Sunday, October 31, 2010

Art show featuring Ruth Tabor, Patricia Brundage, John Supan and Betty Mullholland

Who: Art show featuring water color artist Ruth Tabor; photographers Patricia Brundage and John Supan; and acrylic artist Betty Mullholland

What: Artists’ Reception

Where: Café George, 300 George Street, New Haven.

When: Thursday, November 18th, 5:30-7:30

The show is available for viewing 8:30-5:00 on weekdays during the months of November and December.

Stamford CT

Popular Photography Digital DaysStamford, CT

June 4-5, 2011

Also NYC May 21-22

Beginner Video Workshop

All you need to know about videography
Pricing Saturday Only: $69.00 (9:00-12:00pm)

All you need to know about videography. Capture those moments on the reel and cherish for a lifetime.

* Step-by-step instructions for making great home videos
* Basic camera operation
* Understanding exposure, color temperature and mixed lighting.
* How to light the perfect shot
* Understanding audio
* The art of titles and graphics
* Getting footage from your camera onto your computer.
* Basic video editing.
* Telling stories with video
* Upload your video to the internet, burn to a DVD or play on your iPod or smartphone.

Beginner Workshop

An awesome course to learn the basics!
Pricing Saturday Only: $89.00 (1:00-5:00pm)

Digital Fundamentals
• Learn about all the necessary digital photography techniques and terms, from scene modes, manual modes, ISO and depth of field, and everything in-between
• Learn how the fundamental settings affect the shot you want to get
• This session builds a strong foundation of digital photo knowledge

Taking Better Pictures
• Explore composition and subject
• Different shooting styles from landscape to macro

After the shot
• Get familiar with a basic digital workflow
• Learn some editing tricks
• Printing and sharing options!
• Create calendars and postcards. And so much more!

Plus a Live Q&A!

Beyond Beginner Workshop

Intermediate to Expert Photography Workshop
Pricing Sunday Only: $119.00 (9:00-5:00pm)

Expanding the Fundamentals
• Examine light & composition, subject, color & movement
• Advanced camera functions
• Exposure modes
• Analyzing the histogram

Live Shooting
• Live model shoot! Lighting is set up and we have several model stations
• Our instructors are available throughout the shoot to answer your questions
• Various attendee images from the model shoot are critiqued live by our instructors

Digital Workstation/Workflow
• How to organize your workstation/color calibration
• Build a foundation of digital organizational techniques
• Tagging, metadata, etc...

Advanced Editing/The Digital Darkroom
• Color Management
• Skin Tone & Other Editing Techniques

NEW! The Story Behind The Photo Segment
• Our pros share images and the story behind them
• Be inspired by learning about the creative capturing of images

Plus a Live Q & A!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Lucas Gilman

Assignments and Expeditions With Lucas Gilman

Speaker: Lucas Gilman Sponsor: Sandisk Price: $29.99

Date: 11/4/2010 Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm SKU #: PTHPM

Purchase a Reservation Online

Description: Internationally renowned adventure photographer, Lucas Gilman, will present images from assignments, expeditions and travels from around the globe, explaining what goes into making an expedition happen and how to maximize results once the adventure begins. Lucas regularly works for commercial and editorial clients that span the globe including: Sandisk, Nikon, ESPN, and Men's Journal. For more information about our Hunt's Show Seminars please call the Melrose retail store at 1-800-221-1830

Includes a $20.00 Hunt's Show coupon! Available for pickup during the purchased seminar. Coupon is good for any product purchase during the Hunt's Show. Coupons will be given to Featured Seminar customers at the end of the

How To: Shoot Neon Lights

How To: Shoot Neon Lights

Learn how to capture a burst of color in the night.

By Jeff Wignall

Read the article here.

Most towns have great neon—at diners, taverns, and tattoo parlors for instance. Flickr helps you find other hotspots, but here are six of the best:

COLUMBUS, OH: Check out photo ops at

FREMONT STREET, LAS VEGAS: Vintage Vegas at its best and brightest. (And tour The Neon Museum in daytime to see a boneyard of antiques.)

OCEAN DRIVE, MIAMI BEACH: A stretch of arto deco buildings with fantastic antique neon signs.

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK: The epicenter of things bright and glittery.

ROUTE 66 IN TUCUMCARI, NM: This drive takes you past lots of old Western-themed motel signs.

WILDWOOD, NJ: A seaside town that prides itself on its doo-wop heritage, ’50s motel signs included.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Must See Photoshop CS5 Tour of 2010!

Oh how I sometimes wish that I had a job where I could just take off a day... I would be there!

The Must See Photoshop CS5 Tour of 2010!

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

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

Seating is limited! Register today at

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Guide to Digital photography

All text from Joe McNally

Today is official release of a book I wrote for my alma mater, LIFE magazine. What a long strange trip photography is. I shot my first job for the magazine in 1984, and managed somehow to survive editor changes, shifts in format, style, and even the change of the physical size of the magazine to keep shooting for them right through the nineties. Just about 1995 they asked me to become their first staffer in 23 years, which also meant I became the last staff photographer in the history of the magazine, as it is no longer publishing. As I always point out, being the last in a series of 90 staff shooters at this illustrious picture magazine probably means that someone writing the history of this field will probably associate my name with the death of photojournalism:-)

It was an honor to write, given the fact that my editor was Bob Sullivan. Sully and I have done stories together over the years for LIFE, Time, and Sports Illustrated. As I always say about him, he is one of those editor/writers who know more stuff about more stuff than just about anybody I know. He gave the book coherence and structure, and a sense of the English language that my location influenced photo dialect falls far short of. He can switch hats from sports to news to music to celebrities in a heartbeat, which has made him the perfect editor at LIFE, which was about all that and more.

LIFE of course continues in electronic form as one of the most popular photo sites of the web world. is a treasure trove of the current pictorial news of the day, as well as a rich mix of images from the archives of the magazine, many of which never saw ink on paper, and are only now just being published for the first time. I’m the guest editor at the site right now, and I had a wonderful opportunity to ramble a bit about my favorite LIFE shooters and their images. Check it out here. Also do a stint on holding cameras, and a section called “dynamic photography.”

The LIFE Guide is just that–a guide. It can take a newbie right from opening the box containing the new digital picture machine right through composition, light, lenses, and color. Predictably, given the author, it is not a dry, nuts and bolts account of f-stops and shutter speeds, but more of a mix of basic information, leavened with 30 years of field experience offering notions of when it is appropriate to bring that information into play, and fly by the “rules,” or just chuck the manual and go with your head and your heart.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ePhotobook White Sands HD iPad App

From Jim M. Goldstein
"I’m excited to announce the release of my first iPad app, ePhotobook White Sands HD, a collection of fine art photographs taken earlier this year in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico."

Announcing: ePhotobook White Sands HD iPad App

Features of Note:

* High resolution images, sans watermark, that can be explored in detail above and beyond the resolution of the iPad

* Previously unpublished photographs

* Exclusive essays

* Twitter & Facebook integration to share with friends

* Web based content via RSS to keep you informed of new workshops, app & ebook releases, photographs and more

Inspiration and beauty for only $4.99 USD

Note: ePhotobook development services tailored to professional photographers are now available. Inquiries for ePhotobook authoring services are now being accepted.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010



Hello! We’re excited because today is the official publication date of our new The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America. That means it’s in all the bookstores and retailers nation-wide. The Stokes Field Guide To The Birds Of North America is the most complete photographic field guide ever published, featuring over 3,400 stunning photos, and covering 854 species. Also included is a free CD containing over 600 sounds from 150 common bird species. This guide is great for all levels of bird watchers.

You can order our book online or get it at your favorite store. Order soon to be assured of getting it for holiday gifts. For lots more information about what our book contains go here,
To see a slideshow of some of the most beautiful bird photos in our new book, taken by Lillian (who took over 500 of the photos in our guide) go to,

Monday, October 25, 2010


Greetings from the Glastonbury Audubon Society,

We are sponsoring a Photo Contest - OUR NATURAL WORLD. This is the 15th annual contest. Please distribute this information to your club members. Attached you will find the brochure (pdf format) with the rules and other information your club members will need to submit entries. BE SURE TO REVIEW THE NEW MAXIMUM FRAME SIZES FOR THE 2011 CONTEST! (20" x 24")

The first class "SEE NATURE WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER'S EYE" will be held on Saturday, November 6th. Chris Rakocz, one of last year’s judges, and teachers is coming back, this time to teach a hands-on basic workshop. He’ll inspire and help you create good photographs.

The second class "FRAMED!" may help you present your photograph to its best advantage. Professional picture framer Gina Barry of U-Frame-It in Rocky Hill, will demonstrate mat-cutting and framing in a way that will enhance the work.

Entries for the 2011 contest will be accepted beginning Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Entry forms and other details are available online. The link is attached, and is also available from a link on our Glastonbury Audubon website.

We're looking forward to seeing entries from your club members in the 2011 contest! All ages are welcome. Contest is for amateur photographers only.

2011 Photo Contest Committee,

Duffy Schade,
Ginny Smith, Co-Chairs

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Panorama Imaging by Tom Curley Tuesday, October 26

Hi Lisa, The Candlewood Club has a program night next Tuesday, October 26. Location details are here Perhaps some of your reader might be interested if you don't mind sharing the details below with your blog readers. Thanks, Dennis. You can send questions to
From the Candlewood Camera Club:

Our Speaker next week will be Tom Curley. He is an accomplished photographer with a specialty in panoramic imaging on which he will speak. I think it will be an excellent and informative program. Guests are welcome. The program will begin at 7:30.

Here is Tom's bio:

Tom Curley is a photographer with a background as a marketing executive for over 25 years with Fujifilm USA where he managed the full line of professional photography products, digital lab printers, pro lab workflow solutions, as well as Xerox printers for the imaging market. Tom is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and has served as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for Professional Photographers of America, the International Center of Photography Presidents Council, and the industry advisory board of the McGhee Distinguished Professor chair for RIT's Imaging Technology curriculum.

He is a member of the Cameracraftsmen of America and the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance. He has served on the board of advisors for the Natures Best Foundation, and as a volunteer for the Arts Council of Westchester County, NY and the Maria Ferari Childrens Hospital art committee in White Plains, NY.

His photographic work features panorama format landscape images. He is represented by Danita Delimont Stock Photography. Tom has been a member of the International Association of Panorama Photographers since 1999. He lives in New Milford.

Program brief:

Panorama Imaging: A look at panorama photography, including equipment and process for capturing panoramic images with film, as well as scanning and printing. Examples of work will be presented, and discussion of practical uses for panoramic images.

He will bring printed samples of work, as well as the equipment that he uses.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010

2010 competition winners announced!

Last night, at the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards Ceremony, held at the Natural History Museum, London, the winners of this major global competition were revealed. This new collection of amazing wildlife photographs represents the best images taken by nature photographers around the world.

To find out who won and to see all the awarded mages visit our online gallery. You can also read comments from the competition judges and tell us what you think of the pictures!

Now in its 46th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best nature photography. The competition is owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth - the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Being accepted into this competition is something that wildlife photographers, worldwide, aspire to. Professionals win many of the prizes, but amateurs succeed, too.

Each year tens of thousands of entries are received and judged by a specially selected expert panel. The winners are announced at an awards ceremony that takes place each October at the Natural History Museum, London.

Friday, October 22, 2010

How to create snow in Photoshop

How to create snow in Photoshop Learn how to add snow to your photos. This tutorial will take you through all the steps the author used to create snow from scratch.

Avatar Photoshop Tutorial

Avatar Photoshop Tutorial Learn how to transform your photo into a Foxy Na'vi Avatar. You'll learn in this tutorial how to blend cuts and images together, change skin colour and also reshaping facial features.

Ten Tips For The Photography Beginner

Ten Tips For The Photography Beginner

Every first time photographer needs some starting information to begin with. So if you don’t know who and what to ask - this place is a good one to start in. Here are the first 10 tips/advices any first time photographer should know before taking the first picture.

Remember, trial and error is not a bad thing…so try, and try again. Learn from your mistakes, that’s always a good advice.
Read the entire article here...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tutorial - Photographing people with glasses...

Tutorial - Photographing people with glasses...
Tom and I have tried this and it long as you are on a tripod and the subject keeps their same position from one image to the next. Very useful!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Critiques, How To Do It.

Critiques, How To Do It.

"Get used to your own critiques and use that as a tool to improve your photography.  The second step is to seek out and accept critiques from others.  That is where the Critique forum comes into play here.  However, like with all other tools, there is a correct way and an incorrect way to use it."

"The one asking for the critique needs to be willing to hear negative stuff (although there is no reason for things to get nasty in a critique), as well as the positive.  That means that nothing should be taken personally by either party."

"Here is an excerpt from a post in reference to one photograph. What he said is exactly what a proper critique should sound like. He identifies a problem, states why it is a problem for him, and follows up with a suggestion."

“The tree trunk in the middle of the image is a problem for me, as it disrupts the ‘leading lines’. There is no clear center of attention. Too many competing elements, and perhaps would have been better with longer lens.”

There was nothing negative about his tone, he was stating an opinion supported with evidence as well as a solution. This is a constructive statement, and one which can be learned from."

Read the entire article here: Critiques, How To Do It.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Twilight Effect Photoshop Action

The Twilight Effect Photoshop Action
This Photoshop action is called 'The Twilight Effect'. It performs actions that will transform any ordinary photo into an on screen movie effect, then take it a step further by clouding it with blue to give it that dreamy and dark feel.

Pixel Bender® Painting Basics and Advanced Pixel Bender® Painting

CS5: Pixel Bender® Painting Basics

Episode # CS5_019

Start painting with Adobe® Pixel Bender® Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop® CS5. Pixel Bender filters work on images opened in Photoshop CS5. These filters can be executed on the graphics card (GPU) or CPU of a computer. This tutorial covers some of my tips and techniques for working with this new Plug-in technology.

Download Pixel Bender from this Adobe Labs location:

Click this link to view on a MAC or PC View QuickTime Tutorial; 14 MB
Click to view on an iPhone, or iPad View QuickTime Tutorial; mp4 -14 MB

CS5: Advanced Pixel Bender® Painting
Episode # CS5_018

Discover some of my favorite advanced techniques for working with the new Adobe® Pixel Bender® Plug-in and Adobe Photoshop CS5. This technique will demonstrate how to use this new filter in combination with Smart Objects.

Download Pixel Bender from this Adobe Labs location: ttp://

Click this link to view on a MAC or PC View QuickTime Tutorial; 10 MB
Click to view on an iPhone, or iPad View QuickTime Tutorial; mp4 - 10 MB

Pixel Bender

Pixel Bender is a free plug-in for Photoshop CS5 that will give you a "painting" effect and a whole lot more.

From Scott:
"Though it is from Adobe and free, it does not come as part if the Photoshop installation, you will need to head over to Adobe and download it here. You can check out (and download) Pixel Bender filters that have been designed by others at the Pixel Bender Exchange."

The Adobe® Pixel Bender® Plug-in (v2.1) for Adobe Photoshop® CS5 supports processing of Pixel Bender filters on images opened in Photoshop CS5. These filters can be executed on the graphics card (GPU) or CPU of a computer. Pixel Bender customers as well as members of the Adobe Pixel Bender team have authored the filters that are included in this download.

Check out other complimentary Pixel Bender Technologies available for download from the Pixel Bender Technology Center. Here you can find the Pixel Bender Toolkit which includes the Pixel Bender IDE (an integrated development environment for Pixel Bender), sample filters, and documentation.

You can find a public repository of kernels hosted by Adobe at the Pixel Bender Exchange. The authors of these kernel programs have kindly agreed to share them with the wider Pixel Bender developer community.

Download the Pixel Bender Plug-in for Photoshop CS5

The Pixel Bender Plug-in for Photoshop CS5 requires installing Photoshop CS5. A full 30-day trial version can be downloaded from
The Pixel Bender Plug-in for Photoshop CS4 is available in the Adobe Developer Connection.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sale on Les Campbell photos

Lisa - Would you be good enough to put out this message concerning a sale Les is having on his photos at Sky Meadow next Saturday? Thanks. Gary

Les Campbell will be having a one-day sale of his wonderful nature photographs at his gallery at Sky Meadow on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Les wants to thin out his inventory of images a bit and will be offering all of his images in various sizes, fully mounted, matted, and framed, at sale prices that one day only. Les will run the sale from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. For those who need directions, the easiest way to find Les's home and Sky Meadow Gallery is to drive to Massachusetts Rt 9 eastward near Belchertown, MA, and acontinue east until you see the sign on the left side of the road for the Quabbin Reservoir's Visitors's Cente. Les's home and gallery will be on the right side of the road, approximately 1/2 mile farther east on Rt 9. Start slowing down (you will be driving downhill here) and watch for the small white sign Les has at roadside, pointing the way into Sky Meadow. This is a heavily forested area so watch for that white sign and dirt drive leading into the woods. Drive into Sky Meadow and Les will be there to greet you.

Les's award-winning images make wonderful holiday gifts for your friends and family members who appreciate nature and fine photography.

Connecticut's Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Hay Rides and More

Pumpkin Patches and

Connecticut's Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Hay Rides and More

Hummingbirds in Costa Rica: with Adam Jones & Jim Zuckerman

Hummingbirds in Costa Rica:  March 16-22, 2011
with Adam Jones & Jim Zuckerman

Once again Jim Zuckerman and I are teaming up.  This time we are excited to offer a spectacular photographic experience in Costa Rica.  The primary goal of this workshop is to photograph hummingbirds, in flight as well as perching. You'll be amazed at the images you capture.  We set up three work stations in each of the locations we stay where the hummers are accustomed to drinking from feeders.  Photographers will work on a rotation basis, and when you are not shooting hummers you can relax, do macro photography, and photograph other jungle creatures like the huge black guan (a large bird) and dozens of other tropical bird species. Several flash units are arranged artfully to simulate natural lighting (with a little artistic embellishment), and this enables us to freeze the wings of these beautiful little birds as they hover to drink nectar from tropical flowers.  We will have a couple of lectures where we show images with a digital projector explaining the flash and exposure principles involved so you have a full understanding how this technique  works.  It is quite interesting. You will be able to shoot many species over the course of the workshop in different locations. 
All lighting equipment will be supplied for the hummingbird setups.
We also stay overnight at a hotel with the best view of Costa Rica’s most active volcano, Mt. Arena.  You can hear the boulders being thrust out of one of the vents and crashing down the mountain side, and at night the molten rocks leave trails of fire.  It’s truly awesome, and with long exposures it’s possible to capture some incredible images.
Another highlight of the trip is a visit to a reptile house where the owner helps us set up shots of tropical frogs and snakes, and the pictures that you’ll get here, also, are amazing. In just 6 days you’ll photograph some of Costa Rica’s most fascinating wildlife.
This workshop has two instructors — Jim Zuckerman and Adam Jones.  Adam is a fantastic nature photographer who conducts workshops and photo tours on his own, and we’ve decided to do this one together.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy him and learn from his vast knowledge in photography during the trip.
Please email me for the complete itinerary.
Tour cost: $2895. Includes all lodging based on double occupancy, all meals except for arrival day, all ground transportation, entrance fees, airport transfers, instruction, critiques. Single supplement is $375.
Does not include airfare, airport tax, drinks, alcohol, visa fee (for non-U.S. citizens).

For more information or to register, please visit the link below:

Many thanks, and I hope you can join me and my good friend Jim Zuckerman for an incredible photo shoot in Costa Rica.
Adam Jones

Use Photoshop CS5's new tools for a bigger range of tones, no plug-ins required.

Use Photoshop CS5's new tools for a bigger range of tones, no plug-ins required.
See the photos, read the article here.

their last tip..
"ACR is a great tool for adjusting your nascent HDR image. Continue to tweak your photo by using the sliders as if you were working on a RAW file. Fix the white balance, use the Exposure sliders to add contrast without sacrificing shadow and highlight detail, and take advantage of the Clarity slider to add even more midtone contrast."

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Top 10 Annoying Things Photographers Say to Each Other

Top 10 Annoying Things Photographers Say to Each Other

This list compiles the top ten things that other photographers have said to him that I’ve found to be annoying. And, the more often I’ve heard something the more annoying it tends to be. That’s just the way I am. If you’re a photographer who is easily offended or you can’t take a little bit of sarcasm, please don’t read any further. I don’t want your delicate sensibilities to be offended!
With that out of the way, presented in traditional count-down order, here are today’s Top Ten Annoying Things that Photographers Say to Each Other.

Friday, October 15, 2010

International Help-Portrait day is on 04 December 2010

A message to all members of Help-Portrait Community
Hi Help-Portrait Friends!

It's that time of year. The International Help-Portrait day is on 04 December 2010 and we couldn't be more excited to see what this year will bring. Last year we saw 3449 photographers and 4888 volunteers in 38 countries, across 543 locations, give 40,536 portraits. Wow! The power of the photography community is astounding. Imagine...

1. Find people in need

2. Take their picture

3. Print their picture

4. Deliver their picture

It's easy and it changes lives...literally. Now get out there and rally your photography friends and communities to give back this Holiday season. Trust us, it's more blessed to give than receive. Guaranteed.

As we turn our attention to what 2010 will bring, we have some announcements:

1. Tonight, we relaunched a completely redesigned Help-Portrait website. While we are excited about the new look and features, we're just getting started and will be rolling out new enhancements over the next few weeks. Inside you'll find some new pages that we hope will be helpful to you:

* Getting Started

* Donations

* Downloads

* Blog

2. Don't forget to stop by our refreshed COMMUNITY site as well. While there aren't many changes in the functionality of this section, it is sporting a nice new look that actually makes the site a lot easier to use.

If you've been by recently, you might have seen that we talked about taking down the current community section. We've decided to NOT do this and will phase it out in late 2011.

3. Help-Portrait is officially a non-profit! Because of our growth and need to protect the brand, we officially formed the HELP-PORTRAIT, INC non-profit. How does this affect you? It won't, except that we can now accept donations and provide receipts for most cash and in-kind donations. More on this later.

4. BIG announcements are coming soon. So, we've been working behind the scenes for the past couple of months to secure some US based partnerships which should make participating in H-P a lot easier and less costly. Sorry non-US folks, we haven't had a lot of interest from international partners yet. Look for these to come in the next week or two. Trust us, you'll love it!

Finally, we couldn't have had the success that we had last year without your help. Together, we had over 4000 photographers, 5000 volunteers, in 38 countries, in over 700 locations, give away over 41,000 portraits. While we were all surprised at what happened when the photography community rallied together, we now know your potential and ask you to step up again.

1. Find people in need

2. Take their picture

3. Print their picture

4. Deliver their picture

It's easy and it changes lives...literally. Now get out there and rally your photography friends and communities to give back this Holiday season. Trust us, it's more blessed to give than receive. Guaranteed.

We can't wait to impact the world together!

Kyle Chowning
Executive Director

Visit Help-Portrait Community at:

New York City -- The City of Lights December 8 - December 11, 2010

New York City -- The City of Lights with Liza Politi, Ari Maldonado Espay December 8 - December 11, 2010

QUESTIONS? Call us at 505.983.1400 x11.

Set in dazzling New York City, this four-day photographic whirlwind takes us through a visual wonderland. December is one of the most spectacular times of the year in New York and the goal of this workshop is capturing the magic and the spectacle. The streets of the city are unsurpassed in their offerings of intersections and interplays of light, shadow, and energy.

We venture to fabled Fifth Avenue to capture the ice skaters, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and the legendary store windows. Then we shoot up 70 stories to photograph the sunset from the Top of the Rock. We travel to Little Italy and Chinatown to get a glimpse of the diversity of city’s holiday celebrations. A morning spent at the Union Square Holiday Market, surrounded by artists and their colorful wares, a night shoot in glittering Times Square, and a dinner at Devi, a Michelin star restaurant, round out our trip.

Photographers Ari Maldonado Espay and Liza Politi lead this hands-on workshop. Through lectures, critiques, demonstrations, assignments, portfolio reviews, individual attention and presentations of their own work, Ari and Liza encourage each participant to develop their own photographic style. As we progress at our own pace we discuss the technical and aesthetic issues that enable us to create more intimate and authentic images.

PACKAGE PRICE INFO: Includes tuition, three lunches, two dinners, and entrance fees.

INSTRUCTOR(S): Liza Politi and Ari Maldonado Espay:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

One Life: An International Photo Contest Awarding $25,000

One Life is an international photography competition open to all backgrounds, styles and perspectives. You are invited to submit photography illuminating your perspective, what you love, your travels or anything else that shows your world and experience. This competition is about honoring your vision and demonstrating that, with all our differences, we are one community connected by our love of images.

The Grand Prize is your choice of either:

$25,000 or A Dream Trip Around the World and more...

Submit Your Photography Now At:

Deadline: October 29th, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Haven Camera Club Member Receives PSA Award


New Haven Camera Club Member Receives PSA Award
William Barnett was awarded the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Excellence PSA Distinction (EPSA) at the PSA Annual Membership Meeting of the PSA International Conference held in Charleston, SC on October 3 - 9, 2010. Distinction Awards are in recognition of photographic achievement, based on acceptances in PSA recognized International Exhibitions of Photography. The Distinction Award includes a Certificate and an invitation to display a sample of work on the Society's web site, Gallery of Distinction Awards.

PSA invites the New Haven Camera Club members, families, and friends to visit the PSA web site at to view the Gallery of Distinctions Awards and for more information about PSA, its activities, benefits, and membership opportunities.

Congratulations to William Barnett, EPSA on his photographic achievements!

Think Tank Photo: $5000 photo contest prize

To celebrate our having been in business for five years, we have launched a photo contest where there is no entry fee, a $5,000 cash Grand Prize, and scores of other prizes for the winning photographers.
You can enter one photo in each of the four categories:
· What does urban, gritty, or edgy mean to you?
· Most creative, interesting, or unique "What's In Your Bag" shot.
· Most creative, interesting, or unique shot of photographer wearing/using Think Tank gear.
· Any photo the entrant believes portrays Think Tank Photo's theme, "Be Ready Before the Moment."
TO ENTER: Go to our Facebook page and click on the "Contests" tab at the top. There you will discover the entry rules. In addition to choosing the Grand Prize winner, our panel of judges, led by Pultizer Prize winning photographer and Think Tank co-founder Deanne Fitzmaurice, will select a first, a second, and three honorable mention winners in each of the four categories. And, the photographers in each category receiving the most Facebook "Likes" will also receive as a prize one of our award-winning Airport International V2.0 rollers, so be sure to visit the contest site frequently.

All entries must be submitted by the close of day, November 30, 2010.

We really look forward to viewing your submissions!

Photoshop Secrets: Wacom Tablets and Photoshop CS5 by Colin Smith + Westom Maggio

Photoshop Secrets: Wacom Tablets and Photoshop CS5 by Colin Smith + Westom Maggio

3 Hours $39.99 - Usually $49.99NEW for Photoshop CS5

A “must have” for tablet users.

This is the 5th edition of THE best-selling video on Wacom tablets and Photoshop. The most complete training on the Wacom Tablet and Adobe Photoshop ever! This fully updated video will show you how to unleash the power and creativity that only comes from a pressure-sensitive tablet. Set up your tablet correctly and stop working like a mouse user in Photoshop. Two of the Top instructors in the industry combine their talents to bring you a video that will totally change the way you approach graphics on your computer.

If you currently own, or are considering a pen tablet or Cintiq™, this video is one of the best investments you can make. Stop mousing around and finally take control of your Wacom Tablet and Photoshop CS5.


(Now includes Intuos 4 and new Cintiq)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nik Software Releases New HDR Efex Pro™ Software

Lisa - Here is the announcement of Nik's HDR software release that Eric spoke of last night at our NHCC meeting..... Gary  
Nik Software ships HDR Efex Pro

Monday, 11 October 2010 15:39 GMT < Previous Next >

HDR Efex Pro, Nik Software's previously-announced HDR processing plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Apple Aperture is now available for Mac and PC.

Press Release:

Nik Software Releases New HDR Efex Pro™ Software

San Diego, CA – October 11, 2010 – Nik Software ( today began shipping HDR Efex Pro, a completely new High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging solution designed to help professional and amateur photographers quickly and easily achieve a full spectrum of HDR enhancements. HDR Efex Pro overcomes limitations in other software products with a revolutionary all-in-one approach and multiple tone mapping algorithms that enable realistic and artistic results to be created start-to-finish within a single tool. Introductory videos, free trial versions, and live online training can be found at

“Our HDR Efex Pro beta group had over 500 photography industry professionals and HDR enthusiasts and the feedback from this group has been both comprehensive and incredibly positive,” said Michael J. Slater, President and CEO of Nik Software. “We have incorporated much of their feedback and I am confident that this product will advance HDR imaging.”

HDR Efex Pro brings innovative and best-in-class technologies to HDR photography. HDR Efex Pro enables a wide variety of options, including single-click visual style presets, as well as global adjustments such as exposure, contrast, structure to fine detail contrast, and a new HDR Method option. This feature makes use of four tone-mapping algorithms, which enable virtually unlimited HDR “looks” that can be adapted to a particular HDR style of photography.

Nik Software’s proprietary U Point® technology is also incorporated into HDR Efex Pro, providing precise selective fine-tuning of images without the need for complicated selections or layer masks. Photographers can precisely control selective adjustments with a single mouse-click providing the ability to quickly create amazing results. Finishing adjustments, such as vignette controls and levels & curves, make it possible to easily accomplish a range of enhancements within HDR Efex Pro.

HDR Efex Pro also enables photographers to create popular and dramatic HDR images from a single exposure. This feature allows photographers to reprocess a single image in which an exposure series was not previously shot or for subject matter that does not lend itself to multiple exposures.

Key Features

•Intuitive interface, with easy to understand photographic terminology and the actual processed results always displayed

•U Point powered selective tools for fast, precise enhancements of contrast, shadow, structure, saturation adjustments, and more

•Multiple proprietary tone mapping algorithms enabling a wide range of HDR styles

•Visual presets that produce amazing results in a single-click

•Ability to create the HDR look from a single exposure

•Advanced technology for automatic image alignment and reduction of subject motion artifacts known as “ghosts”

•All-in-one 32-bit color workflow enabling the creation of professional HDR images

Pricing and Availability

HDR Efex Pro is available now for electronic and boxed delivery directly from Nik Software (, through specialty camera retailers, and through online and national resellers. A complete list of Nik Software resellers may be found at

The suggested U.S. retail price of HDR Efex Pro is $159.95. The software is available as a free update to those who purchased the Nik Software Complete Collection within North America after July 25, 2010. Complete Collection owners who purchased prior to July 25, 2010 may add HDR Efex Pro to their Complete Collection for just $99.95 by calling Customer Service at 888-284-4085

HDR Efex Pro installs as a 64-bit plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 (Windows only) and CS5 (Windows and Macintosh), and as a 32-bit and 64-bit plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® 2.3 or later (Windows and Macintosh) or Apple® Aperture™ 2.1 or later (Macintosh). For more information about HDR Efex Pro, including a detailed product video and image gallery, please visit

Spring Bulb Shows and Fall Chrysanthemum Shows

Fall Chrysanthemum Show

November 6 - November 21, 2010

Lyman Conservatory, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily $2.00 suggested donation

Members only hours 9:00 - 10:00 am (please bring your membership card)

Spring Bulb Show and Fall Chrysanthemum Show

Future Dates


Spring Bulb Show: March 6 – March 21, 2010

Fall Chrysanthemum Show: November 6 – November 21, 2010


Spring Bulb Show: March 5 – March 20, 2011

Fall Chrysanthemum Show: November 5 – November 20, 2011


Spring Bulb Show: March 3 – March 18, 2012

Fall Chrysanthemum Show: November 3 – November 18, 2012


Spring Bulb Show: March 2 – March 17, 2013

Fall Chrysanthemum Show: November 2 – November 17, 2013


Spring Bulb Show: March 1– March 16, 2014

Fall Chrysanthemum Show: November 1 – November 16, 2014

Flashing is NOT a crime

On Tiffinbox, A response to seven excuses for not using flash.

• “I’m a purist and only use available light.”

• “I don’t need flash because I can always turn the ISO up.”

• “I always shoot in bright light, so I don’t need flash.”

• “Flash limits the shutter speeds that I can use. A sync speed of 1/250″ is too slow.”

• “Flash is unreliable. It changes from frame to frame”

• “Flash always looks bad.”

• “Flash looks artificial.”
Read the article here:

Top 20 iPhone Photography App Updates Today October

Top 20 iPhone Photography App Updates Today - 10/07/10

EXPLORE AMERICA new iPhone® App from Rand McNally!

EXPLORE AMERICA new iPhone® App from Rand McNally!
With Explore America, you can:

* See magnificent daily pictures of fascinating destinations in the USA. Plus read all about what to expect at each location and see where it is on the map.

* Watch travel videos from our new video travel guides.

* Test your skills at the daily location trivia game! – Challenge the clock and fellow Explore America users.

* Enter into our contest by uploading your own photos to share with the Rand McNally community.

* Get connected with a Tripology travel specialist who can help plan and book your vacation.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Mini Review

For less than $100 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 (Win/Mac) gives you 95% of the features you'd need from Photoshop for about 1/6th the price. Some of the new features in Elements 9 are:

a. People Recognition. This appears to be Adobe's version of "faces" in Apperture or iPhoto.

b. Auto-tagging - a very welcome feature.

c. Improved Spot Healing Brush.

d. Layer Masks

e. Photomerge Panorama is improved.

f. It's easy as can be to share photos on Facebook from Elements.

g. The program ships with lots of preset photo effects for those who want to make their pictures into something different.

30 free high res textures from V Gallery...

From Scott

"In an effort to raise awareness for an organization in Nepal called Hope's Promise. V Gallery is giving away 30 free (high res) textures. Hope's Promise helps orphaned and vulnerable children in Nepal. The textures are free (and actually shot in Nepal) and you can download them here.

ConneCTing: "Marketing Boot Camp" for the Modern Day Photographer

ConneCTing: "Marketing Boot Camp" for the Modern Day Photographer

On November 13, 2010 the Connecticut Chapter of ASMP will present a new one-day Marketing Boot Camp for the Modern Day Photographer. Hear everything you want to know about marketing but aren't sure who to ask.

10-NOON* Morning panel discussion : What is it art buyers are looking for and how should Connecticut photographers market themselves, moderated by Karen D'Silva of Karen D'Silva Creative Services in New York City.

Panelists are art buyers: Noah Wilker- Digitas Kim LaMonica, Tracey-Locke Partners Troy Monroe, co:lab AB from Boston - TBA AB from NYC - TBA

Noon-12:45 Lunch-boxed lunch (included in cost)

12:45-2 pm Karen D'Silva on Marketing Today What is your brand, who is the audience for your brand and how do you reach them? Karen will speak on the importance of integrating all the ways you should bring your work to market, from portfolios, website and mailers to making use of social media.

*Doors open at 9:30


•$0.00—ASMP Leader

•$40.00—ASMP Member


When And Where Date Location

11/13/2010 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Social time starts at 9:30 AM) New Haven, CT
Yale University, Room 101 Linsly-Chittenden Hall

Register Online

Other Registration Options

Besides registering via our website, you can register by calling ASMP at 215.451.2767  Business hours are 9-5 Eastern time. Attendance may be limited, so please register early.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Flagpole Photographers Exhibit

Hi Lisa,

Could you pass this information on to the members of the New Haven Camera Club?

Many Thanks,

Anne Eigen

Flagpole Photographers Exhibit

You are invited to our reception and exhibit at the beautiful new Municipal Center in Newtown, CT. The reception will be on Sunday, October 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The exhibit will run from October 17 through November 12, 2010.

Hope you can join us for the reception.

Please see our attached flyer for details.

Camp Edwards MMR Open House October 23 - October 24

Camp Edwards MMR Open House

October 23 - October 24

Tactical Training Base Kelley, Connery Avenue, Mass Military

Reservation, Bourne. Sat. 9a. m. - 4p.m. - Sun. 9a.m. - 2p.m.

Camp Edwards MMR Open House

* Living History Camps

* Tours of Training Facilities

* Military Vehicle Displays

* Weapons Demonstrations

* Musket Drills
Over 300 military reenactors expected with units representing our fighting men and women from Revolutionary, Civil War, WWII and Modern era equipment on display.

Food & Drink Available

Public Invited

Parking & Admission FREE

Come through the Main Gate off the Bourne Rotary.

Parking escorted by MP's.

Four Tips for Photographing Fall Foliage

Four Tips for Photographing Fall Foliage

Saturday, October 9, 2010



20 Techniques and Tips for Beautiful Images

By Christopher Grey

Hot on the heals of his super popular 101 Inspiring Poses for Beauty and Glamour Photoraphy, Christopher Grey delivers Lighting the Evocative Nude.
Photographs of the nude, should you wish to define them, come in many flavors, with each having its own set of “rules” that govern the look. This eBook will investigate the “evocative” nude, a word defined in some dictionaries as “expressive,” “impressionistic,” or images that “tend to promote an emotional response.” Images made under this mind-set tend to be “inwardly-directed” by the model, which is to say that they deal with an idea the model is directed to explore, rather than a pose that will appease the viewer.

Evocative nude images, unlike those that are lit without emotion and represent the body in relatively flat light, are accented with shadow to help make the point. To my mind, lighting evocatively usually means to not light everything. Evocative nude photographs rarely show the model making eye contact with the camera. Eye contact assumes a familiarity with the viewer. If youʼre attempting to produce a work of art with the widest possible audience appeal, you may wish to pose your model with eyes averted. One other consideration for evocative nudes is that the modelʼs face might be hidden. Viewers tend to associate visible faces with people they know or facial types they like or donʼt like. Itʼs not an indictment of anything, just a fact of how people look at nudes as art.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 released

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 (Win/Mac)
For immediate release

New Release Brings Complete Photo and Video Editing Solution to Windows and Mac Customers

SAN JOSE, Calif., — Sept. 21, 2010 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 9 & Adobe Premiere® Elements 9 for Windows® and Mac, the newest release of the No. 1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software.* Available as standalone products or as a single retail package, the Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 bundle offers the most complete photo and video editing solution delivering two powerful yet easy-to-use products at a very compelling price point. This release also brings Premiere Elements to the Mac platform for the first time.
“For the first time, both Windows and Mac users can do more with their photos and video with Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9 bundle – a unified solution for all photo and video needs,” said Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for Digital Imaging, Adobe. “With industry-leading products like Photoshop and Premiere Pro in the family, Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are uniquely positioned to leverage the technology the pros use. Our goal is to deliver our customers intelligent and accessible features that do all the heavy lifting, empowering them to easily share high-impact memories with friends and family.”
Create Compelling Photos and Videos with Groundbreaking Features

Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9 feature all the tools users need to make the most of their photos and videos. Adapted from Photoshop CS5’s celebrated Content Aware Fill feature, the content intelligence in the Spot Healing Brush analyzes what’s in the image and quickly de-clutters or repairs photos (like removing tourists from a crowded scene) with a swipe of a brush, magically filling in the background. Several new Guided Edit options walk users step-by-step through the process of achieving cool editing effects such as Out of Bounds, making an element of a photo appear to leap off the page in 3D, creating pop art masterpieces, or retouching made easy via the perfect portraits feature.

With Premiere Elements 9, users can create movies in just minutes with the help of intelligent tools that automatically fix audio problems, trim away bad footage, stabilize shaky shots and correct bad color and lighting problems. Any video can simply be turned into an animated film with Cartoon Effects, and optimized performance makes editing and viewing smooth, even in HD.
Improved Organization and Sharing

With Premiere Elements, it is easier than ever to upload and import from popular Flip Video camcorders and DSLR cameras. The Organizer allows users to tag and view photos and videos in one central place. The Auto-Analyzer helps users tag the best photos and videos and also identifies specific faces in photos. Users can quickly post photos and videos directly to Facebook, combine media together into dynamic interactive Online Albums, and create an online DVD-like viewing experience to share with friends and family. Users can customize flexible scrapbook and photo book layout designs, with drag-and-drop simplicity, for automatic placement of photos within a template or easy access to any Photoshop Elements editing feature from directly within the software. Creations can then be printed at home or through an online print service provider.
Plus Extends Software Capabilities

For added convenience, now Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 Windows and Mac users have the option to purchase Plus, which offers 20GB of storage for automatic online backup and sharing (up to 15,000 photos or four hours of DVD-quality video), as well as ongoing deliveries of new tutorials, artwork and interactive online templates sent directly to the desktop software. A benefit to all Photoshop Elements users is virtually anywhere access to photos and videos online or via select mobile devices at

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 & Adobe Premiere Elements 9 software for Windows and Mac is available now at , and will be available soon at retail outlets such as, Apple (Mac only), Best Buy, Costco, Fry’s, New Egg, Office Depot and Office Max. The bundle is available for a suggested retail price of US$149.99, and users can purchase Plus from within the product for US$49.99/year. Plus is available in the U.S. only. Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9 software for Windows and Mac are available as stand-alone products for a suggested retail price of US$99.99 (see separate press releases).

Information about other language versions, as well as pricing, upgrade and support policies for other countries is available at For free training videos on Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, visit Adobe TV at

* Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service (April 2002 to March 2010) based on units sold (U.S. only).

* Source Premiere Elements: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service (January 2007 to March 2010) based on units sold in the Video and Photo Editing Categories. Combined units sold for Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements bundle (U.S. only).
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Instant Rebates on Canon DSLR Cameras and Kits-Save up to $250!

Instant Rebates on Canon DSLR Cameras and Kits-Save up to $250!

Rebates apply for purchases made between now and November 24, 2010

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i Instant Rebates

Rebel T1i with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit $50 Instant Rebate

Rebel T1i with 18-55mm IS Lens & 75-300mm III Lens $150 Instant Rebate

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i Instant Rebates

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EOS Rebel T2i with 18-55mm IS Lens & 75-300mm III Lens $150 Instant Rebate

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EOS 7D SLR with 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens $100 Instant Rebate

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Questions about these Rebates? Email us at

Photomatix Pro 4: The Original HDR Program Gets Better

Photomatix Pro 4: The Original HDR Program Gets Better

"One of the first things you’ll notice after upgrading to Photomatix Pro 4 is the workflow improvements. In particular two timesavers I really like are being able to have the software default to merging the images and skipping right ahead to the Tone Mapping tool without having to look at the merged file as a preliminary step."

28-Sep-10: Photomatix Pro updated to version 4.0.

Note: The above download pages are also for upgrading your registered version of Photomatix Pro. The upgrade to version 4 is free of charge for customers who purchased a license of version 3.

Simply follow these three steps to purchase Photomatix using our coupon and receive 15% off!

1) Click here to open the official Photomatix page

2) Select the version which you require and click ‘Buy for Windows’ or ‘Buy for Mac OS X’

3) Enter ‘hdrguru15’ within the ‘Coupon code if available’ box of the order form.

Resources on High Dynamic Range photography

FAQ on HDR images for photography

List of Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) settings by camera model.

Photomatix Pro tutorial by Ferrell McCollough, author of the "Complete guide to High Dynamic Range digital photography" book.

HDR Tutorial from artist Trey Ratcliff.

Beginner's Guide to HDR

HDR Best Practices Guide starting with "Part I: In The Field" from Brian Matiash.

A Plea For HDR: Informative essay on the HDR technique and its critics by Alexandre Buisse on the Luminous-Landscape website.

RAW HDR Processing: Using HDR techniques with a single RAW file (note: for most scenes, it is still highly recommended to take more than one exposure).

How to create 'High Dynamic Range' images using Photomatix by Pete Carr.

Creating HDR Images, tips from Rick Sammon interviewed by Insider Secrets.

Tone Mapping in Photomatix and other HDR tutorials.

High Dynamic Range digital photography: Well documented article published in the Royal Photographic Society Journal, November 2006.

HDR Landscape Photography Tutorial: very comprehensive article covering both theoretical and practical aspects of HDR photography.

Connecticut Covered Bridges

Connecticut Covered Bridges

Scott Linstead's high-speed photographs capture creatures frozen in time

Scott Linstead's high-speed photographs capture creatures frozen in time

Check out these 12 photos!

You may have seen Scott's work...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Foliage tour of the Essex Steam Railroad and Connecticut Riverboat tour on Friday, October 15th

I plan on going on the Foliage tour of the Essex Steam Railroad and Connecticut Riverboat tour on Friday, October 15th with a rain date of Monday October 18th. The 12:30 train is the one I am looking at.

If anyone wants to join me, please email and we can arrange a good carpool place and time.


watermarking images

Hi Lisa:
For you blog readers that are still not comfortable with graphics programs and watermarking images, have them checkout this FREE tool:
TSR Watermark Image
It works for image and text watermarks and has watermark transparency adjustments.

Other features include batch processing, support for automatic EXIF rotation, angled text and text effects, can preserve existing EXIF date and also add your watermark text to the EXIF copyright information for each image.

It works with Windows XP, Vista, and 7.
Wayne Nolting -

WaterFire Providence Announces the Last Full Lighting of the 2010 Season

WaterFire Providence Announces the Last Full Lighting of the 2010 Season

Saturday, October 9

Flames of Hope: A Celebration of

Life at WaterFire
Sunset is at 6:14 p.m. and the fires will be lit at approximately

7:00 p.m. The fires will remain lit until midnight.

Linda Brinckerhoff Exhibition

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New SpyderCheckr from Datacolor

We're extending color management to the camera!
SpyderCheckr should be your first shot for accurate color.
After the click of the camera, the mind starts ticking away: Did I make the right settings for my lighting conditions? Are the colors accurate or will I have to spend a lot of time on color correction later?
Forget those worries! SpyderCheckr is here, the color reference solution for your camera!

If you want to gain control over colors even while you're shooting and minimize hours of editing afterwards make SpyderCheckr's 48-color targets the first shot and create a color profile for all your cameras. Each of the 48 colors represents the spectral formulation of natural objects such as blue skies, green grass and an extensive array of skin tones. Each color reflects light like its real-world counterpart under all lighting conditions.

The included software guides you through the RAW calibration process within minutes and generates the desired color correction file for the digital workflow in Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Elements or Camera Raw.That way the color corrections are applied already during the RAW import and the photographer is rewarded with consistent and reproducible color results.

Come see SpyderCheckr in action:

Free RAW Color Calibration & Beyond Webinar

Thursday, October 7, 2010: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Register Now!

This eco-friendly Color Reference tool has a sturdy folding case to protect your investment and is Tri-Pod mountable for convenient use anywhere. There's even a fade indicator that tells you when it's time to replace your color targets.

SpyderCheckrPro - includes SpyderCube The SpyderCheckrPro package also includes SpyderCube for capturing custom white balance, neutrality data from multiple lightsources and correcting highlight and shadow details. Together SpyderCheckr and SpyderCube offer a comprehensive solution for camera and scene color control.

And if you want to be among the first to rely on accurate colors on your camera you can pre-order SpyderCheckr now for $129 and SpyderCheckrPro for $169 at They will become officially available in retail stores mid of October 2010.

Halloween videos -- upload your photo -- they create the video

Put Some Hip Hop in your Halloween with JibJab's Monster Rap!

Lay down some spine chilling rhymes as Frankenstein, his Bride, the Mummy, Wolfman and a wicked Witch! But beware, our Halloween rap is as catchy as it is haunting! Click and Get Rapping

Photo Show 32: George Fellner

Photo Show 32
Mystic Arts Center

9 Water Street, Mystic, CT

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 7, 2010 @ 6-8pm
Show will run from October 1 thru November 13, 2010

Two of my images are exhibited and Universal Resonance has won an Honorable Mention award

The source of this image is a piece of fire mountain rhyolite

This show has many diverse & unique images by photographers from throughout the region

Hope to see some of you this Thursday…!

George Fellner

Close up and Garden Workshop

This is a reminder about a great Close up and Garden Workshop that is coming fast and furious as soon as I return to NJ.

Please contact me through email for a reservation form and I will touch base with you on October 11 to confirm your seat in the workshop. Have a look at the description and put any questions that you might have in the registration request email.

This is the first time I am working with these guys and so far they have been really great and are looking forward to us coming. If you have never been there, you need to check it out....if not during the workshop, at some other time. It is really amazing and will offer so many shooting opportunities in a wonderful fall setting. The lecture will happen on Oct 15 and will be indoors so it is rain or shine. The full day shoot is the next day unless it rains and then we will shoot on October 23. We will have the entire place to work however you want with tripods or without. I will give you lots of close up tips in the lecture and will be assisted during our shoot day by a couple of people from my team so there will be lots of time for attention.



Tuesday, October 5, 2010

FREE Judging Symposium Saturday, November 6, 2010

Judging Symposium

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The New Haven Camera Club is hosting a “Judging Symposium” on Saturday, November 6, at the United Methodist Church, 811 East Main Street, Branford, CT, from 9A.M. to 12 noon. Note: This is a different location from where the club normally meets. Directions are included at the bottom.

Why are we doing this? Camera clubs depend on good judges to critique the work of their members. These days, clubs are finding it harder to get good qualified people who are willing to go out and serve as judges. We thought that perhaps bringing a number of interested people together to discuss the issue of camera club judging would be beneficial to all. Even less experienced photographers, not readyto become judges, may benefit from this symposium.

Paul Peterson will begin the morning with his updated program “Judging Photography In The Digital Age.” After the program, we will engage in a free-flowing discussion in which the participants are invited to share their ideas for improving the quality and number of camera club judges in our area.

Here are some of the questions we may try to answer:
  • What should judges look for in judging a photograph?
  • How do clubs go about getting good judges?
  • What makes a person qualified to be a judge?
  • Is it more difficult to judge digital photography?
  • What are the pet peeves that clubs have about judges and judging?
  • Are there concerns that judges have about camera clubs?
  • Can area clubs get an up-to-date list of camera club judges?

These are just some ideas for questions. We will discuss whatever the people in attendance want to discuss. If there is enough interest in this symposium, perhaps it can serve as a springboard for further discussions in the future.
Anyone can attend. You do not have to be a judge.

There is no charge for the symposium.

We hope to see you there to share ideas and learn what others are thinking.

Light refreshments will be served.

An RSVP is not absolutely necessary but would be appreciated so we can determine the number of attendees. Email Paul Peterson at the following address: or call 203-488-0267.

Directions from New Haven: I-95 north (east) to exit 56 Branford. Turn left. Go past Stop & Shop to Route 1 (Chowder Pot Restaurant will be across the street.) Turn right onto Route 1 (east). Follow one mile to the United Methodist Church, 811 East Main St, on the right (white church). Park anywhere in the lot.

Top Ten Annoying Things To Say To A Wildlife Photographer

Top Ten Annoying Things To Say To A Wildlife Photographer

10. Will you photograph my wedding?

Okay, I know that I should take this as a compliment. But unless the bride and groom are going to wallow through a swamp on all fours, count me out. Brides and their mothers scare me more than coming face-to-face with a mother bear and her cubs while hiking.
9. Why can’t I get pictures like that with my cell phone?

Hmmmmmm. Tough one. Could it be that the miniscule image sensor and cheap piece of plastic they call a lens can’t quite compete with quality glass and the resolving power of the sensors in modern digital SLR cameras?

too funny!

Read the rest here:
Top Ten Annoying Things To Say To A Wildlife Photographer

Monday, October 4, 2010

5-day Corel Painter sale

5-day Corel Painter sale
Corel's having a 5-day Painter sale on both the full version and on upgrades.

Annual MMW Portfolio Reviews at B&H Oct 28 & 29

Annual MMW Portfolio Reviews at B&H Oct 28 & 29

Fall is in the air and that means the PDN PhotoPlus Expo is just around the corner. For the third year in a row, MMW and B&H are partnering to bring portfolio review sessions with Workshops faculty to the B&H Event Space - just two blocks from the Expo at the Javits Center.

Workshops master faculty are generously giving their time to meet one-on-one with photographers for 20-minute review sessions Thursday, October 28 from 1 - 3PM, and Friday, October 29 from 10AM - Noon. Thursday reviewers include Sean Kernan, Arlene Collins, Peter Turnley, Jill Enfield, Jim Megargee, Karen Marshall and John Isaac, while Friday reviewers are George Schaub, Sue Bloom, Keith Johnson, Elizabeth Greenberg, Anne Day, Sean Harris, and Jean Miele.

To register for this free event, visit the B&H Event Space website by October 14 and sign up for a two-hour review time frame of your choice. Once you have registered, you will receive an email from the Workshops with the name of your reviewer and your 20-minute timeslot for that hour. On the day of your review, please bring a current print or digital portfolio of your work. If you bring a CD of images, you must also have a laptop to display your work. Complimentary B&H shuttle buses make it convenient to reach the store from the Expo. We look forward to seeing you in New York!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

New HDR DVD by Colin Smith, save 15%

I'm excited to announce my brand new HDR DVD. Since I created the last DVD a few years ago, it had become the best-selling title on the topic. Now, with CS5, there are advances in technology as well as lots of new things I have learned from much trial and error. I'm confident this is the best training you will find on HDR. The download is ready now, and we are taking pre-orders on the DVD.

If that's not enough, Stephen Burns has been hard at work creating a one-of-a-kind training DVD on Photoshop CS5 Extended and 3D. If you have ever wanted to learn 3D in Photoshop, this is THE authoritative disk on the topic. (Stephen contributed to Adobe Photoshop 3D product manager, Zorana Gee's book).

Also check out a couple of events coming to your area

Don't forget to use the exclusive coupon at the bottom of this page to save 15% on all PhotoshopCAFE training valid today through the end of September.

Your partner in success,
Colin Smith
Learn how to extend the dynamic range of any Photograph!

Have you ever looked at a stunning HDR image and wondered, "how did they do that?" Wonder no more! This video will serve as your easy to follow and informative guide to the world of HDR. You will be getting results better than you dreamed of with maximum ease. Colin explains in Plain-English all you need to get going in HDR. All new and expanded for Photoshop CS5 and Photomatix 4.
When used correctly the 32 bit tools in Photoshop will enable you to create drop-dead gorgeous images with effortless ease. Learn everything from completely natural to jaw-dropping surrealistic looks. You will also learn some clever tricks that will enable you to boost the dynamic punch of Low Dynamic images. You'll be able to supercharge any image with this bag of tricks in your arsenal.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is not just a trend. It's the future of Photography. Get a jump start on the newest Photographic technology with this 4 hour indepth guide and learn why as well as how!

The bar has been raised on HDR training... again!

This fast loading DVD ROM/or Download contains 4 hours of sharp widescreen video. The advanced interface allows the user to instantly jump to any of the lessons with complete control over the playback. All the lesson files are included, so you can follow along at your own pace!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Photoshop World Orlando 2011 Online Registration Now Open!

Photoshop World Orlando 2011 Online Registration Now Open!

Don't forget to mark your calendar for Photoshop World 2011 in Orlando! Three intense days of top-notch training await you in Central Florida from Wednesday, March 30 to Friday, April 1, 2011.

While we're still working on putting the final touches on the perfect schedule and selecting the best and brightest instructors, we're confident you won't want to miss the excitement surrounding the world's largest Photoshop, Lightroom® and photography training conference.

And if you're interested in upgrading your experience at Photoshop World, the following add-on options are available:


Get a Pro Pass and receive a ticket to the PSW After-Hours Party, as well as official Photoshop World Gear, including a NAPP backpack, badge holder, t-shirt and more.


Speed Pass

The PSW Speed Pass gives you access to up-front seating for the keynote and all general classes (excludes pre-con workshops and the closing ceremony).


PSW After-Hours Party Ticket

There's no better way to let loose, unwind, and relax after a busy day of learning than by joining fellow conference attendees and instructors at the Photoshop World After-Hours Party.

Additionally, we've confirmed the following pre-conference workshops for next year's Photoshop World:


NAPP Photo Safari with Moose Peterson & Joe McNally $299

On Location Wedding Photo Shoot with David Ziser $199

Photoshop for Beginners with Lesa Snider Early Bird $89/$99

Photoshop Channels & Masks with Deke McClelland Early Bird $89/$99

So if you're ready to commit to refining your skills and advancing your career, make sure to register for Photoshop World Orlando 2011. Online registration is now open, or feel free to call NAPP Customer Service at (800) 738-8513, M-F, 8:30 am - 7:00 pm EST.

And why not stay where the instructors stay? Now you can book your room at the Rosen Centre Hotel for the low Photoshop World rate of $145. Reserve your room today!

See you next year in Orlando!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Castle Craig Camera Club Photo Gallery Show

Castle Craig Camera Club

Visitors and New Members Welcome

~Special Event ~

Photo Gallery Show

At Southington Library

Month of October

Featuring photographic art by our members

For your viewing pleasure

Some photos for purchase


Come meet our Artists and enjoy some refreshments

Saturday, October 2

2:00 to 4:00

255 Main Street, Southington, CT. 06489

lensbaby event

Time Sunday, October 3 · 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location Hunt's Hadley 379 Russell St Hadley MA 01035 413-585-9430

If you're interested in getting out and taking some images with an interesting optic  come down and join us.

The folks from Digital Photo Academy will be coming out with a Lens Baby for each participant. We'll meet at the store, watch a slide show, get some tips, descend onto the streets of Northampton for some shooting time then reconvene at the store for a critique. The important thing is you must sign up at

so they will will be able to bring a lens for you.