Thursday, January 14, 2021

Costco closing its Photo Centers

Costco has announced that it will be closing the Photo Centers in all its locations by February 14, 2021. 

Costco is not getting out of the photography market entirely, however. While the company plans to close its in-store locations, it plans to continue to offer prints through its website.

https://petapixel.com/2021/01/13/costco-is-closing-all-photo-centers-by-february-14/?fbclid=IwAR2Fel0ddxHp0Cib5S--ZKVdu6TzcBPnQfEDrLlY3vNezfLzeHQ7yq_ou24

 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Participate in a new exhibition sponsored by NaDA (National Digital Artists), a program of the Cape Cod Art Center

Cape Cod Art Center (CCAC) would like to extend an invitation to all NECCC photographers to participate in a new exhibition sponsored by NaDA (National Digital Artists), a program of the Cape Cod Art Center.  They are sponsoring an online exhibition entitled “Images of Resilience” as a fundraising effort to support Meri Walker, a well-known digital artist who lost her home and all her possessions in the Oregon fires. We know Meri because she has come here to teach several workshops for CCAC, and is involved in various ways with the CCAC Digital Art Group.  

NaDA defines digital art as any image that was created using pixels.  Digital photography definitely falls into that category and we would like to get more photographers involved with naDA and this exhibition.  

The entry categories are digital photography, digital painting/drawing, and digital mixed media.  All digital arts are considered except video and animation. (We’re still figuring out how to display them on the NaDA website). The images can be created on a computer, a mobile device or a digital camera of any sort.  When defining categories for this show, We chose these exhibit categories to include as complete a spectrum as possible of digital artists.

We are hoping to make this sort of an exhibition a yearly thing for NaDA, with different themes and always an element of donation to support the digital creative community.  Cash prizes are being offered which you can see on the website.  Also, there will be a physical exhibition at Bob Korn’s gallery on Cape Cod when it becomes possible, hopefully in the fall and winter 2021-2022.  

Here is the naDA website link where you can read about the specifics of this juried show:  

https://www.nationaldigitalartists.org/

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Cape Cod Art Center’s All About the Light 2021 Online Photography Exhibition.

We’re kick-starting the new year with a fun exhibition for every photographer across our NECCC region…

Win fame and fortune (cash prizes) in CACC Camera Club’s All About the Light open juried online photography exhibit!

You read that right! Cash prizes! You could win the $500 1st Place, $250 2nd Place or one of two $75 HM cash prizes in Cape Cod Art Center Camera Club’s juried February-March online photo exhibition. It’s open to every photographer across our NECCC region!  All photographers of any level can enter this open juried online exhibit.  Just submit your entries between now through our January 24, 2021 entry deadline.  There aren’t any “catches.” By entering, you only grant permission to CCAC to display your picture during the February-March exhibit period in Cape Cod Art Center’s online exhibit gallery. You retain all other rights to your entered images. Now, here’s the exhibit entry information you need:

Place your exhibit entry through Cape Cod Art Center’s Smarter Entry page at: 

https://www.smarterentry.com/CallsForEntry/CapeCodArt

…and scroll down to All About the Light 2021 Online Photography Exhibition.

·         You can enter now; but be sure to do it before entries close at midnight, January 24,2021.

·         Entry fee: $15.00 USD for each entered image.

·         Any interpretation of the theme will be considered. 

·         Entries must be original work; they cannot be a copy of another artwork, a magazine or newspaper photo, or any type of reproduction. The entry must be the artist's own composition.  All artwork must be created within the past three years.

·         While you may make as many entries as you wish, the jury may accept a maximum of two works from any one artist to show in the exhibit.  Artist notification by email by February 5, 2021.  

·         Entry payment is non-refundable and does not guarantee acceptance.  

·         The exhibit will appear on our website by February 5th.

·         Did we mention that cash prizes will be awarded for First Place (Best in Show), Second Place and two Honorable Mentions!

So what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Click Saturday Seminars

Click Saturday Seminars

As you realize, we’ve had to cancel this November’s in-person CLICK! Photography Conference in Hyannis due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But, we're keeping the Click Conference momentum going with a fall series of CLICK! Saturday Zoom Seminars featuring internationally known master photographers. Our first series this fall (yes, there’ll be more after we swing into the new year) includes programs by Harold Ross, Tony Sweet, David H. Wells and Rad Drew.  Our first series this fall is coming up quickly, so don’t delay!

October 31 – Sculpting with LightLight Painting Still Lifes, Landscapes & More with Harold Ross, fine-art photographer who will show you light painting techniques to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

November 7 – Mastering Found lightLight, Shadow, Night and Twilight. Learn all about light from visual storyteller David H. Wells 

November 14 – Visual Artistry with Tony Sweet discover how Tony approaches composition to find the essence of an image. You’ll then have chance to have him critique and edit one of your photographs.

December 5 – Creating with Topaz Studio 2 and related Topaz Tools with Rad Drew

For detailed information and registration, click this hotlink to our Click! Saturday Seminars web page:

https://capecodartcenter.org/classes-workshops/oct-31-nov-7-nov-14-click-saturday-seminars/

Sunday, October 25, 2020

IDEAS FOR KEEPING CAMERA CLUBS ACTIVE DURING COVID-19 SOCIAL DISTANCING

 IDEAS FOR KEEPING CAMERA CLUBS 

ACTIVE DURING COVID-19 SOCIAL DISTANCING

Each club can send has two slots (typically the NECCC rep and the president), but clubs can send substitutes (like perhaps your program person)

Monday – November 2, 2020 Meeting

Agenda

  • Learn what other clubs are doing
  • 7:00 – 7:30 – informal conversations as people join
  • 7:30 – Meeting kickoff – Chane Cullens
  • 7:35 – Antoinette Gombeda, NECCC President
  • 7:40 – Open discussion on what is working or not working at their clubs
  • – When are in-person meetings resuming
  • – Is membership up or down (fees – up, down, not collecting ….)
  • – Is attendance at competition and programs up or down
  • – Fundraising opportunities – Liz Champeon, Eastern Maine Camera Club
  • – What have you tried that is working
  • – What have you tried that is not helping
  • – Using phone photography to recruit new members
  • 8:40 – Ideas for the next meeting agenda

Note – we are now alternating the meeting weekday every month. This meeting is the first Monday of the month.

Monthly video meetings to share ideas for keeping our clubs vibrant and active during the pandemic. 

Tips for joining a WebEx meeting - http://www.flagpolephotographers.com/news/how-to-join-a-virtual-meeting

Test before our call by visiting https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

Chane Cullens, MNEC

NECCC VP Photo Conference Website

If you would like to join in and did not get the link email Chane@CCullens.com

Friday, October 16, 2020

Click Saturday Seminars

Click Saturday  Seminars

As you realize, we’ve had to cancel this November’s in-person CLICK! Photography Conference in Hyannis due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But, we're keeping the Click Conference momentum going with a fall series of CLICK! Saturday Zoom Seminars featuring internationally known master photographers. Our first series this fall (yes, there’ll be more after we swing into the new year) includes programs by Harold Ross, Tony Sweet, David H. Wells and Rad Drew.  Our first series this fall is coming up quickly, so don’t delay!

October 31 Sculpting with Light: Light Painting Still Lifes, Landscapes & More with Harold Ross, fine-art photographer who will show you light painting techniques to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

November 7 – Mastering Found light: Light, Shadow, Night and Twilight. Learn all about light from visual storyteller David H. Wells 

November 14 – Visual Artistry with Tony Sweet discover how Tony approaches composition to find the essence of an image. You’ll then have chance to have him critique and edit one of your photographs.

December 5 – Creating with Topaz Studio 2 and related Topaz Tools with Rad Drew

For detailed information and registration, click this hotlink to our Click! Saturday Seminars web page:

https://capecodartcenter.org/classes-workshops/oct-31-nov-7-nov-14-click-saturday-seminars/

Thursday, October 8, 2020

For sale Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm, f4, IS-Pro telephoto lens in mint condition

Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm, f4, IS-Pro telephoto lens in mint condition with original packaging. 

Current Olympus price is $2899; add this gently-used tack-sharp lens to your kit for $2200.

Dan Beaudet, Nature Photographer

603-203-8855 | dan@danbeaudet.com

www.danbeaudet.com

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Leslie A. Campbell 1925 - 2020

Leslie A. Campbell, 1925 - 2020

Many of us have lost a good friend. For the local photographic community, it is the equivalent of a huge tree falling in the forest. Long-time Belchertown resident and nationally recognized photographer Les Campbell passed away Thursday, September 24th, at the age of 95. He lived many years in a home at the main entrance to Quabbin where he had started working for the Metropolitan District Commission at the age of 17, retiring 44 years later as head of the water quality laboratory. He then moved to the 24-acre homestead he belovedly called Sky Meadow, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

In 1984, his love of the Quabbin motivated him to establish the Quabbin Visitors Center and its support organization, the Friends of Quabbin. He wanted to use his photo skills to help preserve old photographs of the Swift River Valley for future generations. The Visitors Center has continued to grow and expand their scope ever since.

Les was considered by many to be western Mass's most well-known photographer. His interest in photography started 80 years ago as a teenager. By 1981 he became only the second person in history to hold all three of the highest awards given by the Photographic Society of America, the world's largest photographic society. This third award read "In special recognition of his long-term dedication and encouragement to photographers of all ages by teaching them to enjoy, improve and share photography both as a hobby and profession." Over the course of his 80-year career, he was an innovator, entrepreneur, inventor, lecturer, teacher, as well as a master of his craft (writing with light).

Les traveled often, as far as Canada in the 60's and 70's to put on slideshows with multiple projectors and music on a widescreen. His production of Photo-Musicale in 1972 brought Belchertown High School international recognition. He was named Citizen of the Year by the Selectmen of Belchertown partly for that endeavor. Many people have seen his work on display at his own Gallery at Sky Meadow. His work has been in many major magazines including National Geographic. He has received numerous awards and citations from prestigious organizations, governors, senators, and more. But his passion, for the last forty years, and what he may be remembered most for is his love of teaching other people his skills.

He started many local camera clubs to help him do that on a larger scale. More recently he became concerned that his fellow photographers could not show their work because of the expense of having it framed. He felt all photographs needed to be seen. So he taught them to frame their own photographs in his living room.

He may be best known for his nature photography. That was driven by his embrace of the philosophy of the American Indians and their reverence for all living things (plant, animal, insect...). That may be why everyone who crossed his path became his friend. And they all remember him as a gentle soul, who is compassionate, generous, and humble. Humble may be the reason he never wanted to be referred to as a professional photographer. He used to say "I'm just an amateur."
Les was born in Ware on August 15, 1925 son of John W. and Myrtle I. (Andrews) Campbell. He married his high school sweetheart Lorraine( Millier) and had sons Bruce and David. He later married Terry-Ann (Replenski), had son Mark, and welcomed to the family her children Richard, Suzette and Lisa. He is predeceased by his first wife Lorraine, second wife Terry, his son Bruce, his brother Edward, his sister Nancy, and adopted sister Marie. He is survived by his children; David and wife Ellen of Belchertown, Mark and wife Vikki of Darien, CT, and his step children; Richard Parent and wife Christine of Belgium, Suzette Farnham and her husband Jack of Belchertown, and Lisa Osland and her husband Miles of Lexington, Kentucky, and seven grandchildren; Kevin, Grace, Brady, Taylor, Stephanie, Robert, and Adelaide, and two great grandchildren; Lilli and Mila , and his brother Leonard of Torrington CT.

Les asked that we remember him at a celebration to be held at Sky Meadow in early May. Why early May? I'll let you know when we see you. The date will be posted in advance here and on Facebook. For details, visit www.beersandstory.com

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.



Friday, September 11, 2020

Master photo editing with Adobe Lightroom Classic this fall without ever leaving the comfort of home!

Master photo editing with Adobe Lightroom Classic this fall without ever leaving the comfort of home!

Join award-winning Juried Master Artist in Fine Art Photography Bob Singer, MNEC this fall in Cotuit Center for the Arts’ Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic class on Zoom. To avoid conflicts with most camera club meetings, we’ve scheduled it from 7:00-9:00PM on five Monday evenings from October 19th through November 16th.  This lively interactive online class is intentionally kept small to enable effective two-way conversation as you grow your knowledge and editing skill with Adobe Lightroom Classic!  For more information or to register, click on this Cotuit Center for the Arts website hotlink or copy-and-paste it into your internet browser’s address bar. Don’t wait. This class will fill up quickly!

https://ci.ovationtix.com/31005/production/1030933

 Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic ONLINE class on Zoom

With instructor Bob Singer, MNEC and CCAC Juried Master Artist in Fine Art Photography

Presented by Cotuit Center for the Arts on Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00PM, Oct 19 – Nov 16 (10 class hours) 

Bill Dillane's presentation on Photojournalism

Connecticut photographer and videographer Bill Dillane gave an online presentation on Photojournalism this week for North Haven Camera Club, where he is a member. 

The presentation is now available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/YRPtSdN6H8Y