Thursday, February 26, 2015

Upcoming workshops with Lisa and Tom Cuchara

Workshops with Tom and Lisa Cuchara. Please email Tom and Lisa at if you have any questions or would like to signup without joining the meetup site. 

Feb 28th - Photograph Frogs! 
A small hands on workshop where you will learn about macro photography and lighting, photograph FROGS, and learn post-processing. See more of my frog photographs here: In this small workshop you will have individual attention and learn about lighting and Frog-tog-raphy and you will have the opportunity to photograph frogs, not only frogs on leaves and flowers, but also on some creative things like chairs, buses, etc. FYI, you the participants are the only ones photographing the frogs during this workshop, not us. Message me to sign up or Sign up here 

February 20th Lens Calibration Microadjustment
Frustrated with slightly out of focus images? Purchase a Focus Pyramid and come to our workshop, you can learn how to calibrate your lens and then bring your knowledge home to work on other lenses. If Amazon is out of stock, then PhotoWhoa has them too. Autofocus microadjustment is a procedure that allows a user to correct for small errors of front- or back-focusing.  Note that this adjustment is most noticeble will have the greatest benefit for lenses with fast apertures (f/2.8 and wider), because the thin depth of field at wide apertures makes even small focus errors more evident.
Make your photographs sharp! Give your lenses a new lease on life! The Focus Pyramid autofocus lens calibration tool makes it easy and affordable at half the size and cost of similar products! Sign up here:

Feb 23rd Photograph with tripods Warner Theater
Photograph with tripods at the Warner Theatre in Torringon, CT. This is an easy shoot with minimal walking, even an elevator to the second floor (balcony). We have photographed inside this theatre with tripods on several occasions so we can help you capture all the nuisances of this wonderful place!  The lighting, ceiling, and details of this theatre are just magnificent! During this HDR photo shoot we will offer compositional advice,and check your histograms (to make sure that you are capturing the full dynamic range of this wonderful interior). We will help make sure that you are capturing all of the details in the shadows and highlights. I can offer as much or as little help as you need for this event. Bring your tripod, cable release (or self timer), and a wide angle lens (perhaps a macro lens or zoom lens for detail work and textures). See some images that we have taken here.

Feb 25th post-process and tone map/HDR
Come and work on editing your photographs, practice your HDR processing. I will edit and demonstrate and we will help you with where you are at editing wise. Bring your photos and edit and I will also walk thru an edit of your HDR photos too. Come and process and learn and get some of those images out of the computer, and/or make those good image GREAT!

Sat March 28th Get a new headshot. 
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Come see our Studio and get your picture taken!! We know that, as photographers, we like being on the other end of the camera, but we all need a current headshot. We have a bathroom where you can even change into a different outfit if you want something formal and something casual.

April 16th Back Button Focusing – Easier than you think! 
What is back button focusing? The shutter is usually used to focus. press the shutter button is half way down, and camera focuses and then you, the photographer, take the picture when the button is pressed in fully. When you set your camera up for Back button focus then the the shutter button does not control the focus, you have another button on the back of the camera (hence the name back focus) to activate focusing on the camera. Sign up here:

May 9th Photograph at the old Catskill Game Farm
"Catskill Game Farm was a zoo in Catskill, New York, U.S.A.. It closed permanently on Columbus Day 2006 after 73 years of operation. The Game Farm is still closed today." but we will be able to walk the grounds, go into the cages, walk into the Giraffe house, the Rhino house, Kodak film selling yellow stores, see the mini-golf - great place for a photo shoot, a snapshot into the past of this historic landmark. I grew up in th Catskills and we used to go there on school trips -- and it was a real trip to be able to walk into the animal cages and photograph from inside!!
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May 16th Photography at the Waterside Woolen Mill
Photograph inside and outside at the Waterside Woolen Mill -- lot of photo opportunities! We will have a small group and we will have the place to ourselves (owner and docent only plus us) and we will have the run of the mill during our allotted time period! The Waterside Woolen Mill was built in 1860's and is still operating on the original equipment. The mill is located 21 miles NW of Breezewood PA. We will likely combine this trip with another photo op, more details on that portion to follow. The Waterside Woolen Mill is one of the oldest operating woolen mills is the USA. The mill was built on land deeded by the heirs of William Penn to Abraham Oberholtzer in 1785. In 1806 John Snider purchased the land and erected a mill on the banks of Yellow Creek. The mill shut down in the 1960s but was reactivated in 1990 to manufacture traditional Pennsylvania wool blankets. The equipment used in the mill dates from the latter 1800s to the early 1900s. It includes several Compton& Knowles Looms dating from the 1870s. The mill consists of a large three story building with attic. Check out some of our photos from last time:
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Photograph inside the empty JW Cooper School
Three floors inside the abandoned JW Cooper High School in Shenandoah, PA. "Originally scheduled to open in 1918, the 3-story stone school building located in the center of the Borough of Shenandoah, was commandeered and used as a temporary hospital and morgue during the flu epidemic of 1918, when the local hospital was unable to accommodate the large number of victims. In May 1919 the building was dedicated as the “new Shenandoah High School”. It was later renamed the J.W. Cooper High School in memory of the school’s first principal. The school remained in use until 1986 when it was replaced with a new facility. It was the first school to have a swimming pool in Pennsylvania. The heated pool first saw use in 1927."
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Please email Tom and Lisa at if you have any questions or would like to signup for a workshop without joining the meetup site. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rad A. Drew upcoming workshops and tours

Rad A. Drew is a professional photographer whose work is very inspiring!

"Although a traditional camera photographer for much of his life, in recent years he has become an iPhone photography enthusiast. His creative iPhone images have received numerous international awards and have made their way into galleries and juried international competitions showing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Toronto, Collingwood, Seattle, and Melbourne. He is author of the fine art books, In Good Light, Images of the Circle City and Rural Indiana, A Beauty all its Own, and is a contributor to today’s most comprehensive volume of iPhone instruction, The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone."

He teaches mobile photography around the country to individuals, corporations, and professional organizations. His destination tours are great ways to learn while photographing beautiful areas of the world. For more information on art purchases, workshops, books, tours, and exhibits, contact Rad directly or visit his web site,

Check out some of his upcoming trips

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Day with Bryan Peterson

Charter Oak Photographic Society, Inc. 


A Day with Bryan Peterson 

April 11, 2015, 9:00—4:00 

Trinity-on-Main Cultural Center in New Britain, CT

Email David Stewart with questions:

Bryan has been a successful commercial photographer for over 30 years. His clients include American Express, Kodak, UPS, Phillips and Citibank. In addition he has received awards from the Communication Arts Photography Annual seven times, Print Magazine four times and has also won the prestigious New York Art Directors Gold Award. He has also been a contributing editor at Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines. Bryan is the Co-Founder of; The Perfect Picture School of Photography, the world’s number one on-line photography school, PPSOP Within the photographic community he is best known as the photographer/writer of eight best selling books, Understanding Exposure, Learning to See Creatively, Beyond portraiture, Understanding Close-up Photography, Understanding Shutter Speed, Bryan F. Peterson’s Field Guide to Understanding Composition and his latest book, Exposure Solutions as well as the photographer for the “You Keep Shooting” videos that are seen on Bryan also offers  hotography workshops all over the world, you can learn more at

Morning presentation
Understanding Composition - Light is to photography as paint is to a painter: without light, our art would never progress beyond mere blank canvasses, unrealized potential never brought to life. Professional photographer Bryan Peterson will share his years of field experience chasing the light and trying to find the right combination of color, light, mood, and composition to bring his subjects to their fullest expression.

Afternoon Presentation
Learning to See Creatively - Once you've captured the light in the field, it is important to optimize your photos during the digital processing phase to bring them to their fullest potential. Bryan will discuss a number of techniques that are part of his personal digital darkroom workflow for unlocking the magic contained with the digital raw file.

Email David Stewart with questions:

Friday, February 13, 2015

Squirrel Week 2015 photo contest rules

Squirrel Week 2015 photo contest rules

No purchase necessary. Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States, though anyone can submit photos for potential publication by The Washington Post. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to win a prize. This Contest is sponsored by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post (“Sponsor”). Employees, officers, directors and representatives of Sponsor and its corporate affiliates, and those with whom such persons are domiciled, are not eligible. Void outside the United States and where prohibited by law. Contest subject to all federal, state and local laws.
HOW TO ENTER: No purchase necessary. To enter, go to and submit your entry. You may only submit an image that you have taken yourself, and you must have all necessary rights in the photo in order to submit it here. Please provide whatever caption information you like, as well as your name, e-mail address and phone number. Please do not submit images that have been heavily manipulated. It is acceptable to adjust images to achieve color balance that reflects the scene as you observed it. Cropping is also acceptable. The Post has the right to disqualify any image which it feels has been overly altered.
Only amateur photographers are eligible. Professional photographers (i.e., anyone who earns more than 50 percent of his or her annual income from photography, determined at Sponsor’s sole discretion) are not eligible.
By entering, you grant The Washington Post a non-exclusive license to use your photo in perpetuity in any medium, including to edit, publish, distribute and republish it in any form. Entrants retain the copyright to their images. All entries are subject to The Post’s Discussion and Submission Guidelines.
Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 27, 2015. Entries that are late, incomplete, unreadable, inaccurate, unintelligible or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules will not be considered. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, destroyed or misdirected entries.

Squirrel Week 2015 photo contest rules

The Hidden Lives of Snowy Owls talk

The Whitney Center would like to invite members of the New Haven Bird Club  and guests to a talk by Donald Crockett on the Snowy Owl; its behavior learned from tracking 22 owls last winter using GPS transmitters.
This talk sponsored by the Conservation-Nature Committee Wildlife Series at Whitney Center will take place on February 26th at 7:30 in the Cultural Arts Center.
Don has given this talk in a number of venues in CT this year and it is very popular.  We hope to see you there.
Kris Johnson
Conservation-Nature Committee
Whitney Center

Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW 50.6MP Full Frame DSLR the Canon 5Ds + Canon 5DsR Are Available For Pre-order

NEW 50.6MP Full Frame DSLR the Canon 5Ds + Canon 5DsR Are Available For Pre-order

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Canon revolutionises resolution with the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R
London, UK, 6 February 2015 – Canon today transforms the EOS system with the arrival of the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R – a new breed of ultra-high resolution full-frame DSLRs.
Breaking the boundaries of 35mm sensors,the new cameras offer the highest megapixels ever seen in a full frame sensor, an astonishing 50.6MP. Delivering unparalleled quality, the cameras provide an exceptional
combination of resolution, responsiveness and durability, whether shooting landscapes, architecture, high fashion or portraiture, either personally or professionally. When nothing but the sharpest image is expected, the EOS 5DS R also features a low pass cancellation filter to maximise the sensor’s resolution and visible image quality.Alongside the new DSLRs, Canon also introduces the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, the world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens(1), the perfect companion for landscape and architecture photographers.
Establishing new standards for full-frame DSLRs
Setting a new benchmark for full-frame cameras, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R combine fast, instinctive DSLR handling with the newly-developed 50.6MP CMOS sensor, providing the flexibility to shoot a wide range of scenes and subjects, making it ideal for large format mediums, such as advertising billboards and magazine covers, where every pixel matters. The sensor’s advanced architecture provides
ISO 100-6400 sensitivity, expandable to 50-12800, ensuring high quality images with low noise, accurate colours and wide dynamic range.
For added flexibility, the cameras’ resolution enables three new in-camera crop shooting modes–1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1. Visible through the viewfinder, the crop modes deliver outstanding results, with stills at 19 MP even when cropped to 1.6x. Built to withstand the most demanding shoots, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s dual DIGIC 6 processors provide the rapid performance and responsiveness required
to deliver first-class images with exceptional colour reproduction. Both processors are designed to comfortably manage huge levels of image data from the 50.6MP sensor, whilst simultaneously reducing image noise and providing the freedom to shoot at five frames per second.
Automatically exceptional
Automatically exceptional
Created to ensure every detail of your exquisite landscape or high-fashion studio shoot is in focus, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS Rfeature an advanced 61-point AF system, with 41 cross-type points, delivering incredible levels of image sharpness and accuracy across the frame.
Both cameras comfortably maintain focus with moving subjects, using EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF (iTR) to track both faces and colour. To reduce image blur, Canon’s Mirror Vibration Control System uses cams to drive the cameras’ mirror up and down in a
highly controlled fashion, avoiding all sudden stops and softening the shutter-release sound. Additionally, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with Flicker Detection ensures images can be captured with consistent and accurate exposures
under varying lighting scenarios, including florescent.
Incredible detail and unrestricted creativity
Putting unrivalled image quality at your fingertips, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R include a number of customisable modes and settings to ensure stunning results every time. A new Fine Detail Picture Style maximises the level of detail that can be achieved from the sensor,
enabling advanced sharpness adjustment without the need for edit ing software. Popular creative modes, including Multiple Exposure and HDR, provide instant, in-camera creativity, while a built-in timer allows you to shoot over long periods and create stunning time lapse videos, without being tied to the camera or needing advanced software and excessive kit.
First-class professional construction, customisable features
The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R have been expertly constructed to allow you to operate quickly, regardless of the environment you’re shooting in. The 100% viewfinder with electronic overlay makes framing vital shots easy and can be customised to your preferred
style. The large, 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen, with an anti-reflective structure, minimises reflection or glare when reviewing shots and also acts as a visual and accessible dashboard of the most commonly used settings. The cameras’ new Custom Quick Control
screen means that the type, size and position of icons are also easily customisable to the user or shooting scenario.
Both cameras utilise Canon’s iconic design DNA–a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium alloy to provide weather resilient shooting –ideal for landscape photographers who are dedicated to getting the perfect shot, whatever the weather.
EOS 5DS R: Engineered for the ultimate in DSLR image quality
When nothing but the absolute maximum level of detail possible will do, the EOS 5DS R features a low pass cancellation filter to ensure
the sharpest possible results. Great for landscape photographers, where patterns are organic, the camera’s low pass cancellation filter produces the stunning level of detail required to turn agreat shot into an incredible shot.
Optical Expertise: Introducing the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are compatible with Canon’s extensive EF lens range, spanning 71 models(2). Today Canon unveils the
world’s widest-angle rectilinearzoom lens (1), the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. Perfect for photographers shooting landscape and architecture, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is designed to open up an entirely new world of creative opportunities, thanks to its super wide 11-24mm focal range. Boasting a newly designed optical structure, the lens features three aspherical lenses including a ground aspherical element, which
maximises image quality and delivers minimal levels of distortion, while the body is rugged and robust enough to be employed in extreme weather conditions.
EOS 5DS Key features:
  • 50.6 MP CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6 processors
  • 150K Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • Up to 5.0 Frames Per Second
  • 61-point AF
  • Cropped Shooting
EOS 5DS R also includes:
  • Low-pass cancellation filter
EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Key features:
  • Explore landscapes from an ultra-wide point of view
  • The world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens
  • Minimal distortion – ideal for architecture and interiors
  • Advanced lens coatings guard against ghosting and flare
  • Enjoy swift, near-silent AF, with full-time manual override
  • Keep shooting even in tough weather conditions

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Canon U.S.A. Announces hdAlbum, a New Service for Creating High-Quality Photo Albums

Canon U.S.A. Announces hdAlbum, a New Service for Creating High-Quality Photo Albums

Customizable Photo Books Printed on Canon DreamLabo 5000 Offer Vivid Colors and High-Detail Imagery 

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2015 - Dedicated to preserving memories, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced hdAlbum, a new premium and professional lay-flat photo album service that allows professional photographers and consumers to create customizable photo albums. Printed exclusively on the Canon DreamLabo 5000, hdAlbum enables users to share memories from special events, vacations and life's special moments with family and friends in a memorable keepsake.
"Canon is committed to providing individualized experiences to our customers through the use of our high-quality technology and service," said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The new hdAlbum service is a user-friendly platform that will allow customers to capture and share their memories and experiences with their loved ones for years to come."
hdAlbum Sample
After downloading the free hdAlbum creation software on their computer, users have the ability to layout each photo with ease by using the auto-arrange feature or custom-design option. The pages are then printed on the DreamLabo 5000, Canon's inkjet production photo printer that uses FINE high-density printhead technology. To achieve high-quality images and help users' favorite memories come to life, the device prints with seven dye-based inks at up to 2,400 dots per inch to provide a wider spectrum of colors, sharp details and photo-realistic production.
Unique Photo, one of the largest privately owned photographic supply distributors in the world is the first retailer to offer hdAlbums to its customers.
"Offering an hdAlbum has allowed us to expand our product line to offer premium photo albums at reasonable prices," said Matt Sweetwood, president, Unique Photo. "The high-quality and craftsmanship of an hdAlbum is impressive. Our customers claim they have never seen a photo book this good."
There are five album sizes available, including portrait, eight inches by 11-inches; landscape, 11-inches by eight inches; and square, eight inches by eight inches, 10-inches by 10-inches, and 12-inches by 12-inches. With paper selections of Premium Canon Luster or Glossy inkjet media, all albums utilize a post printing hinge-style binding process and can include up-to-100 pages. To enable full customization, users have a diverse selection of backgrounds, layouts, and templates to make the album a one-of-a-kind piece.
Retailers can learn more about hdAlbum and how to become a partner by visiting Canon Booth #13304 at CES 2015 in Las Vegas from January 6 to January 9, 2015. Customers can learn how to create their own personal photo album by also visiting the Canon booth or visiting:
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2013† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2014. In 2014, Canon U.S.A. has received the Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the 11th consecutive year. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact