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, 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.

Color Matters All Rights Reserved It is difficult to imagine a world without color. Helen Keller said: “I understand how scarlet can differ from crimson because I know that the smell of an orange is not the smell of a grapefruit…Without color or its equivalent, life to me would be dark, barren, a vast blackness…” Yet […]

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Interview: Machat Dorskind & BPSOP

 Interview BPSOP & Cheryl Machat Dorskind       1. When did you first pick up a camera and do you remember your first picture? I was intrigued by cameras as a young girl, as my dad traveled to Europe often and would bring home lots of cool gadgets. I remember the Minox 110S (early 1970s)—my dad […]

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