Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why I Love HDR – Part 1 by Royce Howland

Why I Love HDR – Part 1 by Royce Howland

"When I show my images or prints and disclose something about the part that HDR plays, those who know about digital photography or post-processing frequently have a reaction like “Wow, that doesn’t look like HDR, it looks natural!” Hmm. First, thanks very much – it’s a gratifying comment to receive. It’s my intention to present art, not artifice, and I don’t want my use of technique to be very front-and-center to the visual experience. The main point should be the image itself, not the processing"

"Exploring High Dynamic Range Photography"

"Exploring High Dynamic Range Photography" with Rick Sammon

HDR ( High Dynamic Range ) is a revolutionary technique that transforms traditional photographs into eye popping images, revealing a wide range of exposures and tones that bring a scene to life. Overcoming the challenge of photographing details in extreme highlights and shadows is possible through HDR processes such as tone mapping and bracketing exposures.

Come discover the magic of HDR by joining the legendary Rick Sammon as he shares his favorite HDR images, and his personal techniques for creating them. Rick will provide a basic overview of HDR imaging, followed by a demonstration of programs and plug-ins, including Photomatix, Topaz Adjust and Lucis. If you're new to HDR, or would like to hone your existing skills, then this is the perfect inspirational and instructional seminar for you.
About Rick Sammon
Rick Sammon has published 36 books, including Exploring the Light
He has photographed in almost 100 countries around the world, gives more than two-dozen photography workshops (including private workshops) and presentations around the world each year.
Rick co-founded the Digital Photography Experience (, an on-line digital photography learning center. He also co-hosts the bi-monthly Digital Photography Experience podcast. He also hosts five shows on

Rick, who has been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame, is considered one of today's top digital -imaging experts, cutting through lots of Photoshop "speak," making it fun, easy and rewarding to work and play in the digital darkroom.
When asked about his photo specialty, Rick says, "My specialty is not specializing."

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Seminar Details

Date: Sunday - November 14, 2010

Time: 1:00-4:00 (Doors open at 12:00)

Seminar Fee: $49.00

Location: Bishop Center, University of Connecticut
Great Door Prizes: Of Course!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall Foliage

LOTS of information here!

A Recommended Drive: Vermont

The 18-mile stretch of Route 108 that connects Stowe and Jeffersonville via Smugglers' Notch is a destination in itself, as well as a way to get from one town to another during the spring, summer, and fall.
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A Recommended Drive: Connecticut

As you drive along Route 169 in the eastern part of the state, it soon becomes clear why this section of Connecticut is called the Quiet Corner. This route, located just off I-395, offers 32 miles of uninterrupted tranquillity. Listen to the audio version:
A Recommended Drive: Maine
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

The North Carolina Transportation Museum Night Session

Lerro Productions Presents:

The North Carolina Transportation Museum Night Session

November 14th, 2010

Experience and photograph the steam locomotives at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in what may be as close to operational service as they will ever look again! We will have smoke devices as well as props and actors in order to recreate scenes from the 1940-1950's. All of the lights in the museum will be turned off, leaving only our lights on for photography.

The NCTM is roughly three hours from Roanoke, VA so for those of you who are participating in the Roanoke night session, this will be a nice addition for photography opportunities.

Night Session Ticket Price - $40.00

Limited to 35 people.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave
Spencer, NC 28159

Pete Lerro

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Monster Lens: Hands on with the Canon EF 1200 f/5.6L Lens

Monster Lens: Hands on with the Canon EF 1200 f/5.6L Lens

two common household items to shoot the bugs

two common household items to shoot the bugs -- a white plastic cup and a piece of printer paper
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Fine Art Portraiture Workshop and Retreat

Fine Art Portraiture Workshop and Retreat
October 10-12, 2010

The Historic Union Hotel, Benicia, CA

Hudson ImagesJoin Jenn Hudson for an intimate, engaging, intense artistic journey in beautiful Benicia California for a workshop that is hand crafted to challenge your mindset, enhance your craftsmanship and skill level, and to motivate, inspire, and refresh your creative spirit. Enjoy elaborately themed photographic sessions with beautifully costumed models and exquisite locations, hands on photography and demonstrations of avant garde lighting, posing, and costuming techniques, as well as discussions of thought process and exciting methods of arriving at interesting expressions, body language, posing, illustrations, and compositions.

Sunday begins with a discussion of muses and inspirations, followed by an exquisite session of a model in a shallow water tank, dressed in sheer antique gowns and adorned in tree limbs, flowers, and feathers. The afternoon brings the Marie Antoinette inspired Couture Session, where two models will be adorned in modern gothic French fashion and draped in fabric, photographed on location using exciting, unusual posing methods to create a high fashion, circus-couture look.

Evenings are a treat, as we all gather at a local restaurant for a family style dinner and round table discussion, and later in the hospitality room for beverages, art films and portfolio review.
Monday morning is art class for everyone, and always a favorite part of the week. Each student makes their own photographic mixed media collage using paints, glues, wire, found objects, printed photographs, clippings, the desires of the heart. Then, enjoy a one of a kind experience making hand printed Van Dyke sepia prints via a gorgeous Victorian process using silver coating, handmade paper, UV light, and water. Achieve the original vintage process look, no photoshop required.

Late Monday morning is a breathy, ethereal studio session where students make their own lens filters and photograph through many interesting foregrounds to create beguiling, romantic images. Monday Evening we will photograph the three sirens; three beautiful women draped in white gauzy gowns in gorgeous natural landscape.
Tuesday morning, Jenn will share her Photoshop tips to digital antique process and digital collage, and many other tips and tricks she has learned and loves to share. The workshop will end with new thoughts and inspirations to send everyone on a new path of discovery and invention. Come relax with us in this magical little town, make new friends, new discoveries, and find new heartlights.
Cost is $925 per student and includes boxed lunch and dinner. Please email or call the studio for information on holding your reservation in the workshop. Space is limited to 12 students.

Nā Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii - Greg Downing

Nā Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii - Greg Downing

With its unforgettable blend of multi-colored sea cliffs, fertile valleys and remote beaches this fifteen-mile stretch of rugged coastline on the northwest shore of Kauai literally means "the Cliffs." Much of the rugged coastline is inaccessible due to its characteristic sheer cliffs that drop thousands of feet into the ocean below. Exploring and photographing Nā Pali via an open-air door-less helicopter affords the photographer unprecedented and crystal clear opportunities to capture some of the most dramatic scenery on the entire Hawaiian island of Kauai. It's a photographic adventure most can only dream of, and one I won't soon forget!

Join Greg, along with E.J. Peiker, next spring and experience the Nā Pali coast via a private helicopter charter designed for photographers. Check the workshops section of NatureScapes for more info!

Equipment Used: EOS 5D, 24-105, 1/1600 @ f4, ISO 400 - shot hand held from an open air helicopter.

Annual Chrysanthemum Festival, Bristol

Annual Chrysanthemum Festival, Bristol

The following streets will be closed beginning 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 24th

and will remain closed until 6:00 a.m. Monday, September 27th, 2010.

Main Street @ Memorial Boulevard traffic allowed to NAPA Parking lot business purposes

Memorial Boulevard entrance at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Down Street

Mellen St is closed at South St. and at Riverside Ave. so there is no traffic on Mellen

East is closed at South St. and at Riverside Ave. so there is no traffic on East.

Willis Street section between South Street and Memorial Boulevard

Click here for directions to Festival Weekend

Sunday, September 26, 2010, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Stage Entertainment

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Joe Trelli, Master of Ceremonies

2007 BCHS Graduate and local business owner

9:30 a.m.

• 94th Army Band - Charles R. Emery, Commander

10:00 a.m.

• Noelle Currie Graduate of Bristol Central High School

Sophomore, University of Connecticut as a Vocal Performance major.

• Corey Gaudreau - Senior, Bristol Eastern High School

Producing Salvation Army Concert, Bristol Eastern High School

• John Abucewicz - Band Director, Bristol Central High School

Coolest trumpet player in town!

• David Nelson - Choir Director, Bristol Central High School Fabulous tenor!

• Rhianna Schab - Bristol Central High School soprano

• BCHS Bell City Jazz led by David Nelson

The Bell City Vocal Jazz Choir - a group of 8 vocalists who perform Jazz music accompanied and A Capella. Repertoire ranges from standards to contemporary styles. The group was organized by students in the mid 90's and has been going strong ever since. As well as performing at BCHS functions, they also have been performing in the community and in recent years have traveled to Toronto and Washington D.C.

• Steffon Sampson - Graduate, Bristol Central High School 2009 Amazing tenor!

• Ruben Soto - Graduate, Bristol Central High School 2010 Another amazing tenor!

• Tina Johnson – Junior, Bristol Central High School

has performed in Footloose and Rent.

12:15 p.m.

• 94th Army Band - Charles R. Emery, Commander

12:45 p.m.

• The Magic of Daniel GreenWolf, or 203-910-2743 203-516-5992

3:30 p.m.

• Caleigh Lozito - 8th grade Honor Student, St. Joseph’s School

1st place “Ken Ferris Search for the Stars” 9 to 13 year old category

October 1, 2010 will be performing at the Salvation Army’s Fundraiser,

Bristol Eastern High School

• Ken Ferris (awesome tenor)

Long-time Bristol Eastern Choral Director, Director of Bristol Choral Society

• Tina Johnson

• Noelle Currie

• Dance Arts Centre – Mark Simpson & Kristina Mazzone

• St. Paul’s Drama Club

5:00 p.m.

• Parade Awards


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Field Entertainment

• The Magic of Daniel GreenWolf or 203-910-2743 203-516-5992

• Old Acres Country Farm – Petting farm

• Troop 9 - Monkey Climb

• Bristol Theatre Arts – Characters

• Jody Scalise & Linda Peck present Pantomonium - Double Vision

Visually stunning, with pin point timing and delightful characters. Physical comedy, original music, circus skills, comic characters, tight rope and audience participation are the many things you have to look forward to as this duo performances for 5 acts.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Eighth Annual Migration Festival at Lighthouse Point Park Sunday September 26, 2010

Eighth Annual Migration Festival at Lighthouse Point Park

Date: Sunday September 26, 2010

Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Lighthouse Point Park

City State Zip: New Haven

Notes: Eighth Annual Migration Festival at Lighthouse Point Park

Sunday, September 26, 2010, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

This festive event is sponsored by the New Haven Parks Dept., the New Haven Bird Club, and other fine organizations. In addition to hawk watching, there will be bird banding demonstrations, a live raptor show, bird walks, and other activities. Check the newspaper and Club newsletter for more details. Organizer—Ranger Dan Barvir: 203.946.6086. NHBC contact—Maria Stockmal: 203.488.3876,

Coastal Photo Contest

Photo Contest Rules

Coastal Photo Contest

Photographers who enjoy capturing images of the Georgia and South Carolina Coast flora, fauna and scenery (as well as photographing people enjoying all those delights!) are invited to enter the 2010 WISE and Sierra Club 2010 Photo Contest.

Keep in mind all seasons of the year. 18 photos in Junior (under 19) and Senior (19 and up) will be selected as winners, as well as a Grand Prize winner. We are seeking photos that represent the Coastal life in nature: animals, flowers and people in their works, presence and lives.

1) All photos must depict an aspect of the Natural in Coastal Georgia and South Carolina, taken within the past two years.

2) Professional and amateur nature photographers are eligible to enter.

3) Entrants may only submit their own original photographs No more than three (3) photos per entrant.
4) For photos showing people, entrants should have permission from the subject or the subject’s parent or guardian if the subject is under 18 years old, and be able to provide written documentation upon request.

5) All entries must be prints no more than 19 inches in the long dimension (inside the mat) for the Senior class, or 17 inches (inside the mat) for the Junior class. Photos can also be posted on foam board. Digital files should be available upon request. Photos must not be framed.
6) On an index card or paper, type or print the following information and attach with tape to the back of each photo (please do not write directly on the back of the photo or use staples or paper clips, as this will damage the photo):
 Entrant name, address
 Telephone number and/or email address
 Photo title, where the photo was taken and information relating to the subject matter
 Month and year photo was taken
 Camera and exposure information
 Class and category

7) Fill out and bring the entry form(s) along with the photos between 10:00 am, EST on Thursday, November 4, 2010. and 10:00 am, EST on Friday, November 5, 2010 at Meddin Galleries, 2315 Louisville Rd. Savannah, GA 31415-1667, or Wilderness Southeast, 3025 Bull Street Savannah, GA 31405-2049.No photos will be accepted after 10:00 am, EST on Friday, November 5, 2010. (Photographers retain the copyright to their photographs).


 Wildlife: photographs of fauna (avian, mammalian, invertebrate, etc.). No photos of animals in captivity.
 Scenic and Flora: photographs of scenic Coastal natural areas, wild and domestic flowers. There should be no overt evidence of human interaction.
 Human Interaction: People and places of the Coast, showing human activity/interaction (beach scenes,
boats, construction, captive animals, etc.)


The grand prize will be an item of photographic equipment (equipment bag, binoculars, etc.). First and second prizes will be gift certificates. Third prizes will be ribbon certificates. Prizes will be awarded Saturday the 5th of November after 3:00 PM at Meddin galleries. All winners will be on display at the Jepson Center For The Arts from the 12th to the 14th of November.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Outer Banks workshop

The Outer Banks are a long, thin strip of barrier islands that protect the North Carolina Coast. Preserved to a large extent by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, it is a visual feast of historic lighthouses spaced between long stretches of wild beaches and pristine sand dunes. The Outer Banks are part of our own back yard that we know so well, and we will go to great and little-known locations where you can make wonderful photographs.

With a maximum 6:1 student/instructor ratio, everyone gets lots of daily individual attention, in both the field and classroom.
For more information, see  and to see the amazing photos our student made here last fall, go to

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Photo Adventure in Belize

Photo Adventure in Belize

Explore a little of everything Belize has to offer from the Mayan Mountains to the Caribbean Sea

January 30 - February 6, 2011

Tuition $1950

Belize has just about everything: jungles, beaches, wildlife, mountains, caves, waterfalls, and ancient Maya ruins. This trip has everything too! Over the course of a week, we'll take you on a photographic adventure of a lifetime as you get to see and photograph Belize as few tourists ever could.
In Belize, the main language is English, with a diverse mixture of culture and familiar Caribbean hospitality. On this trip, you can expect some early starts, with photography lessons making the best of the light at dawn and dusk. Normally, two to three hours are available for lunch, giving you time to relax or to choose other activities organized by your guides.

This trip has been designed to give you a taste of everything Belize has to offer. Your Belize Adventure begins in San Ignacio, with panoramic views of the Cayo district and into the wilds of Guatemala. Then we head southward, down the Hummingbird Highway to the Toledo district. Here we'll travel to enchanting remote Maya villages on the border with Guatemala and be guided deep into the jungle with local wildlife experts. Other highlights are Mayan ruins and ancient temples, Mayan mountain landscapes, rainforest scenics, waterfalls, an organic cacao farm (chocolate), a butterfly farm, Placencia (a small, Caribbean calypso coastal town), plus other surprises.

General Information

The tuition of $1950 includes airport shuttles (Belize City), all transportation within the country during the workshop, lodging for the entire week (double occupancy), all meals, entrance fees to all sites, professional guides and photography instruction. Additional expenses that you might incur includes a single room supplement ($300), medical insurance, alcohol, and gratuities.
There is some very light hiking required for some locations and the maximum group size for this workshop is 8. The host and sponsor of this trip is the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), a leader in the adventure travel business for over 30 years. They were described as "one of the best outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.

To register for this trip, call the Nantahala Outdoor Center at 1-888-905-7238

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Secrets of Amazing HDR

The Secrets of Amazing HDR

5 Essential Tips for Black and White Photos

5 Essential Tips for Black and White Photos
Black and white photography is sometimes treated as the 'poor relation' of colour photography. After all, why limit yourself to shades of gray when you can use the entire spectrum of colours?

But in reality a black and white photo can often look even more stunning and captivating than the colour equivalent. Below are five tips to help you choose when to shoot in black and white, and how to get the best images when you do.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

photo contest

Click HERE to enter in the monthly competition at Steve's Digicam

Sweet prizes

...and no registration required!

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this could have been taken in your backyard

This could have been taken in your backyard
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Nikon announces two new lenses and Speedlight flash

Nikon announces two new lenses and Speedlight flash

Nikon announces the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G and AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II lens. The new 35mm f/1.4 lens combines a natural 35mm perspective with an ultra-fast aperture, and completes the line of f/1.4G lenses launched in the past year. The 200mm f/2 Telephoto Lens like its predecessor, is a very fast lens that incorporates Nikon's Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization system. Nikon also introduces the SB-700, a high-performance flash that brings simplicity to on-camera, remote and multiple flash photography...


NIKKOR AF-S 35mm f/1.4G and AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II Provide Photographers with Versatility and Exceptional Optical Quality

Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of two new pro level lenses to the legendary NIKKOR line. The new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G and AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II lenses deliver the performance, reliability and stunning image quality that photographers come to expect in a NIKKOR lens. The 35mm f/1.4 and 200mm f/2 VR II produce sharp results with excellent clarity and color reproduction whether capturing still images or recording HD video. With the addition of these two lenses, Nikon has introduced a total of nine new NIKKOR lenses in 2010, reinforcing Nikon's role as the world leader in optics.

“The new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4 and 200mm f/2 VR II are welcomed upgrades to two very popular NIKKOR lenses," said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “Building on the success of their predecessors, these new lenses incorporate improved cutting-edge features such as VR II Image Stabilization, Nano-Crystal Coat and Silent Wave Motor technology, which help photographers take their still and video work to new heights.”

Exclusive core NIKKOR technologies play a fundamental role in the design of these two new lenses, and both feature Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology for quiet, fast and accurate autofocus performance. The optical construction of each lens utilizes Nikon's proprietary Nano-Crystal Coat to minimize flare – both internally as well as from backlit subjects. Further ensuring exceptional image integrity is Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) for color consistency and reduced flaring. Each lens also incorporates a nine blade diaphragm, to help achieve a dramatic separation between subject and background with a natural out of focus area (bokeh) coveted by today's image-makers.
AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G: Updating the Classic Wide-Angle Lens

The new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4 is an update of one of Nikon's most respected and popular NIKKOR lenses. The lens combines a natural yet versatile 35mm perspective with an ultra-fast f/1.4 aperture, and completes the lineup of f/1.4G lenses announced in the past year, including the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G and the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G. The f/1.4 maximum aperture allows photographers to shoot handheld in low-light and provides dramatic separation between subject and a softened background. This classic wide-angle provides photographers with an intimate lens perfect for weddings, architecture, travel and photo journalism whether shooting high quality still photographs or video capture using Nikon's D-Movie feature.
In a wide variety of photographic situations, both FX and DX-format shooters will enjoy the benefits of extra-bright f/1.4 viewing and superb image quality. When mounted on a Nikon DX-format or an FX-format D-SLR within the DX Crop Mode, the 35mm f/1.4 has an angle of view that is equivalent to a focal length of 52.5mm in FX/35mm format. The build of the 35mm f/1.4 features 10 optical elements in seven groups with one aspherical lens element that eliminates coma and other types of aberration even when shooting at the widest available aperture. A Rear Focus (RF) system provides smooth and fast autofocus while eliminating front barrel rotation and two focus modes are available — M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus). A refined manual focus driving mechanism is adopted to reduce focus time lag and improve operational ease in M/A mode.
AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II: Telephoto Lens with Incredible Low-Light Performance

The 200mm f/2, like its predecessor, is an incredibly fast aperture telephoto lens that incorporates Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) II Image Stabilization system. The VR system provides up to four stops of correction to assist in creating blur-free images while shooting hand-held, or for when capturing D-Movie video content.

Additionally, the NIKKOR 200mm f/2 VR II incorporates an Internal Focusing (IF) system that allows movement of the optical elements within the lens barrel and does not change barrel length. Three focus modes are featured, with an A/M mode added to the conventional M/A and M modes. The optical construction consists of 13 optical elements in nine groups including three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and one Super ED glass element that effectively minimize chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings. Also included is a Tripod Detection Mode, which automatically compensates for minute vibrations when mounted on a tripod and allows users to keep VR image stabilization on and active – even when the camera and lens are mounted on a tripod. The 200mm f/2 is optimal for all types of shooting including weddings, portraits, sports, nature, and fashion due to its quick response and detailed lens design.

Price and Availability

The versatile AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G lens will be available in mid-November with an MSRP* of $1799.95. The new telephoto AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II will be available early October for an MSRP* of $5999.95.

Nikon SB-700 Speedlight

Nikon's Newest Speedlight is a Powerful Addition to the Versatile Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the versatile new SB-700 Speedlight, the latest addition to Nikon's powerful and renowned Creative Lighting System for a wide range of photographers and applications. The SB-700 is a high-performance flash that brings simplicity to on-camera, remote and multiple flash photography. Building on the success of the popular SB-600 Speedlight and the advanced functionality of the SB-900 Speedlight, the SB-700 also incorporates a wide zoom range covering the most popular focal lengths and FX/DX-format identification that optimizes zoom settings based on the user's camera body. The SB-700 also provides a more efficient use of batteries and flash coverage in addition to three light distribution patterns for flash-to-scene customization. Whether used as an on-camera flash or as a wireless commander or remote, the Nikon TO43 Speedlight offers dependable and consistent flash exposure even under the most challenging lighting conditions.

Designed for a variety of photographers ranging from amateurs in the field to professionals in the studio, the SB-700 integrates a host of new features designed to make flash photography simple, accurate and creative. The SB-700 is for photographers looking for an on-camera Speedlight offering more power for greater depth-of-field control than the built-in flash, or an additional Speedlight for wireless multiple flash set-ups. This Speedlight will also satisfy the needs of photographers looking for a compact Speedlight that can be set up as a Commander or a Remote as well as those who want to upgrade from their existing or older Nikon Speedlight.

“When designing the new Nikon SB-700, we were sure to incorporate the features that made the SB-600 Speedlight such a popular and well respected flash unit as well as the advanced technology that users of the SB-900 Speedlight have come to know,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “The Nikon SB-700 is a multifunctional Speedlight that combines high-quality with a simple yet sophisticated design.”

The Nikon SB-700 has many new and redesigned features and that make it easy-to-use, yet powerful enough to assist in tough and challenging lighting conditions and settings. The SB-700's LCD design and layout enables easy-to-remember and intuitive operation, while the multi-step power zoom covers wide 24-120mm angle of view with FX-format cameras. The improved user interface of the SB-700 utilizes a large easy-to-read dot-matrix LCD panel making navigation and usage even easier.

As part of Nikon's popular Creative Lighting System, the SB-700 includes support for Nikon's advanced wireless TTL operation and can function as a wireless Commander with control over two separate groups of Speedlights, or as a Remote Speedlight when controlled by the SB-900 Speedlight or the built-in Speedlight set to Commander Mode in most Nikon D-SLR's. The SB-700 also incorporates a high-speed recycling time of approximately 2.5 seconds for full power with NiMH batteries, and approximately 3.0 seconds with AA Alkaline batteries. The Nikon SB-700 also features a new Quick Wireless Mode with A:B (light ratios) for quick setting of multiple flash units. This makes it easy and quick to control two remote flash units in i-TTL mode.

Additionally, the SB-700 also features enhanced Thermal Cut-Out detection that automatically detects heat build-up due to rapid flash firing. By increasing the recycling time if the temperature of the flash head rises above a certain threshold, the SB-700 protects the flash from damage due to overheating.

For improved durability, heat-resistance and ease-of-use, the SB-700 uses new hard plastic-type color filters for fluorescent or incandescent color temperature balancing. When using the supplied filters, the flash automatically recognizes which filter is being used and adjusts white balance accordingly on select Nikon D-SLR cameras. Additionally, the SB-700's AF-assist illuminator is compatible with the complete line of AF systems used in Nikon D-SLR cameras*.
Similar to the Nikon SB-900 Speedlight, three illumination patterns (standard, center-weighted and even) can be selected in SB-700 to match each shooting situation. When “even” is selected, the light from the flash will cover a subject from center to edges without light falloff. This pattern is suitable for shooting group photographs indoors. The “standard” pattern will cover all conventional, standard flash coverage. The center-weighted pattern provides larger guide numbers than other light distribution types at the same focal lengths. This illumination pattern is suitable for subjects such as portraits, in which the light falloff at the image edges can be ignored.
Like the Nikon SB-900, when the SB-700 is mounted on a camera compatible with user firmware updates, the SB-700 firmware can be updated using the same procedure as with a Nikon D-SLR camera.
Available Accessories

The SB-700 uses four AA type Alkaline, Lithium or rechargeable NiMH batteries. To enhance the weatherproof ability of Nikon D-SLRs, optional water guards will be available for select cameras to protect the connection between the flash and camera, allowing users to utilize the flash when weather conditions are less than ideal. The SJ-4 Color Filter set provides a Warming, Red, Yellow or Blue filter for adding color to the background, foreground or just to accent the scene.

Price and Availability

The new Nikon SB-700 Speedlight is scheduled to be available in mid-November 2010, and will have an MSRP** of $329.95. The SB-700 will come bundled with the Speedlight Stand, Bounce Adapter, Color Filter Holder, Intelligent Color Filter Kit, Diffuser Dome and soft case.

Additional information: Check-out all currentNikon interchangeable SLR lenses

Make A Walking Stick Into a Portable Monopod

DIY: Make A Walking Stick Into a Portable Monopod

"The supplies, and the modification, are both fairly simple. You're essentially just adding a threaded screw to the top of your walking stick, making it into a nice portable monopod. By making your walking stick into a monopod, there's no need to carry an extra tripod, giving you that much less to carry."

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Reminder: Rick Sammon Seminar Saturday, November 20th

Rick Sammon Seminar Saturday, November 20th, 10-3.

Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA

$40 for Plymouth Digital Photography members, $45 for non members.

In this informative and fun filled presentation, Rick Sammon will begin by sharing his pictures from around the globe - some of which have appeared in some of his 30 published books and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles. For every image Rick will share a photographic technique, digital darkroom tip, or a photo philosophy. He will cover seeing the light, controlling the light, playing with the light, HDR photography and some photoshop techniques. This is not just a slide show of pretty images. Rick is there to share what he’s learned over his many years as a professional photographer. After Rick “takes” us on a visual journey through the exciting world of digital photography. Rick will also share some of his favorite Photoshop CS enhancements.

All level photographers will be inspired from this seminar.

For more info, visit with Rick at . Rick will be autographing his books at the event.

This seminar is presented by PDP, Plymouth Digital Photographers, a photo club of 460 members in Plymouth, MA. To join go to for free PDP membership.

A buffet lunch and free parking are included in the seminar fee.

Please arrive by 9:30 for registration so we can begin promptly at 10am.

This Canon Explorer of Light event is sponsored by Canon.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Quick and Easy "Orton" Effect

I love using the Orton Effect on select photos. I have an action that I created to employ the Orton effect, but here are directions from John Shaw

A Quick and Easy "Orton" Effect by John Shaw

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Captured by the Light Tour with David Ziser

Captured by the Light Tour with David Ziser
Quantum is proud to announce David Ziser’s brand new, 20-city “Captured by the Light” 2010 Tour.
David says “It’s time to…
- Make your lighting exciting!
- Sizzle your images with the secrets of composition!
- Start spending more time behind the camera and less time in front of the computer!

- Start making money doing what you love to do!”

This is 1 full evening, 2 action-packed, high energy sessions for only $59 with promo code CBLQTM10 when you pre-register. ($79 at the door) REGISTER HERE!
You will learn...
* 10 amazing new ways to use "exciting lighting" to create dramatic images!

* 10 of the best lens choices and camera settings to produce strikingly beautiful results!

* 10 fast and easy lighting secrets to make people look their absolute best!

* 10 exciting ways to compose your image before firing the shutter guaranteeing the perfect shot!

* 10 fantastic tips to advance your digital designs to the next level!

* 10 unique post-production software solutions to save you "tons" of time!

* 10 awesome profit building marketing & sales techniques to add to your bottom line!
PLUS - $350 in program bonuses given to each attendee and $5,000 in door prizes given away each evening!
It’s a fast paced, entertaining evening jam-packed with solid information you can start using right now! You don’t want to miss it!
Register Now!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Photo Fusion Revolution Tour with Clay Blackmore

Clay Will Help You See The Light Clay's lighting is three dimensional and dramatic, creating form, bringing depth, drawing attention to the face and minimizing the body. This is so different than the flash-on-camera approach that seems to be so prevalent everywhere in today's photography market. Learn how to create big results from small candid strobes! Clay will walk you through portraits in daylight, open shade, bright sun, and window light, light that rivals studio portraiture. You will be exposed to Qflash, Turbo Batteries and FreeXwires remote control units.
Ready Fire Aim!

With 32 years of photographing weddings and live events Clay will open his Bag of Tricks. Every event has challenges, Clay has answers, quick to the point shortcuts to help you with your next wedding or on-location event or portrait session.

You can use the Quantum discount code, QIFLASH, for a $15 discount off the seminar cost.

Register at:

Monument Valley & Slot Canyons workshop

Monument Valley & Slot Canyons

Dates: March 19–25, 2011

Leader: Cliff Zenor

A photographic exploration of the incomparable slickrock landforms found in the heart of Navajo country. Our group explores the “Valley” with expert local Navajo guides and photographs an incomparable slot canyon—Antelope Canyon. Join our perennially acclaimed landscape shoot featuring colorful iconic locations of the American West.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Carl Heilman


Now that Labor Day weekend has past, fall colors are just around the corner! Colors are already starting on isolated trees, and in the wetlands throughout the Adirondacks.

While most of my fall workshops have filled, there are still spaces for the 4 day High Peaks workshop / tour, during the peak of color in that area, as well as the Wild Center workshop, and our 'all about digital' weekend workshop.

We also just changed our Full moon / fall colors around Lake George photo tour from a 'moderate' tour to 'easy'. All locations will be close to the road so there will be minimal hiking involved. Since we just made the change we will hold the 'early bird' rate of $165. until 30 days before the tour on Oct. 23. There are links to all of the workshops and tours on our website at

I also have another fun interview to pass along. This one was with Dave Warner on . There are 2 options for the interview. The shorter interview is related to particluar images, while the longer interview contains more of our discussion related to photography - enjoy!!

Best regards,


Phone / Fax (518)-494-3072

Mon. - Fri Eastern US

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wind over wings 9-25 stratford

Sept 25th
9 & 11 AM
Stratford Bird Festival , Stratford, CT
Birds of Prey Including an Eagle!

Wind over wings

Wind over wings 9-19 edgerton park

Sept 19 th
3 PM
Edgerton Park, New Haven, Connecticut
Birds of Prey Including the Golden Eagle
Wind over wings

Sunday, September 12, 2010

First Annual California Photo Festival

First Annual California Photo Festival

With just a little over a week left we are getting excited about the festival and how it will transpire through the week!

We have vineyards in Paso Robles, seascapes from Pismo beach to Morro Bay to Cayucos and more learning experiences than any other festival or show around!

Hal will be doing his Free Webinar on Monday again just in case you missed out this past Monday! It will be a new and useful technique which will be announced on Hal's blog Friday.

And for those of you not registered for the festival yet, check out our Facebook festival page for a great opportunity!

Stay in the know for our silent auction, sponsored raffle, Dinner with Friends and more during the festival week with the Facebook page and Twitter!

Also, visit our Website and Blog often for updates!

Here are the links for our page on Find us on Facebook Facebook and Follow us on Twitter Twitter

Featured Festival Workshops

HDR Panoramas With Hal Schmitt

Now that you've heard him lecture on setting up and process a Pano HDR, go out into the middle of the day where you get the widest range of light and shoot-to-process an HDR Panorama.

You will see different types of equipment set-ups to aid in being level and smooth for your multiple shots. Hal will also be lecturing on how to complete the stitching process later in the week.

Juan Pons and Bird Photography!

Juan is scheduled to do several sessions of bird photography in the mornings through sunset almost every single day!Juan Pons

Seats are filling up for this but we wanted to make sure you get the "skinny" on his workshops out in the marina as well as on the Morro Bay Beaches.

He will show you how to handle low light situations, fast moving objects as well as framing and getting that awesome shot to publish.

Juan has a few video and blog articles on his website if you want to get a few pre-festival tips in your pocket so that you're ready to go!

A few of his sessions are full but there are still seats available depending on the day and time. Join in now!

Tim Grey Lectures

You've subscribed to his DDQ, you've read his books, seen him at Photoshop World...Now come experience him here for a full week of learning. Tim is our primary lecturer for the week. There are no pre-sign ups for his sessions but don't forget that while the workshop sessions might be filling up the information that you will be getting from these sessions is priceless. He will be going over techniques in Photoshop CS5 like Masks, selections, retouching tools and ways to enhance your images with a photographers' eye. You won't want to miss out on these incredible sessions through out the week so make sure you schedule him in!

Hal Schmitt


Join Hal Monday night with his infamous and highly demanded FREE webinar this Monday September 13th

Hal's MNL link will be announced on his Blog This Friday!

We also have YouTube tutorial videos on various useful subjects like camera techniques, Lightroom, sharpening and image enhancements. Check it out!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

portfolio development

Dear Artists,

I'm doing portfolio development privately throughout the coming school year for teens getting ready for college applications next year. Call me to help with portfolio development, applications and prep for interviews. I have been through the process many times and have a great handle on what is required. Ask for testimonials.

This is a quick image from a long over due shore vacation two weeks ago. Relaxing and fun as a vacation should be.....good food and good friends.

Nancy Ori

Friday, September 10, 2010

Location Lighting Techniques Seminar Tour

Location Lighting Techniques Seminar Tour

Coming to Hartford, CT
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

HERE'S THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME to spend the day with a legendary photographer regarded as one of the world's best shooters! Join Joe McNally, internationally acclaimed American photographer, long-time photojournalist, and author of the ground-breaking smash best-selling book (The Moment it Clicks) for the only photography lighting seminar tour of its kind. Joe shares his lifetime of experience and his personal secrets to using off-camera flash and on-location lighting to easily and quickly create the look you see in professional publications. You'll see the whole process unfold right there in the class, as Joe shows you how to set-up, position, and control simple lighting that has a huge effect on your photography. more info »

Seating is limited! Register today at

Wind over wings Lighthouse Point

Sept 26
11:15 AM
Hawk Migration - Lighthouse Point, New Haven, CT Birds of Prey Incl an Eagle!
Wind over wings

New Hummingbird Photos

What's new in VIREO?

Brilliant hummingbirds and flowers of Ecuador and Costa Rica

Photos by Glenn Bartley. Check out his new photos in VIREO.


(c) Glenn Bartley/VIREO

Pollinators in action

Doug Wechsler

Director, VIREO

The Academy of Natural Sciences

1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy

Philadelphia, PA 19103

(215) 299-1069

FREE Nik Seminar with Digital Photo Academy

FREE Nik Seminar with Digital Photo Academy

Learn how to get easy and quick results like above with Nik Software!

Join your DPA Instructor who will explain this efficient and uncomplicated approach to manipulating your images in post-capture. Learn how to use the Viveza plug-in. To jump right in the moment you arrive for the session, please go to for the 15 day FREE trial so you can start as soon as you sit down.

AS A BONUS, there will be two door prizes awarded atthe end of the 3 hour event thanks to Digital Photo Academy sponsors: aMuse Lensbaby and a Black Rapid Camera Strap. You are sure to learn alot at this event and odds are good that you could leave with a prize! This event is FREE.

For more information or to register go to , click on New York or call 877.372.2231 to speak to student liaison!

Please note that most classes require a 48-hour notice for a 100% refund. Those valued at $100 or more require a 7-day notice for a full refund.

If this class is filled, please add yourself to the waitlist by clicking the "Register" button and entering your name and email address. We will contact you if there is an opening or additional class offered.

When Saturday, November 20, 2010 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Where Calumet New York

22 W. 22nd Street

New York, New York 10010


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Saturday, September 11th, 11am-1:30pm. Monarchs, Magic, and More! from the Mohonk Preserve

Saturday, September 11th, 11am-1:30pm. Monarchs, Magic, and More! at the Mohonk Preserve

Enjoy a stroll through our historic fields as you search for butterflies with Maraleen Manos-Jones, butterfly expert and author. Discover monarchs, caterpillars, and perhaps even a chrysalis! Hear stories and myths about butterflies and have your questions answered. Children ages 7 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 2-mile hike. There will be an engaging indoor option in case of rain. Reservations are required; sign up begins 8/1. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location.

Five Ways to Deal with Harsh/Low Lighting

Five Ways to Deal with Harsh/Low Lighting

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Have you checked out PhotoVision ? They have GREAT seminars. A lot for your money!

Have you checked out PhotoVision ? They have GREAT seminars. A lot for your money!
I have subscribed the past 2-3 years. I love the DVD sets I get from them and I learn so much.

Normally they cost $149 but you can get a discount right now if you use my discount code, PVFAN, get it for only $39 ... It's totally worth it. You could attend one seminar for this price, but you get a year's worth for just $39 and they are great seminars!

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PhotoVision consists of SIX 2-hour video DVDs a year, 1 mailed every other month, featuring leading photographers bringing you the latest and greatest things happening in the photographic industry.

You'll see photographic styles and techniques, digital workflow, lighting and posing, Photoshop tips and tricks, hear innovative marketing and sales strategies, output alternatives, new hardware and software reviews and much, much more. You'll go into the studios and see photographers during actual sessions working with real clients and go on location to experience entire weddings.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The pictures we create today for people may be the only things some people have left

I came across this article recently and I have posted about this topic before -- see "A reminder not to wait for the perfect time", below, but I came across this and just had to share it with everyone. Lisa
Recently, I photographed a family that has a 3 yr old with a rare form of kidney cancer. Never having had a family portrait, these would most likely be their only family portraits with Lydia.

We had good weather the day of their session. Lydia and her 1 year old sister were just as busy as any one and three year old getting photographed. We enjoyed our time together, capturing as many moments as we could before the girls gave out...even got Dad to crack a grin (he didn't smile for his own wedding photos I was was told). I posted the proofing slideshow to Facebook for them to share with their friends and family afterward. It was tough not letting the emotional aspect override my brain throughout all of this.

Lydia took a turn for the worse about as week after their prints were delivered. Fluid is building up from the cysts that the tumors create. Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh can do no more for her but keep her comfortable and as pain free as they can with the help of Hospice. They figure she has maybe 2 weeks...

The pictures we create today for people may be the only things some people have left when the ones they love are taken from them.
 Stephanie Cunningham, CPP

A reminder not to wait for the perfect time!

I read a wonderful article on another photographer's blog -- wow! I just had to post it to remind everyone of the importance of family photographs -- do not wait for the perfect time for photos.

it’s so easy to say

–I’m too fat.
I have too much going on.
we’re too busy.
maybe next year.

but I just want to say STOP IT!

We need to take the time to appreciate the value of family photos, if not for ourselves (because we’re too fat or whatever), then for our children. In 20 years, your children are not going to say, I really love this photo of my family but I wish my mom had waited until she lost some weight.
Please just get a family portrait done because these photographs are so important to those who love you!

We never know what tomorrow will bring our way. And life is quickly racing by; before we know it, our kids will be grown and leaving the house.

I hope that this will inspire someone, who might be waiting for that perfect time or to lose a couple of pounds, to book a photographer…today!

Stephanie Cunningham got her start in photography at the age of 9 when she recieved her first camera. This continued throughout school and she could always be found with a camera in hand. Her education includes completing a 3 year course in Commercial Art and Design from Erie County AVTS and pursuing Photography/Multimedia at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. A start in portraiture began at Kinderfoto and continued with Sonney's Photography, American Studios, Olan Mills Studios and JC Penney Portraits. Continued training includes participating in workshops hosted by such photographers as Clay Blackmore with Jane Conner-ziser, Beth Forester, Michael Barton, John Metcalfe, Paul Rogers, Michael Redford, Will Crockett and Doug Gordon. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographer Society of New York, Southwestern New York Association of Professional Photographers and National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Stephanie is a PPA Certified Professional Photographer. She is also serving as 2010 President of SNAPP.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

NH_Bird_Club Julie Victoria: The Status of Raptors in Connecticut


Title: Julie Victoria: The Status of Raptors in Connecticut

Date: Thursday September 16, 2010

Time: 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Next reminder: The next reminder for this event will be sent in 9 days, 23 hours, 39 minutes.

Location: Jones Auditorium, CT Agricultural Experiment Station

Street: 123 Huntington Street

City State Zip: New Haven

Notes: Please Note: The September meeting will be held on the third Thursday of the month, Sept. 16, rather than the usual second Thursday to accommodate Rosh Hashanah on September 9.

As autumn arrives and birders begin to follow hawk migrations throughout the state, we welcome Julie Victoria, a wildlife bio- logist with 32 years of experience at the Connecticut DEP. She’ll discuss the efforts of the DEP’s Wildlife Diversity Program in tracking the American Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, and American Kestrel. Julie will give a brief life history of these birds in CT, using a colorful PowerPoint presentation of bird photographs. The history of these species will show their rise from near extinction, and in the case of the eagle and peregrine will demonstrate the current boom in successful breeding that has allowed the two species to be taken off the federal list of endangered species. Similarly, successful breeding has allowed the Osprey to be removed from the CT state list.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

FREE Lensbaby Workshop with Digital Photo Academy

FREE Lensbaby Workshop with Digital Photo Academy

Lensbaby selective focus lenses let you see the world in a new way, help jump-start your creativity and add truly unique images to your portfolio.

A Digital Photo Academy Instructor will explain the nuances of portraiture as well as how to use Lensbabies to enhance your creative vision. Then you will have an opportunity for hands-on shooting with special loaner kits supplied by Lensbaby. We will take a photo walk outside the store (weather permitting) and also shoot in a professional studio set up. You will have access to props so you can create your own compelling still life images.

After the shooting exercises, the class will reconvene for critiques, questions and a chance to win a Lensbaby!

There are only 25 spots available, so register today with the Digital Photo Academy.

All registrations will be handled through Digital Photo Academy

To sign up, call Digital Photo Academy toll free at 1.877.372.2231 or register online at If you do register online, please be sure to leave your phone number and e-mail address because DPA booking agents will need to verify what camera you use in order to provide a Lensbaby in the proper mount. If registering online, there is no need to enter your credit card number, as this is a free event. Instead, enter all zeroes for the credit card number to sign up.

This event is FREE!

When Saturday, October 9, 2010 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Where Calumet New York

22 W. 22nd Street

New York, New York 10010


Labor Day Savings at

Huge Labor Day Savings with 20% Off

Weather has been odd this summer, but that won't stop us from getting out and enjoying a three day weekend in the sun! With school starting and peak vacation time coming to a close, it's time to enjoy one last relaxing outing and get those shots that you've been meaning to capture all summer long. So clean your sensor, pack some extra batteries, load up on memory cards, and get that Fat Gecko out (have you seen our new extensions yet?) because with these savings, you're sure to go into your vacay fully prepared for whatever might await.
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Expires 9/8/10 12AM PST

SALE Bamboo Pen and Tablet

SALE $49.99 Bamboo Pen and Tablet  (CTL460)

Explore your creative side! Write with digital ink, mark up documents & presentations with your own handwriting, draw quick sketches.

on sale through 9/8/10

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Macro Photography, with Alan Detrick

Macro Photography, with Alan Detrick

Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2010

Macro photography is the visual portal to a world most people walk by without a glance. This class is for anyone who loves nature; join author and professional photographer Alan L. Detrick as he takes you on a tour of the macro photography world!

Maine's Fall Beauty, with Neal Parent

Maine's Fall Beauty, with Neal Parent

Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2010

Participants in this workshop travel daily to various points of interest along the Maine's coast studying their camera as a tool and discovering the creative empowerment that results. Students learn to capture the vivid colors, rocky coasts and quaint harbors in their photographs.

Introductory Digital Photography, with Dee Peppe

Introductory Digital Photography, with Dee Peppe

Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2010

This workshop is an introduction to digital photography and workflow, from digital capture to digital print output. Lectures and assignments cover exposure, lighting, shutter effects, and the creative possibilities of digital photography, helping students grow to become comfortable with digital SLR cameras and digital workflow.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hal's Take on HDR Efex Pro Webinar

Webinar: Hal's Take on HDR Efex Pro with Demo and Discussion

6 Sep 2010, 6 PM PDT

This Monday!!!
LIGHT Photographic Workshops

1062 Los Osos Valley Rd

Los Osos, California 93402