What we're about

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 photographs with impact. All cameras are welcome. We have people come with mobile photos, dSLRs, mirrorless, point&shoot, film cameras, etc. We 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.

We have published two books with Amherst Media. The first called “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” is about our 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. Our second book, one year later, is called “The Frog Whisperer” http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-frogs

Bio

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 and their work has been accepted into various 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. Lisa has also had images accepted into the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) loan collection and this year earned Double Bronze with 4/4 open and 4/4 Artistry Images Meriting. 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.

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)

Photograph at Chincoteague birds, landscapes, lighthouse, wild horses, etc.

Days Inn Chincoteague Island 7020 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague, VA, 23336 United States, 866-925-0546

$299.00

Chincoteague! One of my favorite places to photograph Come and enjoy Sunsets, Sunrises, Wild Horses, Beaches, Birds, Lighthouse, beaches, possibly stars and milky way. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is located between the Chincoteague Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, on the southern Virginia end of the barrier island of Assateague. This refuge is a wonderful place to photograph wild horses, marshes, reflections, grasses, flowers, landscapes, scenics, birds, and other wildlife such as the Sika deer. The workshop includes tips on approaching and photographing wildlife, capturing birds standing, wading, fishing, and in flight, composition, lighting, exposure, long exposures (bring your polarizer and/or neutral density filters if you have them), etc. We will hold either a camera menu session, PS ACR demo or an image review one day/evening, with pizza. Transportation, Lodging, meals, and admission to the preserve are on your own. Email us for hotel. Some lodging options: Days Inn, Hampton Inn, Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Participants are responsible for their own accommodations, food, transportation, and park/refuge fees. Where possible, we recommend that Participants carpool to locations.

75th NECCC photo conference July 16, 17, 18 2021

UMass Amherst

July 16, 17,[masked] Register www.NECCCphotoConference.org (Registration open) The New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) http://www.neccc.org is holding its 75th Anniversary photography conference. This is an awesome three-day event with lots of camaraderie, active learning, photography subjects and events to photograph, programs, free loaner equipment, and trade shows/vendors with equipment on display and for trial. Shooting opportunities include lots of Character model and female model shoots, indoors and outdoors, staged indoor photography setups, etc.

PPSNYS "Creativity is Contagious" immersion workshop

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Sign up here: http://www.ppsnysworkshop.com Creativity is contagious, pass it on! Learn how to enhance your creative spirit in your camera and in your post-processing! This program could also be called “Photographers do not need colored pills to have fun”, a title take off on the song “Cheap thrills” by Sia. We will explore a plethora of in camera creativity techniques such as: long exposures, light painting, multiple exposures, Orton Effect, double polarization, RainX water drops, creative focusing (Bokeh, soft focus, focus stacking), ICM [intentional camera movement such as panning, rotating, zooming), neutral density, Bulb setting, white balance, LiveTime, LiveComposite, Multiplicity, Pareidolia, etc. Bring your camera and tripod as you take photographs during our creative smorgasbord! We will also explore overall creativity in post-processing (HDR, panoramas, vertoramas, HDR-panos, textures, blend modes, plugins, Multiplicity, Mirror Images, etc. It is a great time to be a photographer, there are endless possibilities for being creative in your camera and in your post-processing. View a sampling of Creativity Images here: www.photographybylisaandtom.com/Lisa-Cuchara/Creativity. Want to learn this and more? Come and immerse yourself in photography and enhance your creativity. Join me at NYSPPS: https://www.ppsnys.com Here are some of the topics that we will be covering in the digital darkroom... "Creating Sweeping Panoramas (and Other Cool Stitched Photographs)" "The Creative Use of Blend Modes in Photoshop" "Multiplicity" "How to Make Your Photographs POP with Adobe Camera RAW (ACR)" "Layers and Masks: Masking Your Way to a Better Photograph” "Applying Textures to photographs "Orton Effect" Located on Seneca Lake, between Syracuse and Rochester, Hobart & William Smith Colleges is a private school which provides a perfect setting for a concentrated week of photographic advancement. Registration will be from 1-4pm on Sunday, followed by a wine and cheese party from 5-6. After a 6pm dinner, group & class photographs are done and a short informational session is held with your instructor. Classes are daily Monday thru Thursday approximately 8:30am to 4:30pm and will adjourn at noon on Friday. There is a banquet Thursday night and afterwards the students receive their packets from their instructor. Your tuition includes a prominent instructor for the week, air-conditioned classrooms, dorm facilities, choice of course, breakfast, lunch, dinner, the wine, and cheese party, Thursday night banquet, degree merits for PPA members ( if PPA member ), class photograph, diploma for the wall, T shirt, and central parking facility. Optional no meals plan - if you would prefer not to eat on campus for the week and wish to get your meals elsewhere you can deduct $100.00 off your tuition. You still can get meals on campus after choosing this option but you will have to pay for them at the door. Once you choose the "optional no meals plan" the regular meals plan is not available. Sunday's dinner and Thursday's banquet will still be included in your tuition. Lodging: Rooms are included in tuition. Also individuals, not attending classes, can receive lodging, meals included, for just $475.00 extra each. Note - The PPSNYS school is open to all. A person who is not a member is always welcome. To reserve your place in the class of your choice, download, complete and print the pdf registration form, click here and return it along with your required retainer or contact our Treasurer/Registrar Linda Hutchings listed below for assistance. Do I have to be a PPSNYS or PPA member in order to come to the school? While there are many benefits to belonging to either, you do not have to be a member of either organization in order to come to the workshop. Can I bring my spouse, children, others? Yes, but they will not be allowed to go to the classes with you. Only paid students are allowed in the classrooms. http://www.ppsnysworkshop.com

PPSNYS Workshop 2021

337 Pulteney St

"Creativity is contagious, pass it on!" Week-long photo immersion Join me at NYSPPS: http://www.ppsnysworkshop.com/ Creativity is contagious, pass it on! Learn how to enhance your creative spirit in your camera and in your post-processing! This program could also be called “Photographers do not need colored pills to have fun”, a title take off on the song “Cheap thrills” by Sia. We will explore a plethora of in camera creativity techniques such as: long exposures, light painting, multiple exposures, Orton Effect, double polarization, RainX water drops, creative focusing (Bokeh, soft focus, focus stacking), ICM [intentional camera movement such as panning, rotating, zooming), neutral density, Bulb setting, white balance, LiveTime, LiveComposite, Multiplicity, Pareidolia, etc. Bring your camera and tripod as you take photographs during our creative smorgasbord! We will also explore overall creativity in post-processing (HDR, panoramas, vertoramas, HDR-panos, textures, blend modes, plugins, Multiplicity, Mirror Images, etc. It is a great time to be a photographer, there are endless possibilities for being creative in your camera and in your post-processing. View a sampling of Creativity Images here: www.photographybylisaandtom.com/Lisa-Cuchara/Creativity. Want to learn this and more? Come and immerse yourself in photography and enhance your creativity. Join me at NYSPPS: http://www.ppsnysworkshop.com/ Do I have to be a PPSNYS or PPA member in order to come to the school? While there are many benefits to belonging to either, you do not have to be a member of either organization in order to come to the workshop. If you have any questions call or email Linda Hutchings, Cr. [masked]. Email - [masked] Things to bring: Camera A general lens, like a[masked] type lens if you have these please bring them, but you do not need to purchase them just for this class: macro lens, extension tubes, a collared lens like a[masked] memory cards and extra batteries and charger Your creative spirit Some props, such as a rope (to play tug of war with yourself), a different shirt or jacket, hats, etc. for the Multiplicity exercise Polarizer (necessary for the double polarization) Cable release Plamp, a if you have one A Tripod (Vanguard 263 is my recommendation) good: www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=263AB100&mfg=Vanguard&show=yes better: www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=ALTAPRO2P263CT&mfg=Vanguard&tab=2&show=yes with this ballhead www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=1115&mfg=Acratech&show=yes Computer (some people learn better by just watching and taking notes, or sharing a computer with a friend -- that is fine) Mouse (too hard to do Photoshop with a keypad) Wacom tablet -- if you have one Photoshop CC installed and activated (older versions OK, but these may be features that you cannot do) You can just follow along if you do not have these on your computer -- Nik (Dxo) installed (free or demo version OK) -- Topaz installed (demo ok, but watch expiration date). Enter the discount use code breaphotos for 15% off Topaz products http://tinyurl.com/topaz-cuchara. For Topaz Studio plugins use this link: https://web.topazlabs.com/ref/130 Clarity -- Use cutting-edge intelligent contrast technology to create beautiful photos Adjust -- Watch your images come to life with dramatic contrast, incredible detail and vivid color Glow -- Illuminate your photos with electrifying light Impression -- Turn photos into paintings like a true artist would: by applying brushstrokes to canvas Star Effects -- Create beautifully-rendered and natural lighting effects in seconds Lens Effects -- Use pixel-perfect effects taken directly from real-world camera lenses and filters.

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