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September 2023
September 2023
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Opening Night (7:30 PM EDT)
Competition Overview (7:30 PM EDT)
Wayne Fisher - Exploring Architecture and Minimalism (7:30 PM EDT)
In this presentation, viewers will discover a range of techniques and for capturing architecture in a truly impactful manner. We will delve into the importance of perspective and explore the optimal equipment for architectural photography. Join me as I share my personal journey, hailing from South Africa, and the profound influence it has had on my photography. Growing up within a strict regime that demanded strict adherence to rules, I will reveal how my style of photography diverges from the conventional approach to architectural photography. Drawing inspiration from visionary photographers like Ansel Adams, I will unveil the invaluable lessons I've learned, including the mastery of the zone system, which I apply to my black and white works. Moreover, I will delve into the realm of post-processing techniques, unveiling the secrets that bring the viewer into a captivating glimpse of "Wayne's world."   Together, we will explore the art of seeing beyond the obvious and expand our minds to embrace a fresh perspective. Join me as we embark on a journey of architectural exploration, minimalism, and the power of visual storytelling.
Get Pro Quality Images with Your SmartPhone - Rick Sammon
In this info-packed and fun-filled presentation, Rick Sammon, author of 43 books and host of 45 online classes, will share with you his tips, tricks and techniques for getting pro-quality photographs – from close-ups to super wide-angel photographs - with your smartphone. To demonstrate his talking points, Rick, an iPhone photographer, will share his photographs from Morocco, Tanzania, Florida, and from some of our national parks. Rick will also talk about why you should have your smartphone with you all the time, as he does when exploring in and around his home in Croton on Hudson, NY. Before the event, visit with Rick, virtually and check out his latest books, on his web site:
Closing: Black & White (Monochrome) Digital (11:30 PM EDT)
Closes: Sunday, September 24, 2023 11:30 PM
Closing: Digital Nature (11:30 PM EDT)
Closes: Sunday, September 24, 2023 11:30 PM
Closing: People And Portraits Digital (11:30 PM EDT)
Closes: Sunday, September 24, 2023 11:30 PM
Rick Hulbert - The Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on Photography (7:30 PM EDT)
The impacts of Artificial Intelligence on Photography have emerged as the hottest and most controversial topics of 2023.  Rick’s presentation takes a relatively quick look at both the upsides and downsides of AI technology from a photographer’s perspective as well as from a beholder’s or viewer’s impression. Rick’s 90 minute presentation will provide a taste of his evolving thoughts on AI’s impact on the art of photography. The following 3 opinions highlight the controversy: Cole Haddon writes, “AI – as artists currently discuss it --  is not genuinely artificial intelligence. It’s not sentient . . . All it can do is take your prompts, pillage public domain and copyrighted material from across the Internet, and then piece it together in what appears to be original ways, but is, in fact, wide-scale theft.” Deepak Chopra writes, “AI’s role is to make access to infinite possibilities a universal gift, through vast computing ability, machine learning, and superhuman speed. . . But it takes human intelligence to actually have the experience, to want it, to benefit from it personally. . . The future belongs to users who can sort out potential deception and dismantle it.” Antti Karppinen writes,  “It’s a blessing and a curse in one nifty package.”
Workshop: Essentials of Infrared Photography with Silvana Della Camera (9:00 AM EDT)
Essentials of Infrared Photography So, you have an infrared converted camera or shoot with infrared filters. Perhaps you have been considering venturing into infrared photography and want to learn what is required to shoot and process infrared. Infrared, or IR photography, offers photographers the opportunity to explore the world of the unseen. Infrared photography creates unique images capable of portraying things not normally visible to the human eye. You will learn the importance of white balance and how it affects your images. You will learn how to properly set the white balance in-camera (if your camera has the option) as well as setting it properly during post-processing. We will discuss the various types of infrared filters and how they render photographically. You will learn to visualize a scene in infrared and understand how infrared light affects a scene. We will identify best practices to photograph in infrared and how to handle infrared raw images in post processing. There is so much more to extract from that funky infrared RAW image than just black and white. Regardless of which wavelength(s) your images are photographed in, much more can be obtained from the raw image. Infrared can be a challenge to shoot and to process. This workshop will provide you with the necessary knowledge to master it and turn your captures into beautiful surreal art. This workshop will have two sessions. The first session will be an on-location shoot and will require you to have either An infrared converted camera OR  Regular camera with a 720nm infrared filter (tripod required). Sept 30th (rain date Oct 1st) 9-11 am for the live shoot Francis William Bird Park 135 Polley Ln, East Walpole, MA 02032 The second session will cover post-processing on your infrared images.  You will need Photoshop and some knowledge of layers for this part. Oct 10th 9 am-11 am Post-processing via zoom This will be reco

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