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Saving Space with Lightroom


(Credit to Charlie Seton for creating this Lightroom maxim)

Lightroom is not only a powerful photo editor, but it can also help you stay organized and even reduce your storage space when you export your images.

How, you ask?

By exporting the jpeg version of your edited raw file to your desktop before publishing or sharing via email. Then simply delete it. Your original edited raw file remains in the Lightroom Library and you don’t fill your hard drive with jpeg files that you don’t really need because you can always export another one when it is needed.

If none of this makes any sense to you, but you are intrigued about Lightroom, please consider registering for our Lightroom class on May 21 and 28. We will get you off to the right start and help you learn a technology platform that will help you become a better photographer. With a subscription to LightRoom and Photoshop for $9.99 a month you really can’t afford to not do this.

I hope to see you in class!


Macro/Close-up Workshop fast approaching.


Macro/Closeup Workshop

Have you thought about photographing flowers and other subjects up close but didn’t have a closeup or macro lens and also didn’t know how to begin? Well worry no longer. On Saturday April 23 at the Garden City, Corner Bakery in Cranston the Photographers’ Connection holds their Macro workshop from 9am to 3pm with a review on May 7th.

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At the workshop we’ll discuss the in and outs of shooting up close. Learn what equipment works best, how to work with lighting in different conditions and the exposure setting the produce the optimum results. We’ll tell you where to look and find the best subjects,  both outdoors and indoors, and the best way to photograph them.

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You will learn how to make and use a “Wind Box”, make your own light box, light reflectors, backgrounds and much more. See a simple setup to use at home for photographing small subjects that’s easy to build.

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The main part of the workshop will be the opportunity to do your own close shooting, from a large variety of subjects. Some of the subjects include; keys, stamps, shells, coins, leaves, slinky, household items, buttons and much much more. You’ll be able to shoot subjects on a light box and within a light tent. While shooting Laura Paton and Don Rotteck will be assisting you in subject selection and composition.

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Photographing the subjects is only the beginning. In our review session on May 7, you will learn about the many post processing options available to further enhance your images. We will use some of the images you shot at the workshop and show you how they are changed. We’ll use some programs from Nik software and also Topaz Labs.

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Bring your tripod (we’ll have a few extras), camera with a charged battery and spare. Bring your macro lens IF you have one. If not your short or mid-range lens will do. Examples of some are 18-55, 18-135, 18-270 and 16-300, these lenses will work fine and give you much flexibility. There will also be a few Canon mount lenses to borrow if needed.

The date is getting close so sign up now. Space is limited. See you on May 23rd.

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“If your pictures are not good enough…

If your pictures are not good enough, you are not close enough.” was the advice of famed photographer, Robert Capa.

Before Don Rotteck joined the Photographers’ Connection as an instructor, I had an opportunity to photograph with him. Over the course of the day, he encouraged me to get closer, ala Robert Capa. It is not an exaggeration to say that my day spent with Don changed my close up photography for the better. I heartily encourage you to spend a day with Don Rotteck and Laura Paton on April 23, 2016 in the Macro Photography class if you would like to be a better photographer.

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Be a Better Photographer

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photo credit: Charlie Seton


There appears to be a ton of ways to improve your photography – from the latest whiz-bang gear, to exotic travel. The internet is littered with free stuff too. What is a photographer to do?

What makes the Photographers’ Connection different is that we are a community of like minded folks with a passion for photography and a life long interest in developing both the art and the craft. We are no longer astonished to see our photographers form fast friendships both within and outside of our programs. In fact, we could not be more pleased. In our first blog post last year we made this statement

Besides having developed a good sense of craft, each of the Photographers’ Connection instructors embrace these principles:

Technology should not get in the way of photography

Each photographer has a vision – we are here to help them see it

Programs need to be affordable and deliver content that can be immediately put to use by our photographers

We build upon the familiar by expanding concepts, skills and techniques that help our photographers become better photographers

Great photographs start with a vision before you pick up your camera and end with a print that can be hung on a wall

Learning should be accompanied by good coffee and a great bagel

We all want to make a photograph worthy of the cover of National Geographic

It is true that when you register for one of our programs you get a piece of the instructors, but you are also very likely to meet some great people and find that you have made new friends who share your passion to become a better photographer. That is something that no amount of free youtube videos is going to accomplish.

I look forward to photographing with you soon.

Thanks for reading,


Tempus Fugit




Smartphones know that it is Daylight Savings Time. Your digital camera probably doesn’t and is now one hour behind. If this is not important to you, do nothing and it will auto correct in the fall on November 6th. If this is important to you, move the time one hour ahead. While you are checking the time setting, make sure that the year, month and day are also correct.

If you still use film, you are all set. It is still 1975.

Fast Forward into Spring




This week’s warmer temperature had us shedding winter layers and going back outside to enjoy all that is around us. Before you know it, it will be summer….

Wait, not so FAST!

Ready to learn how to be a better photographer? Wanna learn how to photograph more than your cat?




We have some great workshops scheduled starting with how and why to use Filters (March 19), quickly followed by Camera Fundamentals (April 2 and 9), Macro and Close Up Photography (April 23) and Automotive Photography (April 30). May will bring not only flowers, but we will have a workshop on  Lightroom (May 21 and 28).

The hallmark of these programs is small class size offering excellent photographer to instructor ratio, passionate instructors and an emphasis on hands-on experience. Classes fill quickly. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment.

Workshop Schedule is updated frequently. Bookmark this link!

All About Filters


All About Filters

What are the benefits of using filters in your photography? What are the most useable filters photographers can have in their gadget bag? What other specialized filters are desirable? How do you choose and use them effectively? Learn the answers to these and more at the “All About Filters” program.

March 19th 2016 is the date. The Corner Bakery, Garden City, Cranston, RI is the place, the time, from 9am to 12pm, price is $79.00. Presented by the Photographers Connection, this program is a great opportunity to increase your photographic knowledge.

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Filters offer creativity with special effect filters. Change contrast, color and affect the exposure of your image with many specialized filters.

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Learn how to use long exposures and filters to create the motion of flowing water during the day, create a star burst from a light source and more.

There are filters for just about any photographic situation. Mike Dooley and Don Rotteck will show and tell you how to best use these wonderful photo accessories. Don’t miss it, sign up now at the Photographers Connection.

Canon EOS A2- Cameras of the Past


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Canon EOS A2 of 1992.

The EOS (EOS is “Goddess of the Dawn”) Canon A2 is based on the EOS 10S (to be reviewed later) with some minor and major differences.

Canons’ introduction of the EOS series in 1987 was met with much disappointment by Canon owners as the FD-series was not continued. With Auto Focus, a new larger lens mount was needed to handle the interface of camera and lens as the lens contained the focusing motors. Initially the auto focus system was slow, but was corrected in 1992 with the “ultrasonic focusing motor design. Much of the initial EOS design appeared with the T70 and T90 models. The lens mount change was actually a farsighted move by Canon.

The A2 metal shutter went from 30sec to 1/8000 sec + B, X sync at 1/200 along with mirror lock-up, AV, TV, P and M exposure modes with exposure compensation. A sixteen segment multi pattern metering, interchangeable focusing screens, built in wireless remote control, interval time release and date and time imprinting were some of the many features. Note the large control dial on the back which controlled various functions and appears on Canons’ digital “D” series and full frame cameras today.


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Accessory included a vertical grip (VG10) with shutter release. The A2 had a high price of about $1000.00 for the body only. Also appearing with the A2 was the A2E which had eye-control auto focus adjustable for five users. The A2 shown here with a 50mm 1:1.8 lens and VG10 grip.


Using Shadows – Monday’s Camera Tip


Using Shadows

Take a look at your images to see if there are shadows. Without shadows the image may appear flat with little dimension. You may need to look closely to find shadows on cloudy overcast days but doing so will increase the impact of the image.

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The time of day will change how the shadows will affect the image. Morning light is different than the light at noon as well as its intensity. The light at noon can be very harsh. Morning and afternoon light can be very directional and produce long shadows,

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Where and the way you use the shadows can change the mood, enhance the texture and add depth and contrast. Find the direction the light is coming from and use it to your advantage.