Friday, October 28, 2016

Topaz Texture Effects 2

Topaz Texture Effects 2

Topaz Texture Effects 2 will be on sale from September 27th through October 30th and retails for $69.99. However, it can be purchased for only $59.99 ($10 off) until October 30th by using this coupon code: TFX2.

Topaz Texture Effects 2

Saturday, October 22, 2016

America the Beautiful Photo Contest

America the Beautiful Photo Contest

My husband is a member of the East Windsor Veterans Commission.  They have a Facebook page if you want to look up the group.   Anyway the EWVC is holding a photo contest entitled "America the Beautiful" to raise money to erect monuments to honor veterans.  The forwarded email from Capt. Richard Hartman explains what is going on.   I've included two attachments that hold the photo contest entry form and the contest Rules.   These are also available on the Facebook page for the East Windsor Veterans Commission.   We are hoping that you can help us get the word out about the contest.  East Windsor is a small town and is getting no assistance from the town to fund the monuments.  The group is holding various fundraisers to get to their goal of $60,000.    We'd love to have some pictures that show what America the Beautiful means to people from all walks of life.  Also, by entering, some talented amateur photographers will win either $500, $250 or $100.    

Bruce Putinas (a member of the USS FULTON (AS-11) Association) is also a member of the
East Windsor Veterans Commission. The EWVC is planning on erecting monuments in the town green to honor veterans who served in the American Revolution through the current conflict.  They have raised $10,000 but have another $50,000 to go.
  Putinas came up with the idea of holding a photo contest themed "America the Beautiful”.   
The photo contest prizes are $500, $250 and $100.  Folks wishing to enter may submit their favorite photo for $10 along with an entry form that is available on the East Windsor
Veterans Commission Facebook page (and also below). Official rules are also available on the EWVC Facebook page 

 There is no limit to the number of entries that a person may submit. $10 and an entry
form for each photo.  The winners will also be recognized in a commemorative book
and the winning photos will be framed and hung in either the Veterans meeting room or the local American Legion.
The rules are pretty simple i.e. you must submit an original photo, you should be an amateur photographer and over the age of 21 and anything obscene will be disqualified. If you submit a picture of people and you win, we may ask the folks in the picture to sign a release as the photo will be displayed in town. "America the Beautiful" can be scenery, people, animals and nature.  It's pretty much anything you think makes America beautiful to you. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2017 at 12:00PM. Simply print out the Photo Contest entry form, take, edit, and print your photos that capture the "America the Beautiful" theme, and send your original 3” X 5" or 4" X 6" prints to:East Windsor Veterans 
Commission P.O. Box 191 Broad Brook, CT  06016-0191"

If anyone has any questions they can contact Putinas via e-mail.Thanks in advance for your entry.  Pam & Bruce Putinas

Friday, October 14, 2016

NECCC 2016 Model image winners

The results are in and the judges had a tough time choosing from all the great images submitted.
Here are the results from the 2016 NECCC Model image competition:

1st Place is an image of NANCY by Charlie Logan

 2nd place is an image of Johena by Paul Young

3rd place is an image of Sylvia by Darrell Harrington

1st HM is an image of Anjha by Walt Mlynko
2nd HM is an image of Jo Lee by Walt Mlynko

3rd HM is an image of Mimi by Thomas Henry

A big THANK YOU goes to all that submitted.

Brenda Driscoll GLPA
Peter Miller GLPA
Skip Hoyt GLPA, MNEC

Respectively submitted,

Skip Hoyt MNEC Model Committee Chairman

Model and Portrait Days at GLPA

We would like to cordially invite you to the upcoming Model and Portrait Days at GLPA!

Greater Lynn will be having 3 model and portrait days this season.
Nov 6th
Jan 29th
April 30th
The shoots start at 10AM and run through lunch until 3PM.

We will be having 6 models and 3 lighting set ups.

The event is free to GLPA members and $15- to non members.

There is a good sub shop within walking distance of the club.

Bring some photographer friends and a good portrait lens….~28mm for full length and ~100-150mm for portraits.

This is a laid back event with some mentoring if you would like it.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Skip Hoyt & Jim Gallagher
And the entire model committee

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

three BCC events

Please spread the word about these three BCC events to your members, friends, and colleagues.

Fred's Gallery Exhibition

Iceland’s Astonishing BeautyPhotographs by Fred Rosenthal

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Portraits, Unplugged with Bobbi Lane & Lee Varis

Learn how to engage your subjects, use natural light and come away with dynamic portraits, 

Portraits, Unplugged with Bobbi Lane & Lee Varis

Portraits, Unplugged with Bobbi Lane & Lee Varis
Working with Natural Light to Make Flattering & Dynamic Portraits
Sat & Sun October 15th & 16th, 9am-6pm
Hunt’s Photo, Melrose, MA

Recommended Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of cameras
Class Level: Beyond Basic

Portraits Unplugged is all about natural light, nothing technical or mechanical. Bobbi teaches you how to find and work with natural light to make flattering and dynamic portraits of any subject. The beauty of available light is its ability to describe your subject from powerful and strong to soft and creamy. We scout locations for the light and we look for options that can surprise us with its complexity as well as find the simple and clean look for smooth skin tones.
UnpluggedHunts-7114The most important part of our photograph is not the subject, but how we, as visual artists, choose to define our subject. We work on capturing the essence of the people by the use of posing, expressions, tonality, composition, color, backgrounds and props. Bobbi shows you how to work with all kinds of light: hard, soft, bounced, window, “garage door”, reflected, diffused, etc. Our only tools are reflectors and diffusers and we use them to manipulate the light effectively.

Lee will take the captured images to the next level with Lightroom and Photoshop enhancement techniques on skin for quick fixes and complete makeovers that don’t require special artistic talent, but instead utilize the power inherent in the basic software without extra plug-ins or extensions.

This workshop will raise your level of awareness and help you be a better natural light photographer.

Students must be familiar with their cameras and lenses. A medium telephoto lens if suggested.

Course Outline
Two days, 9-6

9 am: Class overview, student intros, image presentation and shooting demos with reflectors and diffusers
12-1: Break for lunch
1 pm: Scouting locations for backgrounds and scenes. Models arrive and prepare
1:30- 5:30: students photograph models in different natural light situations including headshots, ¾ and full length.
5:30 -6 wrap up

9 am: Review previous day and answer questions, models arrive and prepare
9:30- 1 Students photograph models in a new location
1-2 pm: Break for lunch
2-5:30: Review images, works on computers with images to color correct, manage files, retouching in Lightroom and Photoshop.
5:30- 6: Wrap up, answer final questions

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Ultimate 4-Day Landscape Photography Workshop

Do you have a lovely DSLR camera but never have time to really enjoy it and learn its secrets?  Travel Vision Journeys, a photo tour company based in Arlington, is offering a fantastic photography workshop this fall.  It's a perfect gift to yourself or to someone you love - see the best scenes of a New England autumn in a new light!

The workshop is called “The Ultimate 4-Day Landscape Photography Workshop” and uses the colorful fall landscapes of New England as its inspiration from October 28th through 31st.

Your instructor will be Ossian Lindholm, a professional landscape photographer from Argentina. He will share his 40 years of photography experience with each student through daily critiques and mind-provoking one-on-one meetings.

Space in the workshop is limited in order to give participants plenty of attention, and also to build a collegial group atmosphere concluding with a festive celebration dinner. The New England workshop will culminate with an Argentinean feast at Tango in Arlington.

More information about the curriculum and workshop pricing - and about several FREE talks occurring this fall - is available at:

BlueHour Photo Ventures

A day of leaf-peeping, waterfalls and New England charm
Instructors: Paul & Allie

October 23, 2016, 10 AM - 4 PM
The Flume Gorge, Cannon Aerial Tram & Dinner
White Mountains, NH
12 Spots Total

We are BlueHour Photo Ventures, a photography workshop and tour business local to the New England area. We are based around Boston, but are always expanding. We run all kinds of workshops - we have 'beginner's only' bootcamp sessions, and specialty topics such as lowlight long exposure, waterfall photography, macro, smartphone, digital scouting, and more. Some of our workshops are sponsored by Tamron Lenses and Newtonville Camera, who offer loaner equipment to our students during these sessions. We also offer various, multi-day tours to places like Yellowstone, The Canadian Rockies and Southern Iceland.

We often speak at camera clubs and are always looking to grow and get more exposure!

Please check out our website! 

Please let me know if you have any questions of if you would like to feature us!

Thank you!

Allison Richards

Friday, October 7, 2016

On October 18 the Housatonic Camera Club has Artist and Photographer Avery Danziger as a speaker.

Hope to see you there!!!
Should be an interesting and varied presentation by Avery.

for information and images go to 

Bert Schmitz

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Upcoming photography workshop at the Boston Nature Center

Upcoming photography workshop at the Boston Nature Center:

 Fall Foliage Photography Workshop with Eduardo del Solar
Sponsored by Boston Nature Center
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Aimed at the enthusiasts who want to progress further than just using their camera basics, this workshop is geared toward beginner to intermediate photographers. Topics include equipment recommendations for digital cameras, lenses and associated accessories, in addition to discussions relating to exposure, lighting, composition techniques, image critiques, and the ethics of nature photography. We will go outside to take photographs and, if time permits, come back indoors to discuss ways in which to enhance our images.  Participants must have either a digital point-and-shoot or digital SLR camera. 

I would like to submit a photography workshop to the blog. 

Adam Leiterman,Teacher Naturalist
Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill St.
Mattapan, MA 02126

617-983-8500 x6908

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

2016 NECCC Conference Female Model Competition Deadline Monday, September 26, 2016

2016 NECCC Conference Female Model Competition
Deadline Monday, September 26, 2016

1st place will receive $100
2nd place will receive $75
3rd place will receive $50
3 HMs each will receive $25

posted here and on the NECCC2016 conference tab on the website

Monday, October 3, 2016

one-day judging workshop on November 5th

Registration opens for annual small-group one-day judging workshop on November 5th  

A long-running, fully participative small-group one-day workshop, So You Want To Be A Judge (or Better Understand Them) is designed to help current judges polish their skills as well as introduce others who have not yet been in the judge’s seat to the art and experience of judging and critiquing competitions. This 2016 workshop will be held only once in 2016 from 9:00am to 3:30pm on November 5, 2016 at the Cape Cod Art Association in Hyannis, MA. Led by CCAA Master Artist Bob Singer who has been a judge at PSA international salons, NECCC salons, camera clubs, art galleries and magazine competitions for over thirty years, this unique workshop interactively involves you as it refines your judging and critiquing skills, “seeing,” understanding and insights.  Because judging workshop attendees come from across New England, registration for this workshop will close at noon on Friday, October 28th.  Please register early as workshop participation is limited to maximize its value to attendees. Registration fee: $50.