Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Summer Competition Trial Deadline this Saturday


IMPORTANT -- There is a New Competition Entry System!! and we want YOU to TRY it NOW before the first actual image competition of the 12-13 season.

We have a new competition software system!
Wahoo! no more dollar signs!
http://www.photocontestpro.com/Default.aspx

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 Saturday at noon  before the Monday competition).
http://www.photocontestpro.com/UploadPictures3.aspx

** Instructions for uploading competition images --> Download the PDF** 

We need YOU to upload your MAY images (the ones that were competed on 5-14-12) to our new software. If you did not compete an image this past May then just submit an older image or an image that you will not be submitting this season.

The Deadline is Saturday Sept 1st. 
Please take and upload the same image that you competed (the system will close on Saturday at noon so please, please get your images in).

You have this chance to learn the new system and practice and Denise and Ann will use these images to run a "mock" competition this summer and become familiar with the new software.

Denise and Ann have entered all of your names and email addressed into the system. You will have a chance to try it out NOW before we go LIVE with this software for September's competition.

You can save the pdf with the instructions for uploading images into competition  




Saturday, August 25, 2012

Summer Photo Competition Trial Run!


IMPORTANT -- There is a New Competition Entry System!! and we want YOU to TRY it NOW before the first actual image competition of the 12-13 season. 

We have a new competition software system!
Wahoo! no more dollar signs! no more underscores! no more resizing images!


You can save the pdf with the instructions for uploading images into competition  

** There is a one time registration with the Photo Contest Pro system in order to be able to upload your images for competition. **

Please note that there is a link to an  alternative upload page just, use this link if your browser does not like the main upload page. 

We need YOU to upload your MAY images (the ones that were competed on 5-14-12) to our new software. If you did not compete an image this past May then just submit an older image or an image that you will not be submitting this season. 

The Deadline is Saturday Sept 1st. 
Please take and upload the same image that you competed (the system will close on Saturday at noon so please, please get your images in). 

You have this chance to learn the new system and practice and Denise and Ann will use these images to run a "mock" competition this summer and become familiar with the new software.

Denise and Ann have entered all of your names and email addressed into the system. You will have a chance to try it out NOW before we go LIVE with this software for September's competition. 

Awesome Joan has written instructions -- the program is simple and intuitive but she laid it all out for you!





Friday, August 24, 2012

Join us Monday Sept 10th as our 2012-13 season begins!

Join us Monday Sept 10th as our 2012-13 season begins!

Roman Kurycwzak's program on Macro Photography will open our season. 

Hunts Photo is sponsoring this event and they will have a flyer with specials. Please call Hunts if you have any special orders: 1-800-221-1830.


Come at 7:15, meeting starts at 7:30pm
We meet at the Bethesda Lutheran Church (450 Whitney Ave. New Haven, CT).


Roman Kurycwzak from Roamin' with Roman Photo Tours is an award winning photographer conducting local, national and international instructional photography workshops and Photo Tours. 

"My name is Roman Kurywczak and I have a passion for photography. Originally a graphic art major, I combined my love of hiking and travel with photography. Even though the art major never materialize, the interest in photography never waned. Over the last twenty five years I have been able to share that love with my wife Pura and two sons, Gregory and Ian. Primarily a landscape photographer at the beginning of my career, I have continually expanded my photography pallet by branching out into the world of macro work, birds, animals, and most recently HDR photography. Maybe the only thing better than taking great pictures, is sharing the experience with others."

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NHCC 2012-13 season lineup

Check out our 2012-13 season lineup on the Blog!

NHCC 2012-2013 Season. We meet on the 2nd Monday of month for our programs and the fourth Monday of the month for our competitions. Come by 7:15, the meeting starts at 7:30. 

Here is a list of the 2012-13 programs. Download the PDF. 

The brochure and the double sided wallet card will be handed out at the first meeting. 

  • Sept 10 --  Roman Kurywczak www.roaminwithroman.com "Macro"
  • Sept 24 -- Competition
  • Oct 8 --  Richard Castiglione "Portrait workshop" bring your camera
  • Oct 22 -- Competition
  • Nov 12 --  Jerry Monkman" Never Fail Landscape Tips – Jerry’s top ten tips for making great landscape photographs" 
  • Nov 26 -- Competition
  • Dec 10 -- Holiday Party
  • Jan 14 -- Loretta Paul-Golden "Alaska" 
  • Jan 28 -- Competition
  • Feb 11 --  Paul Peterson "Out West" 
  • Feb 25 -- Competition
  • March 11 --  Scott Vincent "Making Pictures" 
  • March 25 -- Competition
  • April 8 --  Mark Bowie "Water"
  • April 22-- Competition
  • May 13 -- Competition
  • June 3rd -- End of Year Banquet and Competition
FYI. The NHCC website has had a much needed overhaul. Temporarily it can be accessed via http://newhavencameraclub.blogspot.com/ -- this is just temporary until the DNS can be transferred over then the regular www.newhavencameraclub.org address will be restored.  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Macro Photography Workshop with Roman M. Kurywczak


Macro Photography Workshop with Roman M. Kurywczak
Indoor flowers and still life set ups to make stunning close up images
Sunday, Sept 9th in Stratford, CT Two sessions -- 9-12 and 1-4

This in-depth Q&A macro photography lecture will show you the technical tips and tricks needed to take your macro photography to the next level!  Many people are comfortable with creating shallow focus macro images but I will show you how to achieve consistently sharp images with maximum depth of field all in a single frame!!!  Topics covered will range from gear to specific settings for you to maximize your time spent out in the field. Overcoming distracting backgrounds will be discussed in depth with photographic examples showing you how easy they are to overcome.  The use of natural light will be covered but a heavy emphasis will be placed on using flash correctly in the field to properly balance the exposure and achieve dramatic results.  We will look at some frequently used tricks by the pros that you can easily apply in the field to quickly improve your macro skills.  Many of these tips and tricks are inexpensive and can be done using the gear you already own!  You can ask questions to ensure that you go home with a better understanding of all the topics covered in the program and create tack sharp macro images of your very own.






After the presentation, Roman will guide the participants through the 4 set-ups and show them how to use their own gear to get the most out of an image. Topics ranging from maximum depth of field to shallow focus, natural lighting as well as the use of multiple flashes and reflectors will be covered. Techniques to create artistic macro images will also be explored. Participants will come away from this workshop with a better understanding of common lighting issues as well as compositional ones and how to overcome them in the field.


This is a hands-on workshop so you need to bring your camera with fully charged battery, memory card, macro lens or similar close-up lens, flash if you have one, and a tripod. Roman will be working with the participants at the FOUR (groups of three participants will rotate through the setups) stations and helping with any technical, lighting, or compositional questions. Each of the two sessions is limited to 12 participants.

To sign up email Lisa Cuchara at photographer67@comcast.net and send her a check for $40. You are not confirmed until payment is received. No refunds unless this class is canceled or rescheduled. But you may contact someone on the wait list and make your own arrangements with them. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Coming in October -- Lightroom workshops!


Lightroom presentations by Bill Barnett, please see Joan to sign up.

You may sign up for one or both (but there will be an overview in the first session that will not be repeated in the second session).

Organizing your Images with Lightroom -- Tuesday Oct 16th 7pm

Organizing your Images with Lightroom will begin with an overview of the software. It will then discuss the problems faced by many photographers with their disorganized image collections including difficult to find images, multiple copies of images, and lost images.

This will be followed by a general presentation of the goals and approaches to good digital asset
management (DAM) and the role that the Library Module of Lightroom can play in implementing a good plan. The discussion will include ways to: organize your image files, rename your image files, add key words to help you find images, designate superior images, and organize images for projects. The very important subject of image collection backup will conclude the DAM part of the lecture. The lecture will conclude with a demonstration showing how easy it is to copy images from camera memory cards to the computer, import them into Lightroom, rename them, and begin the sorting process.

Refining Your Images with Lightroom -- Tuesday Oct 23rd 7pm

Refining Your Images with Lightroom will begin with an overview of the software. It will then discuss the advantages of carefully refining or perfecting your images after capture. The advantages of raw capture and the use of the Develop Module in Lightroom to refine or perfect your images will be presented. The problems with light, particularly for the travel photographer who has to creatively use the light that happens to be present when he/she arrives at an interesting location will be discussed along with ways that less than perfect images can be significantly improved.

The lecture will conclude with a series of demonstrations showing how easy it is to refine a series of images with a variety of different problems into great images using the Develop Module of Lightroom. For many photographers Lightroom is all they software they will ever need unless they are interested in creating altered reality or creative images.

Sign up sheets will be available at NHCC meetings, or you may sign up by emailing Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com. Please include your name, phone # and email address.
Please indicate if you would like to sign up for the first session, the second session, or both.
   
Directions to the workshop location will be sent to those who signed up about a week before each workshop session. 

NHCC workshops are free, but you must be an NHCC member to attend.