New 6-month Pre-Visualization Workshop

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.

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.

Photography Walkabout with Richard Dischler

Have you ever thought you need to travel to a remote destination to take a memorable photograph? Ever struggled at taking photographs where you are? Do you want to expand your knowledge of what makes up a good photograph? If so, this one-day workshop is for you!

The Richard Dischler Photography Walkabout will help you visually understand what goes into a memorable photograph. Photographers in attendance will be assisted by Richard and his team of seasoned photographers in photo shooting, review and critiques.

Please bring one camera. A smartphone, point-and-shoot, DSLR or mirrorless camera will do the trick. If you have multiple lenses, please bring just one, along with a healthy dose of enthusiasm and curiosity. All photography levels welcomed and encouraged.

After the Walkabout, please join us for an “Artist vs. Gearhead” discussion between Richard and Terry Shuchat of Keeble & Shuchat Photography. The discussion will take place from 6:00–7:00 PM and is included in the cost of the Walkabout. For more information on the discussion, click here.

This is a great opportunity to meet Richard Dischler who will be leading a six-month workshop on our OFJCC campus. For more information about the workshop, please click here.

For ages 18+
Sunday, June 4
10:00 AM–5:15 PM
Freidenrich Conference Center, Room F-401
Contact: Edgar Ochoa | (650) 223-8605 |

Journey at JCC Photography Workshops

Develop your visual photographic journey at the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center!

A journey can be described as a trip, voyage, expedition or venture. A journey can be a noun (as in a person, place, thing or idea) or a verb (as in an action or something one does).

Many people journey by car, plane, train or boat. Others embark on internal journeys, writing thoughts or observations on what they see and feel. Still others journey with a camera, capturing their observations and feelings through the lens.

Richard Dischler Photo Workshops (RDPW) inspire members through individual journeys of seeing with more than just their eyes. Numerous members have received public recognition for their works in local, regional, national and international juried arts and photography competitions, exhibits and publications.

This workshop uses a unique methodology that focuses on visual imagery, taking your work to a higher level. Photographers of all levels are welcome. While fancy cameras are not required (or even needed), familiarity with manual mode is helpful.

The workshop meets once a month for six months, culminating in an exhibit in the Fitness Center. In between meetings, Dick provides one-on-one coaching during weekly office hours.

For details on the schedule and location, and to register for the workshop, go to the JCC website.

Announcing Our New Location

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the open house for the Men’s Exhibit on the 16th. As we announced at that event, the Richard Dischler Photography Workshop is going strong, and, starting next month, our new home will be the Pacific Art League (PAL) at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto.

Starting in November, 2016, all of our Pre-visualation Workshop sessions, the Six Month, One Year, and Plus sessions will continue at PAL, and we’ll provide the schedule as soon as we can.

We are also excited to announce that starting in January we will begin offering our classes again. We are planning to expand our schedule beyond just weekends, and we’ll now have opportunities to hold more classes than ever before. The schedule and registration will be available on the PAL’s website as soon as their new catalog is released, and we’ll send another update once that is available.

Quite coincidentally, Pacific Art League’s exhibition in November is of Photography, and a few of our members’s work has been accepted in the show. The reception will be held on Friday, November 4, from 5:30-8PM. This event is open to everyone so this will be a great opportunity to explore our new home, and, as we always do, support our members and friends in a new exhibition.

Thank you for your continued support of the Workshop, and we look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions,  please reach out to Richard at

Photographing the Human Form – July 16, 2016 10am – 4pm

Learn how to photograph the human body in a natural way using clothed models.

This workshop will teach you through live demonstration how to pose and photograph the human body with focus on creation of fine art portraits. Students will learn basic lighting techniques which can be used to accentuate the lines and form of the human body, as well as how to interact and instruct models to get the results you are looking to achieve.

You will have the opportunity to photograph these models, and a model release will be provided so you can use these images for your portfolio. Images will be reviewed/lightly critiqued during the class.

Class size is limited to 14 students.

Bring with you:

  1. Camera & Lens appropriate for portraits
  2. Laptop with whatever imaging software you use.  Our preference is Adobe Lightroom
  3. Dress comfortably
  4. A sense of humor. It goes a long way

Fee: $269.99 ($199.99 RDPW Members)

July 16, 2016
Class meets 10am – 4pm (with break)

Sign Up Now!
Register at or call 650-327-8996
Class fees must be paid at time of registration
Course SKU: 21563

Flagging in Lightroom

Lightroom has the ability to mark photographs that you want to revisit.  This is accomplished through the use of Keywords; Flagging; marking photographs with a specific Color and/or applying a Star rating (0 to 5).  For the purpose of this blog, we’ll just visit flagging, star rating and color labeling as used in the class.

(Note:  This is being written based on Lightroom 4.  Depending on the version of Lightroom you’re using, you might see slightly different prompts.)

One thing to understand about Lightroom is it doesn’t move your photographs when you create any sort of a Collection.  Your photographs remain in the folders they were in already.

Dick refers to a Green File.  Your Green File are just photos that Dick has tagged to be part of your “Good File.”  Stay with Dick’s classes long enough and this good file will grow to 100 photographs, or more.

If we were only going to choose photos with one particular characteristic, you could get by with just creating a collection, but since we’re going to have several criteria, we’ll create a Collection Set.

Click Library and choose New Collection Set…

New Collection Set

Give it a name (the default is Collection Set) – it can be anything you want.  In this example, I’ve entered Pre-Visualization Picks
We’ll just use the default of Top Level, but we could place this Collection Set inside another Collection Set.

Create Collection Set

Click Create to create the Collection Set.
As soon as you click Create, you’ll suddenly be looking at a blank window with no pictures showing at all.

Don’t worry – your photos are fine.  This is normal and is what you should see.  Lightroom has moved your view to this new Collection Set.

Click Library
Click New Smart Collection
Give it a name – the default is Smart Collection.

Create Smart Collection

Since we’re looking for pictures that Dick has tagged Green, we’ll call it Green
(I prefer to keep the names short, but you could call it “Dick’s Green Selections” as well)

This will be the first of several Smart Collections we’ll do for the class picks, so we want this to be inside the Collection Set we created in the previous step.  Choose Inside a Collection Set by clicking the double-headed arrow and choosing “Pre-Visualization Picks”

Green Smart Pre-Vis

Since we’re looking for any photographs that Dick has tagged Green, we need to set the Rules to match:

Label Color    is    green

Green Smart Collection

Click Create

Lightroom will automatically find all photographs that are marked with a Green Color Label and show them in this “Green” Smart Collection.  The photographs haven’t been moved – they’re still in the same folder(s) they were originally.

Next we want to find pictures Dick has tagged Green and Flagged.  We’ll call it Green+Flag

Click Library
Click New Smart Collection

The Create Smart Collection window shows as it did before:

Create Smart Collection

As before, we want this to be inside the Collection Set we created earlier.  Choose Inside a Collection Set again by clicking the double-headed arrow and choosing “Pre-Visualization Picks

Green Smart Pre-Vis

We need to add a criteria – namely pictures that are flagged.  We can do this by clicking the “+” to the right of green

Additional Smart Filters

Since we’re looking for any photographs that Dick has tagged Green, but we want to add a rule to look for Flagged photos, we need to add the Pick Flag to the Rules:

Pick Flag         is    flagged


Click Create

Once again, Lightroom will automatically find all photographs that are marked with a Green Color Label that are Flagged (picked) and show them in this “Green+Flag” Smart Collection.  As before, the photographs haven’t been moved – they’re still in the same folder(s) they were in originally.

Next we want to find pictures Dick has tagged Green, Flagged and have a rating of 1-star.  We’ll call it Green+Flag+1-Star

Click Create

Click New Smart Collection

The Create Smart Collection window shows with the previously selected settings:

We’ll keep the currently selected rules:

Label Color   is     green

Pick Flag         is    flagged

And add:

Rating              is    ∗


Click Create

We need to add one more criteria – namely pictures you think should be considered.  Pick a color, any color other than Green.  Other colors can be designated by using a number – 6 for Red, 7 for Yellow, 8 for Green, and 9 for Blue.  Purple cannot be selected by a shortcut key, so we’ll skip that for this post.  The Color Label shortcut keys are a toggle – each time you press the key associated with the color, it will turn the color label on or off for the photo.  Pressing the same key associated with the color again, will toggle the color label off or on (depending on its previous status).  You should be aware a photograph can only have one color associated with it.  This means if you select Yellow for a photo and then later press the “6” key, you will  toggle off the Yellow Color Label and toggle on the Red Color Label.

Let’s choose the color Yellow

Click Library
Click New Smart Collection

First, let’s give it a name – “Pre-Vis Favorites” and make sure it’s in the Pre-Visualization Picks Collection Set.  Before we can set the color label, we need to remove the other previously selected rules (Flagged and 1-star rating).  We do this by clicking the “

Remove Rules

When we click the “” the selected rule is removed.  Do this for both the Rating and Pick Flag.  Once you’ve removed the other rules, we can set:

Label Color    is    yellow

Create Yellow SC

Click Create

That’s it.  Now go back through your photos, find your favorites and press the number 7 key to mark them Yellow.  If you’ve never color labeled a photo, then each time you press the 7 key, you should see the number in the Pre-Vis Favorites increment by 1.  If the color Yellow has already been set for a photo and you press the 7 key again, you’ll be toggling the color off, in which case, the number will decrease by 1.