Friday, March 30, 2012

Save up to 50% on top Corel products

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The Secrets to Compelling Black and White Portraits

The Secrets to Compelling Black and White Portraits

By Tiffany Mueller

Black and white photographs can portray a higher level of timelessness than color images. The lack of color also gives us a better sense of the time and mood behind a portrait. Because of these characteristics, black and white photography has maintained a strong presence in portraiture. Since the eye perceives black and white photography differently than color photography, the process behind creating compelling black and white portraits is also a little different. Here are a few pointers to get you started:
Click Here: The Secrets to Compelling Black and White Portraits

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Seven Things I Wish I’d Have Known When I First Became A Photographer

a good reflection by Scott. I think #2 and #3 are especially good advice.

Seven Things I Wish I’d Have Known When I First Became A Photographer

by scottbourne
2. Understanding how your camera REALLY works, as in every button, every switch, every menu and sub menu and sub, sub menu, will save your bacon over and over and over. The camera needs to be an extension of your eye - not something that gets between you and your subject. Learn how to use your camera and stop changing systems so often in the great hope that the NEXT big thing will make you better. It won't. Learning how to get 100% out of what you have right now WILL!
3. Speaking of gear, focus as little as you can on gear and as much as you can on your subject, their story and how you're going to share it. The "hey you take good pictures - you must have a good camera" line gets old. I guarantee you that it's not the camera that makes the shot - it's the photographer. It took me a VERY long time to figure this out. As a geek and a tech head I kept jumping into the science side of photography and the gear and the gadgets thinking THAT would save me. It didn't. It sent me backwards. I now realize the gear is nothing more than the hammer looking for a naill.

Read the whole list here:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

21 Creatively Captured Moon Reflections in Water

21 Creatively Captured Moon Reflections in Water

Hovey Lake by ladyofthewings, on Flickr

Noches de luna llena en el Cap de Creus by Wiros, on Flickr

Click Here: 21 Creatively Captured Moon Reflections in Water

Moonlit Ball by mickyg9, on Flickr
See the rest here:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Identifying Non-White Egrets and Herons

Scott Simmons has an interesting nature photography Blog

Identifying Non-White Egrets and Herons

"In a previous post, we looked at how to tell the difference between the white-colored herons and egrets that you can find regularly in the U.S. In this post, I'd like to look at those that are not white. To save space, we'll consider the night herons and bitterns in future posts. With herons and egrets that are not white, your task to identify them is much simpler."

Check out his site for photos and information about identifying some herons and egret.

Identification Tips (taken from Scott's blog)

Under most conditions, these birds can readily be identified by their color, size and shape. I have red-green color blindness, though, so sometimes I can't use color to distinguish between them. And I suspect that even those with normal vision can be fooled under difficult lighting conditions. For instance, a Reddish Egret may appear to be white or grey over distances and in poor lighting. So here are some checks I use to confirm my initial identifications of these herons/egrets:
  • Look for white on the belly or under the wings in flight. If you see that, you're looking at a Tricolored Heron.
  • Look for its behavior--the Reddish Egret's "canopy feeding" style can help tell it apart. (Lisa's note, I can remember looking up this bird in Sibley and identifying the reddish egret in this manner at Chincoteague many years ago)
  • Compare the bird to other nearby birds that you can identify. A Little Blue Heron will look smaller next to a Great Blue Heron than will a Reddish Egret.
  • Look at structure--that is, the form of a bird. Tricolored Herons look more slender than other herons. Green Herons have shorter legs.
  • Look for a two-toned bill, which can point you to a Reddish Egret, Little Blue Heron or Tricolored Heron. And if you can see the color of the bill, even better--a pinkish bill will distinguish a Reddish Egret from the more blue-grey looking bill of the Little Blue Heron.

Identifying White Egrets and Herons

Identifying White Egrets and Herons
from Scott Simmons' Nature Blog

He describes and displays images of the three standard "white egrets", but more importantly he discusses "other white herons and egrets": Little Blue Herons are all white when they are immature, and both Great Blue Herons and Reddish Egrets have white "morphs" that appear in Florida.

Personally I can easily identify the immature little blue herons (and we saw hundreds of them this year in Florida), but I forget to look for the white great blue heron (dark beak and grey legs versus the great egret who has a yellow beak and black legs). I am not sure that I have evern identified a white morph reddish egret...Lisa

"I became interested in birding and bird photography largely because of the beauty of herons and egrets, or what is known as the family Ardeidae (herons, egrets and bitterns). Herons and egrets are not biologically distinct from each other; an egret is basically a heron with pretty breeding plumage pretty--pretty enough that they were hunted to near extinction in order to make feather hats in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Of the species of Ardeidae commonly found in the United States, there are three species of Egret that are typically white in color as adults. I thought it would be helpful to show pictures of all three to help you distinguish between them.

see the photos and descriptions here:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Kinds of Bird Photography

Kinds of Bird Photography

"Although I deeply enjoy birding, I still consider myself first and foremost a photographer. As a birder, I want to find and enjoy new birds, observe their behavior, and document what I see on As a photographer, I want to find the birds in good light and a pleasing background, and above all I want to come home with good photographs. At the same time, I've noticed that the more I've come to enjoy birding, my photographic goals have changed and expanded as well. In a very real sense, the more I know about birds and birding, the more challenging and rewarding photography has become for me. I'm no longer fully satisfied if I come home with pretty pictures of pretty birds. Of course, I want that, but now I want more too. I want to come home with photos of birds that express something about who they are and how they behave. I want my photographs to be interpretive of the birds, their behavior and their environment. So I'm now convinced that the more I become skilled as a birder, I will also become a better photographer of birds. I now take photos of birds for four different purposes. I think of them as levels of photographs; there's a great deal of overlap here, and in fact it would be good to think of this as a continuum, and higher levels may include everything in the levels below them."

Frogs: It's Not Easy Being Green

found this great photography blog...
Frogs: It's Not Easy Being Green

as a fellow frog lover I found this post especially interesting, cool to see nature in action...

"I love frogs. I think they're amazing creatures; but as I think about it, they really have a tough life. I mean, everything's after them. Under the water, large fish would love to gobble them up. Above the water, they're a tasty morsel for herons and egrets, and even little Pied-Billed Grebes. On the ground, they're a special treat for hawks, shrikes and snakes. How do they survive? So this post is about the plight of the frog, and the reality that "it's not easy being green."

Photo by Scott Simmons
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It's a Bird Eat Bug World

It's a Bird Eat Bug World
From Scott Simmons" One of my favorite things about bird photography is portraying bird behavior, and there's something fascinating about watching birds capture their food. It's even more fascinating if I can capture the bird actually eating its prey. I've had previous posts on birds eating fish. Today I'd like to show you birds eating bugs. I've realized that I don't have quite the variety of birds that I did for the others, so it looks like I have to give myself a project to capture more birds capturing insects. But here's what I have."

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Scott Simmons Tips on Composition


I've created a page here to group all my posts related to composition in one place. Unlike the exposure guide, this section is less dependent on the order you go through the posts. I'd recommend reading my introductory posts on composition first to orient you on how I'm covering the rest of the material, but I've arranged these posts topically under different aspects of what I'm loosely calling composition.


Composition--Introduces the basic concepts related to exposure: design, color, and focus.

Simplicity--Keep your composition simple.

Styles of Composition--we can think of composition as a continuum between two poles, based on the relationship between the foreground and background.

Visual Elements of Composition--learning to see a photograph when looking at a scene.


Arrangement--Compositional design begins with your arrangement of visual elements.

Balance--How is it that in some photographs all the elements just seem like they're in the right place?

Rule of Thirds, Part 1: Spaces--Here I introduce the concept of the rule of thirds and consider the spaces created by the grid.

Rule of Thirds, Part 2: Lines--Here I continue discussing the concept of the rule of thirds and consider the lines of the grid.

Rule of Thirds, Part 3: Points--Here I consider the points of intersection on the rule of thirds grid.

Rule of Thirds, Part 4: Breaking It--Here I look at good reasons to break the rule of thirds.

Lines--Here I consider the value of using lines to help compose your images.

Curves--Here I consider the value of designing compositions using curves.

Repetition--The value of repetition in your composition. The value of repetition in your composition.

Radial Patterns--The value of radial patterns, such as those found in flowers, in composition.

Framing--Setting depth or context for your photographs with framing.

Abstract Compositions--throw caution to the wind and go abstract.

Multiple Exposures--Film SLRs and some DSLRs

Texture--Making use of various textures in your compositions.

Horizons--How to keep the horizon level in your landscape photos.


Color or B&W--How to decide when to choose one over the other.

Basic Color Theory--learning to arrange colors in your compositions.

Getting the Most out of B&W.

Monochromatic Compositions--composing images using just one color.

Warm and Cool Compositions--learning to make the most out of the color temperature of your images.

White Balance--setting your camera to account for the differences in the color of light so you can correctly display the colors in your photograph.


Depth of Field--learning how to control how much of your photograph will be in focus.

Angle of View--learning how your angle viewing the subject can affect focus and depth of field.

Shooting at Eye Level--learning to get your camera to eye level on portraits.

Sharpness--learning what makes for blurry photographs and how to correct for those problems.

Selecting Focus--choosing what you want in and out of focus.

Panning--get moving objects sharp and create motion blur in stationary objects.

Soft Focus--choosing to have most if not all of your photograph less than sharp.
check out these links here:

Scott Simmons Tips on exposure


On this page I've organized my posts on exposure. I've started with the simplest, foundational elements of exposure and then built upon those elements to address the big picture of how to properly expose your images. Don't feel like you have to go through these in order. You can start where you think the holes in your knowledge are. I've made extensive use of hyperlinks here to other posts related that will explain terms and concepts. Feel free to click around and follow the trail of your curiosity.
Part I, Exposure Definitions

Exposure--This post defines exposure and summarizes the three exposure factors (aperture, shutter speed and ISO).

Stop--This post explains the concept of a "stop," or the way changes in the amount of light recorded by your camera's sensor is measured. If you're new to photography, this is a foundational concept that will help you make sense of the three exposure factors.

Shutter Speed--This post explains how changes in shutter speed can affect your photography.

Aperture--This post defines aperture and f/stop as well as the benefits of manually setting the aperture.

ISO--This post explains how you can use the ISO setting on your camera to take sharper pictures in low light situations.

Depth of Field--This post explains how you can control how much of your photograph is in focus.

Part II, Exposure Basics

Balancing Exposure--This post explains how to balance your shutter speed, aperture and ISO to gain the effects you want while maintaining proper exposure.

The Art of Compromise--this post explains how to work with your three exposure factors to help you compromise what you want less to get what you want most.

Using Your Histogram--This post explains how to use your histogram to ensure that you're getting proper exposure in your images.

Field Practices to Improve Exposure--This post explains how you can be aware of your surroundings and shoot to make the best of your environment.

Exposure Compensation--This post explains how to adjust the automatic exposure reading of your camera's light meter to get the camera to give you the results you want.

Natural Light--making the most of the way your scene is naturally lit.

RAW or JPEG--Which should you use? This post will help you find the answer.

Part III, Shooting Modes and Metering

Aperture Priority Mode--This is my default shooting mode. You pick the f/stop, the camera chooses an shutter speed. If you need to change it, use exposure compensation.

Shutter Priority Mode--Use this mode when you want to set your shutter speed and let the camera set the aperture.

Spot Metering--This post explains when and how to use your spot meter to ensure you get the exposure you want in tough situations.

Manual Mode--This post explains when using the Manual mode on your camera is the easiest and most reliable way of getting proper exposure.
read these posts here:

photography basics Scott Simmons

Getting Started

What is photography all about? What are you trying to accomplish with your photography? I want to be able to address these kinds of questions here without any real technical jargon related to exposure or composition. The posts below are organized with the beginning photographer in mind, so that you can start at the top and read the posts in order. I don't use any technical terms here except in parentheses, and whenever I do, those terms are linked to articles related to those terms so that you can jump ahead and find out what those terms mean if you like.

Part I, What's Photography all About?

Getting Started with Photography--This post simply introduces the concept of photography as a life-long learning process.

What Makes a Photograph--This post summarizes the three things that can make a photograph "good:" exposure, composition and interpretation.

Part II, Equipment



Mirror Lockup: When to use it

Spot Meter: When and how to use it.

Focus Modes. When to use the four focusing modes you have on your SLR

Selecting Focus Points. How to take control of how your camera autofocuses.


Lens Basics--A common sense guide for beginners on a budget

Lens Basics: Mid-Range Zooms

Lens Basics: Wide-Angle Zooms

Lens Basics: Telephoto Zooms and Primes

Lens Basics: Image Stabilization


The Tripod--This post explains why you need one. Yes you do; don't argue with me.

Filters (General)--This post helps you discern what filters you actually need for outdoor photography.

Circular Polarizer Filter--This filter is essential gear for outdoor photography. This post will teach you how to use it.

Cable Release--a must have for macro, landscape, and portrait photography.

Diffusers & Reflectors--a must for macro work.

You can view and read about all this here:

Saturday, March 24, 2012

How to Learn Adobe LightRoom

How to Learn Adobe LightRoom

Phil Steele's courses are always hugely popular and his latest one taking you through the exact steps that the pros use in Adobe LightRoom is no exception.

In this video series, learn how to:

Create Stunning Images

Get More Done in Less Time

Protect Your Copyrights

Never Lose Another Photo

Retouch Portraits Like a Pro

Create Instant Web Galleries

Remove Flaws and Defects

Share Photos Easily

Make Beautiful Slideshows

Check it out over at Steele Training

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Water Drop Refraction Class

Water Drop Refraction New Class!
Starting date: Apr 6, 2012 or May 4, 2012
Instructor: Ron Goldman Duration: 2 Weeks Cost: $99

If you love macro photography and have ever wanted to know how to capture a subject inside a water drop but have been unable to achieve the results you are after, then this class is for you! With the techniques taught in this class you will not only be able to create amazing images of subjects inside a single drop of water but also learn how to stack images with multiple drops as well as create some very cool abstracts using drops on glass.

This is a two week class so be prepared to hit the ground running because we will be covering a lot of information in a very short time!
There are some things you will need to have on hand before the class starts so you can immerse yourself into the wonderful world of water drops as soon as you read lesson 1:

A digital SLR with a true macro lens capable of at least 1:1 reproduction. If you have extension tubes, a bellows, or other methods of reaching even higher reproduction rates, even better!
A solid understanding of aperture and shutter speed and the ability to work in manual mode as well as using manual focus.

A good tripod and head are a necessity for all macro work and this class will be no exception. A shutter release or a self timer on your camera will help as well as using mirror lock up. If you are unfamiliar with these features, please read your camera manual and understand how they work before the class starts.

A "speedlite" type flash unit with the ability to fire it off camera while not an absolute necessity will really come in handy.

A syringe or eyedropper of some sort for placing drops. An 8x10 or larger piece of glass. One out of a picture frame works perfectly.

A variety of small subjects such as individual flower blossoms, colorful leaves, fruit, toys, just about anything you can think of that you would like to shoot.

8x10(smaller or larger is ok too!) prints of your own work for some of the images we will be shooting in the lessons.

If you have any questions on this equipment, feel free to email the instructor at and he will help you get everything together that you will need.

Instructor: Ron Goldman
Ron Goldman is a photographer living in Washington State. Capturing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest in photographs has always been one of Ron's passions. Whether outdoors with natural light or in his studio shooting with strobes, his strong sense of color comes through in all of his images.

Recent clients include Chef Magazine, Portland Menu Guide, Dealer Principal Magazine, Papa Haydn Restaurants and Microtrace Corporation. His stock images are represented by Super Stock, Acclaim Images, and Ad Stock Images. More of Ron's work can be seen here:

Rich Harrington shows you how to use perspective cropping in Photoshop.

Rich Harrington shows you how to use perspective cropping in Photoshop.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Connecticut Association of Photographers Denise Ippolito will present " Bloomin' Ideas"

on Saturday April 28th 2012 for our Spring Dinner and Seminar
Denise Ippolito will present " Bloomin' Ideas"

Hawthorne Inn 2421 Berlin Tpk Berlin, CT 06037 (860) 828-3571

Denise's one hour teaching program entitled “Bloomin’ Ideas” will cover the in-camera techniques that she uses to capture beautiful flower images: composition, depth-of-field and selective focus, the use of extension tubes and reflectors, and the use of natural light. You will learn to create impressionistic flower blurs by using your camera as your paintbrush. She will also go into detail explaining her creative processing and multiple filtering effects that she uses on a daily basis. You will be inspired to step out of the box and develop your creative vision and your own original works of art. If you love to photograph flowers this program is for you! Denise will also be leading workshops in Connecticut on April 28th & 29th

Connecticut Association of Photographers

The Connecticut Association of Photographers (CAP) is a state-wide organization for amateur photographers with both clubs and individuals as members. CAP has two meetings per year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. These meetings usually include dinner and a program, though other events may be substituted for one of the dinner meetings. CAP also sponsors field trips and competitions for members and member clubs. CAP sends out e-mails as needed to inform the membership of upcoming events or, on occasion, a newsletter, The CAPtion. Members can receive the newsletter when published either by e-mail or by traditional postal service. Copies of previous newsletters can be downloaded from the Newsletter section of this web site. CAP is a member of the New England Camera Club Council. Annual membership dues in CAP are $8.00 per year and include all e-mail notifications and any issues of The CAPtion if they are published. Website:
Denise Ippolito

I am a freelance photographer, artist and writer living in NJ. I am also a moderator for Bird Photographers.Net, an online photography site. My best selling eBook “A Guide to Creative Filters and Effects” is an expression of art and nature. I have co-led several BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tours with Arthur Morris, a Canon Explorer of Light. He is a world renowned bird photographer and teacher. I now offer on-line courses as well as workshops featuring avian, macro and HDR photography. I have received an honorable mention in the highly regarded Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice competition 2010 in the Creative Digital Category.

I’m pleased to say that I have just finished my latest e-book, “Bloomin’ Ideas”. In “Bloomin’ Ideas” I present an overview of the in-the-field and post-processing techniques that I have used and developed over the past few years to make my flower images special. This eBook features 55 all-new photographs. Though some of the topics have been covered previously in either “The Softer Side of Macro” or “A Guide to Creative Filters and Effects,” this eBook represents the first time that they are available in a single package. Those who love photographing flowers as much as I do will want to get their copy as soon as possible.

April 28th 2012 -- Denise Ippolito's "Bloomin' Ideas" -- Registration Form
You must be a CAP member to attend, not a member? Join today! CAP dues (new members only) $8 ___
Please note this is a dinner meeting, you cannot attend just the program without dinner

The Registration deadline is April 20th

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

blur-on-line-course -- Creating Pleasing Blurs by denise ippolito

A CREATIVE ADVENTURE photography by denise ippolito



Creating Pleasing Blurs by denise ippolito
This course covers the basics of creating pleasingly blurred images, the factors that influence the degree of blurring and a variety of both in-the-field and Photoshop techniques

that can be used to create pleasingly blurred images. I will teach you many creative ways to move your lens during the exposure to create a variety of artistic blurred images of flowers, trees, water, birds and landscapes. I will teach you to recognize situations where subject movement can be used to your advantage. You will learn how shutter speed affects the degree of blurring and how to control the amount of blur.
Today we live in the digital world and creating pleasingly blurred images is a great way to express your creative side. Join me for this online course and unleash the artist in you.

How does this course work? Each week you will be sent a PDF of information outlining your assignments along with all the information you will need to complete the weekly assignment. At the end of the week you will submit images for critique to the instructor. Your instructor (in this case Denise) will critique the images and give you her thoughts and suggestions for improvement. You will then move on to the next step. Due to schedules and time constraints students will be asked to complete the weekly assignment in a timely manner.

4 WEEK COURSE $179.00

What This Course Covers:

Week 1: What key elements are needed to create pleasing blurs.

In this week we will cover the fundamentals of blurs. We will go over aperture, shutter speed, lighting conditions and tripod use. We will also go over what you should look for in the field and what conditions are best for blurred images. An outline of equipment that can be helpful but not necessarily needed. We will get started creating just the right amount of blur. Learning to control the amount of blur will be paramount.

Week 2: Getting started.

For this week we will cover camera movement and start to get more creative with our images. Lots of different camera movements to go over and try. It should be a fun week! We will cover tips and tricks for capturing flocks of birds as well as groups of flowers. Camera settings, lighting and composition will all be covered this week also.
Week 3:Movement:

Zoom Blurs, Panning Blurs and Motion Blurs will be our focus for this week. There are lots of different motion blurs including water and wind blurs. We will be covering all of the above during this week..

Week 4: Fine tuning Your Blurs.

This week we will cover processing your blurs with the help of Photoshop. Cropping and sharpening as well as noise reduction. Adding more drama to your blurs in Photoshop. How to create a zoom blur in  hotoshop. Detailed critiquing of your images from the week.

Recommended Gear:

A digital DSLR camera
Zoom lens (you can still take this course with out one)
Photoshop Elements or CS. (It is not required but it can be helpful in the processing)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Webinar -- Passport & ColorMunki Photo - Get Prints That Match Your Display!

Passport & ColorMunki Photo - Get Prints That Match Your Display!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Hunts Photo & Video presents a webinar on color management. Learn how to get colors from your prints that match what you see on your screen through simple steps using the Colormunki. You will get an understanding on how to create a custom camera profile using the Colorcheckr passport. Simple easy steps that make color accurate from capture to print!

Photography After Dark course

Photography After Dark

Starting date:

Select - Apr 6, 2012 or May 4, 2012
Instructors: Kevin Adams/Donna Eaton Duration: 4 Weeks Cost: US$195

What is there to shoot at night? Kevin Adams, your lead instructor for this class, was surprised recently when a photographer asked this question. Asking what is there to shoot at night is like asking what is there to shoot during the day. The answer, of course, is everything! And while we can't include EVERYTHING in this course, we make sure to cover the good stuff. You'll learn how to capture images ranging from quintessential city skylines and star trails to wildly creative compositions that you'd never dream of.

Photographing at night is different from most types of photography, not just because of the light, but also because you need to previsualize many of your images for the best results. You need to learn ahead of time the best times, locations, and weather conditions, and you need to understand how the myriad kinds lighting affect a scene. We'll teach you how to do this in a lively upbeat manner that will have you eagerly waiting for the sun to go down.

Each week we'll explore a particular aspect of night photography. The lessons include detailed information about capturing the images, but just as importantly, we'll cover techniques for post processing. Oftentimes, the best night photographs require shooting multiple exposures and blending them in the computer. This can be intimidating, but don't worry; we'll make it painless for you.

We do need to warn you about something before you sign up. After you learn about all the exciting things you can do with your camera at night, you won't be getting much sleep from that point forward. Just make sure to warn your significant other that you might be a little cranky from then on!

Course Outline:
Lesson 1: Skylines & Cityscapes
  • Add pizzazz to the clichéd image of a city skyline set against the twilight sky.
  • Shoot compelling café and street scenes.
  • Use streetlights and storefront lights as your "natural" lighting.
  • Learn the best times and weather conditions. (Hint: A cloudy sky can be a GOOD thing. So can rain.)
  • Isolate architectural and lighting elements.
  • Use people for seasoning.
 Lesson 2: Light Painting (Illuminating an object with light)
  • Investigate the numerous devices you can use for light painting. (Hint: You already have a very expensive light-painting device parked in your driveway and a very cheap one in your kitchen drawer.)
  • Use light painting to illuminate everything from mushrooms to waterfalls to your lawn mower.
  • Control the color of the light with inexpensive gels.
Lesson 3: Light Streaks (Using moving light as the subject)

  •  Accentuate your compositions with the moving lights from planes, trains, and automobiles (and boats, bicycles, and boomerangs!)
  • Be the star of your creations by strapping lights to your body and "writing" your own compositions.
  • Create a "light-painting announcement" by shining lights into the camera and spelling out a message.
  • Take a trip on the wild side with "drive-by shootings."
Lesson 4: Night Sky
  • Capture the quintessential night-sky image: Star trails. (But we're going to do it with STYLE!)
  • Photograph the night sky full of stars just as we see it with our eyes—except better.
  • Incorporate Venus, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and Mercury as accentuating elements in your compositions.
  • Become a lunatic. Make the moon your friend.
  • Learn how easy it is to photograph meteors.
Course Requirement:
Students need a digital camera that has full manual control of exposure settings and a "bulb" setting to allow shutter speeds of any duration. If the camera does not have the functionality for timed exposures longer than 30 seconds, you also need a dedicated interval timer. Students should have a good working knowledge of setting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. A tripod is a must. For processing multiple exposure photos, you need a software program that works with layers, such as Photoshop. For light painting, you need an LED flashlight and a Rosco gel sample book. You should wait to purchase other gear until AFTER taking the course so you can make the best decisions based on your shooting preferences.

Sign up here:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Photographing a Sky Full of Stars

Photographing a Sky Full of Stars

by Kevin Adams

Many photographers, especially those who started out with film, don't realize just how easy it is to photograph the night sky. I remember well all those clear nights spent outdoors when I was shooting film. I'd gaze up at the night sky in awe of the view, but irritated that I could not photograph it. Sure, I could shoot star trails, but what I really wanted to do was take a picture of the sky full of stars as pinpoints of light, just like I saw with my eyes. If I tried shooting at ISOs of 1600 or higher with film, all I'd get is a bunch of grain. And when I first started shooting digitally, all the noise made the image look terrible. But with today's digital cameras and their low-noise sensors, we are finally was able to capture those awe-inspiring skies. We can have our night sky and photograph it, too!

Read the entire article here, along with some of his great night photos!


Saturday, March 17, 2012


A Global Community Connected by a Charismatic Species

OspreyWatch is a global community of observers focused on breeding osprey. The observers are linked by an interest in osprey, concern for the health of aquatic environments, and data submitted to a repository through the OspreyWatch website. The mission of OspreyWatch is to collect information on a large enough spatial scale to be useful in addressing three of the most pressing issues facing aquatic ecosystems including global climate change, depletion of fish stocks, and environmental contaminants.
Osprey are one of very few truly global sentinels for aquatic health. They feed almost exclusively on live fish throughout their entire life cycle. They are a top consumer within aquatic ecosystems and are very sensitive to both overfishing and environmental contaminants. Nearly all populations breed in the northern latitudes and winter in the southern latitudes, effectively linking the aquatic health of the hemispheres. Their breeding season in the north is highly seasonal making them an effective barometer of climate change.

31 Amazing Abstract Images

31 Amazing Abstract Images

Opportunities for Abstract images are all around you. Here’s 31 examples to give you a little inspiration.
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Flowers Blooming


A Thorough Guide to Lightroom Catalog Management

A Thorough Guide to Lightroom Catalog Management   

"If you’re familiar with Adobe’s popular Lightroom software, you have probably heard all of the talk about catalogs. Catalogs are Lightroom’s system for storing image edit data. Different photographers have different approaches to managing their photo libraries, and the talk about catalogs is a highly debated one. Today, we are going to take a look at the options of using multiple or single catalogs"

Read the whole article here:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Join CAP and Denise Ippolito's for two fun workshops!

Join us (the Connecticut Association of Photographers) before and/or after

Denise Ippolito's Bloomin' Ideas Dinner Program for two fun workshops!

To sign up for one or both workshops go to the CAP website:

Join Denise Ippolito for a fun and creative morning at beautiful Elizabeth Park in Hartford Connecticut. We will explore many creative options with our flower images including pleasing blurs, unique compositions, soft focus and more. Many of the techniques that I talk about Saturday night at my Bloomin’ Ideas lecture will be covered in the morning shoot. Folks are welcome to stay the day at the gardens and photograph till their heart is content or their memory cards are filled¬, whichever comes first.

Join Denise Ippolito on Saturday April 28th for a morning of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography! Together we will explore this architectural gem. Denise will be giving instruction on the importance of proper HDR exposure, as well as image design and composition. Learning to see in a creative way will be paramount. CAP members Lisa and Tom Cuchara will assisting Denise and they will also be available for questions related to proper HDR exposure, reading histograms, etc. View some of Denise's HDR here
Folks will learn a variety of techniques for solid HDR photography as well as thoughtful compositions. This is such a beautiful, complex campus filled with an assortment of interesting photo opportunities. Bring a sturdy tripod and an assortment of lenses. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested

What is HDR?

According to "HDR imaging is a set of techniques that allows a far greater dynamic range of exposures than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to the deepest shadows. This is usually achieved by modifying photos with image processing software for tone-mapping."

Please note that you must be a CAP member to attend these workshops. CAP dues is just $8 for the year!

The Connecticut Association of Photographers (CAP) is a state-wide organization for amateur photographers with both clubs and individuals as members. CAP has two meetings per year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. These meetings usually include dinner and a program, though other events may be substituted for one of the dinner meetings. CAP also sponsors field trips and competitions for members and member clubs. CAP sends out e-mails as needed to inform the membership of upcoming events or, on occasion, a newsletter, The CAPtion. Members can receive the newsletter when published either by e-mail or by traditional postal service. Copies of previous newsletters can be downloaded from the Newsletter section of this web site. CAP is a member of the New England Camera Club Council. Annual membership dues in CAP are $8.00 per year and include all e-mail notifications and any issues of The CAPtion if they are published. Website:

New Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing

New Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing

New Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing

Renowned digital photography author Rob Sheppard shows photographers how to get the most out of their Epson printing equipment. He outlines the most efficient workflow, provides printing tips and techniques, and suggests a wealth of other methods that go far beyond the basics. How-tos for handling the most up-to-date technologies, step-by-step tips, and practical, proven real-world strategies that Rob has learned from experience will help photographers the produce top-quality prints they want…right at home.
Rob Sheppard is a long-time photographer, respected writer, internationally known speaker and workshop leader, and was the long-time editor of the prestigious Outdoor Photographer magazine. He was also one of the principals who started Digital Photo (formerly PCPhoto) magazine over a decade ago to bring the digital world to photographers on their terms. Rob has served as the group editorial director of all Werner Publication photo magazines (Digital Photo, Outdoor Photographer, and Digital Photo Pro) and has written hundreds of articles about photography and nature, plus a wide range of books. His photography has been published in many magazines, ranging from National Geographic to The Farmer to, of course, Outdoor Photographer and Digital Photo. His website for photo tips, plus workshop and book information, is at He is a regular contributor to

For a review see here:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Single Image HDR Effects with Topaz Adjust and Topaz B&W Effects

Single Image HDR Effects with Topaz Adjust and Topaz B&W Effects

Topaz Adjust and B and W Effects both utilize adaptive exposure technology that helps create HDR effects using only a single image. Join Nichole Paschal as she explores the benefits and uses of adaptive exposure, and demonstrates several workflows to create both mild and strong HDR effects with one image.

Single Image HDR Effects with Topaz Adjust and Topaz B&W Effects

Monday, March 12, 2012

From Waterfall To Lavafall: Yosemite's Fleeting Phenomenon

From Waterfall To Lavafall: Yosemite's Fleeting Phenomenon

If you head to Yosemite National Park this time of year and stop by Horsetail Fall at just the right time, you might see something spectacular: As the sun sinks low in the sky, the waterfall glows with streaks of gold and yellow — and it looks just like molten lava.
Photographers like Michael Frye flock to the park every February to try to capture the phenomenon. Frye, author of The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite, describes the sight to NPR's Audie Cornish.

Read the whole article and listen to the NPR story here:

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lightroom 4.0 Resources

Lightroom 4.0 Resources

Lightroom 4 is out and we’re compiling a list of online resources dedicated to educating photographers on Lightroom 4. Adobe maintains an official YouTube channel with many great videos and tutorials, but its often helpful to get additional perspectives. Please submit additional content through the comments section and we’ll add them to the list.

Get Started with Julieanne Kost’s video tutorial series

What’s new in Lightroom 4 Video by Laura Shoe

Lightroom Queen’s “What’s new in Lightroom 4″

Jeffrey Friedl’s take on Lightroom 4.0

Photoshop Cafe Lightroom 4 Review

Comprehensive Lightroom 4 video by Photoshop Cafe (10 hours of video!)

Lightroom Secrets

Lightroom Killer

Lightroom – Book making in Lightroom 4

Video2Brain Lightroom 4 Workshop Videos

Lightroom Secrets’ New DNG Options

Video on using the Fader Plugin in Lightroom 4 (utilizes a 3rd party plugin)

Jan Kabili demonstrating the new Develop Module controls on The Photography Show podcast



Saturday, April 28, 2012, 8:00 AM

Charles River Park
Soldiers Field Road at Everett St., Allston, MA
42.364740 -71.135410

Price: $125.00/per person


The Boston Camera Club in association with The Canadian Association of Photographic Art (“CAPA”) is pleased to offer an exciting new course that will teach you how to look at an image, comment on its strengths and opportunities, and how to correctly score it at Club or other Competitions.

You will quickly learn how to:

Identify The Strengths and weaknesses in a photograph

See the message the photographer intends

Spot the criteria that makes a photograph great

Understand the Techniques used to create the image

Set aside your own personal bias when evaluating

Apply a fair and impartial score to an image

Understand what judges look for in your photography

Discover new rules for evaluating photography

Know why it's ok to break rules for great photography

This course, hosted by the Boston Camera Club, will be presented at Charles River Park, in Boston on Saturday April 28th, 2012 from 8 AM to 5 PM. Included in the price of the course is a 100+ page binder to use as a reference guide, a continental style breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The all-inclusive price is $125. The minimum number of participants for the course to be held is 35 – with a maximum of 50.

Our speaker will be Allen Bargen of Vancouver Canada.

Allen is the Past President of CAPA and holds several major CAPA distinctions including their highesthonor for photographic achievement, FCAPA. He is the Chair of CAPA Learning Courses. Allen is a CAPACertified Judge, and teaches their new Judging Course in cities across Canada and abroad.
This new and very successful course has been presented to more than 1,000 camera club members in Canada, and the United States who seek to understand what judges look for in photographs, as well as photographers who may not want to be judges but who want to learn how to take better images.

For more information about the course and registration, please contact Henry Winkleman at

Saturday, March 10, 2012



a photo exhibit and sale

March 1 - 23

Photographic Expo 2012 provides an opportunity for all photographers to have their work displayed in the Center for the Arts. Prizes are awarded in each category. Our walls are full of fabulous photos! Stop by and view the exhibit during the following hours:

Viewing and Sale hours: Wed. - Fri. 10 AM - 5 PM

Reception and Awards: March 23, 6:30 PM

Center for the Arts

40 Railroad Ave South
Milford, CT 06460

Lightroom 4

Lightroom 4
Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 software provides a comprehensive set of digital photography tools, from powerfully simple one-click adjustments to cutting-edge advanced controls. Create images that inspire, inform, and delight.
$149 full version
$79 upgrade price
15% off for NAPP members
(You can upgrade from ANT version of Lightroom to Lightroom 4)
Get free shipping on Lightroom. Offer ends March 31, 2012.

15% off Adobe products

Proud NAPP Member

•Laura Shoe has a post and short video available at  Be sure to check out her newest training DVD. It’s fantastic!

•Victoria Bampton (a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen) talks about Lightroom 4.0 at

•Matt Kloskowski answers your Lightroom 4.0 questions at

The National Cherry Blossom Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is DC’s signature springtime event. The 2012 Festival is March 20 - April 27, and features daily cultural performances, sporting events, arts & crafts, demonstrations and other special events. The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the citizens of the United States and Japan. For schedules and information visit or call the Festival hotline at (877) 44BLOOM.

Through a collaborative effort by Washington Photo Safari and FotoWeekDC, you can now win a $500 prize or a weekend stay at the Renaissance Hotel in DC for a REALLY good picture of the blossoms by entering the new Cherry Blossom Photo Contest sponsored by FotoWeekDC as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. They will even accept photos from a previous year if you want to enter before the March 15 early-bird deadline. Check out the details at

Friday, March 9, 2012

Macro March Madness

Macro March Madness

Macro March Madness

Featured Products

Mike Moats Macro Light Control Kit
Mike Moats Macro Light Control Kit

$54.95Mike Moats Macro Light Control Kit

Control your light like a pro with this money-saving kit. Includes: FMS Clamp, 12” Diffuser, 12” silver/gold reflector and Mike’s ebook Finding Character in Nature.

Mike Moats Vanguard Macro Kit

Mike Moats Vanguard Macro Kit

$199.95Mike Moats Vanguard Macro Kit

Get started in macro and save with this great kit. Includes: tripod with multi-angle column, ballhead and Mike’s ebook “Guide to Macro Composition”. Use code MOATS to bring the price down to $199.95!

Sirui G20 Ballhead

Sirui G20 Ballhead

$99.95Sirui G-20 Ballhead

This quality ballhead has separate pan, tilt & tension knobs, and holds 44 lbs. It features an Arca-Swiss quick release clamp & even includes the plate. Another great value from Sirui.

Sirui Travel Tripod

Sirui Travel Tripod

$129.95Sirui Travel Tripods

This little tripod packs a punch for the price! Folds to 11.8”, extends to 54.6”, weighs just 2.2 lbs but holds 8.4 lbs! Arca-swiss ballhead, plate and carry bag included! Unbelievable value and quality.

Gerber STEADY Tripod Multi-tool

Gerber STEADY Tripod Multi-tool
$49.99Gerber Steady Multi-Tool

Gerber’s new multi-tool has a tripod mount and a smart phone mount in addition to 12 fold out tools. A great addition to any camera bag!



$79.95Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0

View your LCD accurately & glare-free in the field. You’ll wonder how you ever did without it! Built-in diopter and handy lanyard included.

FMS Field Macro Support System

FMS Field Macro Support System

$29.95FMS Field Macro Support System

Hold flowers, reflectors and diffusers without being anchored to your tripod. This clamp system has a stake, so you can set up your shot, them move around for different angles. Great for macro!

New Gitzo Tripods

New Gitzo Tripods

$899.00 and upNew Gitzo Tripods

Check out Gitzo’s new high end tripods with new features and added strength, including a completly redesigned chasis.

Hoodman Lens Cleanse

Hoodman Lens Cleanse

$.99 and upLens Cleanse

Organic enzymes power clean and protect your lenses. Each packet has a wet and a dry cloth for a complete clean. Single packs and money saving 12 packs available.

New DLC LED Lights

New DLC LED Lights

$79.95 and upNew DLC LED Lights
From bright 112 LED lights, to variable color temp lights, to speedlight attached lights, we have a slew of new LED lights for macro and for video. Check ‘em out!

very good primer on macro

Thanks Gary for passing this along!

Check this out....very good primer on macro, especially the composition end of the image...



a photo exhibit & sale

March 1 - 23

Photographic Expo 2012 provides an opportunity for all photographers to have their work displayed in the Center for the Arts. Prizes are awarded in each category. Our walls are full of fabulous photos! Stop by and view the exhibit during the following hours:

Viewing & Sale hours: Wed. - Fri. 10 AM - 5 PM

Reception & Awards: March 23, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tim Grey Lightroom 4 Presentations at Adorama

Tim Grey Lightroom 4 Presentations at Adorama

This Sunday and Monday I'll be presenting Lightroom 4 at Adorama in New York City. These presentations will be on Sunday, March 11th, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, and again on Monday, March 12th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. These presentations are sponsored by Adobe, and there will be prizes given away.

There is a $25 charge for these presentations at Adorama, but when you attend you will receive a $25 Adorama gift certificate, so they are essentially free. And you'll also get a coupon goof ro 15% off the full version of Lightroom 4.

You can get more information, or register for one of these presentations, on the Adorama website here:

15 Tips for Low Light Landscape Photography

15 Tips for Low Light Landscape Photography

Capturing scenes in low light remains one of the most challenging aspects of photography, yet the results when executed well can be truly captivating. Whether it’s an energetic cityscape or ethereal seascape the possibilities are endless. Here are a few essentials points to consider before you begin.

Photo Tradeshow Sunday, March 11 Hartford/Windsor Marriott Windsor, CT

So today's news is about the tradeshow that co-chairs Richard Esposito and Eric Foley have been working hard to bring to you. The CTPPA tradeshow features vendors who support the CTPPA either all year long as a sustaining member or during our convention by being part of our tradeshow. This year make sure that you join us on Sunday, March 11, 2012 from 11 am until 3 pm. The tradeshow is open to everyone. Hope to see you at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport 28 DayHill Road Windsor, CT.
A Different Kind of Tradeshow

You probably think that one tradeshow is the same as others...but CTPPA's tradeshow has some suprises in store for you....Co-Chairs Richard Esposito and Eric Foley have put together quite a cozy and intimate tradeshow that will be both fun and beneficial to the photographic community. To start the fun, they have packed the room with the best of the best! With vendors like Sony, Kubota Image Tools, AsukaBook, Century Color Labs, Pexagon Tech, CHH Engraving, Lenzart, Lens Pro to Go, E. P. Levine and Nik Filters to name a few, you will be sure to find what need to enhance your business and make your photography shine. Make sure you visit each vendor, introduce yourself and create a lifelong business partner.

Hang out in the fabulous tradeshow lounge and discuss the latest photography trends or just show everyone the fabulous items you just bought. It's going to be the place to be on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

The tradeshow and programs on Sunday are open to photographers and aspiring photographers, members and guests. Please make sure that you tell a friend to come and join us at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport. We can't wait to see you!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Why Birds Are a Photography Favourite

Why Birds Are a Photography Favourite

Bird Photography Links

Shoot Now, Focus Later: A Little Camera To Change The Game

Shoot Now, Focus Later: A Little Camera To Change The Game

Just when you thought you had the latest in camera technology, along comes something new and shiny and ... rectangular.

Claire O'Neill/NPR

The Lytro we received to demo is about four inches long. It's called the Lytro, and it uses something called "light field technology." In short: You shoot now and focus later.

NPR's resident photo expert, Keith Jenkins, explains: In a nutshell, he says, this camera captures not only the color and the intensity of light — which is what normal cameras do — but also the direction of that light — from every possible angle. Still confused? We are, too.
The best analogy came from Lytro CEO Ren Ng, who made a musical analogy. Let's say you like a band, and they're great live. But say you want to record them. You generally don't just stick a mic in the middle of the room and hope for the best. You record each band member — and sometimes even their instruments — separately in a studio. That way, when you're mixing it all together, you can control every element.
So think of the live band as a point-and-shoot camera on automatic and the studio recording as the Lytro.

read the rest -- and try it out, refocus their examples after the fact...

Sunday, March 4, 2012


11 am to 3 pm

Bob Davis - Sunday March 11
                                                                                                Image by Edward Weiland

CTPPA Convention
Marriott Hartford/Windsor Airport
Windsor, Conn.

Bob Davis - Program I
8:30 - 10:30  AM

Live Shoot!  Bring your camera
Bob Davis Barr

Bob Davis - Program II

3:15 - 6:30 PM
What the Flash! (WTF)
Bob Davis Wedding  
register now       
Download Registration Page here    

11 am to 3 pm 

Dan Tual, Registration Chair
203-321-8300 (W)
203-550-1798 (C)

Visual storyteller and celebrity photojournalist, Bob Davis has over 25 years of experience as a professional photographer. 

As a Canon Explorer of Light, Bob has been chosen as one of an elite group of 60 photographers representing Canon and united by a passion for photographic excellence. 

Bob's work has been featured in publications such as O Magazine, Time, People, OK, Rangefinder, and a variety of other digital photography resources. His clients include Oprah Winfrey, Selma Hayek, and Eva Longoria Parker.

More information on Bob's distinguished career as well as extensive examples of Bob's photography can be found at

The latest book by Bob Davis
"Gorgeously written and lavishly illustrated - highly recommended!"
Bob Davis book cover
Buy the book online and bring it with you so Bob can sign your copy!