Whirls, Swirls and Bubbles by Patti Larson

Join us for a fun and colorful evening and learn about photographing and processing abstract oil and water images.

Tuesday, March 15th at 7PM
LEAF Arboretum Education Center
1501 W 6th Street
Erie, PA 16505

Just one in a series of educational photography programs offered PASNWPA.

PASNWPA Oil&Water Presentation 2016



2014 NFRCC Annual Fall Workshop

Mark Bowie NFRCC Seminar

Mark Bowie

Dawn to Deep Night: Crafting Special Landscape Images

November 22nd

9AM to 4PM

Register HERE

The Niagara Frontier Region Camera Clubs present their Annual Fall Seminar at Michael’s Banquet Facility located at 4885 Southwestern Blvd (Route 20) Hamburg, NY 14075

Registration – $55    (Includes Lunch)
Please Register by Nov. 17, 2014  to insure there is a lunch provided.

Program Description

With intricate details in the landscape and sky — from the brilliant orange-golds of sunrise to the theatrical colors of sunset, the luminous blues of twilight and the otherworldy light of midnight — the latest digital technologies allow photographers to push the bounds of what can be captured with a camera.  Good field craft and attention to detail remain paramount to creating compelling images, but we also have the unprecedented ability to expand exposure latitude, depth of field and resolution into a single image for maximum impact.

Professional nature photographer Mark Bowie will lead a power-packed seminar on the innovative techniques he uses for taking landscape imagery beyond the commonplace to the extraordinary.  He’ll explore the beautiful interaction of light and subject that speaks to somewhere deep within us, and the nuances of color and composition that affect us so profoundly.  He’ll also offer strategies, tips and techniques for the field and the digital darkroom on:

  • Reading weather and shooting the light
  • Shooting at sunrise and sunset, twilight and at night
  • Photographing the night landscape in relation to the celestial skies
  • Seeing from different vantage points
  • Designing and fine-tuning powerful compositions using the principles of visual flow, dynamic tension, balance, leading lines, shapes and patterns
  • Using exposure to control mood and atmosphere
  • Determining exposure at night
  • Achieving critical focus
 day and night
  • Working creatively with your full suite of lenses
  • Varying shutter speed for artistic effect
  • Targeting color and tonal palettes
  • The artistry of long exposures
  • Creating expressionistic abstracts
  • Using Live View
  • Planning and shooting multiple exposures: layer masks, panoramas and HDR’s, star trails and time-lapse sequences
  • Focus stacking
 to maximize depth of field
  • Compositing multiple exposures with state-of-the-art software

Informative and inspiring, this seminar is geared for both amateur and advanced photographers who want to take their landscape imagery to new levels.  Join Mark for a wondrous journey to explore the possibilities from dawn to deep night.


Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer, writer and much sought after public speaker.  His work has been published internationally in books, on calendars and posters, and in advertising media.  His first two coffee table books, Adirondack Waters: Spirit of the Mountains and In Stoddard’s Footsteps: The Adirondacks Then & Now, have become landmark regional publications.  They were followed by The Adirondacks: In Celebration of the Seasons.  He is an expert on night photography and has produced two comprehensive e-books on the subject: The Light of Midnight: Photographing the Landscape at Night, and After Midnight: Night Photography by Example.  Mark is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute and leads photography workshops and seminars for camera clubs and other groups.  For more on his work, see


George Lepp Coming to Erie

GeoSunflowers_02George D. Lepp is one of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers. His passions for natural beauty, technical precision, cutting-edge technology, and environmental responsibility are revealed in his beautiful and compelling photographic images. He is also widely recognized for his unique dedication to sharing his photographic and biological knowledge with other photographers through his seminars and writing. In both realms, George Lepp is a leader in the rapidly advancing field of digital imaging.

Lepp’s images have appeared in some of the world’s most widely viewed venues and on the covers of many books and magazines, including Natural History, Car and Driver, PC Photo, and OutdoorPhotographer; at prestigious galleries and museums throughout the United States; and at the corporate headquarters of Canon USA, Eastman Kodak, and Epson America. He was chosen by Canon USA as one of the first members of its Explorers of Light program, which features the industry’s most influential photographers.

He is known for his sweeping panoramas that capture the magnificence of locations in Africa, Antarctica, the Netherlands, North and South America. His stock and assignment photography is represented by Getty, Corbis, and Photo Researchers. Lepp is regularly read in popular photographic magazines; he is the Field Editor of Digital Photo and Outdoor Photographer, where he has been a columnist for the past 28 years.

You can read more about George here or visit his website here.

George Lepp’s Innovative Techniques for Nature Photographers

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Gannon University’s Zurn Science Center, Room 104
143 W 7th St. Erie, PA  16541

Park in the free ramp on Peach St. between 7th and 8th streets.

Registration is 8:30AM
Program is 9:00AM to 3:00PM

Tickets are $35 which includes lunch. Students with current Student ID are free. Students MUST bring their Student ID to be admitted. All schools are invited to attend.

All attendees MUST register using one of the following methods:

– You can pay using the PayPal button below.
– You can pay by sending a check, made out to “Erie Photography Club,”  to Patty Raydo 7341 W Lake Rd. Fairview, PA  16415 You must include your email address or telephone number for confirmation you are registered.
– Students must register by sending an email to Patty Raydo including all participant’s first and last names and school name.

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George Lepp is sponsored by Canon, USA

Hosted by the Erie Photography Club
and the
Photographic Arts Society of NWPA

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Henri Cartier-Bresson…In His Own Words


Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) was a French photographer largely regarded as the father of photojournalism. He used, nearly exclusively, a Leica 35mm with 50mm lens (and a wide angle for a few landscapes). He painted the shiny parts with black paint to make his camera less conspicuous.

He used to be a painter until he saw a photograph by Martin Munkàcsi titled Three Boys at Lake Tanganyika, who said about it, “I suddenly understood that photography can fix eternity in a moment.”

I ran across a video called Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment produced in 1973 by Scholastic Magazines Inc. and International Center of Photography. It is a video of his images overlaid by his voice recorded for a radio interview. He avoided being photographed or filmed himself stating he was embarrassed by the notion of being photographed for being famous. However, that notion didn’t stop him earlier from appearing in two French movies before his photography career.

This video is truly a masterclass in his philosophy about photography, his thoughts and inspirations about some of his images, and an exciting immersion into this iconic photographer’s portrait, photojournalism and street photography.

Please click here to view the video. NOTE: For an unknown reason – and this may not occur on your computer or pad, but it seems to start 20 seconds in. Just click and drag the time-lapse button at the bottom of the video back to the beginning.






Alfred Stieglitz Photography Presentation


Alfred Stieglitz (January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946) was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form. He was married to painter Georgia O’Keefe.*

The Erie Art Museum owns a collection of his photographs. John Vanco, Art Museum Director, will present these black and white photographs – among other photographs in the collection – on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 o’clock in the evening.

This presentation and discussion by Mr. Vanco is open to the pubic and all are welcome. The standard museum admission fee of $7 will be collected at the door (free for EAM members). Parking is available in the Erie Insurance lot across the street.

This event is sponsored by the Photographic Arts Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Erie Photography Club.