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Lightroom iphone library

My Lightroom iPhone library provides inspiration for today’s misty, flat-gray, painted sky. Cloudscapes and sunsets are often a go-to collection. 

lightroom iphone library

Rogers Beach, October 25, 2017. Stored in my lightroom iPhone library, in my “go-to” cloudscapes and seascapes collections.

“My cloud photographs are equivalents of my most profound life experiences, my basic philosophy of life. All art is an equivalent of the artist’s most profound life experiences.”

– Alfred Stieglitz

I became interested in cloudscapes when I first studied the history of photography and learned about Alfred Stieglitz and his profound influence on photography and modern art. He was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and lived from 1864-1946. Stieglitz championed photography helping to prove its relevance as art. Stieglitz was the first to exhibit works by European avant-garde artists Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi, and Francis Picabia in the US at his New York City gallery, 291.  Alfred Stieglitz married Georgia O’Keefe (1924) and she was his muse who captured much of his photographic time and philosophy.  Stieglitz also created a profound collection of photographs, “Equivalents,’ which had a profound effect on many artists continues to inspire me.

…the idea of the fragmented sense of self, brought about by the rapid pace of modern life; the idea that a personality, like the outside world, is constantly changing, and may be interrupted but not halted by the intervention of the camera; and, finally, the realization that truth in the modern world is relative and that photographs are as much an expression of the photographer’s feelings for the subject as they are a reflection of the subject depicted. 

Click here, if you would like to read more about Alfred Stieglitz.

Want to learn more about photo history and be inspired? Consider joining me for a mentoring program, where I will create a program to enhance your photographic vision. Click here to read about my mentoring programs and read the testimonials. I also offer two online classes on color.


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Photo Workshop-WHB

Join Cheryl for a Photo Workshop-WHB on Monday, July 17, from 4:30-7:30 PM. You’ll visit some of Cheryl’s favorite picturesque and unforgettable off-the-beaten-track locations guaranteed to awe and inspire. In addition to seeing beautiful vistas and learning to capture poetic scenics and wildlife, Cheryl’s lessons focus on camera technique, lens selection, composition, and the art of seeing. 

Space is limited to five participants to ensure a wonderful experience for all. 

Optional Add-On

Social gathering and photo review at a Westhampton Beach restaurant (an additional cost per meal) directly following the photo workshop. 
Can’t make this date? Click here to view and sign up for a future workshop


Who should join the Hamptons Photo Workshop-WHB?

Join Cheryl if you are interested in learning how to become a better photographer. Learn how to use your camera to capture awesome photographs. All camera formats are welcome, from DSLR cameras, to point and shoot, to smartphones.
“The camera teaches you to see without the camera.”
~Dorothea Lange

Click here to view other Hamptons Photo Workshop-WHB dates.

or contact cheryl to schedule a private session

What others are saying 

“Egrets and Ospreys.

Sandals without Feet,

and Feet in Hunter Sandals.

Catamarans deserted by the Dock.

Biker Boys on Cell Phones. 

Fishing Poles without Fishermen.

And Rose Hips in the Sand.

If you are anywhere within a decent car, train or bus ride of Westhampton, New York, get in touch with +Cheryl Machat Dorskind and join her for one of her safaris. Cheryl teaches photography online, mentoring photography students all over the world. She is also a portrait photographer, a master at hand-painting photographs, and a published author.I had a great time and wanted to pitch a tent on the beach, roast marshmallows and fall asleep under the stars. I would go back tomorrow if I could. I would love to do one in the Fall, in the Winter, in the Springtime.”

~Giselle Minoli

“Thank you for a great workshop last Sat. I had a wonderful time. Not only did we visit some beautiful and unique landscapes but it gave me an opportunity to explore my own photography skills.  I learned what a difference a polarizing filter can make! I am very pleased with my results and loved the relaxed, supportive feel of the workshop. Thanks again for a great day. I slept well that night! 🙂

~Linda Burke

“I learned on the shoot that a DOF (Depth of Field) app was available for my iPhone; and I downloaded it and Cheryl instructed me on how to use it for my D7000.  It’s very helpful and I will continue to use it in the future.  Cheryl also instructed us on which filters to use for different lighting situations and my neutral density filter was extremely useful that day.  It filtered out strong sunlight and preserved detail in my photo and my pictures were not overexposed.  Thank you, Cheryl, for your time and expertise on this shoot.”

~Lydia Seib

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