Upcoming Speakers

2022-2023 Season

"Putting the RIGHT words with your photography."

Presented by Lisa Langell. September 14, 2022 6:30-8PM


Learn how simple writing techniques enhance your photography -- and vice versa:

First, you will learn how adding words with your photography doesn't have to be overwhelming and daunting. We will start with a fun activity to show you how titles influence your experience with an image, followed by tips for adding powerful titles to your work.

Next, we take it a step further… introducing you to the art of developing your own quotes! We'll start at the beginning to give you a good foundation in how to develop inspirational messages that go along with your photographs and how they can be used and shared.   Worried about writer's block? Don't worry! I have some innovative tips and a fun way to get you thinking and writing easily. The best part? These activities also inspire your photography!

Last, we will cover how to get ideas and inspiration for writing your first short story!  This exercise is REALLY fun and inspiring and can be done anytime, anywhere! 

You will learn:

  • How a title influences the perception and emotion evoked from your image
  • Tips for titling your images
  • Methods for creating inspirational quotes to accompany your work
  • How writing a short story can influence your photography - and vice versa
  • Easy story-starter tips for creating infinite options for the plot, theme, and imagery that will accompany your story

This webinar is designed to be fun, educational and interactive. You can chat with me throughout the webinar! This isn't your boring, old "sit and get" webinar --- this is engaging, fun and designed to meet YOUR needs!

Click HERE to access Lisa's website


"Strictly Macro".


Presented by Chris Foster. October 12, 2022 6:30-8PM


Macro photographer Christopher Foster presents skillfully composed portraits of the tiniest creatures and abstract imagery of the most delicate aspects found in nature. His photography will introduce you to the intricate mechanics that make up insects and arachnids, and the sublime patterns and surfaces of the fauna on which they can be found.


He resides in the Mid-Atlantic area, surrounded by a variety of unique natural habitats. In addition to his art photography, he has produced award-winning materials for various media outlets for over 25 years. Foster continuously explores his environment with an eye for the endless supply of intriguing formations ready to be captured by his macro lens. His day job is photo editor for a successful Delaware newspaper.


Click HERE to access Chris's web page.



Harold Ross presents

"Painting with Light; a Transformative Process" presented by Harold Ross.

November 9, 2022 from 6:30 to 8 PM


Presentation title: Painting with Light; a Transformative Process

Join noted photographer Harold Ross for a presentation of his Painting with Light process, a

technique that he has been perfecting for 30 years. (Yes, that's right! Harold used his light

painting process on transparency film, before Photoshop existed!) He will show you how his

photographic methods using the technique of light painting can transform the ordinary into the


Harold is drawn to photograph things that have history; old machines, tools and various still life

subjects. His goal is to elevate and monumentalize these subjects, which are often taken for

granted. His transformational approach to photography can, in a way, breathe new life into his


In his landscape work, Harold is interested in the interplay between the real and the unreal.

An unmistakably real scene, illuminated in a way that can't happen in nature, creates a

quandary in the mind of the viewer. In a more subtle way, this same interplay exists in Harold's

still life work.

Harold will share his work, and he will explain the lighting tools he uses (simple and few), the

advantages of light painting, and the Six Principles of Light that he feels are essential to

mastering lighting.

He'll also touch on the amazing power of enhancing dimension and depth through specialized

(yet simple) masking techniques in Photoshop. These masking methods, which Harold teaches

in his workshops, are akin to painting and drawing, and are not taught as photographic

techniques anywhere else.

Harold will be using his images to convey the transformative nature of his image-making

process, which allows one to transform an ordinary subject into something remarkable!

This will be an information-packed program. Be prepared to be inspired!

See Harold's work at: www.haroldrossfineart.com

See Harold's blog, with lots of technical information on Light Painting at:


Harold's Instagram: @haroldross_sculptingwithlight

To see Harold's work, please visit www.haroldrossfineart.com 

"Why Black and White". Presented by Cole Thompson.

December 7, 2002 from 6:30-8 PM


 In about one hour Cole Thompson will make the case that black and white is the perfect medium for any subject…except for one. Cole will show work from his various portfolios including:

     The Ghosts of Auschwitz-Birkenau 


     Ceiling Lamps

     Moai, Sitting for Portrait

     The Lone Man

     And others


Interspersed between the images Cole will share his photographic philosophies, such as:

     Never listen to others

     Photographic Celibacy

     Coles Rule of Thirds

     Equipment is overrated

     Vision is the most important tool in my toolbox

     And many others!


At the end of his presentation Cole will answer questions and give away a print of The Angel Gabriel.


To access Cole's website click HERE.


"Light Weavings"

Presented by Elisabeth Bard. January 4, 2023 6:30-8 PM



I am in search of images that have a quiet, meditative quality, simple gifts to soothe our souls.

Texture, color and the patina of our surroundings stimulate my senses and lead to the creation of environmental tapestries and dreamlike scenes.

Elisabeth Bard studied fine art and photography at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio and worked as a graphic artist as well as a fine artist. She returned full-time to photography during the late 1990s and makes this the main focus of her creative endeavors, viewing herself primarily as an artist who just happens to use a camera. Abstracts focusing upon texture, color and time are her main love and focus. She has been experimenting with “painting” with light across the sensor of the camera using a slow shutter speed and moving the camera as well as her body. So the camera is the “brush” and light the “paint.”

Elisabeth has exhibited locally, including museums such as the Biggs Museum of American Art and the Delaware Art Museum.  She has won multiple awards for her work including the prestigious Delaware Emerging Artist for Photography and placed first and third in the Brandywine Plein Air Competition.  As well, she has been twice selected as a Master Artisan for Delaware By Hand, a division of the Biggs Museum in Dover, DE.  Her work is included in the collections of the Biggs Museum of American Art and PNC Bank. She is a member of several local arts and photographic organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region.

To access Elisabeth's website click HERE.

"Abstract Architecture Photography- Creativity in Composition"

Presented by Angie McMonigal. January 11, 2023 6:30-8 PM


I'm a fine art and commercial architecture photographer based in Chicago striving to bring a detailed, thoughtful perspective to my work, whether for clients or through the workshops I lead. Having grown up surrounded by nature yet fascinated by the big city I've called home for more than two decades; I bring the meditative calm of my upbringing to a terrain that's always transforming. Drawing from my education in the micro sciences (molecular biology, microbiology, virology) my focus is more frequently on bold architectural details rather than sweeping cityscapes, creating images that celebrate those unexpectedly iconic elements hiding in plain sight.

I work with art consultants, designers, architectural firms, and private collectors to provide compelling photographs for their collections. I've also collaborated with national and global brands, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Stir, and Icebreaker, creating distinctive images to complement their brands. I am available for commissioned, one-of-a-kind projects for both individual and corporate collectors. My goal is to create images that draw out the organic interplay between design, structure, environment, and society.

Publication credits include Shots Magazine, National Geographic, WSJ, among others. Exhibitions by galleries in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Barcelona and other destinations, including my Urban Quilt series with the Catherine Edelman Gallery's Chicago Project.


To access Angie's website click HERE

"How to make a Night Photograph in Any Lighting Situation" 

Presented by Lance Keimig, Feb 8, 2023 6:30-8 PM

Night photography is a broad genre of photography with specialized niches. Lance will share his system of simple steps to help you focus on what is important in each niche. Different conditions require different tactics and require prioritizing different exposure variables to get the best results. Learn a methodical process to the technical aspects of photography so you can concentrate on creativity.

Lance's Bio: 

Night Photography has been my passion since I was first handed a camera 30 years ago. No, my father did not give me a Brownie, but my girlfriend introduced me to her Canon AE1, which I promptly took into my bedroom, turned off the lights, opened the shutter, and started waving a flashlight around to see what would happen. From the first rolls of film that I ever shot, I have been fascinated with the way that time can be expressed and distorted with long exposure photography. The ability to make images that record time differently that how we perceive it with our eyes has held my attention for all of this time.


After exhausting all of the photography classes at the local community college, I moved to San Francisco to study with legendary Bay Area night photographer Steve Harper. Studying with Steve was a life changing experience. In his classes, I learned not only about night photography, but I learned what it meant to be a great teacher. When I began to teach my own workshops eight years later, I based my workshops on my time with Steve. His classes were all about sharing ideas. There was no competition, no rivalry, and the students and instructor all worked and learned together in the most supportive and friendly environment I’ve ever experienced.


I taught my first night photography workshop at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco in 1998, and knew after that experience that I wanted to teach, and to take the reigns from my mentor Steve Harper, who had recently retired. Since then, I’ve taught well over 100 night photography workshops around the US, and led more than 25 international photo tours. I’ve written 2 books on the subject, and lectured on night photography at conferences in New York, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, and Glasgow, Scotland and San Paulo, Brazil.


For me, teaching is not about showing people how to do what I do, but helping people to open the doors and windows to their own creativity, and how to find meaning in their work. Much more than the technical aspects of photography it’s facing those big questions that lead to real growth as an artist. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to do work that I love and to share what I have learned with others who catch the night photography fever.


To access Lance's website click HERE

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"15 Ways to Improve Your Photography"

Presented By Thomas Bol.  March 8, 2023 6:30-8 PM


Looking for tips to improve your photography?  Feeling like you are in a creative rut and want to take the next step?  Join Tom for this presentation to be inspired and learn new approaches in your photography.  During this class, Tom will discuss both creative strategies and new techniques to help improve your image making.  He will discuss alternative compositions, creative lighting, maximizing acuity and evoking emotion in the landscape.  Tom will also look at how new technology is opening up new creative techniques in-camera.  Tom's passion and energy for photography is contagious.  Get ready for an entertaining and informative discussion on improving your photography.

Thomas Bol is One of America’s Top Visionaries’ -National Geographic Adventure. He is a Sandisk Extreme Team member, a KelbyOne Instructor and  Nikon USA speaker.  Photo District News calls him ‘One of the best photo workshop leaders in the country’.

Thomas' bio: Photography is what I do.  My career started with a degree in journalism, and I’ve been shooting professionally for over 30 years.  My work has taken me to all seven continents and nearly 90 countries.  I’ve been teaching workshops and seminars since the beginning of my career and enjoy teaching photography as much as shooting assignments.  I produce images for a variety of editorial, commercial and advertising clients. I’m a regular contributor to numerous photography publications and focus on adventure sports, portraits and travel. My commercial assignment work ranges from photographing advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 companies to creating content for worldwide tourism promotions.


To access Thomas' website click HERE.







"Adventures in Bird Photography"

Presented by Irene Sacilotto. April 12, 2023 6:30-8PM


This presentation is based on my more than 35 plus years’ experience photographing wildlife in the U.S. & abroad. Birds are my favorite subject to photograph. They are found everywhere — backyards, forests, barrier islands, wetlands, etc. The program covers the requirements, strategies, techniques, and equipment required to capture engaging images. Included is information on lighting and composition, plus on locating and approaching subjects as well as capturing subject behavior. Also covered is safety and ethics. Living near the Mid-Atlantic barrier islands, a number of national wildlife refuges, and the Chesapeake Bay, I have many images from these locations. The program is interwoven with some entertaining stories behind some of the photos.


Irene's BIO:  For more than 35 years, I have shared my photographic experiences and love of nature with thousands of individuals through more than 300 photo classes, workshops, lectures, and tours in both the U.S. and abroad including Iceland, Newfoundland, the Falkland Islands, the Brazilian Pantanal, South Dakota Badlands, Bosque del Apache, Chincoteague NWR, Tangier Island, etc. Program sponsors have included zoos, nature centers, camera clubs, and conservation organizations such as National Wildlife Federation and the Assateague Island Alliance. I have written “How To” articles on nature photography for national publications such as Outdoor Photographer and Birding. My images have appeared in magazines, calendars, and books published by National Wildlife Federation, National Geographic, Natural History Society, and Sierra Club. Credits include the book, “Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, an Ecological Treasure.”


To access Irene's website click HERE.