Friday, November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving Break Open Lab Hours

As Turkey Day approaches, just a reminder that there are no classes Wed, Nov 21 - Fri, Nov 23.  We will have two open labs during the break.  Here is the schedule for Thanksgiving week:

• Monday & Tuesday November 19-20:  Normal lab and class schedule
• Wednesday, November 21:  all labs open (darkroom, digital, lighting) 9am - 4pm
• Thursday & Friday, November 22-23:  College closed for Thanksgiving holiday
• Saturday, November 24:  all labs open (darkroom, digital, lighting) 1-6pm

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jill Greenberg at Clamp Art

Jill Greenberg will be showing her latest project at Clamp Art!  Horses. . . for more info:

Monday, October 15, 2012

NY Trip Preview - Laura Letinsky at Yancey Richardson

Laura Letinsky's meticulous still life photos at Yancey Richardson.  Those of you currently enrolled in Studio Lighting Fundamentals can appreciate that this is much more difficult than you might expect. . .

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lots to see on the NY trip!

Things have been busy in Photo Land and we have neglected our blogging!  Sorry for the silence over the last month.  Not to worry, this week we will be highlighting some of the exciting exhibitions you can see this Friday on the Bucks Art Department trip to NYC.  There are a few tickets still available - head down to the Art Office in Hicks to buy yours today.

Think "fake" photos are a product of the digital age and Photoshop?  Think again!  The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just opened an exhibition entitled "Faking It:  Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop."  Interestingly, Adobe helped to fund the exhibition.  This promises to be a great show.  For those of you with iPads, there is a free App available from iTunes which accompanies the exhibition.

For more information on the exhibition:

Monday, September 3, 2012

Mary Ellen Mark lecture and book signing

Legendary photographer Mary Ellen Mark will be giving and artist talk and book signing at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center!  This is a great opportunity to meet a legend.
The details:
Artist Lecture and Book Signing:  Mary Ellen Mark
October 24, 2012, 6pm-7:30 pm.  $7 suggested donation
Where:  Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia
For more information:

open labs for fall 2012

Photo Open Labs – Fall 2012

Hicks 120 - Digital Lab
Mondays                  12:30-7pm
Tuesdays                 10am-1:30pm, 6-9pm
Wednesdays          12:30-10pm
Thursdays               1:30-6pm
Fridays                   10am-6pm
Saturdays                3-6pm

B&W Darkroom
Mondays                  noon-6pm
Tuesdays                 10am-6pm
Wednesdays          9am-1pm, 6-9pm
Thursdays               12:30-10pm
Fridays                   10am-6pm
Saturdays                3-6pm

H 104 Lighting Studio
Mondays                  closed
Tuesdays                 1-5:30pm
Wednesdays          9am-noon, 6-9pm
Thursdays               12:30-5:30
Fridays                    10am-6pm
Saturdays                *noon-3, 3-6pm

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"Photoshoppery" in the news. . .

Pop star Britney Spears recently agreed to have retouched and un-retouched versions of photos from a recent photo shoot published.  Two of the photos are reproduced above.  According to the UK Daily Mail, Spears wants to highlight the pressure on women to look perfect.  The entire article with additional images is available here.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Congratulations Kristina Tregnan

©Kristina Tregnan

Bucks photo alum Kristina Tregnan is at it again.  She just won second place in the photography category in the Artists of Yardley members show.  The winning photo Satterwaite-Doan Farmhouse is shown above.  Way to go, Kristina!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Have you been hoping to take VAFA 211 - Studio Lighting Fundamentals in the fall?  The day section is now full, but we have just added a new night section.  The second section will be on Thursday nights from 6-10:30pm this fall.  Check webadvisor for registration details.

Rob Noll wants you to check out his new blog!

Bucks student Rob Noll has launched a new photo blog and he wants you to check it out!  Here is the link.  Thanks for sharing, Rob!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

World Wide Pinhole Day & Arts at Bucks!

Wow.  Sunday, April 29 is a busy day.  The Arts at Bucks reception will take place from 1-4pm on the Newtown campus AND it is World Wide Pinhole Day.  Take a pinhole photo and upload it to this site where it will become part of the Pinhole Archive!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Calling all Bucks Photo students, transfers and alums!

We have added a new feature to the photo blog - links to the websites of current and former Bucks photo students. If you are a current or former Bucks photo student and would like your site linked, please send me the url ( Sorry but no Flickr sites! I have added a few links to start the process. . .


Photo Certificate alum Rob Noll deserves a huge congratulations. He was recently selected by American Photo on Campus magazine as a winner in their "Go Pro" contest. The image above won first place in the sports photography category. Pick up a free copy of the magazine in the photo department while they last!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The results are in. . .

Thanks to all who submitted photographs for the 2012 Student Exhibition. As always, there were too many beautiful photographs from which to choose. If your work was not selected, don’t be discouraged!

Congratulations to the following students:

(in no particular order)

Richard Hackman The Train

Bill Kraus Reflections – Tokyo

Ann Marie Luyando Solace

Margaryta Kenis Old Lady Reading

Barbara A. Churilla Sycamore

Jettie Sailor At The Recital

Margaryta Kenis Glass (three glasses)

Sharon Mastrosimone Daydreams

Emili Witzer Mystery Liquid

Ryan Ross Memorabilia

Nicolette Kampf Suction Cups

Nicolette Kampf Stangulation

David Wagner Praying

Tyler Washington Garden Houses 421

Mary Snyder Athletic

Brittany King Waiting

Lori Patano Cleaning Day

Dustin George Busy Day Drinking Ice Tea

Joseph Barford Shaving (Self Portrait)

Mark Dingman Abduction

Katelyn Kepenhaver Uprising

Judy Dinnerman Untitled (Foggy Landscape)

Gabriele Picone Reflection

Aaron Brough Stover Dam

Lori Patano Untitled (man in window)

Erica Minton Self Portrait (black and white)

Kimberly Abraham Untitled

Bonnie Gepner Margo

Jan Watson Window

If your work was selected for the exhibition, you will need to matt or mount the work and return it by Wednesday, April 18. Be sure to attach the submission form to the back of your print before returning it so that we can be sure that the title and name are correct when we make the labels. Work should be dropped off during normal office hours. It can be delivered to the Hicks Art Center Gallery.

Please pick up all submissions by Friday, April 20. We have limited storage space!

Monday, April 2, 2012


We have reached that time again. Advising begins on April 9 and priority registration begins on April 23. If you are a photo certificate student, you should sign up for an advising appointment with Kimberly Witham. An advising sign up sheet is posted on the door to the Hicks digital lab (Hicks 120). The following classes will be offered in the Fall:

• VAFA 110 - Digital Photo Fundamentals
Learn the basics of photography and Photoshop. Exposure control, depth of field, motion.. . how to use your digital camera.

• VAFA 151 - Photography I
Learn to expose and develop black and white film in the darkroom. This class covers exposure and camera controls along with developing and printing black and white film negatives.

• VAFA 210 - Digital Photography II
This class covers more advanced Photoshop & Camera controls as well as digital printing and color management. Please note: If you wish to register for this class you must receive permission and be placed on the approved list. Contact Kimberly Witham for more information. (Pre-requisite: VAFA 110)

• VAFA 211 - Studio Lighting Fundamentals
Learn to manipulate light in the studio and on location. Use florescent, tungsten and strobe lighting for portrait, still life and location work. (Pre-requisite: VAFA 110 OR VAFA 151 and VAMM 100)

• VAFA 257 - Large Format Photography
Find your inner Ansel Adams. This course shows students how to use a large format camera to shoot a variety of subjects. Students shoot 4 x 5 inch black and white film using view cameras. The detail in these negatives is incredible. . .. cameras are provided. (Pre-requisite VAFA 151)

Sign up for advising today!!!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


©Barbara Churilla

©Kristina Tregnan

Wow. So many people to congratulate, so little time. . .

Artists of Yardley, First Annual Juried show.
Bucks photo alum Kristina Tregnan and current photo student Barbara Churilla had work selected for this show. Both of the selected pieces are shown above. An opening reception will be held March 9 from 6-9pm. More information is available here.

20th Annual Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition.
A huge congratulations to Bucks photo students Marie Fill, Ryan Ross and Jan Watson. All three had work selected for this upcoming exhibition. The show runs from March 18-April 8. For more information click here.

Monday, March 5, 2012


Don't forget that next week (March 12-18) is Spring break. If you want to come in and work on your photos you are in luck. During the following hours, the darkroom, digital lab and lighting studio will be open:

Monday (3/12): noon-5pm
Tuesday (3/13): 8:30am-9pm
Wednesday (3/14): 4-8pm
Thursday (3/15): 11am-5pm
Friday (3/16): 10am-6pm

Take advantage of this time!

Friday, March 2, 2012

The latest, greatest, digital camera

The new Lytro digital camera

An image shot with the Lytro with two different depths of field.

The new Lytro digital camera has just been released. It is a point and shoot camera with a twist. The camera works differently from traditional digital cameras. The big twist is that images captured on the Lytro can be manipulated after capture in interesting new ways - most specifically depth of field can be determined and changed after capture. The big downside is that you can't use Photoshop or Lightroom to manipulate the images in this way. You must use the free proprietary software made for the camera. Just when you thought you had all the photo toys you need, along comes another. . .for more info, go to the Lytro website.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Exhibition Opportunity: Classic Towns of Philadelphia Photo Contest

Have some great shots of the Philadelphia area? Planning to take some soon? The Perkins Center for the Arts is sponsoring the "Classic Towns of Philadelphia" photo contest. Selected photographs will be exhibited in a traveling exhibition. For more information go to this link. Good luck!

Cindy Sherman Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art

A Cindy Sherman retrospective has opened at the Museum of Modern Art just in time for the Department of the Arts trip to NYC! Since the 1970s Sherman has photographed herself in a range of guises - from clowns to damsels in distress. A link to the New York Times review of the exhibition is here. One of her early "Film Stills" images is above along with a photo of the entrance to the exhibition. Not to be missed!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012


Open Lab Hours - Spring 2012

Hicks 120 Digital Lab

Mondays: 9am-1pm
Tuesdays: 8:30am-9pm
Wednesdays: noon-9pm
Thursdays: 12:30-10pm
Fridays: 10am-6pm

Hicks 118 - Black & White Darkroom

Mondays: 9am-10pm
Tuesdays: 5:30pm-9pm
Wednesdays: noon-9pm
Thursdays: 11am-6pm
Fridays: 10am-6pm

Hicks 104 - Lighting Studio

Mondays: 9am-noon and 5-9pm
Tuesdays: 5:30-9pm
Wednesdays: 9am-noon and 5-9pm
Thursdays: 12:30-9pm
Fridays: 10:30am-5:30pm

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Zoe Strauss at the Philadelphia Museum AND on a billboard near you!!!

images above ©Zoe Strauss

The work of Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss is currently featured in a mid career retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In conjunction with the exhibit, 53 billboards in Philadelphia will feature photographs by Strauss. Of the billboards, she states The billboards will exhibit photos without text, branding or logos. They effectively eliminate 53 spaces available for commercial advertising. ” This show is not to be missed. For more information, you can follow this link to the PMA website.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fotoshop by Adobe. . .

Check out this fake add for Photoshop created by Jesse Rosten. . .