CLOSED – Photo Workshop at Grand Central Terminal led by Frank T. Smith – FEB 19

This workshop is now closed to additional sign-ups as all slots and standby spots has been filled.  Confirmation notices and details will be mailed out in the coming days.  Thanks for your interest in the workshop.

Photo Workshop at Grand Central Terminal led by Frank T. Smith

When:  February 19, 2016; 9:30 AM start time

Where:  Grand Central Station, New York


The Lehigh Valley Photography Club is excited to announce a new photo workshop at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal (also known as Grand Central Station).  We are extremely lucky to have Olympus Trailblazer Frank T. Smith, a Club Member who has also volunteered to lead this workshop.

Who May Attend: All members of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club in good standing (2016 dues paid) are eligible to submit an attendance request.  YOU MUST HAVE YOUR CLUB DUES PAID FOR 2016 TO PARTICIPATE. Membership info is located at this link:

This workshop will be limited to 15 participants and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To be one of the lucky 15, please send a confirming email to: indicating your desire to participate. We will create a prioritized list based on email time stamp that will include the first 15, plus we will include 5 wait list slots.  Once your email is received, we will reply letting you know if you are accepted and/or on the waiting list.

PLEASE NOTE FOR THOSE 15 ACCEPTED: The cost of this workshop will be A NON-REFUNDABLE $20.00.  Payment details will be outlined in your confirmation email.


The tour will be curated by Danny Bruckner of Metro North Railroad and led by Frank Smith.  Frank has photographed Grand Central on numerous occasions working with Danny Bruckner.  Frank will work with participants to help them understand how he assesses shot potential, compositional options, lens choice, depth of field, shutter speeds, etc.  This is a workshop, so it’s focused on you learning technique from a master!

Skill Level Required to Participate: The workshop is for photographers at all skill levels.  Tips and teachings will help beginners, as well as advanced photographers.  Like most of our workshops, it’s important that you take the time to learn the basic functions of your camera before attending.  Shot situations during the trip will likely include:  aperture priority situations, shutter priority situations, manual exposure situations, a need to use exposure compensation, as well as use of cable release/remote and/or tripods.  You don’t have to be an expert in using all of the above, however, you will get the most benefit from the class if you at least know how to make these adjustments on your camera.

Yes, this workshop is about learning to shoot like a pro, but we will be putting you in the right spots to also capture great shots. The tour is scheduled to include: Shots in the Main Concourse, Vanderbilt Hall, the Oyster Bar Ramp, the ‘secret’ sub-basement M-42 and the Glass Catwalks above the Main Concourse.  In addition to these shoot locations, we are also working on gaining access to a few other spots rarely photographed by others, but we will keep this our surprise for now.  We expect the ‘active’ portion of this workshop to last approximately 4 hours.

Critical Logistics (when and where):  The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. on February 19, 2016 at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.  We cannot wait for late arrivals. Transportation is not being provided.  You will need to make your own arrangements. Both Transbridge & Bieber buses go in to NY/NJ Transit Authority.  We will provide a confirmation list of attendees for those who may want to coordinate travel together and/or share a cab from the bus depot.

**Please be aware that this is a high-visibility public location remote from the Lehigh Valley.  The schedule is subject to last minute changes due to security concerns; weather and other factors could affect this plan.  We will endeavor to notify you in the case of any last-minute changes.

Health Restrictions:

  • The workshop may require you to stand for some fairly long periods of time
  • The workshop will require you to climb several flights of stairs
  • Some shots may require shooting from a very low angle (on your knees)
  • At times we may have very tight space inside elevators
  • The shoot is indoors; however, your trip to Grand Central Station will be in winter.  Be aware that we are not sure at this time if we will have the options of storing your outdoor winter coats.


Once more in summary:

Workshop Summary: Indoor Architectural Photography and Candid Cityscape Photography led by Frank Smith, Olympus Trailblazer at Grand Central Terminal in New York City

How to sign up: Send an email to: with subject line: Grand Central Participant Application 

Number of participants: Maximum or 15

Photography Skill Level Required: Beginner to advanced

Cost: $20 per participant plus you must have paid your 2016 LV Photography Club dues

Time/Date of Workshop:  9:30 AM, February 19, 2016

Meet-up Location:  We will meet at the large clock in the middle of Grand Central Terminal

What to bring:

  • Camera equipment: DSLR or mirrorless camera bodies
  • Recommended lenses: wide angle and medium range lenses
  • Supplies: tripod, cable release


About the Workshop Leader:

Olympus Trailblazer Frank Smith is a self-taught photographer whose love for the craft goes back to a very early age. Decades later, Frank’s passion for photography has yet to fade and he continues to perfect his skills.

As an philanthropic photojournalist, Frank’s raw travel covers global themes, shedding light on cultural issues including regional corruption in areas including South Sudan, Haiti and Mumbai. Frank has traveled to many parts of the world with a focus on people, landscape and cultures-  telling a story through his photographs.  A large focus for Frank has been India. For the past decade he has traveled to all 4 corners of India.  Additional raw travel includes Atacama, Southwest US, Cuba, Mongolia, Bhutan & Iceland.

A native Northeasterner, Frank often focuses his lens on regional and local scenery in Pennsylvania. Frank’s work has been featured in print, exhibits, and in philanthropic awareness campaigns.

Frank inspires others through his workshops, classes and mentoring. His goal is to help others see the un-obvious and to instill the desire for creativity.


Enter the PSA Travel Division Competition!

As a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA), Lehigh Valley Photography Club is eligible to compete in PSA’s national competitions against other clubs. We’ve chosen the Travel Division contest as our first PSA competition.


Our decision to enter was made shortly before the first entry deadline, so a small group of members responded to a special call for submissions to supply us with the our Round 1 entry in November. The results are in and out of 23 clubs entered in Group B, LVPC placed 11th with a score of 62. While it sounds like we are in the middle of the pack, the reality is that we are only a few points below the 2nd and 3rd place clubs, well within striking distance for the next round! The competition includes 2 more contests, and it is time to start preparing submissions for Round 2.


Here’s what you need to know to submit to PSA Travel Division Round 2

Who:  Any 2015 paid member is eligible to submit 3 images for consideration. A total of 6 photographs will be entered on the club’s behalf, only one per photographer.

What:  The PSA Travel Division guidelines specify that “A Photo Travel image must express the feeling of a time and place and portray a land, its distinctive features or culture in its natural state. There are no geographical limitations. Close up pictures of people or objects must include distinguishable environment. Techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. All adjustments must appear natural.  Conversion to full monochrome is acceptable. Derivations, including infrared, are unacceptable.”

  • Portraits of people which do not include sufficient environment are liable to be disqualified as not meeting the concept of “place” with “distinguishable environment.”
  • Images which have been too “worked” or “processed” and no longer look like photographs are liable to be disqualified as not “appearing natural.”
  • Photos can be of any age. (They do NOT need to have been taken in the past year, for example.)
  • “Travel” images need not be limited to far away or exotic locations; suitable local and regional attractions are acceptable subjects.

When:  Entries must be sent to by midnight at the end of Sunday, January 25, 2015. Include titles for each image in your submission.

How:  Image specs are as follows:

  • JPEG format
  • Maximum size of  1.5 megabytes
  • Maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels
  • Portrait-shaped images must not be taller than 768 pixels.
  • sRGB color space

Previous winning photos can be viewed at: (Under the burgundy “PTD Interclub Competition” header, look for PHOTO TRAVEL INTERCLUB RESULTS by year and Round 1 Gallery, Round 2 Gallery, etc.)

Questions?: If you need any help with the image guidelines or theme, or have other questions, send them to

Want to help?: If you are interested in volunteering as a juror for Round 2 or future contests, please let us know by e-mailing

Congratulations to Jeffry Grim on his 2nd place finish in Round 1 for his image titled

“Night Vision in Valencia.”