Member Bios

Debasish Raha

Debasish Raha

I live in the San Francisco Bay area and a member of the Millbrae Camera Club. I am originally from Calcutta, India and came to Yale University for post-graduate studies about 30 years ago. I am a biologist and currently working in a pharmaceutical company. Photography is the media I use to express what my eyes see, like and appreciate in Nature, in man-made designs and imaginations and especially in human interest. I have been taking photos for many years but seriously for last 10 years. I take photos with my digital SLR as well as with my iPhone. I enjoy running and have run few half marathons and one full marathon. This is my 10th year living in the Bay area and I enjoy living close to the Nature and not far from the city.




Dirk-Olaf Leimann

Dirk-Olaf Leimann

I started photography when I was 18 with small jobs for a local newspaper to finance my studies while writing about the local events and of course, a black and white picture was part of it and I developed those myself. Than the job took a lot of time and my photography was taking family photos. When the digital time started it got my interest and so since 2004 I spend a lot of time to it. Still I struggle with converting color pictures to bw so I am looking forward to develop my skills. I have Canon 6D MK II and other cameras and I use Photoshop and NIK filters to convert to bw.

I am German citizen and live in Belgium.




Judith Ponti-Sgargi

Judith Ponti-Sgargi


I lived in Toronto for my work life. Then taking early retirement, we moved to Vancouver Island to enjoy sailing. Finally we relocated to London Ontario to be close to family.

My hobbies centered on physical activities: yoga, hiking, swimming, tennis, canoeing, skiing (down-hill and cross country), and sailing. In 2005, 2006, and 2012 we walked the Camino of Santiago, and volunteered at the hostel for pilgrims in Salamanca. We also enjoy traveling especially to Spain and Italy and visiting galleries and museums.

In my mid 30's, I bought a Canon A-1 and used the camera occasionally. However, I put the camera aside to pursue an MBA and launched more intensively into my career with the provincial Ministry of Health.

I have approached my photographic journey as I would an educational or business plan (M.Ed. and M.BA) setting a vision, goals, objectives and strategies. I joined the London Camera Club in 2016 and PSA in Oct. 2017. To learn, I took camera club workshops, and almost all PSA on-line courses including image analysis, a portfolio experience, history of photography and still life light painting. In Dec. 2018, I joined DDG monochrome, and in Sept. 2020, DSG competition and DDG 13 on assigned subjects. I competed in our camera club.

To edit, I use LR, PS, Nik SEP and CEP, and luminosity masking.
My equipment is basic: Nikon d7200, a 1.8 50 mm lens, and an 3.5 to 6.3 18-300mm nikkor lens. This equipment is light, no need to constantly switch lens, and fits my needs until I determine my direction.

Having learned the basics of how to use the camera, edit, and light, my intention is to purse the artistic aspect of photography.






Joe Pellicone

In Love with photography since I was a kid
Involved with School Photography in High School and College
Official Police Photographer for Pope Benedict NYC Visit
Wedding Photographer and Album Designer 5 years.
Blog Writer / Photographer for Platypod - current
Blog Writer / Photographer for Litra - current
Author - Taking Better Photographs - https://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Pellicone/e/B00MYICMGG/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1
Author - HDR Breaking the Rules - https://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Pellicone/e/B00MYICMGG/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

You can see my work on: My Instagram page or My NEON PROJECT on Instagram or My Books




Dianne Arrigoni

Dianne Arrigoni

I have been photographing digitally since it became a "thing". I took pictures before with a variety of small cameras of family, kids etc.and always enjoyed it. The digital age emerged around the same time my kids were leaving the house and I decided I would have time to adventure out into the photographic world. After I bought my first digital SLR I discovered workshops. Each workshop left me hungry for more as it became so clear how much there was to learn. It’s been about 15 years and I’m still a workshop junky and hungry to learn more. While there are definitely subjects I gravitate to I am always striving to experiment with new areas. Landscapes, animals, any kind of nature excites me, but I would like to improve my people capturing skills as well as documentary photography. I love travel photography, hence I love travel workshops. I have an extensive bucket list of locations I would love to visit some day. I enjoy sharing and discussing my and other’s images. I really feel I learn a lot from the exchanges.

I love the whole process of editing and printing images and look forward to the time when those events involving prints return. I have exhibited my images locally and sold a number of prints but I do not currently have a website. I am hoping to set one up in the future. (another workshop)




Group Admin

Lance Lewin

Lance Lewin

Fine Art Photographer/Instructor/Writer
Lance A. Lewin

For the most part, my inspiration from behind the viewfinder comes from a richly filled combination of studying the pioneers of photography in the mid to late 19th Century and masters of the 20th century, (i.e. Julia Margret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams and Bob Kolbrener, for just four examples) while also studying art history, drawing and design, all in the pursuit of developing my own artistic interpretations. Though a lot of my work cannot be deemed as "Straight Photography", nonetheless, I stay clear of trends that can lead to what some refer to as hyper-reality and composite alternatives, instead, maintaining a photographic canvas that does not transcend the inherent psycho-physical characteristics that define a photograph, thus presenting work evoking a sense of reality and authenticity, regardless if presenting work in color or as Black and white renderings.

My philosophy on teaching photography embodies photographic techniques developed, learned and expanded in both the 19th and 20th Century, and I feel should serve as the backbone to pedagogic material for students of photography in the 21st century and beyond. As such, my methodology of teaching photography is structured to embrace traditional photography skill sets and their application into the digital photography revolution.

Please, visit my website to learn a lot more about my perspectives from behind the lens and teaching philosophies. My office door is always open to take specific questions or just chat on anything about photography. You can reach out to me via email at: lance.visualizingart@gmail.com Thank you.

Website - http://visualizingart.com/
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• Commissioner on City of Kennesaw, Georgia Arts and Culture committee
• On the Board of Directors at Gilmer Arts in Ellijay, Georgia.
• Co-Director and Curator at the Gilmer Arts Gallery
• Contributing Writer at PHOTOPXL.com
• PSA Black & White Photography Mentor
• PSA Admin in DD-group-83-Mono and DD-Group 87-General
• PSA Georgia Membership Director
• Retired Telecom business owner

Camera Systems: Canon 5D Mark II and III and Minolta XD-11 and XD-7 film camera systems




Jose Luis Rodriguez

Jose Luis Rodriguez

I started with photography when I was 15 years old, when the digital era came, I went deeper into it and dedicated myself full-time to it. I have a photo-studio in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and I am Spanish.