Thursday, October 31, 2013

37th Annual Hunt's Photo Show Specials! Please pass on to Camera Clubs and Members!

37th Annual Hunt's Photo Show Specials! Please pass on to Camera Clubs and Members!

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Nik disappearing

If your Nik recently disappeared, just download the new version and reinstall it. Lisa

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If you’ve had trouble getting the latest update of the Nik Collection by Google, we have some information that could help you out. 

For most users, the Nik Collection by Google updates automatically in the background, when your host software (Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture) is closed. The next time you open one of these host application, an update of the Nik Collection (including Analog Efex Pro and retina support) will simply be there. 

Some users have reported plug-ins disappearing from their host software after the auto update, or have gotten an error pointing to a missing MSVCP110.dll file. If this sounds familiar, don’t fret!  We have a solution. 

1) Manually download version 1.105 of the Nik Collection by Google to your computer. Either click the download link in your original Nik Collection purchase email, or download the free trial from .  

2) Make sure that all host applications are closed. There’s no need to uninstall your previous version of the Nik Collection. 

3) Re-install version 1.105 of the Nik Collection.  

The NECCC Fall 2013 Bulletin is now available.

The NECCC Fall 2013 Bulletin is now available. 
A shortcut to it is

Thanks Paul!

Wanted: Photography photo ops, programs, workshops, etc. from the New England Region

Wanted: Photography photo ops, programs, workshops, etc. from the New England Region

The New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) is a non-profit umbrella group for >84 camera clubs (2 of which are meetups, we hope for more meetup groups to join NECCC) in the New England states (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont).  

There is soooo much going on the the New England region and we want to share it with everyone. Seminars, workshops, camera club programs, outside speakers, Canon Explorers of Light, photo ops, -- and first hand information providing updates on seasonal shooting (sunflowers, spring flowers, fall foliage). Let's SHARE

In this day of social media "we" (photographers) should be sharing upcoming photography with each other so everyone can know about them and choose to participate. 

The NECCC Blog and Facebook site are wonderful places to share what is going on photographically in the New England Region. Please have your club representative and/or publicity person contacting me with information about your club's events, programs, seminars, etc. you are offering. If you have a first hand update on a seasonal event we would like that too (how are the Sunflowers at Buttonwood farm, are the daffodils peak, how is the fall foliage, etc.)

Email me, Lisa, at photographer67 [@], with "for the NECCC Blog" in the subject line and we will let the entire New England area know about the photo op or your club's event!

Let's rock the New England region with an abundance of shared information and opportunities!!

Analog Efex Pro to the Nik Collection by Google

Introducing the newest member of the Nik Collection by Google   

Today we’re excited to welcome Analog Efex Pro to the Nik Collection by Google. Our latest plug-in lets you reproduce the look and feel of classic cameras and processing methods without having to buy all that vintage equipment.  

Analog Efex Pro is more than just vintage presets. Advanced tools let you precisely adjust bokeh, textures, lens distortion and lots more. You can even use on-image controls to choose the centerpoint of any effects you add. 

If you’ve already purchased the Nik Collection by Google you’ll get Analog Efex Pro automatically, for free. Your copy of the collection will automatically update and you’ll see the new plug-in alongside SIlver Efex Pro, Viveza, and the rest of the Nik tools you use.  

If you’re not a customer yet, you can buy the entire Nik Collection (still just $149) or download a free trial at 
Save 15% on Nik Software Products, Discount Code, “Moats”

This is just the beginning for Analog Efex Pro. We hope you enjoy this first version, and be sure to stay tuned -- we’ll be adding more cameras, more controls, and more creativity in the months ahead. 

Read more about all Google’s photography-related announcements on the Official Google Blog: 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Yair Melamed, BCC member, Featured in Cambridge Art Show: OPENING/RECEPTION IS NOV. 15

Yair Melamed, BCC member, Featured in Cambridge Art Show: OPENING/RECEPTION IS NOV. 15


            Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 1pm
            PRICE: Free and Open to the public

Yair Melamed, MD
Tel: 603-577-9090

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Photojournalism: A Day in Boston with Essdras M. Suarez!"

Photography Events by Amy is pleased to announce  
"Photojournalism: A Day in Boston with Essdras M. Suarez!"

Saturday, November 2nd. Boston, MA. 8am to 4pm.

For details go to our website: Photography Events by Amy

Documenting Boston: The photojournalist’s approach
Instructor: Pulitzer Prize Winner Essdras M. Suarez
Experience the thrill of seeing the City of Boston anew in a way you’ve never seen it before: through the eyes of photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner Essdras M. Suarez.
Essdras’ approach and teaching method on the how and what of documenting a city and its people is strictly hands on where the participants learn to deal with whatever lighting, weather, or any other situation as it might present itself in front of your lens.
There will be some short on-location assignments for participants to work on the ideas taught by Essdras.
Learn from Essdras the meaning of the same mantra he uses when he is doing his job in the streets of Boston or far-flung places around the world: “Keep moving, keep shooting, keep adjusting.”
You will learn to react to what is in front of you and to make the most out of any given situation. “As a photojournalist I don’t have the luxury of doing much post production work on my images. Therefore I have to make it count when things are happening.”

Landscape Photography eBooks Christopher O'Donnell Photography

Landscape Photography eBooks Christopher O'Donnell Photography

Click here to visit Christopher ODonnell Photography.

purchase the complete ebook collection at 25% off Click here to view more details

The Complete eBook Collection: 25% Discount

Receive 25% off the purchase price if all eBooks are purchased as a single transaction: The Complete eBook Collection by landscape photographer Christopher O'Donnell

at a 25% discount if purchased as a single transaction.
What's Included. In this eBook package, you’ll receive all of my landscape photography 
eBooks at a 25% discount. To read more about each individual eBook, click on the links below:
  1. The Art of Color Processing
  2. The Art of Bokeh
  3. The Portfolio of Bokeh
  4. The Golden Hours
  5. The Golden Hour Portfolio
  6. Exposure Blending (free, see below)

Landscape Photography eBooks
Cover for The Art of Color Processing, a photography eBook guiding the creative development in Photoshop® CS6.
In The Art of Color Processing, I explain my color processing workflow in a step-by-step fashion, guiding you through each stage from start to finish. In addition to learning the details of my processing, I also discuss the history of my creative development and what led me to discover my own techniques. These important milestones in my photography can direct you towards the development of your own unique color workflows, and provide the key to unlocking the full potential of your creative connection for unlimited possibilities.
Processing an image is more than performing corrective edits – it’s a fundamental part of the complete creative workflow, and your artistic vision should flow seamlessly from the camera into the digital darkroom. If you have an identifiable disconnect between your vision and your final image, then the roadblock – whether it be technical or inspirational – needs to be removed. That is the focus of this eBook: to detail my own processing workflows while also explaining how to develop your own for a complete creative experience that will strengthen your connection and your ability to process with a vision.

Cover of Exposure Blending: A free eBook from camera to processIn this free step-by-step guide, I discuss the entire process of exposure blending by detailing my personal workflow – from auto-bracketing in the field, to combining different exposures in process – available at no cost.
As you've probably noticed, it can be difficult to capture a balanced exposure in the field (especially landscapes with a sky). Your camera sensor is limited to one aperture and one shutter speed at a time – it’s not possible to have two different settings within the same frame, which can be detrimental to a scene with a large tonal range. This will result in a landscape with a washed out sky, a darkened foreground, or disappointing combination of both. Exposure blending is a revolutionary digital dark room technique that will help you to overcome the limitations of your camera and photograph a landscape with the complete tonal range.

Cover to The Golden Hours eBook, a photography guide to sunrises and sunsets with additional eBook on exposure blending.The Golden Hours: A Guide to Photographing the Light of Sunrises and Sunsets is an eBook written to help guide photographers through the unique challenges that this light presents. Many photographers will often note that their sunrise and sunset images rarely represent the scene they saw. I help to explain why this is so, and more importantly, how to transcend the disparity between your view and your results, allowing you to create realistic images of this beautiful light.
The “golden hours” refer to the window of time when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky, just before it sets or right after it rises. As the sun nears the horizon, the light begins to dramatically transform the landscape before you. The atmosphere becomes thick and golden, shadows are lengthened, and highlights are brightened. Soon, your scene develops texture, depth, and becomes a stunning show of light. It’s a highly-coveted time to photograph the landscape, but is also challenging to many photographers as the uniqueness of this light requires some specialized knowledge to capture.

The Golden Hour Portfolio eBook is a monograph on the light of sunrises and sunsets, detaling the camera workflow of landscape photographer Christopher O'Donnell for each of his golden hour images.The disparity between learning a photographic technique and knowing how to apply it creatively to your environment is a source of much frustration for landscape photographers. This portfolio study can show you how to overcome this roadblock, and unleash your inner creativity.
With The Golden Hour Portfolio eBook, I can help to bridge the gap between your vision and your creation by explaining how I approached each of my golden hour images – and more importantly, why. By reading about my camera workflow, you can learn how to critically analyze a scene and decide on the best method to use that compliments your creative style.
I discuss many aspects of my creative process – some examples include how I find inspiration, choosing a strong focal point, pivotal moments in my creative development, and the importance of applying photography principles to your composition (such as contrast and symmetry).
Also discussed is the technical side of each image – what settings I use, how to compensate for exposure, and how to judge a scene before deciding what methods to apply.

Cover of The Art of Bokeh, a guide to using shallow depths in landscape photography.The Art of Bokeh: A Guide to Using Shallow Depths in Landscape Photography was written to inspire photographers to think beyond the confines of a deep depth of field. It’s focused on guiding landscape photographers of all levels to widen their aperture and see the environment as light and shapes, and to create abstract, ethereal images that have a deeper meaning and interpretation. This is my first eBook, written from my perspective and experiences, and I’m thrilled to present it.
By using a shallow depth of field and thin slices of focus, you can completely transform a landscape, manipulating an environment that usually can not be changed or controlled. You can create a complex or simple photograph by changing your depth, and this guide shows you the steps necessary to capturing beautiful bokeh.

An ebook monograph on the bokeh portfolio of Christopher O'Donnell, using shallow depths in landscape photographyWith The Portfolio of Bokeh, I can help to bridge the gap between your vision and your creation by explaining how I approached each of my bokeh images. By reading about my camera workflow, you can learn how to critically analyze a scene and decide on the best method to use.
In this eBook, you will find 22 full page examples of my strongest bokeh images in high-resolution color. Each photo is paired with a full page spread that contains a wealth of information on how I created each image. I discuss many aspects of my creative process – some examples include how I find inspiration, choosing a strong focal point, and the importance of applying photography principles in your composition (such as contrast and symmetry).
Also discussed is the technical side of each image – what settings I use, how to compensate for exposure, and how to judge a scene before deciding what methods to apply…for example, how and when to decide if a scene needs to be panostitched or auto-bracketed.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Brad Rickerby. Wednesday, October 16, 7pm "City Lights Project"

Wednesday, October 16, 7pm:
This is a don’t miss presentation by highly acclaimed photographer and painter Brad Rickerby.  The talk will be about the vision and some of the creative techniques he has used to create the "City Lights Project".  He will be showing a sampling of some of his more artsy images as well as more that are straight forward, and also his current fascination with mixing the ghosted forms of people into the chaos.
The Coastal Camera Club meets at 7PM on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Madison Senior Center , Cafe, located at 29 Bradley Drive,  Madison , CT 06443.  For more information please visit
Maryann Flick
President, Coastal Camera Club

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Digital Day with Lewis Kemper

A Digital Day with Lewis Kemper 
sponsored by Canon USA 
Saturday November 2nd 2013

This program is a must for any level photographer working in today's digital world. full day digital photography seminar with Canon Explorer of Light's Lewis Kemper. 
CAP will host A Digital Day with Lewis Kemper, an all-day seminar, on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The seminar will be presented at the Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (directions at The program is free and an optional lunch ($10) will be available. This seminar is sponsored by Canon. Lewis Kemper is one of Canon's Explorers of Light.

Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • Getting the most out of your digital camera
  • Light and composition
  • Expanding the dynamic range of your images
  • Use of histogram and highlight
  • Custom white balance
  • HDR
  • Photoshop and Lightroom
Click for a flyer with all the details. This program is a must for any level photographer working in today's digital world.

Date: Saturday November 2nd 2013
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location of event (including the street address, room #, etc): Whitney Center 200 Leeder Hill Drive Hamden, CT 06517-2749 (203) 848-2641

Name of organization hosting: Connecticut Association of Photographers 
Contact name: Rob Macfarlane
Organization's website:

Click for a flyer with all the details. This program is a must for any level photographer working in today's digital world.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Are Photography Contests Worthwhile or Worthless?

Are Photography Contests Worthwhile or Worthless?

Like most topics there are two sides. Bottom line  -- read those contest rules and decide if the contest if for you. 

"Yes, photography contests, on the whole, are generally worthless – they are a time and money suck, and the organizers are looking to make money or disguise them as a rights grab."

"No, they provide value, in that it forces photographers to curate their best work and ultimately push themselves to compete with “the best”. Plus, reading that so-and-so won this-and-that photo contest is kind of like being named Best Smile in the yearbook – many of us tend to pay attention to those awards, even if we’re not sure why."
"But before the opining begins, keep in mind that every contest is geared toward a different level of photographer (student vs. amateur vs. pro), genre of photography (documentary, commercial, fine art, etc.), and different buyers are checking out different contests (magazine editors vs. ad agencies, for example)."
"Below we rate several major photo contests, with a brief overview of each contests’ entry fees, prizes, promised exposure, and feedback from past winners. Our verdict is given on an A-F scale, with “A” being worthwhileand “F” being worthless. Let the grading begin"

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Phabulous Photo Weekend Event cancelled due to current U.S. Government shutdown

This was to take place at the Parker River Refuge in Mass with Roman Kurywczak of NJ sponsored with assit from Hunts and now canceled see the email we received below from the head ranger

After conferring with the Society board members, along with our friends at Hunt's Photo, we've decided to cancel the Phabulous Photo Weekend Event that was to occur October 18 - 20.  

Needless to say, we made this decision because of the current U.S. Government shutdown.

Yankee Magazine Now Accepting Submissions for 2013 Photo Contest: My New England

Yankee Magazine Now Accepting Submissions for 2013 Photo Contest: My New England

DUBLIN, NH (August 16, 2013)--Yankee Magazine is accepting submissions now through Nov 1, 2013, for their second annual photo contest. This year’s theme is “My New England.” The winning photos will be featured in Yankee’s March/April 2014 issue, and photographers will win cash prizes for 1st Place ($500), 2nd Place ($300), and 3rd Place ($200). Honorable mention winners may also be published.

“The subject matter for ‘My New England’ can be as individual as a person’s relationship to the region,” says Yankee Magazine’s Art Director Lori Pedrick. “It may be a stonewall, a meadow of lupines, a picnic with children, a rock climbing adventure, or a visit to a historical house. We want to see photos that capture your personal New England.”

Submissions must be taken in one of the six New England states within the last two years to be eligible to win. Photographs will be judged based on creativity, composition, and the ability to capture a strong sense of place. Previously published or awarded photographs are not eligible for this contest.

For more information, and the official rules, visit:

Boston Camera Club News!

Family Photo Shoot
On Saturday, November 2, we will hold our annual holiday photo shoot for members of the public.  It will be held at our club headquarters, the All Saints Parish Church at 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline.  From 10:00am to 4:00pm our photographers will take family, group, or individual photos to share with your friends and family for the holidays.  $50 will cover a 25 minute session and you will get all of your high-resolution photos on a disk to take home.  All proceeds benefit the Boston Camera Club.  Book your space by emailing Henry Winkleman at  I have attached a flyer here with more information.

BCC Calumet Show 
The Boston Camera Club will hold its first photo exhibit at Calumet Photographic in their Cambridge store - Monday, November 18 through Saturday, December 20, 2013, with a reception date to be announced.  Photos will be on display and on sale, and we hope members of the public will take this opportunity to check out our members' fine photographic skills.  Calumet Photographic is located at 150 1st St, Cambridge.

Thanks again for your help, and let me know if you have any questions.  More information about the club can be found at


Sam Westover
Publicity Chair | Boston Camera Club

Friday, October 4, 2013

"The Arnold Arboretum - Photographs by Erik Gehring"

Boston Camera Club President Erik Gehring will be exhibiting images from his extensive Arnold Arboretum portfolio at EP Levine in Waltham, MA in October.  "The Arnold Arboretum - Photographs by Erik Gehring" runs from October 7 - November 1, 2013, and the reception is scheduled for Friday, October 18, from 6 - 8 pm.  EP Levine is New England's Premier Resource for the Professional Photographer.  They are located at 219 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA 02451, and their normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 830 am - 530 pm, and Saturday from 10 am - 3 pm.  

You can preview the show at:

Erik Gehring is the President of the Boston Camera Club and a freelance photographer specializing in natural landscapes.  He lives in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston with his wife Julie and sons Carl and William.  Although Erik enjoys photographing throughout New England, his favorite destination is Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, and for the last six years he has published a calendar of images taken in the Arboretum landscape entitled Trees of Boston.
Erik’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Cape Cod Times, Northern Woodlands, E the Environmental Magazine, and AMC’s Outdoors, and he has shown his fine art work at galleries throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Erik also teaches photography classes for the Arboretum, the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, the Concord Art Association, and the Hyde Park Art Association, and he has lectured at the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Milton Public Library among other organizations.  You can visit him online at

Erik Gehring - Japanese Yew.jpg