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Hi, Can I Help You With Your Camera?

Plant Street scenic at dusk. Photo: ©2014 Mark Lepow

Hi everyone, whether it is along picturesque Plant Street in Winter Garden, FL, a Central Florida theme park, or somewhere around the globe, when I see people struggling with their camera I ask myself why isn’t there a single way to help them. Unless I’m pressed for time, I’ll offer assistance, and then find out that they just acquired their camera either by purchase or receiving it as a gift (before taking the trip of a lifetime). At that point I’ll show them some basic settings and try to get them on their way.

But there an easier way, Photo Coaching by Mark. We spend three hours walking and talking about how to use your camera. It has always been my opinion that people learn by doing, not by sitting in a darkened room watching a glorified slide show. Though I am partial to Plant Street in Winter Garden, FL, I am willing to meet you in other photogenic locations.

There are three options on how we will work together to improve your photographic skills:
1. One on one.
2. You, me and a friend of your’s (discount for two person).
3. Just going over your camera settings (this is a one on one talk, not a walk).

Please visit Photo Coaching by Mark for more info and to sign up today.

I can’t wait to coaching you to photographic success.

Coach Mark

Changes in life and my time.

Hello loyal readers. Yes, it has been a while since I posted, lots of stuff going on, and unfortunately I haven’t been able to update as often as I want.

No, I am not going to make a blanket, “I promise to post more” type of post, but in my mind, I have at least a dozen photo centric posts to publish.

Plus, now that I am no longer teaching photography for Crealdé, I want to finally post “how-to’s” and more photography 101 types of tips that I can pass along from a career that spans 37 years.

So, please be patient, and yes, new posts are coming, eventually. Ok, maybe in the next few days.


Where Did “Prints & More” Go?

As of August 26th, our shopping cart (which was linked to via “Prints & More” in the menu) will be down for renovation. I was never really happy with how it worked when you would visit the site,  but also equally frustrating was how clunky it was to upload a single image that we wanted to offer limited edition gallery prints of.

The shopping cart will return to its home at “Prints & More” in the menu bar in a couple of days and will offer a much more streamlined ordering process.

Think you for your support,
Mark Lepow

POV Medical Tow Sled Evac in the Fresh Powder

During my senior year of high school at the Lowell Whiteman School I created an independent study in photography class, yeah, easy “A”. My teacher, Judy Duchnese was also a photographer and we had a blast during this semester long class. Because I was required to have a project, I chose the daily operations of the Steamboat Ski Corp, which oversaw the operations of the Steamboat Springs Ski Area. I got to climb the gondola towers, take part in  avalanche prevention, and much more. One of my most interesting photos though was how they evacuated people off the mountain in a stretcher.

I created this photo as we moved down Vagabond and it was not an easy shoot. You can see the snow was dumping, which meant it was building up on my lens and because I was strapped in like an injured skier, I had very little movement. At this point in my life, for the life of me I can’t remember the ski patrol officer who took me down the mountain, but we did have some pre-discussed fun, like going fast in certain sections, and catching some air here and there. This WAS NOT the average tow down the hill.


Mothballed Disney Monorail Cars Awaiting Demolition & Burial.

Years before the horror of September 11th, anyone with a plane could fly over Walt Disney World. I know a pilot and we used to to do it often. The rules are obviously different now.

There are dozens of discussions on the web about what Disney does with their obsolete or mothballed monorail cars. This photo (cropped version of a much larger area), shows a few dozen cars awaiting demolition and burial. This particular landfill area was near the Polynesian Resort and is no longer in use (based on google maps).

Walt Disney World Monorail Cars Awaiting DemolitionPhoto: Mark E. Lepow/Lepow Photo