Friday, November 28, 2014

Check out the Black Friday Sales at Hunt's Photo.

Check out the Black Friday Sales at Hunt's Photo.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Topaz Sale

Topaz Sale

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From November 28th through December 1st, we're offering our Topaz Photography Collection (all 15 products) for only $249.99. Whether you want to achieve stunning photo enhancements or apply artistic effects, this unique collection has you covered

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Greater Lynn Model Shoot

Hello to everyone:

Greater Lynn had a very successful model shoot on November 16.  There were only two issues that need addressing. First, photographers who signed in did not include their e-mail address. Second, Linda Son’s e-mail address is in error and needs to be corrected. If the photographers who participated in the model shoot I will gladly send them Linda’s correct e-mail address.


Jim Gallagher

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bob Krist one day workshop

Hello all fellow camera club officials:  Just a reminder that the early bird discount for our Bob Krist one day workshop is expiring soon.  I would really appreciate it if you would send an email blast out to your members with that information.  Thanks!

Jack Renner, Program chair
Newport Photo Guild

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NEIPP - A Photographic Retreat March 29 - April 2, 2015

NEIPP - A Photographic Retreat March 29 - April 2, 2015

"The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it."~Ansel Adams

NEIPP...Improving the 12 inches behind the camera for over 52 years.

A Photographic Retreat
March 29 - April 2, 2015
At the Resort and Conference Center
Hyannis, MA 02601

New England’s best photographic education for the experienced photographer, as well as the emerging professional.  NEIPP (New England Institute of Professional Photography) is a PPA Affiliate School, brought to you proudly by the Professional Photographers Association of New England, and presented once a year for the purpose of improving professional photography throughout New England and beyond, for both the photographers and the consumers.

You will be inspired to continue to improve your craft, create new products and return to your studio with a fresh approach to your work.

Whether you have photographed hundreds of people, countless weddings, worked in a small studio, with large corporations, OR you recently purchased a professional level camera and want to learn how to turn your passion into a profession – NEIPP is THE place to be!

During 4 ½ days of instruction, you will learn new ways to work with clients, how to market, how to work with studio lighting as well as the existing light in your environment, how to pose for the most flattering images, and many tips, ideas and new friendships that will last your lifetime.

Study the art and science of photography, in a warm, friendly environment – with some of the best in the industry… a retreat for the mind and soul.  Join us and see for yourself.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Parish Kohanim – “A Creative Journey” December 1, 2014, 7 pm

Parish Kohanim – “A Creative Journey”
Monday, December 1, 2014, 7 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton, MA 02459   
This event is free and open to the public.                                            

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Favorite Places By Paul Smith, Editor

I would like to make "Favorite Places" a regular feature of the NECCC Bulletin. I am asking everyone in the NECCC family to share some of your favorite New England places. Just send to:

Favorite Places
By Paul Smith, Editor
NECCC Bulletin

Acadia National Park Mt. Desert Island, ME

I have visited and photographed at Acadia National Park several times over the years. It has not been until the past year that I have discovered what a truly magnificent park it is. The past 2 Octobers have been nothing short of amazing.

I have been treated to virtually all of the amazing diverse light and weather conditions that one could hope for in a short 5 day visit (5 days each of the last 2 years). For a relatively small mountain, Cadillac Mountain, (1530 feet) can offer a wide range of weather patterns. The most common seem to be fog and wind.

Last year just before and during sunset, I was privileged to photograph low lying clouds/fog beneath me. This year just before and during sunset, wind swept fog was painted beautifiul hues and colors by the setting sun.

The Park Loop Road which follows the coast is an amazing place to photograph any time of the day or night. The weather can vary from bright and sunny, to cold and foggy (and everything in between).

My favorite season to photograph Acadia is in the fall. The colors typically peak a little later than you would expect, around the third week of October. Being surrounded by the ocean, the climate is a bit more moderate, accounting for the delay in the display of colors. This year was an exception, as the peak seemed to be around the 2nd week of October. You can find splendid color throughout the park. There are many areas of colorful birch trees, so beautiful with their white bark and hues of yellow and red.

Another very photogenic area of the park is Jordan Pond. If you do go there, make plans for a light lunch at the Jordan House with their world famous popovers (and rightly so). A great sunset location is Bass Harbor Light. Be careful if go here, you must make your way over very uneven rocks. Also, make sure you know what the tide is doing before you go. This year, I got hit by a rogue wave (but, it was well worth it)!!

I would like to make "Favorite Places" a regular feature of the NECCC Bulletin. I am asking everyone in the NECCC family to share some of your favorite New England places. Just send to:

A small gallery of Acadia National Park images can be found in the current bulletin FALL14

Saturday, November 8, 2014



Closing February 19, 2015

YOU ARE INVITED - The Greater Lynn Photographic Association invites all photographers everywhere to submit digital images to the GREATER LYNN INTERNATIONAL COLOR EXHIBITION. All phases of the exhibition will be conducted in accordance with the recommended practices of the Photographic Society of America, the Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique 2015/043 (FIAP), and the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA).

There is no restriction on subject matter.

• After 37 years, our 38th 2015 exhibition will be our final year
• Unique engraved, mounted medals with winning image reproduced on each plaque
• Cash prizes to top three clubs ($300, $200, $100)

 Exhibition Show will be part of July 2015 NECCC Photographic Conference
Titles and Scores From Prior Exhibitions: Have you ever wanted to look up whether you had entered a title in our competition in the past or wanted to check your scores from a past competition? Now you can do it! Titles, scores, acceptances and patronage numbers from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 are available. Go to and click on International Exhibition on the top navigation bar. At the bottom of the left panel, click on Prior Years’ Titles and Scores. You will be prompted for your first and last name.

Sponsoring Club and Judging Location: Greater Lynn Photographic Association, Lynn, Massachusetts - with recognition of PSA and CAPA, patronage from FIAP, 564 Boston Street, Lynn, MA 01905.

Eligibility: Open subject matter, PID-Color exhibition. Acceptances for PSA star rating are eligible in the PIDColor.

For FIAP: this is an Open-(Trad) color exhibition. Please read all the Entry Rules and Instructions before entering the exhibition. Format: Digital images online or digital images on CD.

Fees: No entries will be accepted without payment of entry fees. Payment by PayPal, US checks,
US cash or Euro.
USA: $8
Foreign: $15
Foreign multiple (3-6 catalogs returned in same packet): $14
Foreign club (7 or more catalogs returned in same packet): $12 per maker
USA clubs $7
GLPA members $5

Closing Date Feb. 19, 2015
Judging - 8:30 a.m. Feb. 28, 2015
Judging - 9:00 a.m. Mar. 1, 2015
Report Cards Mar. 13, 2015
Catalogs/Awards Mailed April 24, 2015

36 Medals
PSA Honor Awards
FIAP Honor Awards
GLPA Honor Awards

Richard Cloran, FPSA, MPSA, MNEC (Massachusetts) Gal. 9 PID, Gal. 7 Nature, Gal. 3 PJ
Antoinette Gombeda, APSA, HonNEC (Connecticut) exhibitor, judge, lecturer
Gerald Hug, APSA (Illinois) exhibitor, judge, lecturer, PSA VP-Public Relations

Exhibition Chairman: Susan Mosser, FPSA, HonNEC
Digital Chairman: Pam Lintner, MNEC

“A Day With David Middleton” Sunday, November 16th.

“A Day With David Middleton” Sunday, November 16th.

(This event is sponsored by The Shooters Gallery Photography Group and Photo Connection Of Colchester).

Date: Sunday, November 16th
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Salem Gardner Lake Firehouse
Event Fee: $25.00
As Always … Great Door Prizes!
Register for "A Day With David Middleton

Friday, November 7, 2014

38th Annual Hunt's Show

The 38th Annual Hunt's Show is nearly upon us, and so are the free seminars! 

This year, we have a great line up of presenters in our Melrose location from Nikon, Canon, Westcott, Sigma, Tamron, Datacolor, Sony, Panasonic, X-Rite, and more, discussing cameras, lenses, lighting, software, printing and more!

Check out more info and register at

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Photography Equipment Sale

Photography Equipment Sale

Past CPPA and PVPA member is closing the studio and selling all equipment. Sale on Sat.,  Nov. 8, 2014 at 177 Hopkins Place, Longmeadow, Ma. from 9:00am to 2:00pm. (

Studio lighting equipment includes: 5 foot x 6 foot light box powered by Speedotron; Lumedyne and  Quantum QFlash; Novatron 420 VR with four heads;  Smith Victors; and  Vivitars.

Large selection of umbrellas; stands; tripods; camera brackets; paper, cloth, canvas backdrops; reflectors; meters; portable backdrop stand; frames; book collection; and many smaller items. 

Camera equipment (all film):
 RB 67 has the following lenses: 65mm: 180mm; 90mm; 2X tele converter.
1) three 120 film backs
2) a Polaroid back
3) two viewing systems and a sport attachment system
4) seven –two sided plate film containers; misc. attachments.
Two Pentax 645 bodies with:
1) two 120 backs and two 220 backs;
2) lenses are 45mm, 135mm, 200mm, and 80-160 mm zoom.

There is a refrigerator full of 120 film, both color and black and white which will be given to purchasers of the medium format cameras.

Several Minolta bodies with a large assortment of lenses.

The darkroom is available for free and has the following:
1) sink is 30” wide by 8 foot long and includes drying racks for prints and the backdrop includes a complete water system including a water filter; and connects to the water lines using flexible hoses: the size permits the processing of 16x20 prints;
2) the print washer is 20” high by 26 “ wide and will wash 10 prints at a time and has a flexible hose from the sink backdrop for its water supply and a drain hose to the sink:
3) the film drying case is 13”x13”x64” tall and has a built in fan:
4) there is a Beselar Dual Dichro 23C  enlarger with stand:
5) a film viewing box is built into a cabinet:
6) a contact printer with multiple exposure options will print up to 8”x10’ negatives;
7) there is a Solar 4x5 printer but was never used;
8) abundance of trays (up to 16”x20”), timers, etc.

 Obviously the space for the darkroom must be large enough to fit the sink into it. At this point the darkroom must go as a complete unit. I realize that it will be quite a job to move the darkroom, especially the sink which will need to be partially dismantled and re-assembled. There is a refrigerator full of black and white print paper which comes with the darkroom. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014



The New England Camera Club Council would like to recognize the hard work of your area’s
dedicated photographers/organizers.

You know these people; every club has them, that person that makes things happen! First to arrive, last to leave, on the phone, on the computer, planning months ahead, writing newsletters, running inter-club competitions, teaching, driving 100 miles to present a program or judge. They do it for the love of photography and they make the New England photographic community one of the most active and rewarding in the world. Please take the time to review the criteria on the reverse side and complete the attached application form for becoming a “Master Member” of the New England Camera Club Council. Service for the photographic community beyond your immediate club though not required is a plus for your candidate.

If you have a worthy candidate, follow the procedures and submit the application to:
Antoinette Gombeda, APSA, HonNEC
817 Chickadee Lane
Stratford,CT 06614
by March 1st, 2015

Please remember, not every person submitted will automatically receive an honor. The applicants’ proposals will be evaluated by a three-person honors committee, and ratified by a quorum vote of the council. The Honors will be given out to the most deserving candidates, based on the applicants’ contributions to the New England photographic community.

Honorary Member, New England Camera Club Council --- HonNEC
Awarded for superior leadership in the operation of our Council, such as a minimum of two years as president or five years in any other office or combination of offices and/or superior photographic leadership in the New England area. For achieving substantial and outstanding recognition in the field of photography through activities for a minimum of ten years through lecturing, judging, writing and administrative activities in the New England area. This honor is limited to a maximum of two each year.

Master Member, New England Camera Club Council --- MNEC
Awarded to those who have (1) performed exceptional service to the Council for several years, and (2) have substantially advanced photography in the New England area through lecturing, teaching, judging and through other administrative activities in photographic organizations in their community. This honor is limited to a maximum of five each year.

Associate Member, New England Camera Club Council --- ANEC
Awarded to those outside of the New England area who have made significant contribution to the promotion of  photography in the New England area through extensive appearances on the program of the NECCC annual conference or 20 lectures to New England camera clubs.
Honorary Vice-President New England Camera Club Council
This honorary officership is not intended as a lettered honor, but is awarded at the discretion of the Executive 
Committee for superior and sustained contribution to the organizational efforts and activities of the Council's annual 
conference. This award is intended for those outside of New England or those in the New England area who are not 
photographers, but who have contributed tremendously to the success of our annual conference.


The NECCC Honors are awarded in recognition of contribution to the advancement of the art and science of photography in the New England area. Quality of character, administrative activities, service through lecturing, teaching, judging and writing are as important as an outstanding competition record. Before proposing a candidate, weigh carefully the responsibility you are assuming and your duty to the New England Camera Club Council. These considerations should transcend any desire you may have to do a favor for someone. Do not submit an application unless you are fully convinced that the candidate’s qualifications are far above average. Try to give the committee a verbal picture of the candidate as an individual as well as a photographer. Present all facts in a brief and concise manner, avoiding exaggeration. List the candidate’s qualifications under each of these general headings:
1. Administrative activities
2. (A) Lecturing, (B) Judging, (C) Teaching, (D) Writing
3. (A) Photographic Achievements, (B) Exhibition Record, (C) Competition Awards
4. Other qualifications



Antoinette Gombeda, APSA, HonNEC
817 Chickadee Lane
Stratford,CT 06614


Title of Honor (circle one) Hon NEC MNEC ANEC Honorary Vice President

Candidate: ________________________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________________

City: ___________________________________ State: ____ Zip:______________

Telephone: (______)_________________ E-mail:___________________________________

Proposer(s): _______________________________________________________________________


City: ___________________________________________ State: ____ Zip: __________________

Telephone: (______)___________________ E-mail: ______________________________________

Camera Club Affiliation(s) of Candidate: _______________________________________________

Using the following format, describe the candidate's record in five pages or less:

I. Photographic Administration Activities
II. General Activities
A. Lecturing
B. Judging
C. Teaching
D. Writing
III. Photography
A. Achievements
B. Exhibition Record
C. Competition Awards
IV. Specific contributions of service to the New England Camera Club Council
V. Other Qualifications

Deadline: March 1, 2015
Return completed form to:
Antoinette Gombeda, APSA, HonNEC
817 Chickadee Lane
Stratford,CT 06614

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

President's Message By Dennis Goulet

President's Message By Dennis Goulet

This year’s NECCC Conference is now a memory, although for me, as the conference chair for the last two years, is mostly a blur. There were so many things for me to do during the event that, like last year, I was only able to attend one presentation. Based on the previous year’s comment sheets, I made changes to this year’s speaker sessions which were not appreciated by all the attendees.

It is difficult to know the likes and dislikes of all the attendees. Only 40% or so of the attendees provide an evaluation sheet or writing an email to me telling me what they liked and what they didn’t like. A slight improvement over last year, it’s the only thing we have to go on. We are planning an online survey or two which will be sent to previous conference attendees asking specific questions which will hopefully provide us with the information to continue to improve the conference and provide the activities that are most valuable to our attendees.

Next year, our 70th Annual Photography Conference will prove to be one “not to miss”. The campus construction in the area we use near the pond and in the conference center will be completed, freeing up the areas we have used in the past for outdoor activities. Antoinette Gombeda and Susan Mosser have already started planning next year’s conference; and I’m confident it will be special for our 70th

I will be reviewing the services NECCC provides the member clubs and to their members and will contact club presidents to ask how they are organized, conduct their activities, and manage competition images. What can we do to help your club be beneficial to your members? Hopefully, we can establish a set of “lessons learned” that may benefit other clubs. Hopefully we can identify services that NECCC can provide to help small and large clubs alike.

Information is the key to making effective improvements for the future of the New England Camera Clubs. I’m hoping you will all find the time to answer requests for information.

I look forward to another successful year working with the NECCC officers and all of you. Please feel free to contact me with questions and/or suggestions. You can reach me at

We hope to see all of you at next year's conference!!

NECCC Bulletin: Fall Issue 2014

NECCC Bulletin: Fall Issue 2014

Volume 74 The Official Publication of the NECCC