Next Meeting: November 20, 2019

Meetings are held at The Metropolitan Opera Guild Learning Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, on the 6th floor of the Samuel B. and David Rose Building at Lincoln Center (located on the north side of West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, closer to Amsterdam). From the street level, take the elevator or escalator up one level and proceed through the revolving doors into the lobby of the Rose Building to get the elevator up to the 6th floor.

Lincoln Center is well served by public transportation—Subway: the #1 Local train stops at 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station; Buses: M5, M7, M10, M66, and M104 all stop within one block of Lincoln Center.

Suggested donation: $7.00


November 20, 2019 
Lester Lefkowitz: Close-up and Macro Photography in the Great Outdoors

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There’s an entire universe of beauty, fascination and intrigue on a scale not readily captured in conventional photography. This presentation will show you the basics of how to get close, and closer, to the wonderful details and never-ending curiosities you can find in the natural world. Lester will cover the concepts of magnification ranges, various optical and mechanical methods for getting close (diopter lenses, extension tubes, macro lenses), issues of critical focus and depth-of-field, techniques for camera support and vibration control, and lighting. You’ll see a demonstration of focus stacking to achieve “infinite” depth-of-field. Esthetics are just as important; he’ll touch on composition, background, appropriate light, image balance and subject selection.

Lester Lefkowitz has been a lifelong photographer. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and hundreds of other U.S. and international publications. Lester has created images for Microsoft, General Electric, IBM, General Motors, Citibank, Johnson & Johnson and many other Fortune500® companies. He’s photographed in all fifty states, twenty-one countries and Antarctica. He is also the author of three books on photography, including The Manual of Close-Up Photography. In March of 2021 he will be teaching a workshop in Chile.

You can see his industrial and travel photography at, and his macro work at



October 23, 2019
Ossian Lindholm: Creative Control of Natural Light 

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Taken from its Greek roots, “photography” literally means “drawing with light”. Among the biggest challenges for nature photographers is capturing natural light while conveying a sense of personal experience of a place. Because the most beautiful natural light is unpredictable, unique light situations create perfect, but fleeting, opportunities to take mesmerizing and meaningful photographs.

A photographer demonstrates mastery and creates his/her most impactful work with the intuitive knowledge of how a tight range of settings can be used to capture the essence of light. We must plan, prepare, and predict what we need to capture this “perfect light”

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Renowned Argentinian nature photographer and documentary filmmaker Ossian Lindholm will uncover and demystify the basic skills of “drawing with light” and introduce the advanced techniques needed to become a master of light. He will also give suggestions about gear, specific settings, and how and what tools to use to scout the best “light times” and locations.

Ossian Lindholm is a renowned nature photographer from Tucuman, Argentina. Originally educated as an agronomist, many years ago he turned his deep passion for nature to photography. He is dedicated to capturing, preserving, conserving, sharing and sustaining the landscape, nature and culture of Argentina in its most pristine state. Ossian has published five books and fifteen calendars, and teaches throughout the year. Since 1998 he has been leading groups of photographers and naturalists on photographic journeys throughout his native Argentina.

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