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St. Peter's Church Photograph Workshop May 25, 2013 - SOLD OUT

Posted: 01st May 2010
It is an honor to present to you the next in the Abandoned America/Matthew Christopher Photography workshop series!

Location: St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia area
Date/Time: May 25th, 2013 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Cost: $100

The Site: This church was built in the 1870s and is on the National Historic Register. It was designed by Furness and Hewitt and closed in 2005. In addition to the church building there are three additional outbuildings to photograph, each of fairly substantial size and each arguably as beautiful as the church itself. Detailed stonework and woodwork and a wide variety of rooms to photograph make this one not to miss. More details will be given to attendees. You can view more images on my site here. It is about to undergo renovation shortly so don't miss the opportunity to see it now before it's changed forever.

The Workshop: During the workshop I will be on hand to help you get better shots - these environments can be pretty tough to navigate photographically and I encourage you to come with questions. I know some of you are just taking the tour to see the location, and if that's the case I'll stay out of your way and let you do your thing. Learning to use a tripod, what file format to shoot in, how to compose shots better, what ISO, F-Stop, and shutter speed affect, and how to do things like exposure bracketing are very important to your results. Don't feel afraid to ask me even questions that may seem silly to you. I want you to leave with pictures you're proud of. I've been doing this for a while and want you to learn from my mistakes and successes. Please note that while there is plenty of room to fan out, working around other people in the workshop is something you'll need to take into account.

Safety: There is no electricity or working bathrooms, and you need to be aware of your safety. I encourage you to always pay attention to your surroundings. A site manager will be on hand and following their directions is critical. If you do not you may be asked to leave the site. You will be asked to sign a waiver before you enter acknowledging that you are entering a potentially unsafe environment and that you will not hold either the owners or myself liable for any harm that may befall you or your equipment. Obviously the first priority on the trip, even before taking great pictures, is making sure that you are safe - but you will need to be the one looking out for that.

What to bring:
- a bottle of water
- sturdy boots that protect your feet
- your tripod
- a fully charged cell phone
- your camera manual if you're unsure how to change settings. I can help you find the information you need in the manual but most cameras have their own ways of accessing features and changing settings and that makes things a lot easier.
- It's not necessary but a remote shutter switch is a nice thing to have and you can get a cheap one on Amazon for about $6 depending on your camera.

Refunds: Because of the extremely limited tour spots there are NO REFUNDS if you have signed up for the tour. You may give a paid spot in the workshop to someone else if you are unable to attend.

Any questions? Send me a note at admin@abandonedamerica.org

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Photo comment By Marzena Grabczynska: I was just thinking maybe Rick and Angel could volunteer their professional services at no charge for others who can't afford it. In my opinion Matthew's workshops are very reasonable priced for amount of work he has to put in organizing them, paying the owners and teaching photography . If you don't believe,then try to search for other workshops and hope that you will pay less and have a great teacher too. Consider also that in most of the cases part of the money goes to restoration and if you love architecture, you should care.

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