Friday, June 24, 2016



Thursday (6/23/16) Topaz released Topaz Impression 2, an updated version of their painterly effect software, complete with new features. As always, their update is free to anyone who already owns Impression. And for those who don’t own it, Impression 2 will be on sale (40% off!) from June 23rd - July 7th.
Use coupon code "2IMPRESS" for a discounted price of $59.99 (regularly $99.99)

Topaz Impression generates natural painterly effects by painting brushstrokes one at a time. (It just does this very fast!) Impression can paint over 10,000 brushstrokes in less than a second, all while completely following your artistic direction, making truly personal art that you can call your own.

If you’re already familiar with Impression, the updated release of Impression 2, gives you more powerful processing with a completely redesigned framework and the following additional features:

• 30+ New effects - Impression 2 now comes with over 140 effects!
• Larger Brush Panel - no more squinting to find the brush you need.
• Masking - Impression 2 now includes masking in application! Using a brush, color range, luminosity range, or spot masking, the masking panel even includes our color aware tool.
• Topaz Community - now you can share your created effects with the other users of Impression 2 with a click of a button. Not seeing an effect you like? Browse the Topaz Community to surf an ocean of custom user made effects.
• New brush customization options:
- “Number of strokes” options to change the number of strokes applied to the image.
- “Large Brush Volume” that adjust paint volume in large areas of color to help focus on the details.
- “Stroke “Rotation Variation” to add randomness to your effect strokes.
• Highlight and Shadow control in the lighting menu.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Vanguard 263 Tripod

Looking for a tripod? The Vanguard 263 AT Tripod – great all around tripod, especially great for Macro photography TRIPOD ALTA PRO 263AT.

This tripod has unmatched stability and flexibility, enabling more angle possibilities than ever before. Its innovative Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column from zero to 180-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze. The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod's stability. Other features include advanced camera vibration and shock control, legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, patented premium magnesium die-cast canopy and head, hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability, and non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains and a removable hook for hanging camera accessories. Alta Pro 263AT is aluminum alloy and has quick-flip leg locks.

  “I hate the fact that I love the photographs that I get using my tripod”. Lisa

 Carrying a tripod is a pain, it is cumbersome, no matter what one you own it is heavy, and awkward, and never seems to be in the right position. It slows me down, which can actually be GOOD. It can make me that much more noticeable as a photographer (and sometimes I don’t want to be). But commit to taking your tripod with you everywhere and the quality of your images will go up. They will be sharper, and you will be more creative, and you can play with long exposures to make people disappear and clouds move and your HDR images line up.

Hunts Photos – Call Alan Samiljan and let him know that you attended a class or workshop with us and he will give you discounts on the gear that we use.  Hunts Photo 100 Main St. Melrose, MA 02176 (781) 662-8822

Monday, June 13, 2016

year end competition

End of Year Competition Winners, Lots of GREAT images tonight, the judges were groaning, one even cried "uncle" during one of the run throughs...

Monochrome: High cumulative score: Lisa Cuchara

Image of the Year: Ambilobe Chameleon Bug zapper by Tom Cuchara

2nd Place Creative: Penitentiary by Lisa Cuchara

1st Place: yum by Lisa Cuchara

2nd Place: tiger legged frog by Lisa Cuchara

Class A
1st: Ambilobe Chameleon Bug zapper by Tom Cuchara

Judge's Choice (Richard): Milky way over barn by Lisa Cuchara

Macro Photo Conference 2016

Join Tom and me and many other inspiring speakers in October! This great (3rd annual) conference is close to being sold out, register now to attend!

Macro Photo Conference 2016 Macro Photo Conference Info

Speakers – Mike Moats, Tony Sweet, Rob Sheppard, Don Komarechka, Donna Eaton, Kathy Adams Clark, Lisa and Tom Cuchara, Ken Hubbard.

Ramada Hotel Seekonk, Massachusetts October 29th, 30th, 2016

This is a unique annual photo conference dedicated to macro photography. Mike Moats has designed a program where professional photographers could come together and teach their skills in macro photography and post processing techniques to those who want to learn, and advance their macro photography to the next level. Not just inspiring and how-to lectures and five hours of photographing with varying subject matter (we and the other speakers will be available to help participants with composing subjects and technical aspects). 

Come and learn and be inspired!!

Bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod!

Looking for a tripod?
This Vanguard tripod best one for Macro photography because you can change the angle and you can get your camera sensor parallel to your subject. Vanguard 263 AT Tripod is a great all around tripod, and it is especially great for Macro  photography

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Macro Photo Conference 2016

Join Tom and me in October!

This great (3rd annual) conference is close to being sold out, register now to attend!

Macro Photo Conference 2016

Speakers – Mike Moats, Tony Sweet, Rob Sheppard, Don Komarechka, Donna Eaton, Kathy Adams Clark, Lisa and Tom Cuchara, Ken Hubbard.

Ramada Hotel
Seekonk, Massachusetts

October 29th, 30th, 2016