Friday, February 28, 2014

NECCC Camera Club Spotlight Features the SIMSBURY CAMERA CLUB

NECCC Camera Club Spotlight Features the SIMSBURY CAMERA CLUB

Club name: Simsbury camera club

Club meeting location & times: the club meets twice a month. The first Tuesday at Simsbury public libtary and the third Wednesday of the month at eno memorial hall located at 75 Hopmeadow street, Simsbury, ct., September Through may and the meetings start at 7:00 pm.

Club mission statement: the mission of the Simsbury camera club is to serve or members by encouraging development of photographic skills through education, by exhibition of photographic accomplishments, and by friendship with others who share a love of photography. The club also shares its talents with individuals and organizations in our community.

Number of members: the club was founded in 1955 and has 80 members.

Description: using three words, one of our club members describes our club as – educational, competitive and friendly.  

They represent the 2013 end of the year club awards: 1) Image of the Year 2) Portrait of the Year 3) Nature image of the Year 4) Travel Image of the Year _ Runner-up 5) Travel Image of the Year 6)Nature Image of the Year_ Runner-up

Balancing Act,Cathy Thiem, Simsbury CC

Blue Eyed Beauty, Cathy Thiem, Simsbury CC

Common Ringlet, John McGarry, Open, Simsbury CC

Edgartown Light at Sunset, Dick Clark, Simsburry CC

Mt_Cook, Mahen Shukla, Simsbury CC

Preening Egret Reflected, Danielle D'Ermo, Simsburry CC

The End, Anatoly Plaks, Simsburry CC

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"The Glory of Massachusetts" will open at the South Shore Science Center on March 7

"The Glory of Massachusetts" will open at the South Shore Science Center on March 7

I am proud to announce that my portfolio "The Glory of Massachusetts" will be on display in the Vine Hall Art Gallery at the South Shore Science Center in Norwell, MA.   The opening reception will be Friday, March 7, from 6-8PM.   The exhibit will run until the end of March.

The portfolio will feature thirty outstanding images that portray Massachusetts from Cape Cod to the Berkshires.   The exhibit will include some of my classic photographs as well as newly released works.  In addition, the presentation will include the stories behind the images and their subjects.

This popular portfolio is now in its third venue.   If you did not view "The Glory of Massachusetts" in Lakeville or Bridgewater, I hope that you will consider joining me for a fantastic evening!

Greg Lessard

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Lightroom Workshop (Library and Develop Modules)

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Whitney Center. 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT
You can use Lightroom for full and effective editing abilities. Lightroom is easy, simple and fast. In literally seconds you can tweak a RAW image to improve its impact. Lightroom is really several programs all wrapped into one, so we will be concentration on the Library and Develop modules, otherwise this would be a three day workshop, not a three hour workshop. This workshop will get you up and going in Lightroom. 
Purchased Lightroom and not using it? Don't want to subscribe to the cloud? Come and see just how easy Lightroom is to use. 
Bring your laptop or just come and follow along. 
Workshop price $20 (free for New Haven Camera Club members, we have the membership list). 
We will be using Lightroom 5 (but most features are the same from LR4).
Please note that there is a rather large difference between Lightroom 3 and 4/5, and we will be teaching Lightroom 4 & 5. You can upgrade from Lightroom 3 to Lightroom 5 by either purchasing the upgrade or download a free 30-day trial on the Adobe website. 
We will show you how to use the Libary module, and how easy it is to make your images POP by "Developing" your "digital negatives" using the Develop Module. Learn how to make virtual copies of your phototograph to make different edits on different versions (for example, you can easily create a black and white or sepia version of your photograph). 
Lightroom is very easy to use. What gets people is the change in the way Lightroom handles files. You need to create a catalog and you need to use the easy but rather obtuse "import" and "export" features to get your photographs into and out of Lightroom. 
No refunds but ice or heavy snow will dictate that the workshop is rescheduled. 

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