Monday, February 26, 2018


This is your chance for three hours of hands-on learning! 
Friday, July 13 (9am–Noon) – Workshops and Image Critiques will run concurrently. You can only attend one.
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PRE-CONFERENCE IMAGE CRITIQUE These Image Critiques will run concurrently with the pre-conference workshops, so you cannot attend both. One of the special opportunities available to NECCC conference attendees is a one-on-one evaluation of your photographs by an experienced, accomplished New England photographer. Come and have up to 15 images (prints and/or digital) reviewed by one of New England’s top photographers. The cost is $41.20 per 40-minute session. Image Critiques will be by NECCC-affiliated photographers Bill Barnett, APSA, AFIAP, MNEC; Jake Mosser, HonPSA, EPSA, HonNEC, and Sarah Musumeci, MNEC. 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 22nd from Susan Mosser ( You must return the form by June 28th. You will then be contacted via e-mail with the time slot and reviewer to whom you have been assigned. The critiques at the NECCC Summer Conference provide an opportunity to receive knowledgeable feedback. Why not try it?

#1 “Quick 10 Minute Workflows in Adobe Photoshop CC for Nature Photographers” Hector D. Astorga (TX) Sponsored by Santa Clara Ranch Tired of spending hours in the computer working on your images?  In this on-hands workshop we will show you how to create great images using quick 10-minute workflows in Adobe Photoshop CC using Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, Photoshop CC to produce great images in little time. Note - this workshop will NOT cover Lightroom. Prerequisites: Have Photoshop CC pre-loaded/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 be different between CC and CS6. For all skill levels.

#2 "Innovative Night Techniques: Beyond the Milky Way” Mark Bowie (MA) Sponsored by ADKPI This workshop will be divided into three sections, "Innovative Night Imagery: Beyond the Milky Way", followed by a live demonstration on processing night images and then the remainder of the time devoted to hands-on post-processing session. Images will be provided for each student to practice processing techniques. Students may also bring their own images. Examples might include the Milky Way, multiple exposures for reducing noise and for creating star trails/circles, and time-lapse sequences. Mark will go in-depth on strategies for: Photographing the landscape in relation to the stars, moon, northern lights, and other celestial objects, determining night exposures, focusing in the dark, combining separate exposures for the night sky and the landscape, Shooting and stacking multiple exposures to expand depth of field and reduce noise, Painting with artificial light, Processing night images with Lightroom, Photoshop, StarStax, and Starry Landscape Stacker. Prerequisites: Students should bring a laptop with Lightroom, Photoshop, StarStax (free), and Starry Landscape Stacker (Mac only). Having the software is not mandatory; students can watch Mark demonstrate.  For all skill levels.

#3 “Digital Artistry with Photoshop” Ella Carlson (MA) To create composites in Adobe Photoshop is to be able to create worlds limited only by one’s imagination. The art of combining multiple images into a cohesive art piece is complex and fascinating. Join award winning digital artist Ella Putney Carlson for a three-hour workshop full of tips and techniques for making great composites using Photoshop. From concept to completion, Ella will touch on the elements of successful compositing including selections, lighting, color and texture as well as sharing many of her favorite techniques and shortcuts to make your workflow faster. Prerequisites: Participants will be expected to have Photoshop CS6 or CC pre-loaded and activated on their laptops and know how to open and save files. For intermediate to advanced skill levels.

#4 “The Joy of Selective Focus” Kathleen Clemons (ME) Sponsored by Lensbaby Learn how to use your Lensbaby or just come and try out some Lensbaby lenses! Learn how to control your Sweet Spot and how to See in a New Way. Selective focus is Kathleen’s favorite way to make photographs, she is a big fan of blur! Topics for this session will include focal length and lens choices, aperture selection and how to use blur correctly when using very shallow depth of field, and critical focus techniques essential to this technique. Prerequisites: Bring your camera with LensBaby lens/lenses (hand-held) and/or borrow Lensbaby lenses (Velvet, Twist, Composer, lenses etc.) from our sponsor Lensbaby Whether you recently purchased a new Lensbaby, are thinking about getting one, or your Lensbaby is unopened or sitting in a closet this class is for you. For all skill levels. Note: Participants will likely go outside to use the lenses, so you must be able to walk and stand for several hours.

#5 "My Backyard - 3 C's Colorful, Creative, Conceptual" Keynote speaker and Canon Explorer of Light Darell Gulin (WA) Sponsored by Canon. Darrell says that "I travel the world but 40% of my sales always are things from my home/backyard photography." Without leaving my home, year in and year out I generate images that account for up to 40% of my annual sales.  I will share some of these images and how they were created.  Doing set-ups, techniques, equipment, flash, macro, lighting, backgrounds and more. Some subjects that will be covered will be Feathers, Rocks (Agates), Butterflies, Beetles, Garden, Flowers. Come and learn about ways to take dramatic photograph and make money without having to travel the world. Bring your appetite to learn and your questions; leave with a better understanding of creating images that are Colorful, Creative and Conceptual – and hopefully create currency for you! For all skill levels.

#6 “Photograph Birds of Prey and Raptors” Ken Hubbard (NY) Sponsored by Tamron Ken will assist you and give you advice on lenses, light, composition, exposure and depth of field while you are using (your own or a borrowed) Tamron lenses and shooting portraits of the birds. You will also learn about shutter speed, auto focusing modes, focusing tips and more. During the shoot you’ll be able to try out the latest Tamron lenses! Note that this workshop will be outside, weather permitting (with a backup inside location). Prerequisites: Bring your camera. The fee for the Raptor workshop is $97.85 (including the 3% UMASS admin. fee). For all skill levels, but please note that you must be able to walk to and stand during this three-hour workshop. 20 participants max

#7 “Macro Water Droplet Workshop” Don Komarechka (Ontario, Canada) Step into a world of photography that most artists consider magical. Photographing refracted images within water droplets reveals not only the beauty of simple physics, but it opens the creative doors to unlimited possibilities in macro photography. This hands-on workshop will explore some of the smallest subjects that photography has to offer and is open to anyone of any skill level. Expect it to be challenging, but you will walk away with images you’d be proud to share. Prerequisites: Bring any photographic gear you have to “get close”. Macro lenses, close-up filters and extension tubes work great. You will also need to use flash or have a VERY bright flashlight. For pop-up on camera flash bring an empty Pringles can and you’ve got the necessary tools to make it work perfectly for you. Tripods are optional. “I shoot all of my images without a tripod. Whether or not you bring a tripod, I’ll be encouraging you – at least once – to attempt the shots handheld. With the right technique, it’s easier than you think!” For all skill levels. 24 participants max

#8 “Portraits Unplugged: Natural Lighting Techniques with Models at the Graffiti Wall” Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis (MA) Sponsored by Fujifilm Photograph models at the Graffiti Wall using natural light, as this workshop is all about natural light, nothing technical or mechanical. Everyone has natural light available, learn how to find and manipulate it with reflectors and diffusers. Come and explore how the qualities of light contribute to the feeling of the portrait. These masters know how to work with all kinds of light, come and learn! Check out Please note we will move this location for inclement weather. Prerequisites: dSLR or mirrorless camera 24-105mm type lens (a 70-200mm is a good too but you must be able to hand-hold it for three hours). Bring a diffuser/reflector if you have one. For all skill levels. Note: You must be able to walk to and stand during for this three-hour workshop. 20 participants max

#9 "From Capture to Print" Jim LaSala (NJ) Sponsored by Moab This hands-on workshop involves learning all of the aspects of an image from capture to print and having full control of how we want our images to be viewed. We will cover: Using available light, Post processing, Lightroom, Photoshop, Plugins, Printing on Moab's Fine Art Papers and Understanding ICC Profile. Participants will leave with a BW print of their own. Prerequisites: laptop computer with Photoshop CS6 or CC, Lightroom, and Topaz BW Effects installed. This Pre-conference workshop is for all skill levels. For all skill levels. 12 participants max

#11 “Take Control of your Lightroom Workflow” Rob Sylvan (NH) Sponsored by Wacom. The bedrock of any Lightroom workflow is being in total control of your catalog, your photos, and any associated preview caches, templates, and presets. Come and learn the fundamentals. This workshop will cover the Library and Develop modules where you manage, keyword, edit and enhance your images. Learn how to quickly and easily import, organize, edit, rate, and enhance your images, and how to efficiently with synchronized settings and presets. Prerequisites: laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom Classic installed. FYI, this workshop also would apply to Lightroom LR6 users. For all skill levels.

#12 “Creative Editing Techniques in Lightroom” Betty Wiley (MA) Take your image editing to the next level by going beyond the basics of Lightroom. Learn various creative editing techniques including the creation of dramatic lighting, selectively adding color and punch, adding a grunge or edgy look, creating black and white with selective color, using the range masking feature, as well as the use of split toning and much more. Prepare to be amazed by what Lightroom can do! Betty will provide images and you will watch her and then do the same techniques. Prerequisites: Students should have Lightroom (preferably Adobe Lightroom Classic, but LR5/LR6 users will also get a lot out of this workshop) running on their laptops. Skill level: basic LR experience as we will focus on intermediate editing techniques to create more unique looks and effects than can be achieved by just using the basic editing sliders. You may choose to share a computer and look on with a friend or just come and take notes if you learn better without your computer. For intermediate skill levels.

CONFERENCE IMAGE REVIEWS Friday 1pm-4:30pm, Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm, Sunday 8:30-12:30. The is a NEW service for the 73rd Annual NECCC conference where Conference Presenters will evaluate your photographs. This is your opportunity to have up to 15 images (prints and/or digital) reviewed by one of North America’s top photographers. The cost is $66.95 per 25-30-minute session. Image Reviews NECCC conference presenters such as Kathleen Clemons, Mark Bowie, John Slonina, Lee Varis, Bobbi Lane, Jennifer King, Jim LaSala, Denise Silva, Ella Carlson, Ira Block, Mandy Lea, Cusi Taylor, Hector Astorga, Betty Wiley, etc. Participants will work with a presenter on an individual basis. Come and hear suggestions to allow you to grow as a photographer. If you sign up for this service, a confirmation form will be sent to you by June 22nd by Tom Cuchara ( You must return the form by June 28th. You will then be contacted via e-mail with the time slot and reviewer to whom you have been assigned.  28 participants max