Friday, February 17, 2017

Please join us for the OPENING OF IMAGES 2017 Thursday, March 9th 6pm Fairfield Museum and History Center

Please join us for the OPENING OF IMAGES 2017 Thursday, March 9th 6pm Fairfield Museum and History Center

Two of my (Lisa) photographs were selected to be in the 2017 Images Exhibition
Please join us on March 9th for the opening of the exhibit


OPENING OF IMAGES 2017
Thursday, March 9th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Rd, Fairfield, CT 


A jury selected ~50 photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2017 show, on display at the Fairfield Museum from March 9 to April 30, 2017. Fairfield Museum • 370 Beach Road • Fairfield, CT 06824 • 203‑259‑1598 

The Fairfield Museum invited professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate. The 9th Annual IMAGES 2017 Juried Photography Show provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.

Two photographs by Connecticut photographer Lisa Cuchara will be on display at the Fairfield Museum IMAGES exhibition.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Broken hearted over Abstracts

Hello fellow photographers! Lisa and Tom Cuchara here of LisaandTomphotography.com. We hope that you can join us on an upcoming photography class, tour or workshop.

I often see faces and other common objects (something referred to as pareidolia, it is an ancestral part of our brain that likely kept us alive back in the cave days).

When I am out photographing, regardless of the subject matter, I often take close-ups and abstracts, reflections, shadows, and yes even dried mud.  Sometimes the texture or the abstract is used with Blend modes in photoshop, other times the abstract becomes a photograph in and of itself.

See that rust in the car door?
it's a face...

See that peeling paint?
it's a texture

See that mud?
It’s a broken heart

We were recently in Nevada teaching a workshop and we drove over to Death Valley one day. The sand and dunes and clouds at the Mesquite Dunes were great, but I was also drawn to the abstracts. I saw these areas of dried mud and starting creating all sort of abstracts to be used in future post-processing creations, but when I "chimped" after taking this image (looking at back of the camera and the histogram) after snapping this particular picture I stopped right in my tracks as the broken heart beckoned me back to it. I took a dozen or so different compositions but the one below was my favorite. I enhanced it slightly in Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) by using the brush and darkening the heart portion selectively. There is so much that you can do in ACR to make your images POP that one does not always have to even open the image into Photoshop to enhance it at all.

broken hearted over abstracts photography by Connecticut photographer Lisa Cuchara www.lisaandtomphotography.com

"Broken hearted"


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Please join us for the OPENING OF IMAGES 2017 Thursday, March 9th 6pm Fairfield Museum and History Center

Please join us for the OPENING OF IMAGES 2017 Thursday, March 9th 6pm Fairfield Museum and History Center

Two of my (Lisa) photographs were selected to be in the 2017 Images Exhibition
Please join us on March 9th for the opening of the exhibit

Connecticut photographer Lisa Cuchara

OPENING OF IMAGES 2017
Thursday, March 9th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Rd, Fairfield, CT 


A jury selected ~50 photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2017 show, on display at the Fairfield Museum from March 9 to April 30, 2017. Fairfield Museum • 370 Beach Road • Fairfield, CT 06824 • 203‑259‑1598 

The Fairfield Museum invited professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate. The 9th Annual IMAGES 2017 Juried Photography Show provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.

Two photographs by Connecticut photographer Lisa Cuchara will be on display at the Fairfield Museum IMAGES exhibition.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Both Lisa and Tom win awards at the CTPPA print competition

Hello fellow photographers! Lisa and Tom Cuchara here of LisaandTomphotography.com. We hope that you can join us on an upcoming photography class, tour or workshop.

photography by Connecticut photographer Lisa Cuchara www.lisaandtomphotography.com

Both Lisa and Tom both won awards at Monday's CTPPA print competition

My photograph of this Green Heron won BEST in SHOW in the Open category.

Green Heron; photography by Connecticut photographer Lisa Cuchara www.lisaandtomphotography.com

Tom's photograph of these Wild Donkeys won Second place in the Open category.

wild donkey mother and baby; photography by Connecticut photographer Tom Cuchara www.lisaandtomphotography.com

Tom's photograph of these Wild horses won BEST IN SHOW in the Creative/ART EI category. 

His image was actually tied with my image below and the judges chose his image for BEST and my image for First place. 
mother wild horse nuzzles her foal; photography by Connecticut photographer Tom Cuchara www.lisaandtomphotography.com

My photograph of this Swallowtail Caterpillar won First Place in the Creative/ART EI category. 
Swallowtail Ceterpillar; photography by Connecticut photographer Lisa Cuchara www.lisaandtomphotography.com



The Connecticut Professional Photographers Association (CTPPA) is the professional photography association in the state of Connecticut. They are a PPA (Professional Photographers of America) affiliate. You can check out their website, come to a meting or event, atned their annual convention of attend their FREE convention day, speakers and trade show.

Our Vendor Fair will be held on Sunday March 19, 2017 from 11:30am to 3pm at the Courtyard Marriott Cromwell, CT.  This is held in conjunction with our FREE day!  All Photographers are invited to attend and sit in on the seminars featuring Lyndsay Adler (Sponsored by Canon), Kira Derryberry and Dylan Patrick.  Join us at the end of the night for our cocktail reception and awards recognition night.

We are so excited to welcome back to our association, Hunts Photo&Video and Gary Farber. Gary and his team have re-joined CTPPA as a Vendor Member and will be participating in our Vendor Fair on March 19, 2017 at the 68th Annual Convention.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fun with Blend modes

Hello fellow photographers! Lisa and Tom Cuchara here of LisaandTomphotography.com. We hope that you can join us on an upcoming photography class, tour or workshop.

For this image I just set my camera to "S" for STUN and had a lot of fun. Just kidding, none of my cameras have an "S" mode, but read on (and come to our workshops) and we will teach you how to access this "stun" mode :-)

In fact, Blend modes are one of my most popular subjects for both programs and hands-on workshops. When learning photoshop you first need to learn the basic tools, then learn layers and masks (the heart and soul of Photoshop) and then blend modes which are kind of like "the spices".

A Cowboy Flower, Creating Art with Blend modes final version photography by Connecticut photographer Lisa Cuchara www.lisaandtomphotography.com

I had a lot of fun creating this image. We were at a restaurant in Death Valley in January for one of our recent workshops and I took some photographs of the restaurant entrance while waiting for people using the bathrooms. I adjusted my camera for some negative compensation to emphasize the outlining of the cowboys. I liked this particular cowboy best. This image exemplifies how you never know where you will see something that strikes your fancy...

Backlit Cowboy Nevada restaurant photography by Connecticut photographer Lisa Cuchara www.lisaandtomphotography.com

This was an intermediate version created along the way, I like it was well since it is simpler, but the above image "won" for me because it looked more like a flower. 

Blended Flower Cowboy intermeidate version Nevada restaurant photography by Connecticut photographer Lisa Cuchara www.lisaandtomphotography.com

During post-processing I first created a mirror image and then changed the blend mode until I found one that was pleasing and repeated those steps a few more times, ending up with this abstract image.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

from Sunday's workshop

Hi fellow photographers! Lisa and Tom Cuchara here of LisaandTomphotography.com. This past Sunday was an awesome workshop, all kinds of photo ops, still life, black-light, double polarization, water drops, dancing paint, food coloring water, fruit drops, smoke, etc. etc.

This event is a macro, flower, still life, set-up, and HiJinx photo opportunity that is something we do once or twice every winter. During the winter there are fewer landscape and flower opportunities, urban locations are cold and hard to plan with the New England weather. So we look forward to this indoor event as a way to quench our creative spirits and keep our photography interesting.

Now only will you come away with some interesting photographs but you will be inspired to set up your own table-top photography

I only had time to post-process a few images, but wanted to share them with you because we all had sooo much fun!!


When you have a favorite bottle and it breaks, do not throw it away :-)
My good friend Drea Koval taught me that last week !!!

Blacklight photography can make for some very interesting images. Tonic glows (imagine if we could look inside our bodies after we drink it??) we so you can put tonic water into intersting glassware and get some interesting effects

Vegetables and fruits always make for interesting subjects as well. I want to set up a vegetable/fruit shoot this winter and just concentrate on them! 

Some gear to help you with your indoor photography...
  • An extension tube is also great for getting in close. First, focus without it and then place the extension tube between your camera and your lens and get in closer by decreasing the minimum focusing distance.

  • You can also use this light tent, We keep one set up so we can place things inside and photograph them.
    • Savage Luminous Pro LED Shooting Tent (23.5")
    • Two daylight balanced LED light strips run from the front of the box to the rear ensuring shadowless light. The flicker-free LED color corrected (5500k + or - 200k) light source is designed to bring out the true colors of jewelry, collectibles & commercial products. The LED bulbs are low energy & long lasting, eliminating the need for frequent bulb replacement. 
    • www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=PC23&mfg=Savage&show=yes
We love purchasing our photo gear from Hunts Photos – they are big enough to have what you need but small enough to help you and stand by their product. Contact Alan Samiljan (asamiljan@huntsphoto.com or 781-462-2383) and let him know that you attended a class or a program or workshop with us (and/or read our blog) and he will give you discounts on the gear that we use.  Hunts Photo 100 Main St. Melrose, MA 02176 (781-662-8822). 



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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ghost Towns Our West

Nevada and many areas of the West have awesome ghost towns and buildings and belongings left behind. Tom and I have been exploring these ghost towns for the past few years. And we just got back from leading a photography workshop in Nevada. We had a jam-packed itinerary and photographed towns, cars, sand dunes, ghost towns, landscapes, and even a few local animals.

We photographed this building during the day, light painted it at night and photographed it from the inside too (third photo)