Wednesday, May 29, 2019

6th annual Click! Photography Conference registration is open!

6th annual Click! Photography Conference registration is open!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Click! 2019 features 30 sessions and photo ops presented by 13 sparkling speakers including:

keynoter Charles Needle, Rad Drew, Rita Colantonio, Lisa & Tom Cuchara,  John Hames, Andy Howard, John Klingel, Steve Koppel, Jurgen Lobert, Bob Singer, John Tunney, and Sherri VandenAkker.

Rejoin your NECCC Conference friends and fellow photographers from across New England on November 2nd at the Hyannis Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis, MA.

Reserve the date and register now to qualify for “early bird” door prizes. You’ll find full conference and registration information here: 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Renowned Photographer George Fellner presents “Pictures at an Exhibition: A Mindset for Creative Photography” on June 3 at the CT Valley Camera Club

Renowned Photographer George Fellner presents “Pictures at an Exhibition: A Mindset for Creative Photography” on June 3 at the CT Valley Camera Club

The guest speaker at the Monday, June3 meeting of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC) will be professional photographer George Fellner, who will give a talk titled, “ Pictures at an Exhibition: A Mindset for Creative 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. There is no admission charge.

About the presentation: This program explores the characteristics and attributes that make a photograph successful.  While there are numerous categories and genres of subject material, there are nonetheless certain common denominators that can be implemented for making a good photograph.  One can determine a preferred genre as well as a theme that relates to a personal frame of reference for creating a body of work.  Specifically, there is a set of criteria that can be defined as objectives.  For example, an image should have impact and possess a certain attraction that is both compelling as well as captivating for the viewer.  A creative expression that is unique and imaginative, helping to convey a message is paramount for a photograph that is intended to leave a lasting impression.  Furthermore, drama and emotion have the propensity to affect the viewer’s experience.  The elements of composition certainly are a part of the equation, as well as the technical understanding of proper lighting, color balance, resolution, detail, contrast, tonal gradation, among other specific aspects.

Through a discussion of concepts, strategies, and process, George Fellner presents a mindset for creative photography.  His use of visual examples helps to illustrate the positive and negative aspects of a photograph in a descriptive and revealing manner.  The intent is to provide an understanding of what makes a photograph creative and what is involved in judging images in a photo show.  Ultimately, as photographers, we all strive to learn what works for Pictures at an Exhibition.

About the speaker: As a photographer and architect, George Fellner is committed to a dual life-path involving visual discovery and design, relating to both the natural and built environments.  He has been presenting photography programs to camera clubs, art guilds, professional organizations, historical societies, community groups, and schools since 2004.  His subjects include landscape, architecture, travel, and elements of nature.  George received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Florida.  Now, with over 30 years as principal of Fellner Architects, he continues to utilize his design sensitivities for creative photography.

George’s photographs have been published in books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and travel guides.  INK Publications magazine (Feb 2013) featured the article Photographer George Fellner: Architect for Body and Spirit.  The book Artists’ Homes and Studios (2015) by E. Ashley Rooney features George’s studio, art, and creative process.  He wrote and published his first book Imaginary Realms: The Visual Language of Stones and Crystals (2016).  His latest book Essence of Architecture in East Haddam: Expressions of a Connecticut River Town is being published in May of 2019.  George’s work has been exhibited in art galleries and museums, both in group shows and solo shows.  A series of his images are exhibited in permanent art collections at the Yale School of Medicine, the Jackson Laboratory at the University of Connecticut, and the NYC offices for Nature Genetics, an international science journal.

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 .

Mary Fiorelli, Program Chair


Monday, May 20, 2019


More information and register

Friday 1:00pm - 4:30pm and Saturday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Conference Image Review by Conference Speaker $62 (not available for registration after 6/21)

A Conference Presenter will evaluate your photographs.

This is your opportunity to have up to 15 images (prints and/or digital) reviewed by one of North America’s top photographers. NECCC 2019 conference presenters will work with you on an individual basis and provide suggestions to help you grow as a photographer. The cost is $62 per ~45-minute session. A confirmation form will be sent to you by June 21st (due back by June 28th). You will then be emailed with your time slot on Friday or Saturday & assigned reviewer.

NECCC 2019 conference presenters 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, and Lewis Kemper

some testimonials from last year...

I could not have asked for a more cultural documentary photographer "rock star" than Ira Block. Not only is he a phenomenal photographer but a thoughtful teacher. Not all great shooters can instruct well. He is firm in his criticism while being cognizant of the student's emotional investment in the work. Having a photo walk with the same reviewer was a terrific added bonus because I could ask process questions in the field. (This was a bargain) as a 70-minute review with Ira is normally $250.00, so I truly appreciate his time and commitment to NECCC attendees.

I am a beginner--have owned a camera for less than a year--and certainly don't have what I would call a "portfolio."  But I signed up for the review anyway.  Put some images on a USB. He made very useful suggestions and showed me how a couple of photos could be improved just by judicious cropping.  You don't have to be an experienced photographer, or have competition level photos to benefit from the image critique.  It was a very useful way to start the conference, I thought.

My critique was wonderful She took her time to give me both positive feedback and some suggestions that would improve my images It certainly was a highlight of my conference experience Sarah puts you at ease immediately and builds your confidence with her positive feedback 😃 I would definitely sign up for the pre conference critique the next time I attend. 

Photo walks at NECCC

Photo walks at NECCC.

Come explore and learn from one of our amazing speakers. This is a chance for you to see their brain in action and see and learn what inspires them

Photo Walks: take a Photo Walk with a Conference Presenter (Sunday 7-8am) 
Come Join us July 12, 13, 14, 2019
for the 74th Annual NECCC Photography Conference

Photo Walks: take a Photo Walk with a Conference Presenter (Sunday 7-8am) 
Register Early for a Photo Walk (Max one/attendee)
Register at
No charge before June 21st -- Must Register by July 7th

*Some Photo Walks have themes
Camera Companies will loan equipment overnight for Photo Walks

PW1  Rad Drew (iPhone*)
PW2  Michael Koren (Mobile Device*)
PW3  Jamie Konarski Davidson and Mark Hilliard (Infrared*)
PW4  Frank Smith (Architecture*)
PW5  Suzette Allen/Jon Yoshinaga (Sponsored by Panasonic/Lumix)
PW6  Sean Bagshaw (EDR, Extended Dynamic Range*)
PW7  Chris Murray (Sponsored by ADKPI)
PW8  Marc Farb (Sponsored by Sigma)
PW9  Jim Montanus (Sponsored by Nikon)
PW10  Lewis Kemper
PW11  Karen Hutton (Sponsored by Fuji)
PW12  Kurt Budliger
PW13  Katrin Eismann (special effects w/o PS*) (Sponsored by Sony)
PW1  Rad Drew (iPhone*)

*Some Photo Walks have themes. The theme of this Photo Walk will be iPhones.

PW1* Rad A. Drew (IN) iPhone
*Some Photo Walks have themes. The theme of this Photo Walk will be iPhones.

Rad is an acclaimed photographer, teacher, and tour leader from Indianapolis, Indiana. He makes photographs with mirrorless and infrared cameras, and assorted iPhones, and he loves to teach and inspire others to discover hidden creative talents. His creative images have been recognized in galleries and photo competitions around the world. Rad writes for the online photographer’s resource, Luminous Landscape, and for the mobile art network, TheAppWhisperer. He is author of the fine art books, In Good Light, Images of the Circle City, and Rural Indiana, A Beauty all its Own, and is a contributor to today’s most comprehensive volume of iPhone instruction, The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone. He is the creator of the popular webinar series, How I Did It!™, and he shares his Topaz Studio workflow with 1300+ photographers in regularly scheduled Topaz webinars. Rad is a seasoned workshop leader, teaching and guiding photographers to beautiful locations around the world including Cuba, The Palouse, Cape Cod & Tuscany.

PW2  Michael Koren (Mobile Device*)
*Some Photo Walks have themes. The theme of this Photo Walk will be Mobile Devices.

Michael Koren (MD) Michael is a free-lance sports and event photographer in the Baltimore Washington area specializing in youth sports game action and team portraits. Michael’s passion for photography is shared through his skill as a photography educator. He teaches classes at a college in MD on a variety of topics from mobile to street photography and he also teaches action photography. Michael has led numerous workshops for local camera clubs with topics ranging from beginner to hands on advanced level workshops and classes. Additionally, he has served as President and Education Chair of the Silver Spring Camera Club in Maryland. Michael also finds time to organize two Meetup groups dedicated to photography. The iPhone Photography Meetup Group One is all about mobile photography and offers instruction on best techniques and the latest apps for the mobile camera. The Photographers of the Washington/Baltimore Metro Area creates a fun, supportive, light-hearted community of people who want to share their passion for photography through photo walks and informal gatherings.

PW3  Jamie Konarski Davidson & Mark Hilliard (Infrared*) 
*Some Photo Walks have themes. The theme of this Photo Walk will beInfrared photography.

Jamie Konarski Davidson (NC) Jamie is an award-winning outdoor & nature photographer with a passion for capturing and sharing intimate details of nature and landscapes. She embraces creative techniques and simple beauty. Her process emphasizes connecting with and presenting subjects that convey her vision. Her creative tools include color, infrared and black/white, macro/close-up, abstracts, HDR, long exposure, Lensbaby and all the tools of the digital darkroom. Jamie is a former board member of the North American Nature Photography Association and member of Carolinas Nature Photographers Association. She’s presented at NANPA's Nature Photography Summit, N4C's Annual Conference, CanAm Photo Conference, Mike Moats' Macro Photo Conference and Unique Photo Expo. Through New Life Photos, Jamie leads workshops throughout the Southeast. Her goals as an instructor are to educate, encourage and inspire people to develop their skills, connect with subjects, and discover their own visual voice.
Mark Hilliard (SC) Mark is an educator in all things photographic and a lifelong (55 years) Landscape, Wildlife & Fine Art Photographer. Mark has a deep technical background in Film, Digital, Infrared and Alternative photographic practices and retired from Eastman Kodak. He teaches location workshops alone the East Coast and is a Master instructor on The Arcanum an online Photography Company, Mark has extensively travels the world chasing his photographic visions.

PW4*  Frank Smith (Architecture*)
*Some Photo Walks have themes. The theme of this Photo Walk will be Architecture

Frank T. Smith (PA) Olympus Visionary Frank Smith is a self-taught photographer whose love for the craft goes back to a very early age. Decades later, Frank’s passion for photography has yet to fade and he continues to perfect his skills. As an philanthropic photojournalist, Frank’s raw travel covers global themes, shedding light on cultural issues including regional corruption in areas including South Sudan, Haiti and Mumbai. Frank has traveled to many parts of the world with a focus on people, landscape and cultures, telling a story through his photographs. A large focus for Frank has been India. For the past decade he has traveled to all 4 corners of India. Additional raw travel includes Atacama, Cuba, Bhutan, Iceland, Central America, Germany, Norway and Mongolia. A native Northeasterner, Frank often focuses his lens on national and regional scenery in the U.S. Frank’s work has been featured in the media, print, exhibits, and in philanthropic awareness campaigns. Frank inspires others through his workshops, classes and mentoring. His goal is to help others see the un-obvious and to instill the desire for creativity

PW5*  Suzette Allen/Jon Yoshinaga (Sponsored by Panasonic/Lumix) 
*Some Photo Walks have themes. The theme of this Photo Walk will be hybrid and other technologies available in the Panasonic/Lumix cameras (Panasonic/Lumix will loan equipment overnight for the Photo Walks)

Suzette Allen/Jon Yoshinaga (CA) Suzette Allen, Lumix Ambassador and Adobe Influencer, is a long- time Photoshop instructor (18 yrs) and Hybrid pioneer who continues to reinvent herself to stay current with the changing landscape of photography. She loves to capture the beauty of people and nature; seeing through rose-tinted glasses and the eye of a lens is how she most enjoys experiencing life. Majoring on creativity and innovation has become a hallmark of her style and a continual driving force toward sharing her creativity with the world. She passionately creates and shares her visions as an educator, since she loves to TEACH creativity as much as she loves people and photographic art! She is assisted by her talented techy husband Jon, who brings lots of knowledge and 30 years of experience to the table as well.

PW6*  Sean Bagshaw (EDR, Extended Dynamic Range*)
*Some Photo Walks have themes. The theme of this Photo Walk will be extended dynamic range. What to look for and how to shoot it.

Sean Bagshaw (OR) Sean is an outdoor photographer, digital image developing enthusiast and photography educator based in Ashland, Oregon, where he resides with his wife and two sons. In the 1980s and 1990s he did some rock climbing and mountaineering and enjoyed being expedition photographer because it allowed him to present slide shows to anyone he could corner in a dark room with a projector. Over time he moved away from documentary images and became immersed in the art of photography. Now he photographs mountains instead of climbing them. He spends about a quarter of each year sleeping in his truck or on the ground, stumbling around in the dark, eating bad food and avoiding showers. Twice since 2008 his images have been exhibited in the Smithsonian as winners in the Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards. His previous career as a science teacher makes photography education a good fit. Sean teams up with fellow Photo Cascadia members leading workshops. He also teaches digital image developing classes, lectures and offers a series of Photoshop video tutorials..

PW7  Chris Murray (Sponsored by ADKPI)
Chris will share how he sees the world. In relation to creating images that are a reflection of the creative expression of his response to that place.

Chris Murray (NY) Chris is a fine-art nature photographer, instructor, and writer working primarily in the landscape of his home, the woods, lakes, mountains, and streams of New York State. His work has appeared in several magazines including Popular Photography, Shutterbug, Adirondack Life, Life in the Finger Lakes, and New York State Conservationist, among others. His landscape stock imagery is represented by Aurora Photos and Danita Delimont Stock Photography. He is also a staff instructor with the Adirondack Photography Institute. Chris’ interest in photographing landscapes is derived mainly from his love of the natural world, the same love that led him to choose geology as his first profession. In photography he strives to make images that are a reflection of his sensibilities and how he sees the world. His goal is to make images that are not a literal documentation of place, but rather a creative expression of his response to that place.

PW8* Marc Farb (Sponsored by Sigma) 
*Some Photo Walks have themes. The theme of this Photo Walk will be Fast Glass (Sigma lenses) (Sigma will loan equipment overnight for the Photo Walks)

Marc Farb (NY) is a Technical Representative for Sigma. For Marc, photography is more than just a job, or a way to earn a steady income; it is a way of life. Even more, it’s his chance to capture and preserve special moments in time, showing them off to the world in a way they may never get to see them. He was given his first camera at the age of 8 years old and by the time he was 14 he had his own darkroom. Marc eventually became a freelance commercial photographer and from there, he took a Tech Rep position with Olympus Imaging in for the first stop in his career in the photo industry. Since then he has worked with such companies as Xrite, Ilford, Mamiya, Prophoto, and Sekonic. Marc continues to do freelance work and one of his clients is a major hospital system in the NY city area. Experienced in medical and surgical photography, his work for them has included a variety of assignments. Currently Marc’s assignment with Sigma includes technical application support from the corporate office, as well as extensive traveling for photo conventions and trade shows. Proficient in Photoshop and Lightroom on a PC or Mac, he teaches classes throughout the USA and Canada on photographic topics that range from pixel to print, and all points between.

PW9  Jim Montanus (Sponsored by Nikon) 
*Some Photo Walks have themes. The theme of this Photo Walk will be Nikon cameras and lenses (Nikon will loan equipment overnight, including Nikon mirrorless cameras, for the Photo Walks)

Jim Montanus (NY) Jim went from being a corporate marketing manager to becoming one of the most recognizable photography brands in Rochester within just two years. Jim was recently voted 'Rochester's Best Photographer' in City Newspaper's annual reader's poll for the 4th year in a row. As the son of legendary Kodak photographer Neil Montanus, he has been around photography his entire life. But it wasn't until his college years that he became intensely interested in photography as a journalism major. Of course, it would be impossible for Jim to share his story without talking about how his father Neil Montanus influenced his life and his photography. As a Kodak Photographer, Neil traveled the globe, photographing the world's most beautiful and exotic locations and some of its most famous people - and from a very young age, Jim often tagged along. Jim started his career as a journalist, but that quickly evolved into photography when he accepted the position of staff Photographer, University of Rochester. Then Jim reinvented himself as a corporate marketing manager. Although he has specialized in portraiture and commercial photography, he now spends much of his time on landscape, fine art photography and teaching classes and workshops.

PW10  Lewis Kemper
Lewis will share his approach to photography, light, lenses and how to capture images with impact.
Lewis Kemper (CA) Lewis is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the USA. He currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer. Books include, “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest”, published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing; “Capturing the Light” which won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography Book Now competition; and His “Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide” which was voted in the top 20 field guides. Lewis’ DVD, “My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal”, features a years’ worth of photography and journal entries on the American River in Sacramento, CA. His latest publications are photo guide apps, “Yosemite National Park SNAPPGuide” and “Yellowstone National Park SNAPPGuide”.

PW11*  Karen Hutton (Sponsored by Fujifilm)
*Some Photo Walks have themes. The theme of this Photo Walk will be discovering the soul-vibrancy of your photographic artistic voice (Fujifilm will loan equipment overnight for the Photo Walks)

Karen Hutton (NV) Karen is a Professional Fujifilm X Photographer, International Landscape and Travel Photographer, Voice. Through stunning imagery, humor, thought-provoking ideas and a genuinely positive outlook, she inspires people to discover their artistic voice in photography — while making it all feel like an unforgettable and eye-opening adventure. She has been featured internationally by Fujifilm, presented at Photographer Talks at Google, created online courses for Kelbyone, has been translated into multiple languages and speaks all over the country about photography and inspiration. Her adoring fans + customers have called her “Pure JOY, LIGHT & absolute FUN!”, “An inspirational gem” and "Incredibly artistic. Captivatingly genius. World class!” Guilty pleasures? When she’s not traveling the world, you can find her watching epic movie trailers, crunching popcorn at the latest Marvel Comics blockbuster and sipping Bulletproof coffee, wondering if anyone realizes she’s basically drinking butter. Discover the soul-vibrancy of your photographic artistic voice at and The Artists Voice Adventures.

PW12  Kurt Budliger
Kurt’s specialty is water and landscape

Kurt Budliger (VT) Kurt is a professional outdoor photographer and educator based in northern Vermont. His photographs and articles have appeared in numerous books, calendars, advertising campaigns, magazines and are routinely used by non-profit conservation organizations working to protect wild lands. His clients include Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Vermont Life Magazine, Eastern Fly Fishing, Patagonia, 1% for the Planet, Trout Unlimited, Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, and many more Kurt is also the founder and lead instructor at Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, a Vermont based photography education organization. He leads many group and individual workshops throughout the US and abroad. He supports a variety of conservation organizations and efforts and has been a member of 1% for the Planet since 2005.

PW13*  Katrin Eismann (special effects w/o PS*) (Sponsored by Sony)
*Some Photo Walks have themes. The theme of this Photo Walk will be creating special effecting without Photoshop (Sony will loan equipment overnight for the Photo Walks).

Katrin Eismann (NY) Katrin specializes in interpretive travel, still life and portrait photography. She is an internationally respected artist, teacher, and author of Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Photoshop Masking & Compositing, The Creative Digital Darkroom, and Real World Digital Photography – all of which have been translated into numerous languages. She received her BFA degree in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology, her MFA degree in Design at the School of Visual Arts, in 2005 was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and in 2016 was named a Sony Artisan. Her images have been featured in numerous books, magazines, group and solo exhibitions. Katrin is the founder and chair of the Masters in Digital Photography department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and she has never met a pixel she didn't want to change.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Remaining Canon camera gear for sale

Remaining Canon camera gear for sale
Contact us at or call Tom at 203-305-1732
All gear is in excellent condition, we were CPS members.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body L
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body T
Canon EOS 7D mark ii Body L
Canon EOS 7D mark ii Body T
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II IS USM
EF 135mm f/2L USM
EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Autofocus Lens
Sigma 150 mm
Sigma 180 mm
Sigma 20mm DG HSM ART f1.4 lens
Extender EF 1.4X III
Extender EF 1.4X III
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX
Speedlite Transmitter Canon ST-E2
Speedlite Transmitter Canon ST-E2

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Volunteer Photography: North Shore Tour 5/19

From: Rachel Gibbons <>
Date: May 16, 2019 at 8:44:42 AM EDT
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Subject: Volunteer Photography: North Shore Tour 5/19

I hope you are well! My name is Rachel Gibbons, manager of the American Diabetes Association's North Shore Tour, happening THIS SUNDAY, May 19. We try our best to capture the Tour experience for all of our fundraisers and participants.
We are still in need of some volunteer photographers to help make our event as successful as possible! Is there anyone in your club who might be interested? I know this is short notice, but we would greatly appreciate the support!

If you know of anyone who would be interested and/or wants more information, please email me at or call my cell 774-285-4512.

Thank you!
Rachel Gibbons
Development Manager, New England
(617) 482-4580 ex. 3459
260 Cochituate Road
2nd Floor, Suite 200
Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: 617-482-4580
1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383)

All creative people, not just photographers, need feedback -- get knowledgeable feedback athe NECCC 2019 conference!

All creative people, not just photographers, have a variety of ways to receive feedback. Writers rely on editors to help them improve while speakers depend on audience reactions. Musicians attend master classes to refine their technique guided by an experienced performer. We all need help from mentors to improve our craft. The critiques at the NECCC Summer Conference provide an opportunity to receive knowledgeable feedback. Why not try it?

For more info and sign up here:

Already registered? You can add this review onto your existing registration at

PRE-CONFERENCE IMAGE CRITIQUE Friday, July 12th (8:30am – 11:30am)
Workshops and Image Critiques will run concurrently, so you cannot attend both.
Susan Mosser, HonPSA, HonNEC ( will contact people that signed up for image critique with information as to the location and details.

One of the special opportunities available to attendees at the NECCC Conference is a one-on-one evaluation of your photographs by an experienced, accomplished New England photographer.

This is your opportunity to have up to 15 images (prints and/or digital) reviewed by one of New England’s top photographers/judges. The cost is $42 per 45-minute session. Participants can discuss their work on an individual basis. If you sign up for this service, a confirmation form will be sent to you by June 20th. You must return the form by June 27th. You will then be contacted via email with the time slot and reviewer to whom you have been assigned. Please note this activity takes place at the same time as the other pre-conference workshops. If paying by check write a separate check.

How do they work? You bring 15 images or perhaps a few more in case time is available. The images may be prints and/or digital. Prints are laid out on a table for review. The reviewer loads digital images from a memory stick into a computer and examines them using a program such as Lightroom. You and the reviewer then carefully examine each image. The reviewer offers suggestions on how you might improve the composition, technical quality or other aspects of each image. She/he will also consider your images as a group. You will also be able to ask questions regarding tools, techniques, selecting images, judging, etc.

Why do I need this? Creative people don’t have absolute standards against which they can measure their work. Much of its value depends on how well it connects with another viewer. When you look at your own images, you remember the special experiences you had when you captured them or how hard you had to work. The person critiquing your images is only looking at the final versions and will probably see them differently than you do. All creative people, not just photographers, have a variety of ways to receive feedback. Writers rely on editors to help them improve while speakers depend on audience reactions. Musicians attend master classes to refine their technique guided by an experienced performer. We all need help from mentors to improve our craft. The critiques at the NECCC Summer Conference provide an opportunity to receive knowledgeable feedback. Why not try it?

Portfolio Reviewers:
1.      Bill Barnett, APSA, GMPSA, MNEC- Proficient in both Mac or PC, and Photo editing. International Exhibition competitor, print maker. Extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of Photography- Photo Travel, landscapes, informal portraits, street scenes, cityscapes are his main subject matter. Judges throughout New England.
2.      Sarah Musumeci, MNEC - Proficient in both Mac or PC, and Photo editing. Has own Photo Business shooting Bed and Breakfastinns. Photographs still life’s, portraits, scenics, architecture. Teaches and judges throughout New England. Print maker.
3.      Jake Mosser, HonPSA, EPSA, HonNEC- PC user only, International Exhibition Competitor, Print maker, Photographs anything but primarily nature, macro, sports, street photography, landscapes.       Teaches on Nature photography and basics in photography. Judges throughout New England

From Image Reviewer Sarah Musumeci, MNEC “Being a portfolio reviewer is my favorite activity at the NECCC conference – year after year! Like a child having a great tutor, a good reviewer takes the level of the presented work and drives it up a giant step. The reviewer begins a few weeks before the conference by familiarizing himself/herself with the attendees/subject's personal work. This information has been passed to the reviewer via the conference chair people - well before the actual conference weekend. And then during the session, the reviewer presents to the attendee, thoughtful and organized, step by step, suggestions on how to improve his/her work. Also, there is plenty of time to point out the strengths and talents seen in the attendee's portfolio.  This is an important part of growth - as building blocks and through a simple confidence boost in one's abilities! 
One of the reasons that I think the portfolio reviews are beneficial, Is due to the personal nature of the review itself. It would take months and months - if not years - at a camera club to get this kind of personal attention and close-up scrutiny over an image. Judges have a limited time on competition night, often with hundreds of images on which they must focus and comment. And maybe only one or two belong to any one person. During a review at NECCC a reviewer may speak about 20 or 25 personal images- each in detail. Often too, the attendee will begin to see 'negative patterns' that need attention, but may not be seen otherwise unless looked at in groupings. One thing that NECCC attendees may not understand, is that they don't need a "fancy portfolio". Several people who have not had their portfolio's reviewed mentioned to me that they did not do it because they didn't have a 'portfolio'. This review session just involves bringing a series of photographs (print and/or digital) to get feedback on. “

One of the reviewer’s (Jacob Mosser, HonPSA, EPSA, HonNEC) approach to the review is to look at a participants entire submitted work to get a sense of the photographer’s style and interests before rushing in and applying the standard critiques. He lets them explain what they were trying to achieve with each image. Then, where and when appropriate, he offers suggestions to improve their work and their photographic vision, not only with a critique of the work, but also offering tips and how-tos along with where to go for certain photos to improve their photographic experience. This is a great private learning experience personalized to fit your individual needs and questions. We had one attendee who signed up for the reviews three years in a row asking for the same reviewer each time and every year she listened to the comments, asked questions and worked to improve her work. Each year the reviewer saw great improvement in her images, taking her from a Class B competition/photographer to a Class AA.

 “This was the first time I took advantage of the portfolio review.  Bill was extremely helpful.  I learned a great deal, and will happily do the review again.  Worth every penny and then some.  Am in the process of editing the prints I brought in for review in light of Bill's suggestions.  He was right!!!  Each suggestion thatIi have incorporated has definitely strengthened the image.  Now I just need to remember all that goodness in new photos. ;-) Blessings, Alice “

“My portfolio review was with Sarah Musumeci. I wasn't quite sure what the expectations were prior to the review and spent quite a bit of time deciding whether to go print or digital with my portfolio and what size prints would be appropriate. I decided to bring 16x20-ish mounted prints prepared as I would for a competition to give Sarah an idea of my ability as a printer as well as a photographer. It worked out well for the kind of work I do. Sarah is, of course, a very accomplished and successful professional photographer and seemed to be a good match for me, as she does many kinds of photography, including architectural photography and still life photography, which are my main photographic interests, at least at the moment. Our time together was warm and friendly from the very beginning and the time flew by, so much so that she generously ended up giving me an extra half hour of her time. She affirmed many of the strengths of my work, but also made constructive criticisms, such as keeping things simple and keeping all aspects of a still life in character. She also shared some hidden features she knew about in Photoshop with me and suggested checking out Corel Painter as a software tool. Finally, she suggested checking out tilt and shift lenses and moving up to full frame. I have followed her advice to move up to full frame, but I am still a little intimidated by the cost of Nikon tilt and shift lenses and have not made that move yet. For me, the portfolio review was a great experience and left me feeling validated, with a renewed enthusiasm for making photographs.  Here is a link to the images that were in my portfolio: Charles”

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Join us May 13th at the New Haven Camera Club for "Infrared Photography: Beyond the visible spectrum" by Melvin Guante

Join us May 13th at the New Haven Camera Club for "Infrared Photography: Beyond the visible spectrum" by Melvin Guante

NHCC meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:00pm (September thru May) at the Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. Come ~6:30 to socialize. For more information please contact Paul Peterson

NEW MEMBERS: Our meetings are open to the public. Please join us. The best way to meet people is to sign up for field trips and workshops. Workshops are also a great learning tool. Membership Application

Infrared Photography: Beyond the visible spectrum

IR Photography is mysterious as it is awe inspiring. It elicits such a wide-ranging response as spooky and eerie to ethereal and surreal. It gives you as much creative liberty as you desire. When done well, you will produce images that will take your breath away.

We will discuss briefly about what is IR, from definition to history to application. Next, we will cover how to get started. The different option available to you and the cost associated with each one. Following the pro and cons of Conversion vs external filters. We will cover the science behind IR so we can make unpredictability a little more predictable. We will go over the different nm, and the expected results of each to help your creative process.

We will look at how IR is use in portrait, fashion and wedding photography. Also, how to add IR to your Fine Art capture of Landscape images.

Finally, we will go over the Post Processing. We will discuss step by step the different software and use for each to make your stunning breath-taking masterpiece.

Come and together we will take this magical ride that is IR Photography!

Since an early age, I was fascinated by The Arts. I looked at my uncle in amazement as he played with his enormously huge and shiny new camera. It had all the bells and whistles. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a photographer.
While in High School, my art teacher inspired my creativity and did not allow me to settle for the ordinary and encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, so I could be more innovative. I went on to drawing, painting and making clay sculptures that were exhibited in a year-end art displays. She taught me patience and perseverance. In college, I was exposed to African Art which led me to explore and immerse myself in everything it had to offer. This had a profound lifelong influence on my work.
I am a passionate photographic artist, with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. I currently an active member on the Board of The Professional Photographers of Massachusetts (PPAM), currently President. I hold a Craftsman, and a certification degree, CR Photog, CPP, by PPA. I have the honor of serving as PPA Council member and Liaison for the CPP program for MA.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Highest scoring clubs for the 2018-19 season of the NECCC Electronic Interclub competitions

The highest scoring clubs for the 2018-19 season of the NECCC Electronic Interclub competitions were announced in the Spring report, the third and last competition of the season. 

And now, the winning images in each of the four classes have also been chosen.  The judge used for this daunting task was Anne Sutcliffe, of Solihull in Central England.  She has served on the Royal Photographic Society’s (RPS) Distinction Assessment panel for 12 years and now serves as the liaison officer between the RPS and the Photographic Society of America (PSA); assisting with the planning for the PSA Portfolio Distinction and the training of its assessors.  Anne is also a member of the PSA Portfolio Committee which serves to constantly refine and improve all aspects of the image assessment process.  In making her choices, Anne wanted to pass along comments that every image was terrific and choosing the top four was not an easy process.   

The high scoring clubs were:
Pictorial A            Greater Lynn Photographic Association
Pictorial B            Seacoast Camera Club AND Seven Hills Camera Club
Nature A              Greater Lynn Photographic Association
Nature B              Manchester Camera Club

Wining Images:
Pictorial A “Determined Cowboy” by Jim Brady, Greater Lynn Photographic Association
Pictorial B “Icy Ballet” by John Mara, Upper Cape Camera Club
Nature A           “Two Gannets And Mackerel” by Ken Carlson, Greater Lynn Photographic Assoc.
Nature B              “Redtail Landing With Vole” by Sandy McMillan, Seacoast Camera Club

Congratulations to the clubs and individual winners.  If winning image members are in attendance at the upcoming NECCC Conference, please advise them to attend the awards ceremony on Sunday morning to receive their much deserved award and congratulations.  Likewise, any club representative in attendance should also attend the awards ceremony in order to also accept the award and well deserved congratulations. 

Thanks to all from Bill Barnett and myself on another great and successful season,
Cindy Gosselin