Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tom and I have four photos on display at the "Freedom" from Domestic Violence Charity Gala Opening Night

Join us at the reception for the "Freedom" from Domestic Violence Charity Gala Opening Night
August 25, 2016  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Golden Thread Gallery 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford

"Freedom to Grow" by Tom Cuchara
Trees can survive and grow in the unlikeliest of places; even in inhospitable conditions we can all grow and thrive

"Freedom to be Creative" by Lisa Cuchara
Rule exist for a reason, but sometimes creativity calls to you to get outside the box and create.

"Freedom to Blossom" by Tom Cuchara
Spring is a chance for rebirth, to forget about the trials and tribulations of the past and begin anew.
"Safe Passage" by Lisa Cuchara
Lighthouses have traditionally been used to allow safe passage, may you find your own lighthouse to guide you through the challenges of life.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"Freedom" from Domestic Violence Charity Gala Opening Night

Tom and I have four photos on display at the "Freedom" from Domestic Violence Charity Gala Opening Night

Join us at the reception for the "Freedom" from Domestic Violence Charity Gala Opening Night
When: August 25, 2016  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Golden Thread Gallery 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford

If you'd like a copy of the flyer click her CTPPA Charity Flyer July 10 2016.pdf

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Local Photographer Lisa Cuchara's Work Goes to International Exhibition

I (Lisa) entered IPC (International Photographic Competition) this year (second time entering in PPA) as I am working on my Masters Degree.

Five of my Images earned merits and three of those five earned an additional merit and a spot in the Loan Collection.

1007 (of 5,700 total submitted entries) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best.


Congratulations to everyone whose images were selected for the 2016 PPA General and Loan Collections! Click here to see the 2016 IPC Results

A panel of 46 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, 2428 images were selected for the General Collection and 1007 were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.

All accepted images will also be on display at the International Photographic Exhibition at Imaging USA, held in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX, Jan. 8-10, 2017.

You’re competing with PPA members from across the globe now and this ain’t a competition playground: this level of competition (the IPC) actually involves two judgings.

The first one determines if your images are merit-worthy (yeah, that’s industry-speak to say you made the first cut). If they are, you earn a second judging, which could possibly earn you an additional merit and a spot in the Loan Collection (our way of saying that your work is the “best of the best”). Images that earn a Seal of Approval at the district level are also considered for the Loan Collection, and are published in the annual Loan Collection book AND exhibited at Imaging USA.
Participating in the IPC can help you earn your PPA degree: earn enough merits and you’ll earn a Master of Photography degree in no time.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan on sale

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan on sale 
Get Lightroom m and Photoshop CC for $7.49 per month
On sale $7.49 a month Lightroom and Photoshop

Friday, June 24, 2016



Thursday (6/23/16) Topaz released Topaz Impression 2, an updated version of their painterly effect software, complete with new features. As always, their update is free to anyone who already owns Impression. And for those who don’t own it, Impression 2 will be on sale (40% off!) from June 23rd - July 7th.
Use coupon code "2IMPRESS" for a discounted price of $59.99 (regularly $99.99)

Topaz Impression generates natural painterly effects by painting brushstrokes one at a time. (It just does this very fast!) Impression can paint over 10,000 brushstrokes in less than a second, all while completely following your artistic direction, making truly personal art that you can call your own.

If you’re already familiar with Impression, the updated release of Impression 2, gives you more powerful processing with a completely redesigned framework and the following additional features:

• 30+ New effects - Impression 2 now comes with over 140 effects!
• Larger Brush Panel - no more squinting to find the brush you need.
• Masking - Impression 2 now includes masking in application! Using a brush, color range, luminosity range, or spot masking, the masking panel even includes our color aware tool.
• Topaz Community - now you can share your created effects with the other users of Impression 2 with a click of a button. Not seeing an effect you like? Browse the Topaz Community to surf an ocean of custom user made effects.
• New brush customization options:
- “Number of strokes” options to change the number of strokes applied to the image.
- “Large Brush Volume” that adjust paint volume in large areas of color to help focus on the details.
- “Stroke “Rotation Variation” to add randomness to your effect strokes.
• Highlight and Shadow control in the lighting menu.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Vanguard 263 Tripod

Looking for a tripod? The Vanguard 263 AT Tripod – great all around tripod, especially great for Macro photography TRIPOD ALTA PRO 263AT. http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-huntsvanguard

This tripod has unmatched stability and flexibility, enabling more angle possibilities than ever before. Its innovative Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column from zero to 180-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze. The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod's stability. Other features include advanced camera vibration and shock control, legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, patented premium magnesium die-cast canopy and head, hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability, and non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains and a removable hook for hanging camera accessories. Alta Pro 263AT is aluminum alloy and has quick-flip leg locks.

  “I hate the fact that I love the photographs that I get using my tripod”. Lisa

 Carrying a tripod is a pain, it is cumbersome, no matter what one you own it is heavy, and awkward, and never seems to be in the right position. It slows me down, which can actually be GOOD. It can make me that much more noticeable as a photographer (and sometimes I don’t want to be). But commit to taking your tripod with you everywhere and the quality of your images will go up. They will be sharper, and you will be more creative, and you can play with long exposures to make people disappear and clouds move and your HDR images line up.

Hunts Photos – Call Alan Samiljan and let him know that you attended a class or workshop with us and he will give you discounts on the gear that we use.  Hunts Photo 100 Main St. Melrose, MA 02176 (781) 662-8822

Monday, June 13, 2016

year end competition

End of Year Competition Winners, Lots of GREAT images tonight, the judges were groaning, one even cried "uncle" during one of the run throughs...

Monochrome: High cumulative score: Lisa Cuchara

Image of the Year: Ambilobe Chameleon Bug zapper by Tom Cuchara

2nd Place Creative: Penitentiary by Lisa Cuchara

1st Place: yum by Lisa Cuchara

2nd Place: tiger legged frog by Lisa Cuchara

Class A
1st: Ambilobe Chameleon Bug zapper by Tom Cuchara

Judge's Choice (Richard): Milky way over barn by Lisa Cuchara