NECCC 2013 Conference Program Descriptions


Five Pre-Conference Workshops & Portfolio Review running concurrently Friday, July 12, 2013 (9am until Noon)

Participants in any of the five workshops (you can only attend one) must be paid registrants for the Conference.  Class size is limited. Register Early. It is suggested that if paying by check you write a separate check for the Conference and a separate check for any of the five pre-conference workshops.  Workshop Cancellation Policy: if you must cancel, notify Conference Services by letter or e-mail before June 27th to ensure a refund (less $10 processing fee).  There are absolutely no refunds after June 27th.  Electrical outlets will be provided.



WORKSHOP I – Fee $65


The Creative Odyssey: The Power and Magic of Lightroom by Mary Lindhjem and Mollie Isaacs (VA) of Awake the Light Photo Tours and Workshops

Learn the basics of Lightroom 4 by working alongside Mary and Mollie. You’ll work on images supplied by them on your own laptop, and will come away with the skills to use Lightroom successfully.  We’ll concentrate on the Development Module and explore the powerful tools available to realize your creative vision.  If time allows, you may also be able to work on your own images, and will leave with a finished image of which you can be proud. Join this instructive workshop, and learn how to transform your images into natural-looking works of art that will take your breath away. PREREQUISITE:  Bring your own laptop preloaded with Adobe Lightroom 4. You must have basic computer skills, knowledge of the computer keyboard and basic familiarity with Lightroom.


Setting Up and Using a Low Cost Home Studio by Shiv Verma, MNEC (MA)  (Sponsored by Expoimaging’s Rogue Flashbenders)

Program focuses on setting up a small home studio and covers setups for portrait photography, product photography and macro photography.  You’ll learn how to make and use backgrounds, soft-boxes, diffusers and reflectors to create phenomenal lighting effects with on- and off- camera hot-shoe flashes, workman’s lamps, and a number of do-it-yourself designs.  We’ll have a live model and will use simple setups to demonstrate the power of small lights.


Photoshop Elements: Layers and Beyond by Hazel Meredith, MNEC (CT) (Intermediate/Advanced Level)

Explore the more advanced functions of layers; how they can help your workflow and how you can change the effect of a layer by utilizing blending modes and opacity levels. We’ll work together on several projects and use filters, textures, shapes, and type to jazz up your images.  Learn masking and how it can simplify many processes. Images will be provided so we can work together, as well as class notes for reference and practice at home. PREREQUISITE: Bring a laptop with a copy of Elements 9 or newer installed. You must be experienced with basic adjustment layers in Elements.


Potent Tool: Photoshop Blend Modes by A. Cemal Ekin (RI) (Advanced Level)

Layers and layer masks in Photoshop do heavy lifting and the blend modes provide much of the power for that. This hands-on workshop will explore what these blend modes are, the mechanics of blending, and how to use different modes for different purposes in Photoshop for photographic edit workflow. Learn efficient ways of adjusting tonality, color, contrast, and other image attributes as well as augmenting them with layer masks. Photoshop CS6 will be used but earlier versions are similar. PREREQUISITE: Bring a laptop with Photoshop installed. Be comfortable using Photoshop, and have a working knowledge of layers.

WORKSHOP V – Fee $65

Taking Your Macro Photography to the Next Level by Roman Kurywczak (NJ) (Sponsored by Sigma)

Get the most out of your macro photography and achieve consistently good results. Overcoming distracting backgrounds, using natural light, and correct use of flash in the field to balance exposure and get dramatic results will all be covered.  Many of the techniques used by the pros are inexpensive and can be done using the gear you already own! High key macro photography, cross polarization, and other creative macro techniques will also be explored. Bring your camera, macro lens if you have one, and flash.  Knowledge of how to change your camera settings is required. Bring your camera manual.  Sigma will provide loaner macro lenses for you to try out.

Individual Portfolio Review (40 minute individual sessions) - Fee $40

This is your opportunity to have up to 15 images (prints and/or digital) reviewed by one of New England’s top photographers/judges. Reviewers include William Barnett, MPSA, MNEC, AFIAP; Daniel Charbonnet, FPSA, EPSA, MNEC; Jacob Mosser, FPSA, EPSA, HonNEC, and Sarah Musumeci, MNEC.  The cost is $40 per 40 minute session. In this session, the participant can discuss his/her work on an individual basis. If you sign up for this service, a confirmation form will be sent to you by June 25th.  On this form, you will indicate your first and second choice of reviewer and indicate whether you will bring prints, digital images or both.  You must return the form by July 2nd.  You will then be contacted via e-mail with the time slot and room number of the reviewer to whom you have been assigned.  All efforts will be made to accommodate your first choice.


Please note this activity takes place at the same time as the other five pre-conference seminars. If paying by check, please write a separate check for the portfolio review.



General Interest

Chance, Necessity or Inspiration:  the Why's of Composition - David Akoubian (GA)
One of the most common questions I get when people are looking at my images is: “Why did you compose the image that way”?  There are really 3 scenarios that come to mind when composing:  chance, necessity or inspiration.  Chance may have put you into the spot and it happens to be the only composition.  Necessity dictates the composition where there could be obstructions that need to be excluded or objects included in the frame.  Inspiration refers to your vision or translation of a scene beyond the ordinary.  This program will focus on these 3 scenarios and examine how to successfully create an image when presented with any situation. (Sponsored by Tamron) (B, I, A)

David Akoubian has been working as a writer and nature photographer for many years and has taught workshops with several different companies including the Great American Photography Weekends and the Showcase School.

Night Over the Northeast - Mark Bowie (MA)

Mark has undertaken an ambitious new project to photograph New York State and New England at night.  He will debut it here and share the thought processes and techniques used to produce spectacular nocturnal images of the region’s mountains, woods, waters, cities, villages and coasts.  He will cover: equipment considerations, determining nighttime exposures, focusing in the dark, “painting” with artificial light, photographing fireworks and lightning, long exposures, multiple exposures, timed intervals and time lapse sequences.  He will discuss shooting exposures only seconds long to eight hours, with tips on photographing the landscape in relation to the stars, moon, planets, meteors and other celestial objects.  He will also cover innovative night image processing techniques.  Experience the awe and wonder of the Great Northeast under the Light of Midnight.  (B, I, A)

Wide-Angle Magic: The Good, Bad, & Ugly - O. Truman Holtzclaw, APSA (CA)
The magic and pitfalls of using the wide angle lens will be explored, explained and illustrated.  Learn some simple hints on how to make the wide angle lens an important and enjoyable part of your photographic experience. Learn how to use and not use a wide angle lens, the positives and negatives of using the wide angle, how to have fun with the wide angle lens and finally, how to bring home winning images. (B, I)

Twelve Steps to Improve Your Digital Photography - Stephen Johnson (CA)
Common problems make for common grief. In this lecture Stephen addresses many of the problems that come up for people, often with the user not even knowing what is going wrong. These issues are covered with clarity and in context so that their purpose and problem causing potential is understood and able to be applied to a photographer's workflow immediately.  Discussion will include the importance of monitor calibration, using RAW to preserve bit depth, imitating RAW capabilities with the camera histogram, how to use the histogram, and color encoding grey balance. Steve will also cover how to customize RAW presets for interpretation and data preservation, and the use of metadata to name, label, add keywords and archive your files. (Sponsored by Canon) (B, I)

Stephen Johnson is a photographer, designer and teacher who has concentrated on landscape projects - exploring wild, endangered spaces, and human altered lands, while focusing on soft color and abstract design.


Making the Leap to Digital Video: an Introduction - Vincent Laforet (CA)

In this program, Director/DP Vincent Laforet will introduce the class to some of the basics of making the transition from stills to motion.   He will discuss the basic camera settings, as well as affordable tools that will help you "up the production value" as they say, of your videos.  We will conclude by watching a few scenes from some of the most famous directors/movies and discuss the decisions the directors made and why.   This class is aimed at entry- to mid-level experience levels in video. (Sponsored by Canon) (B, I, A)


Vincent Laforet is a three-time winner at the prestigious 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, and is a director and Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer who is known for his forward-thinking approach to image-making and storytelling.

Making Nature Time-Lapse Movies - Joe LeFevre (NY)
The latest digital cameras offer excellent opportunities for visual expression.  One technique that is especially well suited to digital capture is time-lapse photography, where hours of elapsed time are condensed into seconds or minutes.  In this introductory session, Joe will cover all the basics of making nature time-lapse movies including necessary equipment, choice of subject matter, field techniques, and post-processing software options.  The principles you will learn can be applied to other types of time-lapse photography besides nature.  This session is enjoyable, informative and just plain fun! (B, I, A)

Joe LeFevre is a self-taught photographer and staff instructor at the Adirondack Photography Institute, offering workshops and tours throughout the spectacular Adirondack region of upstate New York.  His stunning landscape photographs are a result of planning photographs in advance, returning at the magic hour when the light is right.

Long Exposure Creativity - Deborah Sandidge (FL)
One of the fascinating aspects of photography is the ability to convey the passage of time, or to create a sense of motion through the art and technique of long exposure.  You can create beautiful long exposure images at the edge of night and beyond, and capture surreal photos during the brightness of day. By the use of neutral density filters, you can calm the crashing waves of an ocean, softly blur clouds across the sky, and create the impression of emptiness on busy walkways and streets.  This changes everything, the reality, the mood, and the drama of a composition, allowing you to create expressive, fine art imagery.  Join professional photographer and author Deborah Sandidge as she guides you through creative techniques for photographing and enhancing long exposure imagery. (Sponsored by Nikon) (I, A)


Deborah Sandidge has had the opportunity to photograph interesting people, unique architecture, and experience fascinating cultures in many countries throughout out the world. Deborah loves to blend travel and teaching, offering her expertise and insight to others through photography tours and workshops.


Making Exceptional Travel Photographs - David H Wells (RI)

Making exceptional travel photographs requires a photographer to be good at a wide variety of photographic genres, varying from street photography, to still life work to portraits. The best travel photographers are on a life-long journey combining two of their favorite passions: travel and photography. Similarly, they are versatile in their skills and fluid in their process, using minimal gear to achieve maximum of results. An inveterate traveler, David Wells has distilled his working technique and gear down to a bare minimum. The presentation will explore his working strategy and his gear, to help attendees achieve maximum image quality with minimal gear. Topics covered will include being in the right place at the right time, understanding how the time of the day affects the quality and direction of light, the importance of varying shots, position and angle, portraying people, visualizing spaces, stopping action vs. showing motion, thoughts on tripods, the magic of twilight, the appropriate lenses, some basics of flash, the power of silhouettes, the importance of working your situations, and putting it all together to get “the moment.” (Sponsored by Olympus) (B, I, A)


David Wells is a freelance documentary photographer and photo-educator, based in Providence, Rhode Island. He specializes in intercultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives.


From Minor League to the Olympic Games:  What it Takes to be a Successful Sports Photographer - Ron Wyatt (NJ)

Join sports photographer Ron Wyatt as he discusses capturing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in sports photography. Whether you're an ambitious beginner, or a seasoned pro, Ron will cover equipment, camera set-up, and how to plan a shooting strategy. He’ll also emphasize the importance of knowing the game, how to have fun photographing sports and what it's like to cover the Olympic Games. Ron will help the family photo-bugs prepare for capturing action on and around the field. This is the perfect opportunity to learn the basics of sports photography, and see images of milestone sporting events captured by a true pro. (B, I, A)



Mighty Macro - Mary Lindhjem and Mollie Isaacs (VA) - M & M's (Mary & Mollie's)

Macro photography opens new visual doors, and allows you to view the world in a very different way. But it is all too easy to get caught up in the mechanics and techniques of the process, and lose sight of the creative and artistic possibilities that attracted you to macro in the first place. This fast-paced, exciting program will help you find or rediscover your passion, and will provide unique, easy approaches to creating truly artistic macro images. The M&M Twins will weave their humor and experience into an entertaining presentation designed to instruct as well as to delight, and will reveal their secrets for finding and creating beautiful macro images. So leave your pre-conceived notions at home, and come with an open mind. You will leave fired up and well-prepared to elevate your photography to a higher level. (B, I, A)


Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem from Awake the Light Photographic Tours and Workshops are experienced educators and professional photographers.  They strive to teach and inform, enlighten and entertain, as well as enable you to photograph the infinite variety and beauty of our environment.

Photographing Wildlife – From Animals to Birds
- Roman Kurywczak (NJ)

This exciting program will cover everything you need to know about photographing wildlife in the field. The photographic journey covers exotic locations such as Tanzania but also includes many tips for photographing wildlife closer to home in some unexpected places.  Minimum gear requirements will be discussed for both the safety of the wildlife and the photographer.  Camera settings will be covered for wildlife portrait work as well as action photography, and the impact those settings will have on your images.  The program concludes with an in depth segment on photographing birds in flight. (Sponsored by Sigma) (B, I, A)


Roman Kurycwzak from Roamin’ with Roman Photo Tours is an award winning photographer conducting local, national, and international instructional photography workshops and photo tours.


Light and the Winter Landscape - Jerry Monkman (NH)

This lecture discusses the nuances of winter light and how to make great photos in the snow and ice. Jerry also explains how to keep your gear (and you!) safe in winter conditions. (B, I)

Macro Flower Photography:  Seeing Inspiration and Creating Intent in Your Photography - Cynthia “Cinde” Perdigao (MA)
Photographers will learn how to be intentional in their photography and how to resonate with the viewer.
  The viewer should be drawn in and actually feel the story and emotion the photographer is attempting to convey. By learning to “see” the essence of a scene (the thing that drew them to photograph it) before pressing the shutter, photographers will create a better image. The goal of this “intentional photography” is to convey an emotion and not simply capture a nicely exposed flower or macro scene. Cinde will show inexpensive set-ups that attendees can use at home for flower and other types of macro photography. She will also demonstrate how, as a disabled photographer, she has learned simple set-ups, which she uses in her “kitchen studio”, that allow her to create emotional images - setups and methods that lend themselves to any photographer working at home.  Cinde will also discuss how to take these skills and apply them in the field and to larger scenes, going beyond conventional photographic rules and encompassing true intent. (Sponsored by Nikon) B, I, A)




Work Faster with Smart Objects & Smart Filters - Dave Cross (FL)  

Everyone wants to work more efficiently and this session will show you a ton of ways to get more done in less time. Dave will introduce Smart Objects and Smart Filters and show examples of how these functions can speed up your work and help you to be more creative. The session will cover how to create and edit Smart Objects, working with Smart Filters and Smart Filter Masks and the creative power of using Camera Raw Smart Objects. (Sponsored by Adobe) (I, A)


Dave Cross is the Lead Instructor for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame.  He has written several books on Photoshop, and appeared in Kelby Training DVDs and online courses.


From Lightroom to Photoshop: Best of Both Worlds - Dave Cross (FL)

As a stand-alone program, Lightroom is very powerful – but combine it with Photoshop and the possibilities are endless. In this introductory session Dave will show different methods of taking images from Lightroom to Photoshop and back, and the reasons for using both programs. Dave will cover making global adjustments in Lightroom, local adjustments in Photoshop, Filters, and more. (Sponsored by Adobe) (B)


Dave Cross is the Lead Instructor for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame.  He has written several books on Photoshop, and appeared in Kelby Training DVD’s and online courses.


Mastering the Composite Image for Fine Art - Jim DiVitale (GA)

Jim will share his image compositing techniques from start to finish using several photographic elements to create multi-image photographs for fine art. Emphasis will be on digital image workflow, the creative use of images, layers, masks, and blend modes to montage images into an easy formula for creating final artwork, and the steps it take to get your artwork into a gallery or museum. (Sponsored by Canon) (I, A)

Jim DiVitale has been an Atlanta commercial advertising photographer and instructor for over 30 years. He has lectured on digital photography before audiences at venues such as Photoshop World and Imaging USA, has made presentations to students and faculty at art schools worldwide.

Color Management for the Rest of Us - Brenda K. Hipsher (CA)
Do you get hives every time you think of color management? Do you wonder if it’s really worth the trouble?  Do you think you’re doing fine without it? Then this seminar is for you. Color management is one of the easiest and most misunderstood things in the digital photo business.  If you’re tired of throwing away paper, wasting your time, and want to know why you need to be concerned about color management in the first place come join us for this program. Color management made easy. It’s harder NOT to do it! (Sponsored by MAC/X-Rite) (B, I)

HDR Imaging – From Capture to Processing - Hazel Meredith, MNEC (CT)

Our eyes can see a much greater dynamic range of tones in a scene than our digital cameras can capture. A way to capture what we see is to take multiple exposures of a scene by bracketing (taking one “correct” exposure and the one or more over-exposed shots and one or more under-exposed shots to capture the range of light in the scene). You can then merge these photos in a dedicated program such as Photomatix Pro by HDRsoft, or Nik’s HDR Efex Pro. Other options include Photoshop and Topaz Adjust. We will review the in-camera process as well as the various methods to merge the images to find the one that works best for your photographic style. (I, A)


Ten Quick creative Things to Do in Photoshop Elements - Mark Southard, FPSA, FCAPA  (IL)

This program will move at a fast pace so you can see many of the great features this software offers at a fraction of the cost of Photoshop. It has been said that you get 80% of the program for 20% of the price! You will see how to make collages, add creative type, make your own ‘signature’ brush, correct exposure with a one button click, add elements like a rainbow or a new sky, create panoramas, make your own stationery, create realistic reflections, add borders and frames to complete your image and finally how to make your own slide show! (B, I)

Editing, Masking and Selection in Photoshop - Shiv Verma, MNEC (MA)

This program focuses on simplifying the complex process of image editing, using layer and clipping masks, and fine detail selections using the power of Pressure Sensitive Pens and Tablets.  By the end of this program you will wonder why you have been struggling with the mouse.  (Sponsored by Wacom)  (B, I)

Retouch Secrets of the Masters: Portrait Tools Revealed - Janice Wendt (CA)

Ever wonder why the professional portrait images look so great? Plug-ins are a quick and easy way to get “The Look” in a few steps. Learn the most effective steps to use for the greatest impact.  A variety of retouch tools will be used including, Perfectly Clear, Nik Collection and other Plug-ins to provide a rich variety of portrait styles.  (I, A)


Janice Wendt is a consultant focusing on the photographic imaging market. She is a commercial and portrait photographer with over twenty years of experience in film, digital and photo re-touching.



Outputting from Photoshop and Lightroom - A. Cemal Ekin (RI)

Sooner or later every photographer needs to create printed output of her or his work. Whether on an inkjet printer, printed at a photo lab, or even photo books and magazines, this process needs to be very carefully controlled if consistent quality is desired; and who would not want that? This presentation will focus on the general workflow to directly output to a printer, prepare images for lab printing, or creating magazine format publications. Given the time limitations, the emphasis will be on the disciplined workflow that the participants need to put to use in their own time, on their own equipment. Actual output examples will be provided and the process used to create them will be explained. (B, I)



In Search of Emperors - John Fuller, FPSA, HonNEC, AFIAP (MA) 

The Emperor Penguin is perhaps the most remote and difficult bird to reach in the world. Join John on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov, as the famed Russian icebreaker sails from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia Island and on to the rarely visited South Sandwich Islands. From there we cross the mostly frozen Weddell Sea to reach the Antarctic coast, frozen in “fast ice”, to visit colonies of Emperor Penguins. Although the Emperors are the focus, many other penguin species are encountered on this Antarctic adventure, including King, Adelie, Gentoo and Chinstrap. John’s photography will bring them all to you in this “once in a lifetime” trip.


Location Lighting with Dynalites - Rick Friedman (MA)

As photographers, we are challenged to create a beautiful and compelling image everyday for a client or ourselves.  Rick will discuss his portable location lighting techniques that enable him to capture his award winning imagery. The lecture explores ways to create interesting lighting on location and in the studio.  Rick will share his stories of photographing and lighting some of his past subjects including Anthony Hopkins and President Obama.  As a magazine photojournalist, his lighting is elaborate, yet practical.  The lecture includes a live demonstration of how Rick would use Dynalites on locations and in studio.  Dynalites have been his “go-to studio strobe” throughout his career.  (Sponsored by Dynalite) (B, I, A)


Rick Friedman is a freelance photographer from Boston who has conducted location lighting workshops across the US, and in England, Ireland and Wales.


The Art of Photographing Children from 7 Days to 7 Years - Christina Richardson (RI)

With the help of her seven year old daughter and many other fast moving targets, Christina Beth has learned how to capture both candid and posed images of children. Eight years ago she started photographing young children for friends, leading to a career as a professional photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, and child portraiture. She has also learned that different age groups require different social interaction and photography techniques.  Christina will share tips and techniques on lighting, camera settings, composition, prop selection, and gaining cooperation of children between the ages of seven days and seven years old.(B, I)


Christina Beth Richardson concentrates on infant, child and family photography, capturing images of the wiggles and giggles, nose crinkles, and toothless smiles, creating heirloom images for families they will treasure for years to come.

Showcase Theater

The World I've Seen - Karl Schanz, APSA, MNEC (MA)
This program presents images from a diverse set of locations in the United States and around the world. Karl’s travels have brought him to some amazing locations to capture unbelievably beautiful scenes and subjects with his camera. He has paired the images with selections of music to further enhance the experience, so that you can share his memories of his travels.

Favorite Images - Near & Far - Mike Goodman, MNEC (NH)

Mike has assembled some of his most favorite photographs into a series of short musical photo-essays from the past few years. Many of the images were taken quite near - just a few miles from his New Hampshire home or maybe 3-4 hours by car up or down the coast. Some were taken in places requiring days of travel to reach. You will see snowmobile racing in the NH White Mountains, skimmers on Long Island, bird life in Florida and South Texas, snow geese and cranes in New Mexico, northern ethnic tribal people from Thailand, wildlife from Kenya and Sri Lanka, and landscapes from New Zealand’s Southern Alps and Iceland.

Feature Presentation

A Nomadic Vision
Presented by Nevada Wier of Santa Fe, NM
Friday 7 pm Campus Center Auditorium
Saturday 7 pm Campus Center AUditorium

Sponsored in part by Canon and Hunt’s Photo & Video

Nevada Weir photoNevada Wier will present a lively and entertaining talk on her evolution as a traveler and a photographer. Combining audio-visual presentations, images, and video, she will discuss her pivotal travels, photo assignments, and an expedition down the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia for National Geographic Magazine. As we wind our way through her varied photographic career around the globe, she will end with her current work as a fine-art artist and have a peek at her ongoing personal projects on Outer India, Myanmar and other current work. Nevada Wier is a multiple award-winning photographer specializing in documenting the remote corners and cultures of the globe. She has been published in a plethora of national and international publications, including: National Geographic, Geo, National Geographic Adventure, Islands, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Marie Claire, NY Times, and Smithsonian. Getty, Corbis, and Blend represent her stock photography. Her fine-art photography is shown at numerous galleries, and can been seen online at She is currently working on a new book, A Nomadic Vision (publication TBA). Please visit her website

For the second time in three years we will not have the Fine Arts Theatre available for our keynote address due to renovations.  Nevada Wier has graciously agreed to give the same keynote presentation on Friday and Saturday evenings. We will have at least three of our speakers scheduled in each of two evening time periods during the keynote address for attendees to attend. To make certain we have an even distribution of attendees for each night, we will issue tickets for the Friday or Saturday session. You have the option of indicating “either” if you have no preference.  We may not be able to honor everyone’s preference.






Special Events

Portraits With Children -
Christina Richardson (RI)
Saturday 1 - 5 pm, Sunday 9 am - Noon

Two professional child models, from the Dynasty Talent Agency in Boston, MA, will be available in a variety of outfits and props for you to photograph.  The second session will have two different models.  Conference speaker and professional child portrait photographer Christina Richardson of Rhode Island and Jim Morton, National Sales Manager for Dynalite, will be there to help you get the best photographs you can and to answer your questions.  Lighting for the set will be provided by Dynalite, Inc. of New Jersey, and Backgrounds by Mahue is providing hand-painted backgrounds for the set.

Welcome First-Time Attendees - Antoinette Gombeda, HonNEC (CT)
Two special sessions will be held in the Campus Center to assist first-time attendees in planning their activities for the weekend. Antoinette Gombeda, HonNEC (CT) will provide assistance with scheduling and locating classrooms. The first session is from 10 until 12:30 and the second session will run from 1 until 3:30 pm on Friday (Specific locations to be announced).  Attendees may walk into these sessions at any time for assistance.

Camera Club Sparkle - Antoinette Gombeda, HonNEC (CT)
This year the topic for discuss is getting speakers for camera club program nights; sources for speakers, paying for speakers, programs that have no fee, programs your members can give, programs which are ideal for winter months. Join us with your concerns, ideas, names of speakers who have given programs at your club, and your club members who give programs. It will be a lively discussion.  Join Antoinette Sunday at 8:30 am in Campus Center 917.

Loaner Equipment – Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Tamron
See information sheet in registration package with details as to days, times and procedures. Attendees will be allowed to borrow equipment and must have a valid driver’s license & major credit card for identification and copying.
Canon and Nikon will have their top-of-the-line equipment for attendees to borrow on Friday and Saturday. You must have your own memory card for camera body use.  Tamron and Sigma will have lenses available from their booth for use on Friday and Saturday.  Canon, Nikon, Tamron, and Sigma will be located in the Campus Center (1st floor vendor area).

Camera Testing Clinic - Precision Camera (Enfield, CT)
Campus Center, Room 905-909, Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Camera technicians from Precision Camera, Enfield Ct are pleased to offer a free Camera Testing Clinic on your digital and film-based photographic equipment.  Testing, diagnosis, and minor repairs, if possible, will be offered to Conference attendees.  Registration badges must be worn.  Precision Camera

Used Photo Equipment – Pricing and Purchasing - Hunt's Photo & Video

Bring your used photographic equipment for inspection by Hunt’s Photo & Video experts, who will give you a price estimate and purchase the item or use it as a trade-in.  Hunt's

Canon Will Print Your Photo
Campus Center, Lower Level, near escalator
Canon is again offering a free print of your image printed on a Canon Printer. Bring an edited image file ready to print on a USB drive to the Canon vendor table. A representative from the Canon Pixma Printer Group is available to answer your questions. The maximum print size is 12" x 18" and will be printed on 13 x 19 inch paper. Your print file should be sized to be 12 x 18 inch or less at 300 pixels per inch. Save file as TIFF, PSD, or JPEG and the color space should be Adobe RGB or SRGB. Save the print file in a folder labeled CANON on a USB Flash Drive with your name on the drive. If you are undecided which image to print, create multiple folders with one file in each and name the folders sequentially, i.e., CANON1, CANON2, CANON3, etc., and put the folder name on the form at the Canon Print table. Visit Canon in the Campus Center vendor area on the first floor (ground level) at the bottom of the escalator. 

How to Improve your Travel and Landscape Photography: Choosing the Right Lens - Ken Hubbard (NY)

Geared to photographers who want to learn to take better images of the subjects that mean the most to them. This seminar will take you from the first steps of choosing what lens to use to evaluating your scene, all the way to the final output in print.  Ken will also discuss how to make the most of a somewhat less than ideal situation, such as shooting in the middle of the day, and distracting elements in a scene. This seminar is meant to improve your images from a quick snapshot to gallery-worthy.  (B, I)  Tamron

Alternative Printing - Barbara Ellison (VA)
Creating your image is just the beginning. Printing is the completion. Barbara will discuss substrate choices – from the traditional inkjet papers to the alternatives including wood, metal and silk. She will discuss the options for showing your work, from small art books to large canvas prints. Making the right choice in printing can set your work apart from other artists and complete your vision. (B, I, A)  Canon

Canon Basic Speedlite Course - Michael Sheras
This course will start with the basics of why you want to use flash and how flash can improve your photographs.  We will explain how the Speedlite works, covering the manual, basic E and advanced ETTL flash modes. We will also explore how to set your Canon Speedlite in single flash and wireless multi-flash modes.  Finally, we will talk about and demonstrate both the traditional Canon infrared wireless system and the new Canon radio transmit system featuring the new Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT.  (B, I, A)  Canon

What’s New in Nikon? - Bob Watts (MA)
Find out the latest developments from Nikon for advanced photography.  Nikon

Using Wireless Off-Camera Flash - Brien Aho (NY)
The set up and effective use of off-camera flash will be demonstrated using Nikon’s wireless control technology.  Nikon

Photo Ops - Christine Germaine, MNEC (MA) and Barbara Rozavsky, MNEC (MA)
Campus Center, Lower Level, rooms 101, 168, 170
Subjects to photograph may include models, nature set-ups, still-life, glassware, etc.  Most set-ups are electronic flash.  Bring your own PC cord adapter.  Tripods are not allowed except for black light and high speed flash set-ups.

Friday:     1:30 pm –  5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am –  4:30 pm
Sunday:   9:00 am - 11:00 am
Conferees must wear the official conference badge when photographing in the Photo Ops rooms.

Model Shoots - Jim Gallagher, MNEC (MA)
Monitored model sets (both indoors and outdoors) Saturday and Sunday.  Indoors each photographer may photograph the model in three poses over a maximum time of two minutes.  In the outdoor sets, also monitored but un-timed, the model will pose in a rotating manner.

Director: Dr. Jim Gallagher, MNEC
Committee:, John Andres, Peggy Arbeene, Chris Arbeene, Patricia Gallagher, Peter Miller, Kilmer Sweazy, Debra Stallwood, Dave Colt, Merle Gordon, MNEC, Dana Patch, MNEC, Kent Crossely, MNEC, Gordon Yu, MNEC,  Ripesh Gosalia, Jim Gregor, Robert Jesionowski, Helen Jesionowski, Lisa Pelonzi

Both indoor and outdoor model sets will operate on Saturday and Sunday. The indoor sets are located on the lower level of the Campus Center in rooms 169, 175, and 176. In the event that the weather becomes extreme (a hurricane) we will utilize the auditorium of the Campus Center as a substitute location. If the weather is acceptable for outdoor shots then the models will pose at the traditional five locations: 1), the semi-enclosed area behind the coffee shop will be considered a prime location; 2), the stairs and overhang of the Campus Center shall also be utilized; 3), the west pond location has many possibilities and photographers have put these potentials to use many times; 4), the walls of the east side of the campus chapel have furnished many a prize winning picture. It is expected that this year’s opportunities for photographs should prove just as rewarding.

As in past years, the models will work on Saturday from 9:00 AM, through lunch until 5:00 PM. On Sunday, models will be working at all the indoor set-ups as well as the coffee shop, campus center, and the pond from 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM.

Please take note, if the need arises to change an indoor set, that particular set will be closed down for one session. Also, if the weather becomes unsettled (light to moderate rain) all outdoor modeling will be limited to the protection of the Campus Center.

The models sign a limited “model Release” granting permission to participating NECCC attendees to use images taken at the NECCC 2013 conference for personal use only. This personal use is expressly limited to camera club activities and personal web pages. There are no exceptions to this granting of permission. In straightforward words, a photograph of a conference model cannot be offered for sale, even at a very inexpensive price on such sites as Smug Mug. Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation.

Each year the New England Camera Club Council, NECCC, hosts a competition for the photographers who have taken models’ pictures. The reason for this competition is two-fold: first, to allow photographers a chance to showcase their pictures. Second, to provide the models with high quality pictures for their portfolios. It is a joy to note that this is the 23rd year of the photo contest.

The question may arise, how does a photographer enter the NECCC Model Print Contest? To start, a photographer must have registered and attended the 2013 NECCC. In order to help identify the models, a picture board of all the models, along with their posing schedule, will be stationed outside room 176 (lower level). Also, a picture of each model will be on the NECCC website ( Once you have produced your digital competition quality model images it is very important that you e-mail the images according to the method described in the GLPA MODEL website.


  1. All photographs must be taken of models participating in the July, 2013 NECCC Modeling activities.
  2. A maximum of six (6) images of each model will be considered for the contest.
  3. Deadline. All entries must be received no later than October 1, 2013. Judging will take place during the first week in October. Winners will be published in the winter and spring editions of the NECCC Bulletin and on the NECCC website (
  4. Print judging will be conducted by NECCC officers and Model Committee members. Judging will be based on the overall high quality of composition which should include, but not limited to, image quality, impact of the presentation, and photographic technique.
  5. Cash awards will be First Place -$75.00, Second Place - $50.00, Third Place - $40.00, and one Honorable Mention - $35.00

Guidelines for submitting images of models

Photographers should send the PHOTOSHOPPED images with the model’s name to: The photographers are able to obtain the model’s name by going to the NECCC website and scroll down to the photographs of the 18 models who participated in the 2013 conference. Images must be sized to 768 pixels in height and 1024 pixels in width with a maximum high resolution of (dpi 240). Also, we must insist that the multiple images of each individual model be sent as a separate group.

Digital Projected Image Competition - Pam Lintner, MNEC (MA)
All competitions are open to everyone registered and in attendance at the conference, except speakers.  You may submit images in either or both the print and digital image competitions.  Film-based color slides are no longer accepted for competition.  While care is taken in handling, NECCC, Inc. assumes no liability for the loss of, or damage to, any prints, CDs or other submitted material.  All entries should be salon-type.  Medals and honorable mention ribbons will be awarded in Open and Nature digital projected images.

Complete rules and regulations for this competition may be found here.  Digital image makers may enter ONE open and ONE nature image (2 images total) for judging.  Digital image files must be submitted in advance via e-mail (use the entry form at NECCC’s website, up to and including July 7, 2013.  Sorry, NO e-mailed images can be accepted after this deadline.  Thereafter, submissions may be made by CD at the Conference at the Hospitality Table area (Campus Center, Main Concourse) between noon and 4 pm Friday, July 12.  However, these will be considered late and there will be a late entry fee of $20 per person for these submissions.  If you will not get to the Conference until Friday evening or Saturday, you must submit your entry via the entry form on the NECCC website prior to the July 7 deadline.  Digital report cards may be picked up Sunday, 8 am to 12 noon.  Images entered in the nature competition must conform to PSA’s nature definition.  Eligible subjects include trees, wildflowers, weeds, grasses, fungi, ferns, mosses, animals or birds (except domesticated), reptiles, insects, fossils, weather, land/seascapes.(without boats or other human evidence), geological formations, etc.  Ineligible subjects include cultivated plants or flowers, domesticated animals (dogs, cows, etc.), scenes that show human artifacts (fences, buildings, telephone wires, etc.), mounted specimens, museum habitats or groups, or subjects no longer alive.  The complete nature definition may be found on the NECCC website under “Competitions.” Competition rules and regulations as well as details for sizing and naming your images can be found on the NECCC website. For questions concerning this competition visit the website for a link to competition chairperson, Pam Lintner, MNEC.

Winning entries (Prints and Digital Images) will be shown at the NECCC Competition Awards Ceremony on Sunday at 11:30 am. 

Print Competition - Art Vaughan, MNEC (MA)
All competitions are open to everyone registered and in attendance at the conference, except speakers.  You may submit images in either or both the print and digital image competitions.  While care is taken in handling, NECCC, Inc. assumes no liability for the loss of, or damage to, any prints, CDs or other submitted material.  If a print is believed to have market value or is irreplaceable for sentimental or other reasons, please submit a duplicate instead.  All entries should be salon-type.

Print makers may enter ONE color and ONE B&W print (2 prints total).  Name and address and title must be on the back of every print mount.  All types of photographic prints (personally or commercially made, traditional darkroom or digitally produced) as well as hand-colored (transparent oils) prints are acceptable.  All prints must be mounted and unframed.  Potentially hazardous print substrate material: since images can easily be printed on material other than photo papers or canvas, makers should exercise due diligence and caution before submitting work printed on certain materials.  The thickness must be comparable to that of conventional photo papers, and any sharp objects must be rendered incapable of damaging other prints with which they may come into contact.  Images printed on, or laminated onto, glass, Lucite®, Masonite®, metal, Plexiglas® or similar material, as well as framed prints or stretch mounted canvas wraps are not acceptable.  Certain hard, heavy, or sharp-edged mounts have been known to damage other prints entered into competition and use of these materials should not be considered.   Mounts must be between 8X10 (min.) and 16X20 (max.) inches.

Print(s) submission by the entrant: Friday: 10 am to 8 pm  & Saturday: 8 am to 12 noon.
Print(s) pick-up: Sunday 8 am to 10 am.

Winning entries (Prints and Digital Images) will be shown at the NECCC Competition Awards Ceremony on Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Interclub and Conference). 

Honors and Scholarship Awards Presentation
The scholarship presentations will take place Friday at 7:00 pm in the Campus Center Auditorium prior to the Featured Presentation.  The Honors Awards will take place on Saturday at 7:00 pm in the Campus Center Auditorium prior to the Featured Presentation.  Nevada Wier's presentation will follow.

Door Prize Extravaganza - Dennis Goulet, MNEC
The majority of door prizes will be drawn Saturday afternoon and posted after 2pm on a board in the Registration area, Concourse Level of the Conference Center. Photo ID and Conference badges must be worn when picking up door prizes from the Hospitality Table Sunday morning at 10am.  For further information see the Pocket Booklet and special flyer in your Conference Registration folder.

Special door prizes donated by NECCC include a Canon EOS M with zoom lens, a Nikon 1 V1 with zoom lens, and an Olympus E-PM2 with zoom lens.  Fill in raffle ticket provided in registration package with your name and choice of camera.  Deposit the ticket in the appropriate box near the Hospitality Desk. These will be drawn Saturday afternoon and posted after 2pm on board in the Registration area, Concourse Level of the Conference Center.

Featured Speaker Door Prizes: A selection of door prizes for which there are two identical items will be drawn before the Friday and Saturday Featured Speaker address.  Write your name on your admission ticket and deposit it at the door as you enter. You must be present to win.

View the Door Prizes!

Photographic Trade Show - Audrey Weigold, APSA, HonNEC
The lower level of the Campus Center will be filled with vendor tables. 
Do you need memory cards, accessories, a tour, or a workshop?  See the weekend specials offered by the vendors.  Individuals or companies desiring to purchase vendor tables should contact Audrey Weigold.  Tables are usually sold out very early in the year.

Campus Center, Lower Level
Friday   10:00 am -  9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am -  5:00 pm
Sunday   8:30 am - 11:30 am 


Note: Some vendors will be located in the back area near the elevators, so please check them out!

The Amazing Image.  Specializing in photo tours, photography workshops, classes, and lessons. 

Adirondack Photography Institute Embracing Art, Nature, Life…

AutumnColor Digital Imaging.  Dedicated to the printing needs of fine artists.

Barry Walton Photo, LLC.  Featuring SafariScreen2Go the ultra-portable projection screen for outdoor photo/video shows.  Also,

BosStrap LLC.  BosStrap Camera Sling System provides tripod socket accessibility and comfort at a reasonable price.  Made in USA. 

Canon USA, Inc.  Will be loaning their top of the line equipment to attendees to borrow for use during the weekend.

Digital Silver Imaging.  Specializing in Black & White fine-art printing that utilizes a special true B&W paper from Ilford.

Epic Photo Tours.  Tours designed for people who love photography, travel and discovering unique cultures.

ExpoImaging, Inc.  MarMarkets, designs, manufactures, & distributes unique and innovative camera accessories to the photographic market, & is the pioneer in digital white balance filters.

Formatt-Hitechpan>.  The only camera filter maker in the world that creates in-house every kind of popular camera filter in use around the world in 2013.

Hunt’s Photo, Video, & definitely Digital.  New England’s most unusual camera store.  Hunt’s booth will include several Manufacturing Representatives.

MAC Group featuring ColorMunki by Xrite.  Ray Nason, Regional Manager of New England, will answer your questions and demonstrate product.

M&M Photo Tours, Inc.  You don’t just take a photograph, you experience it.

Nikon Inc.  Will be loaning their top of the line equipment to attendees to borrow for use during the weekend.

Printmakers Inc.  Your partner in excellence for photographic prints and photo albums for photographers.

Roamin’ With Roman LLC.  Roman Kurycwzak from Roamin’ with Roman Photo Tours is an award winning photographer conducting local, national, and international instructional photography workshops and photo tours.

Shutterbug Designs.  Keep your gear snug as a bug in a Shutterbug Bag.

Sigma of America.  Sigma is a major manufacturer of interchangeable lenses for most brands of SLR cameras, as well as digital camera bodies.  They’ll be loaning their top of the line lenses (in Canon and Nikon mounts) to attendees to borrow for use during the weekend.

Strabo International Tour Company.  Ron Rosenstock, Photographer and Tour Guide.&nb 

Tamron USA, Inc.  Maker of precise and sophisticated optics.  Will be loaning their top of the line equipment to attendees to borrow for use during the weekend.

Wacom.  The world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen displays, pen tablets, and digital interface solutions.

NECCC Website

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The New England Camera Club Council is one of the largest camera club councils in the country.  The by-laws state that an object of the Council is “to promote beneficial relationships among camera clubs of New England and to assist member clubs and individuals in the conduct of their photographic activities.” 

Through its competitions, circuits, lectures, and the Annual Conference, NECCC lives up to this aim.  The Conference draws a yearly attendance of over 1000 attendees.  It’s the complete photographic weekend for instruction, fun, and good fellowship.  In fact, it’s so good an event you can’t afford to stay home.  Our slogan continues to be “nowhere else can you learn so much in so short a time.”

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