Thursday, November 29, 2018

Learn It, Shoot It, Edit It at NECCC 2019 (July 12, 13, 14, 2019) Registration goes live very Soon !

Learn It, Shoot It, Edit It at NECCC 2019 (July 12, 13, 14, 2019) 
Registration goes live very soon !

Over 90 program choices!!! Most by presenters who have never presented at NECCC before
Plus lots of Pre-Conference Workshops, Image Reviews & Critiques, and Photo Walks and LOTS of hands-on opportunities and photo-ops!

  • Mark Battista (CT)
    • Composition with a Painterly Approach
    • How to Create Still Life Images with Impact
  • Anne Belmont (IL) (Sponsored by Lensbaby) 
    • Creative Flower Photography: Unleashing the Creative Spirit through the Magic of Lensbaby
    • Capturing Stunning Images of…Most Beloved Flowers Year-Round
  • Mark Hilliard (SC)
    • Infrared photography
  • Padma Inguva (NJ)
    • Floral Photography with Passion and "joie de vivre"
  • Gerri Jones (NY)
    • Creating Still Life & Food Photographs with Pizazz
  • Jerry and Lori Keefer (PA)
    • Light Painting: Angles & Lights & Cars, Oh My!
  • Lewis Kemper (CA)
    • Expanding Your Creativity with Time & Motion Techniques
  • Jamie Konarski Davidson (NC)
    • Creative, Interpretive Artistic Techniques In-camera
  • Jürgen Lobert (MA) (Sponsored by NESOP)
    • Light Painting and Drawing at Night
    • Daytime Long Exposure Photography
  • Sarah Musumeci MNEC (MA)
    • Pictures to Paintings (landscapes)\
    • You Can Paint! Demo
  • Frank Smith (PA)
    • Creative Elements of Architecture: Out with the Rule Book
  • Shiv Verma APSA, MNEC (MA)
    • Timelapse Imagery

  • Suzette Allen & Jon Yoshinaga (CA) (Sponsored by Panasonic/Lumix) 
    • Multimedia for Storytelling: Hybrid Imaging Made Easy!
  • William Barnett
    • Selecting & Improving Images for Competition
  • Katrin Eismann (NY) (Sponsored by Sony)
    • Camera to Sharing without a Computer
  • Mark Hilliard (SC)
    • Art of Black/White Digital/Film Photography & Travel
  • Karen Hutton (NV) (Sponsored by Fujifilm)
    • Story, Art and the Power of Awe: Creating Signature Images from Truth and Soul
  • Padma Inguva (NJ)
    • Architectural Photography: Panoramas, Vertoramas in HDR
  • Lori Keefer (PA)
    • How to Brand Yourself to Sell Photos & Entice Clients
  • Michael Koran (MD)
    • Exploring Street Photography
  • Jim Montanus (NY) (Sponsored by Nikon) 
    • The Incredible Life of Legendary Kodak Photographer Neil Montanus
    • How to Create Stunning Night Photographs 
  • Jenn Sherry (MA) (Sponsored by Delkin)
    • Memory Cards, SSD, Backing up, & Sensor Cleaning
  • Frank Smith (PA)
    • Light Perfected (Travel Photography)
  • David Tobi (ME) (Sponsored by DataColor) 
    • Color Management for Fine Art Printing
  • Shiv Verma APSA, MNEC (MA)
    • Video for Photographers and Videographers
  • David Akoubian (GA) (Sponsored by Tamron)
    • Create your own Photography Oasis
    • Nature: Capturing the Wild
    • Nature: Creating Successful Landscape Images
  • Peter Baumgarten (Ontario) (Sponsored by Olympus)
    • Astrophotography, Photographing the Beauty of the Night Sky
    • Photographing the Great Outdoors, An Exploration of Nature Photography
  • Kurt Budliger (VT)
    • Go with the Flow - Create Dynamic Images of Moving Water
  • Steve Gettle (MI) (Sponsored by Cognisys)
    • A New World Opens - Getting Started in Macro
    • Moving in Closer – Advanced Macro Photography
  • Adam Jones (KY) (Sponsored by Canon)
    • Getting the Most out of your Wildlife and Nature Photos
  • Jürgen Lobert (MA) (Sponsored by NESOP)
    • Astro-Landscape Photography
  • Chris Murray (NY) (Sponsored by ADKPI)
    • The Subjective Landscape
  • Suzette Allen & Jon Yoshinaga (CA) (Sponsored by Panasonic/Lumix) 
    • Make the Magic! Composites with Complexity & Creativity
  • Sean Bagshaw (OR)
    • Developing for Extended Dynamic Range
    • Photoshop: Developing for Impact
  • Rad Drew (IN)
    • Creating Painterly & Vintage Images in Topaz Studio
  • Katrin Eismann (NY) (Sponsored by Sony)
    • Partners for Life: Photoshop & Lightroom
    • Professional Masking & Compositing Adam Jones (KY) (Sponsored by Canon)
    • Photoshop fun: Workflow & Composites in Photoshop
  • Gerri Jones (NY)
    • Artistry Beyond the Lens
  • Lewis Kemper (CA)
    • Into the Eye of the Sun: Creating Natural Looking HDR Images

iPhone/SMARTphone/Mobile phone
  • Rad Drew (IN)
    • Creative editing on your iPhone
    • SnapSeed Tips and Tricks
  • Michael Koran (MD)
  • Fun with Mobile Phone Photography
  • Mobile Phone Editing for Creative Expression

  • Marc Farb ANEC (NY) (Sponsored by Sigma)
    • Portraits (Characters)
  • Jim Montanus (NY) (Sponsored by Nikon)\
    • Light This: Learn Studio Lighting and Outdoor Lighting
  • Ed Pedi (MA)
  • Lighting and Posing for Family Portraits

Friday, July 12 (8:30–11:30am). Workshops & Image Critiques run concurrently. You can only attend one. Visit to register. Antoinette Gombeda, APSA, HonNEC will contact all pre-conference attendees by July 6th with class location, location of registration package & any updated information regarding their pre-conference class. Workshop participants must be paid conference registrants. Class size is limited, Register early. If paying by check please write separate conference and workshop checks. See Registration Instructions for cancellation policy. The workshop fee is $70 (unless listed below), which includes a 3% UMASS administrative fee. For laptop classes you may choose to share a computer with a friend/spouse or just come & take notes/follow along. Electrical outlets will be provided as necessary. You may rank your top three choices in case one is full.

Image Critiques run concurrently with pre-conference workshops, so you cannot attend both.

#1 “Advanced Camera Techniques & Tips to Win Awards”
Nikon Ambassador Kristi Odom (DC) Sponsored by Nikon. 
For all skill levels.

#2 "Finding Your Artistic Voice”
Karen Hutton (NV) Sponsored by Fujifilm.
For all skill levels.

#3 “A Morning with the Butterflies and Flowers at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens”
Anne Belmont (IL) Sponsored by Lensbaby. 
For all skill levels; you must be able to stand during this 3-hour workshop; transportation required.

#4 “Put Them in a Beautiful Light: Portrait Lighting Workshop”
Suzette Allen & Jon Yoshinaga (CA) Sponsored by Panasonic/Lumix. 
For all skill levels, but please note that you must be able to stand during the second portion of this workshop.

#5 “Mastering Luminosity Masks”
Sean Bagshaw (OR)

#6 “Embracing 'what if' for Creative post-processing”
Jamie Konarski Davidson (NC)

#7 “Maximum Depth of Field– Using Focus Stacking and Bracketing”
Peter Baumgarten (Ontario, Canada) Sponsored by Olympus 
For all skill levels, but you must be able to walk and stand during this workshop.

#8 “Creating Highly Stylized Images in Topaz Studio”
Rad Drew (IN)

#9 "The Hadley Farm: Horses and Barns"
Adam Jones (KY)
Sponsored by Canon 
For all skill levels, but you must be able to walk and stand during this three-hour workshop.

#10 ”Floral Photography”
Padma Inguva (NJ)
For all skill levels, but you must be able to stand during this three-hour workshop.

#11 “Photograph Birds of Prey and Raptors”
David Akoubian (GA) Sponsored by Tamron. 
For all skill levels, but please note that you must be able to walk to and stand during this three-hour workshop. $98

#12 “Character Models”
Marc Farb (NY)
Models sponsored by Sigma; Lights sponsored by Westcott. 
For all skill levels, but you must be able to stand during this three-hour workshop.

#13 “Learn Macro Photography: How to Photograph Insects”
Kathy Macpherson Baca (NY).
Insects sponsored by Sigma.

Photo Walks
Take a Photo Walk with a Conference Presenter (Sunday 7-8am)
Register Early for a Photo Walk (Max one/attendee)
No charge before June 21st -- Must Register by July 7th
Some Photo Walks have a theme (as noted); t rest are open topic
  • PW1 Rad Drew (iPhone*)
  • PW2 Michael Koran (Mobile Device*)
  • PW3 Jamie Konarski Davidson & Mark Hilliard (Infrared*)
  • PW4 Frank Smith (Architecture*)
  • PW5 Suzette Allen/Jon Yoshinaga (Panasonic/Lumix)
  • PW6 Sean Bagshaw (EDR, Extended Dynamic Range*)
  • PW7 Chris Murray (ADKPI)
  • PW8 Marc Farb (Sigma)
  • PW9 Jim Montanus (Nikon)
  • PW10 Lewis Kemper
  • PW11 Karen Hutton (Fuji)
  • PW12 Kurt Budliger
  • PW13 Katrin Eismann (special effects w/o PS*) (Sony)
*Some Photo Walks have themes
**Camera Companies will loan equipment overnight for Photo Walks

Conference Workshops 
(subject to availability, register early!) (Complete info. available at
$42 (unless listed below) before June 21st ($52 after) Pre-registration required. Class sizes are limited; Register Early!

  • CW1 Conference Image Review by Conference Speaker 
    • *$62 ~45minutes (not available for registrations after 6/21). This is your opportunity to have up to 15 images reviewed by one of North America’s top photographers. Kristi Odom, Adam Jones, Anne Belmont, Jim Montanus, Jerry Keefer, Lori, Keefer, Chris Murray, Mark Hilliard, Kurt Budliger, Sean Bagshaw, Jamie Konarski Davidson, David Akoubian, Karen Hutton or Lewis Kemper will provide feedback to help you grow as a photographer. A confirmation form will be sent to you by June 21st (due back June 28th). You will be emailed with your time slot & reviewer.
  • CW2 Posing & Lighting 
    • with Ed Pedi Sat 12:45-4:30pm
  • CW3 Posing & Lighting 
    • with Ed Pedi Sun 8:30am-12pm
  • CW4 Rembrandt Lighting 
    • with Mark Batista Fri 12:30-3:30pm
  • CW5 HDR: Next Generation Sponsored by Nikon
    • with Jim Montanus Sponsored by Nikon Fri 12:30-3:30pm 
  • CW6 Macro Photo Shoot* 
    • with Steve Gettle Sat 12:30pm
    • *Steve Gettle Sponsored by Cognisys; Macro Subjects by Sigma
  • CW7 Macro Photo Shoot with Steve Gettle Sat 1:45pm
    • Steve Gettle Sponsored by Cognisys; Macro Subjects by Sigma
  • CW8 Macro Photo Shoot with Steve Gettle Sat 3:30pm
    • Steve Gettle Sponsored by Cognisys; Macro Subjects by Sigma
  • CW9 Lightroom (laptop) 
    • with Kurt Budliger Fri 2-5pm
  • CW10 NIGHT Photo Shoot Light Painting 
    • with Jürgen Lobert & Elizabeth (Lisa) Ryan Fri 9pm
MORE Conference Workshops 
No charge for registrations before June 21st ($52 after)

  • CW11 Vertorama Chapel Demo 
    • with Padma Inguva Sun 11:30am
  • CW12 Live Composite NIGHT Photo Shoot 
    • with Peter Baumgarten Fri 8:30pm (Sponsored Olympus)
    • Bring or Borrow an Olympus Camera that can do Live Composite
  • CW13 NIGHT Shoot 
    • with Shiv Verma APSA, MNEC Fri 8:30pm
  • CW14 Selecting & Improving Images for Competition Sat 8am
    • 1st 15 people will send images for review. Open to all to attend & watch. Critique by William Barnett, APSA, MNEC
  • Light Paint a Car (Fri) with Lori & Jerry Keefer (also a post-processing session of the light painted car)
  • Video for Photographers with Shiv Verma APSA, MNEC (double session)
  • Character Models (Sponsored by Sigma) (Lights provided by Westcott) 
    • Friday 12-5pm & Saturday 9am-2pm (open)
    • Borrow a Sigma Lens, get lens & portrait tips from Marc Farb & Photograph Characters: Fri 6-8pm
Lower Level of Campus Center (Skip Hoyt, MNEC). Sat. 9am-5pm; Sunday 9-11:30am. Monitored female sets Saturday & Sunday. There will be different lighting set-ups in the model rooms on the lower level of the Campus Center. Outside locations: church, pond, Campus Center Concourse (under the hotel overhang-3rd floor).

(Lower Level of Campus Center) Chris Germain, MNEC and Barbara Rozavsky, HonNEC
Main Room (CC169) may include still life, Mylar reflections, underwater flowers & other subject matter.
  • Photograph Raptors (Borrow a Tamron lens) 
    • (Friday 1-5pm only) (Raptors Sponsored by Tamron)
  • Photograph Flowers with Anne Belmont (Borrow a Lensbaby lens) 
    • (Sponsored by Lensbaby)
  • Photograph Insects with Kathy Macpherson Baca 
    • (Insects by Creepy Con) (Insects Sponsored by Sigma) (Borrow a Sigma lens)
  • Photograph Food & Still Life with Gerri Jones
  • Photograph Still Life with Mark Battista
  • Photograph Flowers with Padma Inguva

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

NECCC Fall 2018 Electronic Interclub Competition

NECCC Fall 2018 Electronic Interclub Competition

The Fall 2018 competition, hosted by the North Haven Camera Club, was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Hope Church in North Haven, CT. The competition was directed by Bill Rothfuss, Laura Parisi and Joe Whitmore. Forty clubs participated in the Pictorial section (22 from Class A and 18 from Class B) and thirty nine clubs participated in the Nature section (17 from Class A and 22 from Class B). Thanks are extended to the North Haven Camera Club for hosting this first competition of the 2018-19 season. North Haven would also like to recognize and thank Mike Fernandez for his expertise and support of this competition, while using the “Judge” competition software. The judges for the competition were:
• Rick Sereque, APSA, HonNEC. Past officer of PSA, NECCC, CAP and Bridgeport Camera Club.
• Mark Tuccillo, former member of the Wallingford Camera Club.
• Bill Sacco, retired career photographer at Yale University.

The full report and galleries can be viewed here

Winter Competition: The second NECCC Electronic Photograph Interclub Competition of the 2018-
2019 season will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019, hosted by the Manchester Camera Club (snow date 2/11/2019). The location will be at the St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 335 Smyth Rd., Manchester, NH 03104 ( The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday, January 21, 2019.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Application for Courtesy Enrollment (Updated; Please note January 15, 2019 Deadline!)

Application for Courtesy Enrollment (Updated; Please note January 15, 2019 Deadline!) Please share with your clubs!

We invite each NECCC member club to select one of their club members to receive a courtesy co-pay registration to the next NECCC conference, held at U-Mass, Amherst, Mass. on July 12-14, 2019. The registration gives the member submitted by your club all the learning experiences, photo opportunities and inspirational programs that go along with the conference. Please note: the enrollment co-pay covers only the registration fee. The recipient will be responsible for their own room & meals.The $40 co-pay may be made by the member club or the enrollment recipient. All co-pay checks should be made out to NECCC and sent to the Director’s postal address listed below, within 10 days of emailing in the candidate's name. Please put the club name on the check. An email will be sent to the club contact listed in the email application acknowledging receipt of the co-pay check.

Application for Courtesy Enrollment (Updated; Please note January 15, 2019 Deadline!) 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Used Canon 1D X and 600mm f/4L II for sale

Used Canon 1D X  and 600mm f/4L II for sale

For sale:  Canon 600mm, F4 lens (Version II).   $9,000. EXCELLENT CONDITION…this lens has not seen much use in the past 4 years and has always been covered with a neoprene lens cover so the lens does not have any scratches.  Comes with hard cover case and lens hood and a Really Right Stuff lens plate for mounting on a gimbal or similar ball head.  The sharpness and clarity of this lens is nothing short of amazing and this lens has a very shallow depth of field resulting in truly beautiful images.  This lens is unbeatable for wildlife. I hate to part with this lens but I am selling it in order to downsize as I can no longer handle heavier gear.  New, this lens sells for $11,500 and used, it is priced at $9.979 on the BH website.   
Email: for more information.

For sale: Canon 1Dx full frame professional camera…18.1 mp. $2,800. This is a great camera for sports and wildlife and the autofocusing capabilities of this camera are astounding with great image quality even at very high ISO settings.  This camera (used) sells for $3,199 at BH Photo.  This camera has been well cared for and is in excellent condition and has not seen much use in the past few years.  This camera comes with battery charger and an extra battery with the original box and manual.

I am selling this camera and my heavier gear as I can no longer handle the weight.  This camera is capable of shooting up to 14 FPS (frames per second) ) or 12 FPS (RAW & jpeg).  Here is the link to the listing for this camera (used) at BH:
Email: for more information.

Courtesy Enrollment Program

NECCC Club Reps and Presidents - Registration for the 2019 NECCC Conference will begin soon and attendees will be able to register online.

The Courtesy Enrollment Program must also begin much earlier than in previous years to allow each courtesy enrollee to select pre-conference workshops they might wish to attend.  If we wait too long, courtesy enrollees will find that workshops have filled up before they have the opportunity to register online for the conference.

Please begin your club’s process for selecting an individual for the 2019 Courtesy Enrollment program.  Send me the name and the $40.00 co-pay check (paid by the club or by the enrollee) as soon as you are ready (before December 1 if you are ready).  You will receive confirmation of the enrollee’s acceptance once we have received all required information, and I will forward names of accepted courtesy enrollees to the Conference Registration staff so the individuals can register online.  The information we need is explained at: The key requirements are that the individual has not previously attended an NECCC Conference, that we receive the $40.00 co-pay check (either from the club or the individual), and that your club is up-to-date on the NECCC club dues for 2018-2019.

If you have any questions, contact:  Fran MacDonald, MNEC

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Call to Photographers open to all, features Gilbertville village history

The "New Views of Gilbertville" photo contest, sponsored jointly with the Hardwick Historical Society, is now open for entries!  We invite you to bring your cell phone or camera, and enter the exhibit to share your new perspective on this historic mill village.

Photos must include at least one of the buildings or resources (building interior or exterior, including the covered bridge and the St Aloysius bell) in the National Register Historic District of Gilbertville, on the eastern edge of the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts. The historic resource need not be the main subject of the photo.

Entry is from now to March 27, 2019. Cash prizes from $25 to $250 will be awarded.  Proceeds benefit Friends of the Stone Church, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Stone Church building, 283 Main Street, Gilbertville, MA and to facilitate its use by the community.

Entry Form, Gilbertville National Register of Historic Places Building List, and Maps are available at

Thank you for spreading the word!
Mary Warbasse
Friends of the Stone Church PO Box 347 Gilbertville, MA 01031

CONTACT: Mary Warbasse 508.882.3980
or email

Call to Photographers open to all, features Gilbertville village history

Gilbertville, MA  Friends of the Stone Church and the Hardwick Historical Society proudly announce "New Views of Gilbertville," a juried photography contest and exhibit with cash prizes. The collaborating presenters invite photographers to shed new light on Gilbertville village by taking original photos of its historic architecture. The contest is open from November 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. After jurying for prizes ranging from $25 to $250 in Youth and Adult categories, works submitted will be exhibited in two venues, at the Town House in Hardwick and at the Stone Church in Gilbertville, between April 13 to June 3, 2019.

Entries must be the photographer's own, original work, taken within the last five years. Eligible submissions may be in Black & white or color, including photo collage or mixed media incorporating photos. At least one of the buildings or resources in the Gilbertville National Register Historic District, interior or exterior view, must feature in work submitted. The historic resource can be, but does not have to be, the main subject of the photograph. Submission requires specifying which historic property in is the photo.  Contest proceeds benefit Friends of the Stone Church, whose mission is to stabilize and preserve the Stone Church, Gilbertville and welcome its use by the community. Board members of sponsoring organizations and their immediate families are welcome to submit photos for the exhibit but are not eligible for cash awards.

Maps and a complete list of eligible historic structures, as well as guidelines and a form for entering the contest, are available from these contacts:
e-mail request:
for viewing & downloading:
by phone: 413.477.6058

The Flagpole Photographers Camera Club exhibit

The Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will be offering an exhibit of over 275 photos of their member’s best work during the months of November and December at the Newtown Municipal Center. The building’s main hallway with grand arches provides a beautiful gallery setting to showcase this large collection of photographs. On Sunday, November 4th, from 2-4 p.m. there will be an Opening Reception where the public is welcome to come and meet the photographers and enjoy refreshments and music while viewing the exhibit.

In this 9th Annual “Newtown & Beyond” Exhibit, many photos of Newtown will be featured, but there will also be photos taken across the country and around the world. Most of the photographs on display will be offered for sale as well.

Exhibit Location:  Newtown Municipal Center, Fairfield Hills Campus, 3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT 06470

The Boston Camera Club's “Light and Shadow” exhibition

The Boston Camera Club's “Light and Shadow” exhibition at the New England School of Photography’s new pop-up Red Brick Gallery (274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453) will run from November 5 – December 31, 2018, with a reception scheduled on Sunday, November 18, 1:30 – 3:30 pm.  Featuring the work of 15 current BCC members.
More info at

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Fall NECCC bulletin is now available!

The Fall NECCC bulletin is now available! You can download the bulletin by clicking on the title page below or by going to the NECCC website and clicking on the bulletin tab to see the current, and previous, bulletins. Thank you Paul Smith!