Thursday, October 17, 2019

Workshop at Old Car City, the Lindale Denim Factory, and SouthEastern RR museum

Join us November 22nd-25th for a workshop at Old Car City, the Lindale Denim Factory, and SouthEastern RR museum (OCC includes a NIGHT Shoot & Lightpainting) 

For more information https://tinyurl.com/OCC11222519
To signup without using the meetup engine, email us [photographyByLisaAndTom@comcast.net) and we can send you a link
To join us on Friday only https://tinyurl.com/OCC112219












Old Car City (TWO daylight shoots & one NIGHT Shoot with Light painting), Lindale Mill (Denim Factory) and Southeastern RR Museum

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

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.

Friday
-- Old Car City (daylight shoot)
-- Old Car City NIGHT Shoot with Light painting)

Saturday
-- Old Car City (daylight shoot)

Sunday
-- Lindale Mill (Denim Factory)
-- possible water mill shoot
-- possible car trails at an overpass

Monday
-- Southeastern RR Museum (ends at noon)

Questions? Please email us at photographyByLisaAndTom@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







     



Things to Bring:
-- Camera
-- Wide angle and close-up lense
-- Extra batteries
-- 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; some newer cameras can use bulb without a cable release, but most cannot)
-- one red flashlight

Night and Light Painting Gear:

-- RED preserve your night vision while walking or changing your camera settings
-- Red flashlight https://amzn.to/2H0vdkf
-- Red headlamp https://amzn.to/2JmtV1h
-- Flashlight for light painting (try to get one that does not have a hotspot in the center
-- https://amzn.to/2JoA2lx)
-- A flashlight with colors can be fun
-- https://amzn.to/2q8lJcW
-- https://amzn.to/2IvzfxZ

Please note that all of our workshops require the 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.photographybylisaandtom.com/p/workshops.html


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery at Night

We have after hours access to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery! All skills levels welcome
Early sign up price is $195. Sign up NOW. https://www.meetup.com/photography-by-lisa-and-tom/events/261629123/

Check out a few photos from previous nights there http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Locations/Sleepy-Hollow/




We will be photographing in the cemetery after dark. We will meet at the gate by 5pm and shoot until 10pm.

You will learn how to control the ambient light with your long exposures and the "local" light with your flashlight. FYI, we will mainly be walking on the roads, and there is not a lot of walking required.

We will spend the first part of the session going over camera settings and tips for long exposures, light painting etc.

You MUST bring some sort of red flashlight (see below). You may not use a white flashlight as it interferes with your night vision, and it interferes with exposures.

Take exposures less than 30 seconds for pinpoint stars or for 1-10 minutes to capture some star trails, point your camera at the north star and get circular star trails (8-60 minute exposures); light the headstones, walk amongst them, be a ghost in your own image - the sky is the limit.



http://www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org

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 www.photographybylisaandtom.com/p/workshops.html.

Things to Bring:

  • Camera that has bulb mode (you will be shooting for longer than 30 seconds);
  • extra batteries
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Cable release (you will be shooting for more than 30 seconds so you need a cable release)
  • RED Flashlight (Walmart sells them or use red cellophane or red overheads from staples and tape). You MUST bring some sort of red flashlight. You may not use a white flashlight as it interferes with your night vision, and it interferes with exposures.

http://www.lisaandtomphotography.com/p/night-photography.html

http://www.amazon.com/Carson-Optical-LED-Flashlight-Red/dp/B000WG0LPQ/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1383660618&sr=8-5&keywords=red+flashlight

Small Maglight flashlight for light painting (gels optional for colored effects)

Water, Snack (there is a bathroom on the premises)

Sturdy shoes (hiking boots provide good ankle support) and appropriate outdoor clothing, fingerless gloves, hot hands, layers for cold weather


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

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sometimes you have to be flashy...

Sometimes you have to be work a subject...

Tom and I love photographing at Ren Faires. We went to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire three times already this season.

To see more images from 2019 https://www.photographybylisaandtom.com/Characters-Faires-etc/CT-Ren-Faire-2019/
or from last year https://www.photographybylisaandtom.com/Characters-Faires-etc/CT-Ren-Faire-2018. Enjoy!


This particular morning was sunny, but the clouds rolled in in the afternoon. 
This series below shows without Flash, using HDR to try and capture the clouds, and then exposing for the clouds and using flash for the dragon. 


For this image, Tom used off-camera flash to photograph Doug and Maddie

Pirates of any sort are always fun to photograph, but this one was under a canopy and dark, so the flash was used to get the exposure.


To see more images from 2019 https://www.photographybylisaandtom.com/Characters-Faires-etc/CT-Ren-Faire-2019/
or from last year https://www.photographybylisaandtom.com/Characters-Faires-etc/CT-Ren-Faire-2018. Enjoy!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Light Paint from the side, not from the camera



A couple people have emailed or messaged or posted and asked us -- why we typically light paint at a 45-90 angle from the camera.

Basically, because flat light is boring!

Disclaimer -- flat light can be just beautiful for female portraits (beauty dish above and reflector below is GREAT for photographing women, where you do not want to see any texture on the skin)

We try to never light paint from the camera. Your camera is usually on Bulb when you light paint, so you have time to walk around and paint from an angle...

In this comparison, taken seconds apart -- you can see FLAT boring light on the top, as compared to side lighting -- creates texture and a 3D look, you can see the rivets, etc. on the bottom, while the top could e a printed paper (lacks texture).

The side lighting creates a more saturated detailed 3D look. You can see so much more detail and every rivet.
A few other examples of subjects that we light painted...




 


#lisatomphotos #lightpainting PhotographybyLisaandTom Tom Cuchara

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

I entered IPC again this year. IPC is the International print competition of PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and some parallel it to the Olympics, like individual sports like track, swimming etc., where the main goal is to do your best and learn and compete mainly against yourself even though there are awards and medals. This IPC year -- Four of my images earned merits in photographic open and three of my four images earned merits in Artistry.

I will also earn my second Masters this year. Each degree takes 25 merits. I earned four exhibition merits and I only needed one more merit to earn my Master of Photography (M.Photog.) which is awarded for superior photographic skills demonstrated through the Photographic Open category of PPA’s International Photographic Competition, advanced education, and service to the industry.

I already have my PPA Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.) which is one of the highest recognitions for speaking, writing and/or mentoring in photography.  This degree shows that you have gone beyond the creation of images and dedicated your time to move the industry forward and encourage education. It positions the photographer as an authority in the industry.

I need three more merits (so hopefully next year!) in order to earn my Master Artist (M.Artist). A degree awarded to photographers for superior photographic skills demonstrated through the Artist Exhibition category of PPA’s International Photographic Competition (with images evaluated for computer-applied techniques and proficiency), advanced education and service to the industry.




 
My four Artistry images are below, with their guide images. In Artistry, you have to show all of the elements, in guide images on the mat.

"The purpose of this {Artistry} competition is to allow the entrant to demonstrate their art skills and expertise in pursuit of the PPA Master Artist degree (previously known as Master of Electronic Imaging degree). Entries will be judged for digital, artistic and technical proficiency. Entries can be created using digital or traditional art (such as painting and airbrush) or a combination of both. Through this competition, PPA members are also eligible to achieve PPA  Artist Exhibition Merits toward the PPA Master Artist degree."




This image below scored a 78, above average, but did not merit. I thought that it would get a chuckle out of the judges and therefore would have impact, but alas, it did not merit. It was the first time in my life I walked around LOOKING for BIRD POOP to photograph. I am looking forward to hearing what the judges thought (later on when they send their video critiques). Last year, I was double bronze, meaning 4/4 images merited in open 4/4 merited in Artistry. This year bronze in open and 3/4 in Artistry. 



The 12 Elements Of A Merit Image
"So just what does it take to have an image chosen for the International Photographic Exhibit at Imaging USA? When defining a “merit image”, PPA’s International Photographic Competitions Committee (IPCC) applies 12 distinct criteria. PPA-approved judges are trained to be aware of these 12 elements when judging images to the PPA merit level. These 12 elements bring together both the historical and modern practice of our profession."
https://www.ppa.com/events/photo-competitions/ipc-international-photographic-competition-overview/the-12-elements-of-a-merit-image



Sunday, August 25, 2019

Kudos to Tom PPA IPC

Kudos to Tom!

Tom entered PPA's (Professional Photographers of America) IPC (International Print Competition) for the first time. IPC has been equated to the Olympics of photography competitions.

Two of his four images in Photographic Open earned two above average with scores of 78 and two of his images (see images below) merited (which means 80 or above). Pretty good for his first time entering! you can click here to see see the explanation of merits. merits count towards one's Masters (there are a few types of Master, see here if interested in "what are the PPA Degrees?)

One learns a lot by entering IPC. In reality, you are entering to learn, to do your best, to compete against yourself and get better next time. While there is a lot of emphasis on earning a merit and other awards, but like many individual sports, you are really competing against yourself (aka "your best time"). Just getting one's act together to enter images is an accomplishment. Not many



The 12 Elements Of A Merit Image
"So just what does it take to have an image chosen for the International Photographic Exhibit at Imaging USA? When defining a “merit image”, PPA’s International Photographic Competitions Committee (IPCC) applies 12 distinct criteria. PPA-approved judges are trained to be aware of these 12 elements when judging images to the PPA merit level. These 12 elements bring together both the historical and modern practice of our profession."
https://www.ppa.com/events/photo-competitions/ipc-international-photographic-competition-overview/the-12-elements-of-a-merit-image