One-Light Workshop, December 9th

One-Light Workshop

Benton Street Studio

1105 Benton Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050

December 9, 2018

10:30 am to 4:30 pm


We all have experience with a one-light workshop every day of our lives:  The sun, the biggest, brightest light source.  We watch it rise, change color temperature throughout the day, filter through clouds, create rainbows in the rain, shine boldly in clear blue skies, and set itself against a million different backdrops.

In this hands-on workshop, we will demonstrate the use of one light source for portrait lighting.  You will be able to see the effect of one light source from different angles on the portrait subject and how you, the photographer, can impart, evoke, and provoke different emotions and reactions.  It is an exciting photographic adventure.

What to bring:

  • A camera
  • Laptop with imaging software (RDPW preference for Adobe Lightroom)
  • Comfortable attire
  • A sense of humor (It goes a long way)

This class is for those interested in refreshing and improving their skills and taking their photography to the next level.  At the end of this workshop, if you wish to continue, you are invited to enroll in the Richard Dischler Photo Workshop (RDPW), with its focus on pre-visualization techniques and philosophy, which will help you reinforce what you have learned and enable you to continue your momentum.

Through this Workshop, you will discover—and hone—your own, unique photographic voice.  You will also be better prepared for more in-depth lighting sessions being offered.

Most students finish this one-day lighting workshop with greater enthusiasm for their photography and a hunger for learning more.  Please join us and our growing community of local photographic talent.

Fee:  $249 ($189 for RDPW Members)

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Limited to 10

For more information, please visit on these and other class offerings.

JCC Open House Reception on October 13

Jewish Community Center (JCC)

Hosts Open House Reception for

Richard Dischler Photo Workshops (RDPW)

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Saturday, October 13, 2018

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Master’s Exhibit

Over the last nine years, 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.

This exhibit represents a small sample from within this growing community of talented and visionary photographers who have received public recognition from 2010 through 2018.

The Masters:

Fred Carter, David Craven, Bruce Fram, Karen Friedmann, Olya Gary, Tomás Garza, Alan Hart, George Herman, Dan McLean, Shubhie Panicker, Lynne Farris Schafer, Daniel Vaquero.


Community Exhibit

This exhibit celebrates the concept of community, defined as a group of people who share a common geography, interests, background ethnicity, religion, or work.  Diving into the particulars, a genuine community generates relationships that in turn create friendships, loyalty, families, the foundation of home, and security.  People in community celebrate the joys of births, communions, marriages, proms, graduations.  They also provide emotional, physical, and even financial support during periods of heartaches and losses.  People in community are rightfully proud of their creation.  Each of these award-winning photographers focus on a different community.

The Community Exhibit Photographers:

Michael Palma – Dia de los Muertos “Day of the Dead”

Roger Spinti – Tindog Tacloban “Rise Again”

Tomás Garza – Los Piscaderos “The Harvesters”

Paul Italiano – Alive in the Streets of San Francisco


For more information and how to enroll in the Workshop, please visit our website at

New 6-month pre-visualization workshop starts on October 27!

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

Salon at the Triton 2D Art Competition & Exhibition – deadline on September 21

Submissions are open for the Salon at the Triton 2D Art Competition & Exhibition. The submission deadline is September 21, 2018. For dates and more details, see the Triton Museum website.

Here’s a note from Richard on the exhibit:

“I recommend members gear up for this event.  The Workshop has a great track record of achievement in this event.
I encourage all to gather images into a submit file and come see me for a “review” chat if they want.
Member’s content certainly merits their attention to this.

Kim Dang: Boat Person, Refugee, Survivor and Photographer

War is hell. It is a supremely destructive force of humanity. It kills people, destroys communities, separates loved ones. It also presents people with opportunities to unveil their real character. Acts of courage, heroism, and love abound, pushing back the boundaries of evil inherent in war. Only fortune, acts of God, and the hearts of men and women shape the outcome.

That is part of the fabric woven into Kim Dang’s life story. Her father died in 1968, during the Vietnam War. By 1975, the War was officially over, but for 25-year-old Kim, her life was shattered when the North Vietnamese overtook Saigon, the city where she was born and raised as the youngest of four children. All the joy in her life was gone.

Both Kim and her boyfriend, Chinh Quoc Tran met at work, formerly the tax office of the south Vietnamese government, which was subsequently taken over by the communist regime. He had been a law student at the university and had almost finished his master’s degree. After the communists took over, he still worked at the communist Vietnamese version of the IRS, but he was not replaced because he was young and smart. He also had relatives in the north, so he was protected to a certain degree. Kim’s role in the same organization was at a lower level, was not so safe. She feared she would be conscripted into the communist army and sent to fight in Cambodia, as had already happened to friends and acquaintances.

She and her family attempted to escape, but were caught, and her sister was sent to prison. Rather than succumb to fear, she became more determined than ever to escape this oppressive, evil regime. Chinh was not in favor of escaping at that time, as he was the eldest son in his family, who was expected to say behind and remain with the family.

Loving Kim and not wanting to lose her, he proposed marriage, but she feared that would lead to pregnancy and then she would never escape. She declined his offer.

In a period Kim calls “Black April,” she once again made the choice to risk her life and attempt an escape. She told her boss she was taking a week-long vacation. Instead of staying behind, Chinh’s love for Kim and appreciation for her indefatigable spirit led him to join her in the getaway. Kim and Chinh left behind siblings, parents, and friends and all her earthly possessions.

It cost money to escape. The normal cost of escape was 10 to 15 bars of gold. Kim saved for five years. Because the man planning the escape was a friend and colleague of Chinh’s, he accepted only the two gold bars she had. This friend also owned a 13-meter fishing boat, which he used to help 50 people embark on the arduous and dangerous escape journey out of communist Vietnam.

Everyone was instructed to dress like farmers, dig fox holes at night, and hide in them during the day. Men and women were separated, so Kim and Chinh lost track of each other for awhile, frightening Kim, but not deterring her. They only had a few morsels of rice to eat every day because people who were helping hide them and feed them had to do it on the sly. At 11 o’clock at night, someone with a flashlight signaled them to crawl out of the holes. Dirty and sweaty, they quietly made their way to the boat awaiting them inside Vung Tau City on the Baahria River. They all knew if they got caught, they risked imprisonment, torture, or death. To avoid detection, they lay like sardines on top of each other on the boat bottom. Once they reached international waters of the South China Sea, they tossed everything possible overboard to lighten the load.

The first night sea was stormy. The boat hugged the Thailand coastline for three or four days and nights, crossing choppy, sometimes violent waters. There were no toilets, so conditions were highly unsanitary. Only a handful of rice and little water was apportioned to each person. They finally landed in Malaysia, where they sought safe haven in the first of several UN refugee camps, including Pulau Tanga and Pulau Bidong, where they learned English, underwent psychological exams, and interviewed for sponsorship to her adopted country. Dirty, exhausted, and hungry, Kim also experienced belated relief when the reality of her survival sunk in; they had heard that almost everyone died on two earlier boats that never landed safely.

Kim and Chinh first moved to Seattle, where her brother-in-law had escaped in 1975, and the two subsequently married in Seattle in 1987.

Kim returned to Vietnam in 1992, returned again every year from 2000 to 2008, and not again until 2018. During the latest trip, Kim unveiled more of her family history, discovering secrets and lost relatives.  Using the eyes of her heart, Kim also captured some of her most powerful and timeless images.

Kim’s photographs showcase her native Vietnamese community through a highly sensitive and intimate approach to her subjects, lending each one a gentle, quiet—yet profound—dignity.

In 2000, Kim Dang began taking photographs with a film-based camera, whose images she believes might be worth resurrecting in a digital format. Kim has been an RDPW member for 6 years.

Kim Dang’s images are currently on display at the San Mateo County Art Fair from June 9–17, 2018.

New 6-month Pre-Visualization Workshop

Walkabout Journey – San Mateo County Fair

Walkabout Journey

San Mateo County Fair

With Richard Dischler Photo Workshops (RDPW)

June 9–10, 2018

“If you can see your feet, you can see a photograph.”

Edward Weston

If you really 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 Journey at the San Mateo County Fair during a two-day workshop. 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.

So come, enjoy the adventure, and see where this journey takes you.

WALKABOUT DATES (Opening Weekend):
Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, 2018
11:30 a.m.

Pre-Walkabout ORIENTATION:
Saturday, June 9, Fine Arts Gallery in the Expo Hall
11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., approximately half an hour

COST: $69.99

A post-event image review and final selection process will be held at the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops located at 220 S. California Avenue, Suite 115 A/B, Palo Alto, CA 94306 June 23 and June 24. Pick a day that works for you and pre register by sending email to Richard as above.

For those selected in the final review, there will be an additional fee for mounting, matting, and framing materials. When you are finished, you will have a beautifully framed, original photograph ready to hang. These details will be clarified on review days.

The Richard Dischler Photo Workshops is beginning its 10th 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.

Announcing RDPW Tutoring Program

Have you ever signed up for a class only to learn that you didn’t know as much as everyone else, or you knew more than anyone else, or—even worse—you didn’t know as much as you thought you knew?

Welcome to the RDPW Tutoring Program, where we meet you where you are in your photographic journey. You need more knowledge about Adobe Lightroom? Print processing? Camera functions? Cell phone applications? We have a tutor for you.

Not everyone wants or needs a class on any topic or on some topics. We have discovered that many simply want or need a focused session or more on their specific needs and wants.

To make this possible, the workshop has assembled a group of qualified individuals whose skill set has been approved by Richard Dischler.

$130 per hour for RDPW members
$150 per hour for non-members
*All fees paid to Richard Dischler

Location: RDPW (aka “Da Digs”)
220 S. California Avenue, Suite 115A/B
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Scheduling: All schedules arranged between participants

See the list of tutors.

Happy tutoring!