Basic Camera-1 – Fundamentals Class (April 8th)

Learn the Fundamentals of camera operation and photography methods in our Basic Camera-1 class

April 8, 2018

10:00am – 1:00pm

220 S. California Ave Suite 115A/B,  

Palo Alto, CA

$130 RDPW members / $150 non-members

The Basic Camera-1 class from the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops will cover the fundamental concepts of using any camera (DSLR, mirrorless, point & shoot, or mobile phone) in its creative modes to capture the images of your vision.  Take your camera off of Auto for more artistic results.  Additionally, an introduction to methods of image editing (post-processing) and composition will help you develop new skills you can immediately put to use.

The style of this class is to interleave topic discussion followed by practice of the newly learned concepts using your own camera.  We will cover the controls and adjustments in your camera and how they relate to the captured image.  You will use your camera to explore the affect of each control as we capture images in the vicinity of the classroom.  We will process some of your images in Lightroom to introduce you to the editing possibilities in this creative tool.

Topics covered in Basic Camera-1 include:

  • How digital cameras work – light, lenses, & electronics
  • Adjusting exposure controls and their impact on the captured image
  • Focus modes and light metering methods
  • The basics of image composition
  • A survey of post processing tools and examples of Lightroom editing
  • An overview of printing – printers, paper & ICC profiles
  • A discussion of other skill building opportunities

Bring your camera with a fully charged battery, and a removable memory card or cable for connecting to a computer USB port.  Your camera manual may also be useful to have with you to provide details of camera adjustment.

Our classes are small (4-6 students) to allow for one-on-one instruction – and we encourage lots of Q&A during the class.  Spend 3-hours with us and improve your photography!

Please contact us at for space availability and to sign up.

Mobile Device Photography Class

Learn how to create better photos using your mobile device.

March 10, 2018

9:30am – 12:30pm

220 S. California Ave Suite 115A/B,  

Palo Alto, CA

$130 RDPW members / $150 non-members

Mobile Device Photography from the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops can show you how to start creating photographs using your mobile device that go beyond basic snapshots and selfies.

The goal of this 3-hour class is to get a better understanding of mobile device photography, start taking better photos, basic editing, and get your images out of your mobile device. The class is structured in a lecture format with an opportunity to practice what you learn.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic mobile device photo functions
  • Apps and gadgets to go beyond the basics
  • In device editing
  • Exporting images to edit on a computer

Bring your mobile device of choice. You are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed to maximize the experience; however, it’s not required.

We offer small classes (6-8 students) to allow for one-on-one instruction opportunities.

Please contact us at for space availability and to sign up. Include what type of mobile device you use when signing up.

Call For Entries – SohoPhotoGallery 2018 National Juried Competition

This contest is highly recommended by Richard.

Deadline for Entries:
May 1, 2018

Winners will be Exhibited:
July 5 – July 21, 2018

About the competition:
Soho Photo Gallery, New York City’s longest running cooperative photography gallery, is pleased to announce its 22nd National Juried Competition. All photo-based works are eligible for this competition with no limitation as to subject matter or technique. Our juror, Paula Tognarelli, will choose approximately 40 photographs for exhibition in our gallery, located in lower Manhattan.

The Juror:
Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography. The Griffin Museum of Photography located in Winchester outside Boston, Massachusetts, is a nonprofit photography museum whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. Ms. Tognarelli is responsible for producing over 54 exhibitions a year at the Griffin and its surrounding satellite and online gallery spaces. She holds an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, BA from Regis College, is a graduate of the New England School of Photography and pursued her Masters in Education at Lesley University. Her full bio may be viewed here.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all photographers age 18 years old or older, excluding members of Soho Photo Gallery.

All submissions are made by uploading to

Awards: The awards include cash prizes from SPG for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Up to four Honorable Mentions will also be chosen and receive gifts provided by our sponsors.

To enter the competition click here

For a full prospectus click here

Women’s View Exhibit and San Mateo County Fair

“Women’s View – 2018”  

Redwood City, CA – call for artists

The 14th Annual San Mateo County Women’s View art show is open to women artists who live in OR are employed by, the County of San Mateo. Artists are encouraged to submit 2-dimensional artwork and photography that exemplifies their personal view of the world. Only ONE entry may be submitted ($10 entry fee).

Art will be exhibited in both the Caldwell and Community Galleries at 400 County Center in Redwood City from March 2 to April 30, 2018.

For ENTRY FORMS and rules contact Boris Koodrin, Curator for the San Mateo County Arts Commission, at boriskoodrin at

Note: All 100 entry requests are accepted on a first-come basis and all accepted entries are exhibited. Your date and time of request for an entry form will determine your place in line. If placed on a waiting list, your chance of getting accepted is still reasonable, though not guaranteed. 

There will be three prizes of $100 awarded and three Honorable Mention Awards. Awards will be presented during a Supervisors Meeting on the main floor of 400 County Center.


Also a reminder that the San Mateo County Fair will run from June 9-17 this year. If you wish to submit art to this year’s Fine Arts Galleria, entry forms are due by May 8, 2018. The online contest book and entry form can be found at later this month of February. We will be announcing two new events at the Galleria this year:

1) “Bay Area Masters Exhibition” sponsored by the Peninsula Museum of Art (entry must be in by April 2)

2) Found and Recycled Art — directed by Bay Area artist/sculptor/designer Eileen Borgeson.

ALSO: photographers are invited to sign up for the Dischler Workshops “Photo Walkabout” to take place on opening weekend at the fair.

The county fair website information will be updated for 2018 later in February.

Adobe Lightroom 1 Class

Olya Gary will teach a free 3-hour Adobe Lightroom 1 class on Saturday, February 10, at 2pm at the new RDPW location: 220 S. California Ave Suite 115A/B, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Available spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

New Six Month Pre-Visualization Workshop Session

A new session for the Six Month Pre-Visualization Workshop will start on Sunday, February 11, at 10:30am at the new RDPW location: 220 S. California Ave Suite 115A/B, Palo Alto, CA 94306.