PSA Nature and Travel Presentation & LVPC Elections – June 16, 2016 Meeting

Just in time for all your summertime vacation photos, our next meeting will be a presentation of our Photographic Society of America (PSA) Nature and Travel Competition submissions and discussion about what the PSA judges are looking for—all to help us gear up for the next year of club competitions starting again in October 2016. We’ll present actual LVPC submissions and their scores, look at winning PSA Nature and Travel images, and offer an open Q&A session about judging, photographic subjects, post-processing and other topics to help build our PSA success for the coming year.

As always, the meeting will be at the Banana Factory at 7:00PM.

We’ll also hold club elections, enjoy some refreshments, and have LVPC shirts and mugs available for pick up, this last meeting before our summer hiatus until meetings resume September 15, 2016.

Fiona Keyes – May 19, 2016 Speaker

The May meeting will take place on the 19th at 7 pm at the Banana Factory. Our speaker will be Fiona Keyes.

“The best camera is the one that’s with you”, to quote Chase Jarvis. The last few years we have seen an explosion of amazing cell phone photographs, coupled with a plethora of apps.   Where does one start?! Join me as we explore a couple of camera apps, along with processing apps and few artistic apps to add a little “pop” to your photos. In this overview, we’ll review how some of the available apps are used. Take your cell phone photos to the next level and have a little fun along the way!

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Photography is seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Capturing the true essence and beauty of my subject has always intrigued me, and my love for nature continually leads me to the next micro-universe of discovery. My images represents the various colors, textures, folds and lines that I love to get lost in while admiring the world around me and have evolved into an exploration of the magnificence of detail.

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Fiona  is an avid autodidact photographer and has been concentrating on digital photography for the last several years. She is a juried Master Artisan of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, an active member of the Chester County Camera Club, Upper Uwchlan Area Camera Club, Chester County Art Association, the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and a juried artist in both the prestigious Malvern Retreat House and Daylesford Abbey Shows. Many of her images have won awards and titles of recognition including the Best in Show award for the body of work submitted for the June 2012 West Chester Plein Air competition.

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Learn About Copyright Law – March 17, 2016 Speakers

The March meeting will take place on the 17th at 7 pm at the Banana Factory. Our topic is one that impacts every photographer, copyright law.

Lawrence Husick and Adam Garson are partners with the intellectual property law firm of Lipton, Weinberger & Husick.  Both Lawrence and Adam have decades of experience advising clients, including photographers, on copyright matters.  Rob Haitmanek will recount a recent experience involving copyright infringement.  Lawrence and Adam will use Rob’s experience to talk about the basics of copyright law, copyright infringement claims, and some common misconceptions.

Chris Geminski from Tiffen Filters – February 18, 2016 Speaker

The February meeting will take place on the 18th at 7 pm at the Banana Factory.  Discover the wide variety of products which the Tiffen Company manufactures for photographers and learn how to use them to enhance your images.  Products include optical filters, digital filters, camera bags, tripods and more!  Techniques, tips and tricks, and workflow will be covered with time for questions and answers.  Products will be on hand to view as well.

Presenter Background:

Chris Geminski has been involved in the photographic & imaging industry for 25 years.  His experience includes owning a imaging lab/camera store/portrait studio, production manager for a large format printing company, professional photographer and sales rep for Konica Minolta.  As a professional photographer in the exclusive Hamptons on Long Island, NY, Chris routinely photographed many high profile events in addition to portraits, weddings, sports and architecture.  His images have been featured in advertising, magazines and a television series intro.  He currently works for the Tiffen Company as a Technical Products Specialist.  He is also an avid wildlife and landscape photographer in his free time.


Christos Karfakis – January 21, 2016 Speaker

The January meeting will take place on the 21st at 7 pm at the Banana Factory. Our speaker will be Christos Karfakis. Read on to see what this meeting has in store for you.

When Chris Karfakis was a little boy, a favorite uncle would thrust a camera in his hands and tell him to take the family pictures. That same uncle would encourage him to delve into how things function and why. Mr. Karfakis’s underlying love of photography eventually fueled a massive collection of cameras and images that have allowed him to further understand the history of an art form and the turning points in world events that are documented by photography. His fascination about how photography actually was “invented” fuels his desire to reach and inform people how photography impacts our daily lives.  Many rare and unusual cameras and images have passed through his hands over the years and he has studied them religiously to garner each speck of evolution.

Mr. Karfakis, along with some of these amazing cameras and other photographic ephemera, including daguerrotypes, tintypes, glass negatives, and other early items, will be at our next meeting on January 21, 7 PM, at the Banana Factory in Southside Bethlehem.  That DSLR you use today has quite a history behind it!  Come to our January meeting and learn more!

December 17 Meeting – Ori Steinberg – Landscape Photography

Ori is a musician, landscape and portrait photographer based in Exton, PA.

While visiting challenging locations, such as Bushkill Falls and Glen Onoko Falls in Pennsylvania, Ori has been known to hike and climb with 30 pounds of photographic gear on his back. He may explore a location for 20-30 minutes before ever taking the first shot, allowing the landscape to “direct” him. His landscape photos are realistic with minimal post processing.

Please visit to see his full collection of landscape and portrait work.


November 19 Meeting – Danielle Austen – Long Exposures in Nature

Danielle Austen is an award-winning fine art photographer specializing in intimate portraits of the environment.

Danielle received her BFA from Cornell University and worked as a graphic designer for seven years before attending the master’s program at the Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in photojournalism.

Working for newspapers and magazines, her editorial work has been published locally, regionally and nationally, including “Life’s, The Year in Pictures.” Returning to her fine art roots, she has combined her skills and training and has participated in over three dozen national and international juried exhibits, two small group shows and two solo exhibits. She was recently selected to have solo exhibit as part of the “NJ Emerging Artist Series” at the Monmouth Museum in March 2016.

This year she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and returned for a second time to Acadia National Park this fall. She previously did other residencies at the Everglades National Park and the Vermont Studio Center where she received a full fellowship.

Danielle has won awards both in her photojournalism and fine art work.
In 2013, Danielle was a national winner of Canon’s “Project Imaginat10n”
photo competition with Director Ron Howard. Celebrity director, Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, chose her winning image to help inspire his short film, “Evermore” which premiered October 2013 in NYC.

In August 2014, she was the co-creator and curator of the“NJ350 Elements” exhibit. In celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, this unique juried photography exhibit was created to represent the environment within the environment. Images of New Jersey’s nature and wildlife created by New Jersey photographers were printed on 40”x60” satin fabric and displayed outdoors around the Duke Farms Environmental Center in Hillsborough, NJ.

“We often get lost in the beauty of the majestic vistas, but I believe it’s the elements that make up these scenics that are of the greatest value. My photography reflects a desire to capture the unexpected views of the landscape that are often missed by the casual observer. As a documentary fine artist, I am bound to seek honesty in my subjects and to communicate the spirituality of the moment.  I search for what many may see as ordinary and to discover the extraordinary.”

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September 17 Meeting Speaker Change – Buddy Eleazer Nature Photography

Due to a personal emergency, Christos Karfakis will not be able to speak at this month’s meeting.  We hope to reschedule him for sometime in the future.  Saving the day, is our Event Chair, Buddy Eleazer!  He will be giving a talk on the subject of Getting More Impact from your Nature Photography. 

Buddy Eleazer is a former president of the Lehigh Valley Photographer, but he is also an international award winning wildlife and landscape photographer with 35 years of experience.  Business has led him to travel to 22 different countries on four continents.  This experience has given him a deep appreciation for many diverse cultures and a respect for the need to preserve natural habitats in all lands.

Since retiring from the ‘corporate world’, Mr. Eleazer has dedicated his efforts to sharing his appreciation of nature and travel through photography.  Several times per year, he takes small groups to regions of southern Africa to teach his photo techniques for wildlife photography.  Mr. Eleazer’s Africa photography gives one an intimate look at wildlife and creates a sense of place he refers to as ‘timeless Africa’.

Buddy’s images have been featured by Popular Photography, National Geographic and the prestigious Epson Panorama Awards.  Regionally, Mr. Eleazer’s accomplishments include works in the permanent collection at Haverford College, 2011 ‘Best of Show’ image for the Lehigh Art Alliance Photography Exhibition, 2012 Second Place Award for the Lehigh Valley Photography Open Competition, and Gallery Showing at the Salemme Gallery.  In 2009, Mr. Eleazer won the Lehigh Valley’s “Life in the Valley” photography competition and was a finalist for this award again in 2010 and 2011.

Through example photos, Buddy will present tips for achieving more impact with your nature photography.

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Following the presentation, several people asked to get a copy of my talking points.  Below is summary of points covered in the talk:

Key points from Buddy’s Presentation:

Understand the difference in constants and variables.  Use the constants, learn to anticipate using the variables

  • Constants

–      Control buttons on the camera

–      Characteristics of lens (Ex: dof of lens at given distance/f-stop)

–      Basic compositional elements

  • Sunrise/sunset
  • Rivers flow
  • Trees don’t move
  • Variables

–      Light

–      Cloud cover

–      Animal gestures

–      Camera settings: Shutter speed, aperture setting, ISO

Know your ‘base settings’ for your equipment and your subject

For Wildlife, I want:

–      Shutter Speed

  • 1/1600 sec to freeze animals
  • 1/20 sec for pan action shots to show motion

–      Aperture

  • f/5.6 or less if ‘isolating subject’
  • f/11 or greater if I want layers in focus

–      ISO

  • Specific Camera limited
  • My base setting is ISO 400

–      Canon 5D MkIII: I try to stay below ISO 3200 but will go to ISO 6400 in low light & ISO 12,800 in darkness

–      Canon 7D MkII: I try to stay below ISO 1600 but will go to ISO 3200 in very low light

Understand Compositional Elements (and when to break them)

  • Rule of thirds
  • Leading lines
  • Repetition
  • Spacing of subjects
  • Odd numbers
  • Shooting angle: Low or High Angles
  • Left to right = relaxing, right to left = tension
  • Keep it simple

–      Minimize distracting elements

Understand ‘Classic’ Wildlife Rules

  • Don’t clip the wings, feet or tail
  • Ears forward
  • Catch light in the subjects eye
  • Leave room for the subject to move into

Story Telling With Nature Photography, Remember the variety of shot options

  • Portrait

–      Head Shot

–      Full Body Shot

  • Sense of Place
  • Detail shot
  • Gesture
  • Action Shot/Pan Shots
  • Landscape and Portrait Orientation Shots
  • The only “no-no”: Don’t get caught in the habit of shooting hundreds of repetitive compositions

Additional tips for success

  • Look at the works of others:

–      Art Wolfe, Nick Brandt, Greg du Toit, Mike Nichols, Michael Poliza, Franz Lanting, Buddy Eleazer

  • Research the shooting location:

–      Sun position for time of year

–      Typical wildlife activity

  • Develop a game plan
  • Be willing to break the game plan


Ryan Hulvat – June 18, 2015 Speaker

Ryan Hulvat will talk about the business and art of making a living as a photographer in this challenging market. In the 25 years Hulvat has been in business he has survived the death of film, newspapers and the use for fee model.

CH_AOWAlways adapting, Hulvat has fought hard to make a living as both an artist and commercial photographer. Each year Hulvat has, through hard work and an insatiable hunger, reinvented himself in order to continue his avocation. Case studies of Hulvat’s reinvention will be discussed along with some of the relevant and irrelevant images created.

Find out what it takes to make a living and stay hungry.


Ryan Hulvat is a versatile photographer who brings his 25 years of experience and mastery over light to every job with an unmatched enthusiasm.

The camera is always at his side and the images lining the walls of his expansive Bethlehem, Pa., studio offer a glimpse of his breadth and depth of perspective; azure aerial vistas captured while ballooning; smiling children; heroic roustabouts, a silver-haired woman with vibrantly dancing eyes. Each project whether in the studio or on location is always a unique experience working in close collaboration with his clients and resourceful team to get exceptional images appearing effortless.

RJH_2334Hulvat has studied multiple professional disciplines and learned that being prepared for anything affords real adaptation and variation whether his clients are retail producers, restaurants, hospitals or the wedding-bound. He’s worked the commercial realm, been published in regional and national magazines and served top corporate clients.

Hulvat-4058-2In addition to his commercial photography Hulvat believes in giving back to the art and community which has enriched his life. He has taught programs in partnership with the Pasela Arts Program, Career Link, ArtsQuest, Dan’s Camera City, The City of Allentown, Northampton Community College and been a guest speaker at the Google Works, Olympus Cameras and local camera clubs.

Hulvat_-115Photography is a deceptively simple medium, Hulvat says, especially in a digital age when competent pictures are a snap. “But to take a photograph that is exceptional and deep – and to be able to do that on a consistent basis – often takes a lifetime of experience,” he says. “That’s awesome because photography is more than mastery over a physical and technological medium. Great photography draws upon who we are and the life views that we hold. It is a mirror to what we love and fear, and provides opportunities to explore subjects one might be too timid to explore without the excuse of a camera.”

Hulvat-5874-2Hulvat’s many longtime clients include: Lehigh University, Crayola, Rodale Inc., RUnner’s World, New Jersey Monthly, Lehigh Valley Good Taste, Potomac Communications, Coordinated Health, PPL Utilities.


RJH_8839From Ryan: Always looking for a new perspective, I’ve flown in a helicopter, hot air balloon, hang glider, small planes, climbed lots of trees and been on too many shaky ladders to count. I’ve seen the Eastern Shore before it was all gone. Watermen, artists, politicians, people who did things, people who made things, people who are history. Europe changed everything. Art, food, love. Yet every day is new. I’ve loved in the earth. I’ve touched a goddess. I’m nothing, I only watch, and show you what I’ve seen. I’ve drunk pirate rum and faced down racists and police horses with only a camera. I’m just lucky.

Ryan Hulvat’s studio is located on Broad Street in Bethlehem, Pa., a comfortable home away from home for any clients. We are known for personalized service and careful attention to detail. Contact us for details and availability. 610.509.8332