Saturday, June 25, 2016

THE IMPRESSION 2 UPDATE !

THE IMPRESSION 2 UPDATE !

Thursday (6/23/16) Topaz released Topaz Impression 2, an updated version of their painterly effect software, complete with new features. As always, their update is free to anyone who already owns Impression.

And for those who don’t own it, Impression 2 will be on sale (40% off!) from June 23rd - July 7th.
Use coupon code "2IMPRESS" for a discounted price of $59.99 (regularly $99.99)


Topaz Impression generates natural painterly effects by painting brushstrokes one at a time. (It just does this very fast!) Impression can paint over 10,000 brushstrokes in less than a second, all while completely following your artistic direction, making truly personal art that you can call your own.

NEW FEATURES
If you’re already familiar with Impression, the updated release of Impression 2, gives you more powerful processing with a completely redesigned framework and the following additional features:

• 30+ New effects - Impression 2 now comes with over 140 effects!
• Larger Brush Panel - no more squinting to find the brush you need.
• Masking - Impression 2 now includes masking in application! Using a brush, color range, luminosity range, or spot masking, the masking panel even includes our color aware tool.
• Topaz Community - now you can share your created effects with the other users of Impression 2 with a click of a button. Not seeing an effect you like? Browse the Topaz Community to surf an ocean of custom user made effects.
• New brush customization options:
- “Number of strokes” options to change the number of strokes applied to the image.
- “Large Brush Volume” that adjust paint volume in large areas of color to help focus on the details.
- “Stroke “Rotation Variation” to add randomness to your effect strokes.
• Highlight and Shadow control in the lighting menu.
• Support for High DPI (4k) monitors in Windows 7/8/10
...and much more.










Friday, May 13, 2016

2 Lil Owls -- Textures, another Retirement sale going on now. Texture Sets - ONLY $8! Sale ends May 16th

2 Lil Owls -- Textures, another Retirement sale going on now. 

Texture Sets - ONLY $8! Sale ends May 16th

2 Lil Owls -- Textures, Templates, Brushes Retirement sale going on now. Retiring Sale!! Texture Sets - ONLY $8! Sale ends May16th on these and then they are being pulled from the server!
Retiring collections

"I have been working on the back end of my website some more this week and I have a few more texture collections I am retiring to make some room! This week you can grab these sets for an incredible price - only $8 per set!! *Ends May 16. Be sure to check out the sale sets below and 2 brand new sets on intro pricing - Drifter and Explorer... they are to die for! "

2 Lil Owls -- Textures, Templates, Brushes 
 http://tinyurl.com/2lilowls

Is the texture set you are drooling over not on saleBuy 2 items and take 20% off your purchase – Discount code: take 20 or Buy 3 or more items and take 30% off your entire purchase!!  Discount code:  take30  -- Enter this code when you check out. 

http://tinyurl.com/2lilowls










Texture sets 40% off!
3 Beautiful sets on sale at 40% off!
Brand new Texture Collections
Introducing 2 BRAND NEW texture sets! These sets add some super beautiful texture goodness to your photos! Both sets are on intro pricing this week!

Monday, May 9, 2016

2016 Berks Photographic Society Annual Photographic Conference

2016 Berks Photographic Society Annual Photographic Conference

The 57th Annual Berks Photographic Society's Photographic Conference will be held June 10, 11, and 12, 2016 at the deFranscesco Building, campus of Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. 

We have an exciting line-up of featured presentations: 

Sculpting with Light [program and how to] presented by Harold Ross

Iphoneography presented by Richard Lewis

Photographing Abandoned Buildings presented by Richard Lewis

Composition: Basics to Advanced Concepts presented by R. Andrew Hoff,

Cuba:A Moment In Time presented by Frank Smith,

Explaining Camera Functions presented by Marty Malgieri

Flash for Capturing Nocturnal Wildlife Using Triggers and Remotes presented by Joe and Mary Ann McDonald

Panoramic Photo Frenzie presented by Kathy Peoples

Getting Started with Food Photography presented by Brian Evans,

Saturday evening Showcase speakers: Joe and Mary Ann McDonald presenting The Tale of Seven Tails: Our Quest to Photograph the Seven Big Cats of the World
Plus amazing door prizes from our sponsors, including Wacom, Photodex, and Red River Paper, photo contests, hands on sessions, table top displays and more!
For complete information and registration go to: http://www.berksphotocon.com/

We hope to see you in Kutztown Pennsylvania this June.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Topaz Plugins on sale!

Topaz Plugins on sale!
Have you been waiting for a great time to buy the Topaz Photography Collection? Well, it's here! Spring into action today and get all 17 Topaz products at one of the lowest prices of the year!
Just enter the code SPRINGSUMMER2016 to purchase the full Collection for only $299.99 until 5/22/16 (originally $500).
Do you already own some Topaz products? If so, we think you'll be very happy with your unique upgrade price for the Collection. (Just make sure to log into your account to see your special price.) 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Two all day hands-on photography classes.

Two all day hands-on photography classes. Today is the registration deadline for the two Super 1-Day PPA classes that I am teaching

Register for a $99 Super 1 Day class online by May 3, 2016. After May 3rd, registration must be done on-site (space permitting) for $120. FYI,All payments go directly to PPA, I do not receive financial compensation for these two classes

PPA Membership not required to participate. PPA members receive one service merit for each class they attend.


There are three easy ways to register:

  • ONLINERegister online between March 2, 2016 and May 3, 2016.
  • BY PHONE:  Call our PPA Customer Service Center at 1-800-786-6277 to register by phone until May 3, 2016.
  • ONSITE:  All registrations after May 3, 2016 must be completed onsite (in-person) for $120. Please contact the instructor prior to attending to ensure there is space available.

High and Extended Dynamic Range - Take Photographs and Process Them
Register Here.

Course #CT01 Lisa Cuchara
High and extended dynamic range photography – not something that every artist does. But, if you're looking to expand your talent and skills, then this is your opportunity! We will go on location, exploring a site that has incredible texture and detail. Spend some time on a photo shoot and then process the images later the same day. You'll learn the right camera set up, explore how to take the best photos, and then discuss the post-processing steps in detail. Come prepared for an educational, fun-filled day as you master HDR! 
Course Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Course Hours: 10am - 5pm
Items to Bring: Camera and tripod image editing session - watch me and follow along on the screen. You may also bring your laptop and practice editing. $10 admission fee for the shooting location. Post-processing will utilize ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) (found in Photoshop and Lightroom CC) and the HDRsoft Photomatix program (trial version is fine), money for lunch

Location: BREA photos 2911 Dixwell Avenue, Suite #108 Hamden, CT 06514

Blend Modes, Textures, and Image Creativity
Register Here.

Course #CT02 Lisa Cuchara 
Editing isn't just a few key-clicks and retouches. To do it well takes skill, talent, and knowledge so that your photos look natural and real. In this class, you'll combine creativity with technical expertise as you learn to edit your images.   Explore layers and masks. Discover how applying textures can enhance your images. Delve into blend modes, as well as artistic uses for soft light, multiply, lighten and screen modes.  Best of all, this class is hands-on! Bring your camera to shoot some images (textures) in the morning. Then, you'll hear Lisa Cuchara's engaging presentation on how to edit, and then you'll start doing it yourself! Please bring a few images of your own so you can continue practicing in the afternoon. Take your creativity and skills to the next level – your clients will love you for it!

Course Date: Monday, May 9, 2016 Course Hours: 10am - 5pm

Items to Bring: Camera and tripod image editing session - watch me and follow along on the screen.   You may bring your laptop and practice editing. Post-processing will utilize Photoshop CC (CS6 fine too), bring some money for lunch

Location: BREA photos 2911 Dixwell Avenue, Suite #108 Hamden, CT 06514

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2 Lil Owls -- Textures, Templates, Brushes Retirement sale going on now. Retiring Sale!! Texture Sets - ONLY $8!

I love their textures!!

2 Lil Owls -- Textures, Templates, Brushes Retirement sale going on now. Retiring Sale!! Texture Sets - ONLY $8!

2 Lil Owls -- Textures, Templates, Brushes 
http://tinyurl.com/2lilowls
Retiring collections
                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                    
This week only  - these retiring collections are going for only $8 per set! Grab them before they are gone for good. Sale ends May 2nd on these and then they are being pulled from the server!
Check out these fantastic textures HERE

  • 2 Lil Owls -- Textures, Templates, Brushes -- Click here to visit 2 Lil Owls Studio
    • ***Buy 2 items and take 20% off your purchase – Discount code: take 20 or Buy 3 or more items and take 30% off your entire purchase!!  Discount code:  take30  -- Enter this code when you check out. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Lisa Cuchara's Work Wins Awards at Connecticut Professional Photographers of America (CTPPA) Annual Convention

Lisa Cuchara's Work Wins Awards at Connecticut Professional Photographers of America (CTPPA) Annual Convention


Six prints created by Lisa Cuchara of BREA Photos in Hamden have recently been awarded Blue ribbons (Award of Expert) at the Connecticut Professional Photographers of America's 2016 Annual Print Competition. Lisa's work was on display at the Sheraton Hartford South, March 18-20 2018, in Rocky Hill, CT. This exhibition was held in conjunction with the CTPPA convention, an annual convention of professional photographers and photographic associations. Lisa's portrait website can be viewed at www.BREAphotos.com and her creativity and teaching website can be viewed at www.photographybylisaandtom.com.

Lisa also won CTPPA Photographer of the Year in the ART/EI category (based on the total accumulated points) from all four quarterly competitions and CTPPA Photographer of the Year in the Creative category (based on the total accumulated points) from all four quarterly competitions. This is the third year in a row that Lisa has won CTPPA Photographer of the Year in those two categories.

A panel of five eminent jurors selected the top images from all of the submitted entries. Judged against a standard of excellence, Lisa's images were selected for awards — the best of the best. Lisa's photographs entitled "Frog on Calla Lily" (highest scoring print of the 2016 convention), "Veiled chameleon", "Prison tough", "Barn with star trails and first light", "Disoriented at the Insane Asylum" and "Left behind" all earned Award of Expert Blue ribbons. Lisa also won a Judge's Choice award for one of her photographs and the Kodak award for another one of her photographs. Her photograph "Frog on Cala Lily" was the highest scoring image at the annual print competition. The total of the her six photographs earned Lisa the 2016 CTPPA Treskunoff Award (for the highest total point score for the 6 prints entered at the CTPPA convention).







 

About Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
Established in 1880, PPA is an international non-profit association for professional photographers. PPA exists to assist its 22,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.

Guide images for two of the above composites...




Tom Cuchara's Work Wins Awards at Connecticut Professional Photographers of America (CTPPA) Annual Convention

Tom Cuchara's Work Wins Awards at Connecticut Professional Photographers of America (CTPPA) Annual Convention

Tom Cuchara's Work Wins Awards at Connecticut Professional Photographers of America (CTPPA) Annual Convention

Six photographs created by Tom Cuchara of BREA Photos in Hamden have been awarded ribbons at the Connecticut Professional Photographers of America's 2016 Annual Print Competition. Tom's work was on display at the Sheraton Hartford South, March 18-20 2018, in Rocky Hill, CT. This exhibition was held in conjunction with the CTPPA convention, an annual convention of professional photographers and photographic associations.



 






guide images for the above composite image.


A panel of five eminent jurors selected the top images from all of the submitted entries. Judged against a standard of excellence, all six of Tom's images were all selected for awards. Tom also won a Judge's choice for one of his photographs.

About Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
Established in 1880, PPA is an international non-profit association for professional photographers. PPA exists to assist its 22,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.

Thursday, January 21, 2016