Friday, August 31, 2012

Mike Moats THREE Day Macro Photography Workshop in, Woodbridge, New Jersey

Mike Moats 

NEW! Three Day Macro Photography Workshop in, Woodbridge, New Jersey

NEW! Three Day Macro Photography Workshop in Woodbridge, New Jersey
Hampton Inn370 Route 9 North
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Date and time,
October 26th 5:00pm – 8:00pm
October 27th 9:00am – 5:00pm
October 28th 9:00am – 2:00pm

Covered in this workshop,
The Best, Cameras / Lenses / Tripods / Heads / Lensbaby / Accessories, for Macro
Controlling light with diffusers and reflectors, and LED lights / working with natural lighting

Camera functions for Macro
How to control depth of field with f/stops / macro and ISO / focus stacking with Helicon Focus

Learn how to compose properly / finding character in nature / elements of design / textures
contrast / lines / light / visual weight / learning to work camera angles for blurred backgrounds
Shooting through subjects / shooting flowers in dewdrops / What not to do when composing

Finding Subjects
Learn when, where, and how when looking for subjects through out the four seasons.
How to shooting macro indoors.

Post Processing
Learn how process image with photoshop
Enhancing images using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro / Viveza 2
Learn what images sell best and win in photo contests.
Understanding what people think when viewing your images.
Macro on the internet.
Four hours of shooting time in the classroom.

Cost only $169



I would like to introduce myself, I am Mike Moats, an award winning, professional Nature Photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. I started shooting as a hobby in 2001 and it quickly grew into a full time business. To date I’ve had articles and images published in, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, PC Photo Magazine, Natures Best Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Photolife, Whisper In The Woods,Michigan Game Finder, NANPA’s Expressions Books, Pure Michigan Book, Fujifilms Newsletter (Cable Release) and Tamron’s “Angle of View” Blog. I’m proud to have won numerous local and international awards, and in 2006 was asked to join the Fuji Pro Talent Team and in 2009 was added to the Tamron Lenses website as one of their ”Macro Masters”. In 2006 I started offering Close-Up/Macro Photography Workshops. I am a moderator of the macro gallery at My first book was released in October 2008 and is called Tiny Landscapes. This book is a how-to book for macro photography in nature. Its sold at I am now offering personal one on one online macro workshops, and have released five e-Books, see info below. You can view and order my prints at Email,

I offer a three day Macro Boot Camp, which teaches everything you need to know to be a successful macro photographer. Go to my website and click on the Macro Boot Camp link for more info.

I am now offering how-to macro webinars, click on the webinars link at the top of this page to see more info about this great way of teaching.

Check out Mike’s new Macro Nature Forum, where macro photographers can post their images, engage in discussion about macro topics, and contests.

great moon images, as well as some of the technical details behind how they were captured

Moon – Light Stalkings very own @astaroth shares a post here that includes some really great moon images, as well as some of the technical details behind how they were captured. This insightful piece is really interesting to see and read, and is very well put together and presented.


How to use the histogram to get a better exposure

A good article for novices and a good review for experts, 

How to use the histogram to get a better exposure

A good rule of thumb is to get the histogram as close to the right as possible, without actually touching the right side... 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tips for photographing shorebirds

Tips for photographing shorebirds

Shorebirds can be both very rewarding and very challenging to photograph. To start with, their environment is often muddy, sandy, salty, or a combination of all three. Add to that, shorebirds are usually very timid and you rarely have much cover to hide behind, making for a very challenging subject. But when you get home tired, with wet clothes and sand in your shoes, with a big cheesy grin on your face because you know you just got some great shots, you know it was all worthwhile. Now, let’s take a look at some of the key aspects of taking photographs of shorebirds… 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

10 Tips for Photographing Classic Cars

10 Tips for Photographing Classic Cars – this is a great list of tips and tricks for photographing cars, now that the season is truly upon us. Rod Arroyo delivers a brief but totally comprehensive list of considerations and concepts to employ when shooting this type of photography, well worth the time to visit.

Click Here: 89 Photography Links That Drip With Awesome

Tribute in Light Sept 11 2012

Tribute in Light was first presented on March 11, 2002, six months after the attacks, and MAS has presented it annually since. Comprising eighty-eight 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs positioned into two 48-foot squares that echo the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers, Tribute in Light is assembled each year on a roof near the World Trade Center site. The illuminated memorial reaches 4 miles into the sky and is the strongest shaft of light ever projected from earth into the night sky.

There is a meetup group going from Union Station in New Haven

  • September 11, 2012 marks the 11th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Each year since that tragic day, The Municipal Art Society of New York presents a moving tribute in blue lights that reaches 4 miles into the sky. The lights are on from dusk on September 11 to dawn the following day. If anyone is interested, we could setup car pools. Last year i took my own car, parked at the Brooklyn Bridge then drove to New Jersey. I was able to get two views of the lights. If we can get a decent group together and surround the lights, we could get some awesome perspectives.

See this list of great Viewing Locations.

Tribute in Light can be seen from many points across the New York metropolitan area. Some excellent public viewing locations include:


  • Washington Square Park
  • Union Square Park
  • Empire State Building
    (Observation Deck)
  • Washington Market Park in Tribeca
    (bounded by Greenwich, Chambers and West streets)

Roosevelt Island:

  • Waterfront Promenade


  • Gantry Plaza State Park
  • Rockaway Station, Roxbury


  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway
  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade
  • Fulton Ferry State Park
  • 69th Street Pier
  • Pulaski Bridge Pedestrian Walkway
  • Fort Greene Park

Staten Island:

  • Ferry Terminal, and on the ferry
  • St. George Waterfront
  • Fort Wadsworth

New Jersey:

  • Liberty State Park (Jersey City)
  • Owen Grundy Pier (Jersey City)
  • Newport (Jersey City)
  • Port Imperial (Weehawken)
  • Castle Point Promenade (Hoboken)
  • Pier A Park (Hoboken)
  • Boulevard East Weehawken)
  • Exchange Place (Jersey City)
  • Eagle Rock Reservation (Montclair)

Scenic Views and Hiking CT Locations

Scenic Views and Hiking CT Locations
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection invites you to " Drop In And Discover" your state parks and forests.

Following are nine state parks and forests selected not only for their fall foliage, but also for providing viewing towers or lookouts. Spectacular views can also be found at the Goodwin Conservation Center, listed below.

Come to these selected parks and forests, view the surrounding countryside, and hike to discover the beauty of New England. Here are just a few of Connecticut’s best scenic viewing areas...

7 Tips For Shooting & Selling Nature Stock Photography

7 Tips For Shooting and Selling Nature Stock Photography

As an appendix to the Selling Nature Photography guide, I talked with Greg Basco of Deep Green Photography – a nature photographer specializing in Costa Rica rain forest stock photography. He’s been shooting since he first arrived in Costa Rica in 1992, and now offers you 7 tips for shooting and selling nature stock photography. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Selling Stock Photography

Key tips on licensing stock images direct from successful photographers, art buyers, photo editors and small stock agencies.

Selling Stock Photography is a look at how successful photographers think like buyers and generate income from licensing their images as stock. We’ve assembled 13 interviews with art buyers, agencies, and professional photographers who offer best practices on filling voids in the industry and marketing your archive to potential customers. This educational guide is intended for stock photography beginners as well as seasoned photo professionals seeking to start licensing work from their archives.

Get your free guide now

The 48-page PDF will be e-mailed to you. We won't sell or distribute your email. It's guarded 24/7 by aggressive, farm-raised turkeys!

polarizing filter

David Middleton on filters
"The one filter I do use regularly is my polarizing filter. For those of you who are unfamiliar with a polarizing filter let me describe it and how it is used. A polarizer is a two piece filter- one part screws into the lens like any filter and the other part, with the help of your hand, turns. When you mount the polarizer on your lens and then turn it as you look through it you should see the scene change. Depending on the lighting conditions that change can be profound or very, very subtle."

Read the whole article here and see his examples

Daily Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point Park


 Title:   Daily Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point Park  
 Date:   Saturday September 1, 2012
 Time:   12:00 am - 12:00 am
 Location:   Daily Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point Park

 Notes:   Lighthouse Point Park on New Haven Harbor is one of the premier locations in southern New England for observing migrating raptors as well as a wide variety of songbirds. The watch starts daily at 7:00 am and continues as long as the hawks keep flying. Stop by anytime.

Coordinator Steve Mayo:

photography quote

Monday, August 27, 2012

How to Photograph Dragonflies (free eBook!)

How to Photograph Dragonflies (free eBook!)

Today I’m happy to announce the release of a free eBook about photographing one of the most unique insects on the planet: dragonflies. The eBook was written by my father, Vic Berardi, who is an outstanding photographer of hawks, dragonflies, and wildflowers.
This 18-page eBook is not meant to be a complete guide on the subject of photographing dragonflies, but it includes many great tips for dealing with the unique challenges of dragonfly photography. You’ll get the most out of the book if you already have a basic understanding of how to use your camera (you’re familiar with the terms aperture, shutter speed, ISO, depth of field, etc).
Here’s what you’ll learn from the book:
  • What equipment you’ll need, why you need it, and why even a point-and-shoot camera can be good enough for getting great dragonfly photos

  • How to ensure you get the sharpest photo possible, while finding a good balance between depth of field, aperture and shutter speed

  • How to get a good exposure, and the benefits of certain lighting conditions

  • How to create pleasing compositions of dragonflies

  • Why it’s important to understand the behavior and biology of dragonflies

  • Where to learn more about dragonflies (with a recommended reading list)
Download the eBook Now!
The eBook comes in the standard PDF format, which you can view with Adobe’s free Reader.

Please share this book with your friends!

If you find the content of the eBook useful (and I know you will!), the best way to thank us is to share this page with your friends on Facebook or Twitter, or feel free to even e-mail the eBook to them. Just please do not sell it — it’s meant to be free :)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

ESP HDR workshop with Denise Ippolito Sept 8th

I have been to ESP with Denise -- and it was awesome!
The following is from Art Morris' Blog talking about ESP and an upcoming workshop.


Learn more about this workshop here.

ESP: Extrasensory perception? Nope: Eastern State Penitentiary. From the ESP website: Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of the convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone.

Denise Ippolito has led several A Creative Adventure Workshops to the derelict prison and has another scheduled for September 8, 2012, less than two weeks from now. And the best news? She still has a few openings. You can learn more and see a selection of her evocative images here.


Submarine Cell Block From an 8-frame (manually) bracketed sequence with the Canon EOS-5D (that I borrowed from Denise Ippolito) and the 15mm fisheye lens. (Be sure to change only the shutter speed while keeping the aperture constant.) I had great fun on Denise’s Eastern State Penitentiary workshop last September. Giotto’s tiny ballhead, Wimberley P-5 camera body plate, and Gitzo 3530 LS tripod.
This quasi-HDR Grunge was created in Photomatix. To purchase Photomatix and save 15% click here and be sure to enter birdsasart as the coupon code. You can download and use a trial copy of Photomatix before you buy. (It is fully operational; the processed images will have a visible watermark on them.) I was intimidated by both HDR and HDR Grunge for several years but once I tried each I quickly got the hang of it. And it is great fun. For a greater appreciation of the image, click on the photo. Then click on the enlarged version to close it.

5D Mark III

I wish that I could stay for this year’s ESP workshop as I would love to use the 5D Mark III’s great in-camera HDR feature…. In the pre-publication version of my 5D Mark III User’s Guide I share everything that I know about this great camera including complete details on both the HDR and Multiple Exposure features. And you can still save $10 by clicking here. For those who learn best in person do know that Denise will have her 5D III along and will be glad to teach you how to use the HDR feature; she prefers Natural and I prefer Art Vivid.

This image was also created on Denise Ippolito’s Creative Photography workshop last year at the now derelict Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA with the Canon 24-105mm L IS lens at 24mm and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 200. Evaluative metering: 7-frame AEB +/- 1 stop around -1 stop: 1.6 seconds at f/16. 2 sec. self timer. Live View (for Mirror Lock). Gitzo 3530 LS CF tripod, Giottos MH 1302-655 BallHead, Wimberley P-5 camera body plate. For a greater appreciation of the image, click on the photo. Then click on the enlarged version to close it.

Learn about Denise’s next ESP workshop here

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Kodak to sell off film division

Kodak to sell off film division

Kodak is looking to exit the film business, announcing that it would be selling its Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging departments, which encompass digital scanners, picture kiosks, souvenir photo products, photographic paper, as well as Kodak's legendary film businesses.

Read more:

Kodak Portra 160

Learn by Example in new eBook!

Learn by Example in my new eBook!


Click here to view more details

Today, I’m happy to announce that my new eBook, Examples, is now available. It’s a collection of 23 of my images and the stories of how those images were made. The idea was inspired by my firm belief that the best way to learn something is by example. As Albert Einstein put it, “Learning by example isn’t the best way to learn. It’s the only way to learn.” I remember countless times back in school when I was struggling to understand something, but as soon as the teacher gave us an example or stepped through a problem detail by detail, I finally began to understand. Examples help us pull concepts together and see how those concepts apply to actual problems. And, that’s my goal for this eBook. Throughout the book, you’ll find a number of links to blog posts I’ve written, or other helpful websites I’ve found that explain a concept I used to create an image.

For each image, you’ll learn about:
  • Camera settings used (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc)
  • Equipment used (camera, lens, filters, etc)
  • How the composition was chosen
  • Lighting conditions and how they affected the image
  • Special considerations for wildlife (e.g. the importance of knowing their behavior)
  • Summary of any post-processing actions
  • And, many more lessons I’ve learned from making these images!
Each image and story is presented on the same page, so with the table of contents and everything, the book is a total of 30 pages.

Preview of the eBook

Download the free preview (8-page PDF)

Click here to view more details and/or purchase the ebook!

Buy the eBook now for just $8!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Macro Photography Workshop with Roman M. Kurywczak

Macro Photography Workshop with Roman M. Kurywczak
Indoor flowers and still life set ups to make stunning close up images
Sunday, Sept 9th in Stratford, CT Two sessions -- 9-12 and 1-4

This in-depth Q&A macro photography lecture will show you the technical tips and tricks needed to take your macro photography to the next level!  Many people are comfortable with creating shallow focus macro images but I will show you how to achieve consistently sharp images with maximum depth of field all in a single frame!!!  Topics covered will range from gear to specific settings for you to maximize your time spent out in the field. Overcoming distracting backgrounds will be discussed in depth with photographic examples showing you how easy they are to overcome.  The use of natural light will be covered but a heavy emphasis will be placed on using flash correctly in the field to properly balance the exposure and achieve dramatic results.  We will look at some frequently used tricks by the pros that you can easily apply in the field to quickly improve your macro skills.  Many of these tips and tricks are inexpensive and can be done using the gear you already own!  You can ask questions to ensure that you go home with a better understanding of all the topics covered in the program and create tack sharp macro images of your very own.

After the presentation, Roman will guide the participants through the 4 set-ups and show them how to use their own gear to get the most out of an image. Topics ranging from maximum depth of field to shallow focus, natural lighting as well as the use of multiple flashes and reflectors will be covered. Techniques to create artistic macro images will also be explored. Participants will come away from this workshop with a better understanding of common lighting issues as well as compositional ones and how to overcome them in the field.

This is a hands-on workshop so you need to bring your camera with fully charged battery, memory card, macro lens or similar close-up lens, flash if you have one, and a tripod. Roman will be working with the students setting up the flowers at the stations and helping with any technical, lighting, or compositional questions. Each of the two sessions is limited to 12 participants.

To sign up email Lisa Cuchara at and send her a check for $40. You are not confirmed until payment is received. No refunds unless this class is canceled or rescheduled. But you may contact someone on the wait list and make your own arrangements with them. 

CAP Announces the 2012 Tops in CT Competition

Dear Connecticut Photographers,

The Connecticut Association of Photographers is pleased to announce the 2012 Tops in Connecticut competition. This competition is open to any photographer who lives in Connecticut as well as any member of a Connecticut club including CAP. You don't have to be a member of CAP to enter. There are two categories, electronic (digital) images and prints; you may enter four photographs into each category. The award winning and accepted photographs will be organized into a program to be presented at the Annual CAP Dinner on April 27, 2013, at the Hawthorne Inn in Berlin, CT (save the date).

Prints and digital images must be received by Monday, November 5, 2012.  The open judging will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the Milford Fine Arts Center. We hope you can attend. In addition to a Best in Show award for each category special awards will be presented in both categories for: Best Portrait, Best Landscape, Best Seascape, Best Monochrome, Best Creative, and Best Nature.

The detailed rules, entry forms, and other information are contained in the flyer located on the CAP website.

In addition, I would like to invite you all to visit the new web site for the Connecticut Association of Photographers at While you are there I suggest you subscribe to our blog to receive information on CAP activities as well as other events of interest to Connecticut photographers. We send out e-mails to paid CAP members announcing CAP activities such as this one, but information on other activities is distributed only through the blog. Subscribe now.

Best regards,
William B. Barnett, AFIAP, MNEC, MPSA
66 Jasmine Circle Milford, CT
06461-1788 USA
CT Association of Photographers Web Master
Phone: (203) 877-1639

The world of macro

The world of macro: 

The world of macro is everywhere and David Maynard gives you equipment & lighting tips and so much more to help you capture great macro images close to home. Click Here To View Video.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Leading Lines as a Compositional Tool for Better Photographs Click Here: Leading Lines as a Compositional Tool for Better Photographs

Leading Lines as a Compositional Tool for Better Photographs

There are a number of rules to composition in photography, some simple such as the rule of thirds, others that need careful consideration for example the golden spiral, all of which are design to do one thing, make your images look good. Perhaps, one of the easiest but often overlooked compositional tool is that of leading lines, or in other words using a part of the image to move your eye towards the final subject. In this article, we are going to take a look at how to use leading lines to improve your compositional technique.

Click Here: Leading Lines as a Compositional Tool for Better Photographs

Thursday, August 23, 2012

How to Recover Deleted and Corrupted Photos from Your Memory Card Click Here: How to Recover Deleted and Corrupted Photos from Your Memory Card

Follow up to yesterday's post...

How to Recover Deleted and Corrupted Photos from Your Memory Card

"One of the very worst things a photographer can suffer is the loss of images from a memory card. It is a feeling that kicks you in the stomach, even if they just some quick family shots, for professionals it can literally be a disaster. There can be a number of reasons that images are lost from memory cards, faulty cameras are amongst the rarest of these. The most common causes are faulty memory cards and operator error."

"So once you get over the initial kick in the stomach, you need to know that all may not be lost. There is a common misconception that when you delete images from a card or when a card is corrupt that the images have gone forever. This is actually not the case – deleting the images merely removes the reference to their position, as you continue to shoot the old images are overwritten by the new.
Corrupt cards very often have lost the information that determines where the images are located on the card. Even a formatted card does not remove the images!"

Click Here: How to Recover Deleted and Corrupted Photos from Your Memory Card

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rescuing Photos

Rescuing Photos

Rescuing Photos -- I had this conversation in the car the other day and thought that I would re-blog something that I have talked about in the past.

What do you do when a CF card fails?

Freak out? Hyperventilate? Swear? Cry?
Why Not? Because you will have practiced and know that you can recover these images.

If you accidentally format a card -- or if a card fails -- STOP. Do not take any more photos. Wait until you get home and use the rescue software.

Kind of life a firedrills -- try a practice run and rescue your photos. Do this to learn how to rescue your images when your adrenaline isn't running and you are freaked out because you formated your memory card before you downloaded or your get an error message from your memory card. If you are prepaed you should not panic.

It's simple to try -- Format your memory card and then run the software and rescue your images. Try this on a card that you have already downloaded, if you know that you have recovered before you won't freak out if you actually NEED to recover images. You can try this for FREE.

PhotoRescue makes some really great image recovery software. In addition to the usual RAW file format updates, this version allows the extraction of large thumbnails from RAW files. As raw files of top DSLRs grow bigger, so do the embedded JPEG (or even small raw) thumbnails. While their quality obviously is not as good as the raw files, they can save a shoot when the raw data is damaged beyond recovery.

Your card might even come with some rescue software try that too.

PhotoRescue is the best and fairest picture and data recovery solution for digital film - sd cards, compact flash, memory sticks, microdrive, etc... Featuring innovative recovery algorithms, PhotoRescue displays reliable previews of the recoverable pictures. What you see is what you recover, both on the Windows and on the Apple Mac OS X platforms. PhotoRescue has been awarded 4.5 stars by PCMagazine.
Please note that ANY storage is subject to a problem. For your hard drive the general consensus is not IF your hard drive will fail, but WHEN it will fail.

Yes, memory cards can also fail.

I personally have had a three of cards fail.

And twice I have also formatted over photographs that were not yet downloaded to my computer. When we were on our honeymoon we somehow reformatted a CF card that had not been downloaded. Argh! But all was not lost. I was prepared for this!

How? Well, I had practiced this scenario, at home, under no stress. I HIGHLY recommend that you run through the recovery process under non vasodilating conditions because when it happens your adrenaline will be running and it will be much easier to stay calm knowing that you know how to rescue.

So, if you reformat a card, or if a card fails -- STOP. Do not take any more photos. Use the rescue software.

I have tried three programs -- they are free and you buy them if they work for you (they provide a free trial to see that they did indeed rescue your images). Sometimes one program works better than another. Like I said you can also try the one that is for your card type (Sandisk, Lexar, etc.) (some cards come with rescue software for free).

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How to Photograph Textures

How to Photograph Textures


Photographing textures can be fun, challenging and even lucrative. One of the great things about textures is that they can be found all over our environment and don’t require the acquisition of special props or models. Also, when done well, a photo of a texture can transform an ordinary scene into something visually beautiful.

Click Here: How to Photograph Textures

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cape Cod workshop

September 24th, Chatham, MA. 6am to 7pm. 

This workshop will be held on a weekday (Monday, September 24) with a rain date of Tuesday, September 25th. September weekends can often be busy with tourists so we selected a weekday in order to maximize our shooting opportunities.
We will explore some of Betty's favorite locations on idyllic Cape Cod in and around Yarmouth and Chatham.  Many of her photographs have appeared in Cape Cod Magazine and a photo essay of Betty and her work appeared in the July 2011 issue last summer.  Most recently, her photograph was chosen as the cover image for “Chatham Magazine”, an annual publication on Cape Cod.  As a full-time resident, Betty knows "The Cape" and it's many beautiful locations.
$150 per person. For more details and to sign up go to Photography Events by Amy

Differences between Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop

In this episode, Mark explains the differences between Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Watch as he demonstrates the strengths of each program and how they are best suited for a photographer's workflow.

Betty's Skies, Textures and Composites Post Processing Workshop

Betty's Skies, Textures and Composites Post Processing Workshop
Saturday Sept 8th 1-4pm in Hamden CT

Join Betty Wiley for this 3 hour workshop on replacing skies and using various texture overlay techniques to enhance images.  This post processing workshop will be an intensive, hands-on class and students are asked to bring ~3 of their own images to work on.

Betty will be presenting a brief slide show with images she has worked on and transformed using various different techniques. This will be followed by a step-by-step demonstration which will be accompanied by a written hand-out which will allow the student to follow along.  The remainder of the workshop will be spent with students working on their own images using the techniques that Betty has demonstrated.

The goal of this workshop will be for each student to leave with a thorough understanding of the processes and techniques involved so that they are competent to do this on their own.  Betty will also provide each student with a CD of skies and textures that they can take home.   If you have wanted to learn how to replace boring, drab skies and use textures to add drama and impact to your images, now is the chance!

Need To Bring: Students will need laptops or a portable desktop with either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (a version that supports layers and masking, 9 or 10 work well) and 3-4 images that they want to work on that are preloaded onto their laptop/desktop or on a thumb drive so they can be found easily. 

If you do not have a laptop or desktop you can bring, you may share with a friend if that works for you.

**While high proficiency is not required for Photoshop or Elements, knowledge of how to navigate the programs, download images from a CD and find them, and move them around your laptop and software programs is required.**

Here are some examples of before and after post processing by Betty Wiley.

Betty Wiley is an award-winning photographer who currently resides in Massachusetts on Cape Cod.  Her favorite subjects are birds and wildlife and she is an accomplished landscape photographer.  She also loves photographing children and operates a small studio out of her home, AvaGrace studio ( Retired shortly over 3 years ago from a long, rewarding and successful career in the biotech industry where she specialized in licensing products to treat rare genetic diseases, she loves having the freedom now to pursue her passion for photography.  She belongs to several local camera clubs, Cape Cod Art Association Camera Club (CCAACC) where she was named “photographer of the year” for 2010, and also to Cape Cod View Finders Camera Club (CCVFCC) where her image of sandhill cranes won "image of the year" for 2011.  Betty recently received a commendable award in the International Nature Photography competition sponsored by the Audubon Society.  Betty's images frequently appear in Cape Cod magazine and she was featured in a photo essay which appeared in the July (2011) issue which showcased some of her images taken on Cape Cod and the islands.  Betty is also a Getty image contributor and has sold work to companies such as American Eagle Outfitters.

Here's an opportunity to learn from the master, you'll leave this workshop with all the tools you'll need to create your own works of art.

To sign up for this workshop, email Lisa at and mail her a check for $50. You are not signed up until the payment is received.

Refund Policy: If you find you cannot attend, it is up to you to find someone to take your place. Refunds only if we have to change or cancel. Thank you.

How to Choose Your Next Photo Laptop

How to Choose Your Next Photo Laptop

If you are in the market for a new laptop computer, you are not alone. More photographers than ever are choosing laptops in addition to a desktop computer, or making a laptop computer their primary computer. A few reasons for making a laptop a primary computer are as follows: major processor performance boosts in recent years; decreased weight; increased storage capability; higher RAM limits; better screens and enough specs and features to make most photographers’ head spin. Andrew Darlow takes a look at the features you want and what is available on the market today.

Read How to Choose Your Next Photo Laptop.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Beautifully lit macro pictures of insects by Dutch photographer Leon Baas

Beautifully lit macro pictures of insects by Dutch photographer Leon Baas

Surreal and captivatingly beautiful are some of the words that immediately come to mind when checking out this epic collection of macro photographs of insects.  Each image is carefully and perfectly lit to accent the interest of the insect being photographed, creating a very compelling set to visit.