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Photography Tips For Beginners : Keep your Camera with you at ALL times!

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Some of the best pictures happen when you least expect them. A candid of a child that captures them just the way they are. A picture of an animal in its environment. Sometimes you never know when the right moment will hit or when something will catch your eye. If you keep your photo equipment really simple, just your bag and camera, you will be ready to go. Your cell phone can work too. Just take a picture to remember a location that you want to return to at a later time.

Chris Joins the Katydid Photography Team

CLC_9592_CLind_4x6 Katydid Photography Studio is happy to announce the newest member of its team, Chris Lind!

A word from Chris: Hello, I am so excited to be here at Katydid Photography!

From the moment I could flip the pages of magazines, I have been captivated by images. By 1996, I realized that photography was a passion while holding a cardboard camera, and by 1999, I had built my first darkroom in a small bathroom. While the process of making a photograph has come a long way since then, I find that making images is still a celebration of life, of beauty, and of the journey.

Kathy is a master of her craft and dedicated to beautiful, quality portraiture. Did I mention that her photo classes are informative and fun? (Yes, you can enjoy learning to take your camera off auto!)  Kathy puts her heart into all things photography. She cares about her clients and that shows! I am happy to be here at Katydid Photography, and I hope that we can help you celebrate all that’s beautiful in your journey!


Photo Experience at Cuttaloossa Farm

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Unique Photo Experience Sat. Oct. 19, 2013. Held at CUTTALOOSA Farm in New Hope, Pa (designed after Monet paintings). Workshop with Kathy Peoples. Get on the grounds, see the Artist Studio, shoot from angles you’ve never been able to before! Two sessions available. 9:00-11:00 (including feeding the animals…adorable babydoll sheep, roosters, etc.) and 11:00-1:00. $99.00/session. Add $50 for Image processing instruction and help from 5:00-7:00 at Katydid Photography Studio for a fun night, pizza included! Contact Kathy 215-672-5686. http://www.Katydidphoto.com

The Signature Storyboard of a Loving Family


Over the weekend, I was very fortunate and got to know a family with 3 lovely children. I spent Sat. evening with them as they relaxed and got into their jammies and then the entire day on Sunday with them at their house and on the beach. pj kidsjpg

They were on vacation at the family seashore home that their grandparents owned. Dan-Dan is just about to turn 3, Zoey 5 and Alice 7. They were well behaved, especially loved their Mimi and were energetic as children are. I took some candids as they interacted with the family and then did some closeups of each individual child so they all had their special time in front of the camera. Katydid 3273

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There was plenty of sunshine coming thru the windows so I was able to shoot quietly without disturbing the natural goings-on of the day.  It didn’t bother them as I was shooting in the house as they went along with their daily routine. It was good to do some photos inside, we had some nice soft window light bouncing around and the best part is it is a more controlled environment where I can get kids total attention and we all know that can sometimes be difficult. I find there are always children who won’t look directly at you even though they try to cooperate with you but if you’re patient, you will get great results.  TP3314

Then it was off to the beach for some group shots of the three of them. When taking photos, I try to let them be themselves and then add just a touch of posing and lighting to their story. I don’t mind if parents help out a little but I need to stay focused and concentrate on posing, depth of field, lighting and then of course, expression! The childrens mommy was great in asking them to say some funny things that she knew were things that generally weren’t said around the house. I thought this was a great idea and there were no bad words, just words you wouldn’t want them to say at the dinner table. This session didn’t last long as most of you reading this know how bad the heat and humidity have been here on the East Coast this summer. But all in all it was well worth venturing out to the bay for photos and the kids got to see a part of the ocean they weren’t familiar with and explore. Katydid3437


I’ve often thought of offering my services like this to families that could afford to keep me at their residence for a few days or longer. How great would it be to really capture every day family life and all the little nuances that happen. I know parents take a lot of photos of their family today because of the digital technology, but are they present in the story? Usually not, they’re behind the camera.                                                                                                                 If you would like to share your family with me, I would be honored to photograph them. Feel free to contact me.  Live life to its fullest!                        Warmly, Kathy Peoples

Look who’s turning 1!

We captured her big day for her! Baby portraits outside are great when your child can sit up and we have 3 acres here at Katydid Photography Studio for your little one to enjoy. Have your child bring their smiles and we will bring you wonderful photographs!
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It’s a SPECIAL Price for those who can do a last minute class at Katydid Photography Studio…

• You’ll Learn what you can do with Your Camera to be in control
• Stop getting blurry or dark pictures
• Learn how to use P, S and A features
• Be in control of Depth of Field for out of focus backgrounds
• Stop Motion for sports games and more
• Learn what equipment works the best for your needs
CameraClass Special
This CLASS Special is for Wed. May 22 and May 29
                              7:00-9:00 pm
Both classes for $75 (regular price $129)
$AVE Now by calling to reserve your seat
or email me at katydidphotograph@comcast.net
Classes taught by Certified Professional Photographer
Kathy Peoples
Katydid Photography Studio
363 W. Bristol Rd.
Warminster, Pa 18974

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.



Beginners Digital Camera Class Starting in Feb.

Take your camera OFF Auto! 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. A separate weekend field trip is included to try out all your new skills. 

Times: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
4 week sessions (once a week class) and a weekend field trip included
Cost: $249 complete with instructions and laminated camera cheat sheet 

Class Dates: Wed. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Tues. Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 19



Have a fun filled Photo Christmas!

Have you wondered how to take great pics of your Christmas tree? There’s 2 ways to do it!  Photographing on a tripod with long exposures and a lower ISO is usually recommended for best results. However if you find yourself without a tripod wanting to take pictures at a friends house, brace yourself and turn on your Vibration Reduction or use a coffee table to  help stablize your image. Your next option is to use the highest ISO available with your VR on.

A fun project is to set your shutter speed to low settings such as 2-15 seconds, set your ISO at 100-400 and zoom the lens barrell during the exposure. Also moving the camera in circles and up and down motion can create some very unique patterns. Give it a Whirl!!!

If you’d like to try these techniques out on Christmas lights outside this time of year, we have a Holiday Light Workshop scheduled for Dec. 20th from 6:00-8:00 pm that you can sign up for and these techniques will be tried and explained for you. Another one after the holidays to Longwood Gardens is planned. Watch our calendar for the weather update time.

Composition Guide Lines

Twelve elements have been defined as necessary for the success of an art piece or image. Any image, art piece, or photograph will reveal some measure of all twelve elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one

The Twelve elements listed below are in accordance to their importance.

Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.

Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.

Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

Lighting—the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.