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Photography Classes - May 2019



Hot Shoe Flash Fun-Damentals (Part 1)

June 11, 2019 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Photography is all about capturing moments with great light. But sometimes these moments are lacking a sufficient quality light. For many photographers, the go-to tool is a hot shoe flash. Sometimes called “Speedlights” or “Flash Guns,” these portable lighting units are essential tools for photographers.  


Learn to Use Lightroom

A Lightroom Workflow for Everyone

May 28, 2019 6:30-9:00 p.m.

We are learning to use Adobe Lightroom Classic CC efficiently and creatively we will explore and build a workflow to make your photography more fun and creative.

  1. basic digital camera settings to assist with your photography workflow. setting up Lightroom Classic CC

  2. exporting secrets so that you can share and print your images.

  3. and much more.

In Lightroom comparing a Camera Scan Negative with a Positive Rendering. © Richard Kelly Photography

In Lightroom comparing a Camera Scan Negative with a Positive Rendering. © Richard Kelly Photography

a new faster approach to scanning your film

Camera Scanning - digitizing negatives and slides with your Digital Camera

May 29, 2019 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Many film photographers whether capturing for fun or for profit have binders or boxes full of negatives or slides and the idea of scanning these precious slivers of life seems overwhelming and the cost of having someone do it.

I highly recommend the book Digitizing your Photos with you Digital Camera and Lightroom by Peter Krogh.

it’s incredibly valuable to connect one on one with a person so uniquely talented and inspiring as Richard Kelly.”

— Maria Palermo, photographer

Photography Classes - June/July 2019

portrait student Mike Zawoyski - Rear Curtain Sync © Richard Kelly Photography

portrait student Mike Zawoyski - Rear Curtain Sync © Richard Kelly Photography

Off Camera HOT-SHOE FLASH and Much More!

Even more fun with Hot Shoe Flash • Off Camera techniques (Part 2)

July 2 2019 6:30-9:00 p.m.

After embracing the hot shoe flash as a useful photography tool adding quality light where we need it. It is time to take the flash off camera and introduce dimension and depth to our photographs creating more a flattering angle of light. We will look at various modifiers, and techniques to change the quality and shape of this portable light source.

Guest Subject - Jay Kuntz for a one light portrait. © Richard Kelly Photography

Guest Subject - Jay Kuntz for a one light portrait. © Richard Kelly Photography

2 nights of One Light Portraits- a beginner Class


June 19 & 20, 2019 from 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Explore the emotional and visual processes that create a contemporary photographic portrait. Portraits require three ingredients, a subject, a photographer, and light.

We will through the course of two sessions, discover how to make better portraits. We will create portraits in a studio-like or on-location environment.


September 15 - 21 2019


Zagreb Croatia


How to Prepare for a photography workshop experience.



Each participant is responsible for their own travel to Zagreb, Croatia and accommodations and most of your meals whole visiting the city. I always recommend learning as much about a destination before I arrive, by reviewing maps, guide books and travel web sites before my flight leaves my home city.

Zagreb, Croatia in September the weather is 71° / 56° with a 27% chance of precipitation.

Check out Google Travel Zagreb

Map Zagreb

PackING Clothes

My advice is to bring no more than what you can comfortably carry. Layers are nice to adjust to the day and evening weather. A light jacket / maybe weather resistant for light showers might be a consideration. Zagreb is a walking city, comfortable shoes are a must. My personal preference is to blend in and look land act like a local and less like a tourist.

Camera Gear

I keep my gear to a minimum. I prefer a lightweight approach with one or two lenses. My preferences are a wide angle and a short telephoto. Hitting the sweet spot of 35 or 50 mm. A micro fiber cloth one each for the lens and camera. A Ziploc bag in case of wet weather. Have at minimum two sets of batteries. Don’t forget the charger (Note most battery chargers will work on dual voltages but you may need the plug adapter.) Have at least two Memory Cards and a method to back them up. A laptop or tablet that works with a photo editing software will allow you to download, select and optimize your images. We will need a method - possibly a flash drive to transfer images for review and critiques.

For camera bags, I recommend an inconspicuous bag that will protect your gear from bumping around and from the weather. I prefer the ThinkTank Retrospective Line.


companion discounts are available for this Photography workshop

For non-photographers who want to Join us for this Balkan experience.

contact us for details.


Richard Kelly email link below.


The Balkan Photography WOrkshop -

discovering zagreb, Croatia

"Photography offers those who practice it enthusiastically, a great gift to explore the world. "

Richard Kelly


Join Us:

The camera is a passport into worlds unknown. This is true whether in your neighborhood or a one a world away. The camera is an excuse to explore, to follow your curiosity, to make a new friend, to capture light, texture and line through a frame of experience.

This September, Stephen Seliy and I will leap from our local neighborhoods to the streets of Zagreb, Croatia; we hope you will join our group of like-minded photographers. For one week we will collectively focus our lenses on this Eastern European city that is both simple and complex. The vast region's history is now transforming from post-communism and the war of the 1990s into the complexities of the modern global economy.

We will take in all that Zagreb has to offer us visually. We are on a quest of discovery where there will be opportunities for each photographer to create a unique collection of work. Steve has arranged for access to historical locations, a unique contemporary art museum with an intelligent and vibrant guide to show us the way, we will connect with a local photographer, visit art galleries and the experience the vibrant cafe culture. As a photographer, I am interested in the culture, the people, the architecture and the food.

There will be more information to come as we firm up the details.

Richard Kelly, Pittsburgh April 9, 2019


 “If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.”

Bruce Gilden, photographer


“If you choose to become part of this creative community, to share your time, talent and energy in this workshop we commit to meet your expectations and provide experiences and education that will stay with you forever.

The point of our workshop is to try something new— to push yourself not just outside of your comfort zone but also outside your culture and to gain a new perspective as an artist and humanitarian”

Stephen Seliy, Filmmaker and Photographer at Silverlake Films


The Workshop:

More Details to Come.

Students are expected to arrive in Zagreb by Sunday September 15. That evening we will meet for an opening dinner at a fine Croatian restaurant. On Monday morning we will meet at the Hotel to discuss our common interests in photography and what each student hopes to achieve in this week long photographic experience. We ask that each participant bring along a couple of digital photographs that we can share with each other and get to know the photography that we each like to pursue. Richard will lay out his plan for the week, we can discuss any equipment or software questions as well as the photographic goals for each of us. Stephen will give us an overview of the weeks agenda, meeting times and locations and a little background on the city that lay before us. I hope everyone is in for a great photographic adventure in Zagreb.

The Price: $1700 usd

please see registration page for

the terms and conditions.

The cost of the Balkan Photography workshop in Zagreb Croatia - September 15-21 is $1700.00 USD. This fee includes the opening and closing dinner, group transportation to organized locations, meeting locations, instructor fees and guides. Transportation to and from Zagreb, local transportation, other meals, entertainment and lodging are not included. A more detailed agenda is forthcoming including hotels and travel recommendations.

There is a $100 dollar deposit to hold your space. This is un-refundable. just prior to 30 days we will send a reminder to pay the balance due.



The Balkans, Croatia and Zagreb

Petrova Gora - One of the locations we plan to visit featured in Atlas Obscura

Dolac-Market by ©Stephen Seliy

Dolac-Market by ©Stephen Seliy

Jelacic-Square by © Stephen Seliy

Jelacic-Square by © Stephen Seliy


Zagreb City Center Photography by ©Stephen Seliy / Silver Lake Films

Zagreb City Center Photography by ©Stephen Seliy / Silver Lake Films



We recommend staying at one of these hotels.



The rooms are typically double rooms perfect accommodations for traveling with a friend or possibly share a room with another workshop participant. We will know our prefered rate soon but we estimate that it will not exceed 100 USD per night including breakfast.

Both hotels are located in the historic center of Zagreb. Featuring countless cafes lining the pedestrian streets.

“This is where the locals love to hang out - there’s not a better place in Zagreb for street photography and people watching.

Stephen Seliy



Like many parts of the world it is possible to stay in a private rental property a quick search of the website indicated availability from $18- $40 USD Per Night.

Check it out and let us know.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2019


  • Arrive at Hotel and Opening Dinner at a fine dining restaurant

    • Time and locations to be determined.


Practicing Photography

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