BCA Photo: Kathy Tarantola on “The Most Common Mistakes in Lightroom”

The BCA Photo Group welcomes Kathy Tarantola as she begins a 3-part series on the photography software tool, Adobe Lightroom. In this first session she will address “The Most Common Mistakes in Lightroom – Yeah, Don’t Do That.”

Kathy Tarantola (ktphoto.com) is an experienced Adobe Certified Expert, Lightroom instructor and professional photographer. In this session, Tarantola will show you the most common mistakes using Lightroom. Over the years she has seen a lot of messy catalogs, and can tell you how to avoid these situations and practice good Lightroom habits. In-person meetings of the BCA Photo Group are suspended until further notice.

BCA Photo Group: Rob Sylvan on “What’s new in Lightroom and Photoshop”

The BCA Photo Group presents Rob Sylvan speaking on “What’s New in Lightroom and Photoshop.”

Sylvan (robsylvan.com) is a photographer, educator, and aspiring beekeeper. He is the author of many Lightroom- and photography-related books, eBooks, and videos. His latest book is Lightroom Classic for Dummies. Rob blogs weekly at LightroomKillerTips.com, and can be found answering Photoshop and Lightroom questions at various virtual industry trade show events throughout the year (and can’t wait to return to in-person events). In-person meetings of the BCA Photo Group are suspended until further notice.

BCA Photo: Martha Wakefield on “Illuminating Color Principles as a Dynamic Tool for Photographers”

Are you interested in using color more effectively in your photography? The BCA Photo Group welcomes award-winning painter and photographer Martha Wakefield to talk on “Illuminating Color Principles as a Dynamic Tool for Photographers.”

BCA Photo member Martha Wakefield is an award-winning painter and photographer. Her work has been shown in over 75 exhibits across the country and is held in corporate and private collections internationally. Wakefield has been awarded numerous residencies and has been featured in and contributed articles to many art publications. Since 2012 she has been teaching art classes and intensive workshops on painting, color and creativity.

BCA Photo: Member Image Sharing with Paul Nguyen

The BCA Photo Group welcomes back photographer Paul Nguyen (paulnguyenphoto.com) to critique member images. The theme is “The Face Says It All.”

Nguyen served as a National Parks Artist in Residence at Petrified Forest, AZ, and has worked for the Museum of Science, Boston. His images have been licensed by the Nature Conservancy, Tamron USA, Amazing New England Artworks and local and international publications. His presentation on drone photography last season was very well received. In-person meetings of the BCA Photo Group are suspended until further notice.

BCA Photo: Photo Restoration with Sue Anne Hodges

The BCA Photo Group invites you to learn about Photo Restoration with professional photographer and educator, Sue Anne Hodges. In addition to her commercial and fine art photography, Hodges (sueannehodges.com) has made a career teaching printing, Lightroom, and Photoshop at the New England School of Photography and more recently, the Griffin Museum of Photography. Her clients and publications include the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Down East Magazine, Maine Bureau of Tourism, National Parks Magazine, Outside Magazine, Audubon, Country Inns. She has also provided the photography for a number of books, including “A Pocket Guide to Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park.”

In-person meetings of the BCA Photo Group are suspended until further notice. We’ve been holding meetings online with great success.

BCA Photo: Stephen Tourlentes on “The American Landscape in the Age of Mass Incarceration”

The BCA Photo Group welcomes photographer and educator Stephen Tourlentes to discuss his work, “The American Landscape in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”

Tourlentes is a Visiting Professor in Photography and Studio Manager at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. His images have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He’s received many prestigious fellowships and prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his images are collected by major art institutions (http://www.tourlentes.com/). In-person meetings of the BCA Photo Group are suspended until further notice. We’ve been holding meetings online with great success.

BCA Photo: Michael Milicia on “Manual Exposure – It’s Easier Than You Think”

The BCA Photo Group presents “Manual Exposure – It’s Easier Than You Think” with Michael Milicia. Note that this event will take place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month rather than the usual 4th Tuesday. This session on metering and exposure begins with the basics and builds step-by-step, geared toward all skill levels. While Auto exposure will be discussed, the goal is for participants to become comfortable with shooting in Manual mode. In some situations, Manual exposure has many advantages over the automatic modes, can dramatically increase your percentage of “keepers” and may even be easier.

BCA Photo: Anne Eder on “The Photographic Object: Materiality and Craftsmanship in Photography”

The BCA Photo Group welcomes interdisciplinary artist and educator Anne Eder to speak on “The Photographic Object: Materiality and Craftsmanship in Photography.”

A working artist, Eder is on the faculty of Harvard University’s Ceramics program and the Penumbra Foundation, NYC, and has an MFA in Photography and Integrated Media from Lesley University. She has received many awards, including the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for photography three times. Her work has been shown in numerous museums, galleries and publications, and her outdoor installations may often be seen in the greater Boston area public parks and greenways (http://www.anneeder.com). In-person meetings of the BCA Photo Group are suspended until further notice. We’ve been holding meetings online with great success.

BCA Photo: Jodi Hilton on “Giving Voice to the Disempowered Using Photography and Storytelling”

The BCA Photo Group welcomes Jodi Hilton, speaking on “Giving Voice to the Disempowered: Using Photography and Storytelling to Empower Migrants, Minorities and Marginalized People.”

Hilton is a freelance journalist and documentary photographer who has recently returned to Boston after spending the last decade working in Southeast Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. Her work is focused on social and humanitarian issues. She is a co-founder of The Children’s Photo Workshop and team leader for Instagram @everydayeasterneurope (part of The Everyday Projects) and founder of The Balkan Press Club. She has been published in the Washington Post, New York Times, National Geographic, Der Spiegel and Le Monde, among others (www.jodihilton.com). In-person meetings of the BCA Photo Group are suspended until further notice.

BCA Photo: Member Image Sharing with Erin Carey

The BCA Photo Group presents Member Image Sharing with the theme, “Yellow.” Erin Carey, curator, artist and former New England School of Photography’s Academic Director, will provide constructive critique (erin-carey.com). Join us to explore our members’ diverse take on the color, with suggestions and insights from a popular BCA reviewer. There is also an “Open” category for members showcasing non-topic images. In-person meetings of the BCA Photo Group are suspended until further notice. We’ve been holding meetings online with great success.

BCA Photo: Charles Mazel on “Optical Alchemy: Unlocking the Hidden World of Fluorescence”

The BCA Photo Group President, Charles Mazel will kick off our 2020-21 season’s Technical Series, presenting “Optical Alchemy: Unlocking the Hidden World of Fluorescence.”

Mazel initially explored underwater fluorescence with camera gear he customized for his scuba night dives. His discoveries and images evolved into a scientific career researching underwater fluorescence and developing equipment to study it. Over the years, he’s broadened his scope to explore fluorescence wherever it occurs, and capture images for art as well as science (https://www.nightsea.com and http://www.charlesmazel.com). In-person meetings of the BCA Photo Group are suspended until further notice. We’ve been holding meetings online with great success.

BCA Photo: Emily Belz on “Making Photographs and Teaching the Art of its Craft”

The BCA Photo Group welcomes Emily Belz, photographer and educator, to speak on “Coming Into Focus: Thoughts on Making Photographs and Teaching the Art of its Craft.”

Belz, an ever-popular BCA Photo reviewer, has exhibited her photographs regionally and nationally, and is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston. She teaches at the Griffin Museum and at Lasell College and has been a popular presenter for the BCA. Belz holds a BA in Photography and Art History from Hampshire College, an MA in Art and Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art (http://emilybelzphotography.com). In-person meetings of the BCA Photo Group are suspended until further notice. We’ve been holding meetings online with great success.

BCA Photo Group: Suzanne Revy on Breaking Into Fine Art Photography

The BCA Photo Group welcomes Suzanne Revy, photographer, educator and editor, to speak on Breaking Into Fine Art Photography (suzannerevy.com). Revy teaches at the New England School of Photography and the Institute of Art and Design at New England College. She is the Associate Editor of the online magazine, What Will You Remember? and serves on the board of the Photographic Resource Center. Revy will discuss breaking into the fine art space, peek into the role of curator and juror, describe the hard work of positioning oneself to be invited to participate in a show and talk about the Boston photography scene.

BCA Photo Group: “Waterscapes and Wonders from the Woods” by Kathryn Dow

The BCA Photo Group Technical Series welcomes Kathryn Dow, a long-time birder, wildlife photographer and workshop leader, speaking on “Waterscapes and Wonders from the Woods.” She has instructed classroom and field workshops (annual Festival of the Cranes in NM, Bosque Del Apache NWR and Florida’s Space Coast). She is also a Field Naturalist for Maven, an optics company (https://kathryndow.photoshelter.com). Dow will discuss field shooting techniques, equipment, camera settings and processing. Highlights of her talk include: finding and approaching subjects, reading the light, composition (framing, mood, habitat to include with a subject, image capture angles), focus point selection on still and moving subjects, manual exposure, and helpful histogram settings. Doors open at 6:30 for socializing and image sharing (Elm Street entrance).

BCA Photo Group: Member Image Sharing

The BCA Photo Group presents Member Image Sharing with the theme, “Frozen,” in all its connotations. There is also an open category for non-topic images. Photographer and member Bill Davison will provide constructive critique (https://billdavisonimages.com). Doors open at 6:30 for socializing and informal image sharing (Elm Street entrance). The BCA is supported in part through a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

BCA Photo Group: Rob Sylvan on Camera RAW in Lightroom and Photoshop

The BCA Photo Group presents Rob Sylvan speaking on “Camera Raw in Lightroom Classic and Photoshop.” He will cover the basics as well as more advanced topics to help you take your image editing on these platforms to the next level. He is the author of many Lightroom and photo-related books and videos, including Lightroom Classic for Dummies. Sylvan (robsylvan.com) is also a regular contributor to Lightroom Killer Tips, answers questions on the KelbyOne Help Desk and is an adjunct faculty member at NHTI. Doors open at 6:30 for socializing (Elm Street entrance). The BCA is supported in part through a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

BCA Photo Group: Glenn Ruga on Documentary Photography

The BCA Photo Group hosts Glenn Ruga to discuss “Important Elements of Documentary Photography.” Ruga is founder and director of Social Documentary Network (socialdocumentary.net) and executive director of Zeke magazine. He is the owner and creative director of a graphic design firm in Concord, MA and has produced major documentary projects. He is also a human rights activist, curator, educator and reviewer at major photo festivals. Doors open at 6:30 for socializing (Elm Street entrance). The BCA is supported in part through a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

BCA Photo: Member Image Sharing with Suzanne Revy

The BCA Photo Group presents Member Image Sharing with the theme, “It’s Seen Better Days.” Suzanne Revy, photographer, editor and educator will provide constructive critique (suzannerevy.com). Suzanne is an Institute of Art and Design faculty member at New England College and Associate Editor for the online magazine, https://whatwillyouremember.com. “It’s Seen Better Days” is meant as per The Free Dictionary: Be worn out, have fallen into a state of decline, as in “This chair has seen better days”, or “The family business has seen better days”. This term was first used by Shakespeare to describe a decline of fortune (Timon of Athens, 4:2) but soon was broadened to describe aging or deterioration in both humans and objects. There is always the “Open” category for members who have non-topic images to showcase.

BCA Photo: “Digital’s Wonderful World of Color!” with Michael Milicia

The BCA Photo Group hosts “Digital’s Wonderful World of Color!” with Michael Milicia. Note that this event takes place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month rather than the usual 4th Tuesday. A conceptual understanding of color management is key to achieving consistency and making images look their best regardless of the rendering medium. This presentation will go beyond a simple cookbook approach, giving you the background needed to achieve accurate and consistent color and troubleshoot color issues. We will discuss color terminology, choice of Picture Style, Camera Profiles, RAW conversion software, White Balance, and color profiles, color models and color spaces.

BCA Photo: Elin Spring on “The Contemporary Photography Scene”

The BCA Photo Group presents Elin Spring speaking on “The Contemporary Photography Scene.” Elin is the founder and editor of the online photography review magazine, https://whatwillyouremember.com. She is a contributing writer to other online and print magazines and has provided essays for various exhibition catalogs. As an independent curator, she juries photography competitions and exhibitions. Elin regularly conducts portfolio reviews at national photography festivals, colleges and museums, highlighting newly discovered work online. In 2014, her photography writing was recognized with the Scribe FOCUS Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography.

BCA Photo: Unleashing Your Landscape Photography

The BCA Photo Group hosts “Unleash your Landscape Photography” with the professional landscape photographer, John Slonina (sphotography.com). John’s company leads instructional photo workshops and tours across North America. His work has been published in calendars, books, magazines and displayed in private collections and galleries throughout the world. This program will provide techniques for taking your landscape photos and video to the next level: strategies for depth of field and composition, contrast and bad lighting, use of special weather conditions, photographing bodies of water, recommended equipment and apps, and more. Doors open at 6:30 for socializing (Elm Street entrance).

BCA Photo: Member Image Sharing with Erin Carey

The BCA Photo Group presents member Image Sharing with the theme, “Open.” Erin Carey, curator, artist and New England School of Photography’s (NESOP) Academic Director, will provide constructive critique (erin-carey.com). “Open” is meant as per Google Dictionary: allowing access, passage or a view through an empty space; not closed or blocked up. “It was a warm evening and the window was open.” Synonyms: not shut, not closed, unlocked, unbolted, unlatched, off the latch, unfastened, unsecured; exposed to the air or to view; not covered. “An open fire burned in the grate.”

BCA Photo Group: My Best 5 Shots

The BCA Photo Group concludes its 2018-19 season with a BCA tradition, led by member Dennis Rainville. Members present up to 5 of their own photos, describing how each made a difference in their creative journeys this year. There will be time to socialize afterward. The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:45 pm (Elm Street entrance).

BCA Photo Group: Member Image Sharing

The BCA Photo Group concludes its 2018-19 Image Sharing with the theme “After Dark.” Photographer and member Bill Davison will provide constructive critique (https://billdavisonimages.com). The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:45 pm (Elm Street entrance). This program is supported in part through a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

BCA Photo: Diane Bennett on “Copyright Basics for Photographers”

The Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group Technical Series with photographer and BCA member, Diane Bennett, speaking on “Copyright Basics for Photographers.”

Digital images are easily appropriated over the Internet and through social media. Bennett will discuss the basics of copyright protection for photographs: basic tenets of fair use, reverse image searches and a range of practical steps you can take to protect your images from misuse. This talk will be followed by a member-centered discussion of image sharing websites, led by Helena Long. If you’ve attended the BCA Photo Group, you know our members’ photographic knowledge and experience is deep and varied. Learn from others and share your own insights on options for sharing images online.