Anita Bower- How I Use Textures – May 18, 2017 Speaker

Join us for our May 18 club meeting and learn about the use of textures during post processing.  Our speaker, Anita Bower will show you how the use of textures can transform your images.  She will demonstrate the use of textures on floral, nature, and landscape images using Photoshop and Lightroom.   The meeting will be held at the Banana Factory at 7:00PM.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.

Here is Anita’s biography.

I live in southwest Chester County with my husband, one cat, four hens and 15 acres. I have enjoyed photography since childhood, and took it up seriously when my homeschooled son went to college.

I am interested in photographing what is around me and what moves me emotionally: flowers, rural areas, buildings, details.

I discovered textures about eight years ago and instantly fell in love with them. I like how they change an image, add depth, focus attention on certain areas, and make the image more interesting, more painterly. They add another layer of creativity to photography—the first being taking the photo, the second being processing. Plus, they are fun to use. I enjoy the adventure of figuring out which textures will work and discovering the final image.

My work has been shown and sold at various venues in Chester and Lancaster Counties.

Richard Lewis- Finding Your Creative Voice – April 20, 2017 Speaker

For our April 20 club meeting, we will welcome Richard Lewis.   His presentation is titled, “Finding Your Creative Voice.”  The meeting will be held at the Banana Factory at 7:00PM.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.

According to Richard, the challenge for the digital photographer is to find your own unique creative voice and to be able to stand out among the thousands of photographs that are created every day. This presentation will teach you four questions you should ask yourself that will help define your type and style of photography. It will also provide several tips to help your photography stand out and be more than just another pretty picture.

Richard Lewis has been a professional and fine art photographer since the 1970’s. His earliest exposure to art came from the great landscape painters. Because of that influence, he calls his photographic style “Painting with a Camera” which involves equal effort in both creating the original digital photograph and in post processing.

Although he is known for his work as a landscape photographer, he also photographs abandoned buildings and practices iPhoneography or the art of creating photographic art by using a smartphone camera and apps.

Richard is an active blogger and speaker. He provides individual photography instruction and conducts workshops. His work has appeared in print, on the web, and is in several corporate and private art collections. Over the years he has participated in group and individual exhibitions and has been honored with numerous awards and recognition.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Henry Rowan- How To See – February 16, 2017 Speaker

The February 16 club meeting features Henry Rowan and his concept of “Non-Existent Imagery”.  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.

With the advent of digital technologies, billions of “pictures” are being taken every day and that number is growing daily. What isn’t growing in anywhere near the same proportion is the number of “photographs” being taken. So what’s the difference between a picture and a photograph and what does it take to elevate your own work?  We’ll be examining the issue and discussing two very key components that may well change the way you approach your photography on a very fundamental level. Henryrowan_headshot

The evening will use lots of images to blend Gestalt principles of composition, the thoughts of a quirky French philosopher, and Henry’s concept of “Non-Existent Imagery” into a light bulb moment that you can use immediately to make better images. The best part? You don’t have to buy anything new! Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned pro, this presentation will really give you something to think about and, hopefully, help make you a better photographer. (Oh, and if you are afraid that this is just going to be a boring technical talk you should know that not even Henry’s family thinks he’s sane so it should be fun!)

Henry is a national award-winning photographer who lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he heads the Pennsylvania Center for Photography (PCP) in Doylestown. His subject matter tends to be very eclectic and he has gained a following for his distinctive style of portraiture as well as his CameraGraphs™ which offer a unique portrayal of manscapes, nature and sports. In addition to being a working, professional photographer, Henry is a frequent lecturer throughout the region and teaches a variety of workshops.


Photographically, Henry’s style is well defined but somewhat difficult to describe. He plays with movement, light, and color in unison to create images that are easy to identify as his. The driving theme of his work is his concept of Non-Existent Imagery:

“The images I create never existed and never will exist. They are combinations of angles, colors, light, time, lenses, sensors and more, which produce images that the human eye can’t see and the human mind can’t process in real life. Unlike the photojournalist, I am not trying to capture a moment in time, but rather I am hoping to create a feeling in space that conveys the essence of the subject.”

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Many of his images are the result of hours of work and are part of his CameraGraph™ series in which post-processing plays a major role to visually construct his “reality”. After years of working with a variety of film sizes from large format to 35mm, Henry is now solely shooting digital images and utilizes Nikon professional equipment.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Joe is based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


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.


John Barclay- Master your Craft & Honor your Vision – November 17, 2016 Speaker

John Barclay will be the speaker on November 17, 2016.  The topic will be Master your Craft & Honor your Vision.  The meeting will be at 7:00PM in the Crayola Room at the Banana Factory.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.

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Vision is the unique way we each see the world. It is what gives our images focus and makes them unique to us. Mastering our craft allows us to fulfill our vision. In other words, as we learn techniques, feel more confident with our gear and master our craft, we will be able to create the images we’ve envisioned. In this lecture John will share his thoughts about vision and why it should be what drives your photography. He will also share ideas and concepts that will help you master your craft. Join John for this uplifting lecture that will leave you inspired to stay true to your vision, creating images that make your heart sing.

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Denise Ippolito-Visual Expressions – October 20, 2016 Speaker

On October 20, 2016, LVPC welcomes back Denise Ippolito.  The meeting will be at 7:00PM in the Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.


Denise Ippolito is a full time professional photographer, international workshop leader, and creative artist living in New Jersey. Most recently one of Denise’s images was selected as the “Art in Nature” Category Winner in the prestigious Nature’s Best 2015 Windland Smith Rice International Awards Competition. Her “Frigatebird Feathers” image is on display at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. In 2010 and again in 2014 Denise received a Highly Honored award in the same Nature’s Best competition. Also in 2014 one of her images was selected as part of the People’s Choice Awards Top 50 Images in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. She has also won several PSA (Photographic Society of America) awards. Her images have been published in magazines and text books, sold as greeting cards, calendars and most recently featured in a Sierra Club Documentary. Six of her images hung in the distinguished Birds of the World Exhibit featured at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Denise travels extensively presenting slide shows, lectures and seminars and teaching photography and Photoshop. Her workshops feature a variety of subjects including: avian, flower, landscape and urbex photography.

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“Visual Expressions” slide program/lecture is based on my virtual coffee table eBook. In this slide program you will find more than one hundred of my very favorite images. I have hand-chosen each and every image in this program very carefully to reflect my overall body of work. My photographs are all works of art to me in one way or another, whether they are straight out-of-camera or manipulated in post processing. I am always looking to express my thoughts and vision through my photographs. Sharing my visual expressions is what keeps me motivated as an artist.


Door Prizes:

  • 3 copies of my Visual Expressions eBook
  • One $250.00 gift certificate towards any of my upcoming workshops

Arthur Ransome-Discover Yourself Through Photography – September 15, 2016 Speaker

LVPC resumes monthly meetings on Thursday September 15, 2016 with speaker Arthur Ransome.  The meeting will be in the Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory at 7:00PM.

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Photography has the capacity to convey both subject and emotion. Whether we are photographing a friend or stranger, our pets, our backyard or a grand vista at a national park, we want our photographs to capture not only what we saw but what we felt. These feelings are personal—we are all individuals with our own thoughts, experiences and imagination—so each of us has different emotional responses to the subjects in front of our lenses. Expressing these inner feelings through photography can be a profoundly satisfying activity, one that adds depth and meaning to our lives. If our images stimulate feelings in others, our efforts even more satisfying. We want viewers (and ourselves, too) to feel an emotional relationship to the characters, places and events we photograph, and to hear the wind rustling through the leaves of the trees and feel the cold of a winter’s day. How can we get in touch with our own emotions and infuse our images with those emotions? Departing from the colorful world we live in, Arthur takes you into his black and white world to show you how he expresses his emotions photographically. And he discusses how photographic style evolves as you cultivate and grow your emotional intelligence…and “discover yourself.”

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The expression of emotion was perceived as a sign of weak character in the working class North East of England where Arthur grew up.  Motivated by a desire to share his emotions and life experiences Arthur pursued photography as his outlet.

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A relative latecomer to fine art photography, Arthur began his photographic life when scuba diving in Puerto Rico during the six years that he lived there. Scuba diving introduced Arthur to sights that he could only describe through the photographs that he made. Although moving to the Washington DC / Baltimore area in 2005 stopped the scuba diving, Arthur continued to seek imagery above sea level. Working mainly with 35mm format cameras and sometimes large format, 4×5 view cameras (slowly using up his stock of very out of date Polaroid PN 55 film), Arthur photographs the black and white world that he sees around him. Although his subject matter is varied, he chooses subjects that express emotion and a sense of time, place and being.

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Amongst others, Arthur’s work has been featured in Lenswork, B&W and Silvershotz Magazine and has been included in several exhibitions around the United States.  Arthur has published two books of his work, Lonaconing Silk Mill: Portrait of a Place and Iceland, A Journey Into Dreams.

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Arthur is an active speaker at national and international photography events as well as camera clubs. His work can be seen on his website (, where he also maintains an active blog in which he notes his feelings, thoughts and philosophy about photography.



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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