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.

BCA Photo: Focus on Sharpness with Mike Milicia

The BCA Photo Group Technical Series welcomes photographer Mike Milicia to present “Focus on Sharpness.”

Capturing fine details is often a critical element of a successful image. This presentation will explore a variety of tools and techniques to help maximize image sharpness: autofocus (AF) systems and how to take advantage of them, live view AF, mirrorless AF, back button focus, tripods and heads, long lens technique, hand-holding, micro-focus adjustment. A professional photographer since 2005 after a software engineering career, Mike is known for his two main passions, bird photography and teaching. He has been published in National Geographic, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best and National Wildlife magazines. His images have also earned high honors in the North American Photography Association’s Annual Showcase Competition and in the Audubon Magazine Photography Awards.

BCA Photo: Member Image Sharing with Don Toothaker

The BCA Photo Group will share member images on the theme, “Hats and Hairdos.” Don Toothaker, photographer and Director of Hunt’s Photo Adventures, returns to critique (https://toothakerphoto.com). This theme came from a conversation about Street Photography between friends in a coffee shop. From where they were sitting, they could only see the tops of people’s heads. It was suggested that members’ image subjects could also be wild and domestic creatures, or manufactured ones, such as store mannequins, in addition to people. Imagination and creativity were most important.

BCA Photo: Digital Infrared Photography

The BCA Photo Group Technical Series welcomes photographer Vega Buchbinder to discuss “Digital Infrared Photography.”

Have you ever wondered how the “ghostly” or “surreal” infrared images were created? This presentation will tell you what infrared photography is all about, what equipment you need to do it, what subjects and conditions are conducive to great infrared images, and how to process your images afterward. 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. For more information visit www.bcaphoto.org or contact pr@bcaphoto.org.

BCA Photo: Image Sharing & Critique

The BCA Photo Group kicks-off its 2019 Image Sharing with the theme “Hats and Hairdos.” Photographer Bruce Myren returns for constructive critique (https://brucemyren.com). This theme came from a conversation about Street Photography between friends in a coffee shop. From where they were sitting, they could only see the tops of people’s heads. It was suggested that members’ image subjects could also be wild and domestic creatures, or manufactured ones, such as store mannequins, in addition to people. Imagination and creativity were most important.

BCA Photo: Pip Shepley on Improving your Printing

The Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group Technical Series kicks-off 2019 with photographer Pip Shepley, speaking on “How to Improve your Printing.” A member of the BCA Photo Group, Shepley will delve into printing theory & practice, concentrating on printer capabilities, limits and menus to improve your digital print quality. (https://www.pipshepley.com). 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. For more information visit www.bcaphoto.org or contact pr@bcaphoto.org.

BCA Photo: Member-Centered Topics

This month, the Technical Series kicks-off Member-Centered Topics. 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. The discussion topics for this meeting include: Photo Education Websites, Themed Collections, and Inkjet Papers. The meeting is free and open to the public.

BCA Photo: Wildlife Photography with Dave Burns

This month’s Speaker Series talk is “Wildlife Photography: How to Come Home with a Great Shot,” presented by Dave Burns. Burns is an award-winning photographer specializing in wildlife, travel and landscapes. His passions range from the beauty of the African savanna to the streets of Paris. He has traveled to more than 25 countries professionally chronicling his experience through a camera lens (daveburnsphoto.com). 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: Tigers In The Wild by Neelakantan Sunder

“Photographing tigers in the wild is an adventure and an exciting challenge. I have made a few trips into the National Parks/Tiger Reserves of India in search of this elusive and majestic animal. There are still about 2500 tigers left in the wild, most of them in India. Most people never have an opportunity to see tigers in the wild, even after many trips to the wilderness. This presentation about both the photographic challenge of capturing tiger images and also about the various wild life in the jungle that makes the wilderness what it is.

Lisa & Tom Cuchara: Creativity is Contagious, Pass it On!

The Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group (www.bcaphoto.org) will host an evening with photographers Lisa and Tom Cuchara. The topic for discussion is Creativity is Contagious, Pass it On! Learn how to be creative in your camera and in your post-processing: long exposures, multiple exposures, plugins, HDR, textures, creative focusing (Bokeh, soft focus, focus stacking), camera movement (panning, rotate), neutral density, Bulb setting, white balance, filters, panoramas, perspective, composites, etc. Doors open at 6:30pm (Elm Street entrance). For more information contact pr@bcaphoto.org.

Lou Jones – From Hobby to Perfection: Taking Your Photography to the Next Level

The Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group (www.bcaphoto.org) will host an evening with photographer Lou Jones on Tuesday, May 8, at 7PM at the First Parish Church, 75 Great Road, Bedford (Elm Street entrance). The topic for discussion will be From Hobby to Perfection: Taking Your Photography to the Next Level. Lou Jones’ eclectic career has evolved from the commercial to the personal. He has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations, international companies and local small businesses, including Federal Express, Nike and the Barr Foundation. He’s completed assignments for worldwide magazines and publishers, including Time/Life, National Geographic and Paris Match.

Arts News & Events for July & August

By Julie McCay Turner

The BCA Blast, the newsletter for Bedford Center for the Arts, does double duty as the arts section for The Bedford Citizen. Readers are invited to print a copy, or read it page-by page on a computer. Click here to read the July-August edition. BCA also offers a curated compendium of local events for July and August. The BCA Photography Group is preparing for its upcoming show at Cary Memorial Library.