Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Image Critique" program Monday 2/29

"Image Critique" program Monday 2/29

The Feb 8th, twice cancelled "Image Critique" program has been rescheduled for Monday 2/29, again in the Commons Room. I just received an email that we are definitely confirmed for Monday!


Sunday, February 21, 2016

NECCC Spring Print Competition Judging Join us at 7PM On March 22nd

NECCC Spring Print Competition Judging Join us at 7PM On March 22nd

On March 22nd the New Haven Camera Club will hold the NECCC Spring Print Competition Judging at the Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center.  Join us at 7:00 PM to support your club in hosting this event and enjoy the competition.
Free and open to the public

"Working with Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art"

"Working with Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art"

Don't delete that digital image! Do you sometimes have a shot that you really like....a subject that is hard to capture....a place you may not get to again....but it's not perfect? Turn that "almost" good shot into a work of art by utilizing textures and overlays.

Maybe it's a bird in flight – the bird looks great, but the sky is blah. Use another sky image as an overlay, or add a texture – or both! Maybe it's a nice flower shot – good color and composition, but it's not quite tack sharp. Use textures to turn it into a fine art image! Of course, you can also add textures to your best images and make them spectacular!

Textures are everywhere – there are many free and for-purchase ones online. You can create your own textures within Photoshop or from photos of everyday objects. Working with layers and blending modes, there are many things you can do to create a beautiful work of art – I'll show you how! We will also review merging images, opacity changes, and masking.

This workshop will be held on Thursday, March 24th at 7PM. To sign up, please email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com. Please include your telephone number.

Workshops are free, but you must be a current NHCC member to attend.

Tips for photographing people

Tom and Lisa are holding a program/workshop -- They will provide tips for photographing people. Monday, March 7, 2016

When photographing people various aspects come into play: clothing suggestions, accessory (jewelry, hats, scarves, fun stuff) choices, the comfort level of the person (making them comfortable and establishing rapport), posing hands, facial analysis, matching your pose to your subject, lighting, and most importantly expression (which is related to rapport, natural expression, and your particular model). We will concentrate on tips related to photographing a single person, if time permits we will also touch upon couples and families.

The program portion will last about 90 minutes. You will then pair up and practice posing and talking to your subjects, learning how to get great expressions and better people pictures

See complete details here

Commons Room.
Free for NHCC members but you must pre-register.  Email us at BREAphotos@comcast.net

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

"Image Critique" program has been rescheduled for Monday 2/29

The Feb 8th, twice cancelled "Image Critique" program has been rescheduled for Monday 2/29, again in the Commons Room.

Please note that there is another group that has a dibs on this night. They have a recital on Feb 27th, and their snow date is 2/29. So there is a possibility that this particular event will be postponed one more time, keep viewing the NHCC blog for updates. Whitney will let us know if their event goes on as planned on the 27th, in which case will can have our event on the 29th, or if we need to change again. Stay tuned!

And a reminder, on the day of weather events and changes and cancellations we post to the Blog early so you can physically go check the Blog. If you subscribe and mainly read the blog from the Feedburner delivered emails your notification will be later than if you actually go to the NHCC Blog at http://www.nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"The Creative Use of Blend Modes in Photoshop"

Lisa and Tom Cuchara are teaching a hands on class on "The Creative Use of Blend Modes in Photoshop" on Thursday, February 18, 2016 7pm. NHCC members are welcome to attend.Bring your laptops and learn how to enhance your creative editing abilities.

Unleash the power and creativity of blend modes! Layers and masks are the heart and soul of Photoshop, but blending modes are the spice to allow you to blend layers together to create effects. Lisa will show you how to use the multiply and screen blend modes for compositing, the lighten and screen blend modes for night photography, the multiply and screen blend modes for exposure alterations and more effective non destructive dodging and burning. She will also demonstrate the use of the popular soft light, overlay and multiply for the very popular textures.

See full details here: www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/events/228813141/

NHCC members can register for free, email us at breaphotos@comcast.net to sign up. 

Hope you can join us ! 

FYI, you must pre-register, no walkins that day







Monday, February 15, 2016

"Image Critique" program has been rescheduled for Monday 2/29, again in the Commons Room.

The Feb 8th, twice cancelled "Image Critique" program has been rescheduled for Monday 2/29, again in the Commons Room.

Please note that there is another group that has a dibs on this night. They have a recital on Feb 27th, and their snow date is 2/29. So there is a possibility that this particular event will be postponed one more time, keep viewing the NHCC blog for updates. Whitney will let us know if their event goes on as planned on the 27th, in which case will can have our event on the 29th, or if we need to change again. Stay tuned!

And a reminder, on the day of weather events and changes and cancellations we post to the Blog early so you can physically go check the Blog. If you subscribe and mainly read the blog from the Feedburner delivered emails your notification will be later than if you actually go to the NHCC Blog at http://www.nhccphotoblog.blogspot.com/

weather cancellation

tonight's meeting, Image Critique, scheduled upstairs in the Commons, has been postponed due to weather. We will let you know the snow date as soon as it is confirmed.

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.
  • 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, February 14, 2016

    Tips for photographing people

    Tom and Lisa are holding a program/workshop -- They will provide tips for photographing people.

    When photographing people professionally various aspects come into play: clothing suggestions, accessory (jewelry, hats, scarves, fun stuff) choices, the comfort level of the person (making them comfortable and establishing rapport), posing hands, facial analysis, matching your pose to your subject, lighting, and most importantly expression (which is related to rapport, natural expression, and your particular model). We will concentrate on tips related to photographing a single person, if time permits we will also touch upon couples and families.

    The program portion will last about 90 minutes. You will then practice posing and talking to your subjects, learning how to get great expressions and better people pictures

    See complete details here

    Free for NHCC members but you must pre-register. Commons Room. Email us at BREAphotos@cocmast.net

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

    "Working with Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art"

    "Working with Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art"


    Inline image 1
    Don't delete that digital image! Do you sometimes have a shot that you really like....a subject that is hard to capture....a place you may not get to again....but it's not perfect? Turn that "almost" good shot into a work of art by utilizing textures and overlays.

    Maybe it's a bird in flight – the bird looks great, but the sky is blah. Use another sky image as an overlay, or add a texture – or both! Maybe it's a nice flower shot – good color and composition, but it's not quite tack sharp. Use textures to turn it into a fine art image! Of course, you can also add textures to your best images and make them spectacular!

    Textures are everywhere – there are many free and for-purchase ones online. You can create your own textures within Photoshop or from photos of everyday objects. Working with layers and blending modes, there are many things you can do to create a beautiful work of art – I'll show you how! We will also review merging images, opacity changes, and masking.

    This workshop will be held on Thursday, March 24th at 7PM. To sign up, please email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com. Please include your telephone number.

    Workshops are free, but you must be a current NHCC member to attend.

    Inline image 2

    Friday, February 12, 2016

    "The Creative Use of Blend Modes in Photoshop"


    Lisa and Tom Cuchara are teaching a hands on class on "The Creative Use of Blend Modes in Photoshop" on Thursday, February 18, 2016 7pm.

    NHCC members are welcome to attend.Bring your laptops and learn how to enhance your creative editing abilities.

    Unleash the power and creativity of blend modes! Layers and masks are the heart and soul of Photoshop, but blending modes are the spice to allow you to blend layers together to create effects. Lisa will show you how to use the multiply and screen blend modes for compositing, the lighten and screen blend modes for night photography, the multiply and screen blend modes for exposure alterations and more effective non destructive dodging and burning. She will also demonstrate the use of the popular soft light, overlay and multiply for the very popular textures.

    See full details here: www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/events/228813141/

    NHCC members can register for free, email us at breaphotos@comcast.net to sign up.

    Hope you can join us !

    FYI, you must pre-register, no walkins that day







    NECCC Spring Print Competition Judging Join us at 7PM On March 22nd

     NECCC Spring Print Competition Judging Join us at 7PM On March 22nd

    On March 22nd the New Haven Camera Club will hold the NECCC Spring Print Competition Judging at the Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center.  Join us at 7:00 PM to support your club in hosting this event and enjoy the competition.
    Free and open to the public

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    updates

    The NHCC board met last week and several changes resulted from the meeting: 
    • 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.
    • As of September 2016 NHCC will be meeting at 7:00 pm (a new start time, earlier than our current 7:30 start time). This change is for three reasons: (1) to allow more image commentary (like the critiques described in the paragraph above, everyone should be able to get a critique on one photograph and perhaps after this change September there will also be more time so that the judges could also comment about the strengths of the first place images and why they won), (2) to encourage more people to stay until the end of competition, and (3) to allow for a more interactive social break between the first two competitions (Monochrome and creative) and then prints, followed by class B, class A and assigned subject. 
    • Currently: All aspects of the image must be taken by the photographer [Clipart, Textures, plugins with textures, etc. are NOT permitted].  
      • NEW 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 existing 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 other categories except the creative/image artistry category.
    • Reminders:
      • Setups are ONLY allowed in Class B. A setup 
      • 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
      • 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).

      Tuesday, February 9, 2016

      NHCC Field Trip to New York Botanical Gardens

      NHCC Field Trip to New York Botanical Gardens

      FYI, you must be a paid member to attend NHCC field trips, programs are free, but field trips, workshops are competitions are for paid NHCC members only, dues are only $25 for the season.

      The NHCC fieldtrip to the New York Botanical Gardens will be led by P&J  (Pat Benham and Jan Doyle.)  We will have the opportunity to photograph an expanded showcase of magnificent orchids inside the Haupt Conservatory before stepping outside to enjoy a complementary schedule of events and activities.

      Date:            March 4, 2016

      First meet-up:  In  Derby at Exit 58 off the Merritt in the commuter parking lot at 8:45 am and leaving at 9:00 am with Jan Doyle

      Second Meet-up:  We will meet Pat Benham at 9:15 in Straford at the commuter lot by Sikorsky’s  off the Merritt.

      Please feel free to bring a lunch or purchase lunch at the Botanical Gardens.  We plan on leaving the gardens at 2:00 pm.

      Please sign up with Pat@pbenham@att.net and let her know which location you choose so the leaders know to expect you.

      Monday, February 8, 2016

      The recently revised PSA definition of Nature

      This is a FYI because we participate in interclub competitions. While NHCC does not have a Nature category, nor do we adhere to Nature rules in our Open or other categories, We DO compete in interclub competitions so the person in charge of interclub competitions may ask you as the maker if an image abides by PSA nature rules before entering one of your images in an interclub competition.

      The judges will be guided by the recently revised PSA definition of Nature. The following is a statement of the basic guidelines concerning Nature digital images:

      “Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

      No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by cropping are permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. Stitched images are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. Color images can be converted to grey-scale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.“

      Images submitted for consideration for the Best Wildlife award must meet the additional definition for Nature Wildlife Photography.

      “Images entered as Wildlife are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species."

      Inclement weather moves today's meeting to next Monday

      Foibled by snow ! 

      Inclement weather moves today's meeting to next Monday. 

      Tonight's program "Image Critique" 
      will be held next Monday 2/15 
      (on the 6th floor, signs will be out)

      Sunday, February 7, 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!!!!!


      Thursday, February 4, 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.

      January Scores

      I just got the scores, monthly and cumulative, for January, they are posted on the website: http://www.newhavencameraclub.org/p/monthly-competition-scores.html