I have just returned from the 68th annual conference of NECCC, New England Camera Club Council. It was an intense two-and-a-half day affair packed with interesting programs, vendor displays, equipment trials, good conversation, in short a highly enjoyable time.
I started the weekend with a preconference workshop on Photoshop layer blend modes. About 20 very attentive and curious people attended the workshop and we had a grand time, at least I did. That afternoon and also on Saturday and Sunday mornings I had a one our long presentation on Outputting from Photoshop and Lightroom. All three sessions went very well, we addressed specific questions from the audience as well as my workflow for producing consistently good prints on connected printers or at photo labs.
Due to ongoing construction on campus this year’s keynote speech had to be repeated twice to accommodate about 1,100 attendees on Friday and Saturday evenings. At each event just before the keynote presentation we showed a short segment from Orchis, the ballet inspired by and featuring my photographs of dried orchid flowers. The response on both days has been very positive with inquiries about the upcoming performance.
The keynote speaker was Nevada Wier, a terrific photographer who brings a great sense of place, people, and emotion with her photographs. On top of that, she is also a very good speaker with an engaging presentation style. I listened to her presentation twice, with equal enjoyment and particularly liked being able to catch small things that might have slipped through my mental cracks! Her site is well worth a visit as well as her blog. You will admire her photography and her stamina to visit the places which will tire me even in my dreams! Nevada, I hope “this is not a phase” indeed!
I also met Jim DiVitale at the dinner table and later watched his presentation on compositing images for new creations. I had watched his training videos online and had found him to be very good instructor and a very congenial individual. He was even more so in person, clear presentation, good sense of humor, and excellent technique and photography. We had a chance to chat a few more times before we had to part ways for the time being. He is a very popular instructor on Photoshop and various studios techniques in addition to being a very successful commercial photographer in Atlanta. He maintains three sites, one is for his tutorials, blog posts, etc., one for his commercial work, and the other to feature his fine art photography. All are highly interesting. Jim is one of the Canon Explorers of Light team.
Another Canon Explorer Of Light, Stephen Johnson traveled from California to attend the conference. I could not make it to his presentation but later visited his Web site. His landscape photography and contributions to the development of various products we enjoy today are worth noting. His technical expertise is as impressive as his photography. I watched over his shoulder while he was listening to a product demonstration, and he quickly honed in on the critical issues and challenged the individual presenting the product demo. His Web site is extensive. I found his landscape photographs quite impressive with a blend of styles from Adams to Porter with the influence of his sensibility.
During the president’s party on Saturday evening I had a nice conversation with Nevada, Stephen, and the man who runs the Canon Explorers of Light program, Steve Inglima. The topics ranged from photographic to technical, from present to future expectations. I am glad to have known them and sure hope to see them again.
After lunch on Sunday, I headed back home and after an easy drive I came home. Now is the time to reflect on the weekend and sort out the pieces of ideas, knowledge, inspiration I have gained from the visit and interaction with people, not only the speakers but also the people who attended my workshop and presentations. Dennis Goulet, the conference chairperson should be commended for pulling together a great group of speakers. The NECCC team that stood behind him deserves big credit and kudos for running a successful conference.
Thank you all.