Full-day Photography Seminar “How to Create Successful Macro Images” with Mike Moats


The Photographic Arts Society of NWPA is presenting a full-day Photography Seminar
How to Create Successful Macro Images” 
Mike Moats, Award-winning Macro Photographer
Saturday, November 4, 2017 – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Gannon University, Zurn Science Center Rm 101
143 W. 7th Street, Erie PA
Cost: $59 (includes lunch)




The Photographic Arts Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania (PASNWPA) is presenting a full day seminar with award-winning macro photographer and Tamron Image Master, Mike Moats. This comprehensive Close-up/Macro Photography Instructional Photographic Seminar is designed to enhance your visionary and technical skills related to shooting close up to your subject.

Seminar seating is limited.  Reserve your spot for this high-quality seminar by sending a check in the amount of  $59 payable to ‘PASNWPA’ to Candy Felege at 9147 Francis Rd., Girard, PA 16417

You may also send an email to or call (814) 881-4241 to make a reservation.


About Mike Moats  

Mike Moats is an award-winning, professional macro photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. Mike’s love of photography, which started out as a hobby in 2001, has since evolved into a full-time business. In addition to creating his own images, Mike added “Close-up/Macro Photography” workshops into the mix in 2006, and he now also makes speaking appearances at photo conferences nationwide, leads intensive Macro Boot Camps around the country, and produces comprehensive macro videos and e-books to assist other photographers with their macro goals.

Recruited as a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team in 2006, Mike is also honored to be a Tamron “Image Master” and a Vanguard Pro. He has won numerous local, national, and international awards. Mike’s first book, Tiny Landscapes, was released in 2008, and his images and how-to articles have been published in various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best Photography, Shutterbug, PC Photo, Nature Photographer, Photo Life, Whisper in the Woods, and Michigan Fish and Game Finder; in photography collections such as the North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA’s) Expressions book and the Pure Michigan tourism companion; and in various corporate collateral, including on the Tamron USA blog and in Fujifilm newsletters.

For more information on Mike Moats, visit his website:




Charles Glatzer, Canon Explorer of Light, Coming to Erie

“Shoot bosque-golden-sunriseThe Light” Photography Seminar with Charles Glatzer

October 15, 2016 – 9:30AM to 4PM
Gannon University
Zurn Hall, Room 107 (W 7th Street)

$35 – includes lunch in cafeteria
High School and College Students are free but most be registered (see below) and have valid and current Student ID (including lunch)

Advance Registration for all participants (including students) REQUIRED

To Register:

  1. Mail a check for $35 made payable to PASNWPA to
    Patty Raydo
    7341 W Lake Rd
    Fairview, PA 16415
  2. Send email to to reserve and pay at the door
  3. Call 823-9005 to reserve and pay at the door

Seminar Description

common-loon-with-mud-puppyShoot the Light Instructional Photographic Workshops and Technical Series are comprehensive, designed to enhance your visionary skills, as well as your technical execution. Special emphasis is placed on creating images with Visual and Emotional Impact; using creative techniques, compositional elements and light to design in-camera images that are a cut above.

My success as a commercial photographer has been characterized by my ability to see and understand light. Wildlife photography is the same without exception. Light quantity, quality and direction should be assessed independently, although together they render the image. The amount of illumination determines the exposure, while the quality and direction of the light source relative to my position renders the scene and subject as viewed.cape-buffalo-copy

Being aware of the lighting direction relative to the subject will allow you to choose a camera position that will enhance your unique vision, as well as the subject. “Light Illuminates, Shadow Defines”.

Every Instructional Photographic Seminar has but one goal; offering the participant the most education for the dollar. Planned by a professional photographer for photographers, each is unique, dedicated to bringing you only the finest in photographic instruction. Our workshop schedule with new and exciting venues are sure to please even the most discerning wildlife and nature photographer.

Expand your photographic horizons. Learn to “Shoot the Light.”

Chas Glatzer


logo_shoot-the-light Chas is a Canon Explorer of Light, the group is comprised of the most influential photographers and cinematographers in the world, each a master of their creative specialty. Since founding Shoot The Light in the mid-nineties, Chas has cemented his place in the world as one of the top wildlife photographers working today. His dynamic and inspirational teaching have also made him one of the most sought after educators and speakers in his field. The depth and diversity of his background make him truly exceptional in the world of wildlife photography.

Prior to founding Shoot The Light, his illustrious career had already included work in portraits, weddings, advertising, catalog and product, editorial reportage, professional sports, and underwater photography. This diverse work experience over his 34 years as a professional photographer provides workshop participants and seminar attendees with an unparalleled resource.

snow-monkey_w2o2841Chas’ work has been celebrated internationally with over 40 prestigious awards for superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education, and service to the profession. His images are recognized internationally for their lighting, composition, and attention to detail and have appeared in many publications worldwide including National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, National Parks, Discover Diving, Smithsonian, Professional Photographer, Birder’s World, Birding, Nature Photographer, EOS, Digital PhotoPro, and many more.

japan_swan As an accomplished natural history and keynote speaker, Chas has presented at many prestigious events including Explorer’s Club NYC, Audubon, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Fuji Professional, Mid-Atlantic Photo Expo, NANPA, ASMP, CNPA, GNPA, and PPA. He also continues to serve on many judges’ panels for both national and international photographic competitions. Chas’ current Canon equipment includes multiple 1DX Mark II bodies, 5DS-R body, 7D II body, 11-24, 16-35 II, 24-70 II, 70-200 f/2.8 II, 300 f/2.8IS II, 100-400 II, 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X, 600IS II, multiple 600EX-RT flashes, 1.4x III and 2x III converters, extension tubes, and more. SanDisk Extreme Pro CF cards are used to capture images. When not behind the camera or computer, Chas can be found on the river fly fishing near his home in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.

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


Add Some Drama To Your Life


Add Some Drama To Your Life – The Essential Elements of Black & White Photography

By Terry Pytlarz

PASNWPA Program Series
7PM on Tuesday, November 17, 2015
LEAF Arboretum Education Center
1501 W 6th St.
Erie, PA 16505

Terry will present why he shoots black & white exclusively and why shooting black & white will make anyone a better color shooter. He will discuss the basic elements of all imagery and what happens when you eliminate color from your image. He will also talk about “seeing in black and white” and field notes of what to watch out for in designing your image.

While post processing is the last step in creating black & white images, it is critical – and Terry will reveal the two most important post-processing techniques he uses to create drama in his world of black and white.


Sam Abell – Canon Explorer Of Light comes to Erie

The Life of a Photograph  by Sam Abell

sam-abellBillions of images are made each day but few survive and have a life of their own. Why is this? In his talk, The Life of a Photograph, acclaimed photographer and lecturer Sam Abell entertainingly answers that question by drawing on his 30 year career as a National Geographic staff photographer. 

In fascinating step-by-step sequences Abell illuminates the process and techniques that led to the creation of some of the most recognizable and enduring images of our time. In addition Abell relates the behind-the scenes adventures–and misadventures–of his life on world-wide assignments, a life dedicated to making photographs with a strong and meaningful life.SApearslowres2

Sam Abell’s thirty-year career has been dedicated to achieving artistic expression through documentary photography. He has pursued his goals primarily through his lengthy, in-depth coverage for National Geographic magazine and its Book Division. At the same time, he has maintained a career as an artist, teacher, and author.

Sam Abell’s latest book, The Life of a Photograph, completes a set of three volumes begun in 2000 with Seeing Gardens. It was followed in 2002 with The Photographic Life.

“One of the things that I most believe in is the compose and wait philosophy of photography. It’s a very satisfying, almost spiritual way to photograph. Life isn’t’ knocking you around, life isn’t controlling you. You have picked your place, you’ve picked your scene, you’ve picked your light, you’ve done all the decision making and you are waiting for the moment to come to you….” – Sam Abell

When:  Saturday, September 12, 2015

Time:  9am to 4:30pm

Where:  Gannon University, Zurn Hall  Room 104, Erie Pa 16504 (Gannon map)

Tickets:  $35 for adults, free for college and high school students    NOTE: **price includes lunch**

STUDENTS: Email with name and school.  

NON-STUDENTS: Go to SAM ABELL SEMINAR PayPal LINK to pay by credit card via PayPal OR send a check, made payable to PASNWPA and send to Patty Raydo 7341 West Lake Rd Fairview, Pa 16415

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Paid reservations requested by September 6, 2015 to insure lunch.

For additional information call Patty at 814-823-9005

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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