Workshop Partner

Lisa and Tom Cuchara

Lisa and Tom Cuchara

Night, Light Painting, Urban, and Nature Photography Workshops

Night, Light Painting, Urban, and Nature Photography Workshops

Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Master Craftsman (PPA), HonNEC, and Tom Cuchara, MNEC, are passionate about photography, both behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. They have diverse creative interests ranging from Nature, Macro and Night photography to Urban exploration, people, and creative editing. From birds and flowers to babies and rust, they appreciate the world around them and embrace the challenge of interpreting what their eyes see, and their hearts feel via their photography. Tom and Lisa have published two books with Amherst Media. The first called “Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things” is about their HDR and light painted images. Their second, one year later, is called “The Frog Whisperer: Portraits & Stories."The frog book came about as a result of their love for nature and all critters.

Lisa and Tom have had many successful gallery exhibitions and their work has been accepted into various juried exhibitions. Their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars and on calendar covers, and on the cover of a paperback novel. Their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. Lisa has also had images accepted into the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) loan collection. They are both very active in many local and national photography organizations, including chairs of the 73rd, 74th and 75th annual NECCC photography conferences. 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”.

They 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. They look forward to having an opportunity to inspire you with their "Creativity is contagious, pass it on" philosophy and their “Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like” approach.

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The Olympus Educator Program is is an exclusive, invite-only program that offers consumer photography experiences in the form of workshops, seminars and educational forums that will enhance customer knowledge and skills. Attendees also have the opportunity to experience Olympus’ award-winning and widely acclaimed digital camera and video technology.

For more information about the Olympus Educator program, please contact Matthew Kandel at matthew.kandel@olympus.com.