Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"Freedom" from Domestic Violence Charity Gala Opening Night

Join us at the reception for the "Freedom" from Domestic Violence Charity Gala Opening Night
When: August 25, 2016  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Golden Thread Gallery 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford

If you'd like a copy of the flyer download it by clicking on the link below!

NECCC 2016 Annual Conference Print Competition Report and Galleries

NECCC  2016 Annual Conference Print Competition Report and Galleriess have beenposted 

See also the BW Gallery and the Color Gallery

      2016 Annual Conference Print Competition
Arthur S. Vaughan, HonNEC, Chairman NECCC Print Competition

The annual B&W and Color print competitions were held at the 71st NECCC Conference in Amherst on Saturday, July 16, 2016. A total of 118 Color and 93 Black & White prints were entered. The number of prints submitted was up a bit from last year’s conference totals of 109 Color and 85 B&W. The judging and medal winner selection process took nearly three hours to complete.

Judges for this competition were Larry Cowles (FPSA, GMPSA, EFIAP), Daniel Charbonnet (HonPSA, EPSA, MNEC), and Jacob Mosser (HonPSA, EPSA, HonNEC).

Larry Cowles specializes in human and pet portraiture, plus is a proficient nature photographer. His work has been accepted and shown in 68 countries around the world. Larry is very active in PSA, local camera clubs, and other photographic organizations as a writer, teacher, judge, presenter, and serves in many administrative capacities both locally and nationally.

Daniel Charbonnet is the NECCC 2016 Conference Dedicatee and was a recipient of the PSA President’s Award. He is a Vice President and member of the Board of both NECCC and PSA. In his role as PSA’s exhibition Services Vice President, he’s in charge of International Exhibitions throughout the world that receive patronage from PSA. Dan is a member of the Greater Lynn Potographic Association, a member and past chairman of the Massachusetts Camera Naturalists (CamNats), as well as past chairman of the PSA Nature Division. He holds multiple Star and Galaxie ratings in Color Projected Image, Nature, Photo Travel, and Photojournalism. He’s also a club, interclub, and International Exhibitions judge, and a lecturer / author on all aspects of photography.

Jacob Mosser has earned top honors from the PSA, NECCC, and the Greater Lynn Photographic Association for both his photographic skills and his efforts on behalf of the photographic community. He has been a recipient of the PSA “Stuyvesant Peabody Award” for his significant contributions to pictorial photography and along with his wife Susan, has had a past NECCC Conference dedicated to him. Jake is a member and past Chair of PSA’s Nature Division, and PSA’s Ethics Review Committee, past President and Honorary Life Vice president of GLPA, and is a past President and a current Vice President of NECCC. A multi Galaxie and Diamond Star competitor in International Exhibitions, he has served as a judge and lecturer throughout the USA and Canada, and has had his work published in numerous magazines and calendars.

The judging process to determine which entries went into the “final fifteen group” for medal consideration took just under an hour for both the B&W and Color divisions. An additional hour was spent in selecting the Honor Award and medal winning prints in both categories, with the competition wrapping up at about 3:30 PM. As is common in the later stages of the conference print competition, a great deal of “lively discussion” took place among the judges in determining which prints received the various medals, and all thoroughly enjoyed participating in this event. Their enthusiasm, effort, and willingness to serve on our 71st conference print judging panel is greatly appreciated. The work performed by all the members of the 2016 conference print competition committee is also greatly appreciated. Sharing print room and competition duties this year were Richard Cox, Glenn and Jane Guaraldi, MNEC’s, Susan Hall, Gary and Judi Hoyt, John Lowe, MNEC, Dave Powell, Barbara Soghigian, and Valerie Whittier. Their annual commitment to share the work in the print room makes light work of all the tasks involved in running the conference print competition.

As always, special thanks must go to all the members of the equipment committee who did a first-rate job of getting the Cape Cod Room rigged up for our third year at this great location. Their instant attentiveness to any print room need or staff request is greatly appreciated.

Very much appreciated also are all the folks who took the time to visit the print room and browse through the prints on display, both before, during, and after the competition. One of the benefits of serving on the print room committee and having a space so well suited to the exhibiting of prints (Cape Cod Room), is the opportunity to discuss the work on display with print makers / competition submitters, and conference attendees in general. A great deal of information regarding the entries, print making, mounting, and photographic technique is exchanged at this time, and folks not having entered the print competition, including first-time conference attendees, are encouraged to do so in the future.

Finally, thanks must go to all the folks who made the effort to submit their prints. Without them there is no competition. The entire print operation is totally dependent upon the enthusiastic participation of the conference attendees. It’s gratifiyng to know that each year we can look forward to having our print racks filled with more than enough entries to challenge our judges and provide a meaningful exhibition experience for competition participants and visitors to the conference.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Connecticut Valley Camera Club Exhibit – Madison, CT Sept. 8th to 29th, 2016

Connecticut Valley Camera Club Exhibit – Madison, CT
Sept. 8th to 29th, 2016

The Connecticut Valley Camera Club will have a photography exhibit at the Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison with an opening reception on Thursday, September 8th from 6 – 8pm.  Viewers will be able to see a variety of photos (open subjects) from 17 local artists from several SE Connecticut towns:
Alex Dupuy – Middletown ,Ellen Falbowski – Haddam, Dean Rupp – Killingworth, Dama DeManche – Chester, Diane Lindsay – Chester, Elin Dolle - Deep River, Ed McCaffrey – Essex, Richard Spearrin – Essex, Carin Roaldset – Saybrook, Sally Perreten – Saybrook ,Stein Roaldset – Saybrook, Laura Reynolds – Clinton, Peter Chow – Clinton Dianne Roberts – Madison, Jim Fennema – Hadlyme, Linda Waters – Salem and
Victor Filepp - Gales Ferry

Meetings are held the 1st Monday of the month at the Old Lyme Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, CT (except for the September meeting which will be on Sept 19th.  The topic for the September meeting will be an Educational program on how to have your images printed and framed for exhibits.

Marc Muench Portland all-day seminar Saturday, October 22nd

Marc Muench Portland all-day seminar Saturday, October 22nd

One of America’s top photographers, Marc Muench, is coming to Portland for an all-day seminar on Saturday, October 22nd.  Marc's presentation will educate, enlighten, and motivate. This event is sponsored by the Portland Camera Club and is open to the public.

Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 9AM to 5PM
at the Parker Pavilion on the UNE Portland Campus,
716 Stevens Ave, Portland, Maine

The all-day seminar on Saturday 10/22/16 is for photographers of every level. Marc's teaching is both fun and practical. He will touch on the mechanics of photography, including ways to have fun and be creative with your camera. A veteran landscape photographer, Marc will show how to see the possibilities in a landscape scene. He will discuss how to use your time in the field wisely, and he will teach several different approaches to creating an effective photograph.
Marc's presentation will cover composition and pre-visualization, teaching you how to think about composition using a specific list of simple terms, as well as how to apply those terms to your images and your seeing. You will be amazed at how useful and important it can be to think simply in order to compose, create and craft dramatic landscape images.
The day will also include instruction about image-editing software, Lightroom in particular. At the end of the day, you will have learned much about envisioning and capturing beautiful landscape images in the field, and how to use post-processing software to bring out the best in your digital files.
Marc is an artist who is always learning himself. "I look at other fields like fashion and fine art to derive different ideas and techniques to apply to my landscape photography." That sensibility is evident in his teaching of photography. "Working with passionate amateurs and professionals has expanded my world view. So many wonderfully unique people I have worked with have become an incredible source of inspiration. I never considered that teaching could be so gratifying and inspirational."

~ Ella ~
"Wherever there is light, one can photograph."  ~ Alfred Stieglitz
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Call for Art – Photography Show

Call for Art – Photography Show

The Hyde Park Art Association (HPAA) invites all New England photographers to submit work for the HPAA’s Photography Show, a six week exhibition at the HPAA’s Menino Arts Center in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston. The exhibition will celebrate contemporary photography, the theme is open. The juror for The Photography Show will be Erik Gehring, HPAA Photography Instructor, Freelance and Fine Art Photographer, and recently retired President of the Boston Camera Club. Please click on the link here to see the details.
2016 Call for Art – The Photography Show
  • Important Dates: 
    • Submission accepted starting: Friday, August 12, 2016 
    • Entries & Payments Due: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 11:59 pm 
    • Notification of Acceptance: Wednesday, October 5, 2016. 

ABOUT THE JUROR: Erik Gehring is a freelance and fine art photographer who specializes in natural landscapes. He lives in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston with his wife Julie and sons Carl and William. Although Erik enjoys photographing natural environments all over New England, his favorite destination is Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, and for the last nine years he has published a calendar of images taken in the Arboretum landscape entitled Trees of Boston. Erik recently retired as President of the Boston Camera Club. Erik also teaches classes at the Hyde Park Art Association, the Arboretum, the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, and the Concord Art Association. His work has appeared in Yankee Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Boston Metro, the Cape Cod Times, Northern Woodlands, E the Environmental Magazine, AMC’s Outdoors, and other publications, and he has shown his fine art prints at galleries throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. You can visit him online at

Join CTPPA Lisa Cuchara at her TWO PPA Super 1 Day workshops.

Join CTPPA Lisa Cuchara at her TWO PPA Super 1 Day workshops.

Register online or Call PPA at 1-800-786-6277

Merits for PPA members, but you do not have to be a PPA member to attend. Hurry and sign up today and you'll save $21 off the full, on-site registration price!

Multiplicity: A FUN Way to Learn How to Use (and Master) Layers and Masks
Course #CT02 Course Date: Monday, October 17, 2016 Course Hours: 10am - 5:30 pm.

If you're ready to take your creativity to a whole new level – and have fun doing it - this is the workshop for you! During this Super 1 Day course, you'll delve into the innovative genre of multiplicity photography and what it can do for your business. Instructor Lisa Cuchara covers everything you need to know including what multiplicity is, when and how to use it and why you want to do it. Discuss what you need for the shoot and walk through each step of taking the photos. Learn how to bring it all together, via Photoshop, layers and masks, as Lisa gives you a step-by-step tutorial on everything you need to know. You'll discover how to create an interesting story with a single shot – and breathe new life into your photo sessions. Break out of the norm and wow clients with the results! Or create a unique "selfie" or just pretend to find your long lost twin and post the photo to Facebook, this will be a FUN workshop!

See some multiplicity examples and more class details here:

Photograph cool trains and master HDR (high dynamic range)
Course #CT0 Course Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016 Course Hours: 10am - 5:30pm

Delve into the world of high dynamic range (HDR) with cool train and bus photography as Lisa and Tom Cuchara share its magic with you! This day combines creative photography and Photoshop post-processing techniques with results that you will love! Take 3-10 exposures, capturing shadows and highlights for interesting images. Tom and Lisa Cuchara will guide you as you explore composition, camera settings, interpreting histograms and checking exposure. Once you've got your images, you'll learn the post-processing techniques and Photoshop tricks that bring the whole story together for an amazing result. This is not your everyday workshop so come prepared to expand your mind, your talent and your business!

See some photos from this location and more class details here:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Out of New York Conference Friday and Saturday October 14 and 15, 2016

Out of New York Conference Friday and Saturday October 14 and 15, 2016

Are you familiar with the Out of Chicago Photography Conference?  They’ve put together the most amazing, inspiring, and fun photography conference for 3 years now downtown Chicago.  It’s gone so well, they’ve decided to expand this amazing event by bringing it to New York City.

As the “Shooting-est Photography Conference on Earth”, not only will you learn in a classroom setting with photographers like Lindsay Adler, Bryan Peterson, Rick Sammon, Valerie Jardin, and MORE, but they’ll also take you on the streets of Manhattan to use what you learn!  One of the many reasons for its success is the smaller, more intimate class size.  You will be in a classroom with no more than 40- 60 people (other than the keynote speakers), and you will be able to interact with your favorite instructors!

Out of New York is set for Friday and Saturday October 14 and 15, 2016.  Included in your fee is 2 full days of classes along with many social photowalks to choose from.  There will also be opportunities for educational, smaller photowalks for an additional charge.  Check out the Sunday, full day on-the-street workshops too!  In honor of Hunt's Photo as one of the sponsors, please use code Gary50 for $50 off the $299 price.  Sign up at or email for more information. The full schedule is about to be released, and if you sign up soon, you will be able to choose classes before it's released to the public.

Here is what attendees from the summer Out of Chicago 2016 event had to say:

Attendee Jessica Zoller Kaplan posted in the 2016 Attendee Facebook group…
“As I continue to process the many amazing moments of this weekend, I'm feeling inspired, motivated and grateful to have been a part of something so special. Thanks to Chris, Malinda, Michelle and the whole team for your work on this incredible conference. (I'm already signed up for OOC2017 - are you?) Thanks in particular to Angie, Ron, Levi, Bryan, Valerie, Tim,Ken, Steve, Steve, Eugene, Corwin, James, Rick and Scott for your wisdom and encouragement. My feet and shoulders were aching last night, but the view from Maggie Daley Park made it all worth it.”

Per Bette J. Kauffman, “Thanks to Chris Smith and the ‪#‎OOC2016‬ team for a terrific experience.”

“HUGE thanks go out to Chris Smith and the entire army of volunteers and speakers - Out of Chicago 2016 was phenomenal! It was fun, educational and inspiring! Grateful to have met so many great people and to have learned from so many awesome photographers and instructors. You guys are awesome!!!”

We look forward to seeing you in New York City!!

Chris, Malinda, and Michelle
The Out of Chicago team

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2016 NECCC Conference Female Model Competition

2016 NECCC Conference Model Competition
Deadline Monday, September 26, 2016

1st place will receive $100
2nd place will receive $75
3rd place will receive $50
3 HMs each will receive $25

posted here and on the NECCC2016 conference tab on the website

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cuba Photography Adventure

Refine your photography skills as we wander through 16th century villages, explore the Sierra de los Organons mountains and swim in the baby blue waters of Cayo Jutias. Sure to be an epic cultural and photographic adventure!