Monday, March 27, 2017


72nd CONFERENCE JULY 14, 15, 16, 2017

Mark your calendars – the NECCC Conference is a few short months away! This three-day conference is a great weekend full of learning and fun. The main speaker for Saturday night is Bryan Petersen. Sponsored by Nikon, he is a world known creative and travel photographer, author and workshop leader who is known as the founder of the world’s number one on-line school: Bryan Petersen’s School of Photography.

 The Photo-Ops room will continue to have innovative subject matter for your photographic endeavors with lots of extras including “Insects by Creepy Con”- Kathy Baca (NY)”, High Key Color Glassware – Mary Boucher (MA); and on Saturday speakers Charles Needle (CA) with Inspirational Floral Techniques, and Cheryl Belczak (NY) with Dark Field Glassware. Last year for our Sunday morning special photo event, we had bicycle BMX jumpers and this year we have revved up our engines and will have motorcycle jumpers from The Boston FMX Team doing stunt ramp jumping sponsored by Hunt’s. There will be lots of air stunts and more opportunities to photograph the riders with our NECCC models.

There will be models, vendors, and photo equipment to borrow from Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, Sony and Tamron. Our vending area will open two hours earlier on Friday July 14th at 10 am with Hunt’s Photo and Video open with great bargains and early bird specials. Other vendor’s opening times may vary. Come early to shop and see what they have to offer. For the third year Sigma will host a special digital competition (with Sigma lenses for top two prizes) which is in addition to conference competitions in digital images and prints. 

There will be seven Friday am pre-conference workshops for your selection this year. Sign up early as many of the classes have limited seating. Classes will be offered in understanding color, social media, Iphone photography, Photoshop, hands-on workshops in printing and macro; and for beginners there is a hands-on digital boot camp-learning to use your camera.

Flyers should be in the mail to all past attendees shortly. Conference updates, the registration flyer, along with the online registration link will be on the NECCC website ( by the middle of March; program descriptions and speaker information by the end of March and the tentative schedule by end of May. Register early for pre-conference classes and air conditioned dorm accommodations.  If you aren’t staying on campus be sure to make a reservation at a local hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast

Hope to see you all there!!!.

For any questions please email Susan Mosser, HonPSA, HonNEC

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Refining Your Commentary and Critique Skills Workshop

Refining Your Commentary and Critique Skills Workshop
When: 9:00AM to 2:00PM, Saturday, April 29, 2017
Where: Cape Cod Art Association
3480 Route 6A, Barnstable Village, Cape Cod, MA 02630
Fee: $50
Instructor: Bob Singer, MNEC
Because I’ve received more requests than my sold-out April 15th session can accommodate, I’m repeating my Constructive Critiquing and Commentary Workshop on Saturday, April 29th. It will be held at Cape Cod Art Association on Route 6A in Barnstable Village from 9:00AM to 2:00PM so attendees can be home early enough to keep their Saturday evening plans.
There’s no prerequisite. This workshop is fully focused on helping you strengthen and more finely polish your commentary and constructive critiquing of images. However, participation is limited to six participants to ensure that you have plenty of time to practice with helpful feedback. Registration for this April 29th repeat session is already more than half full, so please don’t procrastinate if you’d like to join us! Contact the CCAA Curators Office at 508-362-2909 or click this link to register now:
Hope to see you there!

Bob Singer, MNEC

A hands-on one day workshop on Matting and framing

Interested in learning how to cut a perfect mat?  I bought ten Logan  Classic Mat cutters and I’m doing a number of one day, hands-on workshops in CT.  There is a description of what I'll be teaching below.
Saturday, April 15th at the Manchester Art Association, the location will be the Community Y — Open studio room, 78, N. Main Street, Manchester, CY. 06042.  To sign up please see:
The following Saturday, the 22nd of April I’ll be doing it one more time in CT. at: the Farmington Valley Arts Center:  to sign-up go to:    -and scroll down through all the classes to the one below.
These workshops have limited enrollment so if anyone is interested, they should sigh up ASAP.
Creating meaningful art, mat cutting and framing
Mat Cutting with Ron Rosenstock
This one-day workshop is designed for anyone wishing to perfect their mat cutting and framing skills and to learn more about creating meaningful art and preparing their art for presentation. The morning session will be on creating meaningful art. Ron will draw on his 50 years of experience in sharing his philosophy and also having everyone do an exercise he created based on Mister Eckhart’s quote: “Art is not just for special people but everyone is a special kind of an artist.”  After lunch Ron will demonstrate mat cutting and framing to museum standards. Everyone will have a hands-on opportunity to cut mats.  Ron will supply everything needed for this workshop, just bring a lunch. Min. 8 / Max. 12 students
Saturday, April 22, 10AM –  4PM

Monday, March 20, 2017

The NEIPP Emporium (Trade Show) will be held Tuesday April 4 from 7-9PM

The NEIPP Emporium (Trade Show) will be held Tuesday April 4 from 7-9PM
at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis
35 Scudder Ave Hyannis MA
All are welcome!

Friday, March 17, 2017


All Saints Parish Church, 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
Steve Dunwell
Above Boston
Tuesday, March 28, 2017: 7:00 pm

Steve Dunwell has been fascinated by our skylines for decades. Enthralled with weather and clouds, he uses aerial views to reveal the urban landscape. His exhibit — “Above Boston” - is currently showing at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord. Featuring images taken from helicopters, rooftops, decks, piers and bridges, this work covers decades of close observation of the City on the Hill.

This presentation at Boston Camera Club will describe the back story of this endeavor, and will
highlight some of Steve’s favorite techniques, including the benefits of returning frequently to certain photogenic locations. Steve will show and discuss his aerial photo work, and review strategies for getting best quality results – in the air and on the ground. Dunwell studied under Walker Evans at Yale and has published over a dozen photographic books. He has been teaching Digital Photo Academy
workshops since 2007, and also has taught at the New England School of Photography. He has been a judge and speaker at many camera clubs in the Boston area.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Worcester County Camera Club Exhibition

Worcester County Camera Club 

April 8th - April 30th 2017
Ron Rosenstock’s Sunday Night Photography Group
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8th, 6-9 pm
Open Gallery: Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, April 30th, 1-4 pm
The concept of a Sunday Night Group meeting of photographers began with M.I.T. Creative Photography teacher, Minor White. White held monthly meetings for area photographers at his home in Arlington, Massachusetts. Group members shared current work and thoughtfully responded to the photographs of fellow members.
Ron attended these meetings in 1967.  When he moved to the Worcester area in 1970, he continued the tradition by establishing his own Sunday Night Group.
Current group members are working professionals, mostly in areas other than photography. They are brought together by their passion for seeing photographically and their commitment to the craft of photography. They meet monthly at Ron’s studio in Holden.
This event is free and open to the public. Donations welcome!

Bennie Thornton, NECCC Rep, Worcester County Camera Club

workshop by Gustav Verderber of Vermont

We are hosting a workshop being led by Gustav Verderber of Vermont ( commencing April 28, 2017 and finishing April 30, 2017 based here in RI. We already have 9 participants and are looking for three more. If anyone is interested please do not hesitate to contact me at (please note, is no longer valid).

FRIDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 28, 2017, TO SUNDAY NOON, APRIL 30, 2017, concentrating on
the RI shoreline and most likely utilizing one of the National Wildlife Refuge centers (most likely
Sachuest) for classroom work. Meet-up details to follow.

COST - $250.00 which can be paid in $50.00 monthly payments. Payment can be by check payable to PSRI, given to Ted Lawson, treasurer, mailed to 260 Lonsdale Av., Pawt., RI 02860 or through PayPal at PLEASE indicate “RI Workshop”.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

FREE day at the CTPPA convention

FREE day at the CTPPA convention

Sunday, March 19, 2017
Courtyard Marriott Cromwell, 4 Sebethe Dr Cromwell, CT

Registration 8:00 am
Lindsay Adler sponsored by Canon 8:30 am
Tradeshow Vendor Fair 11:00 am
Kira Derryber, sponsored by WHCC 3:00 pm
Dylan Patrick 4:30 pm
Cocktail Hour 6:30 pm
Awards Reception 7:30 pm

The 68th Annual Convention Friday, March 17th, 2017  to Sunday night March 19th at the Courtyard Marriott Cromwell, 4 Sebethe Dr Cromwell, CT

Our Vendor Fair will be held on Sunday March 19, 2017 from 11:30AM to 3PM at the Courtyard Marriott Cromwell, CT.  This is held in conjunction with our FREE day!  All Photographers are invited to attend and sit in on the seminars featuring Lyndsay Adler (Sponsored by Canon), Kira Derryberry and Dylan Patrick.  Join us at the end of the night for our cocktail reception and awards recognition night.

You do not need to be a member to attend our full convention, however members receive amazing benefits for a really low membership fee. The Sunday Programming portion of our convention is a free day, so try us out. Want to see the speakers on Saturday and view the print competition on Friday? We have a low daily rate for non-member guests.

To register for the 2017 Convention please go to 
you do not need to be a member to attend the free day or attend Friday or Saturday.
To register for a hotel room by March 1, 2017, to receive your 99.00 per night rate go to
To view our list of Vendors coming to the Vendor Fair on March 19, 2017, go to 

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Friday, July 14 (9 am – Noon) – Workshops and Portfolio Reviews will run concurrently.
You cannot attend more than one.

Participants in any Workshop must also be paid registrants for the Conference.  Class size is limited. Register early. If paying by check please write separate checks for the Conference and for any of the seven pre-Conference workshops.  See Registration Instructions for Workshop cancellation policy. See for additional information.  Electrical outlets will be provided for power as necessary. The fee for each workshop is $66.95; this includes a 3% UMASS administrative fee.

Workshop I – Digital Boot Camp
By Vinny and Annette Colucci (NC)
This workshop will cover the A to Z basics in photography. Learn about aperture for depth of field for creative control, and shutter speed for freezing or implying motion. Understand the simple approach to exposure and the proper use of the histogram. Know how to compose your subject as well as when to break the typical compositional rules. Discussed will be composition, white balance as a filter set, advanced settings and camera modes such as aperture priority, shutter speeds, manual settings. Also discussed will be lens selection and proper use of tripods. The last portion will be a Q and A with a hands-on demonstration of going through your camera menus to make certain they are set correctly to optimize your images. There will be a few door prizes at the end of event. Prerequisite: Bring your camera with a short lens you can hand hold, camera manual and notepaper.  (Door Prize Sponsors: Wimberly; Singh-Ray; Nikon Professional Services)

Workshop II – Social Media for Photographers
By Joe Edelman (PA)
This is a three-hour deep dive workshop based on the popular social media talk that Joe presented at last year’s conference. Joe will be doing hands on demos and reviews to ensure that you leave the workshop prepared to be a social media star.  The workshop will begin with a Photoshop and Lightroom demo full of tips and tricks for preparing your images to look their best online and a review of ways to automate the process of creating Facebook timeline covers.  Joe will bring you up to date on the absolute latest information on all the major social media platforms and how you can use them to simply share your photos with friends, relatives and other photographers or to build a following and build a business.  This workshop will include personalized reviews of attendee’s social media profiles as time permits. Prerequisite: Bring your laptop and make sure you have access to all your social media profiles.
Workshop III: Art of the Fine Print
By A.Cemal Ekin, MNEC (RI)
In this three-hour workshop the participants will work on their own photographs using Adobe Lightroom, and learn how to prepare their images for printing. The work environment, display calibration, producing the print and evaluating it under proper viewing light will be fully explored. Each participant will produce print(s) on an Epson printer using Red River papers. Print critique and necessary adjustments will be provided. Prerequisite: Laptop computers with a relatively recent version of Lightroom, 5.7, 6, or CC installed and images your imported to the catalog. The preferred image format is RAW but you may also work on JPEG format images. Limited to 15 participants (Sponsored by Red River Paper)

Workshop IV – Maximum Control in Photoshop
By Tim Grey (NY)
If you want to learn to truly master the use of Photoshop to exercise maximum control over your photographic images, you won’t want to miss this hands-on session with Tim Grey. You’ll learn a full workflow for making your photos look their best, with an emphasis on a thoughtful workflow featuring advanced adjustments. You’ll get tips on processing RAW captures in Adobe Camera Raw, learn to make the most of adjustment layers, gain a strong understanding of the Curves adjustment, learn to create optimal selections, apply targeted adjustments through the use of sophisticated layer masks, and much more. Prerequisites: Participants will be expected to have Photoshop CC pre-loaded and activated on their laptops and know how to open and save files. Those who prefer to use Photoshop CS6 may still participate, but need to understand that some features covered in the class may not be available or may be implemented differently in Photoshop CS6. This is an intermediate to advanced class.

Workshop V - Create Tack Sharp Macro Images -Without A Tripod!
By Roman Kurywczak, ANEC (NJ)
Tired of carrying around your tripod for macro photography?  Many flower shows and arboretums don’t allow the use of a tripod as well.  Roman will guide you through the steps of creating tack sharp macro images without using a tripod!  The secret to his success is effectively using flash as well as other light sources.  During the lecture Roman will provide you with the settings and secrets to creating your own tack sharp macro images whether you are out in the field or inside a facility that doesn’t allow the use of tripods. Everything from gear, camera settings, to accessories will be covered in this instructional program. After the lecture portion, there will be an approximately 2-hour shoot where you can put what you learned to use with flower setups and more.  Bring your camera with fully charged battery, memory cards, and a flash (if you have one).  Sigma technical representative Mike Deutsch will be there with Sigma macro gear for you to try out. (Sponsored by Sigma)

Workshop VI – iPhone Magic
By Charles Needle (CA)
This workshop will cover the technical aspects of iPhone photography — including how to optimize use of native camera functions, equipment and accessories, workflow and printing considerations.  Through a series of "live" demonstrations (projected on the screen), Charles will teach you how to translate your creative vision into pixels using various iPhone apps.  He will cover some of his favorite shooting and post-processing apps, including editing apps, such as Snapseed and Retouch; shooting apps such as Camera+, Slow Shutter, LongExpo Pro, VividHDR and Burst Mode; compositing and masking apps such as Image Blender, Autopainter, Distressed FX, and many more. Concluding the workshop will be hands-on shooting with your iPhone, using various apps and then post-processing them. Your images will also be shared and projected as time permits. Prerequisites: Latest operating system (OS) installed on your iPhone, as well as the following key apps, which are available for download by visiting the Apple App Store: Snapseed, Retouch, VividHDR, Slow Shutter, Burst Mode, Camera+ (not Camera Plus), Panorama (blue and white yin/yang icon), Autopainter 1 and Image Blender along with 5-10 unprocessed images in your Camera Roll.  Note: Android users are welcome to attend, but this session is geared primarily towards iPhone users.

Workshop VII – Understanding Color and Its Impact on Mind and Emotions
By Bryan F. Peterson (WA)
Based on Bryan’s newest book, due out September 1, 2017, this class is truly all about color; seeing color, composing color, exposing color and processing color. Color does surround us, yet most of us don’t see color and its splendor. And when we do start seeing color, do you know which colors work best near the bottom of the overall composition, near the top; which colors are the easiest to expose for, which are the hardest; which colors are the most advancing, which are the most receding. This course leaves ‘no color unturned’; the culture of color, and the many emotional messages of color are discussed in great length as well. And of course you will learn about a single PS tool that is rarely used by most photographers, yet so vitally important IF you desire to achieve maximum color intensity and for sure this tool is NOT the Vibrance, Hue/Saturation or Color Balance Tool. This course is perfect for all photographers from beginner to pro. 

Workshops and Portfolio reviews will run concurrently, so you cannot attend both

This is your opportunity to have up to 15 images (prints and/or digital) reviewed by one of New England’s top photographers/judges. Reviewers include Bill Barnett, APSA, AFIAP, MNEC; Jake Mosser, HonPSA, EPSA, HonNEC, and Sarah Musumeci, MNEC. The cost is $41.20 per 40 minute session. Participants can discuss their work on an individual basis. If you sign up for this service, a confirmation form will be sent to you by June 23rd.   You must return the form by June 29th. You will then be contacted via e-mail with the time slot and reviewer to whom you have been assigned.  Please note this activity takes place at the same time as the other seven pre-conference seminars. If paying by check write a separate check. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Tripod with Multi-Angle Column at lowest price ever - $99.99

This is the best all around tripod! Especially good for flowers, still life, and macro because of the articulating arm!  

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Tripod with Multi-Angle Column at lowest price ever - $99.99

Promo expires March 31st.

Vanguard 263AT This is a great all around tripod. We use it for tabletop, lightbox and macro photography. 
Alta Pro tripods have unmatched stability and flexibility, enabling more angle possibilities than ever before. Its innovative Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column from zero to 180-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze.
The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod's stability. Other features include advanced camera vibration and shock control, legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, patented premium magnesium die-cast canopy and head, hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability, and non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains and a removable hook for hanging camera accessories. Alta Pro 263AT is aluminum alloy and has quick-flip leg locks.

Central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees!! Legs adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles

We purchase our photo gear from Hunts Photos – they are big enough to have what you need but small enough to help you and answer your questions (and they stand by their products). Contact Alan Samiljan ( or 781-462-2383) and let him know that you attended a class or a program or workshop with us (or read our blog) and he will give you discounts on the gear that we use.  Hunts Photo 100 Main St. Melrose, MA 02176 (781-662-8822). Hunts will work with you for your photographic needs. If any code does not work then please call Alan and he will help you place your order over the phone. Hunts always works with you for your photographic needs!!

We purchase our Gear from Hunts Photo. A pdf file containing links to the gear and software that we use, as well as discounts, can be downloaded here :