Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Use Shutter Speed for More Powerful Images

How to Use Shutter Speed for More Powerful Images

"Of all a camera’s available settings and functions, the one that most allows you to convey a sense of energy in your work is shutter speed. It is shutter speed that, in numerous scenarios, provides for the greatest degree of flexibility in terms of how you present your subject to the viewer."

  • Fast Shutter Speeds
    • Sports
  • High Speed Photography
  • Medium Shutter Speeds
    • Sports 
  • Panning
  • Zoom
  • Slow Shutter Speeds
  • Light Trails
  • Astrophotography

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Art and Ann Yost earn honors at NECCC , they are now MNEC

Hi Lisa, I made this composite from two photographs of Art and Ann Yost getting their MNEC. If you don't get anything better you can use it for the Blog. Regards, Jim Dionne

Master Member, New England Camera Club Council – MNEC

Awarded to those who have performed exceptional service for the Council during a period of not less than five years, and/or have substantially advanced photography in the New England area through lecturing, teaching, judging, and through other administrative activities in photographic organizations for the same period. This honor is limited to a maximum of five each year.

The NECCC Honors are awarded in recognition of contribution to the advancement of the art and science of photography in the New England area. Quality of character, administrative activities, service through lecturing, teaching, judging, and writing are as important as an outstanding competition record. Before proposing a candidate, weigh carefully the responsibility you are assuming and your duty to the New England Camera Club Council. These considerations should transcend any desire you may have to do a favor for someone. Do not submit an application unless you are fully convinced that the candidate’s qualifications are far above average. Try to give the committee a verbal picture of the candidate as an individual as well as a photographer. Present all facts in a brief and concise manner, avoiding exaggeration. List the candidate’s qualifications under each of these general headings: (1) Administrative Activities (2) (A) Lecturing, (B) Judging, (C) Teaching, (D) Writing (3) (A) Photographic Achievements, (B) Exhibition Record, (C) Competition Awards (4) Other Qualifications

Want to nominate someone for their MNEC for next year? click here

7 Cool Night Photography Tutorials For 7 Different Situations

7 Cool Night Photography Tutorials For 7 Different Situations

"Heading indoors after the sun sets deprives you of some wonderful photographic opportunities. From shooting the starry sky and the milky way to capturing cityscapes and fireworks, the possibilities can be plenty. As the saying goes, “luck is when preparation meets opportunity”. This post aims at keeping you prepared by providing you with links to tutorials that cover almost all night photography situations."

  • Star Photography Tutorial
  • Cityscape Photography Tips
  • Photographing Fireworks
  • How to Shoot the Perfect Lightning Photograph
  • Photographing Fairs
  • How to Shoot Light Trails
  • Astrophotography Tutorial

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Understanding Composition Book

The Understanding Composition Book

Understanding Composition Book by Kent DuFault. Hundreds of photographers have already snapped up this offer.

This book will help you with:
  • How to Simplify Your Image for a Dynamic Composition
  • Using Light as an Element of Composition
  • What are Pointing Elements
  • Avoid Distracting Elements
  • How to Determine the Flow of a Scene
  • What is the Use of Space
  • How to Create Balance
  • What is POV and Why Does it Matter
  • Composition Case Studies
  • Practical Assignments (that you can do at home)
  • And Much, Much More!
Don't Miss Out - Grab Your Copy Today

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Upcoming workshops

Come join us on some of our upcoming workshops...

Lisa and Tom Cuchara

Friday, July 25, 2014

11 Photos That Prove Fog Isn't A Ruiner

Thanks Bill H for passing this along.

11 Photos That Prove Fog Isn't A Ruiner

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens Rumors

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens Rumors

Canon 100-400mm L Lens
We’ve been waiting on a replacement for the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lens for years. Since last year though rumors have continued to build fairly steadily.
Now, we’re starting to hear that it may be released alongside the 7D Mark II, which is rumored to land on September 5, 2014 just prior to Photokina. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens is further rumored to feature a rotating zoom ring (something we’ve heard before) and a new IS system.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens Rumored Features

  • Rotating zoom ring
  • New IS system
  • Lighter weight than predecessor
  • 82mm filter thread
  • New coating
  • $2399 USD
If these rumors hold water, expect to hear a lot more in the next month as we lead up to the announcement.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Night Photo Workshop, Canoe Tour MARK BOWIE


There’s still time to register for my new Photographing the Night Landscape workshop, 
based out of Inlet, NY July 27th - 31st.  
Enough people signed up to run it and some slots remain.

The attached pdf lists the subject matter I’ll cover during the workshop, 
and provides information on my upcoming Adirondack Canoe Tour
based out of Tupper Lake, NY  August 14th - 17th.

More workshops are scheduled through the Adirondack Photography Institute this fall.
Please see API’s website for program descriptions and to register.  

 I invite you to join me.

Best wishes,
61 Howe Rd.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-9125

David Mecey's Ultimate Photo Workshop

David Mecey is offering his next workshops at one of the most incredible locations to be found anywhere in the world:
Pirates Cove, Boulder City, Nevada. A location that is a mix of incredible interiors, dazzling exteriors, swimming pools disguised as lagoons, pirate ships, cobblestone streets and wonderfully appointed interiors.

That, combined with some of David’s gorgeous models including playmates with world class hair and make-up and you have an ultimate photo workshop experience unlike any other.

Choose from one of two weekends this fall!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

on sale Three Unique Texture Packs with 170 Textures!

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3 Packs of 170 Textures from light and subtle to dramatic and distinct.

California Photo Festival

Photo by Bob Canepa

Follow this link to see this year's schedule and click here for the registration page.

36 Photos of New England That Will Make Your Day

36 Photos of New England That Will Make Your Day

36 Photos of New England That Will Make Your Day
Source: Flickr user mclcbooks

How to Fix Blemishes and Reduce Wrinkles in Lightroom

How to Fix Blemishes and Reduce Wrinkles in Lightroom

A common question we get in the free webinars and at the help desk is how to fix blemishes without taking the image to Photoshop. Many Lightroom users do not realize how useful the "spot removal tool" can be for fixing blemishes such as scratches, food particles, pimples, etc.
This tool continues to be improved with each Lightroom release and really can handle most of your healing and cloning needs.

Read the rest of this tutorial here (video included)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Adobe has announced a release candidate for Camera Raw 8.6

Adobe Camera Raw 8.6 Release Candidate Now Available

Adobe Camera Raw 8.6
Adobe has announced a release candidate for Camera Raw 8.6, which adds RAW file support to several new cameras listed below.
The release candidate also includes improvements for batch processing and color matching profiles for the Sony RX100 IIISony A7S, and Sony Alpha A77 II. Additionally, there are several new lens profiles now supported.
Bug fixes in Camera Raw 8.6 include the following:
  • Fix crash on launch in some cases on Hi DPI (Retina) systems.
  • Fix crash when opening some Sigma SD9 raw files.
  • Fix issue with JPEG images saved by Camera Raw not readable in some external applications.
  • Fix automatic lens profile selection for Leica M (Typ 240) when using most recent firmware version.
  • Fix issue with some Hasselblad H5D-50c and H5D-60 3FR raw images appearing slightly too dark. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, and (2) review previously captured images for unexpected brightness changes.
You can download the release candidate at the following link from Adobe Labs:
Remember, this is a release candidate, which means it has been pretty well tested and Adobe thinks it is ready for full release; however, it’s recommended that you keep production work to prior versions until the official release drops. Expect those to come soon though. Release candidates mean that the final versions are just around the corner.



Monday, July 21, 2014

24 camera features every beginner photographer must memorize

24 camera features every beginner photographer must memorize

24 camera features every beginner photographer must memorize
"No matter how long you’ve had your digital camera, there’s always something to learn. And if you’ve just bought your first camera body, the learning curve can seem impossibly steep. But it needn’t be a painful slog. In this tutorial we’ll help you get the most from your DSLR by explaining some of the key camera features found on almost every camera body. Learning these camera features early on in your development will ensure you avoid some of the common camera mistakes and get much better shots as a result."