The Workshop Community in our time

I hope that this message finds you healthy and safe.  Our collective sheltered-in-place situation is troubling, but it seems to be a necessary step in the current state of the world.  However, it certainly interferes with getting out and shooting.

Keep Shooting

Many of us find that photography is an important part of our lives. Although we are more restricted at the moment, we need not stop finding, capturing, and rendering images. So…

We’ve all heard if you can see your feet, you can see a photo.  Well, we are all seeing our feet a lot these days — it’s time to put that saying into action.  Find things in & around your home — interesting light, pets, plants, spring in the backyard, etc.  There’s a lot that can be done there.  Also, on your safe, neighborhood walks, take a camera.  The light & subject matter aren’t affected by Covid-19, so take advantage of it.   Explore things your haven’t explored for a while — there is a great deal there.  It’s not as exciting as, say, a trip to Yosemite (or even California Ave), but the images can be just as good. Ansel’s images of Half Dome can be captured only there, but Dogwood Blossoms could be found anywhere.

Try setting a challenge for yourself.  Use a lens that you don’t normally use. Try settings that you don’t do.  Try to capture pets, kids, bugs, whatever, in motion. (One of the workshop members has a new puppy, so they are learning about quickly changing preset back & forth from motion capture, eye focus, etc.)

Take some time to review your portfolio and catalog.  Take a new look at older image;  you’ve learned more about developing your images, so see if there are things you can see now that you could bring out.

On a similar note, try some new things.  This is a good time to experiment.  Try new areas of Lightroom or other tools to see what you can learn and use. Virtual copies (in Lightroom) make this completely harmless — you’re not going to ruin any image.  Extend your areas of comfort in Lightroom, Photoshop, or some of the mobile products.

Canceled: Stump the Lightroom Experts


Instructors: Fred Carter, Olya Gary, Paul Italiano

Date: 8 March 2020, 1pm-4pm

Location: Da Digs

220 California Ave
Suite 115A/B
Palo Alto Ca 94306

Price: $130 for members, $170 non-members

Sign up: Members, Non-members

So, you have Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.  You believe that you are reasonably familiar with it, but there are just some things that bother you.  Either you don’t know how to do something or things just aren’t operating the way you think they should. You don’t see others having your particular issues.

Well, this class is for you.  Most likely, you aren’t the only person who’s encountered these issues. (And if you are, you won’t be the last!). We have all been stymied by Lightroom and/or Adobe at times, so it’s time to figure out how to move past these issues.

Bring your issues, unexpected behavior, or other questions — places you think you could use some help.  Things that may be of interest include, but are certainly not limited to the following.

  • Organizing Images
  • Finding Images
  • Lightroom Mobile & Synchronization
  • Preview Issues
  • Performance Issues
  • Workflow
  • Printing Issues

This class will try and help to explain these behaviors, work around them, and/or work through approaches to resolve new situations.  For the best results from this class, please submit issues that you would like to explore when you sign up. You may submit via the #stumptheexperts channel on Slack, or via email to g.fred.carter@gmail.com.  Class size will be limited to 3-5, so please sign up (non-members) early.

We may have some questions to get folks thinking, but we, collectively, are more likely to be successful if you bring in issues that you are having. And, as Lr users ourselves, we know that there are issues you’re having!  It’s the nature of the beast.

Important: If we do not have a minimum size with questions a week before the class, we are likely to cancel the class. So please sign up and let us know what you wish to talk about.  You can bring further questions to the class, but please let us know some starters ahead of time.

Member’s YouTube Presentation

David Craven and Dan McLean exhibitions

EXHIBITION: Caldwell Gallery presents “Light Across the Landscape”
DATES:  January 3 through February 27, 2020
RECEPTION:  None
LOCATION:  400 County Center at the Hall of Justice in Redwood City main floor.
HOURS:  Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information: David.Craven@lamresearch.com

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The Caldwell Gallery presents “Light Across the Landscape” by Peninsula photographer David Craven.
David Craven’s primary motivation is creativity, and photography has been his outlet for that over the past 10 years. Abstracts and natural beauty are what resonate with David. His primary goal is to share the beauty and interests he experiences with others. David is involved with the Dick Dischler Workshop in Palo Alto and has a number of awards from various shows in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This past June David earned honors as Exhibitor of the Year in Photography at the San Mateo County Fair for having won the most awards in the photography division.
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The Community Gallery, located on the lower level of the Hall of Justice building will be showing “Entwined In Black and White”, a collection of photographs by Dan McLean. McLean is a San Carlos based photographer who, like many others, had been “taking pictures” since he was young. In 1990, the results of a workshop in Yosemite made him think, “Maybe I have some talent for making photographs.” Since then he has participated in many workshops with a focus on honing his photographic craft. The exhibit will run from January 7 to February 26, 2020.

To Dan, photography is about seeing – interacting with the world around you. Whether the opportunity to make a photograph is responding to a fluid scene or quietly contemplating a studied composition, his intent is to make an image that viewers will respond to. This had led to an eclectic body of work – from early landscapes to a more recent focus on smaller compositions.

A photograph starts with recognizing the opportunity, visualizing the composition and bringing artistic and technical skills to capture the image. Dan spent many years learning the fundamentals of composition and technical skills in workshops lead by accomplished photographers.

The final step in making a photograph is producing a print that evokes for the viewer a sense of what the photographer experienced when visualizing the image. Because the print is what the viewer will see, Dan has devoted the last several years to learning the skill of fine art printing. He hopes that you, the viewer, will immerse yourself in the images you see.

Dan has exhibited widely in Northern and Central California. He is a member of Richard Dischler Photo Workshops and Gallery House, both in Palo Alto; Center for Photographic Art, Carmel and Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento.

Dan’s work can be seen at Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

For more information:
Dan McLean: dan_mclean@mac.com
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The shows are sponsored by the San Mateo County Arts Commission and are curated by Boris Koodrin. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, you may visit cmo.smcgov.org/arts-commission.

New 6-month pre-visualization workshop starts on February 1st!

This workshop is geared from the serious amateur to the professional photographer interested in improving their skills and is the prerequisite for the one-year advanced study Pre-Visualization Workshops. Members from Dischler’s current and previous six-month and one-year Pre-Visualization Workshops continue to receive public recognition for their work in juried and non-juried local, regional, national and international art and photography exhibits.
  • For more details on the workshop, click here
  • To see the session dates and sign up, click here

California Avenue Photo Walk on January 18

“If you can see your feet, you can see a photograph,” stated Edward Weston. If you open your eyes and observe your surroundings, you will discover exciting and unique images right where you walk.

We invite you to experience a Walkabout adventure during a one-day workshop. Bring one camera with one lens—or a cell phone—along with a healthy dose of enthusiasm, curiosity and humor.

Richard will serve as a guide, and other members of the original RDPW will be available for one-on-one coaching. Afterward, there will be an image review and critique.

So, come have some fun, and see where this journey takes you.

The Richard Dischler Photo Workshops is in its ninth year and continues to break new ground in the field of photographic education. Members from Dischler’s workshops continue to receive public recognition for their work in juried and non-juried local, regional, national and international art and photography exhibits.

Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 11:30am to 2:30pm.

Meet at 220 California Ave, Suite 115 A/B, Palo Alto, CA.

Fee: 30.00 for non members. Register here.

Members are encouraged to attend. Especially those walking on suggested walks.

Richard Dischler Photo Workshops (RDPW): Discovering, Enhancing, Refining Your Photographic Vision

RDPW is also not your traditional camera club. It’s a journey into yourself to discover, shape, enhance, refine, and define your own, unique photographic vision. This journey, led by esteemed photographer and instructor Richard Dischler, is destined to provoke, inspire, frustrate, excite, and energize your creative interpretation of the eyes/mind/heart. The role of this workshop is to help each participant discover and further develop and advance his or her own photographic vision, with an emphasis on the art of seeing. The end goal is The Print.

Owning a pen doesn’t make one a writer any more than owning a camera makes one a photographer. It takes more than the instrument to make the artist. It takes innate talent, discipline, desire, and vision, combined with an intimate relationship with and understanding of your camera.

Like a writer with his first draft, the writing needs editing, refining, shape, and vision. The same could be said for photography. Raw talent often needs to be inspired, shaped, molded, encouraged, and enhanced.

We always start each year with The Walkabout. If you really open your eyes and observe your surroundings, you will discover exciting and unique images right where you walk. We invite you on this unique journey in Palo Alto on California Avenue on January 2020. Bring one camera—or a cell phone with built-in camera—and a healthy dose of enthusiasm and curiosity. Richard Dischler will serve as a guide, and other members of the original RDPW will be available for one-on-one coaching. It’s a great way to get introduced to the RDPW journey.

The general RDPW sessions are comprised of small groups of photographers, creating an environment that encourages each one to share images, ideas, and technical knowledge as well as create new friendships and excite fresh adventures into their art. These groups are now part of a larger community of photographers now numbering over 100 members.

Members use a wide variety of cameras, lenses, and printing equipment from various manufacturers, and they use an equally wide variety of paper, printing to an unparalleled level of quality and expertise. Once members have assembled a portfolio of images, Richard Dischler guides the photographer through a disciplined process of developing The Print to the highest form of excellence.

Again—still and always—the end goal is The Print.

Through their workshop journey, these photographers all work diligently toward developing their own, unique photographic voice, which is expressed in a captured image. From there, the image is finally rendered digitally according to one’s inner vision, which invites the quest for creating a final, developed Print. This quest involves a rigorous process wherein each photographer advances his or her development skills—using Adobe Lightroom—to refine and
render the image into a finished print that is measured against the most exacting standards established and promoted by the RDPW. When complete, these images deserve an honored place on a wall—not to disappear into the ether.

The Richard Dischler Photo Workshops have delivered unparalleled mentoring and guidance to its numerous participants—from beginners to advanced levels of skill. Workshop participants will notice a marked difference between what RDPW offers and what is available at the typical “camera club.” On the surface, the difference may be subtle, but it is profound. The result: over time, each participant discovers his or her own, unique photographic voice, which is far
more satisfactory than mimicking someone else’s vision.

Furthermore, these workshops have developed into a strong, supportive, knowledgeable community of outstanding photographers, many of whose work has been published or hangs in museums or private collections. Members become friends, hang out and meet at coffee shops or restaurants, share ideas, and solve creative and technical challenges.

The RDPW model is truly unique and unparalleled in our area and, maybe, across the country. Join the group. Beware: you are likely to become more aware, and your vision more acute and focused.

Members of the RDPW have received public recognition for their works in local, regional, national, and international juried and non-juried art and photography competitions, exhibits, and publications.

The Workshop is now into its 12th year. As a result, virtually every one of our members has received an award in a juried competition, showing in museums, publications, and other exhibit venues throughout the country in 2019. From recent members to those who have been involved since its inception, in 2019 alone, those listed below have earned a variety of accolades that deserve recognition—a pattern than has been repeated since our beginning. For a visual trip through the list of earned awards and member photographers, please visit the Gallery page at www.Richarddischler.com.

New sessions and classes will begin in January 2020. For more information on the Workshop and upcoming Walkabout, please visit www.Richarddischler.com.

Richard Dischler Photo Workshops
220 California Avenue
Suites 115A/B
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Email: richard@richarddischler.com

Walkabout in Palo Alto, December 14

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 11:30am-2:30pm

220 S. California Avenue, Suite 115A/B
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Fee: $30 for non-members

“If you can see your feet, you can see a photograph,” stated Edward Weston. If you open your eyes and observe your surroundings, you will discover exciting and unique images right where you walk.

We invite you to experience a Walkabout adventure during a one-day workshop. Bring one camera with one lens—or a cell phone—along with a healthy dose of enthusiasm, curiosity and humor.

Richard will serve as a guide, and other members of the original RDPW will be available for one-on-one coaching. Afterward, there will be an image review and critique.

So, come have some fun, and see where this journey takes you.

The Richard Dischler Photo Workshops is in its ninth year and continues to break new ground in the field of photographic education. Members from Dischler’s workshops continue to receive public recognition for their work in juried and non-juried local, regional, national and international art and photography exhibits.

To sign up, click here.

Black & White Photography by Jay Bergman

Dates: November 21, 2019 – January 21, 2020

Light emerging from shadow
Order emerging from chaos
The extraordinary emerging from the ordinary

Redwood Shores Library Gallery
399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94065

Reception: Sunday, November 24, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Gallery Hours: Mon – Thur, 10 AM – 7:45 PM, Sat 10 AM – 4:45 PM, Sun 12 PM – 4:45 PM, Closed Fridays

The meeting space is provided as a community service by the City of Redwood City. The City neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual or organizations.

Gallery House Exhibit

Dan McLean, long-time member of the Richard Dischler Photo Workshop (RDPW), will be participating in
the Gallery House exhibit “Black & White Portfolios.” The exhibit runs from August 20 through
September 14, 2019 at Gallery House located at 320 S. California Avenue in Palo Alto. An artist reception
will be held on Saturday, August 24 from 2 pm to 4 pm, and everyone is welcome. Dan will be showing
all new work from his recent excursions around Northern California. Judy Kramer will be showing
landscapes, and Steve Shpall will exhibit portraits. Come meet the artists and enjoy the visual journey!