Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ivan Rothman "Safari to Africa" Friday May 20, 2016

Ivan Rothman "Safari to Africa" Friday May 20, 2016

This is a CAP appreciation Event, join us!

Join us on Friday May 20, 2016 (6:30 pm to 9 pm) for a wonderful night of photography by Ivan Rothman "Safari to Africa"
(sponsored by The Connecticut Association of Photographers)
CAP website:

In a multimedia presentation of “Safari to Africa”, Ivan Rothman will take us with him on safari to seven African countries: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. The images are accompanied by an exciting musical theme. Come see Africa through Ivan’s lens. Following the show, he will discuss tips on how to best travel to Africa and other distant locations for wildlife photography. This will include options for cameras and lenses, how to carry them onto a plane or in the field, camera support with tripods or beanbags, computer equipment and software for downloading, organizing and protecting the images. Who to travel with, how to get there and what are the health risks. And what are the living conditions like in the wild? In the camps, you would be amazed at how comfortable the tents can be and how good the food is, although some will complain about the small size of the swimming pools!!

Whether you have already travelled to Africa, plan on going to Africa or don’t think you will pay a visit, come and enjoy this wonderful night of great photography and great camaraderie. Click for a flyer with more information.

This is a CAP appreciation Event, join us!

This is a very special CAP event, where CAP appreciates YOU ! Speaker fees will be paid by CAP. Additionally, CAP will provide great door prizes, totaling $350 in gift cards to Hunt’s Photo. Your
attendance fee goes towards refreshments only.

Ivan Rothman is a retired physician from Long Island, NY. He has a 40+ year photography experience and a passion for wildlife photography. For this purpose he travels widely throughout North America, Africa and many other parts of the world. Ivan’s work can be viewed at

Schedule: Registration: 6:30 pm
Social : 6:45 to 7:15 pm
Program: 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm
Q&A: 8:15 to 8:45 pm
Raffle: 8:45 pm

Location: Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT 06517

Fee for attendance: $12 per person. Registration deadline May 13, 2016. (limited tickets at the door, $12).

Refreshments: Cheese, Crackers, Desserts, Coffee, Beverages. Feel free to bring your own
bottle of wine (no other alcoholic beverages allowed).

Questions? Email Cindy Gosselin at

To register for Ivan Rothman please mail your registration and check for $12 per person, made out
to Connecticut Association of Photographers, to Cindy Gosselin, 4 Catalpa Ct., Avon, CT 06001.
Your registration must arrive by May 13.
Name ___________________________________________________________
Address _________________________________________________________
Email ___________________________________________________________
Phone Number ____________________________________________________
All tickets will be held at the door. If you provide an email address, you will receive email confirmation
that your registration has been received. Checks will not be cashed until after the event.

Click for a flyer with more information.

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Free Vendor Evening at NEIPP

Free Vendor Evening at NEIPP

April 5, 2016 7-9pm
Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis
35 Scudder Ave Hyannis MA

Everyone is Welcome!!!
Spread the Word! 

Check out all the wonderful vendors that will be at NEIPP on Tuesday evening! Check out all the great products they have to offer, ask questions and buy some new toys! Be sure to bring your checkbook, cash or credit card!

Please share with your friends as ALL are welcome to the NEIPP Emporium!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Macro Photo Conference 2016

Macro Photo Conference 2016

Sponsored by Tamron and Hunt's Photo 
This is a unique annual photo conference dedicated to macro photography. I've always wanted to design a program where professional 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.
This Macro Photo Conference will have plenty of how-to lectures and five hours of photographing with varying subject matter. The speakers will be available to help participants with composing subjects and technical aspects.  So you need to bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod.
Speakers will have their books available, and will be happy to sign them for you.
We  will also have a discussion on getting your images published, and selling through stock agencies with former Outdoor Photographer Magazine editor Rob Sheppard, and KAC Stock Agency owner Kathy Adams Clark.
The Crazy Frog Lady, Lisa Cuchara will have her exotic frogs back again for you to photograph.
Leading New England photo retailer Hunt's Photo will be there selling lots of photo products. Tamron will have a tech rep on hand with lenses available for you to try out.
There will be a limit of 100 participants, and it should sell out quick. Last year we had participants from 16 different states.
Ramada Hotel
213 Taunton Ave, Seekonk, MA 02771
(508) 336-8700
October 29th and 30th 2016
Saturday 8:00am to 6pm - Sunday 8:00am - 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 service if you don't want to rent a car.
Rooms at the hotel range from $99, $109, and $119. To register for a room at these rates ask the Macro Photo Conference rates. (508) 336-8700.



Mike Moats

Mike is an international award winning professional macro photographer. His images and articles have been published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Natures Best Magazine, Shutterbug, PC Photo Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Photolife, Whisper In The Woods, Michigan Game Finder, NANPA's Expressions Books, Pure Michigan Book, Tamron's blog,and Fujifilm's Newsletters. Mike has won numerous local and international awards, and is a member of Tamron's "Image Masters". Mike offers many options to learn about macro photography.
The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer
As a pro macro photographer I am asked many times what is the equipment that I use.  In this video I will cover the camera, lenses, tripod/head and all the accessories that I use to make my living. Hunt's photo will have all the products that Mike talks about for sale at the conference.

Tony Sweet

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Tony is a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens and a GuraGear Pro.
Tony has authored five books on the art of photography: 
Fine Art Nature Photography ('02), 
Fine Art Flower Photography ('05) 
Fine Art Nature Photography: Water, Ice, Fog ('07), 
Fine Art Digital Photography ('09) and 
HDR Photography (2011). He and Masterphoto Workshops have co-produced four photography DVDs: 
Visual Artistry, 
HDR Made Easy, 
Visual Literacy and 
Flower Photography Artistry, as well as an iPhone instructional video series. His Creativity Seminar Video is available and "On Location-Cape Cod" will be released for digital download, April 2016.
After successful careers as a jazz musician/ educator, and professional magician, Tony settled on photography as his chosen means for personal expression. Tony has become an in-demand speaker throughout the United States and Canada on creativity in the digital age.
Tony and Susan Milestone conduct Visual Artistry photography location workshops in the United States, Canada, and Iceland. Tony maintains an active speaking schedule to photography organizations, industry trade shows and PPA schools across the continental United States and Canada. He also conducts an annual Visual Artistry Creativity Seminar series.
Tony's photography is published worldwide in every medium and is represented by Getty Images. His iPhone photography is represented by Aurora Photos. Tony's images are also used by Nikon, MacPhun, Singh Ray, Alien Skin, Topaz, Lensbaby and others for national ad campaigns.
An interview with Tony on macro photography was published in The New York Times.
Tony and Susan live in Eldersburg, MD with cat-child, Akira.
Macro and Post Processing
Tony will discuss macro subject selection, composition, macro gear, and will illustrate processing a variety of macro images amply illustrating the creative use of plugins such as Nik, Topaz, and more. Processing using ACR and Luminosity masks will be illustrated, also. Questions are encouraged throughout the presentation.

Rob Sheppard

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Rob Sheppard is a photographer, author, naturalist and nature photographer, editor and videographer. Rob is a Fellow with the North American Nature Photography Association, and many people also know him as the long-time, previous editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine.  He has written  many books and magazine articles but what is most important to him about them is knowing that he has helped people become better photographers and gain a better connection to nature.  Some of the books he has done: Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, Macro Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography, and 6 Steps to Better Nature Photography (available from website).
His website is at,
blog at
The Spectacular View of the Wide-Angle Close-Up
Most people put on a macro lens for close-up and macro work but go no further than that. Yet, there is a whole new world of close-up shooting that will open up to you when you shoot with a wide-angle focal length up close, including macro distances. It changes everything! And will give you images that few other photographers will have. That doesn't mean there aren't challenges to doing this, though. Rob will ofter ideas, equipment thoughts and tips on how you can change your approach to macro and master this amazing approach to nature.

Don Komarechka

Don Komarechka is a nature, macro and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don's photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Don uses photography as a way to explore and understand the world around him. Photographing something unusual or unknown is the perfect excuse to learn something new. Don's work often pushes up against the technical limitations of modern camera equipment and the physical limitations of light itself.
"Pushing the limits of light while still producing visually stunning images is my passion. If someone is captivated enough to re-evaluate the world around them, I've done my job."
The Beauty of Physics:
Magical Macro from Geometry and Bending Light
Macro photographers play by a different rulebook. The challenges faced from the subject matter, the equipment and even the laws of physics make this a challenging genre of photography. It can be abstract, it can tell stories, and it can spark your imagination. It's a study of lines, shapes and colours in a very technical way.
Step into a world of photography that most artists consider magical. Photographing refracted images within water droplets reveals not only the beauty of simple physics, but it opens the creative doors to unlimited possibilities in macro photography. The same admiration of simple physics can be seen in every snowflake; the admiration can quickly shift to frustration, but with the right tools and techniques, winter becomes a much more tolerable season for those with an eye for details. In the end, the hardest part is simply finding or creating the most beautiful subject.
Specific discussion of the challenges of depth of field and focus stacking will be discussed, as well as many reasons why extreme macro photography can be accomplished entirely handheld - and why this can be an advantage.

Donna Eaton

Donna Eaton has been a full time professional photographer since 2008.  A native of North Carolina she now lives on 6 acres in upstate of South Carolina with her husband, dog, and cats. She spent eleven years as the staff photographer for a raptor rehabilitation and education center before venturing out on her own as a pro photographer. Donna is known for her creative vision and artistic images, and seeing with her heart through her camera.  Donna loves teaching and sharing her knowledge with her students, and enjoys watching them grow as photographers.  She conducts workshops and is a featured speaker. She has been a leader for NANPA Regional Events, and she is an instructor at John C Campbell Folk School and Bryan Peterson's School of Photography.  Her work is represented by Fogstock and Getty Images.
 The Creative Garden, Adventures in Flower Photography
Donna will share information about the creative techniques, thought process, equipment, and effects that she uses to capture creative images of flowers.

Kathy Adams Clark

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Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995. She runs the stock agency KAC Productions that represents the work of 15 photographers.  Kathy's photos have been published in hundreds of places including AAA Journey,Nature's Best, New York Times, Birder's World, and Ranger Rick. Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Highways magazines have used Kathy's photos on their cover. Her photos have also appeared in a numerous books and calendars including the Barnes & Noble Ireland Countryside Calendar, the cover of the Arbor Foundation Rainforest Calendar, and the Sierra Engagement Calendar. Her photos appear every week in the "Nature" column in the Houston Chronicle written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy and Gary have published six books and have one more in the works that combine their photography and writing skills.
Kathy's photography is featured in Portrait of Houston published in 2012 by FarcountryPress. Photographing Big Bend National Park, published in 2013 by Texas A&M Press, is written by Kathy and uses her photography throughout.
Kathy is Past-president of the North American Nature Photography Association. She teaches photography and is a popular speaker at local and national events. She leads photo workshops to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Africa, Italy, Peru and Morocco through Strabo Tours.
Photographing Butterflies
Butterflies can be found almost everywhere.  They live on high alpine tundras, low arid deserts, moist tropical jungles, and temperate backyard gardens.  Butterflies shimmer with iridescent scales and blend into the leaf litter with muted brown tones.  These lovely insects can be a challenge to photograph because they are constantly moving from place to place.  Join Kathy Adams Clark to learn how to capture stunning photos of butterflies.  Learn how to stalk butterflies, what's going on in the mind of a butterfly, how to anticipate behavior, and how to find butterflies.  This educational session will also include equipment needed for butterfly photography such as macro lenses, extension tubes, close-up lenses, flashes, and focus stacking.  Kathy will also illustrate how butterflies can be photographed with basic equipment and a camera with any lens.

Lisa and Tom Cuchara

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Lisa, PhD, HonNEC, and Tom, MNEC, are passionate about photography, both behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. They love to photograph nature. From birds and flowers to babies and HDR, they appreciate the world around them and embrace the challenge of interpreting what their eyes see and their hearts feel via their photography. Tom and Lisa are both very active in many local and national photography organizations. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions and their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder's World, in calendars, on the cover of the Wolf Conservation Calendar and on the cover of paperback novel. Their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels.  They have presented a variety of instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography, plus fun and interesting travelogue slideshows) at NECCC, PPA, PSA, plus many other camera clubs and other organizations. Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours and workshops, and view their photographs at
                                                 "It's all in the Details"
Slow Down, Stop, and Explore the "everyday details" that are all around us. We will talk about our approach to capturing the intimate details of historic and abandoned buildings, urban decay, gears, old cars, rust, etc. We lust for rust. We will discuss technical, aesthetic, and creative aspects of closeup photography. The program will introduce some equipment and techniques used to bring out the beauty and drama of these subjects. The use of a light tent as a controlled lighting setup for a variety of subjects will also be presented.

Ken Hubbard

Ken Hubbard works for Tamron as the Field Services manager. In addition to taking photographs for the company-for national and international use, he acts as a trainer for new products and technology, sets up and works on all aspects of Tamron field workshops, and as the title suggests- is a supervisor for all aspects of the industry trade shows. Both on the job and off, you can always find him looking for another unique image to fill his camera's viewfinder.
Ken will be speaking about the Tamron lens options for the macro photographer and answer any tech questions you have.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Photographic Historical society

PHSNE   Photographic Historical society of New England`s  85th annual camera and image Fair … Buy sell trade event .   1 day only Saturday April 2 
Saturday at 9 AM - 4 PM
American Legion Post #440 Hall at 295 California Street, Newton, MA 02458


The Photographic Historical Society of New England is proud to present to the New England Photographic community our 85th Photographica Show. Photographica has been going strong in Boston for over 40 years. The show has become famous for being the place to buy quality gear for anyone in the Northeast working in analog (film based) photography and silver based images. There will be tables filled with Leicas, Rolleiflexs, and Hasselblads as well as other medium and large format cameras at prices that can't be beat anywhere else. The image tables are filled with collectible images as well as alternative process images and snapshots. If you can attend only one photographic show this year, Photographica is the show to attend.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

March presentation at Charter Oak Photographic Society - "Mirrorless Cameras"

March presentation at Charter Oak Photographic Society - "Mirrorless Cameras"

Mirrorless cameras

On Monday, March 28, 2016, Charter Oak Photographic Society will be giving a program on "Mirrorless Cameras."  An open invitation is being sent to anyone interested in this informative presentation.  The meeting time is 7:15 pm and will take place at Charter Oak's meeting place:  Elmwood Community Church, 26 Newington Road, West Hartford, CT.  If needed, directions to the Elmwood Community Church can be found at Charter Oak's website at:

Hunts Photo personnel will be presenting "Mirrorless Cameras", a discussion of the evolution of the digital camera from DSLR to Mirrorless. See how that small, lightweight cameras have comparable image quality to the same size sensor DSLRs.

Additionally, they provide features unavailable in most DSLR's that make picture taking more fun and easy. This includes the ability to use nearly any interchangeable lens from the past, easier ways to accurately focus, and precise exposure confirmation before taking the picture. See which models offer 4K Video, allowing excellent still images from video clips, Focus Stacking, in-camera automated Time-Lapse Photography, and Live Composite.

In addition, to these "new" features, the basic camera functions of focusing and images stabilization have been improved over DSLR's because of newer Mirrorless technology.

These are but just a few of the features you will find when you explore Mirrorless Camera technology.

Manufacturer reps will be present to answer your questions and show you their cameras.

Michael Rice
Hunts Providence 401-751-5190

Michael Rice
Info can be found at:

Friday, March 25, 2016

Lightroom: The Basics and More

Lightroom: The Basics and More
With John Tunney
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
April 2, 2016

Learn the essential tools and techniques to make your photos look their best using Adobe Lightroom. This hands-on workshop is based on a simple workflow that will let you quickly and easily organize, edit and output your images. First, we'll cover how to import, rate and sort your pictures. Then, working with sample images, you'll learn how to adjust colors, fine-tune your exposure and recover blocked shadows and blown highlights. You'll learn re-touching techniques to remove everything from dust spots to telephone lines and other unsightly distractions. In addition, we'll cover noise reduction, sharpening and more, including key editing tips and tricks used by professional photographers to give their pictures extra pop and finish. You'll also learn how to export your photos for email and the web.

Fine-art photographer and instructor John Tunney is a frequent exhibitor in galleries, art shows and festivals on Cape Cod and around New England. His work has been featured in a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography and has been published in Cape Cod Life, Cape Codder, Fodor's and many other publications. His photography book “The Four Seasons of Cape Cod” was published by Schiffer Publishing in January 2016.

For more information, please visit

Join us on Monday, April 11 for "Everyday Montages" presented by Paul Peterson

Join us on Monday, April 11 for "Everyday Montages" presented by Paul Peterson

The program is free and open to the public. The NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:30 pm Sept-May at the Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. For more information contact Paul Peterson

Many images can be enhanced by combining photographs to create montages. The title "Everyday Montages" refers to the fact that Paul Peterson likes to combine images or parts of images in such a way that they don't appear to be montages. The title also refers to the fact that Paul uses this technique so often that he now creates these images virtually every day, having a lot of fun in the process. He will replace skies, move buildings, and add or remove people and other elements.

Paul Peterson has been a member of the New Haven Camera Club since 1980. Over the years, he has given a number of programs to the club. He likes to make his programs straightforward and understandable, so that even our less experienced members can get a lot out of them.

Please note that this program is not really about adding textures. While Paul is experimenting with the use of textures, most of  the images in this program don't use textures. The technique of  photo montage is used to enhance existing images or create new images which appear natural. Combining images is a very creative process and the results can be impressive.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Google Nik Collection is Now Free

Google Nik Collection is Now Free
By Canon Rumors | March 24, 2016
Google Nik Collection is Now Free
From Google:

Today we’re making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free. Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.

Download Google Nik Collection for free

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3/29 Boston Camera Club Education Program

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Winter 2016 Inter-club Print Competition

Winter 2016 Inter-club Print Competition
View the complete report, scores, and winning images here
Reported by Arthur S. Vaughan, MNEC, NECCC Print Chairman

The winter 2016 inter-club print competition, hosted by the Fall River Camera Club, was held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Swansea Senior Center, in Swansea, MA. Dennis Lawson served as the event organizer and coordinator. The judges for this competition were: A. Cemal Ekin, MNEC, Mary Doo, and Ken Wiedemann, MNEC. A. Cemal Ekin has been involved in photography for 6 decades. He’s an instructor in a wide variety of photographic topics, offering programs, seminars, and tutorials to camera clubs around New England. Mary Doo is a past-president of the Photographic Society of Rhode Island (2006-2008), and is an accomplished nature and wildlife photographer, having won numerous awards in local, regional, and international competitions. Ken Wiedemann began his photography while in his early teens. His photographs have been published worldwide in numerous magazines including Down East, Forbes, New England Living, Vermont Life, and others. He has served extensively as a judge throughout the New England area. Volunteers serving on the “competition committee” for this event were Lorraine Anderson and Alison Valcourt... scorekeepers, plus Paul Ferland, Dennis Lawson, and Brian Valcourt... print handlers. Many thanks go to the Fall River Camera Club, the judges, and competition support staff for making this event possible.

For the winter competition a total of 160 prints were submitted... 48 class “A” B&W, 28 class “B” B&W, and 84 Color. Participating were 21 clubs... 12 in class “A”, 8 in class “B”, and 21 in Color. A total of 24 prints received awards... 9 class “A”, 5 class “B” and 10 in Color. Clubs that submitted less than their full allotment of four color and four B&W prints, or that missed the winter competition entirely, are encouraged to submit make-up prints along with their regular submissions for the spring
competition, to be hosted by the New Haven Camera Club on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

View the complete report, scores, and winning images here

Photography at Lonaconing Silk Mill

Photography at Lonaconing Silk Mill
Sunday, May 1, 2016 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join us at the Historic Silk Mill for a day of amazing historic photography! more inform and register here Lonaconing Silk Mill
We will be making a weekend out of this, come join us at the Woolen Mill on Saturday.
"Abandoned Mill is a Photographer's Dream -- But for How Much Longer?" an article in the Huffington Post recently headlines. Talking with the owner today, Herb said that the roof is in very bad shape. Another article puts the Mill as one of America's top 11 most endangered historic places. 
Join Tom and Lisa for awesome details, history, and HDR! We have been here a few times and we can help you with compositions, exposures, creativity, etc. 
FYI, almost all of this fee goes directly to the owner for the preservation of the building.
We will be staying at the same hotel (email us for details) Friday night and Saturday night, shooting at the Woolen Mill on Saturday. Our hotel is about 5.5 hours from Hamden CT, ~1 hour from the Woolen Mill and close to the Silk Mill.