Tuesday, August 14, 2018

8/8 of my Images earned a Merit at IPC

All eight of my images merited this year at PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC)!

One image "Froggie Yoga" scored an 88 and was considered for LOAN (but did not make it).

A panel of jurors from across the United States selects the top images from thousands of submitted entries each year. Judged against a standard of excellence comprising 12 elements, the highest scoring images are then selected to be part of PPA's General Collection and its esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best.

One of the fun benefits of being a PPA member is being able to take part in PPA's quality photographic competitions. PPA members are a diverse and talented group of professional photographers. Competitions give YOU the chance to hone your craft. You are technically competing against other photographers, but many of us feel that it is more of a "compete against yourself".  No image competition is perfect, judging is judging, but participating in the IPC give you a chance to challenge yourself and watch yourself improve.

These merits also mean that I have earned my Master of Photography (M.Photog.): Awarded for superior photographic skills demonstrated through the Photographic Open category of PPA’s International Photographic Competition, advanced education, and service to the industry.

Master of Photography
(M.Photog.)

I previously earned my Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.) Awarded for service as a speaker, author or mentor, this degree shows that you have gone beyond the creation of images and dedicated your time to move the industry forward and encourage education. This degree is one of the highest recognitions for speaking, writing and/or mentoring in photography

Photographic Craftsman
(Cr.Photog.)


 Image Artistry






Open




 


Even if you do not compete, watching the IPC (it streams live) is an inspiration and an education.

2018 IPC Infographic

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Frog Whisperer: Portraits & Stories

Wahoo!!
I heard a big thud as the UPS driver delivered our FROG WHISPERER books today! 🐸🐸🐸

You can order your copy (and one for a gift for a friend) on Amazon -- it's Ribbiting
Www.tinyurl.com/lisatom-frogs (Amazon will be receiving their shipment from the printer soon)

The Frog Whisperer: Portraits & Stories
ISBN-13: 978-1682033487

  

Lisa Cuchara fell head-over-heels in love with frogs the first time she and her photographer husband Tom were invited to photograph a red-eyed tree frog. Before long, the couple was clearing out their space in their home for terrariums full of well-loved amphibians! As it turned out, Lisa’s uncanny ability to put frogs at ease set the couple on a new creative path: producing whimsical frog portraits. Through patience, care―and plenty of snacks!―they have been able to achieve incredible images while keeping their animal friends totally content. In fact, some of their frogs now know that they will fed after being taken out of their terrarium―so they sign to Lisa and Tom or smush their faces up to the glass, wanting to be photographed! Whether sitting quietly on a flower or humorously interacting with a carefully selected prop, these frogs are sure to bring a smile to the face of any animal lover.

Authors Lisa Cuchara (PhD, Cr.Photog., HonNEC) and Tom Cuchara (MNECra) are professional photographers and animal lovers who share their home with three dogs, two cats, a red-eyed green tree frog and a bunch of other frogs, chameleons, and other critters. When they’re not out shooting assignments for their clients or leading photo workshops and tours, they can often be found creating whimsical frog images with their willing pets―who get ample snacks in exchange for patient posing! Lisa’s uncanny ability to put frogs at ease with her gentle care and loving demeanor has earned her the nickname “The Frog Whisperer.” Her frog images have earned merits in Professional Photographers of America print competitions and been featured in Quinnipiac Magazine as well as other publications. Lisa and Tom reside in Hamden, CT.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Family photographs

Here are two images, taken at the exact same time during a family photo session. One was taken using two off-camera flashes with light stands and light modifiers and the other was taken with the same camera make/model at the same time without flash as a teaching tool to have as a comparison for a teaching program. 

The images on the right were photographed professionally and then processed using Adobe Camera RAW (using the graduated density filter to bring out the sky in the upper left image).

Cheryl's parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and their gift was -- a family photo session. Priceless. 


We have been photographing Cheryl and Charles and their family for about nine years. About a year after they got married we took the images on the left. 

The image on the lower left with the two girls giggling has to be one of my top ten favorite portraits that I have ever taken! I just love the way that Ally and Elli are sharing in that moment.  
About two years later, along they were back with their wonderful little boy Levi, whose name means "to join" How can you not laugh seeing him tug Allyson's pigtail? 

Fast forward to today and Elli drover herself to the photo shoot and is looking for what college to attend.

Q: When is the best time to hire a professional to take your family photographs? 
A: Now 

Q: Isn't hiring a professional to take our family photographs expensive? 
A: No it is priceless

Q: But shouldn't I wait until I lose weight? 
A: No, your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to look at that family photo and admire everyone in it, they are not going to say, well, we wish mom had waited until she lost weight before taking that photograph. 

Q: What is your definition of family?
A: two or more two or four-legged loved ones

We don't remember Days, we remember moments...

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Order "The Frog Whisperer" book now

"The Frog Whisperer" book

Wahoo, our Frog Whisperer proofs were sent and the book will be shipped in the next couple of weeks (Amazon says July 15th)

Pre-order "The Frog Whisperer" book now and Amazon will ship it a soon as it prints. 

Order one copy for you and one to give as a gift! these frogs are sure to bring a smile to the face of any animal lover. Order here: www.tinyurl.com/lisatom-frogs


"Lisa and Tom are storytellers, seeking to show the beauty of what they see through their art. This book has something for everyone, frog lovers, nature lovers, and photographers. For photographers, this book will also give you some insight into nature and light tent photography, with tips on camera gear, settings, lighting, etc. These charming and ribbiting frogs are sure to make you smile! "

These photographs are of my LIVE pet frogs in our home. Only a couple of the images (so noted herein) in this book involve compositing with Photoshop. No frogs are hurt or stressed while creating these photographs.

Pre-order NOW :-) and not only will you get the book as soon as it ships, but you also benefit from getting the LOWEST SALE PRICE for the book! Amazon has a great pre-order Price Guarantee! Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you'll receive the lowest price. Here's how https://www.amazon.com/gp/promotions/details/popup/AWT354OR7BM1U (restrictions apply)

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Light painting 2018 workshop at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery AT NIGHT

Light painting 2018 workshop at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery AT NIGHT



    Suggested Night and Light Painting Gear:



    • Come and light paint with us! Light Painting is fun and creates some images with saturated colors and interesting shadows...
    This image (top) was flat light from the camera, 
    while the bottom was the same light but from the side. 
    Come and learn to light paint -- and have fun! 

    Friday, June 8, 2018

    Nov. 2-3 Old Car City; TWO daylight shoots & one NIGHT Shoot (Light painting) with THREE instructors

    Nov. 2-3 Old Car City; TWO daylight shoots & one NIGHT Shoot (Light painting) with THREE instructors

    Old Car City is amazing during the day -- but at night it has even more WOW

    We are excited to be pairing up with Mike Moats for Light Painting at Night at Old Car City!!
    By pairing up with Mike are able to make this unique opportunity more affordable! 

    You can register here: http://tinyurl.com/OCC-Cuchara
    or here https://www.meetup.com/photography-by-lisa-and-tom/events/251315597

    Tom and I have been to Old Car City a bunch of times so we will help direct you to make the most of your time there. Come and practice your Macro photography, learn about HDR Capture, and Creative in-camera Techniques. 

    Price includes entrance during the day Friday and Saturday too.

    Questions? Please email us at LisaandTomphotography [at] comcast.net

    Check out some of our images of cars at night here http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Old-Cars/Old-Cars-at-Night

    You can view a few photographs from previous trips to Old Car City here: http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Old-Cars/Old-Car-City

    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
    Please note that some locations will have you sign their liability waiver at the site as well.

    Things to Bring:
    -- Camera that has bulb mode (you will be shooting for longer than 30 seconds);
    -- extra batteries
    -- Sturdy tripod
    -- Cable release (if you have a wired and a wireless cable release bring both as this is the piece of equipment most likely to fail and you want it for the 30 second to five-minute exposures

    Suggested Night and Light Painting Gear:

    • RED preserve your night vision while walking or changing your camera settings
    • Flashlight for light painting (try to get one that does not have a hotspot in the center
    • A flashlight with colors can be fun
      • https://amzn.to/2q8lJcW
      • https://amzn.to/2IvzfxZ



    Friday, June 1, 2018

    November 2-3 2018 Old Car City Light painting at NIGHT with THREE instructors

    Nov. 2-3 Old Car City; TWO daylight shoots & one NIGHT Shoot (Light painting) with THREE instructors

    Old Car City is amazing during the day -- but at night it has even more WOW

    We are excited to be pairing up with Mike Moats for Light Painting at Night at Old Car City!!
    By pairing up with Mike are able to make this unique opportunity more affordable! 

    You can register here: http://tinyurl.com/OCC-Cuchara
    or here https://www.meetup.com/photography-by-lisa-and-tom/events/251315597

    Tom and I have been to Old Car City a bunch of times so we will help direct you to make the most of your time there. Come and practice your Macro photography, learn about HDR Capture, and Creative in-camera Techniques. 

    Price includes entrance during the day Friday and Saturday too.

    Questions? Please email us at LisaandTomphotography [at] comcast.net

    Check out some of our images of cars at night here http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Old-Cars/Old-Cars-at-Night

    You can view a few photographs from previous trips to Old Car City here: http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Old-Cars/Old-Car-City

    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
    Please note that some locations will have you sign their liability waiver at the site as well.

    Things to Bring:
    -- Camera that has bulb mode (you will be shooting for longer than 30 seconds);
    -- extra batteries
    -- Sturdy tripod
    -- Cable release (if you have a wired and a wireless cable release bring both as this is the piece of equipment most likely to fail and you want it for the 30 second to five-minute exposures

    Suggested Night and Light Painting Gear:

    • RED preserve your night vision while walking or changing your camera settings
    • Flashlight for light painting (try to get one that does not have a hotspot in the center
    • A flashlight with colors can be fun
      • https://amzn.to/2q8lJcW
      • https://amzn.to/2IvzfxZ