Author Archives: Cheryl Machat Dorskind

Cheryl Machat Dorskind shares her passion for photography through her books, teaching, fine-art, mentoring, and commissions. In addition to her eBook, Photographing Children Naturally, published by Trey Ratcliff and available exclusively at Flatbooks.com, Cheryl is he author of two best-selling books, The Art of Handpainting Photographs — considered the definitive guide to traditional darkroom photo painting — and The Art of Photographing Children — the ultimate guide to creating cherished photographs of children. Cheryl Machat Dorskind has also written approximately seventy-five articles for her newspaper column “Picture This” for The Southampton Press. As a college professor, Cheryl Machat Dorskind instructs and mentors students at colleges (LIU, SUNY) and online at the Perfect Picture School of Photography. She also offers Fine Art Mentoring Expertise to photographers and artists worldwide. Cheryl offers Hamptons photo safaris and photo workshops and is also a guest photo instructor teaching color, Adobe Photoshop, camera technique, composition, handpainting, portfolio development, and color management. High-end portrait sessions by Cheryl Machat Dorskind embody the gorgeous natural Hamptons’ light. Whether the setting is at the beach, a park, or a home, the lifestyle posed-but-not-posed images are fluid and rhythmic. Noted internationally for her ethereal misty coastal handpainted photographs and her playful self-portrait Photopaintings, her critically acclaimed fine-art photographs are exhibited regularly, commissioned for book jacket cover art (Ann Beattie’s Chilly Scenes of Winter, Falling in Place, Secrets and Surprises, and Distortions) and are included in many public and private collections. Her corporate clients include Epic Records, Random House, Hamptons magazine, Niche Media, Newsday, The Southampton Press, and The New York Times.

Flatbooks Interview

I was recently interviewed by Flatbooks, the publisher (Trey Ratcliff) of my new eBook, Photographing Children Naturally and wanted to share. You can also find this interview on Flatbooks.com. FB:When did you know you wanted to be a photographer? I always had romantic notions of being an artist. As a young girl, I studied painting […]

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Express Yourself with a Photo Border

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Photography provides a vehicle to communicate what we see and feel. And so the essential question is, “What are you trying to say?” How do you find your photographic voice?  Be curious. Visit museums, and go to the library and look through photography and art books. Browse online galleries and collections. Study. Formulate opinions […]

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Summer vacation photo tips

Vacations are essential for creativity According to Daniel J. Levitin (Author and Director of the Laboratory for Music, Cognition, & Expertise at McGill University, NY Times 8/16/14), “Make sure you have a real one (vacation). The summer vacation is more than a quaint tradition. Along with family time, mealtimes, and weekends, it is an important […]

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Smile Naturally

Tips for capturing a smile, naturally: Photographing Children Naturally is the philosophy I share in my new eBook, Photographing Children Naturally and in my online class Photographing Children: Rising to the Challenge. My pseudo documentary style embodies a posed-but-not posed approach. I set the stage and then encourage the children to be children. Parents often want […]

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Photography Exhibits, NYC – August 2014

Photography Exhibits Must Sees A Fine Art Mentoring Client (FAME) will be visiting Manhattan later this month and asked for a list of photography exhibit “must sees.” I decided to share my suggestions. Let me know if you visit any of these fabulous exhibits. Gary Winogrand @ the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) (though September 21, 2014) Bronx, […]

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“Photographing Children Naturally” Reviews

Reviews “…the book is elegant, the photographs stunning… and the sentiment within Cheryl Machat Dorskind’s style lovely and utterly charming. I love her work and I think the people and children she photographs are fortunate to have themselves “captured” for a moment in time by the internal lens within her creative mind’s eye, as well […]

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Photographing Children Naturally

My New eBook – Great Summer Read Whether you are or a photographer looking for a new direction or a parent or grandparent striving to capture meaningful family photos, this beautiful eBook provides all the inspiration and techniques you’ll need to capture the spirit and individuality of children in timeless photographs. Click here to Purchase Photographing Children […]

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Join Me for a Photo Safari

Improve Your Photography Skills Embrace the beauty of the Hamptons while learning composition, camera technique, lens choice, exposure, and the art of seeing. Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 4-7:30 PM (Rain date: Sunday, October 12th, from 8:30-Noon) Saturday October 11, 2014 from 2:30-6 PM (Rain date: Sunday, October 12th, from 8:30-Noon) Private photo safaris/lessons can also […]

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Honoring Black Music Month

Black History  Month African-American Music Appreciation Month Like Tim Cook, I believe that no matter what you do in life, human rights and dignity are values that need to be acted upon (NY Times, 6/14/14). Perhaps, that was President Jimmy Carter’s motivation when he created “Black Music Month” in June, 1979.  A recent college graduate, full of […]

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Honoring Mom by Sharing Great Reads

I developed my love for reading from my mother. Every couple of weeks my mom visited Doubleday (a stunning glass building at 724 Fifth Avenue (now Prada) in New York City) and bought ten hard cover books. She loved biographies, literary fiction, and non-fiction. Her passion for crime and thrillers was piled on her nightstand. Mom with her […]

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Dress-up with Nicole

By Cheryl Machat Dorskind This article originally appeared in the e-zine, “The Handmade Photograph,” March 13, 2014 From the beginning of my photography career, I married paint with photos. Photography was my canvass, color my voice. At that time, there was little information available on the technique of handpainting and what was available proved contradictory […]

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Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh

Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh Born in 1853, Vincent Van Gogh decided to become an artist at the age of 27.  Mostly self taught by copying masters’ works and studying drawing manuals, Van Gogh produced over 900 paintings and over 1100 works on paper during his anguished life. As photographers, we have much to learn […]

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Opening Adobe Creative Cloud psd files in CS6

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com I have heard many concerns about Adobe Creative Cloud and wanted to address one of the issues. You can create and save Adobe Creative Cloud psd files to your hard drive and then use the Photoshop files (psd) in older versions of Adobe Photoshop (such as CS5, CS6) in the event that you decide […]

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With the Garden Club of America Photo Study Group in Tucson

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com I had the privilege of co-teaching a workshop in Tucson with the Garden Club of America Photo Study Group They were a talented, motivated, intelligent, and creative group of people who I look forward to staying in touch with. Photography provides a wonderful venue for sharing visual passion. Stay in touch! Cheryl

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Meeting Kyabgon Phakchok Rimpoche was magical!

Recently I had the privilege to dine with Kyabgon Phakchok Rimpoche, and then hear him speak at the Rigpa Center in NYC on “Creating Space.” Meeting Kyabgon Phakchok Rimpoche was magical. I enjoyed his lively and direct teaching style and continue to reflect on his profound words. “Creating Space” was a lesson in compassion and […]

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PhotoPaintings

I originally coined photopaintings for their marriage of my passions, photography and painting. Handpainting or hand tinting is a technique as old as photography itself, one I rediscovered back in the 1980s and helped bring back to the spotlight with my best selling book, The Art of Handpainting Photographs (Watson Guptill: Amphoto) The name photopaintings […]

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Learn with Cheryl

Learn with Cheryl Machat Dorskind Join me for a Hamptons’ photo class Photo Safaris – sea with me! Photo Safaris are four hour guided photo walks through gorgeous terrain and incredible light. Experience the beach and ocean habitats through the eyes of your camera while enhancing your skills and meeting new people.  Click here and […]

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Here’s to our future women leaders!

These nine year old girls may just be tomorrow’s leaders. by Cheryl Machat Dorskind March is Women’s History Month and many fine institutions pay homage, including the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, and NASA. Women’s’ History month began in 1995. Our local Westhampton Beach Brownie […]

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Who will take care of the children?

www.CherylMachatDorskind.com Today marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique. Friedan “wrote about the period between WWII and 1960, when women married young, abandoned their ambitions, had large families that fueled the baby boom, moved to the suburbs, and valued femininity above all else.” (Janet Maslin, NYT 2/18/13, “Looking Back at […]

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One of America’s best kept secrets

One of America’s best kept secrets by Cheryl Machat Dorskind www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Today begins my “Intro to Digital Photography” class at Suffolk County Community College. It is a five hour weekly class that teaches both camera and Adobe Photoshop skills. I have been teaching at this community college for twelve years and I agree with Jill […]

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Interesting

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Interesting     Interesting people make interesting photographs, and it is interesting to see where they go with their lives.  When I captured this photo of Michael Oren ten years ago (on Ilford Delta 400 professional film), he was promoting his book, “Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern […]

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2012 Fall Reading List

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Inspired by Pulitzer Prize Winners Naifeh and Smith for their brilliant book, “Van Gogh: The Life”, I wanted to share some other great reads. 1. “How Music Works” – David Byrne This informative collection of essays discussing the history of music is a natural eBook collection — just click and listen. 2.“The Life of […]

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Personalized note cards make great gifts!

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com My daughter’s  text message “I love looking at the birthday card you sent me” proves that a personalized note is a terrific gift. For my daughter’s card, I scanned, cropped, and retouched a photo that captured her winning smile. For luck and good fortune I printed the image on a gold metallic paper. Want […]

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Well Hello! Hurricane Sandy has wreaked havoc

Well Hello! Hurricane Sandy has wreaked havoc on my hometown but everyone is safe! Hope that is the case for you, your friends and family. A big shout out of appreciation to all EMS, and a special personal thanks to the Westhampton Beach War Memorial Ambulance.   Be Smart and Stay Safe, Cheryl

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The Storm Before the Storm

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Hurricane Sandy slowly approaches. I hope you all stay safe. http://youtu.be/zjH2y7If7Bo    

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“Preparing Successful and Employable College Graduates”

“Preparing Successful and Employable College Graduates” www.cherylmachatdorskind.com I will be speaking at the Photo Plus Expo at the Javitz Center in NYC on Wednesday, October 24th from 5-6:30 PM (session 2) as part of a panel discussing “Preparing Successful and Employable College Graduates.” Join me for a most interesting and important discussion. http://www.photoplusexpo.com/seminars/seminar-schedule http://www.imagingontheverge.com   […]

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Six Tips For Photographing Children Naturally

Six Tips For Photographing Children Naturally © 2012 Cheryl Machat Dorskind www.cherylmachatdorskind.com “Like the people you shoot and let them know it”                 ~Robert Capa I recently photographed a twelve year old boy at the beach and wanted to share some tips. Plan A consultation begins the process. At the meeting, learn […]

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Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, and the soul is the piano with many strings ~Kandinsky

“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, and the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposely, to cause vibrations in the soul.” ~Vassily Kandinsky www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) transformed color into a lyrical force, spectral and geometric musical […]

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“When I draw something I remember it” ~Michael Graves

“When I draw something I remember it. The drawing is a reminder of the idea that caused me to record it in the first place.” ~ Michael Graves New York Times (09/01/2012) When I photograph something, I remember it. I have been photographing for a long time and still remember when I photographed images I […]

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“All the wonderful accidents that happen to you as an actor” ~ Frank Langella

  Friday Quote: “All the wonderful accidents that happen to you as an actor” ~Frank Langella http://www.npr.org/2012/08/16/158928812/aging www.cherylmachatdorskind.com This line caught my ear while driving the other day and listening to Frank Langella’s interview with Dave Davies for NPR’s Fresh Air (August 16, 2012). I later listened to Langella reminisce about how hard it was […]

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“All our knowledge has its origin in perception” Leonardo da Vinci

Friday Quote: “All our knowledge has its origin in perception.” ~Leonardo da Vinci www.cherylmachatdorskind.com I like to walk. I walk the same five mile route almost every day and each time I walk this path, the light shifts, colors change, wildlife scatters, and the trees and flowers bend with the wind. Happy Friday, Cheryl Here […]

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Friday Quote: “When was the last time you laughed?” ~ Barbara Kruger

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Friday Quote: “When was the last time you laughed?” ~ Barbara Kruger Barbara Kruger’s new installation “Belief + Doubt” features massive-type aphorisms in Kruger’s signature colors of red, black, and white. The exhibit officially opens on August 20 and will remain on display through 2014. According to the Washington City Paper (8/8/12), Barbara Kruger […]

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“I want to open eyes” ~ Joseph Albers

  www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Friday Quote: “I want to open eyes” ~Joseph Albers Holland Cotter (NY Times, July 26, 2012)   Here’s my back to school clean-up list:
 Organize desktop Purge, defrag, repair disk Update camera firmware Check camera date and time settings Add your name (if your camera software allows) to the exif data Check for […]

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“Literature is the right use of language irrespective of the subject or reason of utterance” ~Evelyn Waugh

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com What is literature? Friday Quote: “Literature is the right use of language irrespective of the subject or reason of utterance.” ~Evelyn Waugh. And what is the “right use” asks Jim Holt in his NY Times editorial “Is Philosophy Literature?” (7/1/12) “Lucidity, elegance, individuality.”  (Evelyn Waugh). With summer nearly halfway over and I thought I’d […]

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“Performance is all about state of mind”~Marina Abramovic′

Friday Quote www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Yesterday I ate something that kept me in bed so I turned on the tv and watched the HBO documentary “Marina Abramovic′.” I was stunned by its intensity and sorry I missed her 2010 MOMA retrospective. If you were one of the 750,000 viewers I would like to hear your thoughts. The […]

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“I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed” -Gary Winogrand

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Friday Quote “I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed” -Gary Winogrand An unfortunate event.   Curious, I approach. With my camera, I hone in. I look behind. And turn again and find another door. With a camera you have the power to transform.   Happy Friday, Cheryl

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“Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places…”~R Hunter/J Garcia

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Friday Quote: “Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right” ~ Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia I went to see Andrew Wyeth’s paintings at the Brandywine River Museum and I thought to myself as I walked around the back path I had mistaken […]

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“Sketching. This is how a designer dreams.”

“Sketching. This is how a designer dreams.” by Cheryl Machat Dorskind © 2012 Cheryl Machat Dorskind all rights Reserved In an recent interview for InStyle magazine, Karl Lagerfeld was asked what the best part of designing was. “Sketching,” he replied, “this is how a designer dreams. I keep a sketch pad and pencils right by […]

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Can this be true?

Can this be true? Buddhism is the 4th largest religion in the US. (James Atas “Buddhist Delight”, http://nyti.ms/NzHElT). With this bit of news, I thought I would re-share a recent blog post, “Ten Best Buddhist Books.” http://wp.me/p1UbOe-n3 Have a favorite to add? Send me a note.

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“New Ideas Fascinate Me” ~ Thomas Struth

  www.cherylmachatdorskind.com New Ideas Fascinate Me © 2012  Cheryl Machat Dorskind Looking for a new motif for your photography? Well, Thomas Struth might have an answer. Struth bypassed photographer’s block finding his muse for over forty years in a broad range of subjects including urban environments, families, technology, and (today’s topic) museums. Struth doesn’t look […]

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Friday Quote: “Stare. It is the way to educate your eye”~ Walker Evans

© 2012 Cheryl Machat Dorskind “Stare. It is the way to educate your eye… Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something.” ~Walker Evans~ (http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2012/ispy/ispy.pdf) This Evans’ quote appears adjacent to his 1938 Subway and 1941 Bridgeport photographic series on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, one of six artists included in […]

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Friday Quote: “Happy Birthday to You”

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Birthdays © 2012 Cheryl Machat Dorskind Birthdays are complicated. Literally a birthday marks the day you were born, but psychologically the date is laced with expectations and hopeful celebrations. I just had a birthday and thanks to social media, I marked the hatching of another year with many people around the world. I hope this […]

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“I learned to write by writing” Neil Gaiman

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com I listened to Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech to the University of Arts, Class of 2012, (Philadelphia, PA) the other night. What a pleasant surprise. It was rich with good advise and very inspiring. It has a special appeal for artists, photographers, writers, illustrators, graphic designers, and book lovers. Previously, I knew a little about […]

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“Time smiled, touched my shoulder, and told me things I’d never heard before” ~Gordon Parks

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Gordon Parks By Cheryl Machat Dorskind I was so happy to read the announcement about the upcoming photography exhibit at the International Center of Photography in midtown New York City celebrating Gordon Parks’ 100th year anniversary of his birth. The ICP is taking the show to […]

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“In•tu•i•tion guides the photographer’s inner light” ~Cheryl Machat Dorskind

In•tu•i•tion by Cheryl Machat Dorskind © 2012 All Rights Reserved www.cherylmachatdorskind.com In•tu•i•tion — The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning (Webster’s Dictionary). Intuition guides the photographer: Where to look, How to frame, What to see is the photographer’s internal, intuitive dialogue. I am re-reading Britt Salvesen’s wonderful book, Harry Callahan: […]

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Ten Suggested Buddhist Readings

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com   READING CORNER Ten Suggested Buddhist Readings Artists, writers, and photographers have been influenced by Eastern philosophy for centuries. One could argue that Henri Cartier Bresson’s famous coinage, The Decisive Moment, is the quintessential essence of Zen philosophy. “To take a photograph means to recognize — simultaneously and within a fraction of a second […]

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Friday Quote: Intuition – A Sixth Sense

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Intuition by Cheryl Machat Dorskind Intuition: Some call it a “sixth sense,” an “urge” a “feeling”, “knowing,” “pulling,” “drawing” us to pay attention, to create.   Harry Callahan, one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century, was also a devoted photo instructor, chairing the photography department at Rhode Island School of Design […]

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Yellow

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Sunshine, daffodils, forsythia, lemons, butter, bananas, and taxis. Jaundice, malaria, faded, worn, and chicken-out. Few colors have yellow’s ambivalence. Sometimes it evokes happiness and warmth, and other times we’re reminded of sickness and loss. Yellow, the lightest of colors, has long been enamored by artists. The works of Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne transverse […]

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Friday Quote: Intuition: “Art takes wing”- Ansel Adams

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com Friday Quote will focus on intuition for the next few weeks. We will begin with the pithy words from a master. “Art takes wing from the platform of reality. We observe reality; we may or may not feel anything about it. If we do feel something, we may have a moment of recognition of […]

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Friday Quote: Truth ?¿? “The power lies with undeniable reality? ~Arnold Newman

www.cherylmachatdorskind.com From the blog series: Friday Quote: Truth ?¿? “The power of photography lies with the power of undeniable reality of the image…What is real about the medium of Photography? Photography is very unreal. You take a three dimensional world and reduce it to a two-dimensional world. You take color and reduce it to black-and-white. […]

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