Workshop/Class schedule

Speaking Events

Photography by Lisa and Tom Cuchara - Nature, Creative, HDR, Macro, Historic, Rusty, Dusty, Abandoned, Night, People, etc.

Lisa Cuchara, PhD, HonNEC and Tom Cuchara, MNEC 

Lisa and Tom are known throughout the Greater New England Area for their expertise in Photography, and in Photoshop, and for their inspirational and informative photo tours, classes, and workshops. They both have created numerous award-winning photographic images and enjoy sharing their vision, passion, and knowledge with other people.

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This is a sampling of presentations and workshops that we have done for various clubs and organizations, it is not a complete list.
  • April 27, 28, 29 2018 
    • CanAm Photo Expo
  • September 2017
    • Smoky Mountain Foto Fest 
      • Program: "Creativity is Contagious, Pass it On"
      • Photo Shoot: Old and Abandoned Asheville
      • Program: Lightning Round Panel Discussion
      • Program: For the Love of Rust
      • Program: Photo Contest Image Critiques 
      • Program: Anything Goes Panel Discussion 
  • May 19, 2017 
    • Super 1 Day PPA all day Hands-on workshop 
      • "Creativity Ways to Improve your Macro Photography"
      • PPA Continuing Education Event 
        • non-members welcome, members receive 1 merit!
  • May 13 , 2017
    • Super 1 Day PPA all day Hands-on workshop 
      • HDR photography at eastern State Penitentiary
      • PPA Continuing Education Event 
        • Non-members welcome, members receive 1 merit!
  • April 22, 2017
    • Westchester Photographic Society
      • "Creativity is Contagious"program presentation
  • April 23, 2017
    • Westchester Photographic Society
      • "Blend Modes" workshop
  • April 10, 2017
    • Charter Oak Photographic Society
      • "Making your Images POP using Adobe Camera RAW"
  • April 3, 2017
    • Simsbury Camera Club
      • Portrait Posing presentation
  • April 1, 2017
    • Oxford Green Camera Club
      • Portrait Posing presentation
      • Portrait Posing workshop
  • March 24-26, 2017
    • Dynamic Images Photo Conference
      • "Creativity is contagious, pass it on!" presentation
      • "How to Start a Portrait Business" presentation
  • March 6, 2017
    • Greater Lynn Photographic Association 
      • "Applying Textures to Photographs" presentation
  • Feb 1,18,19 2017 
    • Photoshop Intensive Workshop
  • Nov 18-20, 2016
    • Nature Visions 2016 Photo Expo
      • Hands-on workshop Flowers and Frogs, three sessions
      • Hands-on workshop 25 ways to Improve your macro photography, two sessions 
  • November 4, 2016
    • NH PPA 
      • "Applying Textures to Photographs" presentation
  • October 28, 29, 30 2016
    • Third Annual Mike Moats Macro Conference
      • "It's all in the Details"closeup presentation 
      • "Photographing Frogs" workshop
  • October 17, 2016 10am – 5pm
    • Super 1 Day PPA Multiplicity, a fun way to learn layers and masks
    • PPA Continuing Education Event (non-members welcome, members receive 1 Merit!)
  • October 16, 10am – 5pm
    • Super 1 Day PPA HDR and Trains
    • PPA Continuing Education Event (non-members welcome, members receive 1 Merit!)
  • September 23, 2016
    • Schenectady camera club 
      • "Creativity is contagious"
  • September 24, 2016
    • Schenectady camera club 
    • all day workshop layers masks blend modes textures
  • August 22, 2016 (9:30 AM till 4:00 PM)
    • HDR photo shoot at the Shoreline Trolley Museum with Lisa Cuchara
    • PPA Continuing Education Event (non-members welcome, members receive 1 Merit!)
  • July 15, 16, 17 2016
    • New England Camera Club Council Conference
    • "Creativity in camera and in post-processing" workshop
    • "Photographing Frogs" workshop
  • May 4, 2016
    • Simbury Camera Club
    • "Applying Textures to Photographs" presentation
  • May 2016
    • Photographic Society of RI
    • "Light painting and night photography workshop
  • May 2 2016
    • Color Camera Club of Westchester 
    • "Creativity is Contagious, pass it On"
  • April 25 2016
    • PPA westchester  
    • "Masking your way to a better photograph" 
  • April 8,9,10 2016
    • CANAM Expo
    • 4 presentations
      • “Macro and Closeup photography”
      • “Working with Light Tents”
      • Non-critters/non-Flower closeup and Macro Photography”, a variation of our program “For the love of Rust, Dirt, Dust” 
      • “Post-processing: Applying Textures to photographs of closeup subjects, flowers, critter, gears, etc.”
      • plus a Double Session Hands-on Shooting Workshop
  • April 12, 2016
    • Photographic Society of RI
    • "Light painting and night photography presentation
  • March 7 2016
    • New Haven Camera Club
    • "Tips for photographing people"
  • Feb 18 2016
    • New Haven Camera Club
    • "The Creative Use of Blend Modes in Photoshop"
  • February 11, 2016
    • Dutchess Regional Professional Photographers 
    • "Applying Textures to Photographs" presentation
  • February 8, 2016
    • Charter Oak Photographic Society
    • "Applying Textures to Photographs" presentation
  • January 2016
    • "Flash Photography 101" – Tom Cuchara
  • November 14, 2015
    • Click 2015
    • "Posing" presentation
    • "Starting a photography business" presentation
    • "Applying Textures to Photographs" presentation
  • October 20, 2015
    • South Jersey Camera Club
    • Layers and Masks workshop
  • October 21, 2015
    • South Jersey Camera Club
    • "Blend Modes" presentation
  • October 9-11 2015
    • Second Annual Mike Moats Macro Conference
    • "Photographing Frogs" workshop
    • "Light Tent photography" presentation
  • September 2015
    • New Haven Camera Club
    • Lightroom Workshop (Library and Develop Modules)
  • September 12, 2015
    • Zoo club
    • "Creativity in camera and in post-processing" presentation
  • August 19, 2015 
    • "Applying Textures to Photographs" presentation
    • PPANE
  • July 18 2015 
    • "Photographing Frogs" workshop
    • New England Camera Club Council Conference
    • sponsored by Hunts and Dynalite
  • June 2015
    • Berks photographic society
    • "Creativity in camera and in post-processing" Keynote presentation
    • "Applying Textures to Photographs" presentation
    • ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) presentation
  • June 11, 2015
    • Dutchess Regional Professional Photographers 
    • Layers and Masks presentation
  • April 28, 2015 
    • Candlewood Camera Club
    • Lightroom presentation
  • April 1, 2015
    • Cape Cod Viewfinders Camera Club
    • "Creativity in camera and in post-processing" presentation
  • February 22, 2015
    • Photo Connection
    • Layers and Masks workshop
  • December 17, 2014
    • Springfield photographic Society slideshow presentations
  • October 24-26 2014
    • First Annual Mike Moats Macro Conference
    • "Photographing Frogs" workshop
  • July 11, 12,13 2014 
    • New England Camera Club Council Conference
    • "Applying Textures to Photographs" presentation
  • March 2014
    • New Haven Camera Club
    • Lightroom Workshop (Library and Develop Modules)
  • November 2011
    • Connecticut Association of Photographers
    • Workshop, “Editing Photographs with Photoshop" 
  • July 2011
    • 66th Annual NECCC (New England Camera Club Council) Conference
    • Workshop, “Taking and Making Great Photographs” 
  • September 2010
    • New Haven Camera Club
    • ACR Workshop (RAW)
  • July 2010
    • 65th Annual NECCC (New England Camera Club Council) Conference
    • Workshop“Photoshop as a tool in the digital darkroom” 
    • Presentation, “Fixing your friends and family with Photoshop” 
  • April 2010
    • Connecticut Association of Photographers Conference
    • Presentation, “Photoshop as a tool in the Digital Darkroom” 
    • Presentation, “Slideshows” 
  • January 2010
    • Presented “Photoshop as a fun and educational tool” at the School of Health Sciences Faculty Development Program, Quinnipiac University
  • November 2009.
    • New Haven Camera Club
    • "Photoshop as a tool in the Digital Darkroom"
  • October 2009
    • New Haven Camera Club
    • Workshop: Show your photos
  • July 2009
    • 64th Annual NECCC (New England Camera Club Council) Conference
    • Presentation, “Photoshop: Where do I begin?” 
  • April 2009
    • New Haven Camera Club
    • "White Reveals, Black Conceals: Masking Your Way to Better Photography"
  • 2009
    • Invited speaker at various camera clubs including Milford, Wallingford, Greater Bridgeport, Flagpole Camera Clubs 
  • July 2008
    • 63rd Annual NECCC (New England Camera Club Council) Conference
    • Presentation, “White Reveals, Black Conceals: Masking your way to a better photograph” 
  • 2008
    • Invited speaker at various camera clubs including Milford Camera Club, Wallingford camera Club, Greater Bridgeport Camera Club, Charter Oak Photographic Society, Flagpole Camera Club 
  • July 2007
    • 62nd Annual NECCC (New England Camera Club Council) Conference 
    • Speaker “Flora and Fauna at 100, 300 and 500mm”
  • 2007
    • Invited speaker at various camera clubs including Bridgeport Camera Club, Charter Oak Photographic Society, Newtown Camera Club, Greater Lyn Photographic Association 
  • May 2007
    • Invited speaker, New Haven Bird Club
  • July 2006
    • 61st Annual NECCC (New England Camera Club Council) Conference 
    • presentation “Digital Workflow” 
  • October 2006
    • Invited speaker
    • annual meeting of the Cosmo Chapter of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Meeting
  • 2006
    • Invited speaker at various camera clubs including Charter Oak Photographic Society, Flagpole and New Britain Camera Clubs
  • July 2006
    • 61st Annual NECCC (New England Camera Club Council) Conference
    • “Digital Workflow” Presentation 
  • 2005
    • Invited speaker at various camera clubs
    • presented “Digital Workflow” to the New Haven Camera Club, Castle Craig Camera Club, Wallingford Camera Club and Connecticut Valley Camera Club. 
Bio -- please post, but spoken version can be ad-libbed and shortened.

Lisa Cuchara, PhD, HonNEC, and Tom Cuchara, MNEC, are passionate about photography, both behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. They love to photograph nature, but find capturing the essence of people equally intriguing. From birds and flowers to babies and HDR, they appreciate the world around them and embrace the challenge of interpreting what their eyes see and their hearts feel via their photography. Lisa and Tom are both very active in many local and national photography organizations. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions and their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars, on the cover of the Wolf Conservation Calendar and on the cover of a paperback novel. Their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels.  They have been photographing weddings, babies, parties, portraits, etc. 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”. Lisa and Tom teach photography a variety of image capture and post-processing workshops and seminars, in the classroom and in the field. They have presented a variety of instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography, plus fun and interesting travelogue slideshows) at NECCC, PPA, PSA, plus many other camera clubs and other organizations. Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours and workshops, and view their photographs at www.photographybylisaandtom.com.

Shortened Bio for Verbal introductions:  Lisa and Tom Cuchara are known throughout the Greater New England Area for their expertise in both Photography and Photoshop, and for their inspirational and informative photo tours, classes, and workshops. They have been photographing professionally for over 15 years with their own Photography Studio in Hamden CT. They both have created numerous award winning photographic images and enjoy sharing their vision, passion and knowledge with other people. You can check them out online at www.photographybylisaandtom.com

We have also led a lot of private workshops, a sampling is included below:

Photography with Lisa and Tom – Classes, Workshops and Photo Tours
photograph orchids with tripods
Photographing People (program and then hands-on practice)
Getting your images ready for the Internet: watermarks, colorspace, resizing
Learn ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) post processing
Macro, Closeup, Creative photo setup workshop
The Creative Use of Blend Modes in Photoshop
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Workshop with tripods at Grand Central
Flash Photography 101
Photograph with tripods Bapst Library, Boston College
Photo Hi-Jinx (photo setup) Workshop
Longwood Gardens -- Lights at Night
Longwood Gardens 
Longwood Gardens -- private flower workshop
Photograph the holiday lights at Hubbard park
Pennhurst aka “The Eastern Pennsylvania Institution for the Feeble minded"
Lightroom 101: the library and develop modules
Night photography and Light Painting at the Connecticut Trolley Museum
Photograph Frogs!
Night photography at Woodlawn Cemetery
Mohonk Mountain House
Catskills: Fall Foliage, Sunset, Blue Hour, long exposure, Sky, Stars, etc.
Photograph at the old Catskill Game Farm
"Sharper photographs" - "Back focusing - when/how; determining the "sweet spot" of your lens 
Textures class -- PPA SuperDay
Photograph in the Adirondacks - Fall foliage, Waterfalls, Fields, Barns, etc.
post-process and tone map/HDR
Photograph Chameleons, Walking Sticks (and Frogs too)
Photograph old cars, and awesome JUNK
Learn to Shoot a Silky Waterfall
Back Button Focusing – Easier than you think!
HDR and Macro at the W.A. Young & Sons Machine Shop & Foundry
Lonaconing Silk Mill
Night photography and light painting at the Shoreline Trolley Museum
photograph inside the empty JW Cooper School
Pennhurst -- day and night
Applying Textures to Photographs - Hands on workshop
Photograph with tripods Warner Theater
Lens Calibration Microadjustment
Night photography and light painting at the Shoreline Trolley Museum
Get a new headshot
HDR and Macro at Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum
photograph inside the empty JW Cooper School
Photography at the Waterside Woolen Mill
Super 1 Day PPA class "Shooting and Processing High Dynamic Range Photographs"
HDR class -- PPA SuperDay
Photograph at the old Catskill Game Farm
Night photography at Woodlawn Cemetery
Back Button Focusing – Easier than you think!
post-process and tone map/HDR
POLAR PLUNGE AT LIGHTHOUSE POINT PARK
Night photography and Christmas and HDR inside Gillette Castle
Longwood Gardens -- private flower workshop
Longwood Gardens -- Lights at Night
Photograph inside the closed Victory Theatre in Holyoke (MA)
Night photography at Woodlawn Cemetery
Macro workshop
Textures. 
Night photography and light painting at the Shoreline Trolley Museum
Photograph inside the Mark Twain house, with tripods, before public hours
HDR inside Gillette Castle
Night photography at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
HDR class -- PPA SuperDay
Photograph in the Adirondacks - Fall foliage, Waterfalls, Fields, Barns, etc.
photograph OLD CARS!! at NIGHT
photograph OLD CARS!! DAY and NIGHT
photograph OLD CARS!!
Learn about Layers and Masks
HDR and Macro at Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum
Night photography and Light Painting at the Trolley Museum
HDR, macro and Light Painting at Carrie Furnace
HDR and Macro at the W.A. Young & Sons Machine Shop & Foundry
photograph OLD CARS!!
Learn ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) post processing
Photograph and Light Paint Construction Equipment
Learn to Shoot a Silky Waterfall
Learn about HDR, HDR capture, and how to set up your camera to take HDR images.
Layers and Masks one-on-one
Photoshop one-on-one
Lightroom one-on-one
Photograph Frogs! Hi-Jinx Light tent Setup
Textures!!
Layers and Masks
Applying Textures to Photographs (at NECCC)
Photography at the Waterside Woolen Mill
HDR post processing and finishing Project Night
Learn about adjustment layer and masking. 
HDR post processing with Photomatix
HDR and Macro at Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum
The Topaz Plugins (Photoshop and Lightroom)
HDR inside Gillette Castle
Photograph with tripods Sterling Opera House
Lonaconing Silk Mill (April 26th and 27th)
Lunatic Asylum and Silk Mill (April 25, 26, 27)
Lightroom (Library and Develop Modules)
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Workshop with tripods at Grand Central
Photograph with tripods Sterling Opera House
Photograph with tripods Warner Theater
Night photography at Woodlawn Cemetery
Textures!!
Come join us a Photo Hi-Jinx (photo setup) Workshop
Layers and Masks
Longwood Gardens -- Lights at Night
Night photography at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Bannerman Castle
Night photography at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Learn how to set up your camera to take HDR images.
Eastern State Penitentiary
Photoshop and Lightroom Plugins - Topaz, Nik, Fractalius, etc.
Moravian Tile Factory with Models
Moravian Tile Factory HDR, etc. 
Night photography at the Trolley Museum SUPER MOON
HDR post processing and finishing Project Night
Trip to Garden in the Woods -- Flowers, Ponds, etc.
Photograph with tripods Bapst Library, Boston College
Night photography at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
HDR post processing with Photomatix
Learn how to set up your camera to take HDR images.
Photoshop  learn non-destructive” editing techniques 
Learn how to use your Digital SLR camera
Portrait Workshop Sunday 1-29-12 Milford CT
Digital SLR Basics 3 hours Hands On
Taking and Making GREAT Photographs! In Camera and Post-Processing (Editing) 
Photoshop and “non-destructive” editing techniques