Sunday, February 26, 2017

March 13 "Dynamics of Nature Photography:" by John Slonina

March 13 "Dynamics of Nature Photography:" by John Slonina

This program has several tips that will take your photography to the next level. John will give ideas that can be immediately deployed to increase your chances of capturing that "shot of a lifetime”. We will explore what makes a compelling and emotionally engaging photograph. He will entertain participants and illustrate his points with humor and stories from the field. Whether you are a beginner or a professional photographer, you will leave this presentation excited to try new strategies and tips that will create more dramatic images.

Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:00 pm, Sept-May) at the Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.

 



Biography. John Slonina is a professional nature photographer. A passion for wildlife, wild places and teaching has led him down the path to photography. He has been photographing nature for over 30 years. He also has a photo tour company Slonina Photography which leads instructional photo workshops across North America. John’s goal is to make everything a fun learning experience. John’s subjects include landscape, wildlife, macro, nature, and night photography. His work has been published in calendars, books, magazines and displayed in several galleries. John has presented for numerous camera clubs, nature groups, and photo conferences. His teaching style and humor makes him a popular speaker. You can visit his website for his blog posts, online galleries, and tour schedule. He is a member of the Feisol Pro Photography Team and sponsored by Hunt’s Photo and Video.



Monday, February 20, 2017

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).

    Sunday, February 19, 2017

    NEW ENGLAND CAMERA CLUB OPPORTUNITIES

    NEW ENGLAND CAMERA CLUB OPPORTUNITIES
    Have you ever been to the NECCC annual conference at the University of Mass. in Amherst?  If not, every year the Council offers a courtesy enrollment for the Conference registration cost to one person from each camera club member.  This year the conference is July 14, 15, and 16.  This is an exciting opportunity to enhance and expand your knowledge of all kinds of photography - digital, video, prints.  There are various levels of workshops from beginner to advanced. 
    Many people from our club attend each year and generally get together for a dinner off campus on Saturday night. 

    The deadline to apply is March 1st.  If you are interested please contact Ann Yost MNEC at ayost4@aol.com  If more than one person expresses interest, we draw the winner's name from a hat so to speak. 
    The NECCC also offers a full scholarship to attend the Conference. The deadline for this opportunity is March 1st
    Also NECCC has scholarships for college students who are studying photography.  Our club has had one student recently who received this scholarship.  Deadline is March 15. 
    Finally, NECCC recognizes those people who have gone above and beyond in their contribution to the world of photography.  See the NECCC web page neccc.org  for details of the criteria for nomination.  Deadline is March 1st.

    Contact Ann Yost at ayost4@aol.com with any questions. 

    Sunday, February 12, 2017

    WORKSHOP -- PHOTOSHOP (and ELEMENTS) FOR BEGINNERS

    WORKSHOP -- PHOTOSHOP (and ELEMENTS) FOR BEGINNERS

    THURS. FEBRUARY 16 (SNOW DATE, THURS. FEB. 23 ) AT 7PM
    BRANFORD, CT

    This workshop is designed for those wanting to get started using Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) or for those who feel they need to refresh their skills. Our own Paul Peterson will be demonstrating the tools that appear on the left side of the Photoshop workspace and have icons to demonstrate what they do.

    For instance, you will learn how to crop, clone out unwanted things, even how to easily straighten the horizon, and much more. Learning what each does, and how to use it successfully, will provide a fast track to get you started on using Photoshop. He will also demonstrate how to prepare images for competition, and how to upload them to the NHCC software.

    This workshop is open to the first 10 people to sign up. To sign up, please email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com



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

    Friday, February 10, 2017

    NHCC Feb 13th Image Critique

    NHCC Feb 13th Image Critique 

    Back by popular demand! 
    Our fourth 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 2/11, images from each person will be projected before images from the same member.

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    NEW ENGLAND CAMERA CLUB OPPORTUNITIES

    NEW ENGLAND CAMERA CLUB OPPORTUNITIES
    Have you ever been to the NECCC annual conference at the University of Mass. in Amherst?  If not, every year the Council offers a courtesy enrollment for the Conference registration cost to one person from each camera club member.  This year the conference is July 14, 15, and 16.  This is an exciting opportunity to enhance and expand your knowledge of all kinds of photography - digital, video, prints.  There are various levels of workshops from beginner to advanced. 
    Many people from our club attend each year and generally get together for a dinner off campus on Saturday night. 

    The deadline to apply is March 1st.  If you are interested please contact Ann Yost MNEC at ayost4@aol.com  If more than one person expresses interest, we draw the winner's name from a hat so to speak. 
    The NECCC also offers a full scholarship to attend the Conference toa few high school students .  The deadline for this opportunity is March 1st
    Also NECCC has scholarships for college students who are studying photography.  Our club has had one student recently who received this scholarship.  Deadline is March 15. 
    Finally, NECCC recognizes those people who have gone above and beyond in their contribution to the world of photography.  See the NECCC web page neccc.org  for details of the criteria for nomination.  Deadline is March 1st.

    Contact Ann Yost at ayost4@aol.com with any questions. 

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

    NHCC needs YOU

    Joan is asking everyone for workshop ideas -- what would people like to see/learn? Email her at beadnik2@gmail.com

    The field trip committee is looking for ideas of what people would like for workshops. There are a few people on the field trips committee (Jan, Art, Ann, Linda, Pat, etc.) so talk to any of them or email Jan jmdteach@comcast.net

    If you come across a photographer in your travels thru CT, and even surrounding areas, that you think delivers good feedback please keep a look out for judges. We traditionally use local CT judges, but for a judge coming from NY or MA we could pay a $25 travel stipend. please email or talk to Paul pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net with suggestions for judges

    Paul is currently the judges chair, we need someone to take this over for Next season (you will be provided with the names and numbers of the judges, along with notes about their judging), they can learn how to go about getting judges for the 8 monthly competition and for the end of year competition. Please talk to paul or email him if you are interested pmjpeterson@sbcglobal.net

    Monday, February 6, 2017

    WORKSHOP -- PHOTOSHOP (and ELEMENTS) FOR BEGINNERS

    WORKSHOP -- PHOTOSHOP (and ELEMENTS) FOR BEGINNERS

    THURS. FEBRUARY 16 (SNOW DATE, THURS. FEB. 23 ) AT 7PM
    BRANFORD, CT

    This workshop is designed for those wanting to get started using Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) or for those who feel they need to refresh their skills. Our own Paul Peterson will be demonstrating the tools that appear on the left side of the Photoshop workspace and have icons to demonstrate what they do.

    For instance, you will learn how to crop, clone out unwanted things, even how to easily straighten the horizon, and much more. Learning what each does, and how to use it successfully, will provide a fast track to get you started on using Photoshop. He will also demonstrate how to prepare images for competition, and how to upload them to the NHCC software.

    This workshop is open to the first 10 people to sign up. To sign up, please email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com

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