Saturday, February 13, 2016

"Working with Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art"

"Working with Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art"

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Don't delete that digital image! Do you sometimes have a shot that you really like....a subject that is hard to capture....a place you may not get to again....but it's not perfect? Turn that "almost" good shot into a work of art by utilizing textures and overlays.

Maybe it's a bird in flight – the bird looks great, but the sky is blah. Use another sky image as an overlay, or add a texture – or both! Maybe it's a nice flower shot – good color and composition, but it's not quite tack sharp. Use textures to turn it into a fine art image! Of course, you can also add textures to your best images and make them spectacular!

Textures are everywhere – there are many free and for-purchase ones online. You can create your own textures within Photoshop or from photos of everyday objects. Working with layers and blending modes, there are many things you can do to create a beautiful work of art – I'll show you how! We will also review merging images, opacity changes, and masking.

This workshop will be held on Thursday, March 24th at 7PM. To sign up, please email Joan at Please include your telephone number.

This workshop will be held on Thursday, March 24th at 7PM, Commons Room. To sign up, please email Joan at Please include your telephone number.

Workshops are free, but you must be a current NHCC member to attend.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

"The Creative Use of Blend Modes in Photoshop"

Lisa and Tom Cuchara are teaching a hands on class on "The Creative Use of Blend Modes in Photoshop" on Thursday, February 18, 2016 7pm.

NHCC members are welcome to attend.Bring your laptops and learn how to enhance your creative editing abilities.

Unleash the power and creativity of blend modes! Layers and masks are the heart and soul of Photoshop, but blending modes are the spice to allow you to blend layers together to create effects. Lisa will show you how to use the multiply and screen blend modes for compositing, the lighten and screen blend modes for night photography, the multiply and screen blend modes for exposure alterations and more effective non destructive dodging and burning. She will also demonstrate the use of the popular soft light, overlay and multiply for the very popular textures.

See full details here:

NHCC members can register for free, email us at to sign up.

Hope you can join us !

FYI, you must pre-register, no walkins that day

NECCC Spring Print Competition Judging Join us at 7PM On March 22nd

 NECCC Spring Print Competition Judging Join us at 7PM On March 22nd

On March 22nd the New Haven Camera Club will hold the NECCC Spring Print Competition Judging at the Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center.  Join us at 7:00 PM to support your club in hosting this event and enjoy the competition.
Free and open to the public

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


The NHCC board met last week and several changes resulted from the meeting: 
  • New, as of February 2016. Optional. Each maker may place a "C" at the end of ONE image entered into each monthly competition to indicate that the maker desires a critique for that image (one image per month per maker only, i.e. choose any one image in any one category, class A, class B, assigned, monochrome, image artistry, etc.). For example, if you enter five photographs in ALL four categories you may choose ONEW image for a critique. You do to have to choose any image for critique if you do not desire one or will not be present at the competition to receive one.
  • As of September 2016 NHCC will be meeting at 7:00 pm (a new start time, earlier than our current 7:30 start time). This change is for three reasons: (1) to allow more image commentary (like the critiques described in the paragraph above, everyone should be able to get a critique on one photograph and perhaps after this change September there will also be more time so that the judges could also comment about the strengths of the first place images and why they won), (2) to encourage more people to stay until the end of competition, and (3) to allow for a more interactive social break between the first two competitions (Monochrome and creative) and then prints, followed by class B, class A and assigned subject. 
  • Currently: All aspects of the image must be taken by the photographer [Clipart, Textures, plugins with textures, etc. are NOT permitted].  
    • NEW As of September 2016 this rule will be modified as follows: in the creative/image artistry category (ONLY) "anything goes", meaning that you will be able to use plugins with textures, purchased textures, purchased photographs, etc. as long as the main component of the photograph was taken by the photographer. The existing rule ("All aspects of the image must be taken by the photographer (clipart, Textures, plugins with textures, etc. are NOT permitted]") will still apply to ALL other categories except the creative/image artistry category.
  • Reminders:
    • Setups are ONLY allowed in Class B. A setup 
    • Please note that the electronic image assigned subject competition is in addition to the regular OPEN subject (anything goes) monthly competition.
    • Please refer to the NHCC handbook for questions, please download it and read it, it is your responsibility to know the rules. The New Haven Camera Club expects that its membership will adhere to the highest ethical standards when complying with its competition rules. It is especially important that all photographs entered into competitions be the exclusive work of the maker (except for commercially made prints or digital photographs scanned from a slide original allowed by the rules).

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    NHCC Field Trip to New York Botanical Gardens

    NHCC Field Trip to New York Botanical Gardens

    FYI, you must be a paid member to attend NHCC field trips, programs are free, but field trips, workshops are competitions are for paid NHCC members only, dues are only $25 for the season.

    The NHCC fieldtrip to the New York Botanical Gardens will be led by P&J  (Pat Benham and Jan Doyle.)  We will have the opportunity to photograph an expanded showcase of magnificent orchids inside the Haupt Conservatory before stepping outside to enjoy a complementary schedule of events and activities.

    Date:            March 4, 2016

    First meet-up:  In  Derby at Exit 58 off the Merritt in the commuter parking lot at 8:45 am and leaving at 9:00 am with Jan Doyle

    Second Meet-up:  We will meet Pat Benham at 9:15 in Straford at the commuter lot by Sikorsky’s  off the Merritt.

    Please feel free to bring a lunch or purchase lunch at the Botanical Gardens.  We plan on leaving the gardens at 2:00 pm.

    Please sign up with and let her know which location you choose so the leaders know to expect you.

    Monday, February 8, 2016

    The recently revised PSA definition of Nature

    This is a FYI because we participate in interclub competitions. While NHCC does not have a Nature category, nor do we adhere to Nature rules in our Open or other categories, We DO compete in interclub competitions so the person in charge of interclub competitions may ask you as the maker if an image abides by PSA nature rules before entering one of your images in an interclub competition.

    The judges will be guided by the recently revised PSA definition of Nature. The following is a statement of the basic guidelines concerning Nature digital images:

    “Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

    No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.“

    Images submitted for consideration for the Best Wildlife award must meet the additional definition for Nature Wildlife Photography.

    “Images entered as Wildlife are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species."