We have had a number of people request that we offer a variation of our Cognitive Composition™ workshop for people who have less experience. After some discussion, we decided that we could adapt the course to a more basic level and keep it both informative and fun, so… we are pleased to be offering this workshop, which is specifically designed to address the needs of creative adults looking to advance their photographic skills.





As with its more advanced brethren, this is not your common “how to use your camera” workshop, but rather we’ll be delving into the creative process and how to use your camera to create photographs, and not merely take pictures. The workshop will be taught by Henry Rowan, who is a professional, national award winning photographer. Henry’s approach to teaching photography is very different and rooted in his concepts of Cognitive Composition™ and Non-Existent Imagery, which results in a fun and inventive learning environment. You’ll learn to control your camera but more importantly, you will be challenged to expand your creative vision.    


“One should study the science of photography if you want to be a scientist. If you want to be an artist with a camera, then learn what you need to know to create your vision and keep learning as that vision expands. At that point you are excited, interested, and driven to learn new techniques because they have meaning to you.” – Henry Rowan


Beginner 5 Week Session – $250 per participant ($225 for members)



Coming again soon!

(A daylight “walk-about” may replace one session if feasible for all workshop participants.)

Please call for availability, 5 participant min/ 8 participant max 





Workshop Curriculum

  • Basic Understanding of Camera Controls and When to Use What (You’ll never use “Auto” again!)

  • Understanding exposure

  • The basics of Cognitive Composition™ (Pre Visualization, Visualization and Post Visualization)

  • Using Different Lenses and their Focal Lengths Effectively and Creatively

  • Understanding of Depth of Field and its Creative Potential

  • Basic Postproduction

  • Walkabout/Location Shoot



All participants must provide and be familiar with the use of a DSLR, have an understanding of their camera’s basic settings. Participants also need access to a computer outside of class time. Photo editing software is a plus. BRING YOUR CAMERA MANUAL!



Workshop and Class Venue

PA Center For Photography 

181 East Court Street 

Doylestown, Pa 18901 

(The building with the circular driveway diagonally across from Salem Church.) 

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Registration and Payment

Please email [email protected] or call 267-247-6634 for questions and to register.

Please send check payable to “PA Center for Photography”

c/o Stephanie Lisle

3682 Dogwood Lane

Doylestown, PA 18902


“Composition is much more than where image elements are placed within the picture; good composition is a rational, cognitive process that requires the photographer to think rather than just click.” – Henry Rowan