Thursday, May 14, 2020

Interview with Peter Forsgard

We are grateful for Peter Forsgård for such a wonderful interview! check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFxkNYgZjnc
-- and also check out Peter's other videos, interviews, etc. www.youtube.com/user/JPeterF

We have enjoyed watching Peter's videos and LiveStreams, but being interviewed by him made us realize how wonderful and easy-going he is! We thank him for having us.

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Peter Forsgård, Visual Content Creator, Photographer, lecturer, author, blogger, vlogger and a podcast host, Olympus European Visionary
peter@peterforsgard.com
www.peterforsgard.com
www.youtube.com/user/JPeterF

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Join Tom and Lisa Cuchara -- Wednesday at 2pm EST on Peter Forsgard's YouTube Channel

Join Tom and Lisa Cuchara -- tomorrow at 2pm EST on Peter Forsgard's YouTube Channel

The Live Stream link stream is: https://youtu.be/BFxkNYgZjnc


Peter Forsgard, Visual Content Creator, Photographer, lecturer, author, blogger, vlogger and a podcast host, Olympus European Visionary
peter@peterforsgard.com
www.peterforsgard.com


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Monthly Themed Photography Contest at the BigE

2020 CREATIVE ARTS
New Monthly Themed Photography Contests

Visit our website! https://www.thebige.com/p/competitions/creative-arts

Monthly Themed Photography Contest

This is a Virtual Contest.  All photographs will be submitted, judged and awarded online.     Entries will be limited to the first 100 photographs received for each division.
https://www.thebige.com/p/competitions/creative-arts/photography-competition
Division Number 5101
Theme Heroes in our Community
Entry Open May 1
Last Day to Enter May 30
Entry Limit 1
Awards June1

Division Number  5102
Theme Graduation
Entry Open June 1 Last Day to Enter June 20 Entry limit 1
Awards July 1

Division Number  5103
Theme To be determined, please check back in June
Entry Open July 1
Last Day to Enter  July 20
Entry Limit 1 AWards August 1 May's contest will be dedicated to the "Heroes in our Community". They are people that may not wear a cape but maybe a mask now. They are the individuals you may not have noticed before but they were and are here everyday. They are the helpers - helping others and supporting our community. In June we will celebrate "Graduations". We may not be able to attend the traditional graduations, but many will be celebrating this milestone in many new ways. Everyone is doing virtually great! We visit virtually. We work virtually. It's time for new Virtual Contests!
We have several ideas in the works.  Watch our website and our Facebook page for upcoming information.

The Big E Creative Arts Website https://www.thebige.com/p/competitions/creative-arts

The Big E Creative Arts Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bigecreativearts/?ref=bookmarks

Questions regarding entry registration or any other matters regarding this year's competition? Please email CreativeArts@TheBigE.com<mailto:CreativeArts@TheBigE.com> or call (413) 205-5015.

Friday, May 1, 2020

FREE - Get to Know the Olympus Educators

FREE - Get to Know the Olympus Educators

Location: https://www.bigmarker.com/wildside-nature-tours/FREE-Get-to-Know-the-Olympus-Educators
When: Saturday, May 2, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Description: This webinar is a chance for you to meet and get to know the 19 Official Olympus Educators in the United States. Each photographer has their own specialties, style, and unique approach to photography. If you already shoot Olympus, have been thinking of switching to Olympus, or would like to learn more about how to use Olympus camera equipment to create stunning images, then this is your chance to meet all nineteen educators. We will be asking a series of questions and then we will take some questions from the audience as well.
Come learn who can help you on your photographic journey with the Olympus OM-D system!

 View and attend webinar at 
https://www.bigmarker.com/wildside-nature-tours/FREE-Get-to-Know-the-Olympus-Educators

We are using Olympus gear completely now. www.tinyurl.com/lisatomO

FYI, ANYONE can attend our workshops (mobile device, film camera, dSLR, mirrorless, etc.)

Olympus- New Cameras & Lenses are Here! Shop Now
http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-8462989-11968384 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

FREE - Get to Know the Olympus Educators

FREE - Get to Know the Olympus Educators

Location: https://www.bigmarker.com/wildside-nature-tours/FREE-Get-to-Know-the-Olympus-Educators
When: Saturday, May 2, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Description: This webinar is a chance for you to meet and get to know the 19 Official Olympus Educators in the United States. Each photographer has their own specialties, style, and unique approach to photography. If you already shoot Olympus, have been thinking of switching to Olympus, or would like to learn more about how to use Olympus camera equipment to create stunning images, then this is your chance to meet all nineteen educators. We will be asking a series of questions and then we will take some questions from the audience as well.
Come learn who can help you on your photographic journey with the Olympus OM-D system!

 View and attend webinar at 
https://www.bigmarker.com/wildside-nature-tours/FREE-Get-to-Know-the-Olympus-Educators

We are using Olympus gear completely now. www.tinyurl.com/lisatomO

FYI, ANYONE can attend our workshops (mobile device, film camera, dSLR, mirrorless, etc.)

Olympus- New Cameras & Lenses are Here! Shop Now
http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-8462989-11968384 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Title: FREE - Get to Know the Olympus Educators

Title: FREE - Get to Know the Olympus Educators

Location: https://www.bigmarker.com/wildside-nature-tours/FREE-Get-to-Know-the-Olympus-Educators

When: Saturday, May 2, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Description: This webinar is a chance for you to meet and get to know the 19 Official Olympus Educators in the United States. Each photographer has their own specialties, style, and unique approach to photography. If you already shoot Olympus, have been thinking of switching to Olympus, or would like to learn more about how to use Olympus camera equipment to create stunning images, then this is your chance to meet all nineteen educators. We will be asking a series of questions and then we will take some questions from the audience as well.

Come learn who can help you on your photographic journey with the Olympus OM-D system!

 View and attend webinar at https://www.bigmarker.com/wildside-nature-tours/FREE-Get-to-Know-the-Olympus-Educators

We are using Olympus gear completely now. www.tinyurl.com/lisatomO

FYI, ANYONE can attend our workshops (mobile device, film camera, dSLR, mirrorless, etc.)

Olympus- New Cameras & Lenses are Here! Shop Now
http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-8462989-11968384 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

NECCC Spring 2020 Electronic Interclub Competition

The Spring 2020 NECCC projected image competitions were hosted by the Greater Lynn
Photographic Association. Rick Cloran served as the competition coordinator. The competition
was originally scheduled to be judged at GLPA on Monday March 30. As we all know all too well,
just about every plan anyone has had for March, April and likely beyond has been thrown out the
window as a result of the COVID-19 chaos.

After consulting with Bill Barnett and Cindy Gosselin, it was agreed that Bill would generate the
image files and related Excel scoresheets and Rick would ask the judges to download the file from
a shared Dropbox, score the images and return their completed sheet to Rick who would in turn
combine the scores on the master sheets and return those to Bill and Cindy.

Once last-minute hiccup came when one judge was uncomfortable in handling the files that way.
After Rick was unable to quickly locate an alternate, Bill agreed to allow Cindy to serve as a judge
since she had not been involved in processing the entries. With that settled, Rick sent the files and
score sheets out to Cindy Gosselin, Mike DiStefano, and Don Toothaker. These three very worthy
individuals did yeoman like work in getting all of the images judged and the sheets back to Rick in
time for Rick to have the completed master files back by the originally scheduled competition
date.

We did have two images in Class B Nature that were scored low because they did not meet the
requirements of the PSA nature definition that governs the Nature competitions. One was of a
domestic animal. The other had a visible human structure in the background. Club Reps are
reminded to familiarize themselves with the restrictions in the PSA Nature Definition before
selecting entries for the Nature section of the NECCC interclub competitions.

Many thanks go out to Bill, Cindy, Mike and Don for their work and assistance in making it
possible to at least carry out this one small aspect of our “normal” lives in a time that is anything
but normal.

Rick Cloran

Bill and Cindy would also like to extend many, many thanks to Rick Cloran and the Greater Lynn
Photographic Association for hosting this “virtual” competition, the last of the 2019-20 season.
Forty one clubs participated in the Pictorial section (23 from Class A and 18 from Class B) and thirty nine clubs participated in the Nature section (17 from Class A and 22 from Class B).

The report and gallery images are on the NECCC website, interclub comp page:  http://www.neccc.org/p/interclub-print-comp.html

Friday, April 3, 2020

NECCC Announcement-=- 75th photography conference

NECCC Announcement

With the uncertainty in the USA and the New England area due to COVID19, NECCC has decided, like the Olympics, to postpone our 75th Anniversary Conference to 2021. We will have all the same speakers, activities and events that we have announced for 2020 - the 75th conference just will take place one year later. 

The program registration fee will also be unchanged from 2020 and will remain at the low cost of $205 for early registration. Our Conference Chairs will remain the same, Lisa and Tom Cuchara who have agreed to stay on for one more year.

We thank you all for your past, present and future support of the conference and the NECCC Council itself and hope you will all join us July 16-18th in 2021. 

Just a FYI, hotels sold out very quickly in the UMass Amherst area, so you might want to book your hotel NOW or SOON for July 2021!

If you have registered for the 2020 conference you will receive an email from Susan Mosser regarding keeping your registration and workshop choices for 2021 -- and about full refunds if you choose. It will come from s.jmosser@comcast.net

Susan Mosser, HonPSA, HonNEC Conference Coordinator
Lisa, HonNEC & Tom, MNEC Cuchara-Conference Co-Chairs
Antoinette Gombeda, HonNEC –NECCC President

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Conference Workshops at the 2020 NECCC photography conference

Conference Workshops 
$52 before June 26th ($62 after) Pre-registration required. Class sizes are limited; Register Early!
Find out more and register at www.NECCCPhotoConference.org


CW1     Image Review by Conference Speaker ~45 minutes. Have up to 15 images reviewed by one of North America’s top photographers who will provide feedback and help you grow as a photographer. An email to pick your top three reviewers will be sent to you by 6/21 (due back 6/28). You will likely get your 1st/2nd choice; Time slot/reviewer will be emailed to you.


CW2*     Jackie Kramer (FL) Artistic Floral Post-Processing Techniques (laptops*) Friday 12:30-3:15pm All skill levels. Watch how you can take a good image & make it stellar using a variety of editing techniques ranging from a short five-minute Lightroom edit to a composite in Photoshop. Guaranteed to ensure your creative juices flow long after your initial captures in the field as you upload & edit later at your computer. You will walk away expanding the universe of potential images and broadening your vision.

CW3*  Clifford Pickett (NY) Lightroom Post-Processing Magic (laptops*) Saturday 12:30-3pm A Foundational Masterclass on Leveraging the Full Power of Lightroom Using A Visual Roadmap. This class is very different than others you have taken. Lightroom is a powerful tool but the most powerful tool available to you as a photographer is knowledge. Have you ever wondered what actually makes an image better and why? Come gain that knowledge. Clifford will share his Visual Roadmap, a framework for understanding & applying the various tools available in LR. Basically, when you look at your photo, you’ll know what to do & how to do it. Most photographers, even those who have been using LR for a while, have no idea of the real power under the hood. Whether you’re a total beginner or advanced, you’re going to walk away knowing how to do things you never knew of or thought about before, that you didn’t even know was possible inside LR. We’re going to go way beyond just what the sliders do here! All skill levels.

* For CW2 and CW3 You may share a laptop with a friend or just come and /follow along. If you bring your laptop, you are expected to have the following software pre-installed. Kramer; Lightroom and Photoshop CS6 or PS CC; Pickett: Lightoom



CW4    George Fellner (CT) -- Imaginary Realms: Macro Photography of Stones & Crystals (Optimizing Depth of Field in Photography). Hands-on with PS demo. Friday 12:30-3:30 The realities of depth of field may pose limitations for certain types of photography. 3-Dimensional subjects, particularly in macro photography (also in landscape and architectural scenes), are challenging with regard to establishing sharp focus throughout. Focus stacking involves taking a series of photos at multiple focus points which are combined in post-processing into a single optimized depth of field image. Bring camera, macro lens, tripod, shutter release cable. Skill Level:  intermediate

CW5       Mark Bowie, ANEC (MA) (ADKPI)NIGHT Photo Shoot Bring your camera Fri 10pm 
                  Sat 10pm opens after Friday fills

CW6       Susan Magnano (NY) NIGHT Light Painting Portraits Bring your camera Fri 10pm 
                 Sat 10pm open after Friday fills

CW9    Scott Kelby (FL) How to critique your own work Friday 6:30-7:30pm. Scott shares his tools for evaluating photographs across a wide variety of genres. This class was born from Scott’s experience hosting blind photo critiques on the Grid, where he discovered that many submitted photos suffer from a range of technical issues that every photographer should be trying to avoid. Gain a strong foundation in understanding the technical problems we all encounter, whether you are shooting landscapes, portraits, sports, travel, or in the studio, and learn how to use that information to evaluate the photos you plan to share with the world. By the end of this class you’ll have a new way to see your photos, and new tools to help you curate a portfolio of your strongest work.


Workshops CW10-14 Pre-registration required No charge if registered before June 26th ($62 after)


CW10        George Fellner (CT) Architectural Photo Walkabout Sunday 10am

CW11-13  Marc Farb ANEC (NY) Models & Fast Lenses Outside; Sigma loaners 
                  CW11 Fri 2:15pm 
                  CW12 Sat 2pm 
                  CW13 Sat 3:30pm

CW14      Lou & Todd Nettelhorst (IL) Sun8:30-12:30 Clinic: Designing your Photographs Using the Building Blocks of Visual Design This four-hour clinic has 3 parts: INFORM (presentation), PRACTICE (hands-on macro shoot) & FEEDBACK (image review). You will learn to design images, not just take them, using visual design building blocks. The Clinic enhances your awareness of subjects, taps into your creativity & teaches you to see differently, as you practice what you learn, & receive gentle, but honest feedback. It might just change your photographic life! Freeman Patterson’s Visual Design Workshops inspired the content, used with permission.


Find out more and register at www.NECCCPhotoConference.org

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Looking for something creative while sequestered? The 2020 Westchester International Competition is accepting entries.

Looking for something creative while sequestered?

The 2020 Westchester International Competition is accepting entries. Time is running short, competition closes on April 4th.  Use this link: https://cccw.clubexpress.com/... to see the rules and enter the competition.

This competition is recognized by the Photographic Society of America (PSA), and accepted images are eligible for PSA Star Ratings.  We very much look forward to your participation this year.

We have 3 divisions, PID Color, Monochrome and Nature.  You may enter 4 images in each division, for only $8 each.

If you have any questions, please contact Bunny Solomon at 4bunnysolomon@gmail.com.