Saturday, February 24, 2018

Compositing – Expand Your Creative Space! by Jim Christensen March 12

Compositing – Expand Your Creative Space! by Jim Christensen March 12

We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month for our programs and the fourth Monday of the month for our competitions. Meetings are usually 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. Meetings are free and open to the public. You must be a member to compete, attend workshops and field trips. Come at 6:45, programs start at 7:00. 


Want to create images with more impact? Jim will demonstrate the power of compositing to completely change the mood of an image, and open-up your creative space to images that mix your imagination with your digital captures. He'll show examples and explain how to create them using Photoshop and filters from Topaz Labs. This talk will encourage you to imagine and create images with more impact.








Jim Christensen is a photographer, teacher, and speaker from the New York City area; a member and past president of the Westchester Photographic Society, NY; founder of the annual Croton-on-Hudson Fall Arts Festival, NY; and was the Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park, Maine in the spring of 2015. His work has been featured in galleries and other venues in NY and CT, and spans landscapes, night-scapes, wildlife, people (in the studio and on the sidewalks of NY), flowers, and abstracts. In addition he designs and builds one-of-a-kind mixed-media frames, and has a deep technical background in digital imaging theory and software as a result of his career as a research scientist at IBM were he created firmware and image processing software for one of the world's best (and first) digital colorimetric cameras (in the 1980's and 1990's). www.jimchristenphotography.com


Friday, February 23, 2018

WORKSHOP - BASIC PHOTOSHOP OR ELEMENTS

WORKSHOP - BASIC PHOTOSHOP OR ELEMENTS
MONDAY, MARCH 19, 7 PM, BRANFORD, CT
This workshop is designed for those who want to start using Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) or for those who need to refresh their skills. This is NOT scheduled to be a "hands on" workshop, so you do not need to bring your laptop. Paul Peterson will demonstrate how to use the tools that appear on the left side of the Photoshop workspace. You will see that just a few simple steps can greatly improve your images.
For instance, you will learn to crop, clone out unwanted things, straighten the horizon, improve the color, and much more. Learning what each tool does, and how to use it successfully, will provide a fast track to get you started using Photoshop. He will also demonstrate how to resize images to prepare them for competition and how to upload them to the NHCC software.
If you have taken this workshop before, you are still welcome to take it again, as it takes many people a while to become comfortable with Photoshop.
This workshop is open to the first 8 people to register. To sign up, please email Joan at
Workshops are free but you must be a current member to attend. 

Paul Peterson



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

NHCC Field Trip Saturday, April 28, 2018 Connecticut Antique Machinery Association

NHCC Field Trip
DATE: Saturday, April 28, 2018 [no rain date]
PLACE: CAMA – Connecticut Antique Machinery Association 31 Kent Cornwall Rd (Route 7), Kent, CT 06757
TIME: 10 am – 12 pm [morning session] Lunch 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm 2 pm – 4 pm [optional afternoon session]
ADMISSION: Recommended $5 pp donation This is an all-volunteer organization. They are very accommodating there and a nice bunch of guys who love to talk about what they do, so it should be a very good day, and well worth the money.
TO BRING: Tripod, Flash/Light if desired for indoor shooting
MEET UP: 10 am at small, welcome hut at end of long entrance road [between railroad tracks and Industrial Hall]



CAMA - The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association
Address: CAMA is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit museum dedicated to the preservation, restoration and operation of antique machinery from America's rich industrial past. Their mission is to educate the general public about the impact, use and operation of antique machinery that proliferated as the Industrial Revolution took hold in the mid-1800s.
• There are 10 areas of focus: industrial steam, large internal combustion engines, small internal combustion engines, agricultural/farm machinery and implements, Cream Hill Agricultural School, CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science, narrow gauge railroad, construction equipment, sawmill, and blacksmith shop.
• The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association is located in Kent, CT on U.S. Rt. 7, less than a mile north of the center of town. Kent is located in the scenic Litchfield Hills in the Northwest portion of the state. As you head north on Rt. 7 out of town, CAMA is on the left or west side of the road.
• CAMA is located directly adjacent and to the north of the Sloane-Stanley Museum near historic Kent Furnace. They share a common driveway.
• Admission fee is by donation during normal hours of operation. CAMA is a 100% all-volunteer organization and a small admission donation helps to offset the considerable cost of maintaining and powering the museum.
Villager Restaurant and Catering 28 N. Main St., Kent, CT 860-927-1555
Click on restaurant name above for website and menu.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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).

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Free NECCC registration

Free NECCC registration

Here a chance for a NHCC member to attend the NECCC Conference July 13, 14, and 15, 2018, with registration being free of charge if you have never attended before.

It is a great weekend filled with exceptional presenters, timely topics, and many photo opportunities.

The New England Camera Club Council, Inc. invites each NECCC member camera club to select one of its members to receive free registration to the next annual NECCC conference, held at U-Mass, Amherst, Mass. on July 13-15, 2018. The complimentary registration gives the person submitted by the club (Connecticut Association of Photographers) all the learning experiences, photo opportunities and inspirational programs that go along with the conference. Please note, that the enrollment covers only the registration fee. The three day registration is $205.  The recipient will be responsible for his or her own room, meals and transportation.

Rules governing the courtesy enrollment:
1. Candidates must be at least eighteen years of age as of July 1, 2018.
2. A candidate must be a member of an NECCC member club (NHCC is in good standing) (i.e. dues paid for the current year).
3. Candidates must have never attended a previous NECCC conference.
4. Selection of the candidate will be the responsibility of the individual clubs.

5. A $40 co-pay has been established for the Courtesy Enrollment, due at the time of the application.  NHCC will pay this co-pay for the individual accepted to represent NHCC at the 2018 conference.

NHCC would like to give the opportunity to one of its members who has never attended the NECCC conference a chance to be part of this exceptional weekend. The dates are July 13, 14 and 15, 2018.  If you are interested in attending this conference (and follow the rules governing the courtesy enrollment) please submit your name, address, phone number and email address to Ann Yost anny43@comcast.net by February 20, 2018. Please put "NECCC" in the subject line.

if there is more than one person interested the names will be placed in a cup and Ann will randomly select one.

Friday, February 16, 2018

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).

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Monday Feb 12th join NHCC for "photograph birds!" by Rhonda Cullens"

Monday Feb 12th join NHCC for "photograph birds!" by Rhonda Cullens"

We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month for our programs and the fourth Monday of the month for our competitions. Meetings are usually 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. Meetings are free and open to the public. You must be a member to compete, attend workshops and field trips. Come at 6:45, programs start at 7:00. 


Flagpole Photographers Camera Club member Rhonda Cullens love to photograph birds! Learn some of their tips on how you can take those award-winning photos of a wide variety of birds. She will also share tips on how to master your photography skills, what camera settings work best for different conditions and how to get some of those close up bird photos without even leaving your yard!





 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Free NECCC registration

Free NECCC registration

Here a chance for a NHCC member to attend the NECCC Conference July 13, 14, and 15, 2018, with registration being free of charge if you have never attended before.

It is a great weekend filled with exceptional presenters, timely topics, and many photo opportunities.

The New England Camera Club Council, Inc. invites each NECCC member camera club to select one of its members to receive free registration to the next annual NECCC conference, held at U-Mass, Amherst, Mass. on July 13-15, 2018. The complimentary registration gives the person submitted by the club (Connecticut Association of Photographers) all the learning experiences, photo opportunities and inspirational programs that go along with the conference. Please note, that the enrollment covers only the registration fee. The three day registration is $205.  The recipient will be responsible for his or her own room, meals and transportation.

Rules governing the courtesy enrollment:
1. Candidates must be at least eighteen years of age as of July 1, 2018.
2. A candidate must be a member of an NECCC member club (NHCC is in good standing) (i.e. dues paid for the current year).
3. Candidates must have never attended a previous NECCC conference.
4. Selection of the candidate will be the responsibility of the individual clubs.

5. A $40 co-pay has been established for the Courtesy Enrollment, due at the time of the application.  NHCC will pay this co-pay for the individual accepted to represent NHCC at the 2018 conference.

NHCC would like to give the opportunity to one of its members who has never attended the NECCC conference a chance to be part of this exceptional weekend. The dates are July 13, 14 and 15, 2018.  If you are interested in attending this conference (and follow the rules governing the courtesy enrollment) please submit your name, address, phone number and email address to Ann Yost anny43@comcast.net by February 20, 2018. Please put "NECCC" in the subject line.

if there is more than one person interested the names will be placed in a cup and Ann will randomly select one.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Free NECCC registration

Free NECCC registration

Here a chance for a NHCC member to attend the NECCC Conference July 13, 14, and 15, 2018, with registration being free of charge if you have never attended before.

It is a great weekend filled with exceptional presenters, timely topics, and many photo opportunities.

The New England Camera Club Council, Inc. invites each NECCC member camera club to select one of its members to receive free registration to the next annual NECCC conference, held at U-Mass, Amherst, Mass. on July 13-15, 2018. The complimentary registration gives the person submitted by the club (Connecticut Association of Photographers) all the learning experiences, photo opportunities and inspirational programs that go along with the conference. Please note, that the enrollment covers only the registration fee. The three day registration is $205.  The recipient will be responsible for his or her own room, meals and transportation.

Rules governing the courtesy enrollment:
1. Candidates must be at least eighteen years of age as of July 1, 2018.
2. A candidate must be a member of an NECCC member club (NHCC is in good standing) (i.e. dues paid for the current year).
3. Candidates must have never attended a previous NECCC conference.
4. Selection of the candidate will be the responsibility of the individual clubs.

5. A $40 co-pay has been established for the Courtesy Enrollment, due at the time of the application.  NHCC will pay this co-pay for the individual accepted to represent NHCC at the 2018 conference.

NHCC would like to give the opportunity to one of its members who has never attended the NECCC conference a chance to be part of this exceptional weekend. The dates are July 13, 14 and 15, 2018.  If you are interested in attending this conference (and follow the rules governing the courtesy enrollment) please submit your name, address, phone number and email address to Ann Yost anny43@comcast.net by February 20, 2018. Please put "NECCC" in the subject line.

if there is more than one person interested the names will be placed in a cup and Ann will randomly select one.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Monday Feb 12th join NHCC for for "photograph birds!" by Rhonda Cullens"

Monday Feb 12th join NHCC for "photograph birds!" by Rhonda Cullens"

We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month for our programs and the fourth Monday of the month for our competitions. Meetings are usually 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. Meetings are free and open to the public. You must be a member to compete, attend workshops and field trips. Come at 6:45, programs start at 7:00. 


Flagpole Photographers Camera Club member Rhonda Cullens love to photograph birds! Learn some of their tips on how you can take those award-winning photos of a wide variety of birds. She will also share tips on how to master your photography skills, what camera settings work best for different conditions and how to get some of those close up bird photos without even leaving your yard!