I joined the Brattleboro Camera Club in the Fall of 2016 and was encouraged by a member to attend the NECCC conference in July, 2017. So glad I did! It was fabulous and so well run. I had to make a spreadsheet (nerd) to help me decide which intriguing programs to attend.
I started on Friday morning with Tim Grey who shared so many cool techniques in Photoshop. It was a three-hour workshop and the time just flew by. After that the days were jammed full of programs of macro, colored glass, Photoshop textures, plug-ins and techniques, and Camera Club Sparkle, which gave me so many ideas to bring back to my club.
And the photo ops! I had to make time to explore and shoot beautiful bugs and bunnies, models and macro. My favorite was a homemade lighting set-up by Mary Boucher, which backlit glassware with a strobe through gel-covered Plexiglass. That has stimulated my imagination so I am going to try build one myself (with her permission) and see what I can create.
The perfect weekend ending on Sunday morning was a field full of photographers all shooting FMX motorcycles performing stunts off of tall ramps next to the lake. One man standing next to me said “I don’t think I have ever seen so many cameras at the same time!” And that pretty much summed up the weekend for me. Although I came from Vermont alone as a first-timer, the best part was being with all of the friendly, smiling photographers!
Brattleboro Camera Club