John Munno Photography: Blog http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog en-us (C) John Munno Photography johnmunnophoto@gmail.com (John Munno Photography) Sun, 27 May 2018 13:49:00 GMT Sun, 27 May 2018 13:49:00 GMT http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/img/s/v-5/u392270674-o506976865-50.jpg John Munno Photography: Blog http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog 116 120 My Adobe Lightroom Online Training Class is Here!! 30 videos, 6 hours of teaching http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2018/5/my-adobe-lightroom-online-training-class-is-here-30-videos-6-hours-of-teaching New Release

My Adobe Lightroom
Photography Software
Online Training Course

 

The course you have been waiting for is here!  I put together a comprehensive 30 video, 6 hour training course in Adobe Lightroom from beginning to end, covering all the ins and outs through the Library, develop and export and print modules in Lightroom. 

 

1 Lightroom Series 1 Introduction

 

Many Lightroom classes out there are parts and pieces that you have to put together from different instructors.  With this course look no further.  Everything is in one place and I designed this course with a logical sequence from getting your photos off the memory cards into  Lightroom.  Then creating a logical and practical folder system in Lightroom to locate and rate your photos.  Then all the tools in the develop module to edit your photos concluding with the exporting your photos out of Lightroom for sharing on social media,websites,  printing and other external applications.  

This is one of the most comprehensive Lightroom Class available layed out with lessons from beginning to end with one instructor (me).   30 videos covering 6 hours of training in Adobe Lightroom.  From advanced to begining this class will teach you time saving tips, help simplify your workflow, learn all aspects of working with your digital photoraphs and help make them look their best.

Classes can be purchased individually or all together through my website. See link below for more information.

http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/photography-classes--fieldtrips-and-instruction

The classes are $20 each for the Library, Develop and Printing Modules or purchase all 3 classes for $50

Contact me for more information or questions.

John Munno

 

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Medical Business Photography Shoot

 

Last week I was contacted by Cloud Care  Medical Practice Software www.carecloud.com to photograph their medical practice software in use at The Foot Group Podiatry office in Wilamantic Connecticut.  Cloud Care wanted to show the software being used by the staff and with patients as well as giving an overview of the office. The photos will be used on Cloud Care's website to help sell their product to potential customers.   Their software is used on desktop computers as well as tablets.  Wilamantic is great town with a lot of history and it always nice to visit the "quite corner of Connecticut".  Special Thanks to Dr. Karla and the staff at The Foot Group for assisting me with this project.

 

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How to take flower photos

 

Here in the North East we’ve had a long winter and wondered if and when spring would arrive.  The good news is spring has finally arrived.  The spring peepers (frogs) are out and are peeping away.  The robins have arrived and the earliest of spring bloomers, the snowbells and crocuses are out. 

This is a great time to get out you cameras out, blow off the dust and start to photograph this most beautiful occasion.

Why Flowers?

Flowers with their intricate patterns, colors and shapes for me are what I call “The Blueprint of the Divine”. Flowers with their beautiful colors are welcoming and inviting, as well as healing , help brighten the day and can be fragrant too.  They add beautiful color to your photos for interior design, home décor, cards etc.   So let’s get started.

 

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Weather/Lighting

Flowers can be photographed in many lighting conditions.  My favorite is slightly overcast sky.  In this type of lighting, the petals of the flowers are open and the colors of the flowers really come out and are not washed out by the sun.  The clouds act like a large soft box and shadows and contrast are minimized. 

 

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Shooting flowers in the shade can yield similar results although the colors are usually (cooler) more on the blue side and the illumination less of the petals and flower in general.

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Diffused light in the later part of the day towards the evening or early morning can be very nice as well, either before the sun is up or when the sun is low in the sky.

Direct sun is one of my least favorite lighting to use for flower photos as the sun’s rays can easily overexpose the petals and parts of the flowers that are in contact with the sun as well as adding strong contrast to other parts of the photos.  Often the tonal range between the most bright and the most dark is more than the camera can capture so either some parts of the image will be blown out or overexposed and some parts will be underexposed or black.  You might like this effect but to mellow this out, use a diffuser to put between the sun and your flower to block and soften the sun’s rays.

 

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Another way to cut down on the reflections  from the sun on your flowers is to use a polarizer filter.  This will also help saturate the colors in the photo as well.

 

Positioning yourself

Every flower shot is different so where you position yourself can vary.  Getting up close and personal with your flowers will reveal more detail in your photos.  It will help fill the frame of your photos creating more impact in your photos as well allow the viewer and yourself to have a more intimate experience of the flower.  If you get too close your camera won’t be able to focus so you may have to back away a bit if the image is blurry and can’t focus.  Also before you stick your nose in  a flower make sure there are no bees in it!!

 

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Getting down and low is important for the reasons stated above.  It also allows one to enter the world of the flower and see the world through the flowers eyes in a sense.  It also can cut down on distracting objects in the background and reveals parts of the flower not often seen such as under the petals etc.  You may look silly rolling around on the ground but you may also notice a healing effect of more energy, clarity of mind and grounding from making direct contact with Mother Earth.

 

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Note of Caution:  Make sure to have tick spray on if you live in the East Coast if you plan on rolling around on the ground.  Many natural essential oil tick sprays such as “Badger anti-bug spray” are safe and work great”

 

Overhead shots can be another great angle to reveal the inner patterns on the petals as well as the inner parts of the flower.  

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Sometimes a slightly looking down angle can capture both the external petals as well as interior parts. 

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 Even looking up can be a good angle to create a larger than life image as well as uncommonly  seen perspective.

 

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Camera Settings

The most important thing to remember when photographing flowers is as you get closer to your subject the depth of field, or range from near to far in focus decreases dramatically.  Larger number apertures (smaller opening) above f/10 will be needed to get the whole flower in focus.  You may have to go up to f/16 and f/22 and higher to get the whole flower in focus.  At the same time you want the background to be blurred so as not distract or take attention away from the flower.  As you do this your shutter speed will have to be set slower and if there is wind, that can create blurr as your flower moves in the wind.  The goal is to use a fast enough shutter speed to prevent any motion blurr from the blower moving at the same time maintaining proper focus on the flower and a blurred background. 

Note:  Blocking the wind with a reflector or body can help reduce the wind effect.

To better get the whole flower in focus some photographers will use a technique called focus stacking where multiple photos of varying focus distances are taken and combined together in Phototshop or dedicated focus stacking program such as Helicon Focus to do this. 

 

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Camera Lenses

The key to choosing a lens is to get a lens with the shortest or minimum focal/ focusing distance-the ability to get as close to a subject as possible.  The lens which does this the best is called a Macro Lens.  There are different focal length Macro lenses for different effects. I prefer the longer focal length Macro lenses.  Sometimes using a zoom lens like a 70-200 can work well for shooting flowers if you don’t have a dedicated macro lens. 

Here is a link to various macro lenses

http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/roundup/lens-roundup/best-macro-lenses-14638

If you don’t want to purchase a dedicated Macro lens, you can use what are called extension tubes which go between the camera and the lens which allows you to get closer to your subject.  They are relatively inexpensive as compared to buying a dedicated Macro lens.

 

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Use a Tripod

Use a tripod when shooting flowers to help prevent motion blurr/ or hand shake and to better compose your flowers.  When you are so close up to flowers the slightest of movement will be noticed in your photos.  If you are on the ground you can sometimes use smaller table top tripods or something to rest your camera on the ground while you are shooting such a bean bag/sand bag etc.  Use a remote trigger or cable release when your camera is on the tripod to help cut down on any movement or vibration in the camera especially when shooting at below 1/30th of a second shutter speed.

 

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Composition: 

How to compose your photo is very important and can make the difference between just an OK photo and a WOW photo.  Use common compositional rules such as “The Rule of Third” to position your subject and try to create depth to your photos by having other secondary flowers in the distance behind your primary flower.  Rather than having one flower you may want to have two or three etc. to establish a relationship between the flowers and create greater interest.  Lastly find a background that is not distracting in such things as patterns, colors and especially brightness all which will take the views eye away from the subject.

 

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Conclusion:

This should give you enough information to get going.  I hope I have inspired and given you the tools and information to make dynamic, creative and beautifully Wow! flower photos.

 

Happy Shooting

John Munno

 

 

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April snowfall just when you thought spring had finally arrived.

The Crocuses started to bloom and there was a hint of spring in the air. We celebrated Easter and then April Fools, Winter decided to come back for a while. It was a beautiful snow, lightly falling with fog and made for some really beautiful photos on Lake Zoar and the Housatonic River in Oxford, Connecticut.

Snow can come fiercely with strong winds and everything takes cover. This snow was very different. It was a spring snow, gently falling with the sound of song birds everywhere and the feeling of new life in the air. The air was so still and morning was quiet. The snow and fog cast an other worldly feeling and commonly recognized sites were transformed into obscure and subtle beauty. Colors became muted almost monotone even though they were shot in color, sharp lines and angles became softened. It was very inviting and welcoming and calm.

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Medical Healing Photo Art Instillation

Southbury, Connecticut

 

To bring healing to those in need has always been a part of my life.  For 20 years, I worked in the alternative healing field as a Bio-TouchTM healing practitioner and a classically trained homeopath.  In addition to these methods, Nature has always been a source of healing for me and one which provides much healing for many in our high tech world. 

When I opened my photography business, I wanted to merge my love for Nature with my desire to help people heal through my photography.  This has become a main purpose and focus of my Nature and Landscape photography.  

This blog post highlights a recent project collaboration with Physican One Urgent Care- an Urgent Care facility in my home town of Southbury, Connecticut.  I was contacted by Physican One during the renovation of their Southbury facility.  They commissioned me to provide local images of Southbury, containing both the historic and picturesque photos of the town as well as nature photos displaying the "more raw" elements of nature scenes of the area.

 

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I am happy to bring this gift to the this Urgent Care Facility in Southbury and was so delighted to hear the positive remarks from the staff when I visited regarding clients comments about the photos.

 

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Children's Dental Associates Healing Art Project

 

I wanted to share an exciting recent project I completed with Kenneth Boroson Architects, LLC for two large canvas photos of New London's Lighthouses and seascapes for the new Children's Dental Associates Dental Office in East Lyme Connecticut. The large 4 panel canvas is 16 feet long. These healing art photos will make the dental office a fun, exciting and peaceful place for the children of the area to come and have their dental work done. The 4 Panel Canvas of the New London Lighthouse and canvas of the Ledge Lighthouse were taken last summer specific for this project and completed over the winter. It is so rewarding to see the fruits of one's labor improving the lives of those that come in touch with it. Thanks Children's Dental Associates and Kenneth Boroson Architects for the opportunity to be part of this project.

 

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Day to dusk on the Connecticut Coast

 

With the winter in the East Coast lingering and so many of us yearning for the warmth of spring, I thought I would share a post from a commercial shoot I did this summer at Waterford Beach Park. The photos were used for a children's dental office. This gallery spans the course of an afternoon and evening on the Connecticut Coast at a gem of a beach park with salt marshes, tidal pools, beaches and rock out-croppings to the Long Island Sound. Put your feet into the sand, enjoy the sun and hear the rush of the waves as I take you through the day and dusk.

 

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Adobe Lightroom Software Workshop Series March 2018 http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2018/2/adobe-lightroom-software-workshop-series-2018 Adobe Lightroom Photography Software Class Series

 

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Learn how to store, catalog, develop and print and share your photos using a user friendly software called Adobe Lightroom.

Wonder what to do with your photos after you have them in camera?    Struggle with finding and cataloging the photos you have in your computer?  Want to change the exposure of your photos and do some editing to help your photos come out as they appeared to when you took them?   Need to change your photos sizes for outputting to various sources such as photo contests, facebook, emails, web use and printing?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then this workshop series is for you. 

Lightroom is a fantastic and powerful photography software because it has the ability to do it all- everything you need to accomplish in your photographic workflow  from cataloging your photos, to developing, printing, outputting  and  resizing as well as making photo books, slideshows and much more.  This all-in-one program comes at a very affordable price and is very user friendly. 

Course 1:  Lightroom’s Library module 

Wednesday, March 7th,  7:00 pm

In this first workshop you will learn how to take your photos from your camera to the computer including how to create folders and collections sets to help store and retrieve your photos.  You will learn how to use keywords and rating systems to help locate and use your favorite photos. 

Course 2:  Lightroom’s Develop module.

Wednesday, March 14th,   7:00 pm

In this workshop I will go show you how to maximize your photo’s potential with the many development options in Lightroom including exposure, white balance, saturation hues and color balance as well as adding vignettings to your photos and cropping.  I will also go over how to use the adjustment brush and graduated neutral density filter to make local adjustments on specific areas of your image.

Course 3:  Printing, exporting resizing and outputting

Wednesday, March 21st,   7:00 pm

In this course I will teach the various options and methods for outputting and resizing your photos for specific use such as contests, web use and social media, emails, and finally using the print module in Lightroom to make your prints come out how they look on the screen.   

Class Information:

Each class can stand alone but I would recommend taking all three to get the most out of Lightroom and learn all that you can do with the wonderful photos you take.    Classes will begin at 7:00 pm and go for about 1.5 hours.   Class fee is s $20.00 per person per class or sign up for all three for $60.00 For more information or to register contact me at 203-824-7423 or email johnmunnophoto@gmail.com.

Classes will be held at my studio at 254 Lakemere Drive, Southbury, Connecticut 06488

I look forward to helping you organize, catalog, develop and use your photographs easily and more enjoyable and taking your photography to the next level.

It will be lots of fun.

Sincerely,

John Munno

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Interior Design Photo Shoot http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2018/1/interior-design-photo-shoot Being a photographer takes you on a new journey every day.  You never know who will call you, what subject matter you will be shooting and where you will be going to shoot it.  For, this recent job, I was contacted by Kristine Lemos of Alive Design--an interior designer based out of Middletown, Connecticut to take photos of a recent upscale bathroom that she had designed in Meriden Connecticut.  The bathroom was beautifully decorated and designed and the details in all aspects of the bathroom from the lighting fixtures, to the faucets, cabinets and embroidered towels all made for a bathroom that surrounded you in beauty and luxury.  

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Connecticut Coffee Table Book 2018 http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2017/12/connecticutcoffeetablebook2018 2018 Connecticut Landscapes Coffee Table Book is here!
A timeless work of art 
Taking holiday orders now

For the 2017 Holiday Season I am excited to be offering for the first time, a coffee table book of my photos.  Connecticut Landscapes 2018.  The book is an 11" x 8.5" 30 page hardcover photo book.  This 30 page book features 45 images many of which have not been seen or released to date. The images have all been layed out in various design elements based upon color palate and themes to provide interest, balance and beauty and to mark the cycles of life and time.  It is more then a coffee table book in that sense, it is a work of art which makes the perfect gift to someone else or for yourself. It will help bring calm, peace healing and introspection with every turn of the page. You can cherish for years to come. These books are being sold for $85.00 plus shipping and applicable taxes.  

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To order visit my website store at http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/2018coffeetablebook

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If you need help ordering call 203-405-3329 or email johnmunnophoto@gmail.com

Testimonial  

"Mr. Munno's work is beautiful and very professional. I was lucky enough to work with him to create a coffee table book which I'm giving as a gift. It came out breathtaking. He really put together a lovely hard cover book with stunning photographs. He is a true professional with a gifted eye."

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Sincerely,
John Munno

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Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2017/11/beecher-and-bennett-funeral-home I know it has been a while since I posted.I have been very busy with all the weddings I have been shooting and editing. In the midst of this I've had a few commercial jobs regarding my landscape photography work over the summer. I will be making more posts now that wedding season is winding down. This is a job I did over the summer for Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home in Hamden Connecticut in conjunction with Alive Design Interior Designs out of Middletown Connecticut. I am happy to see my photos of nature being used to lift the spirits and bring healing to those in need at a difficult time in their life--facing the loss of a loved one.

 

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Seasons of Connecticut Magazine Cover Photos http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2017/3/seasons-of-connecticut-magazine-cover-photos     I am excited to announce three of my photos were recently chosen for the three covers of the spring editions of  Seasons of Connecticut Magazine.  Seasons Magazine produces and delivers quarterly magazines to more than 60,000 households in key areas of Connecticut.. The circulation of Seasons Magazines totals some 200,000 readers.  There are currently four regional Seasons Magazines in Connecticut: Seasons of Farmington Valley, Seasons of Glastonbury, Seasons of West Hartford, Seasons of the Northwest Hills, and Seasons of the Shoreline. For more information on Seasons of Connecticut  https://www.seasonsmagazines.com

 

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johnmunnophoto@gmail.com (John Munno Photography) Connecticut Commercial Photographers Connecticut Nature Images Connecticut Nature Photography Connecticut Stock Images Historic Connecticut Photos Seasons of Connecticut Magazine http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2017/3/seasons-of-connecticut-magazine-cover-photos Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:27:11 GMT
City of Danbury Website Photo Project http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2017/2/city-of-danbury-website-photos One of the projects that I worked on this fall was taking pictures for the City of Danbury's website.  This was quite different from most of my commercial jobs which involve being out the woods somewhere by myself capturing certain aspects of nature.  This project took me into the heart of the City of Danbury and included photographing 10 departments within the city that were responsible for the running of the city.  I was given entree into the behind the scene going-ons and met with the staff of departments as the airport, fire department, hospital, public works, construction, parks and recreation departments, police etc.   It was a touching experiencing meeting all the hard working employees of the City of Danbury that worked day and night performing their duties that helped the city run.  I also had the chance to explore the City's 40 square miles from down town Danbury to distant golf courses, parks and recreational areas.  

 

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

City of Danbury Public Works Department website photos by Connecticut Commercial and Website photographer John Munno Photography, Southbury, Connecticut

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johnmunnophoto@gmail.com (John Munno Photography) City of Danbury Commercial Photographer Connecticut Commercial Photographer Fairfield County Commercial Photographer John Munno Photography http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2017/2/city-of-danbury-website-photos Sun, 05 Feb 2017 23:33:05 GMT
2017 Dime Bank Connecticut Calendar http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2017/1/2017-dime-bank-connecticut-calendar Pardon me for being late in my posts. It is the end of January and I am just coming out from what was a very busy summer and even busier fall.  Summer was busy with all the wedding photography work that I do and then fall came around with two big landscape photography jobs on top of a wedding every weekend.  One job was with the City of Danbury, taking photos for their new website (post to follow soon)  The other project was this one for Dime Bank who asked me to provide photos for their 2017 Calendar of Rhode Island and Connecticut.  So for almost a month between these two jobs I was going from one end of Connecticut to the other racing to get the photos in before the weather closed in on me.  On one of the trips to the South East Corner of Connecticut to take photos, I was snowed upon by an early autumn snow  (see my post Colchester Snow).  So yes, behind every landscape photo there is a story and often an adventure too. The project came out great and the clients of Dime Bank loved the calendars. So thank you Dime Bank for this opportunity to live my dream and do what I love to do which is share the beauty of Nature through my photography.  They put a nice write up on the back cover about my work.  Here are photos of the final product.

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johnmunnophoto@gmail.com (John Munno Photography) 2017 Connecticut Calendar 2017 Rhode Island Calendar Connecticut Calendars for Business Customized Calendars http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2017/1/2017-dime-bank-connecticut-calendar Wed, 25 Jan 2017 01:46:56 GMT
Penfield Lighthouse Photo-Orthopedic Specialty Medical Building http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2017/1/penfield-lighthouse-photo-orthopedic-specialty-medical-building I received a call this summer from a client wanting photos of a the Penfield Lighthouse on the Connecticut coast near Fairfield Connecticut.  My client wanted the photos to be used in a medical building in Fairfield Connecticut.  I love lighthouses and had shot a lot of the lighthouses along the Connecticut coast, but never this one.  I figured it would be a easy job so I gave them my offer which they accepted and I started doing my research on the lighthouse.  It didn't take too long to figure out there was a major issue with photographing this lighthouse.  The lighthouse was about a mile off shore in the middle of the Long Island Sound.  If the photo was going to be used for a website or a small print that wouldn't be such an issue but this project required the image be blown up to 33 feet and cropped to a panorama thus throwing out more pixels of the original image!  This was not going to be easy.  My first attempt was to shoot the lighthouse from shore with a 600 mm zoom lens.  Unfortunately the resolution of the image wasn't good enough when we blew it up to 33 feet.

We had to come up with another plan.  One of the surgeons at the medical center had a boat and offered to take me out to the lighthouse.  So that is what we did.  Cruising out in the Long Island Sound at 40 miles an hour was quite a way to travel.  I had to hang on for dear life as we crashed against the waves to get out to the lighthouse which was about a 10 minute cruise.   We circled around the lighthouse reef for some times as I kept shooting and shooting, not sure how sharp the images were with the rocking of the boat.  I didn't know if I would get a second chance at this so I tried as many angles as possible and different lenses and varied camera settings. About 1,000 photos later, I felt I had enough photos and we headed back to shore bouncing from wave to wave.  

 

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Medical Art Photography and Interior Design photo of the Penfield Lighthouse at Orthopedic Specialty Group in Fairfeld ConnecticutPenfield Lighthouse Photo in Orthopedic Specialty Group Medical Building

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Medical Art Photography and Interior Design photo of the Penfield Lighthouse at Orthopedic Specialty Group in Fairfeld ConnecticutPenfield Lighthouse Photo in Orthopedic Specialty Group Medical Building

Medical Art Photography and Interior Design photo of the Penfield Lighthouse at Orthopedic Specialty Group in Fairfeld ConnecticutPenfield Lighthouse Photo in Orthopedic Specialty Group Medical Building

Medical Art Photography and Interior Design photo of the Penfield Lighthouse at Orthopedic Specialty Group in Fairfeld ConnecticutPenfield Lighthouse Photo in Orthopedic Specialty Group Medical Building

Medical Art Photography and Interior Design photo of the Penfield Lighthouse at Orthopedic Specialty Group in Fairfeld ConnecticutPenfield Lighthouse Photo in Orthopedic Specialty Group Medical Building

Medical Art Photography and Interior Design photo of the Penfield Lighthouse at Orthopedic Specialty Group in Fairfeld ConnecticutPenfield Lighthouse Photo in Orthopedic Specialty Group Medical Building

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johnmunnophoto@gmail.com (John Munno Photography) Connecticut Interior Design Photography Medical Building Interior Design Medical Building Photograph Medical Healing Art Photographer Medical Healing Art Photography http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2017/1/penfield-lighthouse-photo-orthopedic-specialty-medical-building Tue, 24 Jan 2017 01:45:12 GMT
Adobe Lightroom Software Workshop Series 2017 http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2017/1/adobe-lightroom-software-workshop-series-2017 Adobe Lightroom Photography Software Class Series

 

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Learn how to store, catalog, develop and print and share your photos using a user friendly software called Adobe Lightroom.

Wonder what to do with your photos after you have them in camera?    Struggle with finding and cataloging the photos you have in your computer?  Want to change the exposure of your photos and do some editing to help your photos come out as they appeared to when you took them?   Need to change your photos sizes for outputting to various sources such as photo contests, facebook, emails, web use and printing?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then this workshop series is for you. 

Lightroom is a fantastic and powerful photography software because it has the ability to do it all- everything you need to accomplish in your photographic workflow  from cataloging your photos, to developing, printing, outputting  and  resizing as well as making photo books, slideshows and much more.  This all-in-one program comes at a very affordable price and is very user friendly. 

Course 1:  Lightroom’s Library module 

Wednesday, Feburary 1st,  7:00 pm

In this first workshop you will learn how to take your photos from your camera to the computer including how to create folders and collections sets to help store and retrieve your photos.  You will learn how to use keywords and rating systems to help locate and use your favorite photos. 

Course 2:  Lightroom’s Develop module.

Wednesday, February 8th,   7:00 pm

In this workshop I will go show you how to maximize your photo’s potential with the many development options in Lightroom including exposure, white balance, saturation hues and color balance as well as adding vignettings to your photos and cropping.  I will also go over how to use the adjustment brush and graduated neutral density filter to make local adjustments on specific areas of your image.

Course 3:  Printing, exporting resizing and outputting

Wednesday, February 15th,   7:00 pm

In this course I will teach the various options and methods for outputting and resizing your photos for specific use such as contests, web use and social media, emails, and finally using the print module in Lightroom to make your prints come out how they look on the screen.   

Class Information:

Each class can stand alone but I would recommend taking all three to get the most out of Lightroom and learn all that you can do with the wonderful photos you take.    Classes will begin at 7:00 pm and go for about 1.5 hours.   Class fee is s $25.00 per person per class or sign up for all three for $75.00 For more information or to register contact me at 203-824-7423 or email johnmunnophoto@gmail.com.

Classes will be held at my studio at 254 Lakemere Drive, Southbury, Connecticut 06488

I look forward to helping you organize, catalog, develop and use your photographs easily and more enjoyable and taking your photography to the next level.

It will be lots of fun.

Sincerely,

John Munno

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Colchester Autumn Snow http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2016/11/colchester-autumn-snow October can surprise you with its changeable weather.  This year was no exception to this with a very early snow that caught many of us off guard.  It is these magical moments of October that I love so much where two season meet or collide in a sense or better meld into one.  I was most fortunate to be shooting in the field shooting on a job for Dime Bank taking photos for a project so I was able to spend many hours in the field capturing this most magical and beautiful moment of winter snows falling upon Autumn leaves.

 

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2017 Calendars have arrived!!! http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2016/9/2017-calendars-have-arrived  

It is with much excitement that I share the news of the release of my 2017 Connecticut Landscapes Calendar.

 

This beautiful calendar is a one of a kind work of art, which takes you month by month through the four seasons of Connecticut from the flowers of spring to the greens of summer, the vibrant colors of fall and pristine snows of winter.  
 
This is no cookie cutter calendar but one which I laid out box by box, day by day even to the details of adding the moon phases, solstice and equinox dates as well as major religious and national holidays.  
 
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The calendar is a large 9 x 12" saddle stitch calendar ready to hang and decorate your home or office or to offer as a gift.
 
The calendar sells for $14.99 plus shipping and or tax depending on your location.  
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The calendars can be ordered through my website store calendar link or by clicking the link below.  
 
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If you have any questions feel free to email at johnmunnophoto@gmail.com or call me at 203-405-3329.
 
As always, thanks for your interest and support.
 
John Munno
 
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Healing Photography Art at UCONN Hospital http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2016/4/healing-art-photography-at-uconn-hospital Leaving a Legacy

The Marriage of Art and Healing through Photography

UCONN's John Dempsey Hospital, Farmington Connecticut

 

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    For those of you who may not know, earlier in my life, I spent 15 years as a Bio-TouchTM Practitioner for the International Foundation of Bio-Magnetics in Hawaii and Tucson, www.justouch.com.  As a Bio-TouchTM practioner and Center Coordinator, I was called out many times to the nearby hospitals to offer sessions and assist people in their healing process who were hospitalized.  I spent sometimes months going to hospitals on a regular basis to offer care.  I spent a week straight at the ICU Unit in Flagstaff to help a friend who was in critical care after a car accident as well as assisting my nephew for 3 months at the NIC unit at Yale New Haven Hospital who was born premature with hydrocephalus.  For many of the patients and family I visited, the question of life and death was often on our thoughts and mind.  As the days turned into weeks, the hospital walls became sort of a prison, with it's sterile environment, coldness walls and starkness, shielding off the person from the outside world of life and nature that surrounded them.   I often pondered the ways hospitals could be made more open and connected to the healing powers of the outside world of nature.  

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That was over 20 years ago and things have changed a lot in both the healing field and hospital environments.  One such hospital on the forefront of this movement to make hospital environments more healing is UCONN's John Dempsy Hospital Tower in Farmington, Connecticut.  The hospital incorporates open spaces and large glass windows with sun filled rooms for healing as well as well as wood tones, earthy tile, glass panels of wildflowers and My healing art photos in every patient room of the 169 patient rooms.  

A few months ago I was contacted by Steffian Bradley Architects,  http://www.steffian.com  for my Connecticut Nature and Landscape Work to supply 169  2' x 4' panels of my photos to be printed onto a plastic type laminate material for the hospital.  I jumped at the opportunity as it has been a long time vision and dream and passion to bring healing to those in need through my photography. 

The long Connecticut winter gave me the time and ability to work on this project which was quite huge in it's size and scope.  Large in that they required 169 images and large in that the photos had to be #1 blown up to over 2' x 4" and then # 2,into elongated panoramic size which eliminated all my vertically oriented images and many of the horizontal images as well.  Photos were then further eliminated because of cultural, religious and other reasons.  To make the long story short, I submitted over 700 images which went through a huge approval process by the board and architects to come up with the photos that were eventually chosen for the 6 levels of patient rooms.

Once the images were decided upon they all had to be enlarged, cropped and re-sized and then sent to the Panolam factory in Maine to be printed onto the laminate panels and then delivered and installed in each of the hospital patient rooms.

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     Though I shot the images and layed out the sizing of the images, I didn't know what they would look like blown up to full size  on the laminate panels. That was until this weekend when I attended the public open house for the hospital.  The open house was a very emotional day for me seeing what was in some ways a life time of work encompassing 20 years in the healing field and 10 years shooting in the field as a photographer. The comments I received from onlookers and the medical staff were so touching and  I was moved with the realization that I had created a legacy that would be here for many years to come to help heal those in suffering and need and to help bridge the separation of human and nature especially at a critical time on a persons life-the time of sickness, change  and transition.    

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I stayed at the hospital open house for many hours, taking in the magnificence and awe of the moment and taking lots of photos too.  On the way home I thought a lot about my life and what it means to leave a legacy in life. Our thoughts, actions and deeds are like footprints  left in the sand of life or like ripples in the water that continue to move outward, even after the stone has fallen. How will we be remembered and how will our lives impact, help, inspire, heal and change the world around us?  

What kind of legacy will we leave?

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New York Institute of Photography Interview with John Munno http://www.johnmunnophotography.com/blog/2016/1/new-york-institute-of-photography-interview-with-john-munno-photography STUDENT SUCCESS: JOHN MUNNO

Student Success: John Munno

When John Munno encountered a bout of health challenges, he began to spend time sorting through the photos he used to take in high school. In what he describes as a ‘defining moment,’ John realized the happiness and wellbeing he experienced when he tapped into this creative passion, and he decided to pick up where he had left off. Now a graduate of NYIP, he has successfully launched his own photography business, shooting everything from nature to weddings, and even stock shots for greeting cards. We recently got in touch with John to chat about his journey, and to ask what advice he’d offer to current and prospective students of NYIP. Here’s what we learned:

1. When did you realize that photography was the field you wanted to pursue?

I started shooting in high school up into my mid-20s. Then I got into the healing field and stopped shooting for many years. It wasn’t until a bit later in my life when I was having health challenges of my own that I had what you would call a “defining moment.” While putting together an eBook called “Nature Speaks” and going through my photo library and slides from my earlier years of photographing exotic places around the world, I noticed my health improving by the beauty and healing properties contained within the images. This fueled my desire to pick up my camera and start shooting. I felt a calling from deep within myself. Something started to come alive in me that wanted to create and express itself, to create beautiful things that would help people heal.

2. When did you enroll at NYIP?

Though I had photographed for many years, I wanted to be formally trained, to improve my skills and fill in any holes that had been missing in my education. I wasn’t in a positon to go to photography school far away and shift my whole life around and pay for housing etc. I didn’t have the funds at the time for such an education. So l looked into some of distance type of classes and found NYIP. The training was something I could afford and the way the course was broken down into lessons made it easy to move along step by step through the program. Each month when the lessons came in the mail, it was like Christmas time for me.

3. What was your coursework like?

My course work was very eye opening. I had been interested only in nature photography and that was all I did for many years. When taking the course I learned about so many different aspects of photography. It gave me such an appreciation for photography and its history and impact on the world. It taught me that photography was everywhere. I learned the skills necessary to be successful in many types of photography and that allowed me to make it as a full time photographer doing nature and fine art photography, commercial photography, real estate photography, portraits, events and weddings.

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4. Was your mentor helpful during the process?

My mentor was helpful in that he always brought it back to the lesson of what is the story and message you are trying to convey through your photography. He kept bringing me back to that lesson.

5. We can see on your site that your photo gallery is separated into 8 different categories. Plus, you’re also making quite a name for yourself in the wedding photography industry. Would you say that one of these sub-fields interests you the most?

Nature is one of my favorite subjects- especially nature or land untouched by the hand of man. I try to find these remote and hidden places of Connecticut and the world. This has always been a passion for me. In these places I find solace, healing, peace and understanding. I try to share these places and properties through my images with people that don’t have the chance or opportunity to have this experience.

And then there are weddings. Weddings are a very different aspect of photography that I enjoy very much. What I like most about shooting weddings is the people, the emotions, the joy, the tears and touching moments. We are such wonderful beings. I am not sure if we realize it. I try to share that wonder through my wedding photography.

6. When you approach a new project, what are the first steps you typically take in your creative planning process?

When I start a new project it is like traveling on a road or taking a journey. I look at the end product or destination-what needs to be accomplished. Then I figure out what is needed, (the steps) to take me on that journey from point A to B. Those steps are the details of what needs to be accomplished, the hows and in what order.

7. What qualities do you think a successful, aspiring photographer needs?

  1. Passion would be number 1. You have to have a passion for your subject be it a sports game, a newborn baby, a car, news events, trees or a landscape. You need to have a love, interest and connection with your subject
  2. Vision: You have to have an eye to see. It is not necessarily two eyes that one sees with but an inner eye or vision that can communicate that passion and express it through the lens of a camera
  3. Skill: You have to know about your equipment the camera and lens. How they work and how to make them express that vision and passion. You have to research, study, read and examine the work of others. You have to continue to grow, experiment and strive every day. It never ends.

8. After graduation, what were your first steps? Were you already actively working in the field? If not, how did you get a foot in the door?

My first steps were to set up a business, create business cards and set up a website and social media. Then starting to create products to sell, post cards, greeting cards etc. and then hitting the pavement, knocking door to door, soliciting business for work etc. It was a lot of work in the beginning with more rejections then success that was for sure.

9. Some aspiring photographers struggle to make a name for themselves because they’re hesitant to make connections. What advice would you give to younger photographers who are shy about reaching out?

I have found my friends and family to be some of my best supporters and fans over the years. Start small, stay close to home with sharing your work with friends and family, co-workers etc. Start within your immediate circle. Gain the experience and confidence and then expand that circle outward.

Work as an intern; donate your talents to a non-profit you support. This all will help gain the experience and confidence to reach out.

Student Success: John Munno

10. What do you always carry with you in your camera bag? Anything special?

Lens paper, a rocket blower and lens pen.

11. What’s the most interesting thing you learned at NYIP?

It may seem very basic but I learned how a photograph tells a story, and that was drilled into me over and over with every lesson.

12. We can see that you specialize in some specifics like bridges, lighthouses, churches, etc. Do you have a personal favorite subject to shoot?

My favorite subject to shoot is moving water in the forms of waterfalls, rivers, and seascapes. I could shoot it all day long. Every wave is different. Water is a long-time friend and companion going back to my days as a river guide. Water heals, water nourishes and water provides food and Life. We take water for granted and we don’t respect and treat water in the forms of streams, rivers, lakes and oceans as we should. We pollute them and use them as dumps. I try to convey the importance of water in our lives through my waterscapes and I am working on an eBook called “Living Waters” which I hope to finish this year which will build upon this theme.

13. How has maintaining a blog and website helped you creatively and professionally?

We often don’t realize the impact our lives and work have on people. We can become immersed in something and the day to day routines of our work and put our blinders on in a sense. We can’t see out of it sometimes. Maintaining a blog and website as brought me so many customer and fan comments feedback and testimonials about how my work touches people’s lives and how special it is. I read the comments over and I am amazed. I never realized this impact my work has on people. This helps fuel my determination, and constancy and to prefect my art and craft.

14. If you had to pick one, what was the most memorable photography project you’ve ever completed, either during school or otherwise?

Working with a historian and taking photos of my town’s historic districts for two walking tour brochures. It was great to work along with a historian and lean about the homes and history of my town as well as spending months shooting out in the field taking thousands of photos.

15. Describe a typical day in your life as a photographer lately.

In addition to my own wedding photography and landscape photography, I also work as a studio manager for an active wedding photography company. So I am often juggling 6 projects at once. I do a lot of editing work! About half to three quarters of my week is taken up with editing. There is the regular editing of my wedding and landscape work. Then there is the editing for the company I work for. This is often special request, creative editing, color splashes, and enhancing and correcting images, removing people, objects etc.--things that happened to be in the way. Sometimes it is major overhauling of images and image corrections. This is a lot of fun for me. The weekends are often taken up with shooting weddings and traveling all over the state from end to end. Every weekend is like going on another adventure. Then there are the hours spent on social media, blog posting meeting with clients, email correspondences and oh quick get your camera, a beautiful sunset!!

16. What’s the most rewarding part of studying photography?

Photography catches a fleeting moment of time-a fleeting moment that comes and will never happen again. Photography touches lives, holds memories and moments and has the ability to affect people in so many ways. Photography brings peace, can inspire, can lift ones spirits can cause one to reflect and grieve. Photography can be a profound communication tool-The Voice- of the subject expressing and communicating in a language that is universal, that has no boundaries. My focus in photography is to share beauty. I love to share the beauty around me through photography, to create an image that can heal, can bring peace, can heal and restore and share a timeless and important message. To be able to share a sense of wonder, awe and beauty for something that is greater then me through an image. Now that is exciting!

17. If you could give one piece of advice to our current and prospective students, what would it be?

Keep Shooting!!! And never give up- shoot that which feeds your passion!

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