Come to our 2016 Spring Equestrian Shoot Led by Carl Silverstein with Cat Lopez and Katie Schroder

This workshop is now FULL, We are beginning a ‘Waiting List’ for anyone else signing up for our event.  Please feel free to join this waiting list by sending an email to

This event is led by Carl Silverstein focuses on teaching youhow to photograph horses, riders on horses and models with stationary horses. In this workshop, you will learn how to work with large animals.  More specifically we will focus on horses.  You will learn techniques for portraiture, capturing the movement of the horse The goal is to teach you how to get that perfect equestrian shots, including cross country, conformation shots and dressage.

In addition to this advanced equine photography, we will also give you the chance to shoot some more creative shots.  These could include anything from extreme wide angle shots of models with flowing gowns and horses to still life shots in a working stable and barn. There will be a bunch of chickens will be running around too!

About our leader: Carl Silverstein is an experienced photographer.  His roots go back to working with a darkroom in his basement as a teen.  Carl has extensive experience with aviation and underwater photography as well as his feature work with equestrian.  Currently, when Carl is not out shooting, Carl is a returning student studying at Lehigh Carbon Community College.


Date:  May 15, 2016, weather permitting

If the forecast is not favorable 4 days prior to the event, the event will be postponed and we will try to find an alternate date.

Time:  The shoot starts promptly at 11am and will last for three hours.

Location: 105 Drift Road, Palmerton, PA

Maximum Class Size:  We are limiting class size to 20 participants on a first come, first serve basis.  You must register to attend.  THE CLASS IS NOW FULL.  IF YOU SIGN UP NOW, YOU WILL BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.

How to sign up/register to attend: The event is open to all dues paid members of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club. Please send your request to THE CLASS IS NOW FULL.  IF YOU SIGN UP NOW, YOU WILL BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.


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:

Cost:  The cost is twenty dollars ($20.00) for the session to cover cost of supplies and food/drink.  In addition, tips for the models/riders is recommended and encouraged

Recommended Photography Equipment: 

  • Recommended Lenses:
    • A lens in the 50mm to 85mm range for portraiture and still life
    • A lens in the 70mm to 200mm range for cross country/jumps
    • A wide angle lens for creative shots
    • Other Gear
      • Tripod for low light still life in the barns
      • Flash for creative shots; however, we ask that flash only be used around the animals when being supervised by your instructor

About the Models:

Our models for this shoot are willing to sign ‘model release forms’ which we will have available at the shoot.  The models would, however, like copies of your shots for promotional purposes if you are willing to share these with our models.

Cat Lopez is a New Jersey based professional model. In addition to modeling Cat has appeared in numerous TV shows. Her credits include Gotham, The Americans, The Family, Mysteries of Laura, and Law and Order SVU. She also has appeared on the big screen in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and John Wick 2. Cat will be modeling in stunning gowns while teamed with a beautiful horse(s).


Cat Lopez

Cat Lopez

Katie Schroder has had a passion for horses since she was 4 years old. Through her 18 years of riding, Katie has developed a knack for bringing out the best in any horse she rides.  She has competed in many disciplines, such as dressage, jumpers, hunters, and eventing. Eventing is based on ancient French military exercises.

Katie Schroder

Katie Schroder

PSA Nature Competition Round 1 Club Entries

Here are the LVPC entries for Round 1 of the PSA Nature Competition.  Congratulations to those whose images were chosen.  They look fantastic!  Please remember that submissions for Round 2 of the Nature Competition are due Sunday, January 3.  Get those entries ready to submit for consideration for the PSA Travel Competition as well.  Travel submissions are due November 1, 2015.

Tern and Hungry Chicks – Don SchroderTern and Hungry Chicks

Red Fox in Snow – Don Schroder

Red Fox in Snow

Lilac Breasted Roller – Buddy Eleazer

Lilac Breasted Roller

Francolin at a Watering Hole – Larry Bardawill

Francolin at a Watering Hole

Cardinal in Snowy Holly – Bob Becker

Cardinal in Snowy Holly

Willet and Red Seaweed – by Lee Levin-Friend

Willet and Red Seaweed

LVPC Event – Joe Edelman Natural Light Workshop – 10/10/15


It looks like the weather is going to bless us on Saturday and we will be able to hold the workshop without getting wet or freezing to death.


We will start at 10:00pm SHARP – so please arrive early.  (We will finish by 1:00pm sharp)

The Lehigh Valley Photography Club is excited to announce an exciting new addition to our traditional Club Activity of Group Photo Shoots for it’s paid membership.  Many of our past shoots have been ‘meet ups’ at various events occurring in the region.  Over the past years we have offered some very interesting shooting locations and many of you have taken advantage of these opportunities.  We will have more of these in the coming year

The Club’s Executive Board has been surprised at the inconsistent attendance for the varied opportunities.  For this reason, last year we sent you a survey to better understand your wants and needs.  The results are in and it was clear that while you want great photo opportunities, you also want coaching and hands on-training workshops.

While we are working to schedule more, we are extremely pleased to announce that our first workshop of the year will be Outdoor Portraiture with a demonstration and hands-on workshop by famed photographer Joe Edelman –


Here are all the details:


Who May Attend:  All dues paid members of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club.  If you are not a currently a member, you can attend if pay on line, mail payment before the event or if you bring the membership form and required dues to the event.  Membership info is located at this link:

Date:  Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Time:  10:00am until 1:00pm

Cost:  FREE – That is not a typo!

Location:  Allentown’s Cedar Creek Park –  We will meet next to the parking lot at the Allentown Parks and Recreation Office – 3000 Parkway Blvd Allentown, PA 18104 (,+3000+Parkway+Blvd,+Allentown,+PA+18104/@40.594144,-75.5129306,15z/)

Workshop DetailsOutdoor Portraiture – How to create beautiful outdoor portraits with just a simple reflector.

  • Joe Edelman will bring his “KISS IT” (Keep It Simple Stupid) approach to lighting and portraits to Cedar Creek Park for a morning of photography demonstrations and shooting opportunities.
  • The day will begin at 10:00am sharp with a one-hour demonstration from Joe to teach you the nuances of creating a great portrait in less than ideal lighting conditions (mid-day sun or over cast clouds).
  • Joe will cover everything from location selection, lens selection, composition, proper exposure, posing and lighting – using only available light and an inexpensive “Wal-Mart Reflector”.  He will also discuss how he preps his subjects for a photo shoot and the way he directs a subject during a shoot.
  • There will be 2 – 3 models on hand for you to photograph at the end of the demonstration.  We will take a quick break for lunch at noon and then continue shooting until 1:00p.m.
  • Joe will be available the entire time to mentor both photographers and models towards creating better images.

What to bring:

  • Your camera
  • A short to medium length telephoto lens.  (A 50mm can work for portraits – 75mm or higher is ideal.  I prefer to a 200mm to limit depth of field.)
  • Plenty of disks (unless of course you still use film)
  • Spare batteries (we will not have charging facilities)
  • A blanket to sit-on during the demonstration (This will also be helpful to kneel or lay on while shooting) *Please do NOT bring chairs – we will be moving around the park.
  • LUNCH – Food and refreshments will NOT be provided or available
  • Feel free to bring a portable reflector if you own one.

***NO TRIPODS – You may bring a monopod if you are not comfortable hand holding your camera.

***NO FLASH UNITS of any kind.  This is a natural lighting workshop.

Other Important Details: In the event of rain, the workshop will be rescheduled.  Be sure to check the club’s Facebook page ( or Joe Edelman’s Facebook Page ( if the weather looks questionable.  A final decision will be made no later than 9:00am on the 10th.

The models are donating their time in the hope of getting a few good photographs for their portfolios.  Understand that you will not be receiving a signed modeling release as a part of the workshop.  If you intend to use the images for self promotion or posting on any commercial web site owned by you or someone else (Facebook, Instagram, ModelMayhem, 500px, Flickr, Tumblr are all commercial websites and any website that promotes your photography is a commercial website) you MUST have a signed modeling release from the model to do so.

The models will be willing to sign a modeling release for you for a very reasonable fee of $10.00 per release.  **Come prepared with CASH.  The models will not have change and will not accept credit cards or checks.

To help us better plan, we would appreciate if you would use the comment option on the Club’s web page and/or reply on Facebook.  We want to make sure we have enough support personnel, reflectors, etc. to make this a great workshop.

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Here are a few photos from our successful shoot with Joe:

The group hears an introductory lesson from Joe prior to our natural light portrait shoot.

The group hears an introductory lesson from Joe prior to our natural light portrait shoot.

We had an amazing group of experienced models for the event.

We had an amazing group of experienced models for the event.


Photo Accessories Sale and Raffle to Benefit LVPC

Lehigh Valley Photography Club Photo Accessory Raffle and Sale

Support our club and pick up some new or slightly used accessories, most donated by photographer and photo gear reviewer, Thom Hogan.

Approximate retail price in parentheses, where known.

Raffle at our Sept. 17, 2015 Meeting—Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5                         Buy as many tickets as you like to place in the corresponding jar of the item you want.  Winners will be drawn during the meeting. Proceeds benefit 2015-2016 LVPC programs.

Hardcover art book: Road To Seeing by Dan Winters ($60)

Hardcover art book: Simply Beautiful Photographs, National Geographic  ($40)

Cavision Director’s Viewfinder VDM – 11x  300437 with case  ($155)

Mobi Slider – Glidetrack, with tripod screw mount  ($70)

MobileEdge Laptop Bag, Black ($60)

Booq Top-loading laptop bag  ($95)

Sumajin Mac Sleeve/Bag ($40)

Dell Laptop Bag, Black nylon

Think Tank – “Accelerator” shoulder strap

3 –Think Tank Camera Straps, 1- blue, 2- grey ($25)

Ickiewarez Camera/Lens Rain Hood – black canvas

Trekking Cross Back Strap/Harness ($60)

2 – Outdoor Research thick padded bottle holders, suitable for lenses ($27)

2  Nikon Lens Bag straps

Items for Sale at our September 12, 2015 Picnic & September 17, 2015 Meeting We have dozens of small items priced individually, so bring those dollar bills and take a look!

Examples of items we have priced at for $5, $2, $1 and 50 cents:

$5: Padded lens bags (a variety of brands and sizes); rain covers; Nikon SS900 cases for SB900 Speedlights (3 – $24.50); Mesh backpacks  (blue & black, red & black); Olympus Camera Straps (new, in bag);

$2: Thinly padded or unpadded lens bags (Sigma, Lumix, and more); Small camera cases by Built, Nikon Coolpix, and Samsonite; Hoodman HD1 combo for Nikon D1

$1: Compact Flash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) Card Cases; Screen Protectors

50 cents: Velcro camera bag dividers of all sizes; small straps of various sizes and types.

LVPC Picnic @ Monocacy Park

Our annual LVPC Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 17th at Monocacy Park on Illick’s Mill Rd., Bethlehem, PA. We would like to begin eating around 1:00 p.m. Please sign up on LVPC website when you decide what you will bring for the potluck. Please remember that the club always pays for the meat and drinks. We also do not need any paper goods, utensils, or condiments as Tom Snyder has graciously offered to provide them again this year.

Club hiatus and prorated memberships for new members

Please note we will not be having regular club meetings in July and August.  Our next regular meeting will be on September 18th.  We will have our club picnic in August.  More details to come on that.

If you are looking at joining the club, you can now pay a prorated amount (half the yearly rate).  This means $15 for a regular membership, $10 for seniors and students, and $22.50 for families.  If you were on the fence about joining, doesn’t that sound like a good deal to try it out?

A Note Regarding 2014 LVPC Officer Election

An open letter to the membership of the Lehigh Valley Photography Club from Club President Buddy Eleazer

According to the By-laws of the Club, we are supposed to elect new officers at our May meeting of the club.  As you may recall, by majority membership vote, we modified the Fiscal year of the club from June to June to a 1 January annual start date, but we chose to keep the election schedule unchanged.

The Executive Board of the Club is recommending that we postpone the annual election to our June meeting.  There are several reasons for this; including that a high percentage of Board members will be absent at our May meeting due to miscellaneous other commitments.  This change will have little if any effect on the day to day running of the club.  Currently:

  • The June meeting will be our annual internal Club photo competition.  This meeting always presents some free time during judging when we can discuss candidates and vote.
  • In July, the Club is always in hiatus and in August, the Club meeting is our annual picnic.  The election will not change these.
  • Regarding field shoots, upcoming gallery events at the Bethlehem City Hall (September) and at the Allentown Art Museum (November), neither of these will suffer adversely by the delays.

If you have an objection to the plan, please reply to this email.  In addition, if you would like to note a concern to the broader membership, we will allow comments at on May meeting on May 15th.

Now that I have noted the Executive Board recommendation, I’d like to give a few personal comments on the Board and on Club involvement:

I have enjoyed the pleasure of serving as President the last two terms.  I’ve enjoyed every minuted of it; however I see areas we can improve.

  • Over the past few years, the culture has changed regarding involvement in the Executive Board and Committees which aid the Board and the Club.  In the earlier years of the Club, the Monthy Program schedule was set by a committee, the Outside Events and Shoots were planned by a committee and gallery events/competitions were handled by a committee.  In the last 3 or 4 years:
    • Ed Vatza has been tasked with solely putting together programs.  Ed could not have done a better job. We’ve had excellent speakers, but it’s challenging for a single person to have all of the contacts and/or ideas to keep a fresh program line-up.  This role should be supported by a small committee.  Please consider being a nominee to lead and/or to serve on committee.
    • Rhonda Pagano has largely worked alone in scheduling our Outside Events and Field Shoots.  She has been creative and hardworking, producing many unique photo opportunities.  As the sole lead, there is pressure to actually attend every event and this is an unfair request.  Additionally, there is a lot going on in the Region and additional eyes and ears can help make sure we consider all options.  I feel this role should also be supported by a committee.  Please consider being a nominee to lead and/or to serve on committee.
    • Janet Dean has led our Gallery and Competition activity for the last year.  Janet did receive help in coordination of our Gallery show at the Sigal Museum in Easton in 2013 and also received help in selecting our nominations for the Club entered Glennie Wildlife Salon.  That said, these committees were rapidly formed for the specific event and then disbanded.  We need a team in place.  Gallery events require selection, sometimes judging, grouping of images for flow when hung, help in hanging, help in planning the reception, etc.  Please consider being a nominee to lead and/or to serve on committee.
    • You may feel you are unqualified for the above positions or you may feel the task is too much to take on.  Again, that’s why a committee approach is needed – It takes a village!  In addition, the existing leaders are not going to throw anyone into the deep water before they are ready.
      • For programs, we have been developing a certain flow of when we need inside speakers and when we need outside speakers.  We’ve also set an annual schedule for the Club photo competition meeting (June) and the annual picnic (August). This equivalent to a magazine’s ‘editorial calendar’ makes the task easier.  In addition, we have put together a tentative list of potential speakers which will make the job a bit easier for an incumbent committee and chair.
      • For Outside Events and Field Shoots – Many of these are already scheduled for the coming months.  In addition, Rhonda and our IT Chairman, Ron Shoup, have put together a data base of past shoot locations, which can also serve as future sites.
      • For the upcoming September Gallery Event at the Bethlehem City Hall, image selection will take place at our June meeting.  Folks will have all summer to frame and I’ve been assured by Janet that with support she will definitely be involved.  For our November Gallery event, we will be doing this jointly with the Hillcrest Camera Club in Phillipsburg, NJ.  Being a joint event creates a base support team.  Regarding competitions, the plan is less formed; however, the Club seems to enjoy competitions, so we do need to create a forward plan.
      • Regarding other office positions: President, Vice President, Membership, Treasurer, Secretary and Social Media/Information Technolgy:
        • We have a strong Executive Committee.  Many of these members have served multiple years in various roles.  I thank them for their service.
        • Some of the existing Executive Committee may wish to continue in the role, others may want change.  I will leave it up to those individuals as to whether to run for office again
        • I have served as President for two consecutive years.  During that time, I’ve enjoyed seeing the Club grow.  Membership is at an all-time high and financially we are in good of shape.  I believe that Precedent has it that this is as long as anyone has served before being replaced.  This is a good thing as new blood brings a fresh styles and unique ideas to the job.  I hope another member steps forward to run for the position; however I am willing to run for President one final year if no other members step forward for the position.  Please consider being a nominee and/or identifying a fellow member that would be a strong President.  This is a very important decision within our Club.

I hope everyone takes this message as it is intended.  The Club is doing great things.  We are becoming recognized regionally as the Club that helps the membership grow through workshops, speakers, field shoots and gallery events.  As I noted above diversity of ideas and membership participation in events and on committees is vital for us to stay strong and to move to an even higher level of quality.

Thank you,

Buddy Eleazer, President, Lehigh Valley Photography Club

Club Exhibition at Sigal Museum

The member exhibition entitled “Shaped by the Hand of Man” at the Sigal Museum is now open and runs until December 15th.  The opening reception will be held on November 8th from 5-8 p.m.  The flyer for the show can be viewed here.  There will be several other galleries in the area to visit during this time.

The Sigal Museum is located at 342 Northampton Street in Easton, PA.

For those with works at the Sigal exhibition, pick-up of works will be on December 19th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Sigal Museum Exhibition Reception Food/Drink Request

The upcoming club exhibition at the Sigal Museum in Easton will be held from November 2nd to December 15th.  Works are to be delivered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 1st and the opening reception will be held on November 8th from 5-8 p.m.  Volunteers are requested to help with hanging and/or by bringing food/beverages.  If you can assist with either of these, please comment on this post along with what you would be bringing if you are helping with refreshments.

Additional information for the exhibiton can be found in the earlier post here:


Submission Instructions for Club Members Photographic Exhibition at Sigal Museum

The Lehigh Valley Photography Club (LVPC) Members Photographic Exhibition, November 2nd thru December 15th at the Sigal Museum, located at 342 Northampton Street, Easton, PA

Northampton County: Shaped by the Hand of Man


The theme exhibit entries should be of or similar to photos that could be from our region. Northampton County is being defined by the ORIGINAL boundaries of PA, thus eastern PA. It is not a requirement that the images be taken in Northampton County; however the images should represent something that one could expect in our region and must include at least one element caused by the ‘hand of man’.   Subject matter could include artifacts from local native Americans, architecture of our region, fields cultivated in rows via the local farmers, images of local produce at the market, even people or products from our region, etc.  Feel free to be creative.

Each Lehigh Photography Club Member with up to date dues is allowed to submit Three (3) images. Due to the anticipated number of entries, the contest will have a two-step process.   The first step process is a “selection step” by the which the total number of entries will be down-selected to approximately 50 images.  For this step, images should be submitted as digital entries to:

It’s requested that you size the image to:

  • 1080 pixels on the short size
  • a resolution of 92 pixels/inch and
  • convert the images to the sRGB color space.
  • Name files with: Members name and Image title.  Anticipated size of completed piece would be helpful too.
  • This will decrease file size and make handling easier.  If these directions are confusing to you, upload your image as you see best and we’ll do our best to make the conversion correct.

The goal is to showcase as many member’s works as possible in this event and generally at least one work will be accepted from each member entry prior to a second selection for any member.  The images will be selected by a committee nominated by our Exhibition Chair.  The decision of this committee is final.

The owners of those ‘top images’, will be notified by October 16th that their images have been selected for the show.


  1. Paid members of Lehigh Valley Photography Club
  2. Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure.
  3. Entrant may submit a maximum of 3 entries.
  4. Digital editing and manipulation is allowed; however, final product must originate from a photographic image by you.


  1. Registration will open on October 1, 2013 (Tuesday).
  2. No Entry Fee is required but dues should be current.
  3. Digital images must be uploaded by Monday October 14, 2013, 5:00 PM.  

Please note: Due to the time constraints at this time, and if your dues are not current, or if you would like to join and enter this exhibit, you may do so.  Please note this in your submissions including a note as to how you are handling dues payment in your submission email.

then send your dues ASAP, via mail to:

Lehigh Valley Photography Club
PO Box 325
Hellertown, PA 18055

Or pay via Paypal at: THIS LINK.


All entrants with images accepted for exhibition will be notified via email.

Works should be should be hand delivered to the Sigal Museum, Easton, PA, Friday, November 1 between 10AM and 1PMThe club recognizes that this window is very tight and that some have jobs that preclude their delivering works to the museum.  To help this problem, we will also accept ready works at our regular club meeting on October 17, 2013.  We recognize this alternate date is an even shorter window for delivery, so we recommend printing to standard sizes such as 11×14 and using standard pre-cut mats and frames such as a 16×20 frame.


The selected images should be printed, matted and framed as noted below for inclusion in the gallery show.  During the Gallery showing period, works will be offered for sale to the public at a price determined by the photograph owner.  Entrant name or affiliation may be displayed on the photographic work submitted for exhibition.

  • A completed Entry Label (sent with results) must be attached to the back of each photographic work prior to delivery.
  • Outside dimension of finished work (including mount, frame, etc.) shall           not exceed 32 inches in width or height.
  • Eligible entries must be printed, mounted/framed and securely wired for hanging.  No clips or “fast frames” will be accepted.  No other forms of hanging options will be accepted.  With that, creative presentations including: framed with or without glass, framing in plexiglass, canvas prints,etc. are up to the maker’s discretion.  Works mounted on hardboard or other materials can be accepted if it can accommodate secure wiring, and also have a finished look. Mats should be white, black or neutral shades only.
  • The exhibition committee reserves the right to not accept any work not following exhibit guide lines or professional standards.


  1. The top (approximately) 50 images will be displayed from November 2 to December 15, 2013.
  2. Artist reception, November 8 from 5 until 8pm. This will be in conjunction with a downtown Easton Gallery Walk.
  3. Sales of the photographic work during the exhibition will be allowed.  Selling price of works should be determined by the image owner.  When determining pricing, please note that all sales proceeds generated during or as a result of the exhibition will be subject to a 20% commission on sales. Offering the work for sale is totally at the option of the artist.
  4. All works, whether purchased or not must remain for the duration of the exhibition and cannot be removed for any reason. No exceptions.


For those with pieces in the exhibition, pick-up of your works after the show will be on Thursday, December 19th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.


  1. Although the utmost care will be taken, LVPC, its members or affiliates assume no responsibility for any damage to or loss of any prints or photographic work during this event.
  2. Your entry acknowledges permission to have your work photographed for promotional use by InVision or LVPC.

There will be limited space and we are giving you limited time so start picking your best!

If you have any questions or concerns, email them to:  Janet Dean at