Portrait: A Hands-on Workshop - June 27th, 2017


Accomplished portrait photographers will lead you in this workshop on June 27th at 6 P.M. (doors open to set up at 5 P.M.). Bring your cameras and tripod/monopods. Light setups and models will be provided.

This is a hands on and learning experience workshop. We will have various types of studio lighting, giving each person a chance to try out each setup. Studio lights may be flash, (studio/Speedlights), constant, and tungsten. We will show you various ways to work with the models to get the results they want, and you want. Model releases will be provided to members.

Please bring your camera manuals and know how to set your ”white balance” on your camera (if you don’t know we can help).

The Portrait Photographers Showcase

James Poynor

Kathy Newman

Kurtiss Humphrey


Photography “Hands On” Workshop, November 24th


On November 24th, 6 P.M. to 8 P.M., bring your camera and your questions to this “Hands On” workshop. All skill levels are invited. 

We’ll have photography set ups where you can take photos and learn specific photography skills with your own camera; cell phone, Point and Shoot or DSLR. We’ll help you with Shutter Speed, ISO, Aperture, Depth of Field and almost any other question you may have. 

Many Master level LPA photographers will be on hand to answer your questions. It will all be done in small groups to make interaction easier and more effective at answering your questions. You’re welcome to bring a photography friend to this comfortable, no stress workshop.

Macro and Close Up Photography Workshop November 17th



Presented by Rob Sheppard

AVSC Lancaster on November 17th, 6 pm to 8 pm

There’s a small world out there just waiting to be discovered. Right in your own backyard, nature is putting on a show.  You don’t have to travel to far away exotic places to capture amazing images of these really small things…insects, flowers, textures, shapes, etc.

Join us for a workshop presented by Rob Sheppard. Many of our members that follow his blog, Facebook page, and website know his work is exceptional.

Rob Sheppard is a photographer, author, naturalist and nature photographer, editor and videographer.

He has written and photographed many books and magazine articles but what is most important to him about them is knowing that he has helped people become better photographers and gain a better  connection to nature. Rob is a Fellow with the North American Nature Photography Association, and many people also know him as the long-time, previous editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine. Some of the books he has done: Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, Macro Photography:

From Snapshot to Great Shot, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, National Geographic Field

Guide to Digital Photography, and 6 Steps to Better Nature Photography (available from website). His website is at www.joyofnatureandphotography.com, blog at www.natureandphotography.com. 

The Night Sky with Pete Scifres October 27th


On October 27th, at 6:00 P.M. at the AVSC is an evening with Pete Scifres. 


Presented by Pete Scifres

Ever wonder how to get those beautiful star trails images or majestic Milky Way photos? Perhaps you want to travel to the far north and photography the Aurora Borealis. How about light painting? 

Our guest speaker, Pete Scifres, will show you some of his images and tell you how he photographed the night sky. Pete will talk about the best places to go, the camera equipment needed as well as the appropriate settings to capture your own breathtaking images. 

This will be an entertaining and informative event. 

Photo Sharing Night – August 25th, 2015


AVSC, 777 W Jackman Avenue, Lancaster CA

6 pm to 8 pm

This is your chance to show your favorite images to our LPA members and their guests. All skill levels are encouraged to participate. We’d love to see what you created. 

We’ll show the images on the big screen for all to see. You can comment on your photos or just have them shown. It’s not a critique workshop… just a time for sharing your photographs. 

Up to 10 of your images (PG please) can be uploaded to our LPA website. Deadline to upload to the website is August 21st. 

For the first time, if you miss the web site deadline, you may bring your images loaded on a flash drive the night of the show. Please arrive early to allow time for the download to our laptop. Please put the images in a folder marked with your name.

We’ll also have some summertime treats to add to the festivities.

Piute Ponds Workshop, August 18th, 2015


Presented by Wanda Deal

August 18th, 2015 … 6pm to 8pm

AVSC, 777 W Jackman Avenue, Lancaster CA

Piute Ponds is situated in the southwestern portion of Edwards Air Force Base in the western region of the Mojave Desert, on the southern margin of Rosamond Dry Lake Bed. The area spans 9,600 acres and consists of numerous clay pan ponds and low sand dunes. 

For most of us, it’s right on our doorstep, yet few of us have enjoyed photographing the wildlife there. Since Piute Ponds is a part of Edwards AFB, special permits are necessary prior to entering. Photographers may submit a request for access directly to Edwards AFB by emailing Misty at Piute Ponds Access Request - Misty will contact you for further information. 

Wanda Deal has long been affiliated with Piute Ponds and she will give us the details on what wildlife is there and the specific rules for safely enjoying your time there. Her passion for the area will be apparent as she discusses Piute Ponds attributes.

In addition, we will show you images that our members have taken at Piute Ponds. 

More information is available at the Piute Ponds website… www.piuteponds.com.

DSLR Video Workshop with Chris Seguin



Our workshop on May 26th, 2015 featuring cinematographer Chris Seguin gave our 30 attending LPA members some new challenges. Chris has filmed over 100 commercials and a National Geographic television show. His first videos were created on his Canon 7D. Since then his equipment has progressed significantly as you would expect.

Many of us know out DSLR has a video function but few of us have given it a try. Chris gave us some basic instuctions that will enable us to explore a whole new genre of photography.

The one hour plus presentation featured videos that Chris has created as well as directions on the settings and process. A complete detailed list is too long for this write up but I’ll give you a basic outline (courtesy of Sue Craft) of the topics covered.

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Portrait Lighting Workshop with Suzanne Gonzalez, April 28 2015


In preparation for the May 19th portrait competition, Suzanne Gonzalez gave our LPA members tips for creating great portraits. Her studio set up at the senior center included backdrops, lighting variations and posing demonstrations.  Images were taken and projected on the overhead screen to show how the lighting impacted the final photo.  Our members were both photographers and models.

Suzanne also discussed the quality of various light sources such as direct sun, cloudy days, and shadowy conditions. Various light modifiers (reflectors, diffusers, natural ) were discussed.  

Suzanne’s extensive photography background over the last 35+ years made for some colorful examples of “how not to” and “how to” make quality portraits.   She has clients which include schools, graduations, sports teams, attorneys & head shots, proms and her specialty with dancers.  She is quite active with the Glendora camera club for the past 6 years. 

All that attended came away with a better understanding of how lighting affects their images.

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