Monday, November 30, 2015

Photographing Those Close-Up Flower Portraits When Tripods Are Forbidden

 cancelled

Photographing Those Close-Up Flower Portraits When Tripods Are Forbidden

Sign up Now for a hands on workshop $50
please bring/send a check for $50, made out to Jeff Falk to Lisa Cuchara.

Monday 11/9 1-5pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden CT

Jeff will lecture for an hour about techniques related to extreme closeups, macro, flash, tight composition with telephotos. Jeff will covering that for an hour, then shoot the cut flowers while he moves around to offer suggestions, help, etc.
Follow up with an evaluation of 5-8 images (possibly more depending on the number of people and time factor)  of their choosing, and a Q&A.

Practice specific approaches and their necessary settings using cut flowers in the classroom

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mini SlideShows December 7th

Mini SlideShows December 7th

This year NHCC will invite members to show up to five minutes of their images set to music at the holiday party in December. Any paid member is welcome to participate. The slideshows may be on any topic: travel, nature, humor, etc. Each show may contain any number photographs with music, with or without narration, but no longer than 5 minutes

Members planning to have a slideshow must send the slideshow to Paul (or drop off a CD) so that they can load the shows onto the club computer. You can use the free www.yousendit.com to email large files. Due by December 5th.

1)    The show format must be one that the computer being provided can handle. 
Shows in the .exe format (from Pro Show gold on Windows) are normally the simplest to handle. 

2)    Shows to be displayed must be given to the member providing the computer at or before the deadline so that the member providing the computer has an opportunity to be sure the shows will run properly before the projection night. The member providing the group computer will make a “best effort” attempt to run the show, though there may be cases where this is not possible.
3)   The show file should be named as follows: LastName-FirstName-Title, for example “Barnett-William-Bridges of Somerset County”. This will allow the shows to be copied to a single directory for projection and be easily identified. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Flash Photography 101 – Tom Cuchara Thursday 1/28

Flash Photography 101 – Tom Cuchara
Thursday 1/28 6:30 pm 
email Joan Balen beadnik2@gmail.com to sign up... 
Please include which brand of Camera/Flash you use. 

Flash photography is all about adding light to your subject. Sometimes the flash is the sole light source, other times it is supplemental light designed to accent the subject. Direct Flash, indirect flash, light modified flash, bounced flash, fill flash, Rear curtain flash, hi speed flash, etc. -- the key to using flash is to learn how to control the light for the effect that you want.

Tom will demonstrate:
  • pop-up on camera flash as compared to external shoe mounted flash as compared to off-camera flash.
  • a couple of flash brackets
  • several flash modifiers (sto-fen, Gary Fong, Apollo softbox, etc.)
  • some demonstrate bounced light using basic equipment like paper plates, tablecloths, tshirts, reflectors, etc.
  • full flash versus fill flash
  • then we will have a model or volunteer from the audience and demonstrate differently light modifiers with Lightroom capture so everyone can see the effects
  • and break up into groups, Canon and Nikon (thanks Richard Asarisi!) so participants can practice with their own flashes. 
"In general I try very hard to keep the flash off the camera as much as possible.  Off camera flash enables me to be creative and the net result is a better quality of light whether I am photographing people, animals, birds or objects. I use mainly ETTL (evaluative through the lens), and sometimes Manual Flash mode.  I experiment a lot and like play.  I strongly encourage you to practice, play and generally have fun. Look at the world around you and see how light falls off an object and try to duplicate it with a flash.   "

Off camera flash is the preferred method of photographing people, animals, etc.  However, depending on the situation and subject sometimes Tom bounce the flash off a reflective surface or use a light modifier.  Tom try to not use direct flash because the light bounces straight back to the camera creating specular highlights on the subject.  The result is the camera’s meter gets confused and may throw off the exposure by several stops.  Tom will use a flash bracket, light stand or hand hold; all the while keeping the flash off the camera.  "If I have to attach the flash to the camera, I will use a light modifier to soften the light." 

The challenge as a photographer is to see the light, learn your equipment, be creative and go have fun!! 

some references, books, ebooks and free ebooks......


Mini SlideShows December 7th

Mini SlideShows December 7th

This year NHCC will invite members to show up to five minutes of their images set to music at the holiday party in December. Any paid member is welcome to participate. The slideshows may be on any topic: travel, nature, humor, etc. Each show may contain any number photographs with music, with or without narration, but no longer than 5 minutes

Members planning to have a slideshow must send the slideshow to Paul (or drop off a CD) so that they can load the shows onto the club computer. You can use the free www.yousendit.com to email large files. Due by December 5th.

1)    The show format must be one that the computer being provided can handle. 
Shows in the .exe format (from Pro Show gold on Windows) are normally the simplest to handle. 

2)    Shows to be displayed must be given to the member providing the computer at or before the deadline so that the member providing the computer has an opportunity to be sure the shows will run properly before the projection night. The member providing the group computer will make a “best effort” attempt to run the show, though there may be cases where this is not possible.
3)   The show file should be named as follows: LastName-FirstName-Title, for example “Barnett-William-Bridges of Somerset County”. This will allow the shows to be copied to a single directory for projection and be easily identified. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NHCC charity for the holidays

NHCC charity for the holidays

HOLIDAY CHARITY OPPORTUNITY New Haven Camera Club is proud to be supporting a statewide program called Child FIRST once again this year. This is a collection of toys or monetary contributions for children ages birth to 7 years old who are less fortunate than most. We have substituted this worthwhile program instead of the grab bag that we have run in the past, and because it was so successful we are running it again. Special thanks to the Yost's who suggested this to the club, and who hand deliver the presents to Child FIRST.

Child FIRST is a program that works with young children and their parents/caregivers together in the home. They help with the child's behavioral or learning problems and with stresses in their parent's lives such as poverty, depression, violence, abuse/neglect, or homelessness.

If you would like to make a child happy this holiday, please bring an un-wrapped toy to the Holiday party. Monetary gifts are also welcome for your convenience.

New Haven Camera Club Christmas/Chanukah/Holiday Party

New Haven Camera Club Christmas/Chanukah/Holiday Party

DECEMBER 7th, 2015

6:00 PM

Bellini's Restaurant
2 Broadway
North Haven
203-234-2221

Come join us for an evening of good food, company, and entertainment. 

The cost of the buffet meal is $31.00.
Mail to Linda Thomas
7 Heritage Hill Road
North Haven, Ct 06473

Please be sure to MAKE THE CHECK OUT TO NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB.

DEADLINE is no later than NOVEMBER 24th, so send your check now before you forget!


BUFFET MENU INCLUDES:
Mixed Greens with Vinaigrette Dressing
Bread
Penne Pomodoro
Chicken Bellini 
Tilapia Casa Mia
Oven Roasted Potatoes & Green Beans
Coffee, Tea, Dessert Tray

There will be a cash bar available at an extra cost to you.

   This year we will once again be participating in a Charity called Child First in lieu of a grab bag. This organization serves over 1,000 children ages 0-5 in the Greater Bridgeport area who need assistance with mental, physical, and developmental conditions.
     If you would like to donate an unwrapped toy or monetary gift please bring it the night of the party. The club has been very generous in the past with this charity. Thank you.
      A special thank you to Ann and Art Yost for organizing this for us, and hand delivering our gifts directly to Child First.

     Looking forward to seeing you all there. Family and friends are welcome

Monday, November 16, 2015

NHCC - photo competition images due Friday.

NHCC - photo competition images due Friday. 
  • 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).
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, 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 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, 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.

    Saturday, November 14, 2015

    Mini SlideShows December 7th

    Mini SlideShows December 7th

    This year NHCC will invite members to show up to five minutes of their images set to music at the holiday party in December. Any paid member is welcome to participate. The slideshows may be on any topic: travel, nature, humor, etc. Each show may contain any number photographs with music, with or without narration, but no longer than 5 minutes

    Members planning to have a slideshow must send the slideshow to Paul (or drop off a CD) so that they can load the shows onto the club computer. You can use the free www.yousendit.com to email large files. Due by December 5th.

    1)    The show format must be one that the computer being provided can handle. 
    Shows in the .exe format (from Pro Show gold on Windows) are normally the simplest to handle. 

    2)    Shows to be displayed must be given to the member providing the computer at or before the deadline so that the member providing the computer has an opportunity to be sure the shows will run properly before the projection night. The member providing the group computer will make a “best effort” attempt to run the show, though there may be cases where this is not possible.
    3)   The show file should be named as follows: LastName-FirstName-Title, for example “Barnett-William-Bridges of Somerset County”. This will allow the shows to be copied to a single directory for projection and be easily identified. 

    Sunday, November 8, 2015

    New Haven Camera Club Christmas/Chanukah/Holiday Party

    New Haven Camera Club Christmas/Chanukah/Holiday Party
    
    DECEMBER 7th, 2015
    
    6:00 PM
    
    Bellini's Restaurant
    2 Broadway
    North Haven
    203-234-2221
    
    Come join us for an evening of good food, company, and entertainment. 
    
    The cost of the buffet meal is $31.00.
    Mail to Linda Thomas
    7 Heritage Hill Road
    North Haven, Ct 06473
    
    Please be sure to MAKE THE CHECK OUT TO NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB.
    
    DEADLINE is no later than NOVEMBER 24th, so send your check now before you forget!
    
    
    BUFFET MENU INCLUDES:
    Mixed Greens with Vinaigrette Dressing
    Bread
    Penne Pomodoro
    Chicken Bellini 
    Tilapia Casa Mia
    Oven Roasted Potatoes & Green Beans
    Coffee, Tea, Dessert Tray
    
    There will be a cash bar available at an extra cost to you.
    
       This year we will once again be participating in a Charity called Child First in lieu of a grab bag. This organization serves over 1,000 children ages 0-5 in the Greater Bridgeport area who need assistance with mental, physical, and developmental conditions.
         If you would like to donate an unwrapped toy or monetary gift please bring it the night of the party. The club has been very generous in the past with this charity. Thank you.
          A special thank you to Ann and Art Yost for organizing this for us, and hand delivering our gifts directly to Child First.
    
         Looking forward to seeing you all there. Family and friends are welcome

    New Haven Camera Club Christmas/Chanukah/Holiday Party

    New Haven Camera Club Christmas/Chanukah/Holiday Party
    
    DECEMBER 7th, 2015
    
    6:00 PM
    
    Bellini's Restaurant
    2 Broadway
    North Haven
    203-234-2221
    
    Come join us for an evening of good food, company, and entertainment. 
    
    The cost of the buffet meal is $31.00.
    Mail to Linda Thomas
    7 Heritage Hill Road
    North Haven, Ct 06473
    
    Please be sure to MAKE THE CHECK OUT TO NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB.
    
    DEADLINE is no later than NOVEMBER 24th, so send your check now before you forget!
    
    
    BUFFET MENU INCLUDES:
    Mixed Greens with Vinaigrette Dressing
    Bread
    Penne Pomodoro
    Chicken Bellini 
    Tilapia Casa Mia
    Oven Roasted Potatoes & Green Beans
    Coffee, Tea, Dessert Tray
    
    There will be a cash bar available at an extra cost to you.
    
       This year we will once again be participating in a Charity called Child First in lieu of a grab bag. This organization serves over 1,000 children ages 0-5 in the Greater Bridgeport area who need assistance with mental, physical, and developmental conditions.
         If you would like to donate an unwrapped toy or monetary gift please bring it the night of the party. The club has been very generous in the past with this charity. Thank you.
          A special thank you to Ann and Art Yost for organizing this for us, and hand delivering our gifts directly to Child First.
    
         Looking forward to seeing you all there. Family and friends are welcome

    Friday, November 6, 2015

    Lightroom 101: the library and develop modules

    Lightroom 101: the library and develop modules

    Monday 11/9   2-5 pm
    Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden CT

    Free to NHCC members, to sign up, please email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com. You must register for this workshop, please do not just show up.

    Come and watch
    or bring your laptop (Laptops must have a current version [LR6 or  LR CC] of Lightroom and installed and ready to use). Available through subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (Photographer package) for $9.99 per month, OR you may download a 30 day free trial version.  To purchase a subscription, go to https://creative.adobe.com/plans. For a 30 day free trial, go to the same site; but instead of clicking on Buy now, click on learn more.

    Some topics that will be covered :
    Overview
    Catalog
    Importing images (getting your image IN to Lightroom)
    Organizing images
    Select/Rate Your Images
    Non destructive, raw processing
    Virtual copies
    Black and White
    Adjustment brush
    Gradient tool
    Healing Brush
    Correcting Perspective
    Exporting images (getting your images OUT of Lightroom)

    For those people interested in processing RAW files the ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) processor in Lightroom is almost exactly the same as in Photoshop, so if you know one you will know the other (the main difference is that PS has the options located horizontally on tabs versus LR has them on vertical panels).

    Monday, November 2, 2015

    China: Images from a Nation in Transition presentation by William Barnett Monday Nov 9th

    China: Images from a Nation in Transition
    presentation by William Barnett
    Monday Nov 9th
    Come at 7:15, programs start at 7:30. 
    Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. 
    Meetings are free and open to the public. 


    Bill first visited China in 1980 to help staff a booth for his company at a trade show in Beijing sponsored by the United States Department of Commerce. Since it was business he didn’t have much time to sightsee, but did manage to see a few highlights of Beijing and, at the end of the trip, Shanghai. He finally returned to China in 2012 and again in 2014. The changes he witnessed were dramatic. The progress in 34 years was impressive. 

    In addition to Beijing and Shanghai he has had the privilege of visiting many rural areas, smaller cities, and some of the most beautiful locations in China.

    During this presentation we will: visit the cities and the countryside, see famous places, see performances, and watch the people as they work and play. More than 8000 photographs and video clips were captured during the three trips. From those about 300 were selected and combined with live narration, locally recorded sounds, and music to tell multimedia stories about China.