Wahoo!! Our book arrived from the publisher!! The book was supposed to be released Sept 15th but it is HERE three months early! Wow, so excited !!
You can order “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” here using the QR code or directly from Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex]
Lisa and Tom Cuchara see the beauty in decay and abandonment. In this book, they take you on a guided journey of historic, grand, dramatic, and unique locations and provide tips to help you capture creative fine-art photographs of rusty, dusty subjects and locations. In this book, you’ll find a plethora of urban exploration images and discover the processes used to create each one. You’ll learn how to capture HDR images, create long-exposure photos, and paint with light. You’ll also learn how to approach challenging locations, deal with high contrast scenes, create stitched HDR panoramics, and produce light and shadow effects. The authors share the gear that was used, the camera settings, the story behind the scene, and how they pre-visualized their images and looked for light (or created it) in each location. This book will inspire you to visit new “old” places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story.
Tom and Lisa Cuchara have a book coming out. The book is done and is way ahead of the publication schedule, but need a few more pre-orders for the publisher will go to print. If you were thinking of ordering the book or have it in your cart or wish list please go ahead and order it: http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex
"Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things" is for people who enjoy urban exploration, historic subjects, old cars, rust, detailed scenes, still life images, light painting, etc.
“Tom and Lisa have found a way to take run down decaying subjects and turn them into an amazing art form.” —Mike Moats, Pro Macro Photographer
“Lisa and Tom Cuchara, through their keen vision, show us a world that has been forgotten, and they do it in a detailed, colorful, and beautiful way.” —Harold Ross
“Lisa and Tom celebrate the graceful degradation of things; both common and uncommon, and all beautifully captured.” —Thom Rouse, M. Photog. MEI, CR, CPP, F-ASP
“Whether you’re a serious amateur or novice, this book will help ignite your passion for photography, in general, and challenge you to interpret what your eyes and heart see using your camera.” —Charles Needle, Author of Tiny Worlds (Amherst Media)
This book will inspire you to visit new “old” places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story. Order it here http://amzn.to/2n32ZIH
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Lisa and Tom Cuchara see the beauty in decay and abandonment. In this book, they take you on a guided journey of historic, grand, dramatic, and unique locations and provide tips to help you capture creative fine-art photographs of rusty, dusty subjects and locations. In this book, you’ll find a plethora of urban exploration images and discover the processes used to create each one. You’ll learn how to capture HDR images, create long-exposure photos, and paint with light. You’ll also learn how to approach challenging locations, deal with high contrast scenes, create stitched HDR panoramics, and produce light and shadow effects. The authors share the gear that was used, the camera settings, the story behind the scene, and how they pre-visualized their images and looked for light (or created it) in each location. This book will inspire you to visit new “old” places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story. (Lisa and Tom Cuchara)
“Tom and Lisa’s photographic fine art is incredibly unique, and each piece has its own wow factor. Even to a trained photographer’s eye, many of their pieces do not even look like photographs; they appear to be surreal and even fantasy-like. Their art will draw you in and encourage you to draw your own conclusion or story. They have created their very own style using state-of-the-art techniques and are always willing to share their secrets with other photographers. If you get the chance to take one of their classes, I highly recommend it. They are wonderful teachers and mentors.” ——Patty Swanson, Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)
“Tom and Lisa are true artists who see the beauty in these places and things left behind. They are so generous and share their passion, knowledge, and knack for seeing this beauty with you in their workshops. They truly have made me a better photographer, and I can’t wait for our next adventure together. Who knows what is waiting for us in the next rusty and dusty location? You should definitely come along....”
—Raquel Gonzalez, Photographer, Workshop Attendee, AVP Financial Center Manager at Bank of America
Lisa and Tom have a superb knack for finding incredibly fascinating places to photograph. They are encouraging, patient and terribly creative people whose energy and passion make you never want to put your camera down." Jennifer Dooley, Workshop Participant, Avid Photographer for 20 years
Tom and Lisa are both creative and talented photographers who look to push the edge in their photography. As excellent, patient and devoted teachers, they use their beautiful images to help inspire others to open up their own path to making more visually interesting compositions and designs. They excel at finding beautiful color palettes and utilizing good post processing techniques. The textures and details of their rusty explorations are a visual delight for photographers and non photographers alike. This book is both informative and inspirational, a valuable addition to your photo library. Bobbi Lane, Bobbi Lane Photography, www.bobbilane.com
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.
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.
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.
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!
"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! "
Is the texture set you are drooling over not on sale? 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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