Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things"

"Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things" Order it here: http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex


Tom and Lisa Cuchara have a book coming out. The book is done and is way ahead of the publication schedule, but need a few more pre-orders for the publisher will go to print. If you were thinking of ordering the book or have it in your cart or wish list please go ahead and order it: http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex


"Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things" is for people who enjoy urban exploration, historic subjects, old cars, rust, detailed scenes, still life images, light painting, etc.


“Tom and Lisa have found a way to take run down decaying subjects and turn them into an amazing art form.” —Mike Moats, Pro Macro Photographer

“Lisa and Tom Cuchara, through their keen vision, show us a world that has been forgotten, and they do it in a detailed, colorful, and beautiful way.” —Harold Ross

“Lisa and Tom celebrate the graceful degradation of things; both common and uncommon, and all beautifully captured.” —Thom Rouse, M. Photog. MEI, CR, CPP, F-ASP

“Whether you’re a serious amateur or novice, this book will help ignite your passion for photography, in general, and challenge you to interpret what your eyes and heart see using your camera.” —Charles Needle, Author of Tiny Worlds (Amherst Media)


This book will inspire you to visit new “old” places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story. Order it here http://amzn.to/2n32ZIH

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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)

“Tom and Lisa’s photographic fine art is incredibly unique, and each piece has its own wow factor. Even to a trained photographer’s eye, many of their pieces do not even look like photographs; they appear to be surreal and even fantasy-like. Their art will draw you in and encourage you to draw your own conclusion or story. They have created their very own style using state-of-the-art techniques and are always willing to share their secrets with other photographers. If you get the chance to take one of their classes, I highly recommend it. They are wonderful teachers and mentors.” ——Patty Swanson, Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)

“Tom and Lisa are true artists who see the beauty in these places and things left behind. They are so generous and share their passion, knowledge, and knack for seeing this beauty with you in their workshops. They truly have made me a better photographer, and I can’t wait for our next adventure together. Who knows what is waiting for us in the next rusty and dusty location? You should definitely come along....”
—Raquel Gonzalez, Photographer, Workshop Attendee, AVP Financial Center Manager at Bank of America

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 

Tom and Lisa are both creative and talented photographers who look to push the edge in their photography. As excellent, patient and devoted teachers, they use their beautiful images to help inspire others to open up their own path to making more visually interesting compositions and designs. They excel at finding beautiful color palettes and  utilizing good post processing techniques. The textures and details of their rusty explorations are a visual delight for photographers and non photographers alike. This book is both informative and inspirational, a valuable addition to your photo library. Bobbi Lane, Bobbi Lane Photography, www.bobbilane.com

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017 Color Camera Club of Westchester International Photography Exhibition.

All 8 of Lisa's photographs entered into the 2017 Color Camera Club of Westchester International Photography Exhibition were accepted! 

Section A - General:
        1. "Teacup Puppy" (A) (HM)
        2. "The Three Meerkat Lookouts" (A)
        3. "Swallowtail Caterpillar Up Close" (A)
        4. "Orchid Mantis On Tulip Petal"  (A)

Section B - Nature:
        1. "Pacman Frog Says Ahhhhh" (A)
        2. "Green Snake Texture" (A)
        3. "Veiled Chameleon" (A)
        4. "Jack With A Frog" (A) (HM)

AWARDS
HM = Honorable Mention
A = Acceptance

To see the catalog of photos accepted in the Exhibition, and the award winning photos, Click Here44th Westchester International Exhibition 2017. This was an international contest with over 1000 entries from all over the world.


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
pre-order it here: http://amzn.to/2n32ZIH

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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.


If you are not subscribed to our Blog, then please join our email list to find out more about photo classes, tours, workshops, photo ops, gear, etc.  http://eepurl.com/b9P2IH

and check out our galleries here: LisaandTomphotography.com