johnston mansion atrium

Please note that class size is very limited on this outing. Register soon to reserve your seat.

July 18 & 20 - Join us for a special workshop at local hidden treasure: the Archibald Johnston Mansion, home to Bethlehem's first mayor from 1923 until his death in 1948.

Eventually the house was abandoned and the land donated to become a public park. Restoration efforts are now underway, but today the crumbling mansion stands as a fascinating photographic subject.

Your expedition includes:
  • Classroom seminar at Dan’s
  • Two hours of exclusive access to the mansion, normally closed to the public.
  • Hands-on photo instruction on location
Cost: $99.99
Morning Session
DateTimeLocationRegister
7/18 class 5:30pm – 7:00pm Dan's Camera City, Allentown Please call 610-434-2313 for ticket availability
7/20 outing 9:00am - 11:00am Housenick Park, Bethlehem Twp.
Afternoon Session
DateTimeLocationRegister
7/18 class 5:30pm – 7:00pm Dan's Camera City, Allentown Please call 610-434-2313 for ticket availability
7/20 outing 12:00pm - 2:00pm Housenick Park, Bethlehem Twp.

johnston mansion sconce

johnston mansion exterior

We'll start with a presentation by guest speaker John Marquette, who'll discuss the history of the site and share newly discovered footage of the family and the house as it was c.1923 — 1930s.

Then to help prepare you for our outing, we'll share practical and creative photo tips to help you get great pictures in this unusual setting. We'll cover topics like High Dynamic Range (HDR) & architectural photography, portable lighting solutions, and lots more.

During our visit to the mansion, we'll have exclusive access for our students to a site that's otherwise inaccessible to the public. And Dan’s photo experts will be with you the whole time for hands-on instruction.

Recommended accessories:
  • Wide angle lens: many shots require a wide field of view.
  • Fast prime lens for detail shots in low light (e.g. 35mm ƒ/1.8, 50mm ƒ/1.8)
  • Tripod
  • Flash – wireless if possible
  • Polarizer filter for outdoor images

johnston mansion upstairs

This Expedition is open to users of any camera. The class at Dan’s will cover general camera settings, and our experts will gladly assist you in locating the specific settings on your camera after the class and on location.