Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wish you had a "perfect" body. . . so does H&M.

Clothing retailer H&M recently admitted to Photoshopping models faces onto digital created bodies. An ethical dilemma? The full story is here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Open Lab Hours - Thanksgiving Weekend

A reminder:
Wednesday, November 23 - no classes - ALL LABS OPEN 9AM-4PM
Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25 - no class, all labs closed
Saturday, November 26 - ALL LABS OPEN 10AM-5PM
Don't forget to take lots of photos!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Registration & Advising

Some info for photo students planning classes for next semester:
1. Very important: VAFA 210-Digital Photo II. Priority registration for this course is now given to students who have not previously taken the class. If you wish to register for Digital Photo II, please contact Kimberly Witham to receive permission. If you have taken the class previously, please contact Kimberly to be placed on the waiting list.

2. The following classes will be offered in photo next semester:
•VAFA 110 - Digital Photography Fundamentals
•VAFA 210 - Digital Photography II
•VAFA 211 - Studio & Lighting Fundamentals
•VAFA 151 - Intro to Darkroom Photography
•VAFA 157 - Darkroom Photography II
•VAFA 196 - History of Photography

Priority registration begins on November 21 - sign up for advising now!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thanks to Freestyle Salon and our fabulous models. ..

Margo photographed by Katie Farlow

Margaryta photographed by Ryan Davis
Danielle photographed by Bill Kraus

Marie photographed by Rob Noll

Today students from VAFA 211 - Studio & Lighting participated in our fashion & beauty shoot. Many thanks to the fabulous stylists from Freestyle Salon in Newtown who worked their magic with make up and styling. Thanks as well to our models: Margaryta, Margo, Marie and Danielle. Here is a sneak peak of a few of the images. . . .

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wedding Photographers Beware

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. Thanks to Chad for passing on this gem from the NY Times. A wedding photographer is being sued for missing some key shots in a wedding which occurred in 2003. From the times:

"But what is striking, said the studio that took the pictures, is that Mr. Remis’s wedding took place in 2003 and he waited six years to sue. And not only has Mr. Remis demanded to be repaid the $4,100 cost of the photography, he also wants $48,000 to recreate the entire wedding and fly the principals to New York so the celebration can be re-shot by another photographer.

Re-enacting the wedding may pose a particular challenge, the studio pointed out, because the couple divorced and the bride is believed to have moved back to her native Latvia."

To read the complete story, follow this link

Monday, October 24, 2011


Some news and events you should know about:

1. EXTENDED FRIDAY OPEN LAB HOURS! Starting this Friday, October 28 lab hours on Fridays will extend until 10pm. The digital lab, the darkroom and the lighting studio will all be open. New lab tech Rita Melamud will be running the show. Please take advantage of this time to work!

2. PHILLY PHOTO DAY - OCTOBER 28. Sponsored by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. Philly Photo Day is coming up on Friday, October 28th! Everyone in Philadelphia is invited to take a picture of anything you like as long as it’s taken on the 28th within the city limits. You’ll have until October 31st to select your favorite picture and upload it
Then on November 10th, from 6-9pm, join PPAC at the Philly Photo Day Opening Reception. Every single picture we receive will be printed and hung for exhibition in our space at 1400 N American St. Reprints of all the images will be available for $25. For more info please see the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center website (link at right on links panel).

3. CHAD STATES "CRUISING" BOOK RELEASE PARTY! Saturday, November 19 from 6-7pm head down to the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center for a book release party for Chad's new book "Cruising." I am sure Chad would like to see current and former students along with everyone else from Bucks Photo Land so don't miss it!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Exhibition News. . .

A huge congratulations to former Bucks photo student Paul Sell and current student Rachel Smith - both have great news about exhibitions and awards!

Rachel Smith - Two of Rachel's photographs were selected for exhibition as part of the InVision Photo Festival College Photography Contest. For more information on the exhibition, opening reception, etc please check this link. A huge congrats to Rachel - she had two photos selected from tough competition! Way to go!

© Rachel Smith - The Meadow

©Rachel Smith - Sugar and Spice

Paul Sell - two of Paul's images were given awards in the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor's annual photo contest. "Bombs Bursting in Air" took first place in the "Canal Culture" category and was overall grand prize winner and "Stone Bridge over Pidcock Creek" took first place in the "Historical Architecture and Engineering Marvels" category. A huge congratulations to Paul for the well-deserved honors.

©Paul Sell - Stone Bridge over Pidcock Creek

©Paul Sell - Bombs Bursting in Air

If you have exhibition news to report, please send an email to!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

. . . and the last batch of summer photos

©Jim McGann

©Derek Korogodsky

©Sue Kott

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Open Lab Hours for Fall

The open lab hours for fall are as follows - please note the original signs in the lab listed the B&W darkroom as open until 10pm on Tuesdays - the correct time is 8pm. Sorry for any confusion!

Hicks 120 Digital Lab
Monday: noon-10pm
Tuesday: 9am-1:30pm, 5:30-8pm
Wednesday: noon-10pm
Thursday: 12:30-10pm
Friday: 10am-5pm

B&W Darkroom
Monday: 11am-6pm
Tuesday: 12:30-8pm
Wednesday: 9am-1pm, 5-10pm
Thursday: 12:30-10pm
Friday: 10am-5pm

Hicks 104 Lighting Studio
Monday: 6-10pm
Tuesday: 1-8pm
Wednesday: 9am-noon, 6-10pm
Thursday: 12:30-10pm
Friday: 10am-5pm

And more summer photos. . .

©Lynae Lerch

©Alicia Foote

©Kate McCafferty

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Summer Vacation Photos Part 2

©Roberta Mayer
©Richard Hackman
©Jackie Benner
©Haley Decker
©Bill Kraus

Wow! I am so impressed by the great photos received so far! Please keep sending them along - remember to save them as jpegs and email them to Everyone has the photo bug - including PA State Professor of the Year Roberta Mayer! Check out her photo of a giant WALK IN camera. . .

Monday, August 29, 2011

Summer Photos

©Elizabeth Ashley

©Christopher Wirth

©Robert Noll

©Ann Luyando

©Katie Farlow

©Robin Odland

©Drew Myers

©Alicia Foote

Last week I sent a request for your summer photos. Since then, they have been rolling in. Please send your submission to Save it as a jpeg and include your name in the email. One photo per photographer please!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


©kimberly witham, 2011

Hello all,
Welcome back - we are looking forward to seeing our old friends and meeting some new ones this semester. The open lab schedule will be posted here in a few days. In the meantime, we are wondering what you did on your summer vacation. . . hopefully you took photos. Email us your favorite photo from summer vacation - portrait, landscape, abstract, whatever. Save it as a jpeg and email it to We will post all of the submissions next week. Deadline for submissions is midnight on Tuesday, August 30. As always, hit us with your best shot! I will start the ball rolling with the above photo taken on the way to Husavik, Iceland - just south of the Arctic circle. . . it was cold, bleak and beautiful. . .

Bucks Photo student Meg Eubank invites EVERYONE to her upcoming opening - check it out!

You are all invited!

Triumph Art/Trunk Show
Aug 28th, 1-5pm UPSTAIRS at Triumph Brew
in Old City

Stop by to see work by featured artists
Meg Eubank and Blake Shockley

There will also be a trunk show including
clothes, jewelry, accessories,
and balloon art from:

Lisa Garten Chosed
Echo Gerhart
Zita Jackson
Sarah Rose
Jessica Saint

Come out for an afternoon of fantastic art
and creations by talented individuals!

117 Chestnut St, Upstairs
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saturday, June 4, 2011

William Eggleston on Today Show

Master of color photography William Eggleston was recently interviewed on the Today show. You can see the interview here.

Monday, May 2, 2011

J. Sarah Klatchko talk - sponsored by the photo club!

© J. Sarah Klatchko

Please join us for a FREE talk by photographer and Bucks alum J. Sarah Klatchko. Klatchko is a photographer and educator. Her photographs have been reproduced in magazines and newspapers world wide. She will be sharing her work and insights with us this Wednesday, please join us. For more information on J. Sarah Klatchko, you can visit her website.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4 from noon-1pm
WHERE: Music and Multimedia Center room 12.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Registration and advising for Fall 2011

That time of year is back - registration and advising. Registration for summer session has already begun. Priority registration for Fall begins on April 25. Photo students - you can sign up for advising with me during my office hours. The sign up sheet is on the door to the Hicks 120 digital lab.

The following classes will be offered in the Fall:

VAFA 110 - Digital Photography Fundamentals
VAFA 210- Digital Photography II
VAFA 211- Studio & Lighting Fundamentals

VAFA 151 - B&W Photography I
VAFA 157 - B&W Photography II
VAFA 257 - Large format Photography (use a view camera like Ansel Adams!)
Please note: Photography II is not listed on the printed course guide. The course WILL be offered in the Fall on Tuesdays from 8:30-12:30. The course is listed on WebAdvisor.

VAFA 196 - History of Photography (classroom, NOT online)

If you have any questions, please see Kimberly Witham

Belated Congratulations.

©Ellen Rogers
Jan with her winning photo "Lace Curtains"

With all of the great things happening in photo these days, I am a bit behind on my congratulatory posts. The latest good news comes from Jan Watson and Ellen Rogers. Both had photographs accepted into the Ocean City Art Center's photography show. Extra kudos to Jan - her photo won an honorable mention. The show runs through the end of April, for more information you can go to the Ocean City Arts Center website here. Jan's winning photo will also be included in the upcoming student exhibition.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


After a VERY difficult judging process, the following pieces have been selected for the student exhibition. Thanks to all who submitted work. The quality was excellent and we had a really hard time making cuts. Congratulations to the following students (in no specific order) and to all who submitted work:

Kate Dehmelt – Barely On

Bill Krauss – Winter Walk

Nicholas Ramsey – Pool House

Casey Lynch – Halliburton

Meg Eubank – Abandoned

Kristina Tregnan – Untitled

Kara Foran – Lost

Rachel Lawlor – Wake

Ben Manns – Self Portrait

Mike Higgins – 2 pools

Lindsey Deluca – I’ll Be Waiting For You

Derek Korogodksy – Dark Wood

Nora Greb – Intermission

Julia Axberg – Love Fully

Sharon Mastrosimone – Zamzama

Leah Pannapacker – The Old Way of Life

Kelly Pullman – Katherine Marie

Jan Watson – Lace Curtains

Alex Tremitiere – Tune

Margo Greb – Energetic Inconsistency

Jacqueline Noel – Waiting

Jacqueline Noel – Halo

Lauren Vaughan – Blue Disburse

Ed Canning – Cassie & Ellie

Nina Magro – Philly

Nina Magro – Santa Monica

Ed Canning – Wood Fence

Victoria Linaberry – pink dress in decaying building

Victoria Linaberry – Morning Light

David Wagner – The Crowd

Sue Kott – Atlantic City #1

Sue Kott – Atlantic City #2

Robin Odland – Sage of BCCC

Michelle Gerhart – Lambertville H.S. (machines – not stairs)

Robin Odland – Dad Ponders 80 years

Edward Cardell – Bobby’s Story

Annie Potts - Flea Market

Thanks to all – please pick up your work ASAP. It must be returned mounted or matted to the Hicks Gallery by Monday, April 18 at the latest!! Unaccepted work should also be picked up ASAP. We can't hold on to work later than April 25!!

Judges: Kimberly Witham, Susan Woodward, Kate Pollard, Julia Cybularz, John Ivanchenko & Chad States.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

WOW - more congratulations. . .

© Sharon Mastrosimone

© Meg Eubank

© Kayleen Kauffman

It seems that everyone at Bucks Photo has been very busy. More wonderful student news:
• One of Sharon Mastrosimone's photos (see above) has been selected for the 29th Ellarslie Open. For more information, go to the Ellarslie website here.
• One of Meg Eubank's photos was selected by Photographer's Forum Magazine for its "Best of College Photography 2011" issue. The winning photo is posted above, for more info go to the Photographers Forum website here.
•Finally, a big congratulations goes to former Bucks photo student Kayleen Kauffman who will be graduating from RISD this spring. Her BFA show "People of the 99" will be opening at the Red Eye Gallery in Providence, RI on April 14. One of the photos from her project is posted above. For more info, go to Kayleen's website here.
We are really proud of all of you! Keep up the great work.

Monday, March 28, 2011

More congratulations!

©Kerrie Michener

Congratulations to Kerrie Michener. Several of her photographs have been selected for the Delaware Valley Intercollegiate Art Competition at the Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley, PA. As an added bonus, the image above won Second Place. The exhibition runs from April 2-30. An opening reception will be held on April 2 from 3-5pm. For more information go the Darlington Arts Center website here.

Monday, March 21, 2011


©Kristina Tregnan

The month of March has been a busy one for Bucks Photo students!

• Photos by Kristina Tregnan and Ellen Rogers will be included in "Photography and 3D Art" presented by the Artists of Yardley. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 25 from 5-8pm. For more information check out the Artists of Yardley website here.

• Kerrie Michener's photographs are on display for the month of March at the Langhorne Coffee House as part of their Artists on the Avenue series. For more information you can visit the Langhorne Coffee House website here.

• Paul Kalstein's photo "Dedicated" was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Focal Press Photography contest. To see Paul's photo check out the Focal Press website here.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Congratulations Sue Kott!

©Sue Kott

Congratulations to Sue Kott! One of her photographs was selected by jurors Stephen Perloff, James Pryor and Vincent Feldman for inclusion in the annual Phillips Mill Juried Photography Exhibition. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 4. The show runs through June 26. The selected photo is shown above.

The 8 things you should know how to do in Photoshop

I just came across this post on the Light Stalking website. According to the post, these are the 8 things every photographer should be able to do in Photoshop:
1. Prepare images for the web.
2. Crop to a specific size
3. Create an adjustment layer
4. Remove red eye
5. Remove blemishes
6. Sharpen
7. Create an action
8. Use keyboard shortcuts
Would you pass the test??? The full article is available here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


During these hours all three labs will be open - the digital lab, the darkroom and the lighting studio.

Monday: 5-10pm
Tuesday: 4-10pm
Wednesday: 1-7pm
Thursday: 2-10pm
Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: noon-6pm

Monday, March 7, 2011

A new funding model for photojournalists

©Sarah Elliott

Due to the decline in print media - magazines, newspapers and the like - funding for in-depth documentary projects has declined sharply. Using a model similar to Kickstarter, seeks to fund documentary projects through project specific donations collected via their website. The photo above was taken by Sarah Elliott and funded by The project documents rape victims in the Congo. Check out the full story on the NY Times Lens blog here. Thanks to David Wagner for bringing this story to my attention.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Not to be missed!!!

On Thursday, April 7 the American Society of Media Photographers is hosting a presentation on the business of photography by Neil Binkley. The lecture will take place in Philadelphia - the cost for students is 5 dollars! It is advised that you register early.

The Not-So-Basics of the Photography Business with Neil Binkley
The Not-So-Basics of the Photography Business with Neil Binkley

The emerging and established photographer may find themselves wondering just what it is they need to do to stay afloat in the photography business today. While there is no single approach to success in our industry, or any other industry for that matter, there are many ways that photographers can help themselves bring in more business and stay happy with their career choice. We'll discuss what I consider to be the three guiding principles behind a successful photography business, and even do a case study of one brave, local photographer, to give them tips on their business and creative approach. Presentation by Neil Binkley(, Photographer's Consultant and former Wonderful Machine Marketing and Publicity Director. Neil's Program will be preceded by a social hour with light refreshments.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

finished. ..

Hi All,
Still need to edit the final shots, but this gives you the general idea of the finished product!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Greetings from Richmond. . .

Hey All,
I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather and taking lots of photos. I thought I would share a few install photos. Bucks photo student and photographer extraordinaire Kristina Tregnan is here helping out. . . she may never want to install an exhibition again! In the background, you can see Keith Lemley's amazing "Something and Nothing" in the process of installation.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


After quite a bit of trouble from Mother Nature, we managed to get the Photo Club Exhibition up on the wall in the Rollins Center Gallery. Congratulations to all of the photographers whose work is now on display. An opening reception will be held this Wednesday, February 9 from noon-2pm. Please come out to show your support, eat some cookies and see some great photos!!

Exhibitions you should see!!

©Meg Eubank

Congratulations to Bucks Photo students Robin Odland and Meg Eubank on their upcoming exhibitions:
• Several of Meg's photographs will be on display in an upcoming exhibition at the Garden Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 19 from 7-11pm.
Garden Gallery
The Garden
5207 Point Pleasant Pike
Gardenville, PA (if using a GPS list Doylestown as the location)

• One of Robin Odland's photographs was selected by juror Larry Fink for ONWARD '11 at Project Basho in Philadelphia. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 12 from 2-5pm. The exhibition runs from February 12-March 31.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Hi All,
Due to multiple snow days and the threat of ice tomorrow, we have postponed the opening reception for the photo club exhibition until next Wednesday, February 9 from noon-2pm. We will hang the show this Thursday, February 3 at 5:30 if you would like to help out!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Snow Day Photos - Day 2!!!

©Chuck Davis
©Sue Kott
©Dave Wagner
©Robin Odland
©Meg Eubank
©Jaime Lee Monreal
©Kristina Tregnan

©John Satriano

Thanks to everyone for forwarding their snow day photos. The submissions are posted above. Robin Odland went so far as to send his in from Chicago! Photo students never take a snow day!