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Lisa Cuchara

Lisa Cuchara

Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Master Craftsman, Master of Artist, Master of Photography, HonNEC, is very passionate about photography and she enjoys 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 UrbEx/HDR, she appreciates the world around her and embraces the challenge of interpreting what her eyes see and her heart feel 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 met her husband Tom thru photography, and they are both very active in many local, national, and international photography organizations. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions, their work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions and their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. Their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars and on calendar covers, and on the cover of a fictional paperback novel. Lisa has also had images accepted into the PPA (Professional Photographers Association) loan collection and has earned three Bronze image competition cases. They have published two books with Amherst Media: "Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things" is about their HDR and light painted images (Amazon http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-urbex and also available at brick and mortar bookstores like Barnes & Noble) and their second book "The Frog Whisperer" http://tinyurl.com/lisatom-frogs is about macro photography, using frogs as subjects. Lisa & Tom have been photographing people professionally for over 16 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 & Tom love to teach, inspire and share. They have presented a wide variety of motivational and instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography) at many photography groups, conventions, and organizations. Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours and workshops, and view their photographs at www.PhotographyByLisaAndTom.com. Get Tips & Tricks about photo ops, post-processing, creativity, gear, etc. and learn more about their photography classes and workshops by joining their email list http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-photolist.




Ted Evans

Ted Evans

My interest in photography really began while I was in Havasu Canyon and I was mesmerized by the beauty of the canyon and purchased a used Minolta from a pawn shop. I later graduated to a Nikormat 35mm film SLR.
My interest has been revived by the use of the iPhone technology and my upgrade to a Canon R6 mirrorless camera with an RF 28-70 f/2 lens. My interest in joining PSAGroup 46 was because of my desire to be a better wildlife photographer. I live in Chicago and frequent areas where birds are prevalent and find photography an enjoyable pastime. I work as a consultant for an IT company in the downtown Loop area. My involvement as club secretary at the Washington Park Camera Club and a member of the Chicago Area Camera Club has been fulfilling.
My desire is to obtain a super-telephoto lens in the near future and gain a deeper understanding of how to create impactful images. Post processing is done through Photoshop Elements and ON1 Raw 2024. I shoot Manuel and Raw.




Maria Mazo, QPSA

Maria Mazo, QPSA

Maribi Mazo is a Spanish born self- taught photographer based in Sydney, Australia since 2012.
I started my photographic journey when our family moved to Australia.
My greatest passion lies in seeing and capturing the beauty of Nature through my
photography. Flowers and Animals are my favourite subjects.
The curiosity for finding the detail keeps me in a process of constant learning and
exploration of the creative side of the photography.
Active member of two local Camera Clubs, I recently joined the Australia Photography Society (APS) and the Photography Society of America (PSA).




Deborah Stewart

Deborah Stewart

My first photography class was in high school. In 2012 I graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University (now Georgian Southern) with a degree in Art Education. Photography, one of my two focuses, was based in dark room Photography. I studied under Professor Linda Jensen. We learned to shoot film, develop it and print it using the equipment in the dark room. I also loved trying out alternative methods, such as Mordencage. I am excited to be part of PSA and am learning to create digital photographs at a more experienced level, while learning more about Lightroom Classic. I also enjoy Bird, Nature, Landscape, Macro and Night Photography.




Sylvia Bacon

Sylvia Bacon

Photography has been a favorite hobby for many years. I am still active in a photography club now, going on fifteen years and have tried to learn all I can about how to present better pictures. I shoot mostly in Raw and enjoy the post editing process because that is when I can be more creative since I view photography as an art.

Am an Adobe Bridge/Photoshop lady and occasionally use Topaz and Nik software for editing to satisfy my need to be visually creative. I have Nikon digital cameras, a Sony HX-400v, Fuji Film X-T3 and iPhone 11 Pro Max camera.

My home is on Kiawah Island in SC where there is an abundance of wildlife and many photography opportunities; flowers, animals, birds, nature, landscape scenes. My husband and I have also traveled a lot plus we spend our summers in the southern part of Maine by the coast. Needless to say, I always try to keep a camera with me!

For the past year and a half I have participated in a weekly photography blog called "Lens-Artist Photo Challenge", along with hundreds of other participants all over the world. By the way, this group is open to anyone who would like to join and if interested, my blog website is www.mycolorfulexpressions.com.

You can see my work on: Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Blog




Xiao Cai

Xiao Cai

I am a photographer, and my photography name is Alexander Image. I am specializing in environmental portraiture, fashion, and commercial photography.

In my childhood, I had five years of training in drawing and painting, but I never had a chance to pursue Art as my career, and after graduated from high school, I started to pursue Science instead. I got a Bachelor's degree in Mechanics in 1982 and then taught Mechanical Engineering at a university for 13 years. In 1995 I came to the United States of America from China to study Ocean Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, and finally got a Master's Degree in Computer Science in 1999. Since then, I had worked as an Internet developer for 12 years.

In 2006, I accidentally got to know a fitness model Julian Fantechi, which triggered me to learn photography. Started to learn photography in 2007, I had taken some classes in the International Center of Photography, New York, New York.

Since 2012, I mainly do stock photography.

You can see my work on: My Personal Website and My Photography Website and My FaceBook Page




Marilyn Ross

Marilyn Ross

I retired in 2004 after working as a computer scientist in the federal aviation administration system. I got my first SLR camera in 2010 and am still learning the fine aspects of it. I have been working on my skills for the past three years trying to improve both the camera and post processing. I currently own Photoshop CS5.

I truly enjoy photography, loving the creativity involved. I now see objects in an entirely new way. I find it fascinating but challenging as well. I currently belong to a camera club and joined PSA to improve my photography by learning from such a talented group.