Sunday, December 31, 2017

CT Valley Camera Club Hosts Acclaimed Photographer Charles Mazel at Jan. 15 Talk on Fluorescence Photography

CT Valley Camera Club Hosts Acclaimed Photographer Charles Mazel at Jan. 15 Talk on Fluorescence Photography

AREAWIDE: The guest speaker at the Monday, Jan. 15 meeting of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC) will be the acclaimed photographer Charles Mazel, who will give a presentation titled "Fluorescence Photography."  The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, Conn. All are welcome.

For Charles Mazel, photography was initially a tool to document his exploration of underwater fluorescence. SCUBA diving at night with an ultraviolet light and customized camera gear, he photographed fluorescing marine organisms, especially corals in the Caribbean. His discoveries and images led him into a scientific career researching fluorescence underwater and developing equipment to observe, document, and measure it, with photography as a key tool for communication. Mazel’s underlying fascination with fluorescence has broadened into an exploration of the phenomenon wherever it may occur in the world around us. His involvement with the Bedford Center for the Arts Photography Group provided feedback from colleagues and professionals that has led to a new focus on the artistic aspects of fluorescence.

Mazel’s underwater fluorescence images were featured in a solo show in MIT’s Strobe Alley and in a two-person show at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. He has had individual images, from both below and above water, in a curated show at the Joyce Goldstein gallery in SoHo and in juried exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Bedford Public Library, and the Providence Center for Photographic Arts.

About the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC): The CVCC is dedicated to offering its membership the opportunity to become better photographers. The group offers a variety of presentations and interactive workshops to help members expand their technical and creative skills. Photographers of all levels of experience are welcomed.  The club draws members from up and down the river, from Middletown to Old Saybrook; from East Hampton to Old Lyme; and along the shoreline from Guilford to Gales Ferry. For more information, visit the club’s website at CVCC meeting dates, speakers/topics, and other notices are also published on the club’s Facebook page at

Friday, December 29, 2017

We are asking for YOUR help in promoting this great photography conference.

Hello! Tom Cuchara and I are the 2018 NECCC conference chairs. We are asking for YOUR help in promoting this great photography conference. We would like to see it increase this year so we are asking each and every one of you to talk about the conference. Talk it up at your club, post it on your club's website, Facebook page, put it in your newsletters, blogposts, etc. Approach a stranger when you are out shooting and ask them if they know about the conference.
This is the 73rd Annual conference! The NECCC photo conference is already the LARGEST event of its type in the country and we want to continue to bring you top rate photography presentations and we want to add MORE photo ops and MORE hands-on activities. The way that we can justify this is by YOU telling someone about the conference. With increased attendance, we can justify MORE activities for the following year.

We are asking YOU to reach out, if everyone reaches out even two people then collectively we will have an amazing reach. So this image above portrays YOUR hand reaching out to photo enthusiasts everywhere!

·         LOTS to Do, Shoot & Learn
·         Attend Photography Teaching Programs from ~25 Top-rate Speakers
·         Interact with Other Photographers
·         Trade Show and Vendor Demos
·         Camera/Lens Loaning from Camera Companies
·         Participate in Hands-on Workshops
·         Photograph Models
·         Photograph Small Animals, Glassware, Props- Photo-Ops Galore

·         Image Reviews & Competitions

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Jan 28th and Feb 24th -- hands-on photo setup workshops -- great for beginners and advanced photographers.

Join us for Two hands-on photo setup workshops -- great for beginners and advanced photographers.

Come join us a Photo Hi-Jinx (photo setup) Workshop. 

This workshop is great for beginners and advanced photographers. 

When: Sunday January 28th 10am -5pm (longer than the 12-5 in the past) (price includes lunch).
Where: Salem CT
If you are an advanced photographer then you can come and get exposed to all kinds of props, water drops, smoke, blacklight, etc. etc. Photo ops galore!! 
If you are an intermediate photographer come and learn how to master manual mode!  
If you are a beginner or just got a dSLR or mirrorless camera for the holidays -- come and learn how to use your new gift. Learn about aperture and when to use f4 and when to use f22 and receive compositional advice. 
Bring your camera, tripod, cable release, polarizer, LED light -- We purchase our Gear from Hunts Photo. A pdf file containing links to the gear and software that we use, as well as discounts, can be downloaded here :  Please feel free to ask Tom and me questions about your camera, exposures, etc. 
Lenses: a regular 24-105 kit lens works well, bring a macro lens if you have one, bring macro filters if you have them, bring extension tubes if you have them, bring a 75-300/70-200 lens if you have one, if you do not have a macro lens you can put an extension tube on your 75-300 type lens instead. 
There will be all sorts of photographic opportunities!!! Photograph Glassware, Fruit, smoke, dancing paint, water drops, flowers, still life, etc., etc. We hope you can join us ! 
Second Workshop
Come join us at a Macro, Closeup, Creative photo setup workshop
Saturday, February 24, 2018 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Hamden CT
Email us at for more information 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lightroom Classic CC

"The product you’ve known as Lightroom will be rebranded “Lightroom Classic CC”.  Why change? We have introduced a new photography service that will now be called “Lightroom CC”. It is designed to be a cloud-based ecosystem of apps that are deeply integrated and work together seamlessly across desktop, mobile, and web.  Lightroom Classic CC is designed for desktop-based (file/folder) digital photography workflows. It’s a well-established workflow solution that is distinct and separate from our new cloud-native service.  By separating the two products, we’re allowing Lightroom Classic to focus on the strengths of a file/folder based workflow that many of you enjoy today, while Lightroom CC addresses the cloud/mobile-oriented workflow."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Fall 2017 Inter-club Print Competition report

Fall 2017 Inter-club Print Competition report
Reported by Arthur S. Vaughan, HonNEC
NECCC Print Chairman

The fall 2017 inter-club print competition, hosted by the Stony Brook Camera Club, was held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Norfolk Public Library, in Norfolk, Massachusetts. The judges for this competition were: Charles Burke, HonPSA, FPSA, EPSA, Dan Charbonnet, HonPSA, EPSA, MNEC and Ken Wiedemann, MNEC.

You can view the full report and view/download the gallery of winning images on our interclub competition page:

Twenty one clubs participated in the Fall 2017 print competition, submitting a total of 159 prints... 48 in class “A” B&W, 28 in class “B” B&W, and 83 in the color division. Twelve clubs competed in class A”, eight in class “B”, and all 21 clubs in color. A total of 30 prints received awards... 8 class “A”, 9 class “B” and 13 in Color. Because of a larger than usual number of ties for 1st and 3rd place in class B and color, there are no Honorable Mentions in those two divisions. Clubs that submitted less than their full allotment of four color and four B&W prints, or that missed the fall competition entirely, are encouraged to submit make-up prints along with their regular submissions for the winter competition, to be hosted by the Boston Camera Club on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.