Tuesday, August 19, 2014

cool old trucks at a salvage yard

I photographed these old trucks at a large 16 acre salvage yard Lisa and I went to early this summer. We are holding a photo workshop there on Saturday August 30th.  Come and join us! 

When I came upon these particular trucks I knew that I wanted to get all 5 in a single frame.  To get the composition I liked best I set the tripod (Gitzo- GT3532LS) as high as it would go.  I moved to my right, some, then moved more and moved some more before I could go no further as there was an ugly white car in my way! (To be honest there is no such think as ugly in a car salvage yard!  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or should I say photographer...)  

I included the sky in one and cropped the sky out in the second pic to create a pano effect.  
Which do you prefer?  
I like them both.  

Specs:  Canon Mark III 24-70mm 2.8L, 200 ISO, White Balance = 'Daylight', I took 6 shots and processed them in Photomatix Pro and edited in PS-CC.  I used the new CC camera filter a lot to reduce highlights and some of the over red / green saturation effect due to the HDR process.  I also used Topaz clarity and Nik Tonal Contrast to bring out the rusty red colors, etc.  Lastly, I just sharpened the trucks and nothing else.  


Join us at this Salvage yard

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lisa Cuchara offering a class on HDR as part of a nationwide educational event by Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

Lisa Cuchara offering a class on HDR as part of a nationwide educational event by Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

August 1, 2014

Coming to a Studio Near You!

Hamden, CT—Many people have an interest in photography, but how many actually have the skills and knowledge to become a professional? On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Lisa Cuchara of BREA Photos in Hamden will be sharing her expertise as a professional photographer, helping you learn how to shoot and prcoess HDR (High dynamic range)

Lisa Cuchara's class, HDR, is part of a nationwide educational event by Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Called Super 1 Day, these classes occur during a two-week period and have been a huge success each year. Known for individual and focused attention, Super 1 Day features educational classes on diverse topics around the country, hosted by professional photographers.

Step into the world of HDR and discover the techniques you need to create incredible images! Lisa starts with some basics in camera set-up and what you need to capture the highlights and shadows of a scene. Discuss what you need, in-camera, and learn how to tone map and process high dynamic range images. You’ll explore both stylized and natural post processing, as well as selective HDR. This is your chance to get  in-depth with HDR and unlock its potential!

Discover more about Lisa Cuchara's Super 1 Day class at ppa.com/super1day.

Lisa Cuchara, PhD, MNEC, is very passionate about photography, both behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She and her husband teach photography a variety of image capture and post-processing workshops and seminars, in the classroom and in the field. They have been photographing professionally for over 15 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden, CT.  Find out more about them, their classes and workshops and view their photographs here: www.BREAphotos.com

Professional Photographers of America (PPA), a worldwide association, exists to assist more than 26,000 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. For more information, visit ppa.com/super1day.