Bird Brain Photography Workshop, May 28, 2013


Who knew we had such talent? For me having been with the LPA for just a year, it was an impressive presentation of beautiful bird images and the skills needed to capture those images.

Sue Craft, Sue Liberto, Doug Jensen, Tina Crowe, Holly Peskin, Nan Carder and Don Bennett pulled the presentation together.
Christine Wilkens, , David Wilkens, Marv Brimer, Arliss Dawson, Bruce Cable, Dale Ware, Eugene Duley, Bill Liberto and Paul Craft also contributed photographs to the slide show.

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Workshop April 13, 2013: Landscape Art by Choice, Not by Chance



Circle Rainbow at the
Grand Canyon

Over 40 LPA members attended this dynamic workshop presented by Tom Gamache and Van Webster. Tom and Van took the attendees on a walk through history explaining how the artists of the past affected the evolution of photography. All the elements of composition, subject matter and lighting that we discuss in our photographs are what made the famous paintings of the past so great.

“Landscape art by choice…not by chance”

Tips from the workshop:

  • No two days are alike… be willing to come back to the same location again and again if the potential is there
  • Does your eye move through the image?
  • Develop a “sky” library that you can substitute when the current one is flat
  • Dark skies create drama
  • Change your perspective or elevation to create interesting composition
  • Look for framing elements in your landscapes
  • Look for “S” , “W”, “V” lines in your composition
  • Photograph with a purpose…What’s your plan? What’s the image you want? What are you selling?
  • Look at famous photographs or art work from the past… Why are they great?
  • Develop contrasting edges and shapes in your images…light and dark zones
  • Give your landscape depth by using subjects in your foreground
  • Develop composition subjects of 3 or 5 when possible.

Tom and Van will be conducting many workshops at some terrific locations. See their website… for details. Tom and Van can be reached via email at

Tom Gamache

Van Webster


March 2013 Workshop featuring Rob Sheppard


“Beyond the Average – Gaining Impact Through Composition”

Rob Sheppard returned to the LPA and presented “Beyond the Average – Gaining Impact Through Composition”. Rob is photographer, a naturalist, an author, a teacher and editor of Outdoor Photographer and PCPhoto magazines. He is an instructor at, and Paul’s Photo in Torrance.

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Workshop: Photographing Flowers - Feb 26, 2013


Sue Liberto
Spring was in full bloom at the Senior Center Tuesday night, for the Photographing Flowers workshop.  Everywhere, floral displays decorated the room.  There were several arrangements, floating flowers, and potted plants, with various display setups, light tents, and even mylar accompanying the flowers.  Tylene Trout and Sue Craft gave a quick, inspiring overview presentation on how to photograph flowers.  After which, the 39 attending members then flitted from display to display, composing and focusing.  Creativity was in the air; it was blossoming throughout the room.  Many thanks to Tylene and Sue for their presentation, to all who brought flowers, displays, lights and tents, and to the worker bees who came early to help set everything up.  It all came together for a successful workshop.

View member photos in the gallery.

“Small World” Workshop with Noella Ballenger: Jan. 22, 2013


We had 36 members sign in for our January workshop. Noella met with 12 hungry members for dinner at The Greenhouse Café before the meeting.  
Noella is a professional nature, travel and wildlife photographer. She celebrates 25 years teaching photography and writes for ApogeePhoto, an online magazine.
Her program was inspirational.  She shared many of her beautiful nature photographs and explained her technique.

She said to learn the rules of photography and then break them. Ask yourself “What if I try this?” Follow the light. Side lighting brings out details. Look for spot lighting and backlighting. Shoot through objects. Look for curves, patterns, shapes and colors.  Photograph an overview of the subject, and then photograph the pieces and parts. Take multiple shots. Zoom in and out. Slow the shutter. Combine teleconverters with extension tubes. Experiment!

Include critters in your photos, like bees.  She talks to the bees to calm them and her so she doesn’t give off an adrenalin scent. 

After the presentation, Noella took questions from members.  She said three photographers were her inspiration; Freeman Patterson, Art Wolfe and John Shaw.
Noella’s workbook “Nature by Design” is available for checkout in our club library.

Developing a Workflow with Brent Paull: Nov 27, 2012


Brent Paull returned to LPA with  an informative program on developing a Photoshop workflow. He showed us how he opens a Raw image in Camera Raw and does just a few adjustments before editing in Photoshop.  He creates his own actions and uses selections to adjust and sharpen the subject. Brent is a big believer in local corrections vs global corrections.
Brent calls himself a “Hardcore Wildlife Photographer”  He shoots 140,000 photos a year.He teaches 85 seminars and 25-30 Safaris a year.  He has 1000 publication credits including Audubon, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Field and Stream and Yosemite Visitor’s Guide to name a few.

Fourty two LPA members attended this seminar and I know we all learned something new.

Thank You , Brent!

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Show & Tell Workshop - Oct. 23, 2012


Douglas Wade set up a “Show & Tell” workshop for members.  It was an open forum where members could share up to ten of their favorite photos and tell stories about them if desired.  Eleven members shared their photos, and over twenty one people were in attendance.

David Wilkins shared photos and techniques used for photographing star trails, and light painting.  Creative effects were enhanced by things such as having lit up tents, people walking with flashlights, and using colored gels. 

Eugene Duley’s photos and stories were of Yellowstone wolves, sunsets and samples of using a tilt shift lens.

Matt Maholwald and his daughter Morgan took a road trip and decided to make it a photo road trip, part of which included Yosemite, and shared images.

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Portraiture & Posing Workshop - September 25, 2012


Led by Suzanne Gonzalez

Suzanne Gonzalez has a degree in art but after being a working artist, switched into photography.  She has been in business for over 20 years.  She photographs cheer teams, dance studios, school dances, and some weddings.  She also loves doing character portraits.  She makes her own backdrops (up to 30’ across) to accommodate large teams.  She is print chairman for S4C and now president of the Glendora Camera Club.

After giving a presentation on how to pose models (using LPA members to demo), she shared some of her photos, and pointed out what made them work… S curves, graceful side of hand, tilt head inwards, etc.  She provided a handout Family Photo Tips – by Suzanne Gonzalez 2012.  Afterwards, members got to practice posing each other and taking photos under the strobe lights with the backdrop that Suzanne provided.

One handy tip she mentioned was to view other portrait/family photos on other website sites such as Flicker (Pinterest is a good one too) and copy/paste photos you find inspirational to a folder on your computer and review them before you go out to do a photo shoot.  Suzanne suggested studying the works of Norman Rockwell and Monte Zucker.  Another tip… rules are made to be broken.  Have fun with your photo creations!

Check out Suzanne’s website at

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