Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Plug-In’s

Plug-In’s
What are they and what can they do for me?

When: Monday, Feb. 17 @ 7PM
Where: Hamden

You may have heard fellow photographers talk about Nik, Topaz Adjust, Viveza, OnOne, etc., but not be sure just what they are. These are powerful plug-ins that can make you images ‘sing’ very simply with just a click or two. Most come with presets so you can see the effect on your image immediately. In addition the presets can be saved and allow you to apply the same effects to many images.

Our own Hazel Meredith, APSA, MNEC, will be doing a workshop to introduce you to these plug ins, and show just how easy it is to really pop your images. This workshop is intended as an overview of the many filters and effects you can achieve very easily. They work along side Photoshop CS/CC, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, and in some cases, as stand alone filters. This will not be a hands on workshop, so no laptops are required… just bring yourself, maybe a pen and notebook, and a readiness to learn.

To sign up for this workshop you will need to email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com. I will send you a confirmation after I receive your email. Exact location and directions will be sent to all signed up about a week before the workshop.

The workshop is free, but you must be a currently paid up member of NHCC to participate.
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Thanks.



Joan

Sunday, January 26, 2014

NAME TAGS

The New Haven Camera Club is made up of all volunteers, and they work very hard for this hobby of ours. A big thank you to Joan Balen and Barbara Vietzke for their efforts in maintaining and re-organizing the name tags!


NAME TAGS

In order to make it a bit easier for you to find your name tags at Camera Club meetings, we are trying a new system. 

We now have TWO filing boxes and the names are listed alphabetically, by your surname. One box contains names from A-L, and the other from M-Z. You only need to find your last initial, and your name tag will be right there!

At the end of the meeting, when you return your name tag, we request that you wind the cord a few times around your finger and gently tuck it inside the plastic holder BEHIND you name, and then return it to the file box behind the appropriate initial. This will be a tremendous help, as the cords were getting hopelessly tangled after each meeting.

We hope this helps you in finding your name tags quickly, and helps us deal with the tangling issue.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Our next program Feb 10th Hazel Meredith "Realistic HDR"

Join us!
Our next program Feb 10th Hazel Meredith "Realistic HDR"

5-shot HDR helped to keep the white flower from being over exposed and brought out the detail of the rain drops.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Photo competition deadline THIS Friday

Photo competition deadline THIS Friday

The NHCC handbook has been updated, 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).

Highlights: 


  • All aspects of the image must be taken by the photographer (Clipart, Textures, etc. from other people, or purchased, 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 (in electronic images only, makeups are allowed in prints) 
  • Please note that there no way to email 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 have friendly photography competitions once a month (8 times a year, plus an "End of Year" competition)
    • We compete images: digital (open category), digital (assigned subject) and prints 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.
    • If you have questions please email Denise or Ann (individual members should NOT contact Jack, the author of the software that club uses, Jack will be contacted by Ann, Denise, Lisa or Paul only. Please do not wait until late Friday night to discover that you need help.
    You can save the pdf with the instructions for uploading images into competition 

    Number of entries per contest:


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

    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 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.

    a. To be ranked in prints (class A or B) for cumulative score, the maker must have submitted at least 12 photographs (8 contests times 2 photographs per contest and you can have 4 makeups or 4 zeros).

    b. 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).

    c. 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).

    d. 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).

    e. 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).
      • Each month we have the following image competitions: 
      • (1) Prints (must be turned in by 7:15). Two classes: Class A (advanced level) and Class B (entry level, top scorer gets promoted to A at end of year)
      • (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) Assigned subject, see topics (emailed prior to deadline). Assigned Subjects for 2013-2014 season. Please note that the electronic image assigned subject competition is in addition to the regular OPEN subject (anything goes) monthly competition.
      • September -- HDR
      • October --  After Dark
      • November -- Abandoned
      • January -- Weathered
      • February -- Rural New England Scenes
      • March --  Thru a Window
      • April -- Urban Decay
      • May --  City Lights 
      PRINTS

      1. Must be brought in by 7:15 in order for the print handlers to have time to write the titles on the score sheets and organize the prints.

      2. Prints must be between 8 by 10 inches and 16 by 20 inches.


      3. Prints must be mounted on mat board or foam core board. Any size mat board or foam core board is allowed up to 16"x20"


      4. Prints may be matted conventionally or electronically as long as the maximum dimensions are not exceeded.


      5. On the back of each print clearly print your name and address, title, order designation (1 or 2), and an arrow indicating which edge is the top. This information may be printed on one or more labels affixed to the back if you prefer not to write on the mount.


      6. If you miss a meeting you are allowed to enter makeups (in prints only). The lowest 4 (class A) or 6 (class B) scores are dropped so it is your choice to take a zero for the missed print or enter a makeup print. 


      Please check out our NHCC BLOG http://nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/. Our Blog contains relevant and timely information and you can subscribe to our blog to receive an email when the blog is updated. Members should subscribe to our Blog in order to stay informed. 

      Tuesday, January 14, 2014

      Plug-In’s

      Plug-In’s
      What are they and what can they do for me?

      When: Monday, Feb. 17 @ 7PM
      Where: Hamden

      You may have heard fellow photographers talk about Nik, Topaz Adjust, Viveza, OnOne, etc., but not be sure just what they are. These are powerful plug-ins that can make you images ‘sing’ very simply with just a click or two. Most come with presets so you can see the effect on your image immediately. In addition the presets can be saved and allow you to apply the same effects to many images.

      Our own Hazel Meredith, APSA, MNEC, will be doing a workshop to introduce you to these plug ins, and show just how easy it is to really pop your images. This workshop is intended as an overview of the many filters and effects you can achieve very easily. They work along side Photoshop CS/CC, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, and in some cases, as stand alone filters. This will not be a hands on workshop, so no laptops are required… just bring yourself, maybe a pen and notebook, and a readiness to learn.

      To sign up for this workshop you will need to email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com. I will send you a confirmation after I receive your email. Exact location and directions will be sent to all signed up about a week before the workshop.

      The workshop is free, but you must be a currently paid up member of NHCC to participate.
      ************************
      Thanks.
      Joan

      Sunday, January 12, 2014

      NAME TAGS

      The New Haven Camera Club is made up of all volunteers, and they work very hard for this hobby of ours. A big thank you to Joan Balen and Barbara Vietzke for their efforts in maintaining and re-organizing the name tags!


      NAME TAGS

      In order to make it a bit easier for you to find your name tags at Camera Club meetings, we are trying a new system. 

      We now have TWO filing boxes and the names are listed alphabetically, by your surname. One box contains names from A-L, and the other from M-Z. You only need to find your last initial, and your name tag will be right there!

      At the end of the meeting, when you return your name tag, we request that you wind the cord a few times around your finger and gently tuck it inside the plastic holder BEHIND you name, and then return it to the file box behind the appropriate initial. This will be a tremendous help, as the cords were getting hopelessly tangled after each meeting.

      We hope this helps you in finding your name tags quickly, and helps us deal with the tangling issue.

      Saturday, January 11, 2014

      Help Needed -- backup person for Raffle

      Help Needed -- backup person for Raffle

      Help needed! We need a backup person for selling raffle tickets at the NHCC meetings. Linda Thomas does a great job! but when she is not there we do not have a raffle. 

      Our raffle helps to keep our dues low and our speakers coming. We typically bring in ~$600 a year (15 "regular" meetings at $35-$50 per meeting) in raffles, which can cover equipment expenses and speakers. This year to date we are way below our average so we could really use some help! 

      "Yellowstone: A Ranger's Perspective" by Gary Melnysyn on Monday January 13th

      "Yellowstone: A Ranger's Perspective" by Gary Melnysyn on Monday January 13th 

      Join us for "Yellowstone: A Ranger's Perspective" by Gary Melnysyn on Monday January 13th
      The New Haven Camera Club meets at the Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.

      This program covers Yellowstone National Parks geological as well as wildlife resources. Discussions surrounding the various thermal features and their origins as well as every ones favorites, wolves, bears and bison. Gary will share my Park Ranger experiences with the audience along with a variety of photos that he has captured over the years.

      Bio
      Gary is an avid outdoor enthusiast and has been interested in wildlife from a very young age. As a certified Master Naturalist, Master Wildlife Conservationist and National Park Service Ranger he has led and narrated eco tours as well as taught adults and children alike about the coastal ecosystem of Florida, the wildlife of New England’s woods and the geology and wildlife of the Yellowstone Ecosystem. In his travels throughout North and Central America he has concentrated on digitally documenting a variety of wildlife species. A self-taught photographer, his travels have taken him from the far reaches of Alaska, across the Canadian tundra, through the wilderness of Montana and Wyoming, southward to the shores of the Sea of Cortez, through the Great Divide and deep woods of Maine. His passion for photography combined with his wildlife background results in stunning wildlife images. Gary is affiliated with a variety of professional organizations and has received various awards. He was most recently an Semi-Finalist in the Windland Smith Rice International Nature Competition associated with Natures Best Photography Magazine. 
      www.fiddleheadfoto.com/

      Monday, January 6, 2014

      member's spotlight: Simmie Reagor

      Name: Simmie Reagor (Simmie rhymes with Jimmie)
      Spouse: Tami Reagor
      Children: None yet
      Pets: 1 fish
      Profession: Senior Windows System Engineer/System Administrator (I work in IT)
      Favorite comfort food: Meatloaf with a kick
      Favorite childhood memory: I don’t know, I haven’t grown up yet
      My other hobbies include: Computers
      Prized Possession: Nothing Really, it’s all replaceable
      I’ve never been able to: Get my wife into photography J
      I’d give anything to have met: My Grandfather on my Father’s Side
      Major personal accomplishments: Many minor ones but nothing that I consider Major, yet
      Three words that best describe me: Patient, listener, results
      My personal goals are: Improve my photography, amass a small fortune, retire in San Diego






      My Camera: Nikon D7000
      Year that I joined NHCC: 2014
      I am also a member of (other photo clubs): N/A
      The reason I joined the NHCC: Meet other photographers, see others work, have my work seen, make new friends
      Positions held (photography related): N/A
      Favorite Photography Subject matter: Landscapes, Nature
      Favorite photography trip: N/A
      The best part of being a photographer is: Personal time to slow down, reflect and see what’s around me
      I became interested in photography when…  I got my first Polaroid camera.  I dabbled in and out of photography until I began shooting seriously in 2012
      My advice to other photographers is: Shoot, shoot, then shoot some more but always shoot what you love
      What is something about you that NHCC members do not know? At this point, everything

      Sunday, January 5, 2014

      "Yellowstone: A Ranger's Perspective" by Gary Melnysyn on Monday January 13th

      "Yellowstone: A Ranger's Perspective" by Gary Melnysyn on Monday January 13th 

      Join us for "Yellowstone: A Ranger's Perspective" by Gary Melnysyn on Monday January 13th
      The New Haven Camera Club meets at the Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.

      This program covers Yellowstone National Parks geological as well as wildlife resources. Discussions surrounding the various thermal features and their origins as well as every ones favorites, wolves, bears and bison. Gary will share my Park Ranger experiences with the audience along with a variety of photos that he has captured over the years.

      Bio
      Gary is an avid outdoor enthusiast and has been interested in wildlife from a very young age. As a certified Master Naturalist, Master Wildlife Conservationist and National Park Service Ranger he has led and narrated eco tours as well as taught adults and children alike about the coastal ecosystem of Florida, the wildlife of New England’s woods and the geology and wildlife of the Yellowstone Ecosystem. In his travels throughout North and Central America he has concentrated on digitally documenting a variety of wildlife species. A self-taught photographer, his travels have taken him from the far reaches of Alaska, across the Canadian tundra, through the wilderness of Montana and Wyoming, southward to the shores of the Sea of Cortez, through the Great Divide and deep woods of Maine. His passion for photography combined with his wildlife background results in stunning wildlife images. Gary is affiliated with a variety of professional organizations and has received various awards. He was most recently an Semi-Finalist in the Windland Smith Rice International Nature Competition associated with Natures Best Photography Magazine.
      www.fiddleheadfoto.com/

      Member's spotlight - Carol Stockton

      Name:  Carol Stockton

































      Spouse:  Richard
      Children:  2 + 3 through marriage
      Pets: none
      Profession: retired administrator
      Favorite comfort food:  chocolate
      Favorite childhood memory: playing games
      My other hobbies include:  pencil sketching, community art projects
      Prized Possession:  husband


       I’ve never been able to:  sky dive
      I’d give anything to have met:  Gandhi
      Major personal accomplishments:  so far, getting my M.A.L.S.
      Three words that best describe me:  intense, kind, "hero" (come through in a pinch)
      My personal goals are:  keep learning and having fun
      My Camera: Nikon D90


      Year that I joined NHCC: 2013
      I am also a member of (other photo clubs): North Haven CC
      The reason I joined the NHCC:  Level of expertise
      Positions held (photography related): --
      Favorite Photography Subject matter:  anything can intrigue me
      Favorite photography trip:  Grand Canyon, Santa Fe


      The best part of being a photographer is:  We capture memories and moments
      I became interested in photography when… Gosh, I can't remember NOT being interested!
      My advice to other photographers is:  Have fun.  Keep shooting!
      What is something about you that NHCC members do not know?  I do a lot of projects in the community centered around people telling their own stories. I'm also a fraternal twin.  : )



      Thursday, January 2, 2014

      member's spotlight

      Happy New Year!

      New members, if you joined recently let us spotlight you, send me the following, along with 3-4 images

      Name:
      Spouse:
      Children:
      Pets:
      Profession:
      Favorite comfort food:
      Favorite childhood memory:
      My other hobbies include:
      Prized Possession:
      I’ve never been able to:
      I’d give anything to have met:
      Major personal accomplishments:
      Three words that best describe me:
      My personal goals are:

      My Camera:
      Year that I joined NHCC:
      I am also a member of (other photo clubs):
      The reason I joined the NHCC:
      Positions held (photography related):
      Favorite Photography Subject matter:
      Favorite photography trip:
      The best part of being a photographer is:
      I became interested in photography when…
      My advice to other photographers is:

      What is something about you that NHCC members do not know?