Monday, August 24, 2015

David DesRochers "Creating Unique Images of Our Natural World" Saturday, October 24, 2015

David DesRochers "Creating Unique Images of Our Natural World" Saturday, October 24, 2015

Join us for an all day CAP seminar by David DesRochers entitled Creating Unique Images of Our Natural World. This program will provide education, information, and inspiration for all levels of photographer.

Topics to be presented include:

  • The Starting Line: Basics of Photography, including equipment and photographic concepts such as shutter speed, f/stops, exposure, depth of field – and how all can be used to take good photographs and achieve different effects. Although the focus will be on nature photography, these same principles will be applied to other kinds of photography as well.
  • Creating Photos with Impact. Most people take snapshots. Photographers create works of art. Elements of composition will be explored, allowing its use to create compelling photographs. Subjects will include portraits, street and travel, architecture and nature.
  • Wild about Wildlife. David’s techniques used to photograph birds and animals in the field will be explored. Subjects will include light (natural and flash), composition and moment. Ethics, animal/bird behavior and popular wildlife destinations will also be covered.
  • Creative Landscapes: David will share his techniques for finding and capturing unique mages of the endless natural art our planet has to offer. Subjects include planning, composition, capture and post processing. Techniques used to create panoramas, blurs and “art in water” images will also be covered.

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Road, Hamden, CT
Cost: $40 per person which includes lunch
Now is the time to reserve your spot.

Friday, August 21, 2015

PPA Super 1 Day Applying Textures to Photographs

PPA Super 1 Day Applying Textures to Photographs

Super 1 Day Photography Workshops
Super 1 Day Photography Workshops. For two weeks in October, dozens of studios across the country will invite attendees to join daily workshops featuring portrait and wedding photography, posing and lighting, digital retouching and workflow, and sales and marketing strategies. It's a chance you won't want to miss—a full day of photography education brought to you by fellow professional photographers. All photographic classes will be held October 5-19, 2015, so you'll be able to find one that fits your educational needs and your schedule! Register for a $99 Super 1 Day class online by September 29, 2015. After September 29th, registration must be done on-site (space permitting) for $120. FYI, 100% of the payment goes to PPA, not to me :-)

Hamden CTApplying Textures to Photographs
Click here to register.

Course #CT01
Lisa Cuchara
Texture is that extra something, that signature trademark that can really set a photo apart. In this workshop, Lisa Cuchara discusses how to use texture as a great photographic tool to enhance your images.  

Thursday, August 20, 2015

2015 NECCC Conference Model Competition

2015 Conference Model Competition

2015 NECCC Conference Model Competition

  • Deadline Monday, September 21, 2015 
  • There are two pages of models. 
    • Click on model image or model name to access the model's image upload page to submit your image. 
  • The image upload page which follows allows you to send in one image per model which will be submitted to the competition (model committee members are excluded from competing). 
  • You will receive a confirmation email from the site within 5 minutes for every model image you submit. 
    • If you do not receive a confirmation email, your entry was not received, please resubmit. 
    • In the confirmation email, please ignore the second line which refers to multiple images. 
  • Prizes: 
    • 1st place will receive $100 
    • 2nd place will receive $75 
    • 3rd place will receive $50 
    • 3 HMs each will receive $25 
  • Guidelines 
    • Image size within 1024 x 768. 
    • Horizontal: set width to 1024 pixels and height will adjust automatically. 
    • Vertical: set height to 768 pixels and width will adjust automatically. 
    • JPG format only and image file size smaller than 1000KB (1M). 
    • Resolution should be 240dpi. 
    • sRGB color space recommended for best projection. 
  • If you have a problem with your submission for the competition or questions regarding the competition, please email

Model Portfolio Images

Photos for the models’ portfolios may be sent directly to the email addresses that were posted with the models’ photos on the Campus Center lower level next to Model Room 176. For problems or questions regarding those submissions, please email Chairman Skip Hoyt, MNEC at

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Applying Textures to Photographs

Applying Textures to Photographs with Lisa Cuchara, PhD, MNEC, HonNEC

Applying Textures to Photographs with Lisa Cuchara, PhD, MNEC, HonNEC

When: 19 Aug 2015 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: 2911 Dixwell Ave, Suite #108, Hamden CT 06514

Spaces left: 3

Non Member – $49.00 (USD). This registration is for anyone who is not a member of PPANE.

PPANE Member – $25.00 (USD)

Applying Textures to Photographs

What is a texture? We know texture when we see it, but when we refer to a "Texture" as photographic tool we mean a photograph that is placed on top of another photograph and then "blended" or adjusted to affect how it is portrayed. "Textures" can be just that, photographs of rust, peeling paint, old paper, etc., but they can also be clouds, bokeh, bubbles, water drops, wallpaper, walls, words, old letters, grass, etc. The specific texture that you pick will affect how your photograph underneath looks, but you have additional choices by changing the blending mode for that texture later. Changing the blending modes alters the way that particular texture interacts with the photograph underneath. Join Lisa Cuchara as she shows you how to edit some of your photographs to give them a different feel by applying textures to them. Textures can add a mood or a feel to an image; making the photograph softer, warmer, grungier, older, etc. In this intermediate workshop (assumes knowledge of layers and masks) Lisa will show you how to collect your own textures, how to use textures, how to remove textures from part of an image, how to remove color from a texture and change the color of the texture and how to prevent the texture from affecting of the photograph below while leaving the color. Bring your computer, with Photoshop CS6 or CC installed. Participants should have a working knowledge of basic Photoshop, and of basic layers and masking. Files and notes will be provided.

PPANE 2015 Conference and free day

PPANE 2015 Conference and free day

The free day is Sunday September 13, 2015 from 7am to 5:30 PM and includes a tradeshow. 

The conference is held at the 
Radisson Hotel
11 Tara Boulevard
Nashua, NH 

For More Information:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

“Mastering Digital Capture” : Presented by Michael Milicia

We are very pleased to offer “Mastering Digital Capture” taught by renown bird photographer and educator, Michael Milicia.  This course begins October 22 and runs for five consecutive Thursday evenings at our location in Bedford (MA) at 16 South Road in Old Town Hall.  Thanks for any help you can provide in getting the word out to NECCC members.

Bob Bass,
Director, Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group


Class size is limited.  Registration ($215) is at . FMI contact 

Mastering Digital Capture : Presented by Michael Milicia 

This workshop is aimed at photographers of any level of experience who are not yet completely comfortable with the technical aspects of digital image capture.  Photography has always been a blend of art and technology but the digital world has heightened the role of technology at every step in the process from image capture to post-processing to printing.  Mastery of the technical side will enable you to better realize your creative vision and start taking your imagery to the next level.

The classroom presentations will start with basic concepts and slowly build on them in a step by step manner to provide an in-depth treatment of many of the key aspects of digital imaging technology.  This approach makes the workshop useful for beginners as well as for more experienced photographers who do not yet feel they are in complete command in the digital world.  To further enhance the learning process, questions will also be welcome and encouraged throughout.

 We will start with some of the basic concepts of digital technology.  You will learn what is contained in a RAW image file, how ISO is implemented with digital capture, the causes of noise and ways to minimize it at capture time, and how on-camera histograms are built and how to interpret them. A conceptual understanding of the underlying digital technology will enable you to make better and more informed choices in the field to obtain maximum image quality.  We will also discuss how to best utilize various camera features which are unique to digital capture such as live view, picture styles, and white balance.

 Given this foundation in digital technology, we will move on to cover exposure which is a critical ingredient for maximizing image quality.   You will learn the underlying theory as well as the various tools that are at your disposal to allow you to consistently come up with the perfect exposure.  You will gain the confidence needed to shoot in manual mode as well as in the various auto-exposure modes and the knowledge needed to determine the optimal method for a given situation.

 Workshop topics will include :

            Digital sensor basics
            ISO implementation for digital
            RAW vs. jpeg
            Image Noise
            Histograms : Luminance vs. RGB
            Crop Factor
            Uses for Live View
            Camera settings and customization
            Incident metering
            Reflective metering
            Tone vs. Color
            Metering patterns
            Exposure modes
            Exposure Compensation
            Manual Mode
            Exposing for highlight and shadow detail
            "Expose to the right" methodology

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

PSA Nature International that is being judged at Greater Lynn this Saturday at 9AM

Mike McNeill 7:49pm Aug 4

Hi Lisa, 
I just talked with Shiv Verma and he asked me to get in touch with you about the PSA Nature International that is being judged at Greater Lynn this Saturday at 9AM. He wanted me to ask you if you could send out a notification to the NECCC contingency that all are welcome and that they would be seeing nature images from around the world being judged.

Image associated with: PSA Nature International Exhibition Judging-Open to the Public
Saturday, August 8, 9:00 AM
Chairman-Mike McNeill, EPSA, MNEC
PSA Nature International Exhibition Judging-Open to the Public

Image associated with: PSA Nature International Exhibition Judging-Open to the Public

"PSA Nature International Exhibition Judging-Open to the Public" by Chairman-Mike McNeill, EPSA, MNEC

 Saturday, August 8, 9:00 AM

Headquarters: 564 Boston Street Lynn, MA 01905 781-592-9922

 The 2015 PSA Nature Exhibition section will be judged in Massachusetts at the Greater Lynn auditorium with GLPA member Mike McNeill, MNEC, as the chairman.

The judging will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The closing date for entries is August 2, 2015. There are two sections this year including Nature - this section used to be known as open and Wildlife. The entry fee is inexpensive at 6 dollars for one section and 8 dollars for both sections. The judging panel for this prestigious exhibition this year will have two greater Lynn members on its panel, Fran MacDonald and Jake Mosser, FPSA, HonNEC. The third judge will be Mike DiStefaneo, MNEC, of Photographic Society of Rhode Island. All three are also members of the Massachusetts Camera Naturalists -CamNats, an invitation only nature club. Entry forms and information for all of the exhibitions will be available soon and can be found at entry information ( which is the direct PSA Web site or entry form ( For this Web site, click on Exhibition in the top left panel, then click on Nature, then click on download at the bottom of the box. Along with nature, PSA also offers monochrome, nature, photo travel, and color print sections, and projected image sections in color, photo travel, photojournalism, and stereo. These sections will be judged elsewhere throughout the United States on the same weekend in August. You are invited to enter them as well. You can get the information and entry forms to all the other sections on the same page as the nature section, just scroll up and down. All entries can be made via online submission with payment through PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account you can use PayPal with a credit card or mail in a check. The judging will be open to the public and the Greater Lynn hall is air conditioned. A map to the hall and directions to 564 Boston St, Lynn, MA 01905 can be found on this website. Click ‘about us’ at top of home page, then on the drop down menu click directions. After the Nature Exhibition judging is completed on August 8, the PSA Nature Image of the Year will be judged. This is open to all images that have won a Nature medal in approved PSA exhibitions during 2014. This is the best of the best being submitted from all over the world. We have some superb nature photographers here at Greater Lynn and in New England. Let’s see a big turnout for this exhibition. The exhibition show will be part of the PSA Conference this September in West Yellowstone, Montana and it may be part of the programming at Greater Lynn later in the year which would be also open to the public should you receive an acceptance and have an image in the show. Please support PSA and enter. It's a lot of fun.