Monday, July 10, 2017

Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things

Wahoo!! Our book arrived from the publisher!! The book was supposed to be released Sept 15th but it is HERE three months early! Wow, so excited !!

You can order  “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” here using the QR code or directly from Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex]
 
Lisa and Tom Cuchara see the beauty in decay and abandonment. In this book, they take you on a guided journey of historic, grand, dramatic, and unique locations and provide tips to help you capture creative fine-art photographs of rusty, dusty subjects and locations. In this book, you’ll find a plethora of urban exploration images and discover the processes used to create each one. You’ll learn how to capture HDR images, create long-exposure photos, and paint with light. You’ll also learn how to approach challenging locations, deal with high contrast scenes, create stitched HDR panoramics, and produce light and shadow effects. The authors share the gear that was used, the camera settings, the story behind the scene, and how they pre-visualized their images and looked for light (or created it) in each location. This book will inspire you to visit new “old” places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

"Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things"

"Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things" Order it here: http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex


Tom and Lisa Cuchara have a book coming out. The book is done and is way ahead of the publication schedule, but need a few more pre-orders for the publisher will go to print. If you were thinking of ordering the book or have it in your cart or wish list please go ahead and order it: http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex


"Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things" is for people who enjoy urban exploration, historic subjects, old cars, rust, detailed scenes, still life images, light painting, etc.


“Tom and Lisa have found a way to take run down decaying subjects and turn them into an amazing art form.” —Mike Moats, Pro Macro Photographer

“Lisa and Tom Cuchara, through their keen vision, show us a world that has been forgotten, and they do it in a detailed, colorful, and beautiful way.” —Harold Ross

“Lisa and Tom celebrate the graceful degradation of things; both common and uncommon, and all beautifully captured.” —Thom Rouse, M. Photog. MEI, CR, CPP, F-ASP

“Whether you’re a serious amateur or novice, this book will help ignite your passion for photography, in general, and challenge you to interpret what your eyes and heart see using your camera.” —Charles Needle, Author of Tiny Worlds (Amherst Media)


This book will inspire you to visit new “old” places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story. Order it here http://amzn.to/2n32ZIH

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Lisa and Tom Cuchara see the beauty in decay and abandonment. In this book, they take you on a guided journey of historic, grand, dramatic, and unique locations and provide tips to help you capture creative fine-art photographs of rusty, dusty subjects and locations. In this book, you’ll find a plethora of urban exploration images and discover the processes used to create each one. You’ll learn how to capture HDR images, create long-exposure photos, and paint with light. You’ll also learn how to approach challenging locations, deal with high contrast scenes, create stitched HDR panoramics, and produce light and shadow effects. The authors share the gear that was used, the camera settings, the story behind the scene, and how they pre-visualized their images and looked for light (or created it) in each location. This book will inspire you to visit new “old” places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story. (Lisa and Tom Cuchara)

“Tom and Lisa’s photographic fine art is incredibly unique, and each piece has its own wow factor. Even to a trained photographer’s eye, many of their pieces do not even look like photographs; they appear to be surreal and even fantasy-like. Their art will draw you in and encourage you to draw your own conclusion or story. They have created their very own style using state-of-the-art techniques and are always willing to share their secrets with other photographers. If you get the chance to take one of their classes, I highly recommend it. They are wonderful teachers and mentors.” ——Patty Swanson, Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)

“Tom and Lisa are true artists who see the beauty in these places and things left behind. They are so generous and share their passion, knowledge, and knack for seeing this beauty with you in their workshops. They truly have made me a better photographer, and I can’t wait for our next adventure together. Who knows what is waiting for us in the next rusty and dusty location? You should definitely come along....”
—Raquel Gonzalez, Photographer, Workshop Attendee, AVP Financial Center Manager at Bank of America

Lisa and Tom have a superb knack for finding incredibly fascinating places to photograph. They are encouraging, patient and terribly creative people whose energy and passion make you never want to put your camera down." Jennifer Dooley, Workshop Participant, Avid Photographer for 20 years 

Tom and Lisa are both creative and talented photographers who look to push the edge in their photography. As excellent, patient and devoted teachers, they use their beautiful images to help inspire others to open up their own path to making more visually interesting compositions and designs. They excel at finding beautiful color palettes and  utilizing good post processing techniques. The textures and details of their rusty explorations are a visual delight for photographers and non photographers alike. This book is both informative and inspirational, a valuable addition to your photo library. Bobbi Lane, Bobbi Lane Photography, www.bobbilane.com

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hamden Photographer Earns Craftsman Degree Lisa Cuchara recognized for helping to advance the photography industry

Hamden Photographer Earns Craftsman Degree Lisa Cuchara recognized for helping to advance the photography industry

Hamden, CT, January 2017 — Lisa Cuchara, PhD, HonNEC, has earned the photographic craftsman degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was conferred to Cuchara by PPA president Lori Craft, Cr.Photog. January 10th 2017. This degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that Cuchara has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. She has been awarded the photographic craftsman degree in recognition of her service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor. Cuchara‘s  degree—and all the expertise it requires—illustrates her accomplishments and talent as one of a select few.



About PPA Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA’s roots date back to 1869. The nonprofit assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at PPA.com.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tom and I have four photos on display at the "Freedom" from Domestic Violence Charity Gala

Tom and I have four photos on display at the "Freedom" from Domestic Violence Charity Gala Opening Night

Join us at the reception for the "Freedom" from Domestic Violence Charity Gala Opening Night
August 25, 2016  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Golden Thread Gallery 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford


"Freedom to Grow" by Tom Cuchara
Trees can survive and grow in the unlikeliest of places; even in inhospitable conditions we can all grow and thrive

"Freedom to be Creative" by Lisa Cuchara
Rule exist for a reason, but sometimes creativity calls to you to get outside the box and create.

"Freedom to Blossom" by Tom Cuchara
Spring is a chance for rebirth, to forget about the trials and tribulations of the past and begin anew.
 
"Safe Passage" by Lisa Cuchara
Lighthouses have traditionally been used to allow safe passage, may you find your own lighthouse to guide you through the challenges of life.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Lisa's image won merits at the International Photographic Competitio, three images went loan

I (Lisa) entered IPC (International Photographic Competition) this year (second time entering in PPA) as I am working on my Masters Degree.

Five of my Images earned merits and three of those five earned an additional merit and a spot in the Loan Collection.

1007 (of 5,700 total submitted entries) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best.







Congratulations to everyone whose images were selected for the 2016 PPA General and Loan Collections! Click here to see the 2016 IPC Results

A panel of 46 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, 2428 images were selected for the General Collection and 1007 were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.

All accepted images will also be on display at the International Photographic Exhibition at Imaging USA, held in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX, Jan. 8-10, 2017.

You’re competing with PPA members from across the globe now and this ain’t a competition playground: this level of competition (the IPC) actually involves two judgings.

The first one determines if your images are merit-worthy (yeah, that’s industry-speak to say you made the first cut). If they are, you earn a second judging, which could possibly earn you an additional merit and a spot in the Loan Collection (our way of saying that your work is the “best of the best”). Images that earn a Seal of Approval at the district level are also considered for the Loan Collection, and are published in the annual Loan Collection book AND exhibited at Imaging USA.
Participating in the IPC can help you earn your PPA degree: earn enough merits and you’ll earn a Master of Photography degree in no time.




Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lisa Cuchara's photograph "Tree Frog In A Jack-In-A-Pulpit" won a merit award in the 36th George W. Glennie Nature Salon.

Lisa Cuchara's photograph "Tree Frog In A Jack-In-A-Pulpit" won a merit award in the 36th George W. Glennie Nature Salon. 


The 36th George W. Glennie Nature Salon had 798 images from 80 clubs, representing 7 countries and 21 states in the US.  All images submitted to the Glennie Nature Competition are judges and scored.  The award winning images as well as approximately 1/3 of the top scoring images are accepted into the Glennie Nature Salon.

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Click to see the award winning images http://mvcameraclub.org/media/uploads/winners/slideshows/glennie/2016/index.html 

Monday, June 13, 2016

End of Year Competition Winners

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


Nature
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


Friday, June 10, 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?  http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-huntsvanguard
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  www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=263AT&

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Lisa Cuchara's Work Wins Awards at Connecticut Professional Photographers of America (CTPPA) Annual Convention

Lisa Cuchara's Work Wins Awards at Connecticut Professional Photographers of America (CTPPA) Annual Convention


Six prints created by Lisa Cuchara of BREA Photos in Hamden have recently been awarded Blue ribbons (Award of Expert) at the Connecticut Professional Photographers of America's 2016 Annual Print Competition. Lisa's work was on display at the Sheraton Hartford South, March 18-20 2018, in Rocky Hill, CT. This exhibition was held in conjunction with the CTPPA convention, an annual convention of professional photographers and photographic associations. Lisa's portrait website can be viewed at www.BREAphotos.com and her creativity and teaching website can be viewed at www.photographybylisaandtom.com.

Lisa also won CTPPA Photographer of the Year in the ART/EI category (based on the total accumulated points) from all four quarterly competitions and CTPPA Photographer of the Year in the Creative category (based on the total accumulated points) from all four quarterly competitions. This is the third year in a row that Lisa has won CTPPA Photographer of the Year in those two categories.

A panel of five eminent jurors selected the top images from all of the submitted entries. Judged against a standard of excellence, Lisa's images were selected for awards — the best of the best. Lisa's photographs entitled "Frog on Calla Lily" (highest scoring print of the 2016 convention), "Veiled chameleon", "Prison tough", "Barn with star trails and first light", "Disoriented at the Insane Asylum" and "Left behind" all earned Award of Expert Blue ribbons. Lisa also won a Judge's Choice award for one of her photographs and the Kodak award for another one of her photographs. Her photograph "Frog on Cala Lily" was the highest scoring image at the annual print competition. The total of the her six photographs earned Lisa the 2016 CTPPA Treskunoff Award (for the highest total point score for the 6 prints entered at the CTPPA convention).







 

About Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
Established in 1880, PPA is an international non-profit association for professional photographers. PPA exists to assist its 22,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.

Guide images for two of the above composites...



Monday, April 4, 2016

Tom Cuchara's Work Wins Awards at Connecticut Professional Photographers of America (CTPPA) Annual Convention

Tom Cuchara's Work Wins Awards at Connecticut Professional Photographers of America (CTPPA) Annual Convention

Six photographs created by Tom Cuchara of BREA Photos in Hamden have been awarded ribbons at the Connecticut Professional Photographers of America's 2016 Annual Print Competition. Tom's work was on display at the Sheraton Hartford South, March 18-20 2018, in Rocky Hill, CT. This exhibition was held in conjunction with the CTPPA convention, an annual convention of professional photographers and photographic associations.



 






guide images for the above composite image.


A panel of five eminent jurors selected the top images from all of the submitted entries. Judged against a standard of excellence, all six of Tom's images were all selected for awards. Tom also won a Judge's choice for one of his photographs.

About Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
Established in 1880, PPA is an international non-profit association for professional photographers. PPA exists to assist its 22,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history.