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WOW! Photography Boot Camp I - Exposure & Camera Basics
Did you get a new DSL camera recently or have one sitting on the shelf collecting dust because all the buttons and dials intimidate you? Then join us for this FUN and INTERACTIVE introduction to a photography course! You will learn the most important buttons and dials on your camera and when to use them. We will teach you what compositional elements make a great photograph. Many of our students have won photography awards after taking this class!  A DSLR or Mirrorless camera recommended.

Option 4:
Tuesdays, Oct. 25- Nov. 22, 2022, 10:00AM-12:30PM AND Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, 10:00AM-12:30PM (5 sessions)

Option 5: Tuesdays, Oct. 25- Nov. 22, 2022, 06:30PM-09:00PM (5 sessions)
Option 6: Sundays, Nov. 2- Dec. 18, 2022, 09:30AM-12:00PM AND Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, 09:30AM-12:00PM (5 sessions)
Option 7: Thursdays, Dec. 1- Dec. 29, 2022, 6:30PM-9:00PM AND Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, 06:30PM-09:00PM (5 sessions)
Locations: The Photography Workshop, 200 East Rosedale Avenue (second floor), West Chester, PA 19382; Nov.15 @ Longwood Gardens (admission cost not included). Nov. 15, Dec. 22 @ Downtown West Chester. Dec. 11 @ Strasburg Railroad Museum (admission cost not included)

WOW! Photography Boot Camp II - The Art Of Seeing Creatively
Have you mastered how to use your camera but still struggle with capturing compelling images? In five short sessions, we will show you how to take more captivating images with straight-forward camera and software techniques. We will give you new ideas and inspire you to raise your photography to greater levels. Improve your compositions by seeing more creatively!
Dates:  Tuesdays, Nov. 29- Dec. 27, 2022 - From 06:30PM- 09:00PM
Field Trip to Longwood Gardens on Dec. 20, 2022 (Garden admissions not included)

WOW! - Spectacular SmartPhone Photography! 
One of the biggest misconceptions is that you can't take serious photographs with a smart phone. Today's smart phones are quickly catching up with the technology in advanced DSLR cameras. But, as with any camera, a person can take great or poor photos. We will provide you with the knowledge and techniques so that you can use your smart phone to take pictures that are so amazing that no one would even believe you didn't use a professional DSLR. 
Option 2: Tuesdays, Oct 11 & 18, 2022 from 10:00AM- 12:30PM
Option 3: Tuesdays, Oct 11 & 18, 2022 from 06:30PM- 09:00PM
Option 4: Wednesdays, Dec.14& 21, 2022 from 10:00AM- 12:30PM
Option 5: Wednesdays, Dec. 14 & 21, 2022 from 06:30PM- 09:00PM

One Day WOW! Trips

Fantastic Fire-Spinning and More Surprises!  
Our most popular class is back with amazing new effects. While playing with fire can sometimes exciting, it can also be extremely dangerous. However, in a controlled environment with the fire department standing by on-site, we will provide you with the opportunity to safely photograph some absolutely amazing images of “Fire Spinning” and other fire art. Several of last year’s participants went on to win photo competitions based on images they captured during this class. We've been busy developing new spins with different effects and colors for new and extremely cool results!

Meets: Saturday, Oct.1, 2022 from 06:00PM-09:00PM
Location: TBD West Chester, PA 

The Art of Pet Photography 
Capturing the heart and soul of our furry friends goes beyond just knowing how to push the shutter button. Learn to capture your pet's emotions, feelings and soul. We will teach you techniques for creating powerful formal portraits as well as fun and silly ones that show your pet's unique personality. DSLR or Mirrorless camera recommended, but a smartphone will work well also. Participants may bring their well-behaved, friendly pet upon approval from the instructor prior to class.
Meets: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 from 09:00AM-2:00PM
Location: The Photography Workshop, 200 East Rosedale Avenue West Chester, PA 19380

WOW! Sunset and Night Shooting at Havre de Grace Marina
Join us for some great sunset/twilight photography opportunities at the beautiful Havre de Grace marina.  
Meets:
 Friday, October 28,2022 from 5:30PM - 8:00PM

WOW! Waterfalls of Rickets Glen State Park
Join me for my favorite location in Pennsylvania for picturesque autumn waterfall landscapes.  We will hike about 2 of the most amazing parts of the 5 miles of trails along the 22 named waterfalls capturing the most amazing and beautiful waterfalls Pennsylvania has to offer.  Being that the trails are along the waterfalls, trails are steep, slippery, and suited best for those with some hiking skills. Parts of the trails can be very challenging, but we will limit our travels to the relatively easy parts. DSLR or Mirrorless camera, tripod, Neutral Density Filter recommended.  
Meets: Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 7:00AM- 1:00PM(Rain date 10/22/2022)

WOW! Christmas at Longwood Gardens 
Longwood Gardens is amazing almost any time of the year, but during the holiday season, the gardens are transformed into a magical winter wonderland. While photographing the magical evening light displays can be a difficult task, we will show you how and where to take amazing images that will be perfect for your holiday greeting cards. DSLR or Mirrorless camera and tripod with remote release recommended. Price of garden admissions is not included in course fee. Make sure you purchase you Longwood Garden ticket ASAP as they are likely to sell-out quickly.
Option 1: Monday, November 28, 2022 from 6:30PM- 9:00PM
Option 2: Monday, December 5,2022 from 6:30PM- 9:00PM

WOW! Philly Christmas
Christmas comes alive in Center City Philadelphia this holiday season. The streets and shops are transformed into a magical winter wonderland. While photographing the magical evening Holiday lighting and displays can be a difficult task, we will show you how and where to take amazing images that will be perfect for your holiday greeting cards. DSLR or Mirrorless camera and tripod with remote release recommended. Transportation not included. Some of us will take the train from Paoli into the city and back to avoid the parking hassle.
Meets: Monday, December 12, 2022 from 6:30PM- 9:00PM


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Photography Boot Camp I - Option 6 (Sundays) 
N/A N/A Su  11/20/2022 - 12/18/2022
09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Photography Workshop
$229.00 Res, $249.00 Non-Res
 
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Photography Boot Camp I - Option 7 (Thursdays) 
N/A N/A Th  12/01/2022 - 12/29/2022
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM

The Photography Workshop
$229.00 Res, $249.00 Non-Res
 
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Photography Boot Camp II 
N/A N/A Tu  11/29/2022 - 12/27/2022
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM

The Photography Workshop
$244.00 Res, $264.00 Non-Res
 
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Philly Christmas 
N/A N/A 12/12/2022
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Longwood Gardens
$46.00 Res, $66.00 Non-Res
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