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Lisa Cuchara

April 17, 2023

Focusing on the Details: Closeup and Macro Photography

Discover another universe — the small world. Learn to see, that is notice the “everyday details” around us all the time. This program will introduce the equipment and techniques needed to photograph the beauty and drama of the close-up and macro world. Technical, aesthetic, and creative aspects of Close-up and Macro Photography will be discussed. This program will also talk about some of the tools and techniques used to capture and light small objects: depth of field, focus stacking, focus bracketing, tripods, macro rails, macro lenses, zoom lenses with macro capability, extension tubes, close-up lenses, LED lighting, the AK diffuser, controlling your background, lightpainting, etc. The technical definition of “macro photography” required that subject be photographed at a 1:1 magnification—in other words, the subject is life-sized in the photo. However, most people use the term “macro photography” to refer to any photograph that depicts a close-up and detailed image of your subject. Once you learn to slow down and notice the details everything becomes your photo studio, backyards, gardens, junkyards, city streets, National Parks, etc. — macro photography allows you to become delightfully lost in the intimate details of our world.

Bio: Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Master Craftsman (PPA), Master of Artistry (PPA), Master of Photography (M. Photog.) HonNEC, is very passionate about photography and she enjoys both being behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She loves to photograph nature but finds many subjects equally intriguing. From birds and flowers to babies and UrbEx/HDR, she appreciates the world around her and embraces the challenge of interpreting what her eyes see and her heart feel via her photographs. Lisa says that photography allows her to pay attention to the details, to be mindful, to slow down and appreciate all of the beauty, details and nuances of everyday life. Lisa met her husband Tom thru photography, and they are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions, their work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions and their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. Their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars and on calendar covers, and on the cover of a fictional paperback novel. Lisa has also had images accepted into the PPA (Professional Photographers Association) loan collection and has earned three Bronze image competition cases. 

They have published two books with Amherst Media: “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” is about their HDR and light painted images (Amazon http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex and also available at brick and mortar bookstores like Barnes & Noble) and their second book “The Frog Whisperer” http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-frogs is about macro photography, using frogs as subjects. Lisa & Tom have been photographing people professionally for over 16 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden CT. Their portrait philosophy is based on “We do not remember days, we remember Moments”. Lisa & Tom love to teach, inspire and share. They have presented a wide variety of motivational and instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography) at many photography groups, conventions, and organizations. Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours and workshops, and view their photographs at www.PhotographyByLisaAndTom.com. Get Tips & Tricks about photo ops, post-processing, creativity, gear, etc. and learn more about their photography classes and workshops by joining their email list http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-photolist.

NFRCC Speaker Series 2022-2023