Sunday, April 24, 2016

Field Trip to Elizabeth Park and Wickham Park

Field Trip to Elizabeth Park and Wickham Park
Friday, June 10, 2016
Free to NHCC members

On Friday, June 10, 2016, the NHCC Field trip committee is organizing a field trip to Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, CT and Wickham Park in Manchester CT.   We will meet at Elizabeth Park around 9:00 am.  Please feel free to come earlier or later as it meets you needs.

Elizabeth Park is famous for its roses.  If you have not been there before, you’re in for a treat.
Wickham Park, according to its website, boasts six different themed gardens:  English, Scottish, Cabin, Oriental, Italian, Lotus, Wetlands, and Rhododendron.

Additionally, the park is home to a variety of display birds: turkeys, pheasants, peafowl, owls, waterfowl, and exotic chickens.

That is not all!!!  The park also shelters turkey vultures, Red-Tailed hawks, Canadian geese, and a Great Horned owl, all migratory birds unreleasable to the wild due to injury. All of the many birds are kept in the park's aviary where the public can view and learn about them.

Come and enjoy the fun.  Stay for an hour, two hours, or spend the day.

Questions?  Jan Doyle is the point person for this trip.  Email her at jmdteach@comcast.net or call her at 203.314.3095.



Please let Jan know if you plan on attending. Sign up at a meeting or contact Jan. More details will be emailed as the date draws nearer.  Hope to see ya’ll

Thursday May 12th 7pm -- Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza workshop

Thursday May 12th 7pm -- Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza workshop

Google Nik Collection is Now Free
Download Google Nik Collection for free https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

Come to our workshop on Thursday May 12th 7pm and check out Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, and another member will show her interesting and awesome application of Sharpener Pro.

Bring your laptop (or just come and follow along). If you bring your laptop then you must have these plugins installed and have a basic working knowledge of photoshop, this is not a basic photoshop workshop. You should know how to open photo files, and how to go to filter and run a plugin.

To sign up, please email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com, and include your phone number. Workshops are free, but you must be a current NHCC member to attend. The location will be shared with those who sign up.

By Canon Rumors | March 24, 2016
Google Nik Collection is Now Free
From Google:
Today we’re making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free. Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.

Download Google Nik Collection for free https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

Read more: http://www.canonrumors.com/googles-nik-software-is-now-free/#ixzz43r35Vc42

Saturday, April 23, 2016

It is time to vote on next season's assigned subject.

It is time to vote on next season's assigned subject.
and choose your 8 choices for next season
Voting open until May 30th

Results will be announced at the banquet and posted on the NHCC blog and NHCC website. 

There is a place at the end to write in choices for the vote for the following year, note that we do not reuse subjects, previously used subjects are listed on the survey. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Save the date: End of Year Banquet and image Competition Monday June 13th

Save the date: End of Year Banquet and image Competition Monday June 13th

Come to the final event of the New Haven Camera Club 2015-2016 season, our end of Year Banquet and image Competition. Banquet Monday June 13th at the Whitney Center.

The deadline for NHCC EOY contest is Wednesday 6/8, but please do not wait until the last minute!

Enjoy good fellowship and the opportunity to see the best prints and electronic photographs from this past season always make for a great evening. After dinner, awards will be given for this season’s high cumulative average in each class and the Everett Wilson Trophy for the most improved beginning photographer will be awarded. Then the Print and Electronic Photograph competitions will be held. Any image (whether it won a ribbon or not) competed in the current season can be entered.

Did not keep track of your competition images and titles? The titles and scores are all online on our website. 

To enter EOY: Send an email with the subject "NHCC EOY Images" to Lisa photographer67@comcast.net and Paul at pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net (cc us both)
in the body of the email please list the image title, months/contests entered and EOY image category in the body.

Include the specific contest you are entering (class B open, Class A open, Sibley-Nature, DiChello-sea/landscapes or Creative and (1) the title of the competed image, the month that the image was competed (Sept, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr or May) and contest that the image was competed in (class A, B, assigned subject or creative). See example below.

Example:
To : pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net; photographer67@comcast.net
From: Happy Photographer
Subject line: "NHCC EOY Images"

Enter into EOY sea/landscape category
1. Photography Bliss from March 2016 assigned
2. Photography Blue hour from Dec 2015 open

Enter into EOY nature
1. Happiness is... a bird from May 2016 open
2. Blue flowers hour from Nov 2015 creative

Enter into EOY monochrome
1. bird from May 2016 monochrome
2. Girl from Nov 2015 monochrome

Enter into EOY Creative
1. Flowers Abounding bird from Sept 2015 creative
2. planets from Nov 2015 creative

Enter into EOY class B (or A) Open
1. Flowers from Sept 2015 open
2. Eagle from Nov 2015 open
3. Asylum from Dec 2015 open
4. Baboon from Jan 2016 open
5. Butterfly from Nov 2015 open


First, Second and Third will receive awards in prints, open, creative, nature, sea/landscape. In addition Judges Choice awards will be given in class B and class A open.

  • The Jane Sibley Honor Award is presented to the best nature photograph selected by the judges in a separate electronic competition. Jane is a long time member of the club known for doing a variety of photography including nature.
  • The Joseph DiChello Award is presented to the best landscape or seascape photograph selected by the judges in a separate electronic competition. Joe was a long-time member of the club who was known for his excellent landscape photography.

Come and join the members of the New Haven Camera Club for the end of the year banquet. Come participate in the competition for the print of the year, electronic image of the year, the Joe Dichello Memorial Landscape/Seascape Award and the Jane Sibley Nature Honor Award. Three outside judges will select the winners!

Each member may submit up to 5 electronic images, as well as 2 additional electronic images for the image artistry competition, 2 electronic images for the monochrome category, 2 electronic images for the nature comp, and 2 electronic images for the landscape/seascape competition.

Annual Awards Competition

Eligibility: Open Category electronic photographs, Image Artistry electronic photographs, monochrome or Assignment electronic photographs entered in that year’s competitions are eligible as follows:

  1. Open Electronic Photograph - enter up to five images (from the monthly open competitions)
  2. Monochrome  - enter up to two images (from the monthly monochrome competitions)
  3. Image Artistry  - enter up to two images (from the monthly creative competitions)
  4. Joe Dichello Landscape/Seascape - enter up to two images (from any category)
  5. Jane Sibley Nature Competition - enter up to two images (from any category)
  6. Please note:
    1. Images must have been competed during the 15-16 season
    2. The image did not have to earn a ribbon in the monthly competition
    3. No duplicate images. Each photograph may be entered only once in an end of the year competition. If a photograph is entered in one of the Open category competitions it may not be entered in either the Joe Dichello Landscape/Seascape or the Jane Sibley Nature special competitions. If a photograph is entered in either the Joe Dichello or Jane Sibley special competition it may not be entered into the other special competition or one of the Open category competitions.

Monday, April 18, 2016

NHCC - photo competition images due Friday.

NHCC - photo competition images due Friday. 
  • 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.
  • Reminder. All aspects of the image must be taken by the photographer [Clipart, Textures, plugins with textures, etc. are NOT permitted[. 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 exisiting 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 othrr categories except the creative/image artistry category.
  • 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).
We have friendly photography competitions once a month (8 times a year, plus an "End of Year" competition)
    Highlights:
    • All aspects of the image must be taken by the photographer (Clipart, Textures, plugins with textures, etc. are NOT permitted).
    • Images of a similar nature may not be submitted again once that image has won a ribbon.
    • The winning same image (or a very similar rendition taken at the same time) may not be submitted into a different competition or in a different season.
    • Please note that there are NO makeups
    • Please note that there no way to email or submit your images late if you have problems, so we urge you please do NOT to wait until the last minute to submit your photographs.
    • Setups are ONLY allowed in Class B
    • We compete images: digital (open category), digital (assigned subject), creative/image artistry and black and white (monochrome) once a month (4th Monday of the month). Please see our handbook which contains the rules and instructions for competing your images.
    • There is a one time registration with the Photo Contest Pro system in order to be able to upload your images for competition.
    • Upload your images to the monthly contest before the competition deadline (competitions are the fourth Monday, deadline is the Friday before the Monday) competition).  http://www.photocontestpro.com/UploadPictures3.aspx 
    • Instructions for uploading competition images
    • Please do not wait until late Friday night to discover that you need help.
    • If you have questions please email Paul pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net  (individual members should NOT contact Jack, the author of the software that club uses, Jack will be contacted by Lisa or Paul only. 
    Number of entries per contest:

    a. Each member may enter 2 prints into the "member's choice" photo display and contest each month.

    b. Each member may enter a maximum of 2 photographs into the open electronic competition in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 16 open electronic entries.

    c. Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into assigned subject in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 assigned subject entries.

    d. Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into image black and white/monochrome in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 image artistry entries.

    e. Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into image artistry competition in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 image artistry entries.

    Cumulative Score is the sum total of all print or electronic photograph scores to date. At the end of the competition year the highest 6 - 12 scores of each maker (depending on the category) are summed to determine the cumulative score. Makers can compete in more than one category and can have cumulative scores in each category. These points will count toward an award for highest cumulative point total for the year presented at the Annual Dinner.
    • To be ranked in class B electronic photographs, the maker must have submitted at least 10 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have up to 6 zeros).
    • To be ranked in class A electronic photographs, the maker must have submitted a total of 12 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have up to 4 zeros).
    • To be ranked in image artistry, the maker must have submitted a total of 6 photographs (8 contests times 1 photograph per contest, two zeros allowed).
    • To be ranked in assigned subject, the maker must have submitted a total of 6 photographs (8 contests times 1 photograph per contest, two zeros allowed).
    • To be ranked in monochrome subject, the maker must have submitted a total of 6 photographs (8 contests times 1 photograph per contest, two zeros allowed).
    Each month we have the following image competitions:

    (1) Prints (must be turned in by 7:15). Friendly display and member's choice award.

    (2) Electronic (uploaded via website prior to deadline). Two classes: Class A (advanced level) and Class B (entry level, top scorer gets promoted to A at end of year)

    (3) Image Artistry category (emailed prior to deadline)

    (4) Monochrome category (emailed prior to deadline)

    (5) Assigned subject (emailed prior to deadline). Assigned Subjects for current season. Please note that the electronic image assigned subject competition is in addition to the regular OPEN subject (anything goes) monthly competition. http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/p/current-season.html

    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    BASIC PHOTOSHOP

    BASIC PHOTOSHOP

    On April 18 at 7PM, our own Paul Peterson will be leading a workshop on various tips and techniques, using Photoshop Elements, to get you on the road to enhancing your images.

    This workshop is aimed at introducing beginners to various forms of post processing. This is really an opportunity to get up to speed on learning the vocabulary of  some of the tools in software such as Photoshop Elements, and various other ways of very easily enhancing your images to bring them to the next level. This workshop is designed for those of you who have been reluctant to attend this kind of workshop because you’re afraid it will be way over your head. This workshop will definitely not be, and you can feel free to ask any and all questions. No one can become an expert in Photoshop in a few hours, but this will be a stepping stone, giving you some simple ways to enhance your images.

    The workshop is open to the first eight people who sign up. To sign up, please email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com, and include your phone number. Workshops are free, but you must be a current NHCC member to attend. The location will be shared with those who sign up.