Sunday, January 31, 2016

Feb 8 Image Critique

NHCC
Feb 8 Image Critique 
Back by popular demand! 
Our third annual image critique 

Send your images that need advice and/or improvement to Paul Peterson, they will be projected for so advice and suggestions
pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net

Images due by midnight on 2/5, no limit, but images from each person will be projected before images from the same member.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Feb 8 Image Critique

NHCC
Feb 8 Image Critique 
Back by popular demand! 
Our third annual image critique 

Send your images that need advice and/or improvement to Paul Peterson, they will be projected for so advice and suggestions
pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net

Images due by midnight on 2/5, no limit, but images from each person will be projected before images from the same member.

Flash Photography 101 – Tom Cuchara Thursday 1/28 6:30 pm

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......


Friday, January 22, 2016

SOOC

SOOC = Straight out of the camera

members voted for this as an assigned category, but what does it mean?

I gather than the best meaning is that cropping and sharpening are the only things allowed (No editing,plugins, cloning).

You can manipulate images in camera in many many ways (white balance, external flash, filters, choice of lens, long exposures, zoom blurs, etc. etc.)

Technically "SOOC" can mean different things depending upon your camera, so this presents a problem. For example, some cameras can take and merge 7 multiples, some can do HDR, Olympus can do live composites (amazing! cannot wait until Canon, Nikon, Fuji and Sony can do this!!!)

Ultimately we will have to leave it up to the judges....

Here is one interpretation of "SOOC"
LOL




Monday, January 18, 2016

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 (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

    Friday, January 15, 2016

    Courtesy Enrollment at NECCC conference

    Courtesy Enrollment at NECCC conference
    Download the form and information here

    Every year The New England Camera Club Council, Inc. invites each NECCC member camera club (that's our club) to select one of their camera club members to receive free registration to the next annual NECCC conference. You should definitely consider going to this awesome conference!!!!!


    Saturday, January 9, 2016

    Join us on Monday Jan 11th for a presentation by David Pressler "Tasmania, Australia"

    Join us on Monday Jan 11th for a presentation by David Pressler "Tasmania, Australia"
    presentation is free and open to the public

    “Fan-Tassie" is a comprehensive, photographic presentation by native Connecticut, photographer, artist and designer, Dave Pressler. “Fan-Tassie" features a personal, photographic view of his, fantastic adventure throughout Australia's southernmost island state of Tasmania – best known to "Aussies" as "Tassie!" Focusing predominantly on the island's temperate rainforest environment, with its unusual geological formations, botanical subjects, unique marsupials and birds, Pressler also touches on architecture, reflecting the cultural heritage of this once dark, British penal colony of the nineteenth century.  

    Dave Pressler asks, "Have you ever dreamed of, or, "fantasized" about far off, exotic places? Places you've heard of, or, read about and maybe glimpsed at on a TV nature program?" "Fantasy," in a way, is expectation – a fanciful experience of unrestrained imagination.  “Fan-Tassie" is an introduction to a world so different from our own, that it compels us to think twice about what we're seeing in relation to what we're used to seeing in our own hemisphere. After all, "Tassie" is on the other side of the globe and... "down-under!"

    “Fan-Tassie" reflects nature's celebration of life.  This poignant presentation will joyously open your eyes to nature's visual gems…leaving you with a new appreciation for looking at your own world and…marveling at Australia's exotic island state of Tasmania.


    About the Presenter:  Dave Pressler holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design, has studied at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, and Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, where he is currently a Guild Member and former Trustee.  He is an Artist Member and past President of ART/PLACE Gallery, Fairfield; Artist Member of the Westport Arts Center; and Professional Member of the Norwalk Camera Club.  Dave Pressler is also a founding member of the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library’s Curatorial Committee for the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery. He has headed educational exhibit divisions of The American Museum of Natural History, New York; Field Museum, Chicago; as well as The Hudson River Museum, Westchester.  His work is in numerous private collections, Bridgeport Hospital's Heart Institute Fairfield; St. Vincent's Hospital Special Needs Center, Stratford; and Cardiac Associates, Stamford. He has exhibited at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan; Westport Arts Center and Nylen Gallery, Westport; Sackler Gallery, Stamford; The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk; Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich; Highstead Arboretum, Redding, CT; Housatonic Museum of Art and The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport; The Northern Westchester Center for the Arts and The Hudson River Museum among many others.  He is a former President of SYNAPSIS, a creative marketing communications consulting firm; and a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America.  Mr. Pressler is the recipient of numerous design awards for his design work and is named on several patents for proprietary design contributions to such companies as Kodak, BASF, Warner-Lambert and Hasbro.  





    Monday, January 4, 2016

    Jan 11 David Pressler "Tasmania, Australia"

    Join us on Monday Jan 11th for a presentation by David Pressler "Tasmania, Australia"
    presentation is free and open to the public

    “Fan-Tassie" is a comprehensive, photographic presentation by native Connecticut, photographer, artist and designer, Dave Pressler. “Fan-Tassie" features a personal, photographic view of his, fantastic adventure throughout Australia's southernmost island state of Tasmania – best known to "Aussies" as "Tassie!" Focusing predominantly on the island's temperate rainforest environment, with its unusual geological formations, botanical subjects, unique marsupials and birds, Pressler also touches on architecture, reflecting the cultural heritage of this once dark, British penal colony of the nineteenth century.  

    Dave Pressler asks, "Have you ever dreamed of, or, "fantasized" about far off, exotic places? Places you've heard of, or, read about and maybe glimpsed at on a TV nature program?" "Fantasy," in a way, is expectation – a fanciful experience of unrestrained imagination.  “Fan-Tassie" is an introduction to a world so different from our own, that it compels us to think twice about what we're seeing in relation to what we're used to seeing in our own hemisphere. After all, "Tassie" is on the other side of the globe and... "down-under!"

    “Fan-Tassie" reflects nature's celebration of life.  This poignant presentation will joyously open your eyes to nature's visual gems…leaving you with a new appreciation for looking at your own world and…marveling at Australia's exotic island state of Tasmania.


    About the Presenter:  Dave Pressler holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design, has studied at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, and Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, where he is currently a Guild Member and former Trustee.  He is an Artist Member and past President of ART/PLACE Gallery, Fairfield; Artist Member of the Westport Arts Center; and Professional Member of the Norwalk Camera Club.  Dave Pressler is also a founding member of the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library’s Curatorial Committee for the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery. He has headed educational exhibit divisions of The American Museum of Natural History, New York; Field Museum, Chicago; as well as The Hudson River Museum, Westchester.  His work is in numerous private collections, Bridgeport Hospital's Heart Institute Fairfield; St. Vincent's Hospital Special Needs Center, Stratford; and Cardiac Associates, Stamford. He has exhibited at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan; Westport Arts Center and Nylen Gallery, Westport; Sackler Gallery, Stamford; The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk; Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich; Highstead Arboretum, Redding, CT; Housatonic Museum of Art and The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport; The Northern Westchester Center for the Arts and The Hudson River Museum among many others.  He is a former President of SYNAPSIS, a creative marketing communications consulting firm; and a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America.  Mr. Pressler is the recipient of numerous design awards for his design work and is named on several patents for proprietary design contributions to such companies as Kodak, BASF, Warner-Lambert and Hasbro.