Photography Classes at Katydid Photography in Bucks County, Philadelphia, and surrounding areas

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Beginners Digital Camera Class (4 weeks plus field trip)

You will learn how to master your digital camera. Learn to understand what each function on your camera is and more importantly what it does. Not only will we explore the buttons and dials, we will cover proper exposure using ISO, f-stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, lenses, flash and composition. Discover how to stop the action of sports photos and learn how to take beautiful portraits of your loved ones. Hands-on instruction during each class.
All Classes include written instructions and our famous Laminated Cheat Sheet created by Katydid just for you!
Includes an Outdoor Field Trip for 2 hrs, on a weekend of your choice.

Class session dates are:

Dates: Tuesday, May 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017
Times: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Dates: Tuesday, June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017
Times: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
or choose these dates

Dates: Monday, July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 2017
Times: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

NOTE: We schedule this class all year long. More dates will be posted for each month as it gets closer to the month.
Location: 363 W. Bristol Road, Warminster, PA 18974

“Our Most Popular Class”

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Natural Light Portrait & Posing class

Photograph REAL models in this class!

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Join Kathy Peoples, professional photographer as she shares and teaches her skill of 30 years.
9:00 am start in Katydid Photography’s large indoor studio.
Enjoy learning about the ins and outs of posing men, women and children. See images of how families are arranged for best poses and light. Also learn how composition plays an important role in portrait photography.
10:15 Get to personally know your model.
10:30 SEE THE LIGHT outdoors. Watch as Kathy explains how to find and meter the perfect lighting. Learn how to utilize reflectors and how to pose your model. Students will have time to shoot and practice photographing our model.

Dates: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

Raindate: Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Lunch and Learn Saturday!

Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00-12:00 pm Free lunch included at noon.
Cost: $20 Per Person

What you’ll learn:

  • • The F-stops here (use of f-stops for blurry background and sharp backgrounds)
  • • What is an ISO and how do I use it to control the exposure?
  • • Shutter Speed Control (stop action so there’s no more blurry pictures)
  • • To zoom or not to zoom (prime lens vs. zoom lenses)
  • • Scene modes vs. auto control
  • • People and portraits (tips and posing)
  • • Get creative with B&W, Sepia and other settings on your camera

• P, S, Tv, A, Av modes (what do these all mean and which do I use?)

Location: Katydid’s Photography Studio, 363 W. Bristol Road, Warminster, PA 18974

Questions, call 215-672-5686 or email us at KatydidPhotography@comcast.net .

Sign up for Lunch and Learn here


Cell Phone Photography Workshop
Learn how to capture a masterpiece with your cellphone! We will discuss • how to get the exposure right on your cell phone • composition and the different rules • using the light in front of you • how to enhance the color of your photos • how to manipulate your photos using free Apps.
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017

To sign up Contact: Parks and Recreation Coordinator Plumstead Township, PO Box 387, 5186 Stump Road, Plumsteadville, PA 18949. (215) 766-8914 x201 plumsteadparks@plumstead.gov

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

Price: $29.99

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Adobe Lightroom CC class

Hands-on Learning is the Best! We will be working on your own images and learning how to import, organize, enhance and upload your final images. You will also have time to use and practice the retouching buttons that are amazing in this program!

Get your photos organized! Create stunning images with a variety of editing skills you will learn. Learn to make put a copyright on your photos before you export them. Once you start with it, you’ll be hooked!

Dates: Monday, May 8, 15, 22, 2017

Duration: Three consecutive night classes

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost: $174.99

Location: 363 W Bristol Road, Warminster, PA 18974

Learn the in’s and out’s of Lightroom 6, a great program.

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Come out to get your photo with Jungle Joes Wild life!

Come out to our ‘Spring Fling’ event, and have you and your child’s pictures taken with ‘Jungle Joe’ and his wild companions! ‘Jungle Joe’s Wildlife Adventure’ traveling zoo, will be attending the Spring Fling event and putting on shows throughout the day. Photoshoot opportunities by Katydid with his exotic animals will also be available throughout the day!

Event link below:

Spring Fling facebook event link

 

Hidden Waterfalls, Lower Bucks County

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Come out with me and photograph a hidden waterfall, Up close and personal. You’ll be on dry land and right in front of the waterfalls. Bring your tripod, polarizer or neutral density filters. We will be using slow shutter speeds to create romantic dreamy photos. We’ll also be using super fast shutter speeds to stop the action of the waterfalls for a crisp, clean look.

This workshop is limited to 10 people. I have scouted out locations for our workshop and this one is fantastic! I will teach how to use Shutter Priority (S, Tv) and Manual Modes. Also how to work with ND/or Polarizer filters correctly and focus. We will also be using Histograms, Metering and White Balance for great results.

Wear hiking boots. We will be walking thru a small muddy area.

Date: Sat. March 18, 2017.

Time: 9:00-10:00 am

Price: $49.99

Specific directions will be emailed to you after signing up. Please send your email address and cell # to katydid photograph@comcast.net

Sign up here!

or email me at katydidphotography@comcast.net

Lindsey Joins the Katydid team!

We wanted to introduce a new intern that has joined our Katydid Photography team. Lindsey has always had a passion and love for photography but never took it further than her high school classes and iPhone pictures! She is doing a career change and decided that being a photographer would be an amazing choice for her. She purchased a Nikon D5500 DSLR and is taking classes with Katydid photography to master her camera and her passion.

Lindsey loves all forms of photography but loves to photograph babies, children, families, pets/animals and food! We can’t wait to see what Lindsey learns here at Katydid! Lindsey will soon be offering a free photoshoot opportunity to get some experience here at our Katydid studio. Stay tuned for details!

Comment below to welcome Lindsey. She will be taking the beginners photography class starting tonight, March 2nd, 7-9pm!  Call me to join us tonight or any of our other classes.

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Take a better selfie with these tips…

Did you know you could take a better selfie with your built-in self timer?
Here’s how to set a self-timer in the camera app in iOS 8 on iPhone & iPad: Open the Camera app (Self-timer is available for Photo and Square mode only (not for video or Time-lapse)) Tap on the timer icon near the shutter. On the iPad, the timer icon is above the shutter, near the HDR option. Woohoo!

An easy way to fix this is to zoom in on your phone just slightly (zooming in too much will reduce detail in the shot) and hold the camera far away from your face.  Now your features look proportionate and you decluttered the background!

When taking a selfie, you generally have two options: Hold the camera with one hand or two hands. While using two hands is easier because you can hold the camera with one hand and push the shutter release button with the other, you have to be more careful not to cover up the lens.

If you use both hands and pull the camera away from your body, your arms can act as a frame.

Pose in an area with beautiful lighting –either inside near a window or outside. Gorgeous lighting = a more flattering selfie. How will you know if the lighting looks good on your face? Hold the phone in front of your face and turn the camera, so you can see yourself. Look at the lighting at that moment. Now, turn 90 degrees. Make note of the lighting. Glance at the background. Turn 90 degrees again. Note the lighting and background. Keep turning until you’re back where you started. Chances are, you will have found a spot with excellent lighting and a decent background. If not, either move to another space or try again at a different time of day. What’s the best time of day to shoot? Ideally, during the magic hour! (The magic hour is actually two hours—one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset).

Holding your camera with one hand is more common, but a little trickier to keep it steady and take a photo. With the iPhone, you can quickly and easily take a picture by hitting either the shutter release button or one of the volume buttons.

To completely remove any double chin in your photo, and to accentuate your jaw line, extend your neck forward.  This may feel funny, but it will dramatically improve how you look in the photo.  Also, shoot from above. Raise the camera slightly above you and then look up to even further accentuate the jaw.

One way to really make your selfies stick out is to get rid of the cheesy ‘extended arm in the photo” look.  I know it seems weird to use a selfie stick at first, but there’s a reason you see them all over the place–they make the photos look really good!

There are two basic types of selfie sticks–wired and Bluetooth.  I much prefer the Bluetooth variety.  It’s really simple to connect and then you don’t have to constantly stick the cord in and out of the phone every time you want to take a picture.  Bluetooth is much faster.

If you want to get an actually GOOD selfie stick, the good news is that the price has come way down.  You can get this one from Improve Photography on Amazon for just $9.99.

How Composition will improve your picture taking skills

There’s always places to take some beautiful scenery pictures in Bucks County, PA and surrounding areas no matter what time of year it is!

snow and ice on property

You’ll find lots of windy roads throughout beautiful Bucks County, Pa.  Start learning to really see as an artist when you look thru your camera and compose an image. Composition is all about keeping your viewer of your photograph engaged enough to stay a while and enjoy the image you produced.

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One great rule of composition is LINES. Lines lead your viewer into your photograph. Lines can be straight and dynamic or soft and curvy. Use lines such as roads, paths, streams to lead you to the main subject toward the end of the line. Your main subject could even be your family posing for a holiday card.

There are many covered bridges, barns, historic building, etc. in Bucks County. Why not try out the popular “Rule of Thirds” when taking landscape photos? Here’s how it works…picture a tic, tac, toe grid with 4 intersecting points where the lines meet. When shooting landscapes, place your horizon line on the top or bottom 1/3 grid line (by using your camera in LiveView mode you will usually have the grid show up to help you out). If you were to place the horizon line in the center when using this rule, it would make your photo become boring as if it was cut in half. When you place your main subject in one of the 4 intersecting points in this rule, you have now utilized the rule of thirds to its fullest.

ice-katydid-0976Do you like taking close-ups of flowers, leaves or bugs? Try out the “Rule of Simplicity”. Make an impact by getting in close and fill the frame with your subject. This rule is pretty simple!

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This time of year, the” Rule of Framing” can work very well. Set up your photo by placing your subjects in the background only. Your frame work is in the foreground. However, make sure to have your frame on at least 2 edges of your photograph. It may be a tree and branches hanging over the top and side of your frame. It could also be an archway that you are using as your frame and a building is in the background that you want to show off.

winter-katydid_3876Balance is also a rule of composition. Mainly remember with this rule to make your viewer feel at ease when looking at your image. If you’ve shot your photo on an angle and your viewer has to turn their head to look at, that it means it is not well balanced. If you can split an image into two images, then it will take away from being well balanced also.

Mergers are also an important part of composition rules. Watch for trees and telephone poles growing out of heads and other distracting elements that you may not have noticed right away.

Keep up the good work by practicing and trying out these rules of composition. You can check out Katydid Photography’s blog posts and photos at http://www.KatydidPhotography.com.

by Kathy Peoples