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February 2021

Lisa Cuchara — Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things

February 3, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lisa will discuss the love for RUST and their approach to and experience with photographing historic and abandoned buildings, urban decay, etc. This program will include techniques for wide angle and close-up photography including the use of HDR (high dynamic range), EDR (extended dynamic range), HDR-panoramas, and light painting in this program. Equipment and techniques used to bring out the beauty and drama of these subjects will also be discussed as we show our fascination with RUST. The program is aimed to inspire you: inspire you to visit new "old" places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story, inspire you to capture high dynamic range images and to light paint, and inspire you to create art from decay. Tom and Lisa see the Beauty in Decay and Abandonment. Old, Historic, Grand, Dramatic, Unique -- these characteristics draw us to explore and capture the essence of these rusty, dusty subjects and locations. Urban exploration (UrbEx) is the art of finding and exploring abandoned locations. Not all locations are technically "urban" or even "abandoned". The term abandoned is used VERY loosely. It is not "being abandoned" that attracts us to a place, it is the history, beauty, decay, charm, and architectural details (which contrast so drastically with today’s vanilla architecture). Another definition of UrbEx is the investigation of seldom seen man-made structures, a definition more consistent with our quest, since our subjects may be FAR from abandoned (like the architectural grandeur of bustling Grand Central Terminal or the surprising drama of the neo-Gothic Eastern State Penitentiary), but these sites count as "unseen" because few people actually stop to appreciate beautiful prison architecture or the jaw-dropping details of Grand Central, a place that they might even rush through twice a day.

Written Bio
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.

Follow us on Instagram www.instagram.com/lisaandtomphotos

For more information about our photography education/classes: www.lisaandtomphotography.com

We would love an opportunity to inspire you with our "Creativity is contagious, pass it on" philosophy and our “Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like” approach.

For our portrait site: www.breaphotos.com

Our first printed book “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” is on sale at Barnes & Noble, Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex . Our second book with Amherst Media "The Frog Whisperer: Portraits and Stories" can also be found at Barnes and Noble and Amazon www.tinyurl.com/lisatom-frogs . Also, check out our FrogScapes site: www.frogscapes.photos

Join our email list to find out about our photography classes, tours, and workshops, as well as photo ops, post-processing, creativity, gear, etc. http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-photolist

Check out our upcoming (and past) photography classes and photo workshops and tours at http://tinyurl.com/lisatomworkshops . We are Olympus Educators, but all cameras are welcome. We have people come with mobile photos, dSLRs, mirrorless, point&shoot, film cameras, etc.

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Abstracts with Impact – Mollie Isaacs @ Awake the Light Photography

February 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MOLLIE ISAACS has been a professional photographer and experienced teacher for 3 decades. She specializes in nature and macro photography, as well as portraits of children and families. She has studied with Ansel Adams, Joyce Tenneson, and others. She has photographed many famous faces including Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, actress Meryl Streep, actor Gary Busey, former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder, and many other notables and dignitaries. She has won the “Oscar” of photography, the coveted Kodak Gallery Award, 15 times. Her work is in the Permanent Collection of the International Photography Hall of Fame. She enjoys traveling and teaching.

ABSTRACTS WITH IMPACT Abstract photography allows us complete creative freedom. There are no rigid rules and no restrictions. This program will start you on a journey of new discoveries about artistic photography AND yourself. See Before and After images of a scene and then the abstracts found within that scene. Learn how to find abstracts everywhere in nature, and how to create them easily at home as well.

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Introduction to Photoshop and Camera Raw – Registration required via Eventbrite (CCC Members ONLY)

February 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This session will consist of a basic review of Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Leader - Paul Hammesfahr

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March 2021

Photoshop 1 – Registration required via Eventbrite (CCC Members ONLY)

March 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This session will cover Cloning, Healing and Content Aware Fill. Leaders - Paul Hammesfahr and Dick Snyder

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April 2021

A Passion for Wildlife Photography, the Stories Behind the Images – Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

April 14, 2021 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

This talk is based on my more than 35 plus years’ experience photographing wildlife and covers the requirements, strategies, techniques, and equipment required to capture engaging animal images. Included is information on lighting and composition, plus locating, attracting, and approaching wildlife. The program is interwoven with some entertaining stories behind some of the images. (The program contains a lot of new material plus images from COVID 19 confinement.)

For more than 35 years, I have shared my photographic experiences and love of nature with thousands of individuals through more than 300 photo classes, workshops, lectures, and tours in both the U.S. and abroad including Kenya, Iceland, Newfoundland, the Falkland Islands, the Brazilian Pantanal, South Dakota Badlands, Bosque del Apache, Chincoteague NWR, Tangier Island, etc. Program sponsors have included zoos, nature centers, camera clubs, and conservation organizations such as National Wildlife Federation and the Assateague Island Alliance. For many years, I have taught photography classes at Johns Hopkins University and other educational institutions and have written “How To” articles on nature photography for national publications such as Outdoor Photographer and Birding. My images have appeared in magazines, calendars, and books published by National Wildlife Federation, Natural History Society, Audubon, and Sierra Club. Credits include the book, “Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, an Ecological Treasure."

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Photoshop 2 – Registration required via Eventbrite (CCC Members ONLY)

April 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This session will include Layers and Masking. Leader - Paul Hammesfahr

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May 2021

Photoshop 3 – Registration required via Eventbrite (CCC Members ONLY)

May 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This session will be about Selections. Leader - Paul Hammesfahr

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June 2021

Program Metting -TBD

June 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Photoshop 4 – Registration Required via Eventbrite (CCC Members Only)

June 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This session will be about Brushes. Leader - Dick Snyder

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July 2021

Program Metting – TBD

July 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Other External Editing – Registration Required via Eventbrite (CCC Members ONLY)

July 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This session will include On1, Luminar and Topaz. Leader - Dick Snyder

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August 2021

Exporting and Printing from Lightroom – Registration required via Eventbrite (CCC Members ONLY)

August 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This session will discuss settings. Leader - Paul Hammesfahr

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September 2021

Churchill Manitoba presented by Court Whelan – Natural Habitat Adventures

September 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Court’s Bio

Nature has been a constant in Court’s life. Spending much of his youth outdoors fostering a strong love and appreciation for wildlife led him to attend the University of Florida, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in both Ecotourism and Entomology. As the creator of his own discipline and major, he was able to design his coursework, research and teaching to focus on, as he puts it, “conserving the world through nature and educational travel experiences.” Throughout his graduate school career, Court also ran an ecotourism company through which he planned and led more than 60 expeditions to nature destinations on all seven continents.

Today, Court continues to guide the world’s best nature expeditions with Natural Habitat Adventures and World Wildlife Fund, while also heading up Nat Hab’s sustainability efforts, elevating it to become one of the most sustainable and eco-conscious travel enterprises in the world.

Throughout his travels he has also developed a keen sense for photography and videography. This has led to a true passion and profession, as he now guides many photo expeditions each year to the world’s most iconic areas and ecosystems. Whether it’s an expedition to the arctic for polar bears and northern lights, to Africa for the world’s most charismatic megafauna, or deep into the remote jungles of Borneo, Madagascar, and Papua New Guinea, he cherishes his time teaching and extending his love of conservation photography to anyone eager to learn.
Instagram: @court_whelan
Podcast: The Wild Photographer

Topic: In the same land that hosts the beluga whales of summer and polar bears in autumn comes an amazing phenomenon that illumines the dark winter skies. The northern lights—also called the aurora borealis, meaning “north wind of the dawn"—brighten the night in an ethereal display of color. Churchill has some of the most intense auroral activity on Earth, making it an ideal destination for a northern lights tour.

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