Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2014 - 2015 Model Shoots at Greater Lynn Photographic Association

2014 - 2015 Model Shoots at Greater Lynn Photographic Association

On three Sundays in the 2014 – 2015 camera club year Greater Lynn will hold model shoots. The three dates are November 16, 2014,  January 25, 1015, and March 22, 2015. Each shoot will begin at 10:00 A.M. and close at 3:00 P.M. We will slow down during lunch time, but we will not stop. There are six models that are scheduled for each of the shoots. Please be cognizant that most of the models are in the beginning stages of their modeling careers and therefore, have a measure of patience when asking for a specific pose.

Photographers are expected to take ONLY THREE SHOTS in the time frame of two minutes then move to the back of a line. This time frame is instituted to keep the three lines (portrait, high key and low key) moving. Also, it is vitally important to be polite to the models. Introduce yourself and talk to her by her name and e-mail address that will be on a 5 X 7 card attached to the main light stand. PLEASE say, “ thank you,” when you have taken your three shoots and hand the pocket wizard to the next person in line.

The cost of the Model Shoot is: $10.00 for Greater Lynn members and $15.00 for invited guests.

We look forward to seeing you there,
The Greater Lynn Model Committee

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Portland (Maine) Camera Club has a new online forum

Here's a news item for camera club members in New England.  The Portland (Maine) Camera Club has a new online forum for sharing and discussing photography techniques, locations and gear.  There's also a For Sale section.

The forum is called PCC-Forum and it's free to join (note: we will never use your email for spam).  Also, to help promote our one-day seminar with Rick Sammon on Nov. 22, we are holding a drawing for the Rick Sammon book of your choice.  Everyone who has joined PCC-Forum by Sat Oct 25th will be automatically entered for the drawing.  We will pick three names at the regular Oct 27th PCC meeting - three winners!

Thanks & best regards,
John Bald

PCC Webmaster

Saturday, October 18, 2014



Sponsored by the Newport Photo Guild, this day long seminar promises to be information packed.  Thanks for getting the word - link - out to your club members!

Friday, October 17, 2014

NECCC Camera Club Spotlights Berkshire Museum Camera Club (BMCC)

NECCC Camera Club Spotlights Berkshire Museum Camera Club (BMCC)

Contact: Jeanne Driscoll, Chairman Executive Committee (
Contact: Mary McGurn, Social Media Coordinator (
Membership 2014: 55

BMCC has been a membership organization since 1937 for photographers – novice to expert - from in and round Berkshire County, MA. The BMCC is dedicated to advancing the art of photography, beginning with black and white film, progressing through stages of color film and now digital photography. The Club offers educational experiences through workshops, tutorials, field trips, competitions (7 per year divided between themed and general) and guest speakers. The Club also offers a mentor program in the use of Nikon and Canon cameras and post processing software such as Lightroom and Photoshop. The Club further facilitates members’ entries into NECCC competitions. Visitors are always welcomed at club meetings.

Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays at 7:00 pm during the academic year at the Berkshire Museum on South Street, Pittsfield MA.

The BMCC has recently set up a Facebook Page

The BMCC also hosts a Facebook Group – open by invitation to paid members of the Club

U Bein Bridge Fisherman by Authur Provenz

Stars and Moon Light by Jack Sprano

Summer Dreams by John Ttrimarchi

In Progress by Mary McGurn

Autumn by Michael Bufis

Building a Nest by Ray Meltzer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Upcoming photo shoots

  • Oct 21st Night photography and light painting at the Trolley Museum 
    • We have the place all to ourselves, small group (Branford CT).

  • November 15th Night photography and light painting at Woodlawn Cemetery, This awesome cemetery has great sculptures, headstones and mausoleums, Bronx NY, Rt 15 South. easy to get to, about an hour from Hamden CT.
    • Nov 22nd Photograph inside the closed Victory Theatre in Holyoke (MA). "The Victory Theatre (in stone on building, spelled "re") is a theater in Holyoke, MA. It was built in 1920 by the Goldstein Brothers Amusement Company. The architecture is in the Art Deco style and is considered the last of its type between Boston and Albany. The theater closed in 1979 and has sat derelict since then."
    • May 10th Photograph at the old Catskill Game Farm 
      • Sign up before 12/31/14 for a dicsounted photo event fee.
      • Catskill Game Farm was a zoo in Catskill, New York, U.S.A.. It closed permanently on Columbus Day 2006 after 73 years of operation. The Game Farm is still closed today." but we will be able to walk the grounds, go into the cages, walk into the Giraffe house, the Rhino house, Kodak film selling yellow stores, see the mini-golf - great place for a photo shoot, a snapshot into the past of this historic landmark. 

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    Bokeh: Creating with Shallow Depths ebook

    Bokeh: Creating with Shallow Depths ebook

    Cover for Bokeh: Creating with Shallow Depths, an eBook from The Art of Landscape Photography series.

    Bokeh: Creating with Shallow Depths 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.

    To read more about Bokeh and to see page previews, click here. Click here to view more details

    Bokeh: Creating with Shallow Depths is an eBook 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.
    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 extensive guide can show you how.


    With this 120+ page eBook, I wanted to present a comprehensive guide in a refined, easy-to-follow manner. I discuss the definition of bokeh, the optimal conditions and settings for bokeh creation, and also how to apply shallow depths creatively to landscape photography.
    Page previews for Bokeh: an eBook on using shallow depths in landscape photography
    Bokeh: A comprehensive eBook guide to using shallow depths in landscape photography.


        • Defining bokeh – the basics.
        • Distances and bokeh – how the space in between the elements of your photo affects your depth of field.
        • Light – How direct and overcast light can change the effect of bokeh.
        • Focal lengths – both long and short, and how to use them to manipulate bokeh.
        • Composition – How I approach a landscape scene, with workflow explanations from the planning stage to the execution.
        • Proper focus for bokeh – advice on how to use your tripod, and a step-by-step guide to getting the perfect focus for bokeh.
    To help illustrate the instructions given in this comprehensive guide, I have also included detailed explanations to 23 of my most popular bokeh images, with each photograph paired with a wealth of information of how I approached each scene. I discuss many aspects of my creative process and have grouped my images by similar key learning points – a common trait that they exhibit – allowing me to highlight certain factors that led to their development. Some examples include how I find inspiration, my long exposure workflow, and the importance of applying photography principles in your composition (such as perspective and symmetry).
    Page excerpts from the eBook Bokeh: using shallow depths in landscape photography
    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 stitched or auto-bracketed.

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    Macro Photo Conference 2014

    From Mike Moats
    I have had some cancellation to fill, so I have five spots open in this Macro Photo Conference.  First five to contact me are in.  We have 100 photographers from 16 different states coming in. 
    Contact me at
    Macro Photo Conference 2014
    Sponsored by Tamron and Hunt’s Photo
    Speakers/Instructors  -  Mike Moats, Tony Sweet. Kathleen Clemons, Lou Nettlelhorst, John Barclay, David Akoubian, Hazel Meredith. Kim Ritsema-Mettler, Lisa and Tom Cuchara, Geri Jones, Linda Sazbo.
    This will be a unique conference dedicated to macro photography. I’ve always wanted to design a program where highly experienced photographers could come together and teach their skills in macro photography and post processing techniques to those who want to learn and advance their macro photography to the next level. I’m a little unusual in that I only photograph macro, and not into other styles of photography. Our instructors are all accomplished photographers in many styles, but they were chosen for their abilities to produce great macro images.
    The Macro Photo Conference will have plenty of how-to lectures and about four hours of photographing with varying subject matter. Instructors will be available to help participants with composing subjects and technical aspects. The ratio will be 8 participants to 1 instructor so you should not have a problem finding help if you need it.   So you just need to bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod, and we will take care of making you better macro photographer.
    Along with learning how to be a better macro photographer you will also learn about some of the great post processing programs available to take you images to the next level.
    Leading New England photo retailer Hunt’s Photo will be there selling lots of photo products. Tamron will have tech reps on hand with lenses available for you to try out.
    You can view bios about the speakers and instructors below.
    There will be a limit of 100 participants, and it should sell out quick.
    Location: Ramda,   213 Taunton Ave, Seekonk, MA 02771(508) 336-8700
    Dates:       October 25th and 26th 2014
    Times:       Saturday 8:30am to 5:30pm - Sunday 8:30am - 3pm
    Cost:           $199
    For those flying in, use the T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, Rhode Island which is about 20 minutes from the hotel. The hotel has an airport shuttle but you would need to give the hotel 24 hour notice of your flight time for shuttle service.

    Rooms at the hotel range from $99, $109, and $119, but sorry many are sold out already. To register for a room at these rates ask the Macro Photo Conference rates.

    Free Canon Printer

    Free Canon Printer
    Got this email today from Andrea at Hunt's Photo.
    Hey Mike, hope all is well. Just wanted to let you know about our current running Canon Pro-100 printer special. This is by far the best deal we've ever seen. The Canon Pro-100 printer is FREE by mail-in rebate (regularly $500 printer)! Or you can upgrade to the Canon Pro-10 for $100 (usually a $700 printer)! Only requirement is the purchase of one pack of paper (the 13x19 Pro-Luster or Semigloss 50 sheets $50, same as before). 
    Hopefully you can share this info with your followers, especially since the holidays are fast approaching and it would be a great gift idea. 
    This special is running through October 25th, and as always, there is no shipping charges. Most customers also qualify for no tax.

    **Please advise your followers to call Andrea @ 781-662-8822 or email: ( with questions 

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    spotlight: Merrimack Valley Camera Club

    Club Name:  Merrimack Valley Camera Club
    Club website:
    Club contact (email address, phone number optional):
    Club Meeting Location:  Trinitarian Congregational Church, 72 Elm Street, N. Andover/MA
    Club Meeting Times: Wednesday evenings, 7-7:30 socializing, 7:30-9 pm program
    Club Mission Statement (if you have one, optional):  
    We offer a great variety of educational programs, field trips, and monthly competitions in Digital Images and Prints throughout the year.

    Number of members: 150+

    Year your camera club started: 70+ years ago

    What is something about your club we might not know?  
    Our club is a full-service club for novice to advanced amateur photographers

    Favorite subject matter of your members (optional):  Nature
    Field Trip to Deer Island, MA

    Click! 2014 -- southern New England's one-day regional photo event on November 15th

    If you've been procrastinating about signing up, better register now!
    Only a dozen seats are left at Click! 2014 -- southern New England's one-day regional photo event on November 15th 

    With ten different speakers on several different subjects plus set-ups, a keynote luncheon and a major sales and exhibition area, it's no surprise that this new multi-speaker photography conference on Cape Cod is practically sold out even at this early October date. Don't miss the kickoff of this all-new Southern New England  photography event produced by CCAA's Photography Center of Cape Cod. Event To join all your photography friends at the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center on Saturday, November 15th, check out the details and register now while a few seats still remain.

    Find more information and register at  

    Saturday, October 4, 2014

    The Golden Hour Portfolio eBook

    The Golden Hour Portfolio eBook

    The Golden Hour Portfolio has 30 full page examples of his strongest golden hour images in high-resolution color. Each photo is accompanied by a full page spread of information on how he created each photograph.

    Cover to Golden Hours eBook, a photography guide to sunrises and sunsets with additional eBook on exposure blending. Part of The Art of Landscape Photography series.

    Click here to view more details

    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.
    Page samples from Golden Hours eBook guide to photographing sunrise and sunsets.

    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.

    Page previews discussing the blue hours.

    To read more about The Golden Hours and to see page previews, click here.

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Exploring the Light by Rick Sammon November 22, 2014

    Exploring the Light by Rick Sammon November 22, 2014

    9:00AM - 4:30PM • November 22, 2014

    Scarborough, Maine
    In this informative and fun-filled presentation, Rick Sammon will begin by sharing his people, wildlife, landscape and travel pictures from around the globe - illustrating the difference between taking pictures and making pictures. For every image, Rick will share a photographic technique, digital darkroom tip, or a photo philosophy.

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Exposed: Photographs by Grant Frost

    Exposed: Photographs by Grant Frost

    I’m writing you today from Reynolds Fine Art in New Haven. We would like to invite you and all members of New England Camera Club Council to our next exhibition with Renaissance Press, Exposed: Photographs by Grant Frost. The opening reception will be held on October 3rd from 5-8pm, and the show will be on view from October 3rd through the 31st. The opening reception will be a great place to meet with emerging photographer Grant Frost, and the Director of Renaissance Press Paul Taylor.
    I have attached additional information about the show to this email. Please feel free to share with all members of your organization. We hope to see you all at the opening!
    Jessica Kelley
    Gallery Hours:
    Tues-Thurs - 11-5pm
    Fri - 11-6pm
    Sat - 11-5pm
    96 Orange Street, 9th Square
    New Haven, Connecticut 06510