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 (http://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.