FOTOfusion 2018 Instagram Giveaway!

Do you want a chance to win a free 100 series workshop at this year’s FOTOfusion 2018? We will be picking one lucky winner on January 16th.

To Enter:

1. Follow us on Instagram @Palmbeachphotocentre

2. Tell us what you love to photograph in the comments section and tag three of your friends.

It’s that easy!

P.S. Those who participate will be entered into an additional giveaway at the end of the month!

FOTOfusion 2018 is a digital photography festival running from January 23-27. In this unparalleled week of lectures, workshops, and photo shoots, students have the opportunity to learn with world-renowned photographers, editors, and photojournalists. You can see the full schedule by clicking here. 

Get excited! The winner of this giveaway will have the opportunity to select one of the following FOTOfusion 100 series workshops listed below:

101 Pointing Your Camera In The Other Direction with Tim Rasmussen

102 Fine Art Infrared (IR) Photography in the Digital Era with Joseph Meehan

105 Women in Photography: Hire us! with Melissa Golden, Naomi Harris, Robin Schwartz, Daniella Zalcman, Judy Walgren, Moderator

106 Creating Photo Composites on iPhones & iPads with Seán Duggan

109 Get the Most Out of Your Portfolio Review with Mark Murmann

110 The NEW Mobile Photography Shooting and Workflow Options with Jack Davis

118 Finding your Way: Photography, Life and the Personal Project with Brendan Bannon

121 Visual Literacy in the Time of Fake News: Is Ethics Dead?

122 Tell Me More: Merging Images and Verse with Susan Currie

125 Portraits: What’s Hot? What’s Not? What’s Important?

126 Expanding Your Creativity with Time/Motion Techniques with Lewis Kemper

129 Finding Alternative Markets for Your Work

130 Exploiting the Power of the Lens with Joseph Meehan

133 The Private Conversation Between Ghosts and Cameras with Dr. Anthony Bannon

134 Warhol vs Gartel HYP POP with Laurence Gartel

137 The Personal Project

138 The Digital Short Documentary with John Reuter

141 How to Elevate Your Image Making with Mike Davis

142 Visual Storytelling and the Photobook with Daile Kaplan

145 Demystifying the Editorial Market with Kelli Grant, Timmy Huynh, Mark Murmann, Dave Weatherwax; Moderator: Santiago Lyon

146 Perception: Seeing vs Looking with J. Thomas Lopez

150 Shooting the B Roll with Kelli Grant

153 Learning from the Masters: How to Make Better Photographs with Daile Kaplan

154 Motion as an Added Dimension in Still Photography with Joseph Meehan

157 Shooting Sports for Today’s Market with Gary Hershorn, Adam Stoltman; Moderator: Steve Fine

158 Composition and Technique with George Schaub

161 How to Get Grants and Funding Your Own Projects with Brendan Bannon, Naomi Harris, Judy Walgren, Daniella Zalcman; Moderator: Mike Davis

Good Luck!


Take More Pictures: 10 Reasons to Make Photography One of Your New Year’s Resolutions


1. Get Some New Gadgets

If you’re a fan of technology, digital photography is a great way to plug into progress by acquiring nifty new gadgets, applications, software, and social media accounts. Whether you’re just taking pictures on your mobile device or jumping in with a new Digital SLR camera, there are plenty of lenses, equipment, gear, and tools that can improve your outcome and they are fun to use! Just ask the guys at the ProShop!


2. See the World Differently

Photographers have the unique opportunity to explore and capture the world. To avoid seemingly cliche, photographers learn how to see the world differently, and capture the rare scenes in even everyday situations.


3. Photography is Full of Adventure

No one adventures like a photographer! Whether it’s close to home or on the other side of the planet, photography gets you out and exploring!


4. Reach the Whole World with Your Photographs

With the touch of a button, you can share your photographs with everyone in the world, starting with your friends on social media. Tap into current events, express yourself, tell the story of your community and culture—photography lets you do it all.


5. Photography Can Be Therapeutic! 

There are many reasons why photography is good for your mind, body, and soul. Photographers have the opportunity to express themselves and socialize. They can meet new people, see new places, and get some fresh air while trying to capture a sunset or sunrise. All of these things may tie into some of your other New Year’s Resolutions.


6. It’s a Great Excuse to Go for a Walk

There’s no better reason to go for a walk than to take some pictures. You never know what you might see even if it’s just around your block.


7. Reconnect with Nature 

Photographers have a great opportunity to reconnect with nature by going out to photograph it. You’ll notice birds, plants, animals, scenes that maybe you never saw before. It can be exciting when you capture something as simple as a spider on its web early in the morning or a bird wading through the water.


8. Express Yourself! 

Photography allows individuals to express themselves. For example, our community outreach program for at-risk youth “Picture My World,” encourages and helps students give insight into community interaction and teaches that their voice can make a positive difference. Learn more about it by clicking here.



9. Tell a Story 

You have a story worth telling. You know the saying “a picture’s worth a thousand words.” It’s time for your story to be heard—and seen!


10. Make New Friends 

Become a member of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre to meet other photographers just like you! Network, make new friends and learn about photography in this fun, exciting environment. Learn more about memberships by clicking here. 


Make photography part of your New Year’s Resolution. We have a full-range of workshops covering every interest and skill level in 2018. Take the first step— visit and or give us a call at 561-253-2600. We’d love to talk to you more about it!

FOTOfusion 2018: So Much To Explore

The final schedule for #FOTOfusion2018 is up and available on If you haven’t yet had a chance to look at the choices, you’re in for a treat. You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store–there is so much to explore, from computer labs to photo shoots, studio workshops, panel discussions, and lectures. We even have location shoots with some of photography’s legends. If you’ve never taken a FOTOfusion workshop before, this is the year to do so. You will have the unique opportunity to network with other photographers, learn how to promote yourself and engage better with social media audiences. Meet your favorite photographers and discuss with them photography, methodology, and your work. This is an all-in-one rollercoaster of an experience for any photographer looking to expand their craft, vision, and toolkit.

For those who seek to squeeze the most out of their experience, we recommend the Gold Passport. Register before December 31, 2017 for a special early registration price.

GOLD Passport Includes:

  • Be able to submit a portfolio for inclusion in FOTOfusion Student Portfolio Exhibition
  • Unlimited 100 and 600-series Events
  • (1) 200-series FOTOshoot
  • (1) 300-series Computer Lab
  • (1) 400-series Master Workshop
  • 500-series Unlimited
  • (6) Portfolio Reviews (minimum)
  • All Fusion-Schmooze Parties
  • Free Admission to Gallery Exhibitions

Did you know?

You absolutely do not need to be a professional to enjoy FOTOfusion 2018. Take a look at our schedule. There are SO many workshops that are fun, fast, and perfect for any skill level. You will have the opportunity to explore the world like a photographer with a nuanced photography master.

For those looking to just get a taste of FOTOfusion 2018, we recommend the single event tickets.

If you’re a Member with the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, all 600 series Community Events are FREE.

Interested in photographing animals? Try Community Event 624 “My Animal History in Portraits” with Robin Schwartz. This community event is FREE for members and just $10 for the public. Robin writes, “Photographing animals and the people that are devoted to animals is what I have always cared about and the driving force in all my work. Photography and animals are my passport to each other. I see animals as my spiritual connection; my religion; my vice; my addiction. Animals calm me; comfort me – they save me.”


To see all 600 series Community Events, click here.

Check This Out!

100 series Seminar Workshops are just $90.00 for Members and only $100.00 for non-members.

Want to get the shot everyone else is missing? Try Seminar 101 “Pointing Your Camera In The Other Direction” with Tim Rasmussen. This seminar is geared towards helping you tune your eye to the less obvious. Rasmussen writes,  “Looking for photographs that change how we see a story requires a lot more work, effort and thinking. You really have to take risks and be able to see around corners so you can be in a position to make a photograph that others overlook or miss altogether.”


To see all 100 series Seminars, click here.

Don’t Wait!

Space is limited for all FOTOfusion workshops. If you’re interested, now’s the time to register. Questions? Concerns? Give us a call at 561-253-2600 our friendly staff is happy to assist you through the registration process. 

Make the Most of Your Mornings: Photography Tips from Instructor Shane Srogi


Photographing the uniqueness of morning light can be uplifting and inspiring.  There is something special about welcoming the first light of day.  That said, morning light is less predictable than evening light; don’t be discouraged by mornings that are less than spectacular.


1.  Get there early!

Digital cameras are very sensitive to light and the predawn light can yield some lovely results.

Set your alarm for a half hour earlier than you expect is necessary.



2. Know where the sun will rise.

Use an app like Sun Seeker.  Be Ready!

That sun rises quickly and the light changes from moment to moment.



3. Fog, Fog, Fog.

Certain times of the year, fog is more likely.

Make a note of when your mornings might be misty.

Example: In Florida, watch for approaching cold fronts.



4. The stillness of morning.

Some mornings are quiet and serene.

The grand rivers of the west are snow fed and run quietly in the mornings.

It takes a day of sun melting the mountain snows to cause them to turn into rushing torrents.



5. Keep photographing until that sun rises past 20 degrees in the sky.

As the sun rises and the fog burns off, the light reveals the hidden details of the land.

By mid-morning, the color rich warm light of the sun will turn more white.

The, go ahead and enjoy a morning walk exploring the landscape and soaking up the warmth of the sun!



 PS:  Coffee, Coffee, Coffee.
A plentiful supply of your favorite hot coffee cuts that morning chill and makes up for lack of sleep!

I’ll be leading an early morning workshop, photographing our beautiful Florida Landscape during FOTOfusion 2018.


All photographs by Shane Srogi

Interview with Artist in Residence, Rachel Brown

The final workshop with our Artist in Residence, Rachel Brown, was offered today (October 25, 2017). We so enjoyed having her teach at the Centre! If you missed being able to take a workshop with her, take the time to read our interview with her below!

Rachel Louise Brown makes responsive work based on interactions with the unfamiliar. She observes the world as a stage, exploring alone and occasionally populating the images with willing strangers. Through these interactions, Brown endeavors to question the construction of society and to give a platform for the people and places that come before her lens. Rachel Louise Brown graduated from the Royal College Of Art in 2011 (MA photography), following a critical certificate in photography in 2009 (School Of Visual Arts, NYC) And BA (Hons) Photography (London College Of Communication) in 2008. Brown has exhibited and completed artist residencies internationally and is currently working on a solo show at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, opening in 2018.

Alongside her practice, Brown is photography director of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country (UK editions) and regularly mentors students at UAL. She has previously worked for Steven Klein (production), British Vogue (freelance picture editor) and British photographer, Tim Walker (studio manager)

Q: What motivates you as a photographer?
RB: Creating a body of work that makes people see and think about the world differently.

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching photography?
RB: Seeing my students grasp the basics, put them into practice and watch them start to realize their own visual voice.

Q: How did you get started in photography
RB: My high school was one of two in the country that offered photography as a GCSE. I was creatively minded but no good at drawing so I took photography and fell in love.

Q: What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos
RB: That digital was going to come along.

Q: What’s your favorite part of the photographic process
RB: Searching for a subject

Q: What have you enjoyed the most about your residency so far?
RB: I have loved teaching at the Centre and meeting a new batch of students each time. Everyone different, with different interests but infectious enthusiasm and an inspiring willingness to learn. In terms of my own work here, I have enjoyed the evolution of the concept of the work, all the people and places that have let me into their world. I cannot wait to show it as a final exhibition.

Photographs by Rachel Brown

Palm Beach Photography Workshop Explores Farmers Market 

FOTOcamp Students Show off Skills with Camera and in Photoshop Lightroom

by Katie Yates

It’s around 1pm when I join the FOTOcamp students in a Photoshop Lightroom session with instructor Jennifer Walker. Each student has their own computer and they’re following along with Jen, who is showing them the differences between contrast, saturation, and vibrance. Fresh from a walk to CityPlace, each of them is bubbling with excitement over the images captured.

“While walking around CityPlace, we stopped to take pictures of five adorable little dogs! Some of them were super crazy while others were calm and smiled for their picture,” FOTOcamp student Emilia M. told me, hovering inches from her computer screen, showing off the photographs she took.

“Taking pictures at CityPlace was a great experience,” says student Mercedes C. “We got to photograph restaurants, stores, people, dogs. I’m so grateful for this opportunity!”

I ask the students as a group: “What do you like to take pictures of best?”

They all chime in, excited to share their creative vision, they shout out every subject from flowers to their friends.

Some are brand new to photography while others already seem like professionals! At just 13 years old, student Allison R.  has a website she created for her photography portfolio. This is her second year as a FOTOcamp student. “I enjoyed CityPlace,” she says, “we got to take pictures from all genres.”

“How many pictures did you get while on your walk?” I have to wonder. The answers range from 100 to well over 600 images!

I ask them all to select their favorite to be featured on the Facebook page, a challenging request. Somehow from all those hundreds of photos, each student manages to select a strong image, edit it, and present it for use on our social media— and this is just their second day of camp! Each of them displays incredible talent and I’m impressed.

They’ll be going to JimmyChangas, a local restaurant, to get a behind-the-scenes look before it opens, and Jen wants them to be prepared. She adjusts the lights from very dark to dim, and tells them how to set their ISO, and use their flash. The students are laughing as they practice taking pictures in the dark.

During Jen’s instruction, student Austin B. flutters from one student to another, helping them select their images, adjust their camera settings, and shows them different features in Lightroom. “Wow!” I say. “You’re an expert!”  Austin responds, “Well, this is my second session of FOTOcamp!” He’s eager to share his knowledge of photography.

I ask Gabriella G. what she thought of CityPlace. She says, “I liked all the shops and restaurants… I am new here and I really like it. It is fun and I meet new people.”

I can easily see, FOTOcamp helps students develop skills and friendships that will last a lifetime!

As I am about to leave, I thank the students for letting me hang out with them for an afternoon. We manage to snag this great shot of all the FOTOfun.

Lightroom with John Reuter: A Master-Level Photography Workshop in West Palm Beach

John Reuter’s name may sound familiar—aside from regularly teaching master-level workshops at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, his work is currently being displayed in our museum space. His exhibition Second Impressions, Polaroid Process to Singapore Infrared is running from June 22 to August 5, 2017, and is well worth a look or two!

Seizing the unique opportunity to learn from the pro whose work was in a show just downstairs, students registered for his Lightroom CC workshop—and they were not disappointed!

“Excellent class!” Writes Caroline L. “John Reuter is an amazing instructor and his teaching style is easy to understand and follow. I was able to learn techniques that will make my post production more effective.”

Some have taken this particular workshop more than once, such as Greg M. He writes, “This is my third experience with this class. Each time I become more comfortable with what I learned in the previous class and challenged to use the techniques. John Reuter is a born teacher… I may take it a fourth time!”

The workshop was four full days, a timeframe that may seem daunting to some—but, as Dennis H. writes, it is “time well spent.” He continues, “I highly recommend this course.”

“An incredible experience!” Writes Diana M., “The instruction was well delivered and well paced allowing for Q+A as well as practice, practice, practice… I have learned so much during this course. Stellar instruction and guidance. I highly recommend this class for  photographers wanting more in depth work in Lightroom.”

Photoshop Lightroom has been called the darkroom for photographers—making every pixel count for outstanding results.

If you’re not ready for a master-level workshop, we have instruction for beginners, too! We offer Lightroom Basics on a regular basis.

Interested in a workshop taught by a master? Visit our schedule for more information!

Are You Ready for the Fourth? Ten Tips for Fireworks Photography

by Shane Srogi

1: Bring a tripod (and a remote)
2: Set to Manual Exposure Mode
3: Set the camera to Shutter Speed at 1 second to start – explore slower shutter speeds for interesting effects
4: Set Aperture for f/8 – try f/5.6 for larger streaks or f/11 for more depth of field
5: Set ISO to 100 or 200
6: Use Manual Focus – Auto focus has trouble in low light and will lose focus against the dark sky
7: The exposure meter may be of little help – the combination of the dark sky and number of fireworks will change the reading. Overexposed the sky will be too light – Under and the fireworks won’t be very bright
8: Pick your vantage point – down wind from smoke and your view will be obscured*
9: Shoot vertical and horizontal shots
10: Tell the story. It’s not just about fireworks its about a celebration, gathering and location

*Note: I had planned to Photograph the Space Needle for New Years 2000. They turn the Needle into a giant roman candle, making it the launching platform. Because of security concerns the area close to the display was closed. I picked a new location on the fly, it was downwind. The fireworks started and 15 seconds later the Needle was obscured in smoke.

Bonus: Play and have fun! You can get some interesting multiple exposures by using bulb mode and a black piece of cardboard to cover the lens. The cardboard becomes your shutter. Try a long “exposure” to show movement then a short one for a dramatic burst.

Photograph by Shane Srogi

Summer Camp Photography Students Explore West Palm Beach 

Photograph by Makena S.


The first session of FOTOcamp is almost over and Camp Instructor, Shane Srogi, is working late in the Centre’s state-of-the-art print lab. The Epson printer whirs and a bright photograph of a flower appears. He’s printing off some work by the students from earlier in the week. We’re impressed, all the students have accomplished so much since the first day of camp. Fatima NeJame, the Centre’s CEO, and Shane peer at the image. They comment on the intense color and masterful composition.

The students are between 10 and 17 years old and some are brand new to photography. For others, like student McKenna D., this is their second or third year attending. What keeps them coming back year after year? McKenna says she loves FOTOcamp because “we have many opportunities to photograph things… Today we went to Jimmychangas before they opened to photograph them preparing the food.”



Teaching young people photography allows them to engage with their community. It gives them the opportunity and courage to express themselves. It is a skill that lasts a lifetime; whether students go on to study it further in college (many of our camp alum do!) or whether it remains a hobby, learning digital photography is an invaluable asset.

From a local restaurant before it opens to the Centre’s studio learning portraiture, FOTOcamp provides hands-on experience, teaching students to use their cameras and test their skills in a variety of settings while still having fun!

Camper Jamie J. writes, “I love FOTOcamp because of the opportunities it provides and the fun. I like all the places we get to visit and the people I meet also.” While camp field trip destinations vary from year to year, students in this most recent session traveled to several unforgettable local attractions!

Through the lens of a camera, students explored Downtown West Palm, Mounts Botanical Gardens, Yesteryear Village, Grassy Waters, and more.

FOTOcamp is still accepting students for its final upcoming session! Click here to sign up or give us a call at 561 253 2600.