Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ten Ways To Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear.

Ten Ways To Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear.

David duCheminTEN was David duChemin's first eBook and still the most popular by a landslide. The premise is simple, if photographers could cut through the noise and work on their craft without being bombarded with the need to buy more gear, and the newest and shiniest, we'd become better at our craft and create more compelling images. TEN is exactly what it says it is, an exploration of ten techniques and ideas that can improve any photographer's work.TEN was written in response to the question, "so where do I go from here, once I've learned how to use my camera?" TEN responds to that and gives you ten solid steps to take on your photographic journey, each with accompanying creative exercises, and none of them asking you to buy new gear.

TEN is a 32 page downloadable PDF eBookUSD $5.00

Cherry Blossom Time in Washington DC

Lisa's note -- if you have never been to DC during Cherry Blossom time you should GO!!! It is like the most beautiful snowstorm in New England - except that it is warmer and it is snowing pink blossoms! DC this time of year is amazing, people go there is Spring and then decide to move there! You could spend all week walking around the tidal basin!

Dear Camera Club friends,

The following is going to be mentioned in our In Focus and at the next club meeting. However, because of the very close deadline, I felt it important that I let everyone know about this trip now.

Cherry Blossom Time in Washington DC

Dates: April 9 - 11, 2010

Round Trip motorcoach
2 nights Hilton Hotel Gaithersburg
2 full American breakfasts Toby's Dinner Theatre
Visits to other points of interest in DC
Cherry Blossom Parade, Saturday, April 10
Baggage, tax & service, tour director

Envelopes are handed out for tips to tour director and coach driver.


$369 Double $469 Single $359 Triple/Quad

For anyone interested, I have to have a 'yes' and the monies in to me by March 10. Hence, the very short time to deadline. There are no refunds.

Please feel free to e-mail me any questions you may have. Please feel free to send me your 'yes' and monies by March 10. My address is
Faye Dudek, 12 Douglas Court, Wallingford, CT 06492

I will be at the club meeting on 3/10 (the date) to talk to anyone.


Below the Horizon - a 40 page downloadable PDF ebook


Below The Horizon, Understanding Light at the Edges of Day, is written by Dave Delnea.
Equally inspiring as it is instructional, Below The Horizon will change the way you look at, and photograph, light.Below The Horizon is a 40 page downloadable eBook in PDF format.Still only USD $5.00

Below The Horizon was written by a photographer whose commercial work includes some of the finest resort properties in the world. Dave Delnea’s ability to see and capture the mood present in light at the edges of day have garnered him some exceptional clients and produced some amazing images. His secret is no secret at all; simply to understand and capture the light that is uniquely present when the sun is below the horizon and other photographers have put their cameras away. Editor’s Note: I am really excited about this book, not because it’s full of secrets, it really isn’t, but because it was reading the rough drafts for this book that inspired me on a recent trip to Kenya to shoot images I am more excited about than I have been in a long time. The inspiration to go out and shoot in the exceptional edge of day light has re-ignited an excitement I’d lost in the busyness of being a working photographer. Highly recommended! (David duChemin, Vancouver 2010)

Below the Horizon is a 40 page downloadable PDF ebook

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Weekly Photo Tips Presents the DIY Beauty Dish
This week Scott shows us how to make a very low cost modifier for our dedicated flash units. The beauty dish, so called because of the flattering soft rap around light that it creates on a subject, is a great addition to your light kit. This low cost DIY option allows you to build one quickly using off the shelf components many of which can be found at your local Home Depot or Lowes store.

As always please stop by our web site for links to the detailed plans for this project. Scott will also have some example photos demonstrating the difference between using your flash directly and using the beauty dish.

Canon Experience - Barbara Ellison WORKSHOP

This four-day workshop is specifically geared to those who use, or are thinking of using, Canon SLR cameras. Through a combination of in-class instruction and field work, students will explore every significant function of the Canon camera while learning to take better pictures.

Students will be be given the opportunity to try out most of the Canon system of cameras and lenses. There will also be a brief discussion about digital printers and papers. -->

Location: Chesapeake City, Maryland

Cost: $395.00

Experience: None required.

Equipment: Canon SLR (Many Canon cameras and lenses are available as free "loaners" throughout the weekend).

Optional Equipment: None required.

Maximum Class Size: 15

Schedule: Thu 6PM-8PM; Fri 9AM-5PM; Sat 9AM-5PM; Sun 9AM-12:30PMDates: Apr 29 - May 2 2010. (Note: )Student Photos

Related Course(s): Creative Vision: 2 Day, Creative Vision: 3 Day, Creative Vision: Advanced

Central Park in Season - Howard Millard WORKSHOP

This one-day workshop explores the natural beauty of New York's Central Park in spring and fall, the Park's two most lovely seasons. Howard takes you to the Conservatory Garden as well as some of his other favorite nature spots. He discusses and demonstrates approaches and techniques for photographing gardens, flowers and parks that will make your photos of landscapes, trees and plants more evocative and compelling.

Note: Sunday will serve as a rain day. -->

Location: New York City, New YorkCost: $195.00 (Tuition does not include lunch)

Experience: Basic understanding of camera functions.

Equipment: Any camera, though digital is preferred for critiquing purposes.

Optional Equipment: For flower work, SLR is recommended.

Maximum Class Size: 12Schedule: Sat 10:00AM-5:00PMDates: May 15 2010, Oct 16 2010.

Related Course(s): Manhattan: From Landmarks to Street Scenes

Friday, February 26, 2010

Discover Acadia!

Discover Acadia!

We are proud to announce that we have copies of the newly revised 3rd edition of our book Discover Acadia National Park. If you love to hike, bike, and/or paddle, this guide will provide you with descriptions of the best adventure trips in the park. 25 trail names have changed since the 2nd edition, and the guide describes all of these changes as well as listing several new trails that were recently constructed. Also included is a newly revised pull-out topo map of the trails and carriage roads in the park.

You can order a signed copy of the book now at

Thursday, February 25, 2010


We champion social change,
one photo at a time.

PhotoPhilanthropy is an organization created to promote, support and connect photographers to non-profit organizations around the world.

The PhotoPhilanthropy community is a place for photographers, photo enthusiasts and non-profit organizations to come together - to network, to tell their stories, show their work, exchange ideas, find opportunities and financial support for their efforts.

Photography today is an accessible and universal tool with great impact; PhotoPhilanthropy offers a transformational opportunity to personally engage in these powerful and inspirational stories.

PhotoPhilanthropy pledges positive change with positive reward; The PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Award is an annual endorsement of excellence for professional, amateurs, and student photographers,

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Online Color Challenge How well do you see color?

We were at the CPPA meeting two weeks ago and one of the speakers talked about color and he showed this test that you can take...

Online Color Challenge
How well do you see color?

FACT: 1 out of 255 women and 1 out of 12 men have some form of color vision deficiency.
A zero is a perfect score (I scored 23)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jerry Monkman 2010 Destination Workshop/Tour Schedule
2010 Destination Workshop/Tour Schedule

Jerry Monkman has finalized his photo workshop and tour schedule for 2010! Tours and workshops both include photo instruction and one or more group critique sessions. Workshops also include digital imaging lectures which discuss Photoshop and Lightroom techniques.

Classic Vermont Photo Tour - Landscapes, Wildflowers, & Waterfalls
Date: May 23- 28, 2010 Location: Woodstock, Vermont

Acadia National Park Workshop - The Best of Acadia
Date: June 20 - 25, 2010 Location: Bar Harbor, Maine (Includes digital imaging lectures)

Cape Cod Photo Workshop - The Nature of Cape Cod
Date: September 12 - 17, 2010 Location: Adjacent to the Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham, Massachusetts (includes digital imaging lectures)

Peak Foliage in the White Mountains Photo Tour - Mountains, Waterfalls, & Peak Foliage
Date: October 1 - 3, 2010 Location: Crawford Notch, NH

Peak Foliage in Acadia National Park Photo Tour - Classic Maine Coast photography
Date: October 8 - 11, 2010 Location: Bar Harbor, Maine.

Photoshop and Lightroom seminars

Photoshop and Lightroom
I'm running day-long Photoshop and Lightroom seminars on March 20 and 21, followed by a Weekend Workflow Workout in May. If you have been wanting to maximize your skills in post-processing, one of these seminars may be what you need. For more information, visit:

Destination Photo Workshops.
This year, I am leading five destination workshops:May 23-28, Woodstock, VermontJune 20-25, Acadia National ParkSeptember 12-17, Cape CodOctober 1-3, White MountainsOctober 8-11, Acadia National Park.On these workshops, we will have the chance to shoot some of the region's most iconic landscapes, as well as the intimate details of nature. You'll also have the chance to pick up a few Photoshop and Lightroom skills. Details and prices are at:

Monday, February 22, 2010

Its all about the Print and the Paper! Workshop

Announcing a new Meetup for Rhode Island Photography Workshops!

What: Its all about the Print and the Paper!

When: Saturday, February 27, 2010 10:00 AM

Price: $25.00 per person

Where:Blue Line Studios85 Industrial Circle Lincoln, RI 02865401-286-4264

As a photographer your final performance is the print. Why not get to know a few things about your paper options and how to optimize your printer for a specific type of paper. This will be about a 1 hour class will include the following:

-Setting up your digital darkroom

-Profiling your monitor

-A display of photo paper choices from Red River Paper

-A slide show detailing the different qualities of photo paper such as weight, thickness, and brightness Vs. whiteness.

-Information on the cost of ink jet printing and print longevity.

-How to setup photoshop to use ICC color print profiles to work with your printer.

All attendees will receive a special offer for a sample print kit with free shipping from Red River Paper.

Plus door prizes from Red River Paper for some lucky attendees.

Learn more here:

Introduction to Photoshop Elements Part I

I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

When: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 5:30 PM

Where: Southern New England Computer Services 601 Great Rd N. Smithfield, RI

Price: $100.00 per person

You can always get in touch with me through the "Contact Organizer" link on Meetup:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Adventures in New Zealand by Amanda Dunn

Save This Date For A Wednesday Evening Workshop February 24th - 6:30-8PM
Adventures in New Zealand by Amanda Dunn

North Cove Outfitters' staff member, Amanda Dunn, spent Fall 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand.She will be sharing some of her favorite experiences and wonderful photographs from this trip. Anyone who has ever wanted to visit New Zealand would be well served to attend. Discover Amanda's highlights and all the must see places!Join North Cove Outfitters, Inc. as we launch our 9th season of popular FREE Wednesday Evening Workshops. Our Wednesday Evening Workshops offer an informal learning environment. We'll provide the experts to share their knowledge with you, with ample time allotted for questions, story swapping and a few tall tales. Call 860-388-6585 ext. 321 for this most informative evening of creative learning. For a complete listing of workshops click here.We look forward to seeing you soon!

Photographer Launches Expanded Version of Free Online Photography Book

Photographer Launches Expanded Version of Free Online Photography Book

Lexar Elite Photographer Rolando Gomez Releases

New Version of Photographic Therapy - The Power of Photography to Help Build or Rebuild Self-Esteem

SAN ANTONIO, TX--(February, 2010) - Rolando Gomez, a Lexar Elite Photographer and established author of several photography books, has released an expanded, 105-page version of his free photography book, Photographic Therapy - The Power of Photography to Help Build or Rebuild Self-Esteem. The book can be downloaded in PDF form at

"The book is completely free -- no gimmicks, no adware, no spyware," said Gomez, who attributes the strength of the book's editorial content to senior editor and former Studio Photography magazine editor Alice Miller. "

A book like this is normally $40, but given the current state of the economy, I wanted to give a free resource to the photography industry and educate photographers about how they can use their lens to make people feel comfortable and good about themselves."

Photographic therapy, or the use of photography to build or rebuild self-esteem, is quickly gaining notoriety in the United States as a supplemental component to traditional therapy options. In 2009, it became a hot-button topic in the photography industry when journalist Melissa Whitworth wrote the article, "Posing naked for a women's magazine felt brave and shocking," for the United Kingdom's version of Glamour magazine. Since then, Gomez has leveraged that article to further propel his message of using the lens to build internal beauty. "As a photographer with 30-plus years of experience, I've photographed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of women in various age groups, primarily 18-62 years of age," said Gomez. "It turns out, many of these photographic sessions fit the classification of photographic therapy -- not just a photography portrait, private glamour, or glamour photography shoot, but a photography session that helps build or rebuild self-esteem in my subjects."

Several veteran photographers, including Peter Geller, winner of the 1971 World Press Photo of the Year award, and Robert Farber of, have lauded Gomez's book as an essential resource for photographers. "You have something special here with this book," said Robert Farber. "It's sincere, informative and comes from your heart." In addition to further spreading the message of photographic therapy, Gomez believes free, on-demand books are the future of the publishing industry.

To download Gomez's free photography book, visit

To view Gomez's portfolio site, visit (Please note: Book contains images of partially clothed women and might be inappropriate for children under 18).

About Rolando Gomez Rolando Gomez, a Lexar Elite Photographer, transitioned from combat photography to glamour photography in 1999 and still freelances as a photojournalist. Known for his "flamour" (fashion and glamour) style of photography, he's taught more than 400 workshops and seminars in Mexico, Canada, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States. He also provides private photography instruction and private glamour photography.

Behind the Scenes with Scott Kelby

Watch the first part of Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes with Scott Kelby

Try It. Like It. Buy It.

We think you'll enjoy this video so much that we're giving it away. Well, that's not entirely true...We're showing you the first 45 minutes commercial-free and unedited, with no strings attached. Hopefully, you'll decide you want to learn even more. That's where the full online video, with accompanying booklet that serves as a refresher for the most pertinent tips, comes in handy.

Special Offer Get the complete video for just $29.24 (save 35%)—enter coupon code KELBYPREMIERE during checkout on Add to Cart

Scott Kelby, author of the best-selling The Digital Photography Book, Volumes 1, 2, & 3, brings the final chapter of each book, "Photo Recipes Live," to life in this two-hour video. "Photo Recipes Live" became the most popular feature in the books because of its thorough, hands-on explanations of how to re-create professional-grade, studio-quality shots. Scott's casual, conversational style makes it easy for photographers with any level of experience to follow along and learn how to get the shot they really want.

Scott's video covers concepts that didn't make it into the book. From beginning to end, you'll get an overview of how to use natural light, position your subjects, set up studio lighting, use a reflector, and much more. Scott also explains which camera settings work best for each given situation and shares personal recommendations on products you should use.

Watch the first part of Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes with Scott Kelby

Try It. Like It. Buy It.

We think you'll enjoy this video so much that we're giving it away. Well, that's not entirely true...We're showing you the first 45 minutes commercial-free and unedited, with no strings attached. Hopefully, you'll decide you want to learn even more. That's where the full online video, with accompanying booklet that serves as a refresher for the most pertinent tips, comes in handy.

Special OfferGet the complete video for just $29.24 (save 35%)—enter coupon code KELBYPREMIERE during checkout on Add to Cart

Saturday, February 20, 2010



Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. - Ansel Adams

"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life." - Henri Cartier Bresson

"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept." - Ansel Adams

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”- Henri Cartier-Bresson

However, for the digital age, maybe it needs to be updated to: “Your first 100,000 digital photographs are your worst.”

"The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes but in finding new eyes."- Marcel Proust "

A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him." - Man Ray

"With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing." - Robert Mapplethorpe

He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist. -St.Francis of Assisi

"In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration." - Ansel Adams

"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." - Ansel Adams

You don't take a photograph, you make it. - Ansel Adams

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. - Ansel Adams

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. - Ansel Adams

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept. - Ansel Adams

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. - Ansel Adams

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. - Ansel Adams

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. - Ansel Adams

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit. - Ansel Adams

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit. - Ansel Adams

We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium. - Ansel Adams

Aaron Siskind: "Photography is like air. I couldn't live without it."

Friday, February 19, 2010

Reinvention Weekend ASPP

The American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) and the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) invite you to come to Boston for an exciting "Reinvention Weekend" April 15th - 18th. The entire conference is geared to Reinvent, Reimagine and Reinvigorate your career or your approach to the photography business.

The conference begins on Thursday April 15th with a one day trade show (tables still available), and then will continue with 2 days of great sessions. Brian Storm is the keynote speaker and will also join a panel to discuss thought-provoking insights into the new paradigms for our industry. Be inspired by thought leaders, story-tellers, and community service activists. Lend your voice to the critical discussions between the different segments of our industry. Learn from the experts how to use social media and web tools to enhance your business. Even receive free career make-over sessions.

Speakers will include Rick Smolan, Ilise Benun of, Allen Murabayashi and Andrew Fingerman of PhotoShelter, Caitlin Jewell of Silverscape, Nancy Andrews of Detroit Free Press, Ian Ginsberg of VII Agency, Lou Jones and others. Program details are available at

PACA is our conference partner in Boston. During Trade Show hours on Thursday, PACA is providing a demonstration of their newly launched pacaSearch ( This mega meta-search engine is setting a new standard for stock image searching.

The registration fees for this 3-day event is only $495 for ASPP* and PACA members, and $590 for sister organizations. Registration is open at, so mark your calendar and start making your plans to be there now! For sponsorship opportunities, contact

The weekend will take place at the beautiful and historic Omni Parker House Hotel in downtown Boston. We have arranged a special room rate of $199 per night (not including taxes) for all Conference attendees from April 12 through April 18.

For immediate online reservations, please visit But hurry! The cut-off date for accepting reservations into our room block is Thursday, March 25, 2010.

About American Society of Picture Professional (ASPP)The American Society of Picture Professional (ASPP) is a community of image experts committed to sharing their experience and knowledge throughout the industry. This non-profit association provides professional networking and educational opportunities for those who create, edit, research, license, manage or publish pictures. For more information go to or contact the Executive Director Cathy Sachs at

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Governor's Footguard Dog Show Feb 21

Governor's Footguard Dog Show Feb 21
Feb, 21, 2010 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

XL Center Exhibition Hall 1 Civic Center Plaza Hartford, CT 06106

An AKC sanctioned all breed, obedience and junior dog show. Public is invited to watch the competition and meet the dog owners and handlers. ADMISSION: Adults $8

About the Foot Guard Dog Show... Since the 1920’s, the First Company Governor’s Foot Guard Athletic Association has sponsored, with a small number of exceptions, an annual AKC sanctioned dog show. The current format of the show is All Breed, Obedience and Junior Showmanship (AB/O/JSHW). Dogs entered in our show compete for championship points. We generally have around 1200 dogs entered in our show representing all seven groups (Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding) and representing about 140 different breeds. These entrants come from all over the United States and Canada. Our show is held, generally, on the third Sunday in February of the year. We partner with the Elm City Kennel Club, who holds their show the day prior to ours and we use the same venue. For the past several years, that venue has been the XL Center in Hartford, CT. The Hartford Obedience Training Club runs the obedience trials at our show. Our dog show superintendent is MB-F, Inc. of Greensboro, NC, one of the premier dog show producers and managers in the United States. Some of the proceeds of our dog show are used to fund two scholarships that are given to pre-veterinary students at the University of Connecticut; one attending the School of Agriculture and one attending the School of Natural Resources. In addition to our AKC sanctioned show, we also hold a match dog show sometime in late September or early October. This is an informal or ‘practice’ show so no championship points are awarded. Instead, it is an opportunity for dogs and handlers to learn how to show. Our match show is held and the First Company Governor’s Horse Guard reservation in Avon, CT. Questions or comments? Contact us at

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dusk till Dawn Tamron photo contest

Tamron has announced the first in its series of four photo contests for 2010: Dusk till Dawn asks entrants to submit sunrise, sunset and nighttime images by March 31, 2010.

The Grand Prize Winner of Contest One 2010 will receive his/her choice of one of these Tamron lenses: SP AF60mm F2 Di-II 1:1 Macro; SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di-II; SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 Di-II VC; or AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC. Users of any camera equipment may enter the Tamron photo contest."

We have made several great changes in our contest promotion for 2010," stated Stacie Errera, Tamron's Chief Marketing Officer. "Rather than holding one annual contest with just one chance to win, we expanded the contest program to include a series of contests that allow many more people to enter as the themes will vary across the series." Tamron also opened up the contest to photographers not exclusively using Tamron lenses. "

With so many new enthusiastic novices entering this hobby, we want to give everyone the opportunity to acquire one of our lenses through our contest promotions. And by allowing the winner the choice of lens prize," continued Errera, "the contest series becomes more valuable to many more people who have different needs than just one lens type."The "Dusk till Dawn" photo contest entries will be evaluated and selected by a guest judge, Ken Hubbard, who specializes in landscape and travel photography. Hubbard, Field Services Manager for Tamron, is a pro photographer who has had nationwide gallery showings of his landscape photography. He regularly teaches enthusiasts how to take better photos at dynamic seminars around the country. You can see his work at Ken Hubbard Photography.In addition to receiving the Tamron lens of choice, the winner's picture will be showcased on the Tamron website.

The winner and twenty photographers whose images are selected by our judge as Favorites will have their names and winning images published on the website and on the Tamron Page on Facebook™ for all to admire. HOW TO ENTER: Email your lo-res images to, Subject line of email must read Tamron Dusk till Dawn Photo Contest. (Winner & Finalists will be contacted for hi-res images). By sending your images you agree to Tamron's terms & conditions. Tamron reserves the right to disqualify any images that do not fit the theme of this photo contest.

Complete rules and an entry form can be found at or by accessing the contest page directly at

Submissions are limited to a maximum of three per person. Pictures submitted must be original and the property of the photographer. The contest is open to any person 18 years or older residing in the United States and all entries must be received no later than April 15, 2010. Tips on how to take sunset, sunrise and nighttime shots have been posted on the contest page to help interested entrants take better images.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Open Cockpit Sunday February 21

Open Cockpit Sunday February 21 and March 21 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Open Cockpit - Your chance to play pilot for the day. Climb into the cockpits of 10 aircraft including the Corsair, the F-100 Super Sabre, the Huey helicopter and more. There will be a special presentation at 1:00 p.m. by Ed Buckbee who has been involved with America's Space Program since 1959. He will talk about NASA's programs - past, present and future. He will have books for sale and to autograph. Additional craft activities for children and a food vendor will be on site all day. Reminder all cockpits close at 4:00 p.m.

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Rd. (Rte. 75) Windsor Locks, CT 06096

ADMISSION: Adults $10, seniors $9, children (4-11) $5, under 4 free. Phone: (860) 623-3305

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Nik Summit,

Nik Software announces today The Nik Summit, its first-ever multi-day educational event designed specifically to educate and empower photographers and fans of the company's award-winning software tools. Attendees will learn how to improve their photographic skills by working alongside some of the world's leading professional photographers and the lessons will continue beyond image capture to help photographers develop powerful photo enhancement skills using Nik Software's imaging software products. The Nik Summit will be held May 13-16, 2010, in San Diego, California. More information and registration details are available at

"The Nik Summit will be more than a photographic experience and is designed to bring our customers and photo enthusiasts together with some of the best working photographers, photo magazine editors, and top Nik Software experts," said Michael Slater, President and CEO of Nik Software. "The Nik Summit is all about learning and sharing ideas in photography and we are bringing our product specialists and educators, top engineers, as well as Nik Software's founder and CTO specifically to do just that."The Nik Summit will be an entertaining and educational event incorporating a full range of activities to stimulate learning and discussions including:

Guided shooting sessions at famous San Diego landmarks led by professional photographers Rick Sammon, Tony Sweet, Tony Corbell, and Laurie Shupp
Workflow seminars and hands-on digital imaging lab sessions with top Nik trainers
Keynote presentations from photographers Joe McNally (National Geographic & Time) and Robert Beck (Sports Illustrated)
Industry panel discussions with leading photographers
Unique evening "fireside chats" and networking opportunities with top working photographers from all over the country

Idea exchanges and social events with the Nik Software team, including founder and CTO Nils KokemohrProfessional photographers Rick Sammon, Tony Corbell Tony Sweet, and Laurie Shupp will lead half-day, on-location photo workshops each of the two full days with intensive lab sessions each afternoon covering digital post-capture workflow techniques conducted by Nik Software experts. Evening keynote presentations by Joe McNally and Robert Beck will offer attendees a unique opportunity to see and hear the stories and insights behind some of the most memorable photographs of our lifetime. Event Details
Photographers can register for the event at

When: Thursday, May 13 through Saturday, May 16, 2010; optional morning shoot Sunday, May 17
Where: Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa on Mission Bay, San Diego, CA
What's Included:
All on-location shooting sessions, workflow and hands-on lab seminars presentations/panels, and fireside chats
Breakfast and dinner at hotel
Transportation for on-location workshops
Sponsor gifts and prize drawings
Event ambassadors available to ensure personalized attention
Cost: $599 / $479 early bird registration until March 15, 2010Speaker & VIP List

Speakers and other working professionals scheduled to appear include:
Joe McNally - National Geographic, Time, Nikon
Robert Beck - Sports Illustrated
Tony Sweet - Landscape, Nature Photographer, Team Nik member
Tony Corbell - Photographic educator and lighting specialist, Nik Software Sr. Manager of Product Education & Planning
Mike Strickland - Senior photographer Disney World, Orlando
Rick Sammon - Photographer, book author
Vincent Versace - Photoshop Hall of Fame member, noted photographer
Bill Hurter - Editor, Rangefinder and AfterCapture magazines

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Get $75 Off A Premium Subscription And $50 Off An Annual Subscription


Get $75 Off A Premium Subscription And $50 Off An Annual Subscription

Here's how you can get $75 off a Premium Subscription to and $50 off an Annual Subscription. Follow this link, then choose one of the signup buttons, and fill out the first signup page. On the second signup page, choose which subscription you want and under Credit Card Information, click on the area that says Promo Code - click to enter. For the $250 Annual Subscription, enter promo code MW10A and your total will change from $250 to $200. For the $375 Premium Subscription enter Promo Code MW10P and your total will change from $375 to $300. Happy learning!

Free Adobe Photoshop Alternatives

Due to the popularity of digital cameras, image editing programs are readily available. At this moment, we believe Adobe Photoshop is still the most powerful program on market which perform a large variety of advanced image manipulations. However, not everyone will afford to get a copy for popular raster-based digital image editors like Adobe Photoshop if all one need to do is just basic image editing.

Photoshop Alternatives: Another 14 Free Image Manipulation Tools

We’ve previously published 11 Free Adobe Photoshop Alternatives, and we encourage that you check it out too. And with no duplication between this, we got you 25 (in total) Photoshop alternatives here in

Read more: Photoshop Alternatives: Another 14 Free Image Manipulation Tools Tools

I was surprised they did not know about the free PhotoFiltre Wayne

Saturday, February 13, 2010

DSLR Camera Remote 1.3

onOne Software has submitted DSLR Camera Remote 1.3 for the iPhone and iPod Touch to Apple's App Store. It fixes several bugs, enables LiveView and Bulb exposure mode to be used simultaneously and adds support for the Canon EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV plus the Nikon D3S.
Read more by Rob Galbraith

DSLR Camera Remote Lite 1.3 is already available.

More information about DSLR Camera Remote is in a previous article.

can be downloaded from onOne's website

Friday, February 12, 2010

Receive a 10% Discount on Digital Infrared Camera Conversions

Receive a 10% Discount on Digital Infrared Camera Conversions
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DSI + Nik = 20% Savings in February

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Lightroom Seminar

February is a time to "get connected" with your photography. Join us Saturday Feb 20th at Lens Pro to Go in Concord for our second Lightroom Seminar. Adobe certified instructor Bob DiNatale will present a 4 hour class working through many aspects of how to utilize the power of Lightroom to revolutionize your photography and simplify your workflow.SAVE $15 if you register before February 15th!REGISTER @ the Digital Silver Imaging website for complete details.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Drobo sale

There has never been a better time to get yourself a Drobo drive bundle!
If you have been holding out on getting a DroboPro or Drobo S, now is your opportunity to get a Sweet Deal, including drives. For a limited time only, Data Robotics has put together a variety of drive bundles that could save you up to $1100!
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Alien Skin Software sale

Alien Skin Software is having a 20% off sale from now until the end of February. Just go to our store and you’ll see that everything is discounted. 10% of our profit for the entire month (not just from the sale) will be donated to Haiti relief. We have a page that explains the details of the charities, donations, and Cameron’s pictures.

New Haven Register asks for snow photos and stories

Most of Connecticut is taking a snow day with a foot or more of the white stuff expected across the state. Tell us (New Haven Register) how you plan to ride out the storm and submit your snow photos at the links below.

Click here to submit stories

Click here to submit photos

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

photographing gardens program 2-10

Thought some of the club members might be interested in Rich's program.

Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30pm

Rich Pomerantz will give a program about photographing gardens at the Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook, CT. The program is free & non-members are invited.

In case of bad weather you can call the Senior Center at 203-270-4310 to see if its still on.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Controversy over new photo magazine "Pilfered"

I have been seeing more and more comments and controversy over this magazine so I just had to let you all know the scoop...Lisa

The magazine's website states "PILFERED is a place where artists, photographers, designers, and the inspired can submit their favorite visuals pilfered from the web to share with one another. Founded on the spirit of web democracy, and built to aid in communicating ideas and concepts, PILFERED Magazine aims to assist in speaking the thousand words – visually."

I copied and pasted the article from Fast Media Group here for you...

"If you’re a photographer, you should check out this site, Pilfered magazine. Since it’s launch, it has had an angry response from many in the photography community due to its call to submit images for the magazine, which it then intends to use without paying any copyright. On their about page the site is described as follows:

The site is urging readers to actively ‘pilfer’ the web for photography that can be used in the magazine. There will be no payment and credit will only be given if a photographer chases it. The site puts the responsibility with those submitting the content. It appears the team behind the site has spent years using content from the web for commercial presentations and now wants to create a place to share the best work, albeit without paying contributors.

The response from photographers to the site has been one of shock and anger. Many of the comments on the About page threaten with legal action. Both John Harrington and PDN Pulse have written about the website. In their comments they point to the appropriation of content without payment and credit. ‘Robin Hood’ of the web or copyright theft. What’s your opinion? "

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Focus Fallibility: Lens Test Fallacies

Focus Fallibility: Lens Test Fallacies June 19, 2008 by Dave Etchells The Goal: Test the Lens and Only the Lens

It should come as no surprise that the expanding interest in lens performance generated by the digital SLR explosion has resulted in much greater testing and review of SLR lenses by various organizations. Unfortunately, as far as we can determine from published accounts of various testing methodologies, a lot of the test data being posted is of suspect value, for a very simple reason: Inadequate control of focus. The purpose of this article is to call attention to this issue, and hopefully to encourage current and would-be lens testers to adopt more rigorous procedures that properly control for focus.

Nikon D70 Focus test chart

Nikon D70 Focus test chart Tim Jackson

Camera AF Microadjustment - for free

Camera AF Microadjustment - for free

Checking for front / back focus and fine-tuning camera autofocus.
Newer DSLRs have the facility to individually tune the AF settings for different lenses via a custom setting (the micro adjust function). The AF fine-tune adjustment for auto focus functionality is available in many newer cameras that have a 'liveview' capability.
Article contains several different (free) methods for AF adjustment

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Photoshop for Photographers FREE

Photoshop for Photographers
Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Av, Milford, CT
Saturday, 11:00am to 1:00pm; Feb 13

FREE to the public

See how the amazing Adobe Photoshop, the “digital darkroom”, can be used for easy retouching, restoration, color correcting, sharpening, altering depth of field, lens filters, compositing, organizing photos and even dodging and burning. Question and answer session to follow as well as a drawing for gift certificates towards Photoshop classes and other prizes.

Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Ted Maynard
Held at: Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Av, Milford, CT

Friday, February 5, 2010 Mobile for iPhone 1.1

Adobe announced the immediate availability of Mobile for iPhone 1.1, an update to the popular mobile application that makes editing, viewing and sharing images on the iPhone quick and easy. Mobile for iPhone quickly established itself as one of the "Top Free" applications in Apple's App Store. In the four months since its release in October 2009, Mobile for iPhone has been downloaded over 6.5 million times worldwide. Among the new features is video playback for users who host videos on, so that they can easily watch them on the go. For editing, the new Sharpen tool makes refining details in photos as simple as dragging a finger across the image to increase or reduce sharpness. Also with just one touch, users have their choice of eight new artistic borders that add creative punch to their photos.

AvailabilityThe Adobe Mobile for iPhone 1.1 application is available worldwide as a free download from Apple's App Store on iPhone and iPod touch. Current Mobile for iPhone users will have access to version 1.1 by checking for updates in Apple's App Store.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

free fonts

Designers love to have a lot of quality fonts available to them, and fortunately there are some very good free fonts out there. In this post we’ll feature some of the best free fonts that can be used in your commercial designs. If you’re looking for a place to find more free fonts that can be used for commercial projects, try Font Squirrel.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Social Media for photographers FREE

PhotoShelter provides the ultimate social media reference tool for every photographer's desktop.

Make social media work harder for you.

Whether you're new to social media and learning how to tweet, or a more savvy user seeking fresh ideas to connect and stand out, this free 55-page guide has something for you. Social Media for Photographers is filled with actionable strategies that photographers can start using immediately.

This comprehensive guide covers the ground rules every photographer should know about using social media, choosing where to participate, smart strategies to foster conversation, tips to increase social sharing and generate quality links, measurement, and tools that can help achieve maximum results.

Grow your online presence and create new ways to get found online.

There's power in social media, and it's time that photographers started learning how to truly use it productively. Online marketing - inbound marketing - is about creating ways for people to find you online. You can't get by with just a website anymore - you need to go where the conversation is happening, and figure out how to become a part of it. Social Media for Photographers highlights key tactics photographers can use to turn social media into a tool for marketing their work, not just a way to hang out and chat with friends.

Learn to set goals, smart tactics, and measure your results.
Whether you're hoping to build your brand, manage client relationships and find new ones, generate more online image sales, improve your SEO for your photography website, or simply find inspiration - Social Media for Photographers will help you set these goals and determine how to best spend your time on key social media platforms. Plus, for each platform, we'll look at smart metrics for your success and show you how to monitor them.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bird Trackers

Bird Trackers

Become a "citizen scientist" this winter by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Go to all articles - Go to this article

Photo Contest for Bird Lovers

Photo Contest for Bird Lovers
PhotoForum's latest photo contest, from February 1 - 20, carries the theme of "Birds." If you're a bird watcher, if you participate in the crane count, or if you simply have a colorful parakeet in a cage, feel free to submit your photo. Click here for more information and rules for the contest...

No camera for Apple's iPad tablet computer

No camera for Apple's iPad tablet computer



Here is a link to the original article:
Officials who regulate weights and measures for states are preparing for a showdown with manufacturers over how ink cartridges are labeled.

How to Get a Tan with Adobe Photoshop CS4

How to Get a Tan with Adobe Photoshop CS4
Ever wonder if there was any possible way to get a tan other than going to a tanning salon or sitting out in the hot sun? In this tutorial, I will show you how you can get a tan in Photoshop without the possibility of getting sun burned. So, if you have any photos laying around where the sun is reflecting off your white skin, you can simply adjust that with this simple Photoshop technique.

The last step with changing to luminosity mode is a great tip. Lisa

Monday, February 1, 2010

Fred Rosenthal one-man show March 7th Branford

Hi Lisa...Here is the copy for my one-man show starting March 7th. The reception will be held on March 7th in the Keyes Gallery of the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library in Stony Creek (Branford). Everyone in our club and throughout the community is invited to attend.
Thanks for your help...Fred Rosenthal




1. Find Someone in Need
2. Take Their Portrait
3. Print Their Portrait
4. And Deliver Them

Help-Portrait site says: Get off the couch, put down your laptop, pick up your camera and help change the world.
What will you do today?

Help Portrait 2010 will be held 12-4-2010 and the first Saturday in December hereafter.

The best place to connect with other photographers, download important documents, and read up on some useful Help-Portrait planning tips, is our COMMUNITY SITE .

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