Sunday, October 29, 2017

November 13 Adding Points to Your Competitive Advantage by Mike Goodman

November 13 Adding Points to Your Competitive Advantage by Mike Goodman 
Competing more successfully as a way to improve your photographic skills. I have been competing in camera clubs and international salons actively for well over thirty years now. I have also judged at clubs throughout New England for the last 30+ years as well as at international exhibitions such as the Greater Lynn International and the Glennie International. I suspect I have seen tens of thousands of images during this time. This process has allowed me to grow and develop as a photographer in ways that I don’t believe would have been possible otherwise. The judges (mostly good but occasionally not) along the way have all contributed to my evolution as a photographer. I have done pretty well in both the club competitions and internationals I am proud to say. I am so ever grateful for the camera clubs that I have been part of (Waltham, Boston, Boston West and Gateway) that have enabled my interest and skills to grow and flourish. I have learned a lot and want to share some of my reflections and learnings with people who may be relatively new to competitions as well as veterans who are looking to move up a level or two in their mastery.
Bio. Michael began taking pictures as a teenager and has continued ever since. He has had his images published in books, calendars, music albums and on the web. He frequently delivers multi-media photographic shows (his favorite activity) at business and photographic conferences like the annual New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) using images he has taken from his travels around the world. He has been honored with an M.N.E.C. (Master Member New England Camera Council) for his photographic art as well as service to the New England photographic community. He has won numerous awards for his photography in international exhibitions including the Greater Lynn Photographic Association salon, Photographic Society of Rhode Island international exhibit of photography and Camera Naturalists international nature exhibition. His landscape work has been exhibited at Galerie f/5.6 in Munich, Germany. Recently one of his photographs was recently accepted into the annual Omer T. Lassonde Open Juried exhibition at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery. His work has also been shown at the Main Street Art Gallery in Newfields, NH as well as the Exeter Town Hall. He is an active member of both the Gateway Camera Club (now in his 34th season) as well as Camera Naturalists, an invitation only nature photography association. Michael is a past president of the Boston Camera Club, one of America’s oldest photographic societies. He regularly judges at clubs around New England as well as many international photographic exhibits and has delivered numerous teaching programs throughout the northeast. https://mikegoodmanphotos.shutterfly.com/

Sunday, October 22, 2017

November 13 Adding Points to Your Competitive Advantage by Mike Goodman

November 13 Adding Points to Your Competitive Advantage by Mike Goodman 
Competing more successfully as a way to improve your photographic skills. I have been competing in camera clubs and international salons actively for well over thirty years now. I have also judged at clubs throughout New England for the last 30+ years as well as at international exhibitions such as the Greater Lynn International and the Glennie International. I suspect I have seen tens of thousands of images during this time. This process has allowed me to grow and develop as a photographer in ways that I don’t believe would have been possible otherwise. The judges (mostly good but occasionally not) along the way have all contributed to my evolution as a photographer. I have done pretty well in both the club competitions and internationals I am proud to say. I am so ever grateful for the camera clubs that I have been part of (Waltham, Boston, Boston West and Gateway) that have enabled my interest and skills to grow and flourish. I have learned a lot and want to share some of my reflections and learnings with people who may be relatively new to competitions as well as veterans who are looking to move up a level or two in their mastery.
Bio. Michael began taking pictures as a teenager and has continued ever since. He has had his images published in books, calendars, music albums and on the web. He frequently delivers multi-media photographic shows (his favorite activity) at business and photographic conferences like the annual New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) using images he has taken from his travels around the world. He has been honored with an M.N.E.C. (Master Member New England Camera Council) for his photographic art as well as service to the New England photographic community. He has won numerous awards for his photography in international exhibitions including the Greater Lynn Photographic Association salon, Photographic Society of Rhode Island international exhibit of photography and Camera Naturalists international nature exhibition. His landscape work has been exhibited at Galerie f/5.6 in Munich, Germany. Recently one of his photographs was recently accepted into the annual Omer T. Lassonde Open Juried exhibition at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery. His work has also been shown at the Main Street Art Gallery in Newfields, NH as well as the Exeter Town Hall. He is an active member of both the Gateway Camera Club (now in his 34th season) as well as Camera Naturalists, an invitation only nature photography association. Michael is a past president of the Boston Camera Club, one of America’s oldest photographic societies. He regularly judges at clubs around New England as well as many international photographic exhibits and has delivered numerous teaching programs throughout the northeast. https://mikegoodmanphotos.shutterfly.com/

Image Critique Workshop Monday, Nov. 6 2017 @ 7PM

Image Critique Workshop
Monday, Nov. 6 2017 @ 7PM
Limited to 10 participants

Margo Bury attended this workshop a few years ago, and wrote a testimonial about her experience. She did a much better job of describing it than I could, so it appears here:

“One of the best benefits of the New Haven Camera Club is the opportunity to become a better photographer.  There are many ways that the club provides these opportunities, and attending workshops to learn new skills or enhance existing ones is one of the best.

The best part of our highly qualified membership is their willingness to share their knowledge. Bill Barnett is one of those generous top rated award winning photographers. He is once again offering to to provide individual critiques for images that each attendee of this workshop provides. Bill loads images each participant sent him into his computer to be projected onto a large monitor.  He opens the discussion by stating what he likes about each photo, what could have been done to have taken a better image, and what could be done to process the image to improve it.

That by itself is instructive enough, but, as they say – a picture is worth a thousand words!  He proceeds to SHOW you what it looks like.  For example when he says the image should be brighter, he brightens it.  If cropping would be the improvement, he crops it.  The original image is retained and he switches back and forth so you can see the change in the image.  By this time on the first image the group is starting to get pretty excited about the improvement in the image and chimes into the conversation. There are valuable lessons to be learned from your own work and the work of the others.  This is a workshop not to be missed.”
                                                                 -Margo Bury

So, start going through your images and pick some you would like some help with. You can sign up for this workshop at a Camera Club meeting, or email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com. Please include your name, phone number and email address. Directions will be sent to participants approximately one week prior to the workshop as well as directions on how to submit your images to Bill.


The workshop is free, but you must be a NHCC member to attend.

Taking Great Close-up Images Indoors Using Natural Light

Taking Great Close-up Images Indoors Using Natural Light

Paul Peterson has once again agreed to give this always popular workshop, in which he shares his techniques of taking striking close-up (macro) images of flowers.
  
Paul will begin by explaining his techniques for lighting, using natural light, use of backgrounds and other techniques he has perfected over the years. This will be a hands-on workshop, so please bring your camera, a tripod and a macro lens if you have one. If you don’t have a macro lens, just bring what you have. Some of the flowers are large enough that they don’t really require a macro lens. Paul will have flower setups in a number of stations in his home, so everyone will have ample opportunity to try their hand using his techniques

The workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28th at 8AM. To sign up, please email me at beadnik2@gmail.com. I will send out an email with directions to Paul’s home a few days before the workshop to all who have signed up. (If you have already signed up at the camera club, no need to contact me again).


Please note that workshops are FREE, but you do need to be a current member to attend workshops (and to compete images and to participate on field trips).

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Grace Farms

NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB FIELD TRIP
             SATURDAY OCTOBER 21
                   DEPART AT 9:00 AM

We will be going on a half day field trip to Grace Farms in New Canaan, Ct.  Grace Farms is a very lovely, peaceful property which is a former horse farm.  The highlight of the Farm is a building called the River which is all glass and wood, curving down a gentle hill.  Inside the building are several 
areas including a sanctuary, gymnasium, casual restaurant, library and a tea room. We plan to have lunch in the Commons which has indoor and outdoor seating.  

If interested in going, please email Linda Thomas at  humbrd001@yahoo.com.  You must be a paid member of New Haven Camera Club to attend.  

Further details will be sent to those who sign up.  
JOIN US FOR A RELAXING DAY IN A PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Monday October 30th Creative Editing Techniques with Betty Wiley

Monday October 30th Creative Editing Techniques with Betty Wiley
Send Lisa an email photographer67 [at] comcast.net to sign up and for more info.

Hands-on -- bring your computer (or just come and watch)
Free for NHCC members

Take your image editing to the next level by going beyond the basics.  In this session, you learn various creative editing techniques. Betty Wiley will show you how to transform your images by demonstrating ways to create dramatic lighting, how to selectively add color, add a grunge look to photos, create an edgy HDR look, create black and white with selective color, use of split toning and more.

Replacing Skies the Easy Way in Photoshop
Betty will show you how to replace bland, boring, colorless skies without the need for time consuming or complicated selections in Photoshop.  The techniques that Betty will demonstrate in this session are relatively easy and fast and create a believable look.  This is a popular class that Betty has taught to many groups and organizations.

here are some before and after of what you will learn...










Bio: Betty Wiley is an award-winning free-lance photographer and instructor who resides on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, she has lived in the northeast for over 35 years.  She leads photography workshops and teaches post-processing classes on the South Shore and Cape Cod.  Her classes and workshops have received many accolades from her students and she is well known for her skill in the darkroom.   Betty is also a frequent speaker to camera clubs and meet-up groups.  Her images frequently appear in a various publications including Cape Cod magazine, Chatham magazine and South Shore Living.   While she specializes in nature and landscape photography, she also operates a small portrait studio in her home.  For more of her work, please visit her website at www.bettywileyphotography.com.

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 and you have to enter thru the main doors, not the doors near the CAC auditorium like we used to. 

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:

  • Mark a C next to any competiton image that you would like critiqued
  • All aspects of the image must be taken by the photographer (Clipart, Textures, etc. are NOT permitted) (Except in the image artistry category where anything goes but the main image must have started with a photograph taken bby the photographer).
  • 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

The NHCC has competitions in the following categories once a month (typically the 4th Monday of the month).

  • digital (open category) (2 entries per maker)
    • class A 
    • class B
  • digital (assigned subject) (1 entry per maker)
    • class A
    • class B
  • creative/image artistry (1 entry per maker)
    • class A
    • class B
  • Monochrome (1 entry per maker)
    • class A
    • class B
  • Image Critique (no scores, just feedback, especially useful for new members, or new techniques, open to ALL members) (1 entry per maker)
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.
For more information or questions contact Paul Peterson 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:

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.
FYI, there is no need (and even a slight disadvantage) to choosing an assigned subject image for the monthly OPEN category. OPEN means anything goes. 

ASSIGNED SUBJECT Each member may enter a maximum of 1 photograph into the Assigned Subject category in each of the 8 contests, for a year's total of 8 assigned subject entries.
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

CREATIVE 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 open , 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 open, 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, monochrome and/or Assigned Subject, the maker must have submitted a total of 6 photographs (8 contests times 1 photograph per contest, two zeros allowed).

Monday, October 16, 2017

Image Critique Workshop Monday, Nov. 6 2017 @ 7PM

Image Critique Workshop
Monday, Nov. 6 2017 @ 7PM
Limited to 10 participants

Margo Bury attended this workshop a few years ago, and wrote a testimonial about her experience. She did a much better job of describing it than I could, so it appears here:

“One of the best benefits of the New Haven Camera Club is the opportunity to become a better photographer.  There are many ways that the club provides these opportunities, and attending workshops to learn new skills or enhance existing ones is one of the best.

The best part of our highly qualified membership is their willingness to share their knowledge. Bill Barnett is one of those generous top rated award winning photographers. He is once again offering to to provide individual critiques for images that each attendee of this workshop provides. Bill loads images each participant sent him into his computer to be projected onto a large monitor.  He opens the discussion by stating what he likes about each photo, what could have been done to have taken a better image, and what could be done to process the image to improve it.

That by itself is instructive enough, but, as they say – a picture is worth a thousand words!  He proceeds to SHOW you what it looks like.  For example when he says the image should be brighter, he brightens it.  If cropping would be the improvement, he crops it.  The original image is retained and he switches back and forth so you can see the change in the image.  By this time on the first image the group is starting to get pretty excited about the improvement in the image and chimes into the conversation. There are valuable lessons to be learned from your own work and the work of the others.  This is a workshop not to be missed.”
                                                                 -Margo Bury

So, start going through your images and pick some you would like some help with. You can sign up for this workshop at a Camera Club meeting, or email Joan at beadnik2@gmail.com. Please include your name, phone number and email address. Directions will be sent to participants approximately one week prior to the workshop as well as directions on how to submit your images to Bill.


The workshop is free, but you must be a NHCC member to attend.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

SATURDAY DECEMBER 2, 2017 OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS

NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB TRIP
                     
SATURDAY DECEMBER 2, 2017

OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS 

TICKETS $28.00

Join us for an evening of old fashioned New England Christmas traditions. 

"Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, dance, and a sleigh ride." There will be yule logs, strolling Victorian Carolers, readings from The Nativity, and Christmas Carol Sing-a-longs. Many photographic opportunities inside and out.

PLEASE CONTACT LINDA THOMAS
Humbrd001@Yahoo.com to sign up.
(You must be a paid NHCC member to attend.)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Taking Great Close-up Images Indoors Using Natural Light

Taking Great Close-up Images Indoors Using Natural Light

Paul Peterson has once again agreed to give this always popular workshop, in which he shares his techniques of taking striking close-up (macro) images of flowers.
  
Paul will begin by explaining his techniques for lighting, using natural light, use of backgrounds and other techniques he has perfected over the years. This will be a hands-on workshop, so please bring your camera, a tripod and a macro lens if you have one. If you don’t have a macro lens, just bring what you have. Some of the flowers are large enough that they don’t really require a macro lens. Paul will have flower setups in a number of stations in his home, so everyone will have ample opportunity to try their hand using his techniques

The workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28th at 8AM. To sign up, please email me at beadnik2@gmail.com. I will send out an email with directions to Paul’s home a few days before the workshop to all who have signed up. (If you have already signed up at the camera club, no need to contact me again).


Please note that workshops are FREE, but you do need to be a current member to attend workshops (and to compete images and to participate on field trips).

"Creative Smart Phone Photography" by Melissa M. Fraser

"Creative Smart Phone Photography" by Melissa M. Fraser

Melissa gaev an excellent program, she said that she would send her notes and there they are...

Grace Farms

NEW HAVEN CAMERA CLUB FIELD TRIP
             SATURDAY OCTOBER 21
                   DEPART AT 9:00 AM

We will be going on a half day field trip to Grace Farms in New Canaan, Ct.  Grace Farms is a very lovely, peaceful property which is a former horse farm.  The highlight of the Farm is a building called the River which is all glass and wood, curving down a gentle hill.  Inside the building are several 
areas including a sanctuary, gymnasium, casual restaurant, library and a tea room. We plan to have lunch in the Commons which has indoor and outdoor seating.  

If interested in going, please email Linda Thomas at  humbrd001@yahoo.com.  You must be a paid member of New Haven Camera Club to attend.  

Further details will be sent to those who sign up.  
JOIN US FOR A RELAXING DAY IN A PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT!!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Oct 9th Melissa Fraser "Creative Smart Phone Photography"

Join NHCC at 7pm on October 9th, 2017 for "Creative Smart Phone Photography" by Melissa M. Fraser

The ever improving camera capabilities in today’s Smartphones coupled with the fact that we typically carry them with us at all times, lends them to be an amazing tool to capture your world in a new creative way.  While my large SLR is still my go to for photography, I travel for a living and often cannot haul all that equipment with me on my trips.  Thus, I have learned to love my iPhone and the fun that comes with it.  Using a combination of lenses and apps, I have discovered a new way to creatively capture my surroundings and a fun way to pass the time on long flights.  During this 1-hour program we will review some fun tools (lenses, tripods etc) that can enhance the use of your Smartphone and we will also explore some fun shooting and editing apps that will give your creative juices a boost and help you bring out your inner painter or abstract artist.  While I make use the iPhone technology, I will reference tools and apps for other Smartphones where applicable.  After our review of Smartphone apps and technology, I will plug in my phone and show you an app or two.

Come join us for an exciting evening exploring the world of creative smart phone photography. 













Melissa's Bio
I started my adventures in photography on a family vacation in Bar Harbor, ME at the age of 11.  A walk through a local photography gallery inspired me to take the family camera to see if I could produce amazing images, like the ones displayed in the shop.  Upon developing the film, I was hooked and began to photograph everything at every opportunity I could.  My camera became a constant in my life.

My first big award came in high school when I won a gold key for “the old barn” and a gold key and blue ribbon for “postcard dreams” at the Boston Globe Art Show.  Since that time I have been awarded 5 ribbons at various state fairs, including a chairman's choice and honorable mention at the Mid-South fair in Memphis, TN.  My work was featured in three published commercially available books: Charleston; A photographic portrait; Savannah; A photographic portrait; and Massachusetts; a photographic portrait.  I have been featured in and on the cover of Cape Cod Guide Magazine.  While in graduate school, I was featured in four MUSC Humanitas a Juried art magazines. In recent years, I have been accepted into multiple juried art exhibitions displayed at the Cape Cod Art Association with one honorable mention.  Through the years, I have photographed multiple weddings, birthday parties and social events such as MUSC graduation, Cancer Survivor Day, and SC Aquarium events.

I love to find creative ways to look at subjects, perhaps in ways that others might pass by.  I enjoy photographing all types of subjects, particularly in an abstract way. Finding abstract images is also a way for me to express the abstract feelings from being an artist and scientist in trade.  As a scientist, we deal in fact and fact alone, there are not many creative outlets when writing or presenting scientific research.  But I am an artist at heart and have always enjoyed creative writing and using my imagination, something that doesn’t fit with my chosen profession.  Photography offers a great creative outlet, which is something missing from my day job.  Going out for an afternoon of shooting images is a great way to relive the stress of the week and finding a new way to look at the environment that surrounds me.

My recent work has included using both iPhone and creative in camera techniques.  I have started sharing my love of creative smartphone photography during programs at the NH Audubon Society and the Greater Lynn Photographic Association.

www.Melissamfraserphotography.com
Instagram: Frasermm42

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Join NHCC at 7pm on October 9th, 2017 for "Creative Smart Phone Photography" by Melissa M. Fraser

Join NHCC at 7pm on October 9th, 2017 for "Creative Smart Phone Photography" by Melissa M. Fraser

The ever improving camera capabilities in today’s Smartphones coupled with the fact that we typically carry them with us at all times, lends them to be an amazing tool to capture your world in a new creative way.  While my large SLR is still my go to for photography, I travel for a living and often cannot haul all that equipment with me on my trips.  Thus, I have learned to love my iPhone and the fun that comes with it.  Using a combination of lenses and apps, I have discovered a new way to creatively capture my surroundings and a fun way to pass the time on long flights.  During this 1-hour program we will review some fun tools (lenses, tripods etc) that can enhance the use of your Smartphone and we will also explore some fun shooting and editing apps that will give your creative juices a boost and help you bring out your inner painter or abstract artist.  While I make use the iPhone technology, I will reference tools and apps for other Smartphones where applicable.  After our review of Smartphone apps and technology, I will plug in my phone and show you an app or two. 

Come join us for an exciting evening exploring the world of creative smart phone photography. 













Melissa's Bio
I started my adventures in photography on a family vacation in Bar Harbor, ME at the age of 11.  A walk through a local photography gallery inspired me to take the family camera to see if I could produce amazing images, like the ones displayed in the shop.  Upon developing the film, I was hooked and began to photograph everything at every opportunity I could.  My camera became a constant in my life.

My first big award came in high school when I won a gold key for “the old barn” and a gold key and blue ribbon for “postcard dreams” at the Boston Globe Art Show.  Since that time I have been awarded 5 ribbons at various state fairs, including a chairman's choice and honorable mention at the Mid-South fair in Memphis, TN.  My work was featured in three published commercially available books: Charleston; A photographic portrait; Savannah; A photographic portrait; and Massachusetts; a photographic portrait.  I have been featured in and on the cover of Cape Cod Guide Magazine.  While in graduate school, I was featured in four MUSC Humanitas a Juried art magazines. In recent years, I have been accepted into multiple juried art exhibitions displayed at the Cape Cod Art Association with one honorable mention.  Through the years, I have photographed multiple weddings, birthday parties and social events such as MUSC graduation, Cancer Survivor Day, and SC Aquarium events.

I love to find creative ways to look at subjects, perhaps in ways that others might pass by.  I enjoy photographing all types of subjects, particularly in an abstract way. Finding abstract images is also a way for me to express the abstract feelings from being an artist and scientist in trade.  As a scientist, we deal in fact and fact alone, there are not many creative outlets when writing or presenting scientific research.  But I am an artist at heart and have always enjoyed creative writing and using my imagination, something that doesn’t fit with my chosen profession.  Photography offers a great creative outlet, which is something missing from my day job.  Going out for an afternoon of shooting images is a great way to relive the stress of the week and finding a new way to look at the environment that surrounds me.

My recent work has included using both iPhone and creative in camera techniques.  I have started sharing my love of creative smartphone photography during programs at the NH Audubon Society and the Greater Lynn Photographic Association.

www.Melissamfraserphotography.com
Instagram: Frasermm42