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The Greatest Thing About Being A Photographer In Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh photographer Don Orkoskey of WDO Photography shares the greatest thing about being a photographer in Pittsburgh.
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The Most Amazing Teen Photography Class In Pittsburgh

Pro photographer Don Orkoskey is teaching the most amazing teen photography class in Pittsburgh on Aug 17th 2021
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Children’s Photo Class

Do your kids love to take photos? I’m professional photographer Don Orkoskey, and I’m teaching an in-person children’s photo class: Photo Explorer’s Club at the amazingly beautiful Pittsburgh Botanic Garden on Tuesday Aug. 10th from 9:30 to 12:30 am. Event Details Encourage your child’s love of exploring nature and taking photos! This one-day workshop with professional photographer and teacher, Don Orkoskey, will examine how to use everything from a cell phone camera to a mirrorless and DSLR camera in order to document the world around them. Don will cover how to solve problems with exposure, blur & focus, and competition while exploring parts of the Pittsburg Botanic Garden to look for and photograph everything from bugs and flowers to landscapes and scenery. All you need is a sense of adventure, a love for exploring and learning, a pocket-sized notebook and pens, and a digital camera. Equipment Participants in this Children’s photo class are encouraged to bring their own cameras, if possible. Nearly any cameras, ranging from smartphone cameras or compact point-and-shoot to mirrorless or DSLR, will work for this program. Don will also have a few DSLR and one mirrorless camera that your child will have the chance to use on
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Smarter Phone Photography Class

Join me, professional photographer Don Orkoskey, for my in-person Phone Photography Class: Smarter Phone Photography at the amazing Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Sunday July 18th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm You’ll learn everything you need to know to improve your skills as a photographer. Learn how your phone’s camera works, how to control exposure, how to compose photos, edit pictures, and tell incredible stories with your new photography skills. If you want to take better photos with your phone this is the perfect class for you. Read more about the class and click the link below to register. Event Details Smarter Phone Photography: If you love taking pictures with your phone but want to learn how to take even better photos, join professional photographer and teacher Don Orkoskey as he details the fundamentals. Learn to apply traditional photography principles to your phone photography in order to create awe-inspiring images of people, nature and more that your friends and family won’t believe you were able to create! Explore the limitations and advantages of your phone’s camera, and how to exploit both of those to make pictures you and everyone who sees them will adore. Program fee: $50 Member | $75 Nonmember Pittsburgh
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Beginner’s Photography Course

Join me, Don Orkoskey, for an in-person Beginner’s Photography Course titled: Picture Perfect: A Beginner’s Photography Course at the amazingly beautiful Pittsburgh Botanic Garden starting at 3:30 pm  on Wednesday July 28th. I will teach you everything you need to know to improve your skills as a photographer. Learn how your camera works, how to control exposure, how to compose photos, edit pictures, and tell incredible stories with your new photography skills. If you are frustrated with your camera and want to take better photos this is the perfect class for you. Read more about the class and click the link below to register. Event Details This 4-week beginner’s photography class is the perfect opportunity to learn how to use your camera to create incredible images that you will love showing off! Join professional photographer and teacher, Don Orkoskey, as he covers technical aspects of photography including exposure, camera settings and focus, as well as how to compose more interesting photos of your favorite subjects by understanding framing, composition, and design. You will spend time in the classroom as well as practical time taking photos in the beautiful gardens and stunning woodlands of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Course Dates & Times:
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Pittsburgh’s Best Photo Locations

You’re looking for Pittsburgh’s best photo locations for family portraits, senior pictures, engagement photos, or any other type of outdoor photography from nature photography to people photography. You came to the right place because this list has got you covered! No matter where you’re located or what you want for your background this guide will tell you the best place to create your perfect Pittsburgh photographs. I’ve broken down Pittsburgh’s best photography locations by type and location below. If you’re looking for an urban background in the North Hills we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a nature background in the East End you’re all set. Best Photography Locations The following are the best photography locations in and around Pittsburgh by location from natural to urban. If you’re looking for natural areas check out the first list. If you’re looking for urban backgrounds check the second list. Pittsburgh’s Best All-around Nature Photo Backgrounds If you’re looking for Pittsburgh’s best all-around nature photo backgrounds no matter where in or around the city you are then this list is for you. Phipps Conservatory – Phipps is one of the most beautiful places in Pittsburgh for photography. The only catch is that
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How to Prepare for Your Family Photo Session

Understanding how to prepare for your family photo session can be stressful. Knowing what to wear, what to bring with you, how to deal with the kids not cooperating, and what to expect from the photographer can all seem a bit overwhelming and that’s no good because your family photos should be a joyous, fun, exciting time where the memories that are captured will remind you of this special time in your family’s life for years to come.How To Prepare Before Your Family Photo Session There are a few things that will help you to prepare for your family photo session. If you follow our guide you will love your photos! The following 5 simple tips will help you prepare before your family photo session. View my family portrait gallery Clothing Consultation At WDO Photography we know your clothing choices can make or break your family photos. Clothing Choice depends on time of year, where your session is, and how comfortable they are. At WDO Photography we always schedule a clothing consultation to make sure your clothing choices look and feel great. Look Great, Feel Great Get a trim, have your roots touched up, and your nails looking great. This can
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Digital Photography is for Everyone

Digital Photography Is For Everyone! Absolutely everyone can, should, and probably already does digital photography. There’s no reason why your skills as a digital photographer can’t improve if you want. That said, they don’t have to improve if you don’t want them to. You’re A Photographer You and everyone else who has ever taken a photo is a photographer. There are no licenses, no degree requirements, nothing. If you’ve taken a photo ever then you’re a photographer. If I had a dollar for every time someone said that they’re not a “real photographer” I’d be rich. I understand that they mean they don’t make money from photography. That said, that’s not what makes someone a photographer. Taking photos is what makes you a photographer. If you do that then you’re a photographer. Photography is for everyone and everyone is a photographer. Your Photography Skills It doesn’t matter where you are in terms of your photography skills. You’re still a photographer. If you’re unhappy with your photography skills you can take a photography class. You can watch Youtube photography tutorials. There are free photography resources here on my website and all over the web. There are ways to improve your skills
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Photography Tutorials

Coming soon – Free photography tutorials on subjects including exposure, camera settings, composition, and more.
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Intro to Smartphone Photography

Sign up for WDO Photography’s Intro to Smartphone Photography class hosted virtual through Phipps on Jan 14th at 6:30 pm.
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Better Phone Photography

This is a companion article focused on the items we discuss in class. The goal of this article and the Better Phone Photography workshop.
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Digital Camera Buying Guide

Here is my digital camera buying guide, a companion to my digital buying guide class. With this guide you can navigate the confusing process of selecting and buying a new digital camera.
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