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Come photograph the Wolves with me!

This is quite the Experience! Photograph wolves, learn your settings and get to hang out with these guys for 2 hours. Also have your professional portrait taken with them, what more could you ask for? This workshop always fills up fast! It’s at a private location in New Jersey, one hour from Warminster, Pa. Details will be sent to you after signing up. We meet prior to our outing at a diner close by to go over details and settings and have a bite to eat. Scheduled for Sunday Feb. 15th 10:45 Brunch, 12:00-2:00 shoot, $80 workshop fee. To sign up call the studio at 215-672-5686 or register on our meetup site http://www.meetup.com/BucksCountyPhotographers/


Some reviews of our wolf workshop…

I woke up the next day saying….”I want to pet a wolf!” It was an amazing experience!” Julia

“Wow, I can’t believe how cool this workshop was! I learned a lot about my camera and where to set things, but I really loved having the wolves literally, right at my feet. Thank you so much Katydid!” Erin

“Thank you for getting this workshop together. Your structure was perfect. My daughter and I learned about the wolves habits, saw them in action and had our pictures taken by Kathy and they are beautiful. Love you Katydid!” Michelle

“I’ve been on a lot of photo workshops, but this one is the best! So insightful and delightful. Loved every minute of it.” George

Teen Camera Camp Week

Kids Photography CampIt’s Friday and it’s the last day of teen camp.  I am going to miss each and every one of these children! They all brought something different to the group.  And I have to say they were all very talented in their own way. I know they all enjoyed taking lots of pictures and the consensus was that close up photography was their favorite out of everything they shot.

This morning it was our field trip day and we went to a local art garden and the kids were given their assignment from me. They needed to spell out their name by searching for letters, abstract or otherwise. They did a great job and here are the results.                          SammiSammi

LellaLELLA name



Be Uniqueunique

Then it was off to Lahaska and we looked for butterflies and bees and frogs. Look what Stephen found, a frog sitting quietly  on a rock in the pond.stephenfrog

Next we looked for Composition Rules. Here are some they found.




Donna, the owner of Riah Hair Studio allowed us to take some great sunflower shots in front of her salon.



It was a great week and I can’t wait till next year!


Thursday was a super rainy day and it turned out to be a good thing as we had planned to do our Photoshop editing this day.  So we stayed inside learning how to manipulate, cutout and place the kids photos into other pictures they found on the web. They were very excited to see the end results. Here is what they accomplished.

Sammi did a kiss pose and Lella took her portrait. Sammi then made herself kiss Harry from the band One Direction.

harry loves sammi

Next Shane was holding up a stool and cut out the stool and then inserted himself holding a helicopter in front of the white house.shanes picture copyThen Lella took a jump pose and put herself floating in outer space.


This pose the girls did together in front of a blue screen and Lella cut them out and put them into a circus scene using Adobe Photoshop CS5, transformed them so it looked like they were on an angle balancing themselves onto the elephant, and then added a trapeze bar since her hands were up in the air when we took the shot. It’s amazing what ideas kids can come up with. sam and lella

Here’s the original we shot. Katydid4114

Then Stephens turn, he wanted to be inside a popular game that he plays on the computer called Mine Craft.

Stephen PS


It’s Wednesday and we started off in the studio this morning learning how to Light Paint with the kids. They all took turns, twirling the glow sticks and glo-ball and taking photographs. They learned how to accumulate light on their sensor with long exposures. Then we light painted Lella with glow sticks to outline her. Next she wrote her name in the dark with the glow ball, lots of fun.

light paint glow sticks

lightpaint person

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After lunch, we ventured outside and took some Monochrome (B&W) photos by changing out Picture Style settings in the camera. Stephen took this one of us.
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Here we are in the studio with the lights out and Stephen is holding the head of Lella. We did this by light painting with a small pen light.

Next it was time for some hard work, trying to capture water droplets and bubbles in mid-air and as they dropped and made a splash. Waterdrop4283It was a packed fun filled day! _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Catastrophe by Katydid

Catastrophe by Katydid

A great day for some fun and excitement at Teen Camera Camp Week. It’s our second day. With Adobe Photoshop helping us, the kids helped me make a Super Villan out of Sammi with flames in her hair, green skin and fist power. Stephen was being  jolted backwards from the crack in the driveway she created, Lella is being lifted from the lightning bolt that came out of Sammi, and we have Shane who was about to throw a bomb but was caught by Sammi’s explosive power (sounds like the making of a book). We took the photo in the driveway with the Canon 5D Mark II camera and 24-105mm f/4 IS lens and then it took us about 2 hours to create the final image.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Monday at camera camp, the Teens first day at Katydid Camera Week. They told me they learned a lot already, yippee, they paid attention! I told them we were going to learn to use the “P” mode first. Would they like to call it Program Mode, Professional Mode or Perfect Mode? They chose Professional Mode. Next they adjusted their ISO numbers according to the light they were about to shoot in. I started off teaching them how to shoot in dark inside areas so they understood how long exposures keep their shutter speeds open longer and gather light to make a proper exposure. They started having fun right away. Here’s an example  by Lella


Then we went on to learning to shoot fast shutter speeds and stop action with levitation photos. They each posed for each other and I combined their picks together in one photo for them. This was lots of fun for 13 year olds but I think any age would love this.


Next, we played with closeup filters on the front of the camera lens and Shane found a bee that was totally covered with pollen. It was really cool. Shane

A Butterfly landed and quickly took off but Stephen was able to grab it with his telephoto lens on his new Nikon DSLR.Stephen

Lella found these water drops on one of the elephant ears and used her close up feature  (the tulip icon) on her Kodak Easy share compact camera.lella2643

Sammi found some bees hanging out together that were barely moving. Guess it was still early for them!


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BEGINNERS DIGITAL CAMERA CLASS starts June 18th and June 25th., Tuesday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM. Great class with lots of information about how to use the dials and menu’s on your camera. DSLR and Compact cameras are welcome! Personalized instruction with Hands-on Learning. Every class is Guaranteed or your money refunded. Now’s the time to take those great shots of the kids, sports, vacations and more! Sign up on our website or call Kathy at the studio (215-672-5686). http://www.KatydidPhoto.com


New Classes Available

External Flash Photography Workshop Wednesday 5/15 6:30p.m. to 9:30p.m.     Cost: $99
Come shoot with me as I teach you how to use your flash in various modes and figure out what works best for you. I will also show how to use multiple flashes together for awesome light.

You will photograph a model outside at a local park and then head back into the studio to shoot with your flash with Kathy’s guidance.

Then to top off the night, we will review your images and do slight enhancements in Photoshop.

You will need any version of Photoshop (Elements or CS), your camera, the external flash unit(s) and your tripod (optional) .

We are going to be leaving the studio so remember to get gas and charge your flash batteries.

Photography Composition Class Tuesday 5/28 7:00-9:00 PM

Cost: $79.95

Composition One Night Class

Learn the elements that make up a great photo!

Composition refers to the arrangement of visual elements in a photo. As a photographer, you use lines, shapes, colors, tones, patterns, textures, balance, symmetry, depth, perspective, scale, and lighting to bring your images to life.

We will cover Creativity, Style, Color Balance, Simplicity, Rule of Thirds, Center of Interest, Framing, Leading Lines, Lighting, Subject Matter, Technique, Story Telling Impact and Presentation.


Teen Camera Camp Week Monday 7/29 – Friday 8/2 9am-3pm Lunch Break 12-12:45 Ages: 13 – 18

Cost: $500

Let your teen be a part of our first ever Teen Camp Week where we will explore the fundamentals of photography and where we will get creative and photograph the beautiful bucks county surroundings. With the large classroom/studio area there is nothing holding them back.

Day 1: Learn Camera Basics and other stuff

Day 2: Be Creative with composition, color and technique

Day 3: Be photographed and photograph each other

Day 4: Learn to manipulate your photos in various programs *

Day 5: Field trip to a local park, photograph flowers and wildlife**

*on Day 4 Please bring a laptop

** transportation provided

Dates: Monday 7/29 – Friday 8/2

Times: 9am-3pm Lunch Break 12-12:45

Ages: 13 – 18


Beginners Camera One Day Crash Course Saturday 5/18/13 9:30 AM- 3:30 PM, Lunch break 12-1:00

Cost: $199 per person

An all-day event to learn how to use your camera and take it off Auto. Settings, depth of field, f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO, scene modes and more will be discussed and tried. Bring your camera for hands-on learning for this fun day. Don’t let your camera intimidate you anymore!


Photoshop Elements & CS5 Beginners Monday May 6, 13, 20 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $225

Learn Photoshop’s menus, options and tools. Crop, resize, make changes and upload images. Learn how to create layers, use control keys to make effects, transform photos, adjust all color levels and then how to flatten the layers and save your image in various formats. Katydid will show you how to make general enhancements, special effects and how to create collages. Create beautiful black and white images and learn how to colorize only parts of your image for an artistic look.


Go to KatydidSchool.com to sign up!

Digital Camera Class Part 2—The End

Here at Katydid we really enjoy our classes. I am rather new to coming to them and I have seen first hand what Kathy does and the connection that she has with her students. It is really great to watch and see as people are learning. Not only are there the times that Kathy is talking about camera stuff, she also makes people laugh, and this will make people feel comfortable in her studio to ask questions and to know that they will be answered.


Last night was the last night of our four-week class Digital Camera Class Part II. This is the class where it might be the most difficult as we jump out of “program” mode and move into manual. This was then compounded with the use of a flash. I think that the student have a pretty good grasp on what they learned (check the student Facebook page).


It is sad to see these people who I have watched learn to really use their camera graduate and sent out into the world. Though we don’t just let these wonderful students go and that’s it, we want to see them grow, but we will miss their need to have candy tossed their way. I have really enjoyed myself and can’t wait to see the next class that comes though the studio.




Would you like to add some punch to your images? Then try a polarizing filter. A polarizer is the one filter every photographer should have handy for landscapes and general outdoor shooting. By reducing glare and unwanted reflections, polarized shots have richer, more saturated colors, especially in the sky. Be aware that you must turn the filter ring to where the image looks its best. Also you will lose approximately one and a half stops of light coming thru your lens. The filter is a neutral grayish color and cuts down the amount of light coming into your lens. Therefore do not leave it on when you are taking inside photos.

If you own a compact point-and-shoot camera that does not accept filters, don’t fret. My husband uses this trick. If you have a pair of quality sunglasses, then simply take them off your head and use them as your polarizing filter. Place the glasses as close to the camera lens as possible, then check their position in the LCD viewfinder to make sure you don’t have the rims in the shot. The exposure meter will read the sunglasses and your photos will look more saturated in colors, especially good for bright sunny landscape photos.

A polarizing filter is also great to cut glare when taking outdoor photos during the daytime. It cuts glare, so if you are photographing a car show and want to see the color of the car instead of the reflections on the metal, try turning the ring on the filter and you will see the glare diminish. Great for shooting thru glass and water also.

You can purchase a polarizer filter at your local camera shop or at B&H Photo thru the internet. Make sure you know your lens thread size which is shown on your lens as a #mm or look for the circle with a line thru it and that is your filter thread size. Every lens you own could be different thread sizes so be aware that you may have various thread sizes for each lens.


Easy Buttons in Photoshop Elements 9.0

Check out some EASY buttons for Photoshop Elements 9.0 http://wwwphotoshop.com/tutorials/7725