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They have published two books with Amherst Media. The first called “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” is about their HDR and light painted images; it can be ordered from Amazon http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex and is also available at brick and mortar bookstores like Barnes and Noble. Their second, one year later, is called “The Frog Whisperer” http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-frogs

We started this group in order to provide photography instruction and workshops dedicated to improving both your SOOC (straight out of the camera) images and your post-processing. We are very active in the photographic community and enjoy helping others find the joy and satisfaction in taking and making

Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Cr.Photog.*, HonNEC, and Tom Cuchara, MNEC, are passionate about photography, both behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. They have diverse creative interests ranging from Nature, Macro and Night photography to Urban exploration, people, and creative editing. From birds and flowers to babies and HDR, they appreciate the world around them and embrace the challenge of interpreting what their eyes see and their hearts feel via their photography.

Tom and Lisa are both very active in many local and national photography organizations. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions, their work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions. Their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars and on calendar covers, and on the cover of a paperback novel. Amherst Media recently asked Lisa and Tom to write a photography book about their HDR and light painted images. The book “Fine Art Photography for Everybody: Create Still Life Images from Urban Places and Things” which can be pre-ordered here: http://amzn.to/2n32ZIH . Their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. They have been photographing weddings, babies, parties, portraits, etc. 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 teach photography a variety of image capture and post-processing workshops and seminars, in the classroom and in the field. They have presented a variety of instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography, plus fun and interesting travelogue slideshows) at NECCC, PPA, PSA, plus many other camera clubs and other organizations. Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours and workshops, and view their photographs at www.photographybylisaandtom.com (http://www.photographybylisaandtom.com/). They are excited to have an opportunity to inspire you with their "Creativity is contagious, pass it on" philosophy and their “Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like” approach.

Please note that all of our workshops require that participants sign a liability waiver. Download it; then print, read, and sign it and bring it with you -- Thank you! http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-waiver16 Please note that some locations will have you sign their liability waiver at the site as well.

Please note that this and all classes/workshops have no refunds. By signing up for our classes/tours/workshops, you agree to our terms and conditions, see http://www.lisaandtomphotography.com/p/workshops.html

*The Cr.Photog. is the Photographic Craftsman degree from PPA (the Professional Photographers of America), one of the highest recognitions for speaking, writing, or mentoring on photography. The Cr.Photog. positions the photographer as an authority in the industry and is awarded in recognition of service to the profession as an orator, author, or mentor.

Upcoming events (5+)

Night photography

Connecticut

$99.00

Come and shoot the night sky. Come and learn about night photography, star trails, star stacking, high iso test show, (if you have an Olympus with live composite too) We will have fun with long night exposures!! Star trails and more! Location: mid-CT Please note that this location does not allow any white lights from dusk - dawn. This is to ensure an equally awesome view of the night sky for all and to allow for the use of light-sensitive astronomical equipment. Things to bring: Sturdy Tripod Camera with bulb mode (or live composite) Wide angle lens [masked], 17-40, etc.) Cable release (wired) (wireless optional) appropriate clothes (think layers) Please note that all of our workshops require the participants sign a liability waiver. Download it here; then print, read and sign it and bring it with you, Thanks! http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-waiver16 http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-waiver16 Please note that some locations will have you sign their liability waiver at the site as well. Please note that this and all classes/workshops have no refunds. By signing up for our classes/tours/workshops, you agree to our terms and conditions, see http://www.photographybylisaandtom.com/p/workshops.html

"Sharper photographs" -

BREA Photos

$99.00

"Sharper photographs" --- Back focusing - When and How -- Determining infivity for your lenses for night photography -- Determining the "sweet spot" of your lens For every lens you get/have you should take some photographs with it at the various apertures in order to determine "the sweet spot" of the lens. Think f18/22 is sharper than f8/f11, think again, for many lenses the distortion and aberrations when stopped down make the image less sharp then using a shallower depth of field. A two-shot focus stack at f11 is often preferable and yield sharper photographs than a one shot f22. Infinity -- taking landscape and/or night photography images? Every lens has a different "infinity" setting, even a zoom lens the infinity could be different at 24mm than at 105mm. Learn about your lens 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. Canon was the first camera manufacturer to implement back button focus in 1989 and has put the feature in all DSLR models made in the last 10 years (even the Canon Rebel XT and XTi). After Tom gets your camera setup then everyone will go outside and practice so bring your tripod too.

Night photography Milky Way

Charlestown

$99.00

Come and shoot the night sky. Learn how to get those Milky way images (it is a new moon) cool star trails! Come and learn about night photography, star trails, star stacking, high iso test show, (if you have an Olympus with live composite too) We will have fun with long night exposures!! Star trails and more! Location: Charlestown, RI Please note that this location does not allow any white lights from dusk - dawn. This is to ensure an equally awesome view of the night sky for all and to allow for the use of light-sensitive astronomical equipment. Things to bring: Sturdy Tripod Camera with bulb mode (or live composite) Wide angle lens [masked], 17-40, etc.) Cable release (wired) (wireless optional) appropriate clothes (think layers) Please note that all of our workshops require the participants sign a liability waiver. Download it here; then print, read and sign it and bring it with you, Thanks! http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-waiver16 http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-waiver16 Please note that some locations will have you sign their liability waiver at the site as well. Please note that this and all classes/workshops have no refunds. By signing up for our classes/tours/workshops, you agree to our terms and conditions, see http://www.photographybylisaandtom.com/p/workshops.html

Night photography

Stony Creek Beach

$99.00

Come and shoot the night sky. Come and learn about night photography, star trails, star stacking, high iso test show, (if you have an Olympus with live composite too) We will have fun with long night exposures!! Star trails and more! Location: Stony Creek Things to bring: Sturdy Tripod Camera with bulb mode (or live composite) Wide angle lens [masked], 17-40, etc.) Cable release (wired) (wireless optional) appropriate clothes (think layers); bug spray Please note that all of our workshops require the participants sign a liability waiver. Download it here; then print, read and sign it and bring it with you, Thanks! http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-waiver16 http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-waiver16 Please note that some locations will have you sign their liability waiver at the site as well. Please note that this and all classes/workshops have no refunds. By signing up for our classes/tours/workshops, you agree to our terms and conditions, see http://www.photographybylisaandtom.com/p/workshops.html

Past events (328)

Focus Stacking and Focus Bracketing

BREA Photos

$99.00

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