Thursday, January 31, 2013

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Workshop with tripods at Grand Central

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Workshop with tripods at Grand Central

Grand Central Terminal 89 East 42nd Street, New York, NY

When: Sunday, February 24, 2013 (11:30 AM to 

Price: 55.00/per person

Sign up here

Come and photograph the majestic Grand Central terminal -- capture all of the details in the shadows and highlights with HDR photography! We have special permission to use tripods during this five hour workshop.

We will meet at 11:30 am at GCT and then you will be shooting from 12noon until 5pm. Tom and I will be helping you out with compositions, checking exposures, etc. 10 participants and two leaders.

We will also be offering a separate optional pre-workshop workshop designed to get people familiar with the cameras and bracketing for HDR photography. You will be taking 3-10 exposures in order to capture all of the details in the shadows and highlights.

We will also be offering a separate optional post-workshop workshop to demonstrate Photomatix, the most popular HDR processing software.

Come to one or to all three.
Sign up for the pre-workshop session and the post-workshop processing sessions here




























































































    This was from a recent article -- GCT is turning 100

    "Grand Central Terminal, the doyenne of American train stations, is celebrating its 100th birthday. It made its debut in the heyday of cross-country train travel, faced demolition in the era of the auto, and got a new lease on life with a facelift in its eighth decade. Opened on February 2, 1913, when trains were a luxurious means of traveling across America, the iconic New York landmark with its Beaux-Arts facade is an architectural gem, and still one of America's greatest transportation hubs."

    "It is also the Big Apple's second-most-popular tourist attraction, after Times Square. "We are among the top 10 most-visited sites in the world," boasted Dan Brucker, manager of Grand Central Tours at Metro-North Railroad, the commuter rail service that operates from Grand Central. "Every day more than 750,000 people come through Grand Central Terminal - that is the entire population of Alaska that walks through here every day. It is the entire population of the state of North Dakota," he noted."
    read the rest of the article and see their photographs


    The photographs below are NOT ours, they appeared in the GCT turning100 article
     
    Light shines through a window as commuters enter the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal in New York ( January 30, 2013 )


    Large gold plated chandeliers hang off the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal in New York
     ( BRENDAN MCDERMID, REUTERS / January 30, 2013 )


     
    The 59 stars shine as part of the backwards-painted zodiac set in gold leaf constellations span the ceiling of the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal in New York ( BRENDAN MCDERMID, REUTERS / January 30, 2013 

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    photo quote

    “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
    – Imogen Cunningham

    Canon has a great instant rebate program on now for 40+ lenses and several Speedlites

    This was from Syl Arena's awesome blog

    PixSylated | Syl Arena's Blog


    Canon Instant Rebates Ending Feb 2nd.

    Jan 30, 2013 03:57 pm | Syl Arena



    Canon Lenses Speedlite Instant Savings ending Feb 2

    Canon has a great instant rebate program on now for 40+ lenses and several Speedlites (including the 600EX-RT). Hurry! These deals expire in a couple of days (on Feb. 2 to be exact). Click here to take a look.

    the orangutan is chimping

    not sure who the photographer is but  love it -- the orangutan is chimping



    Chimping is a slang term photographers use for looking at your photos on the back of a digital camera, usually immediately after you take a shot.

    Fairly universally the common face of a photographer reviewing a digital image was wide eyed, pursed lips, and mumbling "oh, oh, oh, oh" under their breath. This reminded almost everyone of chimpanzees or monkeys. Very quickly the common term became "chimping." Of course you can also use "chimped" or "chimps" as needed by sentence structure to accurately describe the event.

    How to Chimp

    Step 1 - Take a photo
    Step 2 - Activate the photo display on your camera
    Step 3 - Look downward at your camera/photo
    Step 4 - Purse your lips together and chant "oh, oh, oh, oh"
    Bonus - Place one hand on top of your head and lightly scratch
    Extra Bonus - Convince one or more friends to crowd around the camera display and complete steps 1-4 at the same time

    Congratulations! You’ve just chimped your photos!

    contest deadline 2/1/13


    MAINE MEDIA WORKSHOPS + COLLEGE 40th Anniversary Photography & Video Contest

    We want you and your club members to know about a unique photo and video contest being sponsored by Maine Media Workshops to celebrate their 40th Anniversary.  The contest theme is Spirit of Place. A flyer for the contest is attached.

    This contest is open now for both photo and video submissions, and it has both adult and youth categories. This breadth of categories is what makes this contest unique. 

    There are over $25,000 in prizes, including two Grand Prizes of $2,500 each, free tuition to Maine Media Workshops, gift certificates to B&H Photo and more.  The final deadline is February 1, 2013 and some categories have discounted entry fees if submissions are in by December 15, 2012. Jurors include Stacey Baker of The New York Times and Patricia Luchsinger of The Today Show.

    To learn more and see the rules, please click here to go to the contest web site.

    Please forward this email to your camera club members. We invite each of you to enter our Spirit of Place contest and encourage you to share this with other photographers and filmmakers of any age!

    Best regards,

    Leslie Inman, 
    on behalf of Maine Media Workshops + College

    Over $25,000 in prizes.
    Top winners in photo and video categories will receive $2,500 cash award and free tuition to a Maine Media Workshop.
    ENTRY DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2013

    Filter Friday


    Filter Friday

    Zebra © Laurie Rubin_LAR8468
    © Laurie A. Rubin

    Filter Friday on Google+ By Laurie Rubin


    Let me demonstrate with this image of a Zebra that I recently took at the Oakland Zoo. When I was reviewing the images that I took that day, I knew that I wanted to convert this color image into black and white to emphasize the stripes on this Zebra. To do that, I went to my go-to program, Silver Efex Pro 2, because it never fails to produce stunning black and white results.

    Zebra © Laurie Rubin_LAR8468© Laurie A. Rubin

    I tend to quickly go through the Presets that are available on the left panel to get some ideas as to how I want my image to look. Since I can click on a Preset and see immediate results, this speeds up my workflow process so that I am not spending a lot of time trying to come up with inspirational ideas.

    In this case, I selected the Preset, Film Noir 2, because I liked the high contrast in the stripes of the Zebra, and the Border type. I decided to lighten up the background. First, I added Control Points to some of the black areas on the Zebra that I wanted to keep nice and dark. These are constricting Control Points. In other words, by placing a Control Point on the area that you do not want to have affected, or changed, you can simply place a Control Point on the area without making any adjustments to the actual Control Point itself.

    Film Noir 2Example of a Control Point added to retain the dark stripe on the Zebra
    —-
    After I placed several Control Points on the areas that I did not want to have affected, I added several more Control Points to the dark areas of the background and increased the Brightness and Amplified White sliders to lighten the background. In the areas on the bottom of the image where I didn’t want to totally remove the dark areas, I would increase the Brightness and Amplified White sliders to a lesser degree. By doing this, the Zebra did not look like it was floating in the image.

    Control Points
    Example of a Control Point added to brighten the dark area in the background
    There are other methods of that can be used to get a similar effect, but I have found that by using Presets and Control Points, I am able to quickly and easily adjust my image. The final result was a more artistic rendering of this beautiful animal.
    Zebra © Laurie Rubin_LAR8468© Laurie A. Rubin
    Share an image where you used either a digital or glass filter or both on Google+, and tag your image #filterfriday curated by +Laurie Rubin. We’d love to see how filters have helped to enhance your images

    Bald Eagles at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge


    Bald Eagles at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge -REGISTER
    Blackwater NWR, MD
    February 23, 2013
    with refuge biologists
    $40 for Members, $45 for Non-Members
    The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, MD
    Witness the Bald Eagle migration with refuge biologists at one of the prime raptor migration locations.

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

    Stellarium, a FREE planetarium software package


    I found this here in Quick Tip: 5 Free Tools for Photographers

    Stellarium, a FREE planetarium software package

    Stellarium

    stellarium

    "Photographers that want to explore the universe of night and sky photography should look at Stellarium, a free, open source planetarium software package. It is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. It offers you the ability to enter your own location, save it as a preset and use it to find out the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, phase, proximity of other night sky objects. Stellarium renders realistic skies in real time. With Stellarium, you really see what you can see with your eyes, binoculars or a small telescope. Ideal to find out the best locations for night time photography, the program can be downloaded from www.stellarium.org."

    Monday, January 28, 2013

    Jumping Spider -- plus focus stacking tutorial


    very cool -- check out this photog!



    Salticidae - Jumping Spider
    14x Stack, 112 source images

    If you like my photography please consider following me here: http://www.facebook.com/mortenaagaardphotography

    Technique used: http://mortenaagaard.com/focus-stacking-a-beginners-guide/

    Saturday March 9th Canon Explorer of Light Jennifer Wu presents Nature’s Elusive Beauty

    Register now!

    Join the New Haven Camera Club 

    on Saturday March 9th 2013
    for a presentation 
    by Canon Explorer of Light 
    Jennifer Wu

    Sponsored by Canon




    Who -- Canon Explorer of Light Jennifer Wu

    What -- Nature’s Elusive Beauty – Composition for Nature and Landscape Photography

    Where -- Whitney Center 200 Leeder Hill Drive Hamden, CT 06517-2749 (203) 281-6745

    When -- Saturday, March 9, 2013 -- 9am to 4pm, plan to arrive by 8:30am

    How much -- the program is FREE
    Optional lunch $10.50 per person 
    Lunch: Assorted Sandwiches, Beverage (Soda, Water), Chips, and Cookies
    Note that while lunch is optional,  there are not a choices in the vicinity of the seminar. 

    To register please mail your registration (and optional check made out to New Haven Camera Club for lunch) to Denise Saldaña 52 Westminister St, Hamden CT 06518 -- your registration arrive by by Feb 21st (we need to provide the head count on Feb 22nd)

    Name _______________________________________________________________
    Address  _______________________________________________________________
    Email  _______________________________________________________________
    Phone number   __________________________________________________________

    All tickets will be held at the door. 
    If you wish confirmation, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

    For questions please email Tom at tlcbam@comcast.net

    Nature’s Elusive Beauty – Composition for Nature and Landscape Photography

    This inspiring and entertaining presentation is a must see for any one interested in nature and landscape photography. Jennifer will teach you the elements of photographic composition and share her techniques to get those great shots. She will discus five elements of composition. You will learn about selecting specific lenses and how each lens makes visual impact. Discover how creating depth in an image creates visual interest and how isolating the subject will make a striking image

    Short Break

    Tips and Techniques: Jennifer will discuss techniques for getting great shots including tips on using polarizing and neutral density filters, use of white balance settings, keeping the contrast in the photograph, using reflectors, use of hyperfocal distance focusing and more. 

    Lunch

    Maximizing Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop:  Learn as Jennifer demonstrates the incredible capabilities of Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Jen will show you how you can take care of much of your image optimization in ACR and she will show you her workflow for processing images. She'll discuss the tools and best practices when adjusting your images; touching on features like the tone curve, lens correction and local adjustment tools. She shares her tips  

    Short Break

    The Amazing Night Sky: Photographing after sunset and before sunrise offers a whole new world of images and photographic opportunities. We mistakenly  think it is too dark to photograph, but the camera can pick up the subtle light. The seemingly infinite darkness of the night is lit by the stars and planets. The camera picks up light from the gasses of the Milky Way and more stars than our eyes can see. Learn how to photograph the stars, the full moon and the crescent moon, and get tips on when to photograph them, and how to appreciate the quality of light at night and how to use evening  light in your photographs. Twilight displays beautiful light after sunset and before sunrise. Jennifer discusses light painting techniques for illuminating  trees, rocks and buildings, adding another dimension to night photography. Jennifer will takeyou on a dramatic visual journey through of the night sky in time-lapse movies. This inspiring and entertaining presentation is a must-see for any one interested in photographing  twilight, the stars, and the moon.


    About the Photographer:
    Jennifer Wu, a professional photographer since 1992, is a nature and landscape photographer as well as a photographer of the stars and the night sky.


    Jennifer was named by Canon USA to the elite group of photographers, The Explorers of Light.  Canon states, "The Explorers Of Light program is a group of 62 of the world's best photographers, united in their love and passion for photographic excellence. They also share a common desire to contribute back to the industry with a willingness to share their vision and passion with others."  Jennifer enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and passion for nature photography in lectures and workshops for Canon. She is especially proud that Canon publishes her spectacular sky photographs in their professional camera brochures.
    Her images, featured in numerous magazines and books, have won a wide variety of prestigious awards. Whenever she is not on nature expeditions at some of the most beautiful locations in the world, she exhibits her images at galleries and art shows.

    Jennifer, born in Illinois in 1968, grew up in Davis, California. She moved to Sacramento to attend California State University, Sacramento, where she received a BA in Photography. She currently lives in Sacramento.

    She taught photography and digital imaging at California State University Sacramento. She now enjoys lecturing, teaching seminars and speaking events as well as leading workshops for Canon and aFilm International Film Workshops Barcelona, Spain. She leads workshops to Alaska, Hawaii, Yosemite, Death Valley, Namibia and Iceland. 

    View her images at www.jenniferwu.com. 







    Sunday, January 27, 2013

    Capturing Portraits, In Flight and Hands On Photos of Birds


    "Birds of prey have fascinated me since I was a young boy. When we were out in the countryside my dad would spot them, point them out to me and tell me which bird it was, and I just couldn’t get over how beautiful and dangerous they were. This fascination remains with me today, and I still get excited when I see the birds in the wild. Like any wildlife, they can be difficult to photograph, so here are a few tips on how to make your shoot a successful one."

    read the whole article and see the tips and photos here

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

    Photography Rube Goldberg Machine


    Photography Rube Goldberg Machine  

    cool!
    talk about someone with too much time (and gear) on his hands, LOL!
    I cannot believe he smashed the lens though, hopefully that is the lens coffee cup 

    if you have not see this, you should! 


    50 sequential shots of a fluid ski run compiled together

    I have seen this photo numerous times, what a fun idea!


    action sequence photo

    50 Shot Action Sequence of Skier (Imgur)

    "The picture is part of a Dan Carr‘s article for SBC Skier Magazine and was originally conceived by Sammy himself, consisting of 50 sequential shots of a fluid ski run then compiled together. The equipment Carr used is described in the article, a state-of-the-art Canon 1-D Mark IV, 70-300mm L IS lens, set up at f/4.5 at 135mm, 1/250 sec at f/8.0, and ISO 1000."

    This post was taken from here (you can read more)

    A Day with Ian Plant


    Charter Oak Photographic Society, Inc. presents

    A Day with Ian Plant

    April 13, 2013, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

    Trinity-on-Main Cultural Center
    69 Main Street
    New Britain, CT 




    A full-time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer, Ian Plant has been photographing our natural world for almost twenty years. Ian travels the world in order to find rare convergences of light, composition, mood, and moment, looking to transcend mere scenery to produce a compelling view of his nature subjects

    His photographs and instructional articles have appeared in a number of books, calendars, and magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Le Monde de la Photo, Nature Photographers Online Magazine, National Parks, Common Ground, Blue Ridge Country, Adirondack Life, Wonderful West Virginia, and Chesapeake Life, among others. Ian also writes a regular blog column for Outdoor Photographer online.

    Ian’s mission is to educate, inspire, and entertain others in the art of nature photography. To that end, Ian launched the Dreamscapes photoblog, which is now a collaborative blog involving several other professional  photographers. To see more of his work, visit his web site at: www.ianplant.com.


    Friday, January 25, 2013

    Optimizing Photos in Lightroom Tim Grey

    Optimizing Photos in Lightroom Tim Grey
    There's still time to register for my upcoming presentation on "Optimizing Photos in Lightroom", hosted by Adorama in New York City. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. For more info, or to register, visit the Adorama website here:

    http://www.adorama.com/workshops/ws-optimizing-photos-lightroom-2013-02-06

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    How To Make the Jump To Manual Mode

    How To Make the Jump To Manual Mode

    "At first, manual mode can seem a little intimidating. Finding the right exposure just doesn’t seem as simple as finding the right f-number, does it? That’s probably why most photographers start with Aperture Priority mode before jumping to full manual. But, shooting in manual will put you in complete control of the image making process. And luckily, there’s an easy way to make the jump to manual mode, while still treating it somewhat like aperture priority mode. Here’s how: 

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    “Fundamentals of Exposure and Flash”

    “Fundamentals of Exposure and Flash”
    Billerica, MA : Saturday & Sunday, February 2 & 3, 2013

    STL Instructor : Michael Milicia

    This 2-day classroom seminar will concentrate on the technical side of Digital Nature Photography with an emphasis on metering and exposure for both natural light and flash. Photography has always been a blend of art and technology and digital capture has made this truer than ever. Mastery of the technical side will enable you to better realize your creative vision and start taking your imagery to the next level.

    Determining the optimal exposure for digital capture is a critical ingredient for maximizing image quality. An understanding of the underlying theory and the various tools at your disposal will allow you to consistently come up with the perfect exposure. You will gain the confidence needed to shoot in manual mode as well as in the various auto-exposure modes and the knowledge needed to determine the optimal method for a given situation.

    Flash is one of the most useful yet least understood tools available to the nature photographer. The addition of a supplemental light source can dramatically increase your productivity by allowing you to get quality results in a much wider variety of light conditions. Emphasis will again be placed on the underlying theory as well as the various tools and features available to allow you to come up with the perfect flash exposure including the use of manual flash.

    The presentation will start with basic concepts and build on them in a step by step manner to provide an in-depth treatment of digital exposure. There will also be a hands-on component in the classroom which will allow you to immediately apply what you have learned using your own camera. This approach makes the class useful for beginners as well as for more advanced amateurs who want to solidify their technical background. The seminar is also intended to serve as an excellent way to prepare for one of Shoot The Light's other Instructional Workshops or its legendary Technical Series. A solid grounding in the basic concepts and terminology will enable you to take far better advantage of the volumes of valuable information presented in these other offerings.

    Seminar topics will include :

    Basics of digital sensor technology
    ISO implementation for digital
    RAW file content and conversion
    Image Noise : Causes / How to minimize
    Incident metering
    Reflective metering
    Reciprocity
    Tone vs. Color
    Metering patterns
    Exposure modes
    Exposure Compensation
    Manual Mode
    Exposing for highlight and shadow detail
    Histograms : Luminance vs. RGB
    "Expose to the right" methodology
    Relationship between flash and ambient exposure
    Inverse square law
    Front, rear, and high-speed sync
    Flash as main, balanced, and fill light
    Manual flash
    Automatic/TTL flash
    Flash Exposure Compensation
    Flash metering
    Flash Exposure Lock
    Use of Better Beamer

    Locations :

    February 2 & 3
    Homewood Suites by Hilton
    35 Middlesex Turnpike
    Billerica, MA 01821
    978-670-7111
    http://www.bostonbillerica.homewoodsuites.com

    February 9 & 10
    Clarion Hotel
    1230 Congress Street
    Portland, ME 04102
    207-774-5611
    http://www.clarionportlandme.com/

    Class will run 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day with lunch break from Noon to 1:00 pm

    Fee : $450
    Limit : 8 participants

    Please review our Booking and Refund Policy

    To sign up contact us at;
    office 828-891-4082
    e-mail info@shootthelight.com

    The Biggest, Baddest Collection of Adobe Keyboard Shortcuts Ever!


    copied and pasted from Scott Kelby's website

    The Biggest, Baddest Collection of Adobe Keyboard Shortcuts Ever!


    It’s big. It’s bad. It’s here — Shortcut Sumo, a brand-new ebook from “The Photoshop Guys” at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) [Matt, RC, Corey, Pete, and me] with quick, easy access to all the Mac and PC keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign and Illustrator and it’s available NOW for the iPad.
    Here’s the Scoop:
    If there was ever an idea that works as an ebook, this is it because to do the book the way I envisioned it, you really couldn’t do it as a printed book — it would literally be thousands of pages; as thick as a phone book and nobody would ever buy it at the price you’d need to charge. That’s because I really felt this book would need to have two very specific features:
    (1) I wanted just one shortcut per page. That’s right — just one, but with some bonuses, like a screen capture of what the shortcut is for, a full keyboard visually showing just that one the shortcut, and a brief sentence that explains the shortcut.
    (2) If you use a Mac, you should only see Mac keyboards shortcuts. Same with a PC. So, when you first launch the App, you tap on Mac or PC, and from then on, you only see the shortcuts for the platform you chose (but you can change your mind, anytime). That means creating a separate page for every Mac shortcut, and another for every PC shortcut. Way too costly to do in print, but perfect for an eBook.

    But today’s ebook format didn’t give me quite what we needed
    The standard ebook format (used by everyone from Apple’s iBooks store to Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and so on), doesn’t allow you to type in a word and have it search through the book, and with a book of keyboard shortcuts, we felt it would be important to be able to search using a key word, so that was one of the reasons we decided to make the book an App, rather than a standard ePub book found in the iBook store.


    How much does it cost?
    The Shortcut Sumo App is FREE and comes with the shortcut module for Adobe Camera Raw. Additional Modules are $2.99 each, and the module for Photoshop CS6 is already available for download right from the App (we’re just finishing up other shortcut modules for Lightroom, InDesign, and Adobe illustrator, which when added to the Camera Raw and Photoshop, they form the “Biggest, Baddest Collection of Adobe keyboard shortcuts ever!” [insert gong sound here].
    I hope you’ll check it out today (especially since the Camera Raw module is free). Here’s the link to Shortcut Sumo on the iTunes store, and of course you can just search for “Shortcut Sumo” on your iPad in the App Store. Hope you like and find it useful.

    Tim Grey HDR Efex Pro Webinar

    Tim Grey HDR Efex Pro Webinar
    In case you missed my live webinar on processing high dynamic range (HDR) images, hosted by Nik Software in late November, it is now available for online viewing. To check out the one-hour presentation, simply point your web browser here:

    http://bit.ly/Ygvcgv

    And if you decide to buy HDR Efex Pro or any other products from Nik Software, you can enter TIMGREY in the Coupon Code field to save 15% on your purchase.

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Rick Sereque -- a Lindblad expeditions trip that he WON

    Our very own Rick Sereque just came back from a Lindblad expeditions trip that they WON!!!


    Linda and I were just notified that we’re the grand prize winners of an 8-day Lindblad Expeditions photo vacation worth $10,660!  We’ll be staying three nights in an exclusive resort near Los Cabos, Mexico at the southern tip of Baja California (with their own five-mile beach) which will be reserved for our Expedition group, and then will spend four nights aboard a 63-passenger National Geographic ship.  On each day, both at the resort and on the ship, they will take us places to photograph.  There will be National Geographic & Lindblad photographers, including NG’s Bob Krist, who will be leading us, teaching, critiquing our images, and more.  A B&H Photo specialist will be teaching Photoshop & Lightroom techniques.  We’ll be kayaking, taking photos of whales and dolphins from Zodiacs, and snorkeling with sea lions.  There will be night photography “painting” cacti with light, hiking with a naturalist, and horseback riding.  We’ll tour the homes of Bing Crosby and Desi Arnaz (and his guitar-shaped pool), and visit a Marine Reserve and hike an island.  On our final night, we’ll photograph, and be entertained by, a local folk trio and dance troupe.  Needless to say, we’re REALLY looking forward to this! Rick


    Gabriel Biderman just posted about this trip on his blog [Days and Nights of Baja]

    These next two photographs are from Gabriel's Blog.

    "it was an epic adventure. We became great friends with the 65+ guests who signed up for the trip. They were so thankful to have B&H reps on board and help them try out all the latest lenses – from 4.5mm to 500mm. It was an honor to teach alongside with Bob, Michael, and Ralph. And I have a newfound love and respect for wildlife and expeditions. Linblad is one of the most professional organizations that I have ever dealt with. The adventure starts when the sun rises and there are tons of opportunities for you to take advantage of the day. Whether it be snorkeling with sea lions, kayaking, zodiac cruises, or just chilling at the beach."

    20130105_Cabo.XE_016

    20130109_Seabird.XE_155


    I am hoping that we will be able to entice Rick to put on a program for NHCC Spring 2014 with photographs and stories from this trip!


    Hunts sponsored webinar Lightroom 4 and GPS: Geo Tagging Photos in Lightroom 4




     
     
    Lightroom 4 and GPS: Geo Tagging Photos in Lightroom 4
     
    Join us for a Webinar on January 24
     
     
    Space is limited.
    Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
    https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/215693942
     
    Instructor Bob DiNatale shows you the power of using GPS to tag images in Lightroom 4. Learn how this tool can be used to keyword and categorize images in Lightroom 4. Discover the different devices that can be used to integrate this effective search tool in Lightroom 4.
    Title: Lightroom 4 and GPS: Geo Tagging Photos in Lightroom 4
    Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
     
    Mac®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
     
    Mobile attendees
    Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
     

    Fima effects pack


    Fima effects pack

    While you love taking photos and video, you would like to add something a little more special to the photos. You've seen expert photographers add certain effects to photos and video that wow people, and you would love to have the same done to your own images without paying for expert photography services.

    Fima Effects Pack is a wonderful collection of five photo and video effects that will inject a new and impressive sense of style into all of your work. With Fima Effects Pack, you'll be able to implement amazing visual impact using an easy and intuitive user interface that's a joy to use, not like those other overpriced, overly-complex software packages that make you struggle to learn what should be simple.

    Your five effects in Fima Effects Pack give you the freedom to cover a lot of creative ground.

    Long exposure tutorial with Scott Kelby...

    Long exposure tutorial with Scott Kelby...

    good tips...

    iphone time

    gaffers tape neutral 

    density filter

    cable release 


    Sunday, January 20, 2013

    Join us March 9th for Nature’s Elusive Beauty by Jennifer Wu


    SAVE the DATE!! March 9th 

    Join the New Haven Camera Club 

    on Saturday March 9th 2013
    for a presentation 
    by Canon Explorer of Light 
    Jennifer Wu

    Sponsored by Canon




    Who -- Canon Explorer of Light Jennifer Wu

    What -- Nature’s Elusive Beauty – Composition for Nature and Landscape Photography

    Where -- Whitney Center 200 Leeder Hill Drive Hamden, CT 06517-2749 (203) 281-6745

    When -- Saturday, March 9, 2013 -- 9am to 4pm, plan to arrive by 8:30am

    How much -- the program is FREE
    Optional lunch $XX (price to be determined this week).
    Box Lunch: Assorted Sandwiches, Beverage (Soda, Water), Chips, and Cookies
    Note that while lunch is optional,  there are not a choices in the vicinity of the seminar. 

    To register please mail your registration (and optional check made out to New Haven camera Club for lunch) to Denise Saldaña 52 Westminister St, Hamden CT 06518 -- It must arrive by by Feb 21st (we need to provide the head count on Feb 22nd)

    Name _______________________________________________________________
    Address  _______________________________________________________________
    Email  _______________________________________________________________
    Phone number   __________________________________________________________

    All tickets will be held at the door. 
    If you wish confirmation, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

    For questions please email Tom at tlcbam@comcast.net

    Nature’s Elusive Beauty – Composition for Nature and Landscape Photography

    This inspiring and entertaining presentation is a must see for any one interested in nature and landscape photography. Jennifer will teach you the elements of photographic composition and share her techniques to get those great shots. She will discus five elements of composition. You will learn about selecting specific lenses and how each lens makes visual impact. Discover how creating depth in an image creates visual interest and how isolating the subject will make a striking image

    Short Break

    Tips and Techniques: Jennifer will discuss techniques for getting great shots including tips on using polarizing and neutral density filters, use of white balance settings, keeping the contrast in the photograph, using reflectors, use of hyperfocal distance focusing and more. 

    Lunch

    Maximizing Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop:  Learn as Jennifer demonstrates the incredible capabilities of Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Jen will show you how you can take care of much of your image optimization in ACR and she will show you her workflow for processing images. She'll discuss the tools and best practices when adjusting your images; touching on features like the tone curve, lens correction and local adjustment tools. She shares her tips  

    Short Break

    The Amazing Night Sky: Photographing after sunset and before sunrise offers a whole new world of images and photographic opportunities. We mistakenly  think it is too dark to photograph, but the camera can pick up the subtle light. The seemingly infinite darkness of the night is lit by the stars and planets. The camera picks up light from the gasses of the Milky Way and more stars than our eyes can see. Learn how to photograph the stars, the full moon and the crescent moon, and get tips on when to photograph them, and how to appreciate the quality of light at night and how to use evening  light in your photographs. Twilight displays beautiful light after sunset and before sunrise. Jennifer discusses light painting techniques for illuminating  trees, rocks and buildings, adding another dimension to night photography. Jennifer will takeyou on a dramatic visual journey through of the night sky in time-lapse movies. This inspiring and entertaining presentation is a must-see for any one interested in photographing  twilight, the stars, and the moon.


    About the Photographer:
    Jennifer Wu, a professional photographer since 1992, is a nature and landscape photographer as well as a photographer of the stars and the night sky.


    Jennifer was named by Canon USA to the elite group of photographers, The Explorers of Light.  Canon states, "The Explorers Of Light program is a group of 62 of the world's best photographers, united in their love and passion for photographic excellence. They also share a common desire to contribute back to the industry with a willingness to share their vision and passion with others."  Jennifer enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and passion for nature photography in lectures and workshops for Canon. She is especially proud that Canon publishes her spectacular sky photographs in their professional camera brochures.
    Her images, featured in numerous magazines and books, have won a wide variety of prestigious awards. Whenever she is not on nature expeditions at some of the most beautiful locations in the world, she exhibits her images at galleries and art shows.

    Jennifer, born in Illinois in 1968, grew up in Davis, California. She moved to Sacramento to attend California State University, Sacramento, where she received a BA in Photography. She currently lives in Sacramento.

    She taught photography and digital imaging at California State University Sacramento. She now enjoys lecturing, teaching seminars and speaking events as well as leading workshops for Canon and aFilm International Film Workshops Barcelona, Spain. She leads workshops to Alaska, Hawaii, Yosemite, Death Valley, Namibia and Iceland. 

    View her images at www.jenniferwu.com. 






    Create a Water Lily in a Cup Effect in Photoshop


    Create a Water Lily in a Cup Effect in Photoshop

    Create a Water Lily in a Cup Effect in Photoshop

    Resources


    Step 1

    In this tutorial we will be working with two photos to show you how to create a section of a cup with liquid.

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

    tour to the inland Pacific Northwest


    THE OKANOGAN VALLEY,
    CASCADE MOUNTAINS & CENTRAL
    WASHINGTON STATE
    JUNE 7 – 16, 2013
    FOFA is very excited to offer our third tour to the inland Pacific Northwest.  After first visiting the area in May 2005 to write an article for WildBird Magazine, I was so taken with the incredible diversity of habitats and breeding bird species that I have been delighted to be able to return with a tour groups to share the wonder of spectacular birding and scenery.  
    We will cover life zones from the heights of the Cascade Mountains to the sage/steppe deserts of central Washington, with everything in between.  Woodpeckers, warblers, waders, waterfowl, and many bird species starting with other letters, about 175 in all.  
    We’ll start and finish at Sea-Tac Airport, just south of Seattle, spending our first and last nights at a nearby hotel.  Our tour begins by crossing the southern Cascade Mountains, then we’ll spend some time exploring the eastern slope and drier habitats in the central part of the state. We’ll work our way north, poking along through canyons, river valleys, foothills, agricultural areas and many other habitats.  After birding areas surrounding the Columbia River, we’ll head north to the Okanogan Valley, which hosts more species of breeding birds than any other area of Washington.  After a few days exploring the wonders of this amazing valley, and the adjacent highlands, we’ll head back to Seattle by crossing the northern Cascades, always looking for new species.  Check the species range maps in your field guides – we’ll search for just about everything that occurs in this area during breeding season.
    EXPECTED ITINERARY
    Day 1 (June 7, Fri): Arrive in Seattle in time for 6:00 PM Welcome Dinner. Contact hotel for free shuttle from airport. Night at Sea-Tac Airport area.
    Day 2 (June 8, Sat): Drive east from Seattle across the Cascades, with stops in the mountains along the way, including the pict-uresque town of Roslyn, featured in the very birdy TV series of several years back,Northern Exposure.  Night in Cle Elum, WA.
    Day 3 (June 9, Sun): Explore foothills and dry country east of Cascades. Night in Cle Elum.
    Day 4 (June 10, Mon): Columbia River Basin, Potholes, Coulees and more. Night in Wenatchee, WA.
    Day 5 (June 11, Tue): Okanogan Valley. Night in Okanogan.
    Day 6 (June 12, Wed): Conconully Reservoir and Sinlahekin Valley. Night in Okanogan.
    Day 7 (June 13, Thu): Okanogan Highlands. Night in Okanogan.
    Day 8 (June 14, Fri): Loomis, Toats-Coulee Road in high mountains, road and snow conditions permitting. Night in Okanogan.
    Day 9 (June 15, Sat): Drive from Okanogan across the northern Cascades via Route 20, birding along the way.  Return to Sea-Tac area hotel, for Farewell Dinner and night.
    Day 10 (June 16, Sun):  Flights home at any time you would like. 

    TOUR PRICE: about $2495, based on 10 participants in double occupancy. Includes almost everything except airfare to Seattle.
    CONTACT: Sam Fried, Flights of Fancy Adventures, LLC, sam.fried@live.com, 860-690-8599. www.flightsoffancyadventures.com
    Sam Fried
    Flights of Fancy Adventures, LLC
    sam.fried@live.com
    www.FlightsofFancyAdventures.com 

    Friday, January 18, 2013

    Flower Photography Seminar/Workshop featuring denise ippolito


    Flower Photography Seminar/Workshop featuring denise ippolito

    $99.00 ~ limited spots available, open to all levels-beginners, intermediate and advanced

    March 22, 23, 24

    Sign up here
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    For this seminar you will need to bring your camera, macro lens and tripod as we will have multiple shooting sessions in a classroom setting. Creative set-ups and assistance along with several stations so there is no waiting around. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to follow along and also work with their images- processing them in Photoshop and enhancing them using Nik Software, OnOne Software, Topaz Labs, Fractalius and Snap Art (free downloads are available for  each of the programs that we will be using and a list of software will be available at sign-up).

    The optional in-the-field workshop at Longwood Gardens in PA will be a great way to roll up your sleeves and apply all of your new techniques in the field. Longwood Gardens will be displaying their Orchid Extravaganza on Sunday, we will be photographing inside the conservatory which is HUGE!!

    Friday 6:00pm to 8:00pm ~ Lecture series


    Lecture Series:
    The lecture series will be based on Denise's popular eBooks Bloomin’ Ideas & The Softer Side of Macro. Images will illustrate many of the techniques that will be covered during the classroom shoot and in-the-field workshop.

    Saturday 9:00am to :00pm ~ Classroom instruction including hands- on shooting and Photoshop instruction. $99.00 for both Friday evening & Saturday all day programs.


    Classroom Instruction:
    Choosing the best lenses, tripods & heads, extension tubes, working with natural lighting, using reflectors and diffusers effectively. Camera settings including ISO and shutter speeds, shooting modes and more…

    Composition- controlling depth of field with f-stops, selective focus, choosing your backgrounds, visual weight and its importance, going with the flow of the subject and how to find that flow.

    Hands-on photography instruction using creative demos and set-ups. Denise will share some of her favorite indoor shooting tips. Several shooting stations with lots of assistance.


    Photoshop Instruction:
    How to use layers and layer masks to selectively apply all of your Photoshop tweaks.
    Texture Overlays- how to apply them easily.
    Image enhancement using Nik Color Efex and Vivesa.
    Creative Filtering using a variety of programs and techniques.

    Sunday 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Optional Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza Photography Workshop
     $195.00 per person-admission included
    ($30.00 discount when you register for both the seminar & the workshop).

    In-the-field hands-on instruction, participants will be photographing a variety of subjects that are on display in the Conservatory. We will put all of our classroom instruction to use in a live setting. Composition, DOF, Selective Focus, use of extension tubes, reflectors, diffusers and more!

    Rain or shine, a detailed PDF with additional information will be sent upon sign up.

    We will meet just outside of the front doors at 8:45 sharp Sunday morning. Bring your tripod as they will be allowed in the conservatory.

    SEMINAR PLACE:
    Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square
    815 E Baltimore Pike
    Kennett Square, PA 19348
    Tel: 610-765-1006

    DATES:
    March 22, 23, 24
    Friday 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm with a lunch break
    Sunday 9:00am to 12:00 noon

    LONGWOOD GARDENS:
    1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square , PA 19348
    610.388.1000

    Sign up here

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