanical photography, from stately trees shots to intimate flower portraits.  To learn more about this beautiful site, check out this link:

Morris Arboretum 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chanticleer Estate and Garden

Sunday,  June 25   3:00 - 5:00

This stately turn-of-the-century mansion, surrounded by formal gardens, complete with a beautiful old fashioned swimming pool, offers great opportunities for photographing both intimate scenes and grand vistas.  The grounds feature unusual plantings as well as some quirky post-modern garden statuary.  Our exploration will range from the macro abstractions of flower-portraits to the wide angle perspective of deep space landscapes.  To learn more about Chanticleer check out this link:  Chanticleer Gardens

 

 

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June Three-Part Photo Workshop 

 

Flowers, Shrubs and Trees

Thursday  June 15  7:00 - 8:30   

Sunday  June 25   3:00 - 5:00  

Thursday   June 29  7:00 - 8:30 

 

So much to photograph - so little time.

This is the time of year to get outside and capture the abundant beauty of nature approaching its peak. 

Session One:  Discussion of equipment, technique and composition for getting stunning botanicals

Session Two:  Field trip to Chanticleer Gardens

Session Three:  Share your work from the intervening weeks.
Lansdowne/Radnor
Cost :  $120

 

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Student-of-the-Month: Joey DiCamillo

Here's what Joey has to say:

  ""My background is in film but recently I have become interested in photography. I learned that regardless of still or moving pictures, I have been attracted to capturing the world in frames. To tell a story is my passion and as long as I have a camera in my hand, I will continue to do just that. I have ambitious goals and am thrilled to be motivated more each day towards reaching those goals by learning more about photography."

 

Joey is one of those who come to photography with a background in the arts, and it shows!  Although he hasn't been taking DSLR photographs for very long, he already reveals a distinctive style and a sense of adventure which he applies to wide range of subject matter. 

 

 

 

Click on thumbnails to see full images.

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo Tips for Great Flower Shots!

 

Get close - Fill the frame, show the structure of the flowers.

Diffusor - Using a disc diffusor is like putting the flower in the shade, creating soft light and good color. 

Tripod - Keep it sharp.

Misting - Use a spray bottle to add tiny droplets of water that, with a macro lens become a myriad of tiny fisheye lenses. Very cool. Even without a macro, the misting adds a beautiful dewy affect.

Off-Camera Flash through Diffusor -Relight the flower with the flash, but avoid burned out highlights and harsh shadows using the diffusor.  The flash also takes care of any wind problems!

 

 

 

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Summer 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  10:00 - 11:30   6/17,  6/24,  7/1,  7/8,  7/29  (note: no class on 7/15 and 7/22)

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Fridays   7:30 - 9:00  6/16,  6/23,  6/30,  7/7,  7/14

 

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    6:00 - 7:30     6/16,  6/23,  6/30,  7/7,  7/14

 

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!

Mondays  7:00 - 8:30    7/3,  7/10,   7/24,  7/31,  8/7  (note:  no class 7/17)

 

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.

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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