Friday, December 31, 2010

Raising the Bar on your Photography

Your “Tens” and Raising the Bar on your Photography

Simple and powerful advice.

Catch our latest episode of AYP with Andy Katz, and you’ll hear him give all sorts of great tips for lighting, composition and how to keep raising the bar:

1.Gather up your top ten photographs into a portfolio.

2.Present them really nicely.

3.When someone comes up and wants to see your photographs, you can show them those 10 photos.

4.When you take a photo that’s better than one of those ten, replace it, and put the other one in.

5.If you go for 3 or 4 months and they’re the same 10 damn photos, you know that you’re not working it—you need to push yourself!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

R.I.P Kodachrome

R.I.P Kodachrome. Read here

December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse.

Check out this timelapse video of the blizzard in Belmar, New Jersey:
December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse. Canon DLSR on tripod with remote timer taking a photo once every five minutes. Approximately 20 hours in 40 seconds. More at Facebook: Mike Black Photography

Top 20 Photoshop Disasters of 2010

Top 20 Photoshop Disasters of 2010

I love these!

A few are hard to decipher and there is a decoder at the bottom.

Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 are now available

Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 are now available (camera updates, lens profile updates and a few bug fixes).

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Free Nature Photography Lecture

Free Nature Photography Lecture
The Simsbury Camera Club is sponsoring a presentation by the famous photographer, Joe Lefevre at 7 PM January 5 at the auditorium of Eno Memorial on Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Joe believes that there are three key ingredients to making fine digital or film images.  They are artistic vision, technical proficiency, and fine light.  In this presentation he will cover these three areas of fine art photography as it applies to nature and landscape images.  Hunt’s Photography, a co sponsor of this lecture will have a selection of photography equipment at discounted prices at this lecture.

2010 National Wildlife Photo Contest

2010 National Wildlife Photo Contest

See the winners of our 40th annual photography competition.

Time-lapse of blizzard

Time-lapse of blizzard

Twenty hours in 40 seconds.

Zion National Park Closed Until Further Notice

Zion National Park Closed Until Further Notice

Zion National Park is currently closed as a precaution due to rising river levels and potential flood damage to roads and infrastructure. The Zion Lodge and Watchman Campground in Zion Canyon are being evacuated to prevent the possibility of park visitors being trapped in the park by rising water levels. The park will be closed until the river level begins to drop and damage can be assessed. The river level early Tuesday morning was 5,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). The level is predicted to reach 8,000 cfs later in the day. The normal cfs at this time of the year is 40 to 50 cfs.

Amazing video of the flood in Zion/Springdale

Monday, December 27, 2010

George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon

George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon

1. Overview  -- The George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon has been held since 1981. George was the founder and first chairman of our nature group.

2 Who can participate? Open to all camera clubs worldwide.

3 Competition date: Saturday, March 26, 2011

4 Submission deadline: Thursday, March 17, 2011, Midnight PST

5 Contact The Glennie Committee  

6 Categories Nature.

7 Entry Fee Entry fee is US $20.00 per club, payable by PayPal.

8 Registration Registration for 2011 will open Feb. 1, 2011.

9 Upload Your Images Click here to upload your images.

The Merrimack Valley Camera Club (MVCC) will host and conduct the 31st annual George W. Glennie Nature Salon on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Judging will be held at the Greater Lynn Photographic Association located at 564 Boston St, Lynn, Massachusetts. Judging will commence at 9:30 am and continue until finished in the afternoon. This salon is open to all camera clubs and photographic associations worldwide. Entry is by Club; no individual entries.

Last year we set a new record with 111 participating clubs from around the world. We had participants from 4 continents, 7 countries, and 19 US states

Overall, the Glennie is a club competition, with additional awards to individual images. Each participating organization may submit 10 images, with no more than 2 by each maker. Images that have received awards in previous Glennie Salons are ineligible.

Makers who belong to two or more clubs must coordinate with the respective clubs to ensure that no more than 2 of their images are submitted in total. In the event more than 2 images, or duplicate images, are submitted from the same maker, the earliest submissions will be judged, and the other submissions will be ineligible.


1. Animals (consists of the following categories)

a. Birds

b. Invertebrates - Insects, Mollusks (snails etc.), Arachnids, Annelids (worms), Crustaceans

c. Reptiles

d. Amphibians

e. Mammals

f. Marine and Freshwater Life - Fish, Marine Crustaceans/Mammals, Starfish, Corals etc.

2. Botany

3. Landscape
At a minimum, awards will be presented to those clubs receiving the 5 highest scores. The individual awards will include but are not limited to Best of Show, Best Wildlife, and Best of each category. Some categories may be sub-divided, depending on the number of entries. A number of individual Honor Awards will also be presented, based on the level of submissions in each category. Additionally, Diversity Awards will be presented to the top 5 clubs with entries in at least 6 of the 8 Glennie categories. Diversity scores are calculated by totaling the club's top scoring image in their top 6 categories.

Images should be submitted by uploading using our online form. If you have problems, please send an email to

Image Preparation:

Each digital image may have a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels (for a handy resizing calculator click here). The image must be submitted in JPEG (.jpg) format, and the size is limited to no more than 1 Megabyte (MB). It is suggested that the image resolution be no greater the 100 pixels per inch (ppi) and that the color space be sRGB.

An image filename shall consist of the following: 4 alphanumeric characters indicating the camera club (each club may choose their own); followed immediately by a dash (-); followed immediately by a 2 digit number indicating the image number shown on the registration form; followed immediately by a dash (-); followed immediately the image title (with spaces filled in with underscores); followed immediately by a dash (-); followed immediately by the maker’s first and last name separated by an underscore. As an example, the following would be the image filename for the 4th image submitted by MVCC, with “Purple Fish” as the title and John Doe as the maker.



The judges will be guided by the recently revised PSA definition of Nature. The following is a statement of the basic guidelines concerning Nature digital images:

“Nature Photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archeology, in such a fashion that a well informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify as to its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality.

Human elements shall not be present, except on the rare occasion where those human elements enhance the nature story. The presence of scientific bands on wild animals is acceptable. Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, or obviously set arrangements, are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

No elements may be moved, cloned, added, deleted, rearranged or combined. No manipulation or modification is permitted except sharpening, resizing, cropping, selective lightening or darkening, and restoration of original color to the scene. No special effects filters can be applied. Any adjustments must appear natural.”

Images submitted for consideration for the Best Wildlife award must meet the additional definition for Nature Wildlife Photography.

“Authentic wildlife is defined as one or more organisms, living free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Therefore, photographs of zoo or game farm animals are not eligible for the Best Wildlife award."

All digital images must be considered “Digital Realism”.

“Makers may perform any enhancements and modifications that improve the presentation of the image that could have been done at the time the image was taken but that does not change the truth of the original nature story. Cropping and horizontal flipping (equivalent to reversing a slide) are acceptable modifications. Addition of elements, removal of elements other than by cropping, combining elements from separate images, rearranging elements or cloning elements are not acceptable.”

Submitting Images:

Submissions will be accepted beginning the first week of February, 2011.

The submission closing date is midnight PST, Thursday, March 17, 2011.
Registration is online, via our form

The entry fee is US $20.00 for a club and is payable by PayPal.
Additional information and assistance may be obtained by contacting the Glennie Committee.

Entries must originate as photographs (image/captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his own and permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the exhibition. This may include low resolution posting on a website. The exhibition assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright. Images may be acquired digitally, or scanned from traditional film to create a digital file. Images may be altered, either digitally or otherwise, by the maker with the rules of the competition. All submissions must be as a digital file.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Nate and Angie Chappell Trogon Tours

NEW GALLERIES - I've added a gallery of photos from our recent workshop at Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico. Thanks to Carol, Jane, Gorazd and Yanni for making it a special week. The gallery can be viewed at


December 3-15, 2011

Join Nate and Angie Chappell, Ken Archer and Jairo Sanchez for a trip to the sunny, dry part of Ecuador. This part of Ecuador is excellent for photographing waterbirds and we'll photograph flamingos, boobies, shorebirds and many beautiful smaller birds on this tour. In addition to bird photography it will feature beautiful beaches, snorkeling and other activities for non-photographer spouses and companions. To view the details of this trip please see . Ken Archer will lead an optional extension to Sani Lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon from December 15-19, to see some of my photos from Sani Lodge, please see .


Thailand - January 9-23, 2011

We have 8 spots filled (including 5 photographers) and have 2 spots open for this wonderful tour. Take in the wildlife, birds, culture and cuisine of Northern and Central Thailand with us. This is the best time of year for birds in Northern Thailand as the winter visitors are down from Northern Asia and the weather is usually dry and sunny at this time of year. To see the details of the itinerary please view . To see some of Nate's photos from our fun and successful tour there in January of 2009, please see .

Malheur NWR, Oregon - April 27-May 1, 2011

We had a wonderful time on the 2010 trip to Malheur. Ken Archer will be a co-leader and the trip is limited to 4 participants to ensure personal attention. The highlights include lekking Sage Grouse, nesting Great Horned Owls, Wild Horses and many waterbirds. To see the details of the trip please view . To see some of my favorite images from this area please see

Hood Canal Bald Eagles and Washington birds - May 18-22, 2011

This is a new workshop featuring the numerous Bald Eagles which are attracted to spawning sculpin at low tides on Hood Canal, WA. Up to 100 eagles are in the area this time of year making for great flight and action shot opportunities. We will have access to public and private tidelands. In the afternoons we will photograph Wood Ducks and other species in Lakewood, WA. Ken Archer is a co-leader and there is a maximum of 6 participants. As with all of my trips there will be a first day presentation on photographing birds in the wild and question and answer period. For the details, please see . To view a gallery of eagles and other shots from Hood Canal please view .

Wishing all of you good shooting and birding and a happy holiday season.


Nate and Angie Chappell

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Photographing Snow & Ice & Water - Presented by Warren

Photographing Snow & Ice - Presented by Warren

Tuesday Jan 11th 2011 7:00 PM
New Britain Library 20 High St New Britain, CT 06051


The Main Library is located in downtown New Britain on the corner of West Main and High Streets. It is two blocks from City Hall. It is located with convenient access to 84, 91, 9 and 72.
From I-84 West: Take Exit 39A for Route 9 South. Take Exit 27 (Chestnut St. exit) off Route 9 and go right at the end of the exit ramp. At the next light, go right onto Columbus Boulevard. Take a left at the third light onto High Street. The library is the second building on the right. Free parking is available behind the library (follow the driveway between the YMCA and the library). Metered parking is available on the street.

From I-84 East: Take Exit 35 for Route 72 East. (This is a left exit.) Take Exit 8 straight onto Columbus Boulevard. At the next light, turn right onto High Street. The library is the second building on the right. Free parking is available behind the library (follow the driveway between the YMCA and the library). Metered parking is available on the street.

From I-91 North:Take Exit 22 for Route 9 North. Take Exit 26 straight onto Columbus Boulevard. At the fifth light, turn left onto High Street. The library is the second building on the right. Free parking is available behind the library (follow the driveway between the YMCA and the library). Metered parking is available on the street.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Call for Entry for IMAGES 2011

Call for Entry for IMAGES 2011, 30th annual, statewide, juried photography competition and exhibition.

This is open to all CT photographers.

Submissions are January 28, 29, 30.

Visit for more information, guidelines and call for entry form.

Please distribute to your membership.

Lisa's note -- someone emailed me and asked me to explain "juried photography competition". OK. I actually just pass along information and the full details of this were in the link, but OK -- "juried photography competition" -- like most competitions there are judges, same goes for many craft fairs. They decide whose images get into the exhibition or show.

Jurors for for this particular 2011 exhibition are:

Anna Collette, Lecturer, Massachusettes School of Art & Design, Boston, MA
Matthew Jensen, Photographer & Curator, New York, NY
George Slade, Program Manager/Curator, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA

Thursday, December 23, 2010

HDR Efex Pro version 1.1

I received this email from Nik software about the newest version of HDR Efex Pro, butit does not solve my problem yet, although they did at least mention that they are working on a fix. Lisa

We're pleased to announce the immediate availability of HDR Efex Pro version 1.1, an update to your software. This update was developed specifically to improve memory management, provide improved interaction with Adobe® Photoshop®, and resolve a number of issues our customers had experienced with the 1.0 version.

We are currently working on another update that will provide 32-bit compatibility for Photoshop and expect this update to be available in the first quarter of 2011.

To download the HDR Efex Pro 1.1 update, please click on the download button corresponding to your operating system below.

HDR Efex Pro, the new professional standard for powerful realistic and artistic High Dynamic Range imaging, is now available! Whether or not you've tried HDR Photography in the past, you'll discover a whole new dimension with the revolutionary all-in-one workflow in HDR Efex Pro. Just updated! New version 1.1 specifically improves memory management, provides improved interaction with Photoshop, and resolves a number of other issues.

21st Annual Orchid Show at the Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis

The Cape Cod and Islands Orchid Society is having their 21st Annual Orchid Show at the Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis. The event is scheduled Saturday & Sunday, January 29 & 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to use your macro lense or your point & shoot on macro mode. There are a multitude of beautiful exotic orchids on display and also for sale.

Tripods are not allowed.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The 2011 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition opens on 12 January 2011. Please join our mailing list to keep up to date with the latest news.

Come and see the winners of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 competition in a stunning exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London.

The 2010 winners can also be viewed online.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tiny Powerful Flashlight For Macro Photography

Tiny Powerful Flashlight For Macro Photography

From Mike Moats
"Many times I’m shooting in deep wooded areas that get pretty dark. It can be really tough focusing through the viewfinder in these conditions. I will carry a small flashlight to throw some light on the subject which allows me to see the fine details for better focusing. I lost my last flashlight recently and ask for another one for Christmas. My son who likes to backpack had found this tiny incredibly powerful flashlight for its size and weight for backpacking. He gave me a Streamlight Microstream flashlight for Christmas and I was shock at the light that came out of this tiny thing. It measures about a half an inch in diameter and is only about 3.5 inches long."

To check it out go here,

Monday, December 20, 2010

The passing of photographer Don Gale

It is with our deepest regrets that we are letting you know of the recent passing of Don Gale. To many of you, he was a photographer, teacher and friend. He was also a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. Some of you may have only met Don in passing, at one of his presentations or trade show appearances, but to those that knew Don at all, his passing is sad news. His passions included a love of photographing nature and the outdoors and he especially enjoyed sharing that passion with his students. Early this year he was diagnosed with cancer and fought it bravely to the very end. While this was never kept secret, it was something that Don did not broadcast because he approached this situation as he did all others, with a positive attitude and a love for living in the moment.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the "Don Gale Memorial Fund", the proceeds of which will be donated to the charities that had impacted his life and were dear to his heart. He started his love of the outdoors and photography on a trip he took to the Eastern Sierra Nevada Range through the El Monte Boys & Girls Club and it's so typical that Don would want to "pay back" to this and similar organizations that help others to see the beauty around us. Checks can be made to the "Don Gale Memorial Fund" and sent to the studio address below.

Thank you for being a part of the journey that Don loved -

Photography by Don
4511 Santa Anita
El Monte, CA 91731
(626) 448-3691

"Timelessness" The West in Black and White by Kathy Conway


An announcement for my 1st fine art photography book. You can preview and comment at:

fine art photography

"Timelessness" The West in Black and White by Kathy Conway

I would appreciate your comments!!

Happy Holidays,

Kathy Conway

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bald Eagles on the CT River Holiday Gift Bald Eagle Photo

Bald Eagles on the CT River Holiday Gift Bald Eagle Photo

February 5 through March 13, 2011

Thursday at 9AM, 1130AM and 2PM
Saturday and Sunday at:
9AM, 1130AM, and 2PM thru Feb. 27
8AM, 1030AM, 1PM, and 330PM from Mar. 5 to 13

Connecticut Audubon Society will again sponsor numerous boats to search for Bald Eagles along the Connecticut River where this generally ice-free stretch of river is host to the state's largest concentration of nesting and wintering Bald Eagles. Aboard will be naturalists to assist in field identification, talk about eagle ecology, and point out the other birds found. Our vessel has a large heated cabin, restroom, and open decks. Tours are approximately two and a quarter hours in length. Reserve now and purchase a holiday Gift Certificate for your special someone. Fee for participants and Gift Certificates is $40.

I hope you and your gift recipients will be joining us this winter season for a great natural history adventure! Call us at 860-767-0660 or email Andy at 


Andrew Griswold, Director
Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel
35 Pratt Street, Suite 201
Essex, CT 06426 USA

Saturday, December 18, 2010

6 Tips for Shooting Christmas Lights

6 Tips for Shooting Christmas Lights

From Scott
It’s that time of year again, and many have already covered the tips and tricks that surround shooting Christmas Lights. Here’s just a few tips and sample photos to help you along the way, and give you some ideas for your own creative vision and inspiriation: Keep your shutter speed around 3-7 seconds.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Palm Springs Photo Festival March 27 - April 1, 2011

March 27 - April 1, 2011


PSPF Website
No Fee Slide Show Contest

Now is the time to make your decision to join us in the most exciting single week of photography available. Participate in our remarkable Workshop program, studying with celebrated, real world working photographers. Learn a tremendous amount of new information, essential to your work and career in our Seminar program. Attend important discussions about our current business environment at our daily Symposiums. Get your work in front of over 90 industry influencers in our Portfolio Review program (this year we'll offer over 650 portfolio reviews!).

Here's what's included in your $75 daily registration fee:
* Admittance to 12 Seminars during the week
* Our important daily Symposiums
The Business of Fine Art
The Convergence Conference
Advocacy & the Arts
PDN Presents: Strategies for the Young Working Photographer
* Two Networking Events Wine Tastings from Prominent California Wineries
* Unlimited access to our Sponsor Headquarters. See the latest from Canon, Epson, Blurb, Samy's Camera, Western Digital, X-Rite, Tenba, Blend Images Agency, Aperture Foundation, LeadApron Antiquarian Photobooks and Marshall Electronics!
* Access to the Open Portfolio Review Sunday, March 27 at the Hyatt Regency. Over 80 photographers will be presenting their work!
* Invitation to our Opening Reception immediately following our Open Portfolio Review.


4-Day Workshops
PETER TURNLEY: The Street Picture on Assignment
DAVID MUENCH: The Desert Light: Color in the Landscape
KEITH CARTER: Finding Your Voice or Get Your Mojo Working!;
TODD HIDO: Contemporary Fine Art Practice: Conception, Execution & Discussion
GREG GORMAN: The Fine Art Male & Female Nude
STEPHEN WILKES: Exploring the Salton Sea: Formal Documentary on Location
LOIS CONNER: The Desert in Black and White
FRANK OCKENFELS: Signature Portraiture
GILLIAN LAUB: The Documentary Photo Essay
CHRISTOPHER GRIFFITH: The Still Life Reconsidered
AMY ARBUS: Environmental Portraits with an Edge
JUERGEN NOGAI: The Art of Architecture
LORNE RESNICK: The Art & Commerce of Travel Photography

1-Day Workshops

LOU LESKO & MICHAEL BRITT: An Introduction to DSLR Video Production Part I
LOU LESKO & MICHAEL BRITT: An Introduction to DSLR Video Production Part II
NELS ISRAELSON: The Dramatic Portrait: Shaping Light to Create Mood & Character

In addition to our spectacular Workshops, you can reserve from over 650 Portfolio Reviews with over 90 Industry notables from Advertising Agencies, Magazines, Book Publishers, Reps, Museum Curators, Gallery Directors, Music Company Creatives; This is your opportunity to have face-to-face meetings with people who can influence your career! We present over 20 important and educational Seminars during the week.

Most importantly, you can join the community - meet like-minded people, exchange ideas, keep your work fresh and exciting. We're about the passion for photography. These are exciting times! Call us at 1-800 928 8314 for more information or go directly to our website at See you in the desert!

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Dear NECCC Club Reps and Presidents,

About two months ago NECCC started a blog entitled "NECCC News" as a way to publicize the activities of the Council and its Summer Conference. Since the original announcement many New England camera
club members have subscribed, but the number is still only a small fraction of the total membership of the NECCC clubs. The purpose of this e-mail is to solicit your help to publicize the blog to your members. You can help by doing the following:

* If you haven't already subscribed to the blog yourself, go to, click on the "Subscribe" menu item in the left hand column, and follow the instructions to subscribe to receive announcements of new postings automatically as they are made.

* Make announcements at your club meetings encouraging ALL members of your club to go to and subscribe to the blog and keep up with NECCC happenings. The blog isn't just for NECCC reps and club officers, but it is intended for all New England photographers as
well as others from outslde New England interested in the activities of the Council and its Summer Conference.

* Publicize "NECCC News" in your club newsletters, on your web site, and in your own blog if you have one.

NECCC is moving into the electronic age, but we need your help to make this new activity a success.

Best regards,


William B. Barnett, AFIAP, MNEC, EPSA

66 Jasmine Circle

Milford, CT 06461-1788


Editor, NECCC News

Phone/Fax: (203) 877-1639


New eBook - Light & Land

New eBook - Light & Land

From David
One of the ideas I had when I wrote Vision & Voice was to release an ebook version where people took some of the ideas and presented their own spin, sort of a "Your Voice, Your Vision." kind of thing. Michael Frye's new Craft & Vision title, released today, does this and much, much more.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Join National Geographic Photographers in the Arctic with Lindblad Expeditions

Travel with a National Geographic Photographer Travel with a National Geographic Photographer

Shoot alongside a National Geographic Photographer and get photo tips in the field - where it counts. Every Arctic expedition includes a National Geographic Photographer who will be a travel companion and resident expert with skills and stories to share. Learn more >>

Arctic Norway: Land of the Ice Bears Land of the Ice Bears — 11 Days

Venture to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard between Norway and the North Pole. We'll search for polar bears and walruses along the pack ice and see reindeer walking a tundra abloom with wildflowers. Experience the midnight sun, and see deep fjords, snowy peaks and glaciers that stretch beyond the horizon. Learn more >>

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tripods and Heads

Tripods and Heads:

My best advice for tripods is to visit your local camera store and try them out! Find one that you find easy to use… I’ve tried many, and my recommendations are below.

A tripod is composed of two parts – the Legs and the Head. The head simply attaches to the legs, and these have universal connections.

• Tripod Legs (entry level) - Manfrotto 190XB 3 Section Aluminum Tripod

     ◦ An excellent set of legs for most small to medium-sized cameras such as the Nikon D90 mentioned above. It supports 11 pounds, so you have room to grow.

• Tripod Legs (professional) - TVC-33 from Really Right Stuff Legs

     ◦ I recently switched from the high-end Gitzo tripod legs to some from Really Right Stuff. These are awesome. They are lighter and stronger than the comparable Gitzo.

• Tripod Head (entry level) - Giottos MH-1000 Large Ball Head w/ Built-in Quick Release

     ◦ A simple and easy to use quick-release head that you will enjoy

• Tripod Head (professional) - Really Right Stuff

     ◦ This company makes remarkable products… When you go to the site, you can choose the best setup for your camera. This is what I use on my professional cameras.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

HDR Video Tutorials

Trey from Stuck in Customs has some free HDR tutorials, information, and inspiring photos.

I'm happy to release this finally! We now have a "Downloadable" version of the HDR Workshop DVDs. Grab it at the HDR Video Tutorial page!

The DVDs have been a great success, but they are kind of a pain in today's world to burn, package, and mail out all over creation. The DVDs are still available, of course, and there is some extra content on those. Also, frankly, because the DVDs and our support team involved with getting to locations is so expensive, it was hard for us to get below a $100 price.

I know this lower price is important to many people on a budget, and I wanted to make it available just in time for the holidays. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Professor Has Camera Implanted In the Back of His Own Head

Professor Has Camera Implanted In the Back of His Own Head

That's one way to skip the camera strap.

By Posted December 7, 2010

New York University photography professor Wafaa Bilal’s latest project, “The 3rd I,” goes live on December 15 at the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar.
The Iraqi-born performance artist underwent a two-hour operation at a body modification shop, with just a local anesthetic, to embed a thumbnail-sized camera into the thin outer layer of the skin over his skull for his year-long social commentary project. Three titanium plates were embedded in his head, each with a post that pierces through the skin, and a 10-megapixel color digital camera, measuring one inch by two inches attaches to these posts.
Commissioned by the museum, Bilal’s camera will capture an image every minute and stream live to museum visitors for one year, as well as to the Internet. This is not Bilal’s first body modification project for art’s sake.

“An artist is a mirror reflecting the social condition,” says Bilal. “Do we really have privacy these days? How many times each day is our image taken without our knowledge?”

NYU apparently agrees with the issue of unwelcome cameras capturing people’s movements, requesting from Professor Bilal that when on-campus, his camera is turned off to respect the privacy of the students.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Nature Photography Summit

From Jerry Monkman

The Nature Photography Summit

Some of you may know that I am on the board of the North American Nature Photography Association. I've been a member since the organization was founded in the early 1990's, and I have attended 10 or so of their annual "summits." I owe a lot of my photographic and professional development to NANPA and the summits are where I've built and maintained dozens of wonderful relationships with other photographers, writers, and photo editors. The 2011 Summit is in McAllen, TX, March 9 -12, and promises to offer the usual inspiration and knowledge building through field trips, great keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and portfolio reviews. If you've never heard of McAllen, it is in SW Texas in the heart of some of the best birding habitat in all of North America. I highly encourage you all to check it out:

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dear Friends,

Please join me for a special Thompson Street Calendar signing event on Saturday, December 11 from 12-2PM at Maria’s in Middleboro. It has been my privilege to photograph this beautiful street over the past three years. During that time, I have met many terrific people while making some wonderful images that have been turned into an annual calendar.

Proceeds from the sale of the calendars will benefit the Committee for the Preservation of Thompson Street. The Committee is dedicated to preserving the rural character of the street. Thompson Street is one of the last agricultural areas in Middleboro. Farm properties along the street are under numerous threats of large scale development. The residents of Thompson Street have banded together to try to preserve their neighborhood character.

The 2011 calendars are simply beautiful and they make an outstanding gift! They are affordably priced at $15 each. The 2010 calendars were sent to friends and family as far away as Florida and California!

This year’s calendar includes thirteen outstanding images that depict rural life on Thompson Street. I have attached a mock up of the calendar cover for you to view. These fantastic Halflinger draft horses were photographed on Bob Buck's farm in May.

In addition to the calendars, I will be selling prints of the images that were featured in the 2010 and 2011 Thompson Street calendars. I will also hold a drawing for a calendar print of the winner's choice. A ticket will be entered for every calendar purchased from 12-2PM on Saturday, December 11, 2011. The winner will be announced later that day on my blog at

Refreshments will be served including some of Pat Farrington’s famous baklava! Come out and support Thompson Street on Saturday, December 11, from 12-2PM. There is a limited supply of these stunning calendars available. Don't miss out on this chance to purchase your copy of the 2011 calendar! I look forward to seeing you at Maria’s on December 11!



Visit my web site at

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bright Nights at Central Park Zoo's Winterfest

Heading to Fifth Avenue to admire the tree at Rockefeller Center or take in the holiday windows with your family? Make the Central Park Zoo part of your agenda; we're located just up the block! On Fridays and Saturdays from December 3-December 18, we're extending our hours until 6:30 p.m. so you can stop by in the afternoon or after work for a stroll under thousands of twinkling lights. Watch our penguins, polar bears, and snow leopards unwrap seasonal treats during holiday enrichment sessions, and enjoy crafts and Wildlife Theater performances in the Zoo Gallery. You can also do some discount holiday shopping at the Zootique, take a festive family photo, and enjoy seasonal treats like roasted marshmallows, candy apples, and hot apple cider. View the full schedule of events.

Had enough of the outdoors? Warm up in the Tropic Zone, where the temperature is a steamy 80 degrees all year long. Inside, our two new mongoose families and trio of coatimundi are waiting to meet you!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Canon Creative Asia Photography Awards 2011

The Canon Creative Asia Photography Awards 2011

Enter online at

Final Week!

Entries close 10th December

Please note;

* Entries are open to all photographers worldwide. You don't need to be from or living in the Asian region.

* Images entered do not need to be from the Asian region

* The use of texture overlays in the preparation of images is allowed. These overlays do not need to be taken by the photograspher, they can be sourced elsewhere.

* Category judging will begin soon after entries close on the 10th of Descember. All category judging will be completed by 20th of December.

* Entrants who place in the final round will be notified before the end of the year. The Final judging round will be a live event as part of the Creative Asia Conference on 19th of January.

The final judging event will be broadcast live online with video and audio of the judging panel, judges scores, image previews and interactive audience chat. If you can't be there you can still experience the insight and education that comes from watching a live judging event online.

Entries close 10th December, 2010.

Enter online at

Color management and monitor calibration...

Color management and monitor calibration...

From Scott
"I know, I know, when you start talking about color management and/or monitor calibration peoples eyes glaze over and they start looking for the nearest exit (or the closest ledge from which to jump). But it is such an important part of photography workflow that if you ignore it, it will surely come back to bite you in the butt. So... if you would be happy with Stevie Wonder editing your images you can stop right here, otherwise please read on..."

"Color Management for Photographers"

"Color Management for Photographers"

Download a sample of Chapter 1 (Color Management and why we need it)

Download Book Index and Acknowledgements
Buy on

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New World's Largest Photo is 80 Gigapixels of London

New World's Largest Photo is 80 Gigapixels of London

The new world record holder for the largest panoramic photo was taken by a group called 360 Cities that dwarfs at the 75 gigapixel photo of Budapest, scoffs at the 45 gigapixel picture of Dubai and laughs at the now minuscule 26 gigapixel panorama of Paris... Continue Reading

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Digital Workflow for Photographers

$19.97 – Digital Workflow for Photographers – Bonus Version

• A great system for keeping all of your digital photos organized in an ever-changing world.

• Bonus Version: 23 pages – densely packed with information

• Bonus Version: Extra screenshots from Trey’s computer, showing how he physically organizes his files

• Bonus Version: Illustrates extra steps for file management around HDR photography and the problem of handling multiple files to create a final image.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Reception in Old Saybrook THIS friday


You are invited to the

Artisans Harbor “Promoting Connecticut Artists”
188 Main Street Old Saybrook, Ct. 06475

Award winning & unique artworks for you & gift giving

Paintings, Jewelry, Photography, Pottery, Woodburn Scrimshaw, Painted scarves, glassware & furniture, Pillows, Stationary, cards & more !

Join us for Wine, Cider & Appetizers
Friday Dec 3rd 4-7 pm

Gallery hours: Tues. 2-5pm, Thurs. 12-8pm, Fri.- Sun. 12-5pm
Anytime by appointment 860-388-9070

Readers vote Artisans Harbor for #1 Best Gallery for CT artists

I am exhibiting pictures here, and the store is lovely to browse at any time if you are shopping for gifts!

My Best,


Sigma APO 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG HSM Lens

Sigma APO 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG HSM Lens

The new Sigma APO 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 with its 10X zoom is one impressive lens. Sigma pitches it as an all-in-one dream lens, especially for nature photographers. It’s also suitable for landscape photography and has enough zoom for photographing wildlife. Read full story.

15 Tips for Better Car Photos

$9.97 – 15 Tips for Better Car Photos

• from Veteran author Joe Farace

◦ Written & published 33 books; his newest, “Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography,” is in bookstores now.

◦ Contributing writer/Photographer to Shutterbug magazine since 1999; Editor Emeritus eDigital Photo magazine.

◦ Has published more than 1950 magazine stories in the USA, Europe, and China.

◦ Awarded Photographic Craftsman’s degree by Professional Photographers of America, Professional member of American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Ass’n.

• 31 pages of detailed, dense information

• Practical advice for beginners, intermediate, and advanced shooters

• Details on photo exposure data, conditions, and other EXIF data

• Joe has taught thousands of people, so he knows how to communicate important concepts

Monday, November 29, 2010

Free instructional photography videos...

Free instructional photography videos...

the PopPhoto Buying Guide

Introducing the PopPhoto Buying Guide -- Our database of every DSLR and lens worth your attention right now.

A Reception in Old Saybrook

oops the reception was last week (we were away and did not get the notice in time), but Barbara is exhibiting photos at the Artisans Harbor so you can stop in and browse and pick up some Holiday gifts! Lisa


You are invited to the

Artisans Harbor

“Promoting Connecticut Artists”

188 Main Street Old Saybrook, Ct. 06475

Award winning & unique artworks for you & gift giving

Paintings, Jewelry, Photography, Pottery, Woodburn Scrimshaw, Painted scarves, glassware & furniture, Pillows, Stationary, cards & more !

Join us for Wine, Cider & Appetizers
Saturday, Nov. 20th 4-7 pm
Gift certificate drawings from $ 30 to $ 100 !!
Winners must be present for evening drawing
Entry forms at the gallery or enter online:  Enter promotional code – gift - in subject field

Gallery hours: Tues. 2-5pm, Thurs. 12-8pm, Fri.- Sun. 12-5pm

Anytime by appointment 860-388-9070

Readers vote Artisans Harbor for #1 Best Gallery for CT artists

I am exhibiting pictures here, and the store is lovely to browse at any time if you are shopping for gifts!

My Best,


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Adobe Sale

Adobe Sale

Adobe has a great coupon code that expires on November 30. Use coupon code SAVE2010 for these discounts on Adobe products to buy Lightroom 3 for $199 or Photoshop CS5 for $599. Better yet, buy them both for $710. That's $111 more than Photoshop CS5 usually costs!

* Save $100 on Lightroom - $199 total!

* Save $100 on Photoshop CS5 - $599 total.

* Save 30% on Lightroom 3 when purchased with Photoshop CS5.

* Buy Photoshop Elements 9 for $49.99 after a $20 mail in rebate.

How to Build a Mask Based on Color

How to Build a Mask Based on Color

This photoshop tutorial will show you how to build a mask based on specific colors or shades. This technique can save you a huge amount of time when you are trying to isolate specific items.

Advances masking in Photoshop

Advances masking in Photoshop

This is a great a technique to mask and extract hair from the most complicated images. For this second part we will work with a blond model.

Friday, November 26, 2010


4 Must Know Rules of Composition

Know your rules first, then know when to break them!

Rebellion: Three Successfully Broken Rules of Composition

Composing the Photo

$9.97 – Composing the Photo – Bonus Version

• A detailed how-to about how to Compose Photos

• Countless examples of the how/when/why of setting up a shot on the scene

• Postprocessing: the how/when/why to crop your image for more meaning and power

• Deep discussions on how viewers react to different compositions

• There is an equal emphasis on composing landscapes and composing people

• Bonus Edition: 50 pages long

• Bonus Edition: Many extra examples of people/object photography, how to choose the best photo from a “Spray and Pray”, and more sample Golden Ratio croppings.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Top Safety Tips for Protecting Digital Image Files

Top Safety Tips for Protecting Digital Image Files

DriveSavers, the data recovery experts, share some simple precautions you can take with your information that will help you avoid ever needing their services. Read full story.

Five Great Things About Adobe Photoshop CS5

Five Great Things About Adobe Photoshop CS5

Are you still wondering if you should upgrade? We pick out and explain five of the best new features of Photoshop CS5 for photographers and add some resources for you to learn more. Read full story.

Monday, November 22, 2010

List of Best Cameras for Under $400

List of Best Cameras for Under $400

With a budget of about $400, you'll find a great mixture of strong, intermediate digital cameras. The best fixed lens cameras (or "DSLR-like cameras") in the sub-$400 price range contain large...

PocketWizard ControlTL Update

PocketWizard ControlTL Update

Reviewer Ellis Vener shares additional information you’ll need to know if you want to use the PocketWizard ControlTL system’s ability for non-smart speedlight flash at shutter speeds higher than a camera’s x-sync. The length of flash duration sets an upper limit on the shutter speed range above x-Sync. Read full story.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New England Model Train Expo

New England Model Train Expo

Saturday and Sunday, Dec 4 and 5th 10:00a to 5:00p

at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, Marlborough, MA

The non-profit Hub Division of the NMRA is hosting this annual event--New England's largest holiday season train show. Recapture holiday nostalgia with operating train layouts in many scales-–all with life-like miniature scenery. Dozens of vendors will be on hand with bargains on new and used trains, accessories, books, and collectibles.

Price: Adults $7, Seniors 60+ $6, Children under 12 free with paying adult

Friday, November 19, 2010

Five Inexpensive, Go Anywhere Photo Reflectors

Most camera equipment is expensive, but everyone should have this in their arsenal -- under $10
Auto Windshield Sun Shades

Five Inexpensive, Go Anywhere Photo Reflectors

by Scott Bourne 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Free ColorChecker Camera Profiling tools

Free ColorChecker Camera Profiling tools when you purchase any i1Display or ColorMunki Photo solution!

Camera profiling is an important step in managing a color workflow. Ensuring that color is captured correctly simplifies the process of editing images, adds consistency and saves time after the shoot.

Now, when you decide to take control of your color and invest in one of our most popular color management products, X-Rite helps make sure your images are correct out of the camera by giving you the tools you need to profile your digital camera free!

Fine Art Digital Printing John Paul Caponigro

John Paul Caponigro

Workshop -- Fine Art Digital Printing Int -- Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2010

The Fine Art Digital Printing workshop series offers the most advanced digital printing workshops available anywhere. You'll learn more in one week than you learn in a semester in college.

This digital printing workshop details a complete fine art workflow.

Color Management
Raw Conversion
Selections and Masking
Compositing and Retouching
Noise Reduction
Media Selection
Print Finishing and Presentation

If you're comfortable with Photoshop and you want to take your Photoshop and digital printing skills to the next level, this is the course for you.

You'll leave with advanced digital imaging skills and exhibition quality prints.
Register now!

Fine Art Digital Printing Adv -- December 6 - 10, 2010

The Fine Art Digital Printing workshop series offers the most advanced digital printing workshops available anywhere. You'll learn more in one week than you learn in a semester in college.

This digital printing workshop helps you define a signature style all your own.

The week starts with in-depth portfolio reviews designed to clarify individual needs and goals.

Reviews are followed by lightning fast reviews of the material in my Intermediate workshop. We go into greater detail and depth on many subjects and introduce new ones.

Softproofing and Proofing
Advanced Color Adjustment Strategies
Advanced Selections and Masking
Advanced Sharpening
Developing a Signature Style
Developing a Cohesive Body of Work
Image Sequencing
Print Finishing
The Business of Fine Art

This workshop is for you if you have a high degree of proficiency with Photoshop and digital printing and you want to advance your skills even further while refining your own unique style.

You'll leave with a clear map for assembling and presenting your body of work.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Maximum Adobe® Photoshop® Seminar Tour

Maximum Adobe® Photoshop® Seminar Tour

Coming to New York, NY -- Monday, November 22, 2010

The Must See Photoshop CS5 Tour of 2010!

Join Dave Cross as he shows you how to maximize your creative potential, dramatically boost your productivity and skill, and discover how to get the most from Photoshop CS5's most powerful tools and features, including the hottest new Photoshop CS5 technology.

You'll learn extremely powerful yet often-overlooked Photoshop® functions such as Layer Comps, Apply Image, Advanced Blending, Tool Presets and more. Increase your productivity, enhance your workflow and realize new creative possibilities with these essential Adobe® Photoshop CS5 functions. Along the way you'll learn many small but incredibly useful changes that have been made to Photoshop CS5 that will have you wondering how you lived without them. more info »

Seating is limited! Register today at

Your instructor: Dave Cross
Best-selling Author, Photographer, Senior Developer for NAPP and Instructor for Kelby Training LIVE

Nikon lens for sale

Hi Lisa,

I have a Nikon lens I'd like to sell, PC- 3 micro Nikkor 45mm f2.8D ED manual focus like new. Still in original box! Asking $1900. Would you list this on your blog? Thanks

Best Regards,


Easy Change Hair Color In Photoshop

Easy Change Hair Color In Photoshop

Easy Change Hair Color In Photoshop, In this Photoshop tutorial, we're going to look at how simple and easy it is to change hair color in Photoshop by tinting and colorizing someone's hair in a photo.


Macro Magic: Amazing Mosquito Birthing Images

Macro Photography Tips for Compact Camera Users

Photoshop Elements Tips

Photoshop Elements Tip – Copy Layer Masks

New Photoshop Elements Actions For Retouching – Fix Skin, Sky Color, Exposure And More

Monday, November 15, 2010


Greater Lynn Photographic Association


The Greater Lynn Photographic Association

invites all photographers everywhere

to submit color slides or digital images to the


All phases of the exhibition will be conducted in accordance with the recommended practices of
• PSA The Photographic Society of America
• FIAP Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographique 2011/029
• CAPA Canadian Association for Photographic Art
• IIWF Interessengemeinschaft Internationaler Wettbewerbs-Fotografen 2011/20

There is no restriction on subject matter.

For instructions and entry form, please click to visit our website

Closing Date is February 17, 2011

Susan Mosser, Chairman

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tony Sweet Photography -- 2011 Workshop Schedule

Tony Sweet Photography -- 2011 Workshop Schedule
with instructors Tony Sweet & Susan Milestone

Please e-mail Susan sign up for the workshop. Please include your address and a phone # where you can be reached.

She will answer all e-mail in the order they are received. (Please note we are getting ready for the MId Atlantic Nature Photography Expo in Manassas, VA and Susan may not be able to respond to your e-mails right away) Once you have signed up for a workshop she will e-mail you the registration forms after the Expo. At which time you will need to send in the completed and signed registration forms with your deposit to confirm your registration. The schedule will go on the website tomorrow.

Visual Artistry Photography Workshops with instructors Tony Sweet and Susan Milestone

2011 Workshop Schedule
contact Susan with any registration/workshop questions

March 27-March 31- Charleston, SC with Tony & Susan  $1100, limit 10

This is a wonderful historic city with numerous photo venues. We'll be spending our time photographing Magnolia Plantation, where explosions of colorful flowers, huge oak trees draped with moss, and bald cyprus swamps signal the beginning of spring time. Historic Charleston architecture and the famous White Point Park full of azalea, along the waterfront. And various other locations. As with all of our workshops, there is ample field instruction and daily critiques. We'll touch on the various software that we use on images supplied for the critique sessions and there will be compositional and software presentations.

April 3-7 - Digital Edge Software/HDR
Charleston, SC with Tony
$1700, limit 5
Join Tony in Charleston, SC for this exclusive shooting & software workshop. We will be out photographing every day, but will reserve ample class time to work on images using Nik Software plug-ins, Alien Skin, Topaz, NIK HDR Efex Pro and Photomatix HDR software. There will be ample individual help with raw processing and workflow. Discussions will be conducted at each location on how to "shoot for the software" and pre-visualizing the final results, which may not be readily apparent when viewing a scene.
April 17-21 - Great Smoky Mountains, TN with Tony & Susan  $1100, limit 10

This time frame should place us in the Smokies when dogwood are in bloom and the streams are beginning to run fully. Early spring skies can be quite dramatic, and fog rolls in and out of the landscape. Spring wildflowers are beginning to bloom, and we wouldn't be surprised if there is spring snow or hoar frost covering the mountain tops! There are layered mountain ridges and photogenic old historic settlements. As with all of our workshops, there is ample field instruction and daily critiques. We'll touch on the various software that we use on images supplied for the critique sessions and there will be compositional and software presentations.

May 1-6 - Cape May at M.A.R.S. with Tony
Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography
Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography

This Workshop is available through the M.A.R.S. Please contact
or call 1-888-267-MARS for information and registration

May 22-26 - Digital Edge Software/HDR
with Tony
Great Smoky Mountains, TN

$1700, limit 6
Join Tony in Charleston, SC for this exclusive shooting & software workshop. We will be out photographing every day, but will reserve ample class time to work on images using Nik Software plug-ins, Alien Skin, Topaz, NIK HDR Efex Pro and Photomatix HDR software. There will be ample individual help with raw processing and workflow. Discussions will be conducted at each location on how to "shoot for the software" and pre-visualizing the final results, which may not be readily apparent when viewing a scene.
June 17-19 Eastern State Penitentiary HDR-Philadelphia, PA with Tony
$500, limit 10
June 24-26 Eastern State Penitentiary HDR-Philadelphia, PA with Tony
$500, limit 10
Eastern State Penitentiary is a national monument, a wonderful and graphic venue, and the location used in our new HDR DVD. This location provides texture and detail perfect for HDR: the colorful, cracked paint, rusty prison cell doors, towering guard towers, even Al Capone's "lavish" cell. The photo ops are tremendous and subject to interesting compositional and software driven interpretations. There will be an opening evening presentation on HDR to get you ready to hit the ground running the next day. We'll shoot from 10 am until mid-afternoon on Saturday, and Tony will be working with everyone individually on location. After dinner, we'll have class time to work on processing and technique. Sunday morning we'll critique the images and have final Q & A.

Price includes location instruction, software training, critique session, admission fees, hotel prkg fee, and special access area fee.
July 10-16 - Iceland - through Focus on Nature in Iceland
Exploring the land of the Midnight Sun

This workshop is available through Focus On Nature Please contact Focus On Nature for information and registration

August 7-11 - Victoria, BC - with Tony & Susan
through Pacific Northwest Art School, WA
On Location: Victoria, BC

This Workshop is available through the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville, WA. Please contact or call 866-678-3396 for information and registration

August 14-16 - Whidbey Island, WA with Tony & Susan
through Pacific Northwest Art School, WA
On Location: Whidbey Island WA

This Workshop is available through the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville, WA. Please contact or call 866-678-3396 for information and registration

October 2-6 - Fall Photo Tour - White Mountains, NH with Tony & Susan $1100, limit 10
The White Mountains in NH is one of the best fall venues in the country, featuring brilliant reds and golds, colorful flowing streams, overlooks, birch forests, and numerous macro opportunities. This is a tour where class instruction will be plentiful, but field instruction will be minimal. We will be visiting our favorite locations, some very specific and generally not well known. The color window is very short and we'll be shooting along with the class, but will always be available for field help when needed. We'll touch on the various software that we use on images supplied for the critique sessions and there will be compositional and software presentations.

October 12-16 - Acadia, ME with Tony & Susan -- $1100, limit 10
Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine has the most rugged coastlines on the east coast, but very accessible: pink granite, cliffs, ponds, lakes, fall color, and overlooks. As with all of our workshops, there is ample field instruction and daily critiques. We'll touch on the various software that we use on images supplied for the critique sessions and there will be compositional and software presentations.


Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of exposure (f/stop and shutterspeed) and should know how to operate their equipment. Bring a laptop computer with RAW processing and image editing software in order to prepare images for critique. Any film shooters are encouraged to borrow a digital SLR to make images for critique sessions in order to maximize the workshop learning experience.
The Program:

This is a general itinerary; Each day's schedule varies due to which location we visit that day, how long we shoot, and can change depending on the weather. We could photograph all day if conditions are right, then have more class time the following day.
Sunday* night 5 pm - (except DWG which starts at 6:00) - Opening night presentation, Q&A's, orientation (Please note that it would be a good idea to have dinner on your own before the opening meeting)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - Photograph sunrise and/or early morning, and late afternoon and/or sunset, and whenever the light is right. There will be presentations and critiques during the day.

Thursday - Photograph in the morning or class time, discussion and final thoughts over breakfast. We should be finished by checkout time.
* except Acadia, which begins on a Wednesday and ends on Sunday - and Eastern State Penitentiary which is a weekend workshop
Questions and problems will be addressed in the field whenever possible, which is the most effective way to learn nature photography.
Personal Critique Service: All participants have the option to add 3 months of personal critiquing for an additional charge of $450. This service includes a professional verbal critique (delivered on CD) of up to 20 images a month for 3 months for a total of 60 images and liberal email support for questions and advice.

Frequent Attendee Discount: For more than one workshop taken in the same workshop year -
2nd workshop - 10% discount
3 or more workshops - 15% discount
Payment/Refund Policies

Payment Policy: The workshop fee is for instruction only. All other expenses including transportation, accommodations, and meals are the responsibility of the participant.

A $250 deposit is required to confirm your registration after receiving your registration forms.
The full balance is due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.
Cancellation Policy: Deposit and balance paid will be fully refunded if cancellation is made prior to 60 days before the workshop start date. No refunds will be given if cancellation is made less than 60 days before the workshop start date.

Rain refund policy: Presentations and critiques will continue as usual if it should rain. NO discount for one rain day. Two rain days = 10% discount on next workshop. Three rain days = 15% discount on next workshop. Only applies if rained in for the full workshop day, not including the opening night presentation or the final half day of the workshop.
NOTE: Only ONE discount per workshop
Susan & Tony
Tony T Sweet Photography, Inc.

National Geographic Photographers

National Geographic Photographers

National Geographic Photographers who offer shooting tips in the field and seminars on board.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


our mission: To grow a non-competitive community willing to share all levels of image creation with individuals and organizations that have a passion for photography while inspiring each other and developing friendships.


Call for Submissions!

Stamford Art Association Presents


Art at the Ferguson

This is an Invitational Exhibit celebrating the new Ferguson Library Gallery

Stamford, CT

January 13-April 7, 2011

This show is open to all SAA members and non-members and is a non-juried show. All two dimensional mediums are welcome. We are inviting artists to the second exhibition at the newly renovated Ferguson Library Gallery located on the 3rd floor in downtown Stamford. Space is limited so we are being asked to select a cross-section of artwork. We have assembled a review committee to help with the selection process and hanging the show.

The next exhibit at the Ferguson Library Gallery will be “Facades”. The receiving dates for the show are Thursday, January 6 5-7 and Saturday, January 8 10-12. The opening will be Thursday, January 13 6-8. The theme of the show is architectural facades and the artwork is not restricted to any location or type of building. This exhibit will be shown in conjunction with an exhibit at the Stamford Art Association Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin St, entitled “Faces and Figures”.

Further information on exhibit requirements will be posted on the Stamford Art Association’s website: Work must be framed and wired for hanging, preferably plexiglas not glass and not be larger than 48"x60"framed. If you are interested in being considered for the show, please submit up to 3 JPG digital images to: by Sunday, November 28. Please include title, size, medium and your contact information: name, email, phone, address.

You will be notified by email in December if your work will be included in the show. There will be a $35.00 charge per artist that will be collected at receiving. Further information will be supplied with acceptance notification as to Library drop off location and dates, and opening reception.

All artwork must be for sale. A commission of 25% on all work sold will go to support SAA.

This is a great chance to expose your work to the many visitors who will come to the Library and this wonderful new gallery.

Stamford Art Association, 39 Franklin Street, Stamford, Ct. 06901
(203) 325 1139

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thanks Bill for passing this along -- I am sure that everyone will want to sign up and be informed! 

I am writing to share some exciting news with you, NECCC has started a blog entitled NECCC News as a new avenue for communicating with the greater photograpic community in New England. All member clubs have been asked to spread the word about the new service.

Their new address:

They will be sending out information on a periodic basis including:

* Notification of changes to the NECCC web site at  as they occur. You will no longer have to visit the site to see what is new, the blog will tell you when new information has been posted.

* Information about the annual Summer Conference highlighting speakers and programs of special interest.

* Publicity from NECCC members clubs about activities that are directed to the greater New England photographic community.

Each of you is asked to visit and look at the blog. You will see a number of typical posts that were generated over being the last few months as the blog was being developed. Once you see what the blog has to offer, I hope you will subscribe so that you will receive future messages as they are posted. (instructions for subscribing are on the blog)

It would also be appreciated it if you would also publicize the blog to your friends and fellow camera club members. The NECCC Board hopes that every member of the greater NECCC commnuity will subscribe so that we can quickly and easily publicize information of interest to you.

Best regards,

William B. Barnett, AFIAP, MNEC, EPSA

66 Jasmine Circle

Milford, CT 06461-1788


CT Association of Photographers Web Master

Phone: (203) 877-1639


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Color Evaluation

Thanks Bill!

Hi Lisa, You might want to distribute the blog posting

This post is from the Photographic Society of RI and contains three images to evaluate your own computer as well as information on what you should expect to see.

Best regards,

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DSLR Camera Lens Buying Guide

DSLR Camera Lens Buying Guide

Scott says "I get lots of "what camera should I buy" questions here at Photofocus. I personally don't enjoy that question since it's sort of like asking me "What sort of car should I buy?" I do have more sympathy for the next logical question: "What lens should I buy?" I am not talking about the "Is the Nikon 50 f/1.4 really better than the 50 f/1.8 lens?" questions, but the "What lens should I buy generally?" questions. Neither question is easy to answer. This is an updated version of my first attempt (back in June, 2009) to cover this question. I have seven basic questions here that should help make the process of selecting a lens easier. For those who just want me to pick a lens for them, skip to the bottom where I have some generic suggestions. If you're trying to decide which lens to buy, here are some questions that you should answer (on your own) before you decide to go to the camera store."

Read the article here

Wildlife iPad & iPhone Photo Wallpapers Available

Wildlife iPad & iPhone Photo Wallpapers Available
Scott Bourne

If you're looking for an affordable, fun, easy way to own some of my wildlife photos, please consider purchasing any or all of the following titles.

Avian Wallpapers

Wolf Wallpapers

Wildlife Wallpapers

Each application runs on both the iPhone and the iPad and costs only 99 cents.

Basic HDR Primer

Basic HDR Primer

A good overview! Scott also states..."This is a very brief and NOT thorough introduction to HDR. It's meant to get your feet wet. If you really want to learn HDR in-depth, I have some recommended resources for you."

He also recently reviewed the latest version of Photomatix, the leading HDR software

Photomatix Pro 4.0 - HDR/Tonemapping Program - Mini Review

Seven Ways to Get Pro Results From Your Compact Camera

Seven Ways to Get Pro Results From Your Compact Camera

If you want to get pro results from your compact camera - treat it like a pro camera.

Annual DSLR Camera Buying Guide

Annual DSLR Camera Buying Guide

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, "What camera should I buy?" This is a companion piece to my post DSLR Camera Lens Buying Guide. It’s still the most popular question I am asked. “What camera should I buy?” Lately there's a new twist to the question..."Is this brand camera better than that brand camera?" I tried to answer THAT question in THIS post: Canon v. Nikon DSLRs - Does It Really Matter? No matter how hard I try to tell people that there’s no perfect answer, they keep asking. So since I can’t convince anyone otherwise, at least know the answers to THESE questions before you ask me YOUR question.

Read the article here

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mask Flyaway Hair in Moments Using Photoshop CS5

Get up to speed with new masking tools in Photoshop CS5. While easy to use, the results are pro-level in quality. Mask Flyaway Hair in Moments Using Photoshop

Create a Vampire Portrait in Photoshop

Create a Vampire Portrait in Photoshop

These days it seems like vampires are all the rage. In books, on television, and the big screen, vampires are everywhere. Thankfully, for us, vampires are not real and for those of us who are not actors or makeup artists, turning into a vampire isn't possible unless you have some knowledge of Photoshop. In today's tutorial we will demonstrate how to use Photoshop to turn a lovely portrait into a dark, intimidating vampire

Monday, November 8, 2010


WILD SCOTLAND TOUR for under $1300. ACT NOW!

We've just posted an amazing wildlife tour on the web site to the Scottish Highlands in May 2011. Ptarmigan, Dotterel, Capercaillie, Ring Ouzel, Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill, Pine Marten, Badger and more all possible from a great lodge in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. Also included is a trip to Handa Island for nesting seabirds. All for under $1300.00 for the week! All you have to do is get to Inverness! Check it out on the web at
For more exceptional birding itineraries, go to

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Gina Nichol
Sunrise Birding, LLC
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How to Batch Rename Photos in Photoshop CS5

The default names for photos coming from a digital camera are almost always incoherent. It can be a very daunting task to rename many photos, but photoshop provides an easier solution as shown in this tutorial.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lighting for Portraits and Events with Francesco Mastalia

Lighting for Portraits and Events with Francesco Mastalia
in Berkeley Heights, NJ
November 14, 2010 10AM-4PM

The workshop will focus on using a variety of techniques and approaches with portable lighting as well as working with natural light to help you create unique images with personal style for whatever project you want to tackle. When photographing people, we don't always have the time to set up elaborate lighting. We will learn how to work quickly with a minimal amount of equipment and explore what to look for when using natural light. We will also discuss how to make people comfortable in front of the camera, as well posing and not posing people to create natural looking portraits. Other topics covered will be what equipment works the best and easiest and how to market yourself to get more work. Bring your cameras and up to 10 photographs you would like to share.

This fast paced workshop is for any level of photographer who wants to learn more about lighting for portraits, products or events. This is a great opportunity to study with a photographer especially known for his wedding and portrait work. Participants should already know how their cameras work.

Francesco Mastalia is an internationally published documentary photographer whose career in photography spans over 25 years. Traveling around the world, he has captured portraits of diverse cultures of tribal, religious, indigenous and spiritual people. In addition to his role as a lecturer his photography has been exhibited throughout the United States. His list of Fortune 500 clients for advertising and corporate assignments include Revlon, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Time-Life, Philip Morris, Prudential, Hewlett Packard, Weight Watchers, McDonalds and Nikon.

* FEE: $175 for tuition

* ARRIVAL TIME: 9:30AM, November 14, 2010 Bring your lunch

* INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: 908-790-8820 or email Nancy Ori at directions will be sent upon registration

· PAYMENT TO: New Jersey Media Center, LLC 124 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 07922

Macro Nature Forum

Macro Nature Forum

Please stop by and check out my newly launched Macro Nature Forum. Just for macro photographers of all skill levels, and It's free to register and participate. You will be able to post your macro images in different forums, start or engage in a macro discussion, enter contests, and more. The forum is now open.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

NHCC's Centennial celectration -- Paul's Judging workshop was a resounding success!

Kudos to Paul Peterson for setting up and presenting the judging workshop that was held today in Branford, CT. It was a resounding success! This workshop was part of the New Haven Camera Club's Centennial celebration.

62 photographers (camera club judges, potential judges and interested parties) attended to learn about the strengths and weakness of judging photographs. It was an enlightening experience. We did not solve the world's problems (or should I say the world of camera club's problems) but we all came away with a better understanding of what makes a photograph less like a snapshot and more like Fine Art (technical aspects, the composition, the overall interest and the impact). We also learned about the inherent subjective nature of photography and how to make better comments (start with something positive and then move to a constructive criticism). After the mock judging portion of the program we split into four groups of 15. My group was only consistent with regard to their scores on 2 or 3 images, for many we were scoring 6 or 7 to 9 or 10, with impact (that "wow" factor) being the largest variable (and the hardest to make consistent)
We got to meet a lot of camera club members from across CT; some from as far away as Canton, Harwinton and Tolland, CT. Needless to say it was well received and we hope we can do it again next year. Someone suggested that we make this an annual event, with a different Connecticut camera club hosting each year. I think that would be awesome. I also learned that Bridegport meets an hour before their meeting to talk about aspects that make a photograph good and about judging and that Norwalk has a monthly judging forum.
Immense gratitude to Paul! Thanks to Linda Thomas, Bob and Laura Parisi for their help purchasing and setting up the food. A special thanks for Carmel for her hard work and the great coffee cake!