"Applying Textures to Photographs"
by Lisa Cuchara, HonNEC-CT
Monday, March 6, 7:30 PM

Textures. What is a texture? We know texture when we see it, but when we refer to a ‘Texture’ as photographic tool we mean a photograph that is placed on top of another photograph and then ‘blended’ or adjusted to affect how it is portrayed. ‘Textures’ can be just that, photographs of rust, peeling paint, old paper, etc., but they can also be clouds, bubbles, water drops, wallpaper, walls, words, old letters, grass, etc. The specific texture that you pick will affect how your photograph underneath looks, but you have additional choices by changing the blending mode-there are 20 blend modes, but a handful that are commonly used when blending textures. Changing the blending modes alters the way that particular texture interacts with the photograph underneath. Join Lisa as she shows you how to edit some of your photographs to give them a different feel by applying textures to them. Textures can add a mood or a feel to an image; making the photograph softer, warmer, grungier, older, etc. In this intermediate presentation our speaker will show you how to collect your own textures, how to use textures, how to remove textures from part of an image, how to remove color from a texture and change the color of the texture and how to prevent the texture from affecting the photograph below while leaving the color.

Our speaker, Lisa Cuchara, PhD, HonNEC comes to us from CT and is very passionate about photography, enjoying 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 HDR, she appreciates the world around her and embraces the challenge of interpreting what her eyes see and her heart feels 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 and her husband Tom are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. They both have been photographing people professionally for over 15 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden CT. Their portrait philosophy is based on ‘We do not remember days, we remember Moments’. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions and their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars, and on the cover of paperback novels.

Lisa is a Vice President on the BOD of NECCC responsible for the website as web master. A member of the New Haven Camera Club she is also a member of the Professional Photographers of America and has just been presented with her Photographic Craftsman Degree from the Association in recognition of her service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor.

To see more of their photographs and get information on their photo and editing classes, photo tours and workshops please visit their website at www.photographybylisaandtom.com