Axel Hildebrandt- Bird Photography – December 15, 2016 Speaker

The December 15 meeting features Bird Photography by Axel Hildebrandt.  The meeting will be held in the Banko Room at the Banana Factory at 7:00PM.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.130578072.sVUKo1LG.BaldEagle51c0049   \. Axel Hildebrandt is one of the few bird photographers who is particularly interested in taking pictures of birds in flight. Axel grew up in East Germany. After the fall of the Berlin Wall he studied in at the Humboldt University Berlin and moved to Massachusetts in the late nineties where he completed his Ph.D. in German Studies. He has been teaching at the college level at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and since 2008 at Moravian College in Bethlehem where he is an Associate Professor of German.



Axel learned photography when he was a young man, and rekindled his enthusiasm after purchasing his first DSLR in 2005 to photograph his favorite subjects, birds near his home in Northampton, Massachusetts. He quickly rose through the ranks learning from and working with other bird photographers. Axel also spent several years moderating the Birds Forum on Bird Photographers Net. You can often find him very early in the morning working along the coastline of New Jersey and Long Island looking for that perfect bird shot.


December Exhibit Opportunity for Previous LVPC Exhibitors

December Exhibit Opportunity for Previous LVPC Exhibitors

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, November 13, 2016

Are you an LVPC member who has exhibited in juried events through the club, ArtsQuest or InVision?
If so, you are being invited to enter your previously shown works for a week-long Lehigh Valley Photography Club exhibit, “The Best of Show—Lehigh Valley Photography Club Through the Years,” opening Monday, December 5, 2016 and closing Saturday, December 10th, 2016.
LVPC member and past board member Ruth Dennison has recently accepted a position as Curator for the Saucon Conservancy Galley in the Michael Heller Home in Hellertown and needs 20-30 quality pieces within a very short timeframe. She has presented the club with this exhibit opportunity that will hopefully grow into broader events open to the entire membership in the future.
Number of entries permitted: 1 to 2 per paid member of LVPC.
 Entry requirements:
·      Only pieces that have previously been juried and shown will be accepted for this exhibit
·      Only current paid members of LVPC are eligible to enter
How to enter: Send an e-mail to Michael Heller Gallery Curator Ruth Dennison at by midnight on Sunday, November 13, 2016 with the following information:
  • Your name and address
  • The title of your work(s)
  • A jpg file of each entry
  • The sale price or Not for sale (NFS) status
  • Name of gallery and show that your work was presented (e.g., 2014 InVision Photo Festival, Banana Factory)
Notification: Notification of participation in the show will be made via e-mail by November 16, 2016. Participation will be on a first-come basis with notification. All efforts will be made to accept quality framed work until the gallery space is filled. There is no guarantee that all pieces will be accepted.
Theme & Framing guidelines:
  • There is no theme requirement
  • Nudes are not permitted for this show
  • All pieces must be framed and wired. (No saw tooth hangers are     allowed.)
Delivery deadlines: 
•         Thursday, November 17, 2016 before or after the LVPC meeting. (Ruth will be available at 6:30 PM before the meeting.)
•         Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Conservancy Gallery at Michael Heller Gallery, Water Street, Hellertown, PA.  This will be the final drop off of previously juried works accepted or notified from 9am to noon.
 Fees, Commission & Prizes: 
  • There are no fees for entry, but a 35% commission fee of the sale price before taxes will be taken for each sale
  • Promotion and reception costs are being generously provided by the Saucon Conservancy Michael Heller Gallery
  • Best in Show ribbons will be presented by the Saucon Conservancy Board.
Reception: Monday, December 5, 2016 from 7 PM to 9 PM, and is open to all LVPC members in good standing, artists, and their families and friends, as well as members of the Conservancy. In the case of inclement weather, the event will take place Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
Artwork pick up: Artwork must be picked up on Sunday, December 12, 2016 from 9:00 AM to noon, unless other arrangements have been made.
 For more information: If you have any questions, contact Ruth Dennison at

2016 PSA Travel Competition Results

Here are the scores for our entries for Round #1.  As you know, the highest score is 15.  Our total for this round was 61 and we came in at 14th of 17 clubs in the competition.  Thank you to everyone who entered this round.  Travel Round #2 entries will be due by  February 5, 2017!  Please send your entries with the subject line: PSA Travel Round #2The guidelines for PSA Travel can be found here.

Church Steps, San Cristobal, Mexico- Larry Bardawil Score – 10

Church Steps, San Cristobal, Mexico

Going Home- Lee Levin-Friend – Score 9


Himba Woman, Namibia – Rob Haitmanek – Score 11

Himba woman, Namibia

Thai New Year Water Festival- Cheryl Lewis – Score  9

Thai New Year water festival

The Long Walk Home- Howard Sherer – Score 10


Village Life- Buddy Eleazer – Score 12

Village Life

2016 PSA Nature Competition Results

Here are the scores for our entries for Round #1.  As you know, the highest score is 15.  Our total for this round was 58 and we came in at 29th of 37 clubs in the competition.  Thank you to everyone who entered this round.  Nature Round #2 entries will be due by  January 1, 2017!  Please send your entries with the subject line: PSA Nature Round #2The guidelines for PSA Nature can be found here.

Bison Braving WinterLarry Bardawil    Score 10 

Bison Braving Winter

Common Tern Feeding Baby – Don Schroder   Score 12

Common Tern Feeding baby

Fourth Lake – Laurinda Rubin    Score 10

Fourth Lake

Juvenile Male Lion – Buddy Eleazer    Score 9

Juvenile Male Lion

Resting Giraffe – Larry Bardawil   Score 8

Resting Giraffe-2

Spur Winged Goose Takeoff – Buddy Eleazer    Score  9

Spur Winged Goose takeoff


Fonthill Castle Interior Workshop

Fonthill Castle Interior Workshop


Cost: $200 per person

Maximum Group Size: 9 participants per session   (EDIT NOTE: Both the November  and December 18 is full.  We have started a ‘WAIT LIST’. If interested we highly recommend you sign up with an email stating your interest to as soon as possible.)


When: We have two session dates confirmed – Sunday, Nov 27 and Sunday, Dec 18. Each workshop will begin promptly at 8:30 AM and conclude at 12:30 PM.

Where: Fonthill Castle, 525 E Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901

Who can attend: Due to space, this workshop will have limited participation and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for paid members of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club.  Find out more about joining the club at this link.

Recommended Equipment:

  • Camera with wide angle lens (approximately 12mm to 35mm full frame equivalent) and macro lens
  • Tripod
  • Cable release

About the Workshop:

Fonthill Castle is a museum in Doylestown, PA.  While many have photographed the exterior of this famous landmark, photographs of the interior are normally not allowed.  Our November speaker, John Barclay, has exclusive access to the interior for photography.

John has agreed to lead two workshops for club members at a specially discounted price of $200 per person. These limited-availability workshops normally cost $300 per person, but we will be gaining access for a savings of $100 per person. For your information, a large portion of the fee covers bringing in docents who are available to tell you about the castle as well as making sure we follow the rules. Docents will be on each of the three levels of the building.

For this workshop, we are allowed to photograph from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM in small groups of three on each level of which there are three. Tripods are allowed as long as we follow the rules with regard to moving between rooms and totally collapsing them.

Each group will have 1 hour and 15 minutes per level after which  we rotate so each group gets to photograph each level. John Barclay will move throughout the house to point out potential photographs and help with things like exposure, HDR capture and composition.


How to sign up for the event:

Since space is limited for this event,  we will fill the sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. Once both dates are filled with a maximum of 9 participants, we will create a waiting list for additional people.

If you would like to attend, please email your confirmation and the date you prefer (Nov 27 or Dec 18) to: Once you have received confirmation that space is available, you must promptly make payment. Payment can be made at our regular club meeting, via mail (please mail to: Lehigh Valley Photography Club, PO Box 1703, Bethlehem, PA 18016) or by PayPal at this link.

About our workshop leader – John Barclay

John is an award-winning freelance photographer based in Bucks County, PA. He is a passionate photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader. His inspirational program “Dream – Believe – Create” is a favorite of audiences around the country. For more, visit John’s website at



Joe Edelman- The Simple Approach to Portraits that Flatter – January 19, 2017 Speaker

The January 19 club meeting features Joe Edelman and The Simple Approach to Portraits that Flatter.  The meeting will be held in the Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory at 7:00PM.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.

This is not your parent’s portrait class!  Using his KISS IT (Keep It Simple Stupid) techniques, Joe Edelman will show us how he creates flattering portraits with simple lighting and posing techniques.  Joe will cover everything from camera and lens selection, depth of field, camera angles, composition, posing, lighting, backgrounds and more!  His talk will include a demonstration using a model and real-time video projected for the audience so that you can see these simple techniques through the camera lens.    edelman Here’s a little bit of information about Joe Edelman.  Joe Edelman “Shoots People!

He is an award winning advertising and editorial photographer, author, educator and model mentor and takes great pride in sharing his knowledge via his popular YouTube Channel:

beauty1200_0017His primary target – beautiful people!

Joe’s career has spanned four decades, from his start as a newspaper photojournalist to his work today photographing all types of people for commercial clients and working as an educator and mentor to young talented photographers.

beauty1200_0016 Joe has received both state and national awards for fashion photography as well as photojournalism in the categories of News, Feature and Sports photography.

His work has been published in magazines like Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Get Fit and Shape to name but a few. Joe has been called upon to complete assignments for both the New York Times and The Los Angeles Times and has serviced commercial advertising clients from all over the United States.

beauty1200_0015 He is best known for his photographs of beautiful women.

In addition to his role as photographer and YouTuber Joe is a popular instructor and lecturer at camera clubs, photography events, PPA events and photography workshops across the United States.  He is also an adjunct professor teaching about “The Art of Seeing” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.

Additionally, Joe has been nationally recognized as an innovator in shaping models portfolios and careers.  Simply put he advise serious models (both new and experienced) about how to market themselves.

beauty1200_0009 He is the author of the popular modeling advice website which contains loads of information and guidance for new and experienced models and well as the most comprehensive modeling agency directory online.

He is often used as a source for television stories as well as newspaper and magazine articles on the subject.

beauty1200_0002 Author, JE Bright references Joe’s writings in his book: America’s Next Top Model: Fierce Guide to Life: The Ultimate Source of Beauty, Fashion, and Model Behavior.  His work is also referenced by author Rif K. Haffar in his book: Roadmap to Stardom: How to Break into Acting in Hollywood

Joe is based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


2016 Lehigh Valley Photography Club Juried Exhibition

Please note that there have been some changes regarding delivery and hanging.  They have been noted with ***.

LOCATION: The Art Establishment, 945 Broadway, Fountain Hill, PA 18015

***EXHIBIT DATES:   Thursday, October 27, 2016 to Wednesday, November 30, 2016


  • Each paid LVPC member may submit two or three images for jurying.
  • Digital editing and manipulation is allowed, however the final product must originate from a photographic image by member.
  • There is no theme. Nudes are permitted.
  • Image cannot have previously been exhibited in any other LVPC exhibit.
  • Submission fee, $10 for up to 3 entries.  Payment can be made at our September 15, 2016 meeting, via PayPal on our Payments page, or by mailing a check to: 

Lehigh Valley Photography Club
PO Box 1703
Bethlehem, PA 18016

DEADLINE:   Sunday, September 18, 2016 by midnight

*Members will be notified with jurying results along with further  instructions starting Wednesday, September 21st, allowing 4 weeks to prepare works for exhibit. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the exhibit.


  • Requested size: 1080 pixels on the short side with a resolution of 92 pixels/inch
  • File format: JPEG and sRGB color space
  • Email submissions to:
  • Subject line of email: Art Establishment
  • Naming Files Include: Member Name, Image Title
  • Member contact info: E-mail and phone numbers(s) Intended enlargement/print size. (Important!)

Please Note:  Each submission constitutes an agreement to use selected entries for promotional purposes. If you do NOT want your image used you MUST state that with submission.

***DELIVERY:   It has been arranged that you may drop off your framed work at the October 20th club meeting.  Simply bring it to the Banana Factory and it will be transported to the Art Establishment.  If you use this option, be sure to attach your entry form to the back of your work.   In order to provide safe transport to the venue, please make sure your work is wrapped, and/or cover the glass with a piece of cardboard.   If you cannot attend the meeting, you may still drop off your work at the Art Establishment per the original schedule:                                     

  • Friday, October 21st, 5 PM – 8PM
  • Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 10AM – 2PM.

***INSTALLATION: Tuesday & Wednesday, October 25th & 26th (Email Janet Dean if you wish to help.)

RECEPTION: Friday, November 4th, 7PM – 10PM

PICK-UP: Thursday, December 1st, 10 AM – 8PM


  • All photos must be matted and framed with glass or Plexiglas, with the exception of images printed on canvas, metal or board substrates.
  • Finished  size (outside  dimension) cannot be smaller than 11×14 or larger than
  • 24” x 30”. (Image no smaller than 8×10).
  • Mats must be of at least 4-ply thickness (no paper mats) and neutral shades, such as white, ivory, gray or black. (Color and textured mats are allowed in the mat core or inside reveal of double mats only.)
  • All pieces must be wired and ready to hang.
  • Frames must be a simple style of sturdy metal or wood. No plastic, clip, poster or similar frames will be allowed. Damaged frames, cracked or broken glass or poorly cut mats, etc. will not be accepted/shown unless corrected and resubmitted before the public opening.
  • A copy of the registration form must be attached to the back upper left of the work. (Registration forms will be sent with acceptance letter and also available at drop-off.)

Please contact  Exhibition Chairperson, Janet Dean, preferably at or 610-739-1468 if interested in serving  on the exhibition committee or if you have any questions regarding exhibition, instructions, guidelines, framing  or presentation of your work. Please do not call the Art Establishment with your questions.

The exhibition committee reserves the right to refuse any submissions that do not follow guidelines or professional standards, and we cannot guarantee that all members will be accepted into the exhibit.

Harold Ross- Sculpting With Light – March 16, 2017 Speaker

On March 16, 2017, join noted photographer Harold Ross for a presentation on Sculpting with Light, a technique that he has been perfecting for almost 30 years.  The meeting will take place at 7:00PM at the Banana Factory.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.

Harold will show you how his photographic methods using light painting can transform the ordinary into the remarkable. Using very few and very inexpensive lighting tools, Harold reveals extraordinary detail, shape, and dimension in his subjects, and reveals aspects that can’t be seen in ordinary lighting.


Harold will explain what Sculpting with Light means to him, as well as the advantages of light painting in still life and landscape photography. In reviewing some of his work, he will explain lighting theory with his Six Principles of Lighting and how these principles work in practice. Harold will also touch on the powerful yet simple post production techniques he employs.

Burnt Offerings #1 This will be an information-packed program. Be prepared to be inspired!

See Harold’s work at:

See Harold’s blog, with lots of technical information at:


After graduating from the Maryland Institute of College of Art (MICA) in 1978, Harold produced photographic fine art and taught photography at the college level for several years. He opened a studio 29 years ago, and for over 25 of those years, light painting has been the only method of lighting that he’s used. (He refers to his process as “Sculpting with Light.”) During that time, Harold has been creating distinctive work in the studio as well as in the night landscape.

Forest Path, Maine

He also teaches workshops in light painting and regularly gives lectures on his process. In 2011, Harold was invited to participate in an exhibition of landscape photography in Inner Mongolia, China along with 10 other American and 20 Chinese photographers.  He was also chosen as one of four photographers to exhibit in the inaugural FRESH 2011, at Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.


His large scale color work has been exhibited, collected  and published in the U.S. and internationally in Photo China Magazine, the Italian magazine Progresso Fotografico and the Ukrainian magazine Ukraine Photographer, as well as several other European magazines. Here at home, his work was featured in LensWork #93, LensWork #121 and Professional Photographer Magazine, among others. Digital publications include The New York Times LENS, Boing Boing, aCurator, LENSCRATCH, Colossal, Photigy, Luminous Landscape, and more.

Gallery representation: Susan Spiritus Gallery, CA., and High Noon Gallery, Beijing.

Harold lives in Lancaster County, PA, where he produces work and teaches workshops in his process.

PSA Nature Photography Competition Guidelines

Lehigh Valley Photography Club & Photographic Society of America (PSA)  2016-2017 Interclub Nature Photography Contest Guidelines

The PSA Interclub competitions pit us against other PSA member clubs and are open to all paid LVPC members.  Lee Levin-Friend is serving as our PSA Club Rep & Competition Chairperson.

Member Deadlines

  • Round 1: Midnight, Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • Round 2: Midnight, Sunday, January 1, 2017
  • Round 3: Midnight, Sunday, April 3, 2017

 PSA Nature Definition

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of nature history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighted more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans or where those human elements are in situations depicting nature forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

 Nature Entry Highlights

  • Submissions: Three images can be entered per round and should be e-mailed to by midnight on the Member Submissions Due date shown above
  • Reprint permission: Entry assumes we have your permission to feature your photo with credit on our website, closed Facebook group, club e-mail messages or press releases. If you do not approve of one or more of these uses, please notify us at the time of your entry. Entry also assumes that PSA scores for your work can be shared with fellow club competitors and members
  • Format & size: JPG only with Adobe RGB or sRGB color space. Maximum allowed dimensions are 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels high. Images should not exceed 1.7 MB
  • Camera type: Photos may be taken digitally, or on film and scanned
  • Filenames: Should include your first and last name and title. Titles of photos that make it through LVPC judging will be read aloud during PSA judging, so make them descriptive and stay away from “cute” titles. “Micronesian Kingfisher” is better than “Orange and Blue Bird.”
  • Allowable post processing: Enhancements and modifications that improve the presentation of the image, but don’t change the truth of the original natural story. Natural-looking HDR, focus stacking, dodging and burning, cropping.
  • Unacceptable post processing: Removing pictorial elements other than by cropping, combining pictorial elements from separate images or rearranging elements.

For examples of past winning images, see:

PSA Travel Photography Competition Guidelines

2016-2017 PSA Travel Photography Competition Guidelines

Photographic Society of America (PSA) Inter-Club competitions pit us against other PSA member clubs and are open to all paid LVPC members. Lee Levin-Friend is serving as our PSA Club Rep & Competition Chairperson.

 LVPC Member Entry Due Dates

  • Travel Round 1:  Midnight, Sun, November 6, 2016
  • Travel Round 2:  Midnight, Sunday, February 5, 2017
  • Travel Round 3:  Midnight, Sunday, May 7, 2017

PSA Travel Definition

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographical limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

Travel Entry Highlights

  • Submissions: Three travel images can be entered per round and should be e-mailed to by midnight on the Member Submissions Due date shown above. Please include “PSA Travel” or a similar wording in your subject line
  • Reprint permission: Entry assumes we have your permission to feature your photo with credit on our website, closed Facebook group, club e-mail messages or press releases. If you do not approve of one or more of these uses, notify us at the time of your entry. It also assumes that PSA scores awarded to your work can be shared with fellow club competitors and members
  • Format & size: JPG in sRGB color space. Maximum dimensions are 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels high. Portrait-oriented images cannot exceed 768 pixels high.  File size should be 1.5 MB or less
  • Filenames: Should include your first and last name and unique descriptive title.
  • Portraits: Images of people which do not include sufficient environment are liable to be disqualified as not meeting the concept of “place” with “distinguishable environment.”
  • Post processing: Images which have been too “worked” or “processed” are liable to be disqualified or receive low scores as not “appearing natural”
  • Age of photo: Photos can be of any age. They do NOT need to have been taken in the past year.
  • Locations/Subjects: Don’t forget Pennsylvania’s special charms! “Travel” images need not be limited to far away or exotic locations; suitable local and regional attractions are welcome
  • Examples of Prize Winning PSA Entries in Years Past

For links to top-scoring PSA Travel photos from previous years and other information, see: