Monday, March 28, 2016

lisa and Tom present at the CAN/AM Photo Expo. April 8, 9, 10, 2016. Buffalo Niagara Marriott, Buffalo, NY

CAN/AM Photo Expo. April  8, 9, 10, 2016. Buffalo Niagara Marriott, Buffalo, NY

Join us for three days of  photography education with the industry’s top photographers, including Speakers from throughout the country: Matt Kloskowski, Ellen Anon, Denis Reggie, Mark Bowie, Fay Sirkis, Lisa Cuchara, James Schnelzer, Jeff Allen, Denis Reggie, James Schmelzer, Rick Friedman, Ron Magill, Mary Lou Frost, Cheryl Belczak, Ray Sopczuk, William Potter, John Walrath
and more!

We will have model shoots and other photo opportunities, a trade show, conference workshops in a variety of levels that will appeal to all photographers from beginner to professional, as well as print and slide salons.

EVENTS AT THE EXPO: Hands on Workshops, Photoshoots, Print and Digital Image Salons, Trade Show, NFRCC Golden Horseshoe Competition, Awards Celebration and Gala, After Hours Party.

Register online at The CanAm Photo Expo registration is now open.  Your convention pass gets you full access to all of our fantastic speakers, access to the print salon judging, the Golden Horseshoe Competition, photo shoots, hands on workshops, awards presentation and gala as well as the trade show.

Our Classes:


“Macro and Closeup photography” a photography program by Lisa Cuchara
Learn to see, be see we mean notice the “everyday details” around us all the time. This program will introduce the equipment and techniques needed to photograph the beauty and drama of the closeup and macro world. Discover another universe, the small world. We will discuss the technical, aesthetic, and creative aspects of Closeup and Macro Photography. We will discuss tools that could be used to capture and light small objects: tripods, macro rails, macro lenses,  zoom lenses with macro capability, extension tubes, macro diopters, the Canon 500D close-up lens, focus stacking, etc. This presentation will concentrate on  “Closeup and Macro Photography for flowers and critters”


“Working with Light Tents” a photography program by Lisa Cuchara
Learn about lighting flowers, macro, still-life, critters, etc. using a light tent. Presented at the 2nd annual Mike Moats Macro Conference October 2015

“Non-critters/non-Flower closeup and Macro Photography” a photography program by Lisa and Tom Cuchara. 
This is a variation of our program “For the love of Rust, Dirt, Dust” a program about our approach to historic and abandoned buildings, urban decay, etc. This program is about seeing and finding the “trees in the forest” so to speak and telling the story thru closeups and details found at the location. HDR, EDR and light painting will also be discussed in this program.

“Post-processing: Applying Textures to photographs of closeup subjects, flowers, critter, gears, etc.”  a photography program by Lisa Cuchara
Lisa will discuss the basics of textures and then go into Photoshop and demonstrate textures using some closeup and macro images. What is a texture? We know texture when we see it, but when we refer to a “Texture” as photographic tool we mean a photograph that is placed on top of another photograph and then “blended” or adjusted to affect how it is portrayed. “Textures” can be just that, photographs of rust, peeling paint, old paper, etc., but they can also be clouds, bokeh, bubbles, water drops, wallpaper, walls, words, old letters, grass, etc. The specific texture that you pick will affect how your photograph underneath looks, but you have additional choices by changing the blending mode (there are 20 blend mode, but a handful that are commonly used when blending textures) for that texture later. Changing the blending modes alters the way that particular texture interacts with the photograph underneath. Join Lisa Cuchara as she shows you how to edit some of your photographs to give them a different feel by applying textures to them. Textures can add a mood or a feel to an image; making the photograph softer, warmer, grungier, older, etc. In this intermediate workshop (assumes knowledge of layers and masks) Lisa will show you how to collect your own textures, how to use textures, how to remove textures from part of an image, how to remove color from a texture and change the color of the texture and how to prevent the texture from affecting of the photograph below while leaving the color.

— two sessions of a hands on macro shooting workshop

We will bring some items to be photographed. We would also bring some textures to shoot so participants can take home some of their own texture photos to use. We will work with participants for the duration of the macro workshop, exposure, depth of field, exploring tripod use, lens choice, creative in camera techniques, etc.

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