Thursday, March 22, 2018

Join us on Monday April 9th for "Bella Italia" by Paul Peterson

Join us on Monday April 9th for "Bella Italia" by Paul Peterson

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. FYI, You must be a member to compete, attend workshops and field trips. Come at 6:45, programs start at 7:00.

Travel to beautiful Italy with Paul and Carmel Peterson who have visited this wonderful country in each of the past three years. Cities and areas visited include Rome, Portofino, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, and of course Venice, including the islands of Murano and Burano.


Besides presenting lots of photos which show the incredible beauty of Italy, Paul will offer some Photo Tips which hopefully will help you with your own photography.


Paul Peterson, who is the New Haven Camera Club's VP for Inside Competitions, is actually best known for his close-ups of flowers and nature subjects. However, ever since Paul and Carmel first visited Italy in 2013, they have been drawn to the sights, people, and culture of this beautiful country.


So join us April 9 at 7 PM to visit Bella Italia (Beautiful Italy) presented by Paul Peterson. Visitors are always welcome, so bring a friend.


Tuesday, March 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, March 11, 2018

Workshop

 
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
beadnik2@gmail.com
 
 
Workshops are free but you must be a current member to attend. 




















Paul Peterson

Saturday, March 10, 2018

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

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. FYI, You must be a member to compete, attend workshops and field trips. Come at 6:45, programs start at 7:00. 

You can download Jim's notes here print them and bring them so you don't have to take much notes on Monday

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FUNomRnDoPxl8V750zQrSO5Sf234MQ0g/view?usp=sharing




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


Sunday, March 4, 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