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June 2020

Why Black & White? with Cole Thompson

June 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Cole Thompson is uniquely unqualified to speak on photography.

“I’ve never taken a photography class or a workshop. I don’t have a degree in art. I’ve never worked as a photographer. I don’t have gallery representation. I’m not a Canon Explorer of Light. I have only three lenses and none of them are primes.

Do I have any qualifications?

Just one…my images. Nothing else matters.”

Presentation Description:

Why Black and White?

in 75 minutes Cole Thompson will make the case that black and white is the perfect medium for any subject…except for one. Cole will show work from his various portfolios including:

The Ghosts of Auschwitz-Birkenau
Ceiling Lamps
Moai, Sitting for Portrait
The Lone Man
And others

Interspersed between the images Cole will share his photographic philosophies, such as:

Never listen to others
Photographic Celibacy
Coles Rule of Thirds
Equipment is overrated
Vision is the most important tool in my toolbox
And many others!

At the end of his presentation Cole will answer questions and give away a print of The Angel Gabriel

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July 2020

Fine Art Photography Program presented by Fine Art SIG

July 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

What makes a photograph fine art? Plan to attend the virtual program by the Photography as Fine Art Special Interest group. Members will share their work along with tips and techniques they have used while developing their own individual artistic styles. Learn from them and hone your own artistic style!

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Long Exposure Photography presented by Denise Silva

July 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

7:00pm, JULY 15, 2020


Arranged by George Abbot

This presentation focuses on the techiniques used to capture long exposure images and explores the artistic results of using long exposures to
create unique imagery. We will cover the techniques and gear needed to shoot these types of images during the day, as well as how
to capture images that take advantage of the time of day and available light. Learn how to manipulate clouds, water, and windy conditions
when photographing landscape scenery and use swipes
to capture unique images with a sense of motion

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August 2020

Peek Under the Tent

August 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join us for Peek Under the Tent. This evening's presentation will provide you with the names of speakers, their presentations and bios, our training schedules, SIG group information, new competition rules and processes, events being held by CCC,including A Day of Photography and the Photo Beach Bash 2021 and more.........

Welcome -Maury Kahn
A Season of Photography & Education - Joanne Tramposch
Post Processing Training Classes -Maury Kahn
Competition Process, Rules, Systems, etc - Marta Nammack
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - John Whitmore
Print Studio - Paul Hammesfahr
A Day of Photography & Inspiration - Deb Payette
Photo Beach Bash 2021 - John Hoyt
Amazon Smile - Mardi Thompson
Q & A
Closing Remarks

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September 2020

Caught in Motion with Steve & Nicole – Gettle Photography (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

September 9, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Caught in Motion – Photographing Action By: Steve Gettle

Want to learn how to go beyond simply making static portraits of your subjects? Technological advances have now made stop action photography accessible to virtually every photographer. This all new program starts off with using just your camera, natural light, and auto-focus for subjects on the move such as birds in flight and running animals. We will discuss special exposure techniques for action, acquiring initial focus-lock, tracking your subject, optimizing your auto focus, and the creative doors opened by adding a simple infrared trigger system and much more!

About Us
Steve and Nicole lead nature photography tours to exciting destinations around the world. They enjoy sharing their knowledge of the natural world and helping people capture amazing images of our planet. Steve has over 30 years of nature photography experience and has been recognized through numerous awards. These include being a multi-award winner of the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year and recognized in the prestigious Nature’s Best photography contest. His images are often featured in National Geographic and other nation-wide publications. Nicole has over 15 years of nature photography experience and enjoys discovering and sharing wild connections with others.

Website: https://stevegettle.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steve.gettle
Steve Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stevegettle Nicole Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicolesudduth

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October 2020

Dragging the Shutter – Bobbi Lane

October 14, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Bobbi Lane is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits on location and in the studio. Lane's multi-faceted approach to photography incorporates over 35 years of technical experience with innovative artistic interpretation. Her corporate and editorial work includes corporate identity, business websites and annual reports. Bobbi’s honest and fun connection with her clients allows them to feel relaxed and authentic.

Bobbi spent 25 years in Los Angeles shooting everything from Mattel Toys to annual reports to vans and buses in 6000 sq. ft. studios. Primarily known for her insightful portraits, she keeps her product and location skills sharp providing complete services to a variety of clients. She left Los Angeles for Connecticut, just 50 miles outside of New York, and worked with many local and national companies for 10 years. Bobbi returned to her roots in Southeastern Massachusetts in 2011. She and her husband, photographer and retouching master, Lee Varis, bought a house in Carver, MA in 2016. They now are specializing in working with local companies, bringing their many years of experience and expertise to Plymouth County.

As a dedicated photo educator, she brings insight and enthusiasm to her students in workshops held worldwide. Bobbi is known for teaching lighting techniques for portraits, both natural and artificial: studio strobes, speedlights, LEDs, and daylight fluorescent. Bobbi's excellent rapport and communication with her students inspires and motivates, while her straight-forward teaching style reaches students of many different skill levels. Her dynamic workshops are always both educational and fun!

Combining her love of travel, photography and teaching, Bobbi also leads international photo travel workshops. In the past few years, she has been to Cuba, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Turkey, Oman, Venice Carnival, Hong Kong, Iceland and Dubai. These travel tours offer students the opportunity to see in new ways and learn lighting, landscape, people and processing skills to enhance their vision.

Bobbi is the author of two books: “Creative Techniques for Color Photography” and “Advertising Photography: A Straightforward Guide to a Complex Industry”, with Lou Lesko. She currently has three photo educational DVDs: Portrait Lighting Techniques, Portraits Unplugged and Posing and Directing, with more in production now. The Bryan Peterson School of Photography offers two of Bobbi’s classes online, Portraits Unplugged and Posing and Directing. Craftsy offers The Essential Guide to Posing.

Bobbi is a featured speaker at many photo conventions nationally and internationally. Bobbi offers custom mentoring programs for emerging photographers, designed to help business development and improve photography techniques. A strong advocate for business education, she was honored with a Special Recognition Award for Education at APA National’s 25th Anniversary.

Topic: I will be presenting Dragging the Shutter during this evening's webinar. This presentation explores all the various techniques of “Dragging the shutter” or balancing the exposure of strobe and ambient light sources in one photo. For example: taking a
photo of someone outside at night by using a portable flash and also capturing the city lights in the background. There is quite a lot to know about this technique because it involves color balance as well as exposure balance. Bobbi explains
how to determine the proper balance of exposure between the two light sources - flash and ambient - then how to creatively play by shaking or spinning the camera, zooming the lens, panning and more. The flash will light the subject and
freeze any motion, and then moving the camera will blur the ambient light in the background in a variety of ways. Adding gels to the flash can making the color of the light sources correct, or for creating unusual effects. This technique can be used for people at twilight, product shots, flowers outside, etc. It’s a creative and fun way to make your photos more dynamic and effective.

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November 2020

Photojournalism presented by Christopher R. Harris

November 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chris Harris was late to join academia.
For over twenty-five years he worked as a freelance photojournalist for major news media worldwide. From his base in New Orleans he photographically documented the news of the world for TIME, Life, Newsweek, the New York Times as well as many other major publications. Professor Harris is well known for his diversity of work. Whether it was the “Sex in New Orleans” coverage for Playboy Magazine, his coverage of Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter for Newsweek, his extended (14 page) essay on bullfighting for Sports Illustrated,Tennessee Williams for People Magazine or Walker Percy for Esquire, Harris has met the needs of publications worldwide. From the late 1960s to the early 1990s he specialized in covering Central America as well as the American South. His work was represented worldwide by GAMMA/Liaison agency in Paris and New York.
Since coming-in from active photojournalism Professor Harris obtained his advanced degree in Journalism from the University of Alabama in order to go into higher education. He is a Professor Emeritus in the College of Mass Communication, Electronic Media Communication Department at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. His specialties included photojournalism, media law and ethics and visual journalism.
Professor Harris is the co-author (with Paul Martin Lester) of Visual Journalism, published by Allyn & Bacon, Boston in 200

Quotes Concerning the Photographs of
Christopher R. Harris
“the best” Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards—recently released from Federal Prison

“The photos are quite lovely and evocative…it is a poetic view…from the inside out.” Novelist Walker Percy on reviewing Harris’ coverage of the Natchez Pilgrimage

“I took them (your pictures) home as a Christmas present…(my parents) still talk about that ‘civilized fellow from New Orleans.’” Journalist Bill Moyers

“Harris has a way of capturing specific instances which generalize universal truths.” Art Critic George E. Jordan, New Orleans Times-Picayune

“(Chris Harris’) use of documentary photography as a personal art form has certainly made him an artist of great merit. Mr. Harris’ artwork has enriched our collection.” New Orleans Museum of Art Director E. John Bullard

“Keep-up the fair work.” Ted Knight…the actor Ted Baxter from the Mary Tyler Moore show in a personal note

“When I first met Chris Harris in New Orleans…he was a seasoned, but slightly seedy-looking, internationally known photographer. Think of the photojournalist played by Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now Redux, but with a Southern accent, and you know what I mean.” Photo ethicist, and co-author, Paul Martin Lester

“(Chris Harris shot)…the world’s most incredible sports photograph of Roberto Duran-Sugar Ray Leonard fight. It was an absolute definitive photograph…” Gambit newspaper editor-in-chief Gary Esolen

“I can’t wait to see what your photographs do to me. Impossible!” Playwright Tennessee Williams

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December 2020

Wabi Sabi by Lisa & Tom – Photography by Lisa & Tom

December 9, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This program will explore the beauty of imperfect and/or unconventional subjects. As nature photographers we often seek out the flowers, leaves and such that are perfect, with no blemishes or defects. This program highlights subjects that are not perfect, such as flowers that have character, double headed flowers, decaying fall leaves, the deformed coneflower that stands out as flawed and hence different and beautiful, rust as it creates abstract patterns amidst the decay, etc. We will also explore the concept of slowing down and appreciating the beauty of everyday life, things that might be overlooked. As purveyors of rust and decay we appreciate the perseverance and beauty of “life after humans” as cars and equipment falls apart and succumbs to oxidation and decay. Wabi-Sabi teaches us to find beauty in everyday life. It is a kind of anti-aesthetic, an alternative to the dominating discriminatory ideas we hold about beauty. “Wabi means a beauty of elegant imperfection. Sabi means aloneness. Together, they suggest the beauty of ‘the withered, weathered, tarnished, scarred, intimate, coarse, earthly, evanescent, tentative, ephemeral.’ ~ Crispin Sartwell, Six Names of Beauty. It is a way of honoring that everything is impermanent, and we are always in a state of both becoming and falling away. It is used to describe a particular philosophy that beauty can be found in the old, the everyday, the imperfect. Wabi Sabi applies to more than nature and the seasons of change and decay, but it also to the “Life after Humans” arena or UrbEx (urban exploration). As a side note, the term Wabi Sabi can also be part of the social movement of embracing imperfection of your physical traits as a human being, especially with respect to self-perception and celebrating imperfection in a society that encourages people to be perfect and pressures people to be flawless.

Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Master Craftsman (PPA), Master of Photography (M. Photog.) HonNEC, is very passionate about photography and she enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She loves to photograph nature but finds many subjects equally intriguing. From birds and flowers to babies and UrbEx/HDR, she appreciates the world around her and embraces the challenge of interpreting what her eyes see and her heart feel via her photographs. Lisa says that photography allows her to pay attention to the details, to be mindful, to slow down and appreciate all of the beauty, details and nuances of everyday life. Lisa met her husband Tom thru photography, and they are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions, their work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions and their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. Their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars and on calendar covers, and on the cover of a fictional paperback novel. Lisa has also had images accepted into the PPA (Professional Photographers Association) loan collection and has earned three Bronze image competition cases.

They have published two books with Amherst Media: “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” is about their HDR and light painted images (Amazon http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex and also available at brick and mortar bookstores like Barnes & Noble) and their second book “The Frog Whisperer” http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-frogs is about macro photography, using frogs as subjects. Lisa & Tom have been photographing people professionally for over 16 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden CT. Their portrait philosophy is based on “We do not remember days, we remember Moments”. Lisa & Tom love to teach, inspire and share. They have presented a wide variety of motivational and instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography) at many photography groups, conventions, and organizations. Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours and workshops, and view their photographs at www.PhotographyByLisaAndTom.com. Get Tips & Tricks about photo ops, post-processing, creativity, gear, etc. and learn more about their photography classes and workshops by joining their email list http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-photolist.

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January 2021

High Key Photography presented by Lisa Langell

January 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

High key photography is a powerful, evocative and often ethereal type of photography. It involves creating images where there is a dominance of white or bright tones. For nature photography, it is a type of photography that goes against most “traditional” styles and "rules" of nature photography. It requires the right circumstances – the right light, subject, and setting—in order for the magic of High Key photography to work.
When it all comes together, the results can be spectacular! This class will introduce participants to the genre of High Key photography, which can be one of the most artistic forms of nature photography that can be done in-camera and/or a combination of in-camera and post-processing.
This class will help you put it all together and begin photographing in high-key style! You may even find a treasure trove of images in your archives that could work perfectly for this approach!
You will learn:
• What lighting conditions are best (and worst) for high-key photography
• The settings that are generally recommended for creating high-key work
• What foregrounds and backgrounds work best for high key photography
• Composition tips for this style of photography
• Post-processing tips to create the final look

About Lisa Langell
Lisa Langell is a full-time, award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous prestigious publications, galleries and more. Most recently, she was published on the front cover and a feature article in Outdoor Photographer magazine. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association. She is also an ambassador for Tamron and FotoPro.

Whether it was working as a master floral designer, a licensed psychologist, an university instructor, an international consultant in K-12 education, the Chief Business Development Officer of an education technology company, a researcher, a writer, or an artist—she enjoyed meeting each challenge. She applies the vast knowledge gained from those experiences to her photography, instruction and business.

Through all of those experiences, photography remained a strong calling. This has been the case since childhood--when bird watching ignited her lifelong love of nature and the camera. In 2010, she turned her passion for photography into a business—and in 2015 she transitioned to photography full-time and left the corporate and consulting world behind.

The journey with photography has definitely been Lisa’s favorite venture – she loves combining her diverse background and skills into her photographic art and instruction. Bringing joy to others brings joy to her! She thrives on creating innovative learning experiences that enrich, invigorate and expand photographers’ minds emotionally, creatively and intellectually! She places high value upon honesty, integrity, care and concern for what she delivers to her clients and to the photographic community.

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Introduction to Street Photography – James Maher

January 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


This session will cover a wide range of street photography topics, beginning with an introduction to the genre and progressing through intermediate and advanced topics. We will cover everything from how to setup and use your camera, to tips and tricks to make street photography easier and more comfortable, to street photography in quiet and suburban areas, and to overall conceptual issues in street photography, such as telling a story and creating a portfolio or project.


James has lived in New York for his entire life. Like many Manhattanites, he is a terrible driver and cook, but he’s an excellent navigator. He has been practicing the art of street photography since he first picked up a camera, has worked as a portrait, studio, and documentary photographer in New York since 2005, is a certified New York photography tour and workshop guide, and is the author of The New York Photographer’s Travel Guide and The Essentials of Street Photography.

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