Monday, October 31, 2016

November 14th "Bird Photography: Insights and Inspiration" by Michael Milicia

November 14th "Bird Photography: Insights and Inspiration" by Michael Milicia

Michael Milicia is a gifted photographer and teacher. He will present a selection of bird images along with understandable commentary intended to inform, entertain and inspire. This program will be of interest to both general audiences and photographers of all abilities. Using example photos, Mike will demonstrate the importance of things like head angle, catch lights, in-camera composition, knowing your subject, and being proactive in the field.  There will also be a review of a few key camera settings that enable Mike to be more productive and get better results in the field along with a brief discussion of his in-field workflow and his general approach to setting exposure in various situations.  The goal is to provide some insight into the many different components that must come together to create a compelling bird photograph. www.michaelmiliciaphotography.com 

This program is sponsored in part by Hunts Photo


Saturday, October 29, 2016

prints

See everyone Monday!

A print table will be set up for prints to be brought in for viewing on competition nights. NHCC members may bring in any size, matted or unmatted printed photographs to be viewed by members at the monthly meetings. Scott Hudson, MaryEllen O'Donnell and Barbara Vietzke are in charge of this print table. They will put out red solo cups and hand out voting slips so that each member can place their vote into the cup corresponding to the photo that they want for member's choice that month. A ribbon will be awarded for member's choice for prints each month.

Please note: NHCC IS still competing in NECCC interclub print competition this month. Scott will be collecting prints (11x14) matted to 16x20 and/or asking digital makers to print  images competed during the year for entry into the interclub competition.
We encourage people to share their printed photographs!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Monday 10/31

competition --meet in the 6th Floor Common on 10/31.

Greeting Card Workshop

Greeting Card Workshop

Just imagine your image on a professional looking greeting card! Joan Balen will show you, step by step, all you need to create Holiday, Birthday and any other occasion cards using your very own images. This will be a hands on workshop and you will leave with your own greeting card ready for you to print at home. You will also create and save templates to make your card-making future easy peasy.

A basic knowledge of either photoshop or photoshop elements is required to participate 'hands on' using your laptop. You are welcome to attend, observe and take notes if you prefer.

This workshop will be held on Tuesday November 29th at 7PM. You can sign up at a meeting, or email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com.


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

Monday, October 24, 2016

NHCC - photo competition images due Friday

NHCC - photo competition images due Friday. We have friendly photography competitions once a month (8 times a year, plus an "End of Year" competition). Reminder we are also starting our meetings at 7pm

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). 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 (images where someone else set up the composition, or you "plug inot" lighting at a conference or workshop) are ONLY allowed in Class B
Competition:
  • We compete images in the following categories once a month (typically the 4th Monday of the month). Please see our handbook which contains the rules and instructions for competing your images.
    • digital (open category)
    • digital (assigned subject)
    • creative/image artistry 
    • Monochrome 
    • Image Critique (no scores, just feedback, especially useful for new members, or new techniques, open to ALL)
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/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. For more information or questions contact Paul Peterson pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net

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:

  • PRINTS: Each member may enter a maximum of 2 prints into the "member's choice" photo display and contest each month.
    • Prints (must be turned in by 7:15). Friendly display and member's choice award.
  • OPEN SUBJECT 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.
    • Class A
    • Class B
    • FYI, there is no need (and even a slight disadvantage) to choosing an assigned subject image for the monthly OPEN caetegory. OPEN means naything goes. 

    • ASSIGNED SUBJECT 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.
      • Class A
      • Class B
      • Please note that the electronic image assigned subject competition is in addition to the regular OPEN subject (anything goes) monthly competition.

    • MONOCHROME Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into image monochrome in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 image artistry entries
      • Class A
      • Class B
    • CREATVE 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.
    • CRITIQUE Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into Image Critique in each of the 8 monthly contests, for a year's total of 8.
    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).

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    Oct 24th 7pm "Finding November" by Mark Bowie.

    Oct 24th 7pm  "Finding November" by Mark Bowie. 

    Mark Bowie recently completed a self-assigned project to photograph November, staying close to home in western New England and northern New York State.  He was out nearly every day — anytime from predawn to night —  making images and recording his impressions.  His goal was to look beyond the bare trees and gray skies to discover November’s hidden beauty.  It became a very personal project, an exercise in the art of seeing and improving his craft. 

    This incredible presentation is a learning experience for all, photographers and non-photographers alike.  It reveals the depth and character of the month, and the treasures to be found by looking deeper.

    Monday, October 10, 2016

    Oct 24 "Finding November" by Mark Bowie.

    Oct 24th 7pm  "Finding November" by Mark Bowie. 

    Mark Bowie recently completed a self-assigned project to photograph November, staying close to home in western New England and northern New York State.  He was out nearly every day — anytime from predawn to night —  making images and recording his impressions.  His goal was to look beyond the bare trees and gray skies to discover November’s hidden beauty.  It became a very personal project, an exercise in the art of seeing and improving his craft. 

    This incredible presentation is a learning experience for all, photographers and non-photographers alike.  It reveals the depth and character of the month, and the treasures to be found by looking deeper.

    Sunday, October 9, 2016

    Monday starts at 7pm -- iPhone Photography for Traditional Photographers by Michael and Suz Karchmer

    Monday starts at 7pm -- iPhone Photography for Traditional Photographers by Michael and Suz Karchmer

    presentation followed by hands on, bring your iphone (or ipad)


    An Introduction to iPhone Photography for Traditional Photographers

    Michael and Suz Karchmer
    New Haven Camera Club
    October 10, 2016

    The rise and growing predominance of photography done with smart phones (mobile photography) has sent shock waves throughout the world-wide photographic community—including the camera club culture.  This presentation focuses on the type of smart phone photography where the intent is to create images that are more than just snapshots. This kind of photography is often referred to as iPhoneography. We’ll describe what is meant by the term, describe its brief history, and consider the influence that iPhone photography is having on traditional photography.

    We’ll then turn to the cameras built into the current generation of iPhones and to the camera application that comes with the phone. We’ll suggest when you should consider using an alternative application (“camera replacement apps”) rather than the “native” camera app. We’ll also describe Snapseed, a powerful alternative to the built-in editing program, as well as a few other key photo apps.



    Michael and Suz Karchmer

    Husband and wife Michael and Suz Karchmer are Cape Cod-based photographers who use and appreciate both their traditional camera equipment as well as their iPhones. For the past five years, they have nurtured an interest in and a passion for iPhone photography. In March 2015, Cape Cod Magazine published their article, “The Camera in your Pocket: Mobile Photography on Cape Cod.” These days they share their love of iPhone photography by leading workshops at venues across the Cape. Michael likes his iPhone for documenting the people and places he comes across wherever he goes. Suz uses hers to find and capture moments of emotional and energetic exchange, whether in landscapes, travel shots, or intimate portraits.

    As traditional photographers, they team together and specialize in theater and performance photography. They have been the company photographers for the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) for the past five years and other theater venues on the lower Cape. Their theater images have appeared in such publications as the Cape Cod Times, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Broadway World, and the American Theater Magazine. The main floor gallery at WHAT has a rotating exhibit of their production images.

    Michael and Suz are members of the Cape Cod Viewfinders Camera Club (Michael was president for 3 years.)  In addition, they are part of the iPhone 9, a group of nine Cape artists and photographers. This group was started 5 years ago to share skills and knowledge related to iPhoneography. The group often exhibits their work together, most recently in Provincetown.

    The Karchmers’ photos can be found in Cape Cod and Chatham Magazines and they regularly show their images at exhibits across the Cape.

    Contact Michael at michaelkarchmer@gmail.com (301-332-2106) and Suz at susan.karchmer@gmail.com (240-731-7331). Also, some of their work can be found at karchmerphoto.com.

    reminder, NHCC 2016-17 Dues are due

    NHCC 2016-17 Dues are due

    APPLICATION FOR NHCC MEMBERSHIP. To join, please download our Membership Form and bring it with you to a meeting or mail it to the Membership Chair.

    You must be a paid member in order to compete, attend workshops and field trips. Most programs are open to the public. Your dues must be paid before the October competition in order to remain listed in the photo contest pro software to compete. FYI, All members of the NHCC is also required to sign a Liability Waiver in order to participate in club activities, attend programs and workshops, etc...

    Send membership form and check to: NHCC c/o Ann Yost 163 Woodvale Rd West Haven, CT 06516

    Chrysanthemum Festival Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA

    Chrysanthemum Festival Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA
    New Haven Camera Club Field Trip
    Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29

    Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA
      
    Another great trip is planned by your field trip committee.  Come to Longwood Gardens Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29 for their wonderful Chrysanthemum Festival.  Experience a wonderful cultivated display with more than 16,000 chrysanthemums.  This is one of their most beautiful exhibits.  If you love flowers you will not want to miss this!


    If you are interested please contact Pat at pbenham@att.net  with your contact information, cell number and town you are from.

    Saturday, October 8, 2016

    Monday -- iPhone Photography for Traditional Photographers

    Monday starts at 7pm -- iPhone Photography for Traditional Photographers

    presentation followed by hands on, bring your iphone (or ipad)

    Monday, October 3, 2016

    Converting to Monochrome....


    Converting to Monochrome....


    disclaimer, all images from Google images...

    Monochrome simply means ‘of one color’

    This image would be black and white, as the pixels are EITHER black or white, there are no "tones" 
    Image result for monochrome vs black and white photography
    Very rarely in photography do we want  a truly black and white image, silhouettes can be an obvious exception. Usually we want our image to be various shades of black. 

    Monochrome Landscapes Photography - 4

    Image result for r g b values photoshop monochrome

    Some camera can capture a monochrome image SOOC, but I prefer the control of using the BW adjustment layer

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    Below are a few different ways (Faststone, Picassa, PS, Elements) to convert images to black and white or monochrome. monochrome should only have one color, white and then shades of one color, shades of gray is the most common (BW) but shades of tan (sepia) or blue or another color can be done as well. 

    There are plugins (Nik SilverEfex and Topaz BW effects, but please note that some of these plugin presets yield color, not monochrome images. Monochrome images typically have color values that are the same for R G and B. You can view info in Photoshop and use the eye dropper and see if your image has the same 


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    A VERY good way to convert is using the black and white adjustment layer in PS, it is non-destructive and gives you a lot of control over your final image. 

    1. black and white adjustment layer ***
    Available in Photoshop CS 3 onwards, the black and white adjustment layer gives you all the control of the channel mixer and twin hue/saturation techniques via six colour sliders. But the most exciting feature is it's ‘targeted adjustment tool'. With this tool you can stroke tones in your photo to make them lighter or darker. It's an intuitive and precise conversion technique.

    Photshop CS 3 and onward, nondestructive:
    1. Click the Black White icon  in the Adjustments panel.
      1.      OR Layer --> New Adjustment Layer -->  Black and White
    2. Click ‘OK'. The Black and White toolbox appears:
      1. black and white conversion photoshop
    3. Move the six color sliders right or left to brighten or darken the respective tones in the photo. You can also choose from from the presets in the drop down menu at the top.
    4. Move the cursor over the photo and hold the left mouse button down. The cursor changes, indicating that the targeted adjustment tool is activated. With the mouse button held down, move the mouse to the right to lighten the tones under the cursor, or left to darken them.
    5. Click ‘OK' when you're done.

    2. Graysale 
    The simplest black and white conversion method, converting to grayscale discards all the color information in the photo. 

    This is destructive, it is easy but I do not recommend this method. 

    Photoshop CS 3 and onward:
    Image --> Mode -->  Grayscale
    Click ‘Discard'

    Photoshop Elements:
    Image --> ; Mode --> ; Grayscale
    Click ‘OK'
    Pros: Quick and easy.

    Cons: You have no control over the conversion. Destructive. !


    3. Hue/Saturation 
    This method gives exactly the same result as converting to grayscale. The only advantage is that it's available as an adjustment layer, and can be used as part of a non-destructive editing process.

    Photoshop CS 3 and Photoshop Elements:

    Layer --> New Adjustment Layer -->  Hue/Saturation
    Click ‘OK'
    Move the saturation slider all the way to the left (-100) and press ‘OK'

    Pros: Quick and easy; can be applied as an adjustment layer in both Photoshop CS 3 and Elements 6.

    Cons: You have no control over the conversion.

    4. LAB Color Method (Destructive)
    This technique converts your photo from RGB mode to Lab mode, which records the brightness and color values separately, then discards the color information leaving a black and white image. It's not available in Photoshop Elements.

    Photoshop CS 3 and later:

    Image > Mode > Lab Color
    Go to the Channels window if it's already open (if not go to Window > Channel) and select the Lightness channel
    Image > Mode > Grayscale
    Click ‘OK'
    Pros: Gives a better black and white conversion than the convert to grayscale and hue/saturation methods.

    Cons: Destructive editing process that doesn't give you much control.

    5. B&W Conversion in Picasa
    Open image in Picasa
    Select the “Effects” tab for B&W
    Click on B&W
    Use the “Undo” button at bottom of every screen to go back, or use Picture; Undo All Edits
    Select the “Tuning” tab to adjust Shadows, Highlights of Fill Light (Zoom in to enlarge view)
    Select the “Basic Fixes” tab to auto-adjust Contrast or to Crop
    File; Save places original in a new sub-folder and saves the altered image in original folder with
    the same name
    To Resize for Digital Submission: File > Export Picture to Folder > Select Folder Resize 1024
    OR 768; Image Quality “Maximum”; Export
    Picasa creates a subfolder with the resized image

    6. B&W Conversion in FastStone
    Open in FastStone Image Viewer
    Press Enter to toggle Large View on/off
    On left side of screen, select Grayscale or Sepia
    On left, select Enhance Colors to adjust Contrast, Tint, & Brightness
    On left, select Crop Board to crop

    For Printing: Save As; (Picture Name_BW.jpg); Quality 100
    For Digital Submission: On left: Resize/Resample; Standard > 1024x768
    Save file, 100 quality

    http://graphicdesignjunction.com/2013/01/beautiful-monochrome-landscapes-photography/

    September competition scores are posted...

    September competition scores are posted...

    Looking for the monthly competition scores: www.newhavencameraclub.org/p/monthly-competition-scores.html

    Saturday, October 1, 2016

    2016-17 season summary

    If you were at the last meeting you received a double sided business card with these dates on it (next meeting, they are at the membership table, see Ann Yost and they are also on the table with the name tags), but here is a reminder of what is on the NHCC website www.newhavencameraclub.org/p/current-season.html

    Program schedule 2016-17 Season
    • Sept 12 "Places and Faces" by Bobbie Lane 
      • sponsored in part by Gary Farber of Hunts Photo
      • Hunts Photo will be present for this event, come and purchase some photog gear, You can also pre-order items with Gary Farber ahead of time for them to bring down for you, digitalguygary@wbhunt.com
    • Oct 10 "iPhone Photography for Traditional Photographers" by Michael and Susan Karchmer 
    • Oct 24  "Finding November" by Mark Bowie 
      • $90 "Night photography" workshop by Mark Bowie 
    • November 14th "Bird Photography: Insights & Inspiration"by Michael Milicia
      • $40 November 14 12-5 "Bird Photography and Flash" workshop by Michael Milicia
      • sponsored in part by Gary Farber of Hunts Photo
    • December 12th Holiday Party, Members can present slideshows
      • January 9th "Taking Better Photographs" Tom Brooks
      • February 13th Annual Image Critique
      • March 13 "Ambient Light" by Tom Doyle
      • April 10 "The In's & Out's of Better Horse Photography" by Donna Cloutier. 
      • May 8 "Architecture" by Caryn Davis
      • June 12th: End of Year Party, Awards, End of Year Competition 
      Assigned Subjects 2016-17
      • Sept 26: Wide angle
      • Oct 31: Composites (three or more images combined)
      • Nov 28: Camera (s)
      • Jan 23: Mailbox (es)
      • Feb 27: Candlelight
      • March 27: Front Doors
      • April 24: Umbrellas
      • May 22: clock(s)