Thursday, January 31, 2013

HDR Workshop at Grand Central

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Workshop with tripods at Grand Central

Grand Central Terminal 89 East 42nd Street, New York, NY

When: Sunday, February 24, 2013 (11:30 AM to 

Price: 55.00/per person

Sign up here

Come and photograph the majestic Grand Central terminal -- capture all of the details in the shadows and highlights with HDR photography! We have special permission to use tripods during this five hour workshop.

We will meet at 11:30 am at GCT and then you will be shooting from 12noon until 5pm. Tom and I will be helping you out with compositions, checking exposures, etc. 10 participants and two leaders.

We will also be offering a separate optional pre-workshop workshop designed to get people familiar with the cameras and bracketing for HDR photography. You will be taking 3-10 exposures in order to capture all of the details in the shadows and highlights.

We will also be offering a separate optional post-workshop workshop to demonstrate Photomatix, the most popular HDR processing software. 

Come to one or to all three. 
Sign up for the pre-workshop session and the post-workshop processing sessions here

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"Stop, enjoy and appreciate the song of a single bird and your life will be good" 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter in Newburyport photo contest

Announcing the first annual Winter in Newburyport photo contest.  This contest is open to all photographers and will be judged in two age categories, adult and young adult.  The young adult category is age 16 and under.  Photos should be either landscape, or a local landmark.

The winner in each of these categories will receive a $50.00 Newburyport Gift Certificate.  In addition, the winning photo will be matted and framed by Harborframes, Custom Frame Shop of Newburyport and then proudly displayed in the Newburyport Post Office lobby.

All photos must be taken in Newburyport, Newbury, or Salisbury, and will need to include the location of the photo.  Photographers may submit up to 3 photos, and the preferred size is 8 x 10".

Prints must be mailed to:
Winter in Newburyport Photo Contest
P.O. Box 5
Newburyport, MA  01950-9998.

The contest is open from January 1 to March 15.  No entries will be accepted postmarked after March 15, 2013. 

Please print out this page and fill out the entry form below, and attach it to each photo submitted.  We are not responsible for photos that are not identified.




Town________________________________State________ Zip Code_______________

Location of Photo__________________________________________________________

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Open to every NECCC club member, two photography contests with cash prizes announced by CCAA

NECCC member Cape Cod Art Association, through its Photography Center of Cape Cod, has announced two different online photography competitions with cash prizes, one for adults and one for Massachusetts high school students. All camera club members (see contest #1) and Massachusetts high school students (see contest #2) are encouraged to check them out and participate. Important to every entrant: there are no rules in these two competitions that infringe upon a photographer's rights or jeopardize ownership of entered images.

CONTEST #1: Doors, Gates and Windows of the World
Entries due by April 7, 2013
Doors, Gates and Windows: What is on the other side? All over the world, doors, gates and windows look different, show the culture of the country but also offer the intrigue of what is on the other side of them...when we open a door or gate, what are we peering into? When we look outside a window, what do we see? This competition will be looking for the most creative representation of looking through to the other side.

Juror's Selection
$500 Cash Prize
A published photography book of all the winning entries-Your image on the Cover!
Your winning image featured in an Online Exhibit

Director's Selection$250 Cash Prize
A published photography book of all of the winning entries
Your winning image featured in an Online Exhibit 

More information, rules and regulations for Doors, Gates and Windows of the World 
can be found at


CONTEST #2: The Massachusetts High School Photo Challenge, A High School Photography Competition
 (open to students in grades 9-12 currently enrolled in a Commonwealth of MA high school)
Entries Due by March 11, 2013

Our contest is sponsored by:
Hunts Photo and Video       

And is supported by:  
Massachusetts Cultural Council

Four Categories:Black and White
Action Packed
On The Streets Where You Live

Grand Prize: $500 Cash Prize
Camera equipment sponsored by HUNT'S CAMERA
A published photography book of all the winning entries-Your image on the Cover!
Your winning image featured in an Online Exhibit

Four First Prizes (one for each category)$250 Cash Prize
A published photography book of all of the winning entries
Photoshop Elements 11
Your winning image featured in an Online Exhibit

Four Second Prizes (one for each category)$100 Cash Prize
Your entry in a published photography book of all of the winning entries
Gorilla Tripod
Your winning image featured in an Online Exhibit

Honorable Mentions (two in each category)$25 Cash Prize
Your entry will be included in a published photography book of all of the winners
Your winning image featured in an Online Exhibit

Stan Grossfeld- Photographer for the Boston Globe
Henry Horenstein- Photographer and Professor at RISD
Francine Weiss- Photographic Resource CenterBoston University

More information, rules and regulations for The Massachusetts High School Photo Challenge can be found at

Friday, January 4, 2013

Exploring The Light

Join CCAA/Photography Center of Cape Cod for

a day with Rick Sammon

Saturday, April 20, 2013 

Rick Sammon, a Canon Explorer of Light and one of the most active photographers on the planet, has photographed almost 100 destinations around the world. A prolific, award-winning author, Rick has published 36 books, including Secrets of HDR PhotographyExploring the Light and Digital Photography Secrets. His book Flying Flowers won the coveted Golden Light Award and his book Hide and See Under the Sea won the Ben Franklin Award. Rick co-founded the Digital Photography Experience podcast with Juan Pons and hosts several classes on KelbyTraining. He has been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame and is considered one of today’s top digital imaging experts. In this informative seminar, Rick will use his newest people, wildlife, landscape and travel pictures from around the globe to show the difference between taking pictures andmaking pictures as he shares techniques, digital darkroom tips and photo philosophy. He'll cover seeing, controlling and playing with the light, HDR techniques, and creative composition learned over his many years as a professional photographer.

Please join us Saturday, April 20th in Hyannis on Cape Cod as Rick takes us on a visual journey through the exciting world of digital photography and shares many of his favorite Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop tricks. Fee for the full day event is only $10 so seats will disappear fast!  To ensure yours, we strongly recommend that you register online now at

Seminar agenda:
            Book signing by Rick: 9:00-10:00AM
            Seminar: 10:00AM-3:00PM (hour break for lunch)
            Questions: 3:00-4:00PM
Seminar Location:
            Federated Church of Hyannis320 Main StreetHyannisMA 02601  
            (free parking available in the Hyannis public lot around the corner on North Street)

For more information, e-mail Cape Cod Art Association / Photography Center Of Cape Cod
a non-profit 501(c)3; Phone: 508-362-2909

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Flower Photography Seminar/Workshop in PA featuring denise ippolito ~ March 22, 23, 24

Flower Photography Seminar/Workshop in PA featuring denise ippolito ~ March 22, 23, 24
Sponsored by Hunts Photo

For this seminar you will need to bring your camera, macro lens and tripod as we will be doing a shooting session in a classroom setting. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to follow along and also work with their images- processing them in Photoshop and enhancing them using Nik Software, OnOne Software, Topaz Labs, Fractalius and Snap Art (free downloads are available for each of the programs that we will be using and a list of software will be available at sign-up). The optional in-the-field workshop at Longwood Gardens in PA will be a great way to roll up your sleeves and apply all of your new techniques in the field. Longwood Gardens will be displaying their Orchid Extravaganza on Sunday, we will be photographing inside the conservatory which is HUGE!!
Friday 6:00pm – 8:00pm ~ Lecture series
Lecture Series:
• The lecture series will be based on Denise’s popular eBooks Bloomin’ Ideas & The Softer Side of Macro. Images will illustrate many of the techniques that will be covered during the classroom shoot and in-the-field workshop.

Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm ~ Classroom instruction including hands- on shooting and Photoshop instruction. $99.00 for both Friday evening & Saturday all day programs. Door Prizes. Sponsored by Hunts Photo
Classroom Instruction:
• Choosing the best lenses, tripods & heads, extension tubes, working with natural lighting, using reflectors and diffusers effectively. Camera settings including ISO and shutter speeds, shooting modes and more…
• Composition- controlling depth of field with f-stops, selective focus, choosing your backgrounds, visual weight and its importance, going with the flow of the subject and how to find that flow.
• Hands-on photography instruction using demos and set-ups. Denise will share some of her favorite indoor shooting tips.
Photoshop Instruction:
• How to use layers and layer masks to selectively apply all of your Photoshop tweaks.
• Texture Overlays- how to apply them easily.
• Image enhancement using Nik Color Efex and Vivesa.
• Creative Filtering using a variety of programs and techniques.

Sunday 9:00am – 12:00pm ~ Optional Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza Photography Workshop $195.00 per person-admission included ($30.00 discount when you register for both the seminar & the workshop).
• In-the-field hands-on instruction, participants will be photographing a variety of subjects that are on display in the Conservatory. We will put all of our classroom instruction to use in a live setting. Composition, DOF, Selective Focus, use of extension tubes, reflectors, diffusers and more…
• Rain or shine, a detailed PDF with additional information will be sent upon sign up.
• We will meet just outside of the front doors at 8:45 sharp Sunday morning. Bring your tripod as they will be allowed in the conservatory.
Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square
815 E Baltimore Pike
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Tel: 610-765-1006
March 22, 23, 24
Friday 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm with a lunch break
Sunday 9:00am – 12:00 noon
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square , PA 19348