Tuesday, December 29, 2015

sale ends 12/31 Topaz plugins

Most of you know that I just love, love, love the Topaz products! Tom and I use the Topaz plugins on the majority of our photographs. We use Clarity and Adjust regularly, and Glow and Impression selectively. Topaz also has the new awesome Texture plugin, if you have not tried this then you must check it out. You can purchase the entire Topaz suite, or just one particular plugin, or upgrade from one or more plugins to the suite for a discounted price.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season! Topaz wants to spread a little cheer with a sale on ALL Topaz products. From December 17th through December 31st, Topaz is offering 35% off of the ENTIRE Topaz store. Click here Topaz and use coupon code 'TOPAZ2015


Monday, December 21, 2015

Topaz Sale !! Get these awesome plugins for 35% off

Most of you know that I just love, love, love the Topaz products! Tom and I use the Topaz plugins on the majority of our photographs. We use Clarity and Adjust regularly, and Glow and Impression selectively. Topaz also has the new awesome Texture plugin, if you have not tried this then you must check it out. You can purchase the entire Topaz suite, or just one particular plugin, or upgrade from one or more plugins to the suite for a discounted price.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season! Topaz wants to spread a little cheer with a sale on ALL Topaz products. From December 17th through December 31st, Topaz is offering 35% off of the ENTIRE Topaz store. Click here Topaz and use coupon code 'TOPAZ2015


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Topaz sale collection 50% off

http://tinyurl.com/Topaz2015

I use topaz plugins ALL the time
I love clarity and adjust, use impression and glow and now texture effects quite often
Their Denoise is the best noise reduction software out there

It's that time of year again! Sale ends 11-30-15 Topaz is offering 50% off of the full Topaz Photography Collection. Whether you want to achieve stunning photo enhancements or apply artistic effects, this unique collection has you covered.

With the recent addition of Topaz Texture Effects, the Photography Collection now includes 17 products for only $499.99. With the 50% discount, new users can purchase the entire collection for ONLY $249.99! The savings aren’t just for new collection purchases either

Owners of the older Topaz Collections can take advantage of the savings as well! They will just need to log in to their accounts to see their unique Collection upgrade price, then apply the code for 50% additional savings!

Use the coupon code 'BLACKFRIDAY2015' To save 
http://tinyurl.com/Topaz2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Topaz Texture Effects

You all know that I just love, love, love the Topaz plugin products. I use Clarity and/or Adjust on the majority of my images. And I also love Textures. I teach a lot of texture workshops, well I used to, lol. Now Texture Effects! has made it so powerful and so simple that everyone can have fun with textures now. The Topaz Texture Effects! program even provides previews, taking the artistic guesswork out of applying textures in Photoshop. Check out Texture Effects!

$49.99 until 11/20! Coupon: TEXTUREFX -- Check out Texture Effects!





Here are some sample images (from Topaz, not mine)





Topaz Texture Effects! -- Only $49.99 until 11/20!

Below are some Texture Effects resources:

• Check out this Quick Intro Guide to see some of the notable features we are most excited about:https://www.dropbox.com/s/jhx3phiyv51mysw/Quick_Intro.pdf?dl=0
• Watch these short Texture Effects Tips (under 2 minutes each) videos highlighting how to use the most important areas in Texture Effects:

Browse and Download Effects: https://youtu.be/AyMxRry-74c
Creating Custom Effects: https://youtu.be/eOwcrg1tsrI
Importing Your Own Assets: https://youtu.be/TmMOpSNpsB0
Save & Share: https://youtu.be/19mUGQyWzEg

Friday, November 13, 2015

Canon Explorer of Light Parish Kohanim FREE PROGRAM

Join CTPPA and Tom and Lisa Cuchara photography workshops and Hunts photos and Video 
in welcoming Canon Explorer of Light 
Parish Kohanim
FREE PROGRAM

Monday November 16th 7-9 pm, arrive at 6:30 for a 7 pm program

Cromwell Crowne Plaza 100 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT 06416

Free, Parish Kohanim is sponsored by the Canon Explorer of Light program and the location is being co-sponsored by CTPPA, Tom & Lisa Cuchara photography workshops and Hunt photo and Video.

Free, register here or here 

http://parishkohanim.com/home.html

PRESENTATION   DESCRIPTION    

Parish will take you on a journey, exploring his diverse and striking body of work, composed of his award-winning commercial assignments, stunning painterly-style portraits, landscapes and his fine art imagery.   For Parish,  the heart and soul of his photography is  that of an artist and what inspires and motivates his creative process is the focus of what he will share with you during his presentation.

Embracing the trends of our technological advancements and change, Parish will show you his experimental videos that resulted in new assignments. He also will be discussing the importance of proper composition, unconventional lighting, techniques for creating dynamic visual impact and getting the most naturally posed portraits.  Throughout his presentation, he will point out and share some simple and fresh techniques and tips on how to make your pictures stand out from the crowd.  He will take you behind the scenes of some of his major assignments and discuss his approach and methodology for making any assignment or shot a success.

Parish also shares his philosophy and his passion about the ART of photography.  His presentations are educational, as well as inspirational with a focus on finding the  beauty that surrounds us in our own environment and having the vision to expand one's  personal horizons.  He will give you unparalleled access, revealing his production methods for his most unique and up-coming book “Luminosa” with Cirque du Soleil’s extraordinary performers, which has taken five years to complete.  These one-of-a kind shots are taken at 1/5000 sec., hence the “frozen moments” of their spectacular performances.

Recognized internationally for his superb imagery, imaginative lighting and a truly artistic approach that focuses on the beauty that inspires him.   So whether you shoot portraits, weddings or landscapes, this is a must-see presentation that will help enhance your creativity and vision.

Biography: Parish Kohanim, a very successful commercial photographer for over 30 years opened his own Fine Art Gallery in 2004.  His work is represented in art galleries in the US and France.   A Canon, “Explorer of Light” since l994,  he gives presentations and workshops in the US and abroad.   An X-Rite Coloratti Pro and winner of the “One Show”, a Clio, other numerous awards and he was named “One of the World’s Top 100 Photographers”  three consecutive years by GRAPHIS.  Parish continues to renew his passion and love for photography by expressing the beauty around us in his luminous imagery.









  





Parish has been a commercial photographer for over 30 years and in 2004 opened his own Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta.   He has been a Canon  "Explorer of Light" since 1994 (one of the original members of this  prestigious group). Parish is also  on an APPLE Advisory Board for the development of Aperture Software.  He has been giving presentations, seminars and workshops for many years throughout the United States and abroad.   Parish is the recipient of dozens of awards over the years for his commercial work on major ad campaigns for many Fortune 500 companies. His ads have appeared in numerous national magazines throughout his career. He was named one of the “World’s Top 100 Photographers” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Graphis. Parish’s work has been featured on the cover of Graphis Nudes, Communication Arts, Professional Photographer, Digital Photo Pro several times.  He has also had numerous articles written about his unique images in many other notable publications. He has given presentations and lectures at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Photo Expo NY, Brooks Institute, Hallmark Institute, many other photography schools and ASMP and PPA Chapters all over the United States. He is currently working on an elegant and unique coffee-table book on Cirque performers, a collaboration with the most talented aerialists, contortionists and silk artists performing today. Parish’s Fine Art images are exhibited in Miami, West Palm Beach, California, New York City, and Paris and Barbizon, France. Parish has an insatiable desire to explore and expand his artistic horizons and he still remains true to his approach to simplicity and to the visual dialogue that is intuitive and innate.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Canon Explorer of Light Parish Kohanim FREE PROGRAM

Join CTPPA and Tom and Lisa Cuchara photography workshops and Hunts photos and Video 
in welcoming Canon Explorer of Light 
Parish Kohanim
FREE PROGRAM

Monday November 16th 7-9 pm, arrive at 6:30 for a 7 pm program

Cromwell Crowne Plaza 100 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT 06416

Free, Parish Kohanim is sponsored by the Canon Explorer of Light program and the location is being co-sponsored by CTPPA, Tom & Lisa Cuchara photography workshops and Hunt photo and Video.

Free, register here or here 

http://parishkohanim.com/home.html

PRESENTATION   DESCRIPTION    

Parish will take you on a journey, exploring his diverse and striking body of work, composed of his award-winning commercial assignments, stunning painterly-style portraits, landscapes and his fine art imagery.   For Parish,  the heart and soul of his photography is  that of an artist and what inspires and motivates his creative process is the focus of what he will share with you during his presentation.

Embracing the trends of our technological advancements and change, Parish will show you his experimental videos that resulted in new assignments. He also will be discussing the importance of proper composition, unconventional lighting, techniques for creating dynamic visual impact and getting the most naturally posed portraits.  Throughout his presentation, he will point out and share some simple and fresh techniques and tips on how to make your pictures stand out from the crowd.  He will take you behind the scenes of some of his major assignments and discuss his approach and methodology for making any assignment or shot a success.

Parish also shares his philosophy and his passion about the ART of photography.  His presentations are educational, as well as inspirational with a focus on finding the  beauty that surrounds us in our own environment and having the vision to expand one's  personal horizons.  He will give you unparalleled access, revealing his production methods for his most unique and up-coming book “Luminosa” with Cirque du Soleil’s extraordinary performers, which has taken five years to complete.  These one-of-a kind shots are taken at 1/5000 sec., hence the “frozen moments” of their spectacular performances.

Recognized internationally for his superb imagery, imaginative lighting and a truly artistic approach that focuses on the beauty that inspires him.   So whether you shoot portraits, weddings or landscapes, this is a must-see presentation that will help enhance your creativity and vision.

Biography: Parish Kohanim, a very successful commercial photographer for over 30 years opened his own Fine Art Gallery in 2004.  His work is represented in art galleries in the US and France.   A Canon, “Explorer of Light” since l994,  he gives presentations and workshops in the US and abroad.   An X-Rite Coloratti Pro and winner of the “One Show”, a Clio, other numerous awards and he was named “One of the World’s Top 100 Photographers”  three consecutive years by GRAPHIS.  Parish continues to renew his passion and love for photography by expressing the beauty around us in his luminous imagery.









  





Parish has been a commercial photographer for over 30 years and in 2004 opened his own Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta.   He has been a Canon  "Explorer of Light" since 1994 (one of the original members of this  prestigious group). Parish is also  on an APPLE Advisory Board for the development of Aperture Software.  He has been giving presentations, seminars and workshops for many years throughout the United States and abroad.   Parish is the recipient of dozens of awards over the years for his commercial work on major ad campaigns for many Fortune 500 companies. His ads have appeared in numerous national magazines throughout his career. He was named one of the “World’s Top 100 Photographers” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Graphis. Parish’s work has been featured on the cover of Graphis Nudes, Communication Arts, Professional Photographer, Digital Photo Pro several times.  He has also had numerous articles written about his unique images in many other notable publications. He has given presentations and lectures at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Photo Expo NY, Brooks Institute, Hallmark Institute, many other photography schools and ASMP and PPA Chapters all over the United States. He is currently working on an elegant and unique coffee-table book on Cirque performers, a collaboration with the most talented aerialists, contortionists and silk artists performing today. Parish’s Fine Art images are exhibited in Miami, West Palm Beach, California, New York City, and Paris and Barbizon, France. Parish has an insatiable desire to explore and expand his artistic horizons and he still remains true to his approach to simplicity and to the visual dialogue that is intuitive and innate.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

PPA Super 1 Day Applying Textures to Photographs

PPA Super 1 Day Applying Textures to Photographs

Super 1 Day Photography Workshops
Super 1 Day Photography Workshops. For two weeks in October, dozens of studios across the country will invite attendees to join daily workshops featuring portrait and wedding photography, posing and lighting, digital retouching and workflow, and sales and marketing strategies. It's a chance you won't want to miss—a full day of photography education brought to you by fellow professional photographers. All photographic classes will be held October 5-19, 2015, so you'll be able to find one that fits your educational needs and your schedule! Register for a $99 Super 1 Day class online by September 29, 2015. After September 29th, registration must be done on-site (space permitting) for $120. FYI, 100% of the payment goes to PPA, not to me :-)

Hamden CTApplying Textures to Photographs
Click here to register.

Course #CT01
Lisa Cuchara
Texture is that extra something, that signature trademark that can really set a photo apart. In this workshop, Lisa Cuchara discusses how to use texture as a great photographic tool to enhance your images.

Watch and learn as Lisa shows you how to apply various textures to your own images and discover the difference they can make! Explore the different moods, feeling and emotions you can elicit from a photo just by using this technique. Discuss the differences in the textures, what blending can do and how your selections can make the picture warmer, softer, more antiquated, grungier – whatever direction you want to take the image!

This workshop is a great experience for intermediate level photographers who want to go delve further into the concept of texture. You'll learn how to collect and use your own textures, how to remove them from part of an image, and how to manipulate color within a texture. Gets hands-on as you take photos to use as textures and walk the process all the way through from beginning to end.

Course Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Course Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Items to Bring: camera, laptop with Adobe Photoshop installed, Wacom tablet (recommended by not required)

Location: 
BREA Studios
2911 Dixwell Ave
Suite 108
Hamden, CT 06514
203-288-8151
Instructor Contact:
breaphotos@comcast.net
203-288-0885
Instructor Website:
http://www.BREAphotos.com

Friday, October 2, 2015

Click 2015! Lisa & Tom Cuchara Present: How To Start A Portrait Business + Posing Your Subjects For Portraits + Applying Textures To Your Photographs

Click 2015!
Lisa & Tom Cuchara Present: How To Start A Portrait Business + Posing Your Subjects For Portraits + Applying Textures To Your Photographs

Register Now!


Programs:

“Applying Textures to photographs”
Textures. What is a texture? We know texture when we see it, but when we refer to a “Texture” as photographic tool we mean a photograph that is placed on top of another photograph and then “blended” or adjusted to affect how it is portrayed. “Textures” can be just that, photographs of rust, peeling paint, old paper, etc., but they can also be clouds, bokeh, bubbles, water drops, wallpaper, walls, words, old letters, grass, etc. The specific texture that you pick will affect how your photograph underneath looks, but you have additional choices by changing the blending mode (there are 20 blend mode, but a handful that are commonly used when blending textures) for that texture later. Changing the blending modes alters the way that particular texture interacts with the photograph underneath. Join Lisa Cuchara as she shows you how to edit some of your photographs to give them a different feel by applying textures to them. Textures can add a mood or a feel to an image; making the photograph softer, warmer, grungier, older, etc. In this intermediate workshop (assumes knowledge of layers and masks) Lisa will show you how to collect your own textures, how to use textures, how to remove textures from part of an image, how to remove color from a texture and change the color of the texture and how to prevent the texture from affecting of the photograph below while leaving the color. Program Time: Session 3- 2:30-3:15pm

“How to Start a Portrait Business.”
Becoming a photography business is more than just being able to take good photographs: you must also be a good business person and wear many hats, from marketing to accountant to therapist. Tom and Lisa will discuss the logistical aspects of becoming a photography business: paperwork, taxes (income and sales), protecting yourself (LLC), choosing a business name and logo, equipment insurance, liability insurance, malpractice insurance, contracts, model releases, copyright, the importance of education and continuing education, dealing with “Uncle Bob”, competing with people who buy a camera and get a Facebook page, meeting with clients, website, blog, social media, marketing, pricing, getting the right client (being a good match), joining professional associations (PPA, CTPPA, WPPI, ASMP, etc.), competition at the professional level, companies that cater to professional photographers, PPAs’ see the difference, PPA’s benchmark services, etc. We will also discuss studio location (home versus rental versus on solely location shoots), being a photographer part time versus full time, and choosing your specialty and/or niche. We will also touch upon lighting options (natural light, speedlights, Studio strobes) and equipment choices as they relate to your business being in a Studio versus on location. The importance of knowing your equipment and lighting and post-processing will also be discussed. Program Time: Session 1- 9:30-10:15am

“Posing Your Subjects for Portraits”
Tom and Lisa will provide tips for photographing people. When photographing people professionally various aspects come into play: clothing suggestions, accessory (jewelry, hats, scarves, fun stuff) choices, the comfort level of the person (making them comfortable and establishing rapport), posing hands, facial analysis, matching your pose to your subject, lighting, and most importantly expression (which is related to rapport, natural expression, and your particular model). We will concentrate on tips related to photographing a single person, but will also touch upon couples and families. We will talk about newborn photography as well.Program Time: Session 2- 10:45-11:30am

BIO:
Lisa Cuchara, PhD, MNEC, and Tom Cuchara MNEC are both very passionate about photography, and they enjoy both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. They love to photograph nature, but find many subjects equally intriguing. From birds and flowers to babies and HDR, they appreciate the world around them and embraces the challenge of interpreting what their eyes see and their hearts feel via the camera lens. Photography allows them to pay attention to the details, to be mindful, to slow down and appreciate all of the beauty, details and nuances of everyday life. Lisa and her husband Tom are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. You may view some of their photographs here: http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/). Lisa and Tom have been photographing people professionally for over 15 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden CT. Their portrait philosophy is based on “We do not remember days, we remember Moments”. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions and their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars, and on the cover of paperback novel.  Lisa and Tom also teach photography a variety of camera and post-processing workshops, in the classroom and in the field (www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/).

See more here 

Click 2015! Lisa & Tom Cuchara Present: How To Start A Portrait Business + Posing Your Subjects For Portraits + Applying Textures To Your Photographs

Click 2015!
Lisa & Tom Cuchara Present: How To Start A Portrait Business + Posing Your Subjects For Portraits + Applying Textures To Your Photographs

Register Now!


Programs:

“Applying Textures to photographs”
Textures. What is a texture? We know texture when we see it, but when we refer to a “Texture” as photographic tool we mean a photograph that is placed on top of another photograph and then “blended” or adjusted to affect how it is portrayed. “Textures” can be just that, photographs of rust, peeling paint, old paper, etc., but they can also be clouds, bokeh, bubbles, water drops, wallpaper, walls, words, old letters, grass, etc. The specific texture that you pick will affect how your photograph underneath looks, but you have additional choices by changing the blending mode (there are 20 blend mode, but a handful that are commonly used when blending textures) for that texture later. Changing the blending modes alters the way that particular texture interacts with the photograph underneath. Join Lisa Cuchara as she shows you how to edit some of your photographs to give them a different feel by applying textures to them. Textures can add a mood or a feel to an image; making the photograph softer, warmer, grungier, older, etc. In this intermediate workshop (assumes knowledge of layers and masks) Lisa will show you how to collect your own textures, how to use textures, how to remove textures from part of an image, how to remove color from a texture and change the color of the texture and how to prevent the texture from affecting of the photograph below while leaving the color. Program Time: Session 3- 2:30-3:15pm

“How to Start a Portrait Business.”
Becoming a photography business is more than just being able to take good photographs: you must also be a good business person and wear many hats, from marketing to accountant to therapist. Tom and Lisa will discuss the logistical aspects of becoming a photography business: paperwork, taxes (income and sales), protecting yourself (LLC), choosing a business name and logo, equipment insurance, liability insurance, malpractice insurance, contracts, model releases, copyright, the importance of education and continuing education, dealing with “Uncle Bob”, competing with people who buy a camera and get a Facebook page, meeting with clients, website, blog, social media, marketing, pricing, getting the right client (being a good match), joining professional associations (PPA, CTPPA, WPPI, ASMP, etc.), competition at the professional level, companies that cater to professional photographers, PPAs’ see the difference, PPA’s benchmark services, etc. We will also discuss studio location (home versus rental versus on solely location shoots), being a photographer part time versus full time, and choosing your specialty and/or niche. We will also touch upon lighting options (natural light, speedlights, Studio strobes) and equipment choices as they relate to your business being in a Studio versus on location. The importance of knowing your equipment and lighting and post-processing will also be discussed. Program Time: Session 1- 9:30-10:15am

“Posing Your Subjects for Portraits”
Tom and Lisa will provide tips for photographing people. When photographing people professionally various aspects come into play: clothing suggestions, accessory (jewelry, hats, scarves, fun stuff) choices, the comfort level of the person (making them comfortable and establishing rapport), posing hands, facial analysis, matching your pose to your subject, lighting, and most importantly expression (which is related to rapport, natural expression, and your particular model). We will concentrate on tips related to photographing a single person, but will also touch upon couples and families. We will talk about newborn photography as well.Program Time: Session 2- 10:45-11:30am

BIO:
Lisa Cuchara, PhD, MNEC, and Tom Cuchara MNEC are both very passionate about photography, and they enjoy both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. They love to photograph nature, but find many subjects equally intriguing. From birds and flowers to babies and HDR, they appreciate the world around them and embraces the challenge of interpreting what their eyes see and their hearts feel via the camera lens. Photography allows them to pay attention to the details, to be mindful, to slow down and appreciate all of the beauty, details and nuances of everyday life. Lisa and her husband Tom are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. You may view some of their photographs here: http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/). Lisa and Tom have been photographing people professionally for over 15 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden CT. Their portrait philosophy is based on “We do not remember days, we remember Moments”. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions and their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars, and on the cover of paperback novel.  Lisa and Tom also teach photography a variety of camera and post-processing workshops, in the classroom and in the field (www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/).

See more here 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Canon 7D Mark II Firmware Version 1.5

Canon 7D Mark II Firmware Version 1.5

Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 7D Mark II. Firmware version 1.5 provides the following fixes:


  • Improves AF accuracy when used in combination with the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens or EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, the “Peripheral illumination correction” is applied inconsistently.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, while performing an EF lens firmware update, the progress bar displayed on the LCD monitor may freeze at 100% even though the update has been completed.
  • Fixes a processing error in relation to the leap second for the “Geotag information appended to image” and “Log data” GPS functions.
  • Fixes a phenomenon, where at the time of shooting in very rare cases “Err 70” occurs, or the shutter does not release.

You can download the firmware update here on Canon’s website.

Monday, September 28, 2015

SALE Bowens Mosaic Solo On-Camera LED Light

Tom and I use LED lights a LOT in our photography. We use LED lights for flowers, macro, frogs, and to create light and shadows during our urban exploration photography.

SALE Bowens Mosaic Solo On-Camera LED Light

Part Number: VB1400
Web Price: $149.00
Availability: In-Stock
SPECIAL PROMOTION Promotional Price: $89.95

The compact and lightweight Mosaic Solo, with 72 high-powered, long-life, daylight balanced LEDs is the perfect light for interviews, vox pops and piece to camera video shots and is also ideal for portrait and product photography.

The size and weight of this versatile light makes it great for use on HD-DSLR and video cameras alike and its wide format design creates a broader spread of light that provides the wider cover required for typical 16:9 framing.

The compact and lightweight Mosaic Solo, with 72 high-powered, long-life, daylight balanced LEDs is the perfect light for interviews, vox pops and piece to camera video shots and is also ideal for portrait and product photography.

The size and weight of this versatile light makes it great for use on HD-DSLR and video cameras alike and its wide format design creates a broader spread of light that provides the wider cover required for typical 16:9 framing.
Multiple power options mean that high-quality daylight is achievable in or out of the studio with the light positioned on or off-camera or even hand-held. The beautiful daylight output of the Solo creates a flattering soft light with accurate skin tones. Light output can be steplessly altered to suit your needs with the built-in dimmer or with the diffuser and filter set included with this kit.

Features:
Go Anywhere Lighting.

Lightweight yet durable body.
Runs from readily available AA batteries.
Can be powered by AC adaptor or from the supplied D-Tap power cable.

Long-life LED bulbs. Low power LEDs for long battery life.

Versatility.
Mount Horizontally or Vertically using the hotshot swivel mount provided.
Standard 1/4" screw mount fits most lighting stands.
Small and light enough to be hand-held.

Your subject in the best light.
Daylight balanced with wide 70ยบ beam angle.
Steplessly variable dimmer from 100 - 0%.
Opal diffuser and Tungsten filters included.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

PPA Super 1 Day Applying Textures to Photographs

PPA Super 1 Day Applying Textures to Photographs

Super 1 Day Photography Workshops
Super 1 Day Photography Workshops. For two weeks in October, dozens of studios across the country will invite attendees to join daily workshops featuring portrait and wedding photography, posing and lighting, digital retouching and workflow, and sales and marketing strategies. It's a chance you won't want to miss—a full day of photography education brought to you by fellow professional photographers. All photographic classes will be held October 5-19, 2015, so you'll be able to find one that fits your educational needs and your schedule! Register for a $99 Super 1 Day class online by September 29, 2015. After September 29th, registration must be done on-site (space permitting) for $120. FYI, 100% of the payment goes to PPA, not to me :-)

Hamden CTApplying Textures to Photographs
Click here to register.

Course #CT01
Lisa Cuchara
Texture is that extra something, that signature trademark that can really set a photo apart. In this workshop, Lisa Cuchara discusses how to use texture as a great photographic tool to enhance your images.

Watch and learn as Lisa shows you how to apply various textures to your own images and discover the difference they can make! Explore the different moods, feeling and emotions you can elicit from a photo just by using this technique. Discuss the differences in the textures, what blending can do and how your selections can make the picture warmer, softer, more antiquated, grungier – whatever direction you want to take the image!

This workshop is a great experience for intermediate level photographers who want to go delve further into the concept of texture. You'll learn how to collect and use your own textures, how to remove them from part of an image, and how to manipulate color within a texture. Gets hands-on as you take photos to use as textures and walk the process all the way through from beginning to end.

Course Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Course Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Items to Bring: camera, laptop with Adobe Photoshop installed, Wacom tablet (recommended by not required)

Location: 
BREA Studios
2911 Dixwell Ave
Suite 108
Hamden, CT 06514
203-288-8151
Instructor Contact:
breaphotos@comcast.net
203-288-0885
Instructor Website:
http://www.BREAphotos.com

Saturday, September 26, 2015

TIME will be livestreaming Sunday's lunar eclipse

TIME will be livestreaming Sunday's lunar eclipse

This information was copy pasted from http://time.com/4044307/supermoon-lunar-eclipse/

"Three decades have passed since the last time Earth was witness to the triple crown of lunar events — a full moon, a lunar eclipse, and a lunar perigee all at the same time — and now people in north America will be able to see a “supermoon eclipse” this weekend. A lunar eclipse is when the Earth comes between the full moon and the sun. Although completely in the Earth’s shadow, the moon still receives a bit of reddish sunlight. Unlike a solar eclipse, there’s no special equipment needed to view it. A supermoon is when the moon is in perigee, or the closest point to the Earth it will reach. Sunday’s moon will be about 14% larger than normal, according to NASA. There have only been five times since 1900 where the supermoon has coincided with a total lunar eclipse— and the next won’t happen for another 18 years. Begin looking to the moon around 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday Sept 27, with the total eclipse setting in around 10 p.m. But if there’s cloud cover or you’re unable to get to a clear patch of sky then a livestream will be on TIME.com, hosted by Slooh. The stream will be hosted by Paul Cox and Bob Berman."

Supermoon and Harvest Moon to Coincide With Lunar Eclipse in Rare Celestial Event Sunday Night

Sunday's lunar Eclipse -- watch the lunar Eclipse on Sunday, live or streamed.
Where will you be in 18 years for the next one???

Penumbral Eclipse begins Sep 27 at 8:11:47 PM
Partial Eclipse begins       Sep 27 at 9:07:13 PM
Full Eclipse begins             Sep 27 at 10:11:12 PM
Maximum Eclipse             Sep 27 at 10:47:09 PM
Full Eclipse ends                Sep 27 at 11:23:05 PM
Partial Eclipse ends          Sep 28 at 12:27:05 AM
Penumbral Eclipse ends   Sep 28 at 1:22:31 AM

A spectrum of lunar events will occur Sunday evening in an event that won't happen for another 18 years. A lunar eclipse will coincide with a supermoon on Sept. 27 at 9:07 p.m. EDT. As the moon will be in its closest proximity to Earth, it will appear up to 14 percent larger. This supermoon, also called a harvest moon due to its occurrence falling at the beginning of the autumn season, will have an extra characteristic.
Known as a blood moon, the moon will pass behind behind the Earth into its shadow, resulting in a red tint across its surface.

TIME will be livestreaming Sunday's lunar eclipse

When the Eclipse Happens Worldwide

Lunar eclipses look approximately the same all over the world and happen at the same time.
The times displayed are accurate to around 2-3 seconds.
Event
UTC Time
Time in New Haven*
Visible in New Haven
Penumbral Eclipse begins
Sep 28 at 12:11:47 AM
Sep 27 at 8:11:47 PM
Yes
Partial Eclipse begins
Sep 28 at 1:07:13 AM
Sep 27 at 9:07:13 PM
Yes
Full Eclipse begins
Sep 28 at 2:11:12 AM
Sep 27 at 10:11:12 PM
Yes
Maximum Eclipse
Sep 28 at 2:47:09 AM
Sep 27 at 10:47:09 PM
Yes
Full Eclipse ends
Sep 28 at 3:23:05 AM
Sep 27 at 11:23:05 PM
Yes
Partial Eclipse ends
Sep 28 at 4:27:05 AM
Sep 28 at 12:27:05 AM
Yes
Penumbral Eclipse ends
Sep 28 at 5:22:31 AM
Sep 28 at 1:22:31 AM
Yes
* The Moon is above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in New Haven, the entire eclipse is visible.
The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.276.
The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 11 minutes.
The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 8 minutes.
The duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 12 minutes.

Friday, September 25, 2015

2 Lil Owls some awesome textures on sale this week

2 Lil Owls
some awesome textures on sale this week
Go to Shop, to the bottom"what's on sale"


2 Lil Owls
Textures, Templates, Brushes. Click here to visit 2 Lil Owls Studio

***Buy 2 items and take 20% off your purchase – Discount code: take 20 

***Buy 3 or more items and take 30% off your entire purchase!!  Discount code:  take30  

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dragonflies with Paul Ritchie.

Ever wanted to know more about Dragonflies? In this short film, Paul Ritchie, a photographer explains the best ways to get photographs of the very fast moving and elusive animals. https://vimeo.com/135806639

Sunday, August 23, 2015

PPA Super 1 Day Applying Textures to Photographs

PPA Super 1 Day Applying Textures to Photographs

Super 1 Day Photography Workshops
Super 1 Day Photography Workshops. For two weeks in October, dozens of studios across the country will invite attendees to join daily workshops featuring portrait and wedding photography, posing and lighting, digital retouching and workflow, and sales and marketing strategies. It's a chance you won't want to miss—a full day of photography education brought to you by fellow professional photographers. All photographic classes will be held October 5-19, 2015, so you'll be able to find one that fits your educational needs and your schedule! Register for a $99 Super 1 Day class online by September 29, 2015. After September 29th, registration must be done on-site (space permitting) for $120. FYI, 100% of the payment goes to PPA, not to me :-)

Hamden CTApplying Textures to Photographs
Click here to register.

Course #CT01
Lisa Cuchara
Texture is that extra something, that signature trademark that can really set a photo apart. In this workshop, Lisa Cuchara discusses how to use texture as a great photographic tool to enhance your images.

Watch and learn as Lisa shows you how to apply various textures to your own images and discover the difference they can make! Explore the different moods, feeling and emotions you can elicit from a photo just by using this technique. Discuss the differences in the textures, what blending can do and how your selections can make the picture warmer, softer, more antiquated, grungier – whatever direction you want to take the image!

This workshop is a great experience for intermediate level photographers who want to go delve further into the concept of texture. You'll learn how to collect and use your own textures, how to remove them from part of an image, and how to manipulate color within a texture. Gets hands-on as you take photos to use as textures and walk the process all the way through from beginning to end.

Course Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Course Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Items to Bring: camera, laptop with Adobe Photoshop installed, Wacom tablet (recommended by not required)

Location: 
BREA Studios
2911 Dixwell Ave
Suite 108
Hamden, CT 06514
203-288-8151
Instructor Contact:
breaphotos@comcast.net
203-288-0885
Instructor Website:
http://www.BREAphotos.com