Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lisa and Tom Cuchara Win Awards at Connecticut Professional Photographers of America (CTPPA) Annual Convention

Lisa and Tom Cuchara Win Awards 
at Connecticut Professional Photographers of America (CTPPA) Annual Convention

Tom won Court of Honor (Best of Show) for the open category

Lisa won Photographer of the Year (highest cumulative score) in the open category

Lisa won Photographer of the Year (highest cumulative score) in the ArtEI category






Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fine Art Photography for Everybody: Create Still Life Images from Urban Places and Things

For people who enjoy urban exploration, historic subjects, old cars, rust, detailed scenes, still life images, light painting, etc. 

This book will inspire you to visit new “old” places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story.


Fine Art Photography for Everybody: 

Create Still Life Images from Urban Places and Things

by Lisa and Tom Cuchara
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Lisa and Tom Cuchara see the beauty in decay and abandonment. In this book, they take you on a guided journey of historic, grand, dramatic, and unique locations and provide tips to help you capture creative fine-art photographs of rusty, dusty subjects and locations. In this book, you’ll find a plethora of urban exploration images and discover the processes used to create each one. You’ll learn how to capture HDR images, create long-exposure photos, and paint with light. You’ll also learn how to approach challenging locations, deal with high contrast scenes, create stitched HDR panoramics, and produce light and shadow effects. The authors share the gear that was used, the camera settings, the story behind the scene, and how they pre-visualized their images and looked for light (or created it) in each location. This book will inspire you to visit new “old” places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story. (Lisa and Tom Cuchara)

Lisa and Tom see the Beauty in Decay and Abandonment. Old, Historic, Grand, Dramatic, Unique -- these characteristics draw us to explore and capture the essence of these rusty, dusty subjects and locations. Urban exploration (UrbEx) is the art of finding and exploring abandoned locations. Not all locations are technically "urban" or even "abandoned". The term abandoned is used VERY loosely. It is not "being abandoned" that attracts us to a place, it is the history, beauty, decay, charm, and architectural details (which contrast so drastically with today’s vanilla architecture). Another definition of UrbEx is the investigation of seldom seen man-made structures, a definition more consistent with our quest, since our subjects may be FAR from abandoned (like the architectural grandeur of bustling Grand Central Terminal or the surprising drama of the [empty] neo-Gothic Eastern State Penitentiary), but these sites count as "unseen" because few people actually stop to appreciate beautiful prison architecture or the jaw-dropping details of Grand Central, a place that they might even rush through twice a day.  

In this book, we discuss a variety of UrbEx images, using them as examples to share a variety of capture and processing tips with you. All of the photographs taken in this book were taken on a tripod and most involved high dynamic range (HDR) capture; the few images herein that are not HDR are long exposures instead, and almost all of those are light painted. We will share with you: the gear that we used, image settings, the approach used, the story behind the scene, how we pre-visualize, how we look for light (or create our own), tips about light painting, plus post-processing. Readers will learn how to approach locations, deal with high contrast scenes using HDR, create stitched HDR panoramic, create your own light and shadows, and light paint. A plethora of both in-camera and in post-processing creativity tips are shared herein. Our goal is to inspire you; inspire you to visit new "old" places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story, inspire you to capture high dynamic range images and to light paint, and inspire you to create art from decay. We hope to enthuse you with our "Creativity is contagious, pass it on" philosophy and our "Don't shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like" (David Alan Harvey) approach. 

Lisa and Tom have a superb knack for finding incredibly fascinating places to photograph. They are encouraging, patient and terribly creative people whose energy and passion make you never want to put your camera down." Jennifer Dooley, Workshop Participant, Avid Photographer for 20 years 

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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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