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2016 Spring Shoot in New York City: April 13-16

Announcing the 2016 Spring Shoot April 13-16, 2016

New York City, New York! 

Join us for the 2016 Spring Shoot, held in one of the greatest cities of the world: New York City! The LHSA Spring Shoot headquarters hotel will in the The New York Hilton Midtown, located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York, 10019. Centrally-located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the Hilton features spacious rooms, styled with maple wood furniture and marble bathrooms, an 8,000 square foot gym, gourmet dining, elegant rooms with flat-screen TVs, and high-speed internet access.

Our planning committee is working to finalize the program for the Spring Shoot. 

Stay tuned for registration and hotel information coming soon!

Click here to make your hotel reservations.
Spring Shoot Registration now open. Click here

LHSA Student Photo Contest

LHSA invites all interested student photographers to help celebrate and enrich our Spring Shoot meeting in New York City, April 13-16th at the New York Hilton Midtown. The Student Photo Contest is an open competition (no restrictions as to subject matter, color or monochrome, type of camera, digital or film) Interested photographers are invited to submit up to two (2) total, hi resolution, electronic images in JPEG format to info@lhsa.org.

Submissions must be sent via email and shall be accepted no later than 12:00 pm CST, March 28, 2015.
All entries must have been shot in 2015 – 2016 and shall be the work of the photographer. The student will retain ownership of the images. Images will be judged by acclaimed photographer, Peter Turnley and will be announced during the meeting on Saturday, April 16th at 3:00 PM. Winners will be notified by e-mail or telephone.
1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners will be notified before the LHSA Spring Shoot meeting and will be invited to attend our annual meeting in New York at their expense.

• Up to two (2) images may be submitted in jpeg format compressed no larger than 2 megabytes and no larger than 1024 pixels in the longest dimension
• Images may be in monochrome or color and must have been shot in 2015 – 2016
• Submissions shall be sent via e-mail to info@lhsa.org, attention STUDENT PHOTO CONTEST 2016 in the subject line
• Images must be accompanied by an electronic  Cover Sheet that includes:
1. Each image shall be labeled A and B, if two images are submitted
2. Name – address – phone # - e-mail of the entrant
3. Image data should include a title, camera model and lens used
4. Aperture and shutter speed and ISO if known

• First Place winner will receive a one-year Print Membership to LHSA – The International Leica Society. In addition, an interview and first place image will be published in the Viewfinder.
• Second through Fourth place winners will receive a one-year Digital Membership. All winners will have their image published in the Viewfinder.
• Winners will be invited to the Spring Shoot meeting. The Student Registration ($30 – Saturday only) will be the responsibility of the winner(s) You may register Here.
• If the entrant is attending the meeting, please notify LHSA by e-mail.
• Images will only be used by LHSA for the contest.  Images may be displayed at the Spring Shoot, “Viewfinder magazine”, LHSA web site or other information sources.
• Images shall remain the property of the photographer

Register to attend the LHSA Spring Shoot · April 13-16, 2016 · New York City

$30 Student registration (Sat. only) · Got to lhsa.org and register today!


2016 Spring Shoot in New York City: April 13-17

The 2016 Spring Shoot is set for New York City. Click here to reserve your hotel room now online. Our room block extends from April 13 - 17, 2106.

The New York City Spring Shoot hotel is the New York Hilton Midtown, located on 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York, 10019.
Stay turned for more information as it becomes available. 

LHSA Fall Meeting Schedule of Events


Wednesday, October 14
1:00 - 5:00 PM Registration Hotel Lobby
4:00 - 6:00 PM Informal Gathering Hotel Bar
Enjoy time with fellow attendees and visit with friends and new acquaintances.
6:00   PM Dinner on Your Own

Thursday, October 15th 
8:00 AM- 5:00 PM Registration

8:00-8:30 AM Leica on Loan with Tom Smith
Try out the newest Leica camera bodies and lenses.

8:30-1:00 PM Photo Walk with Reed George (Location TBA)

9:00 AM-12:00 PM Aerial Photography with Chris Williams 
(Pro-Workshop registrants only) Sponsored by Leica Akademie Just across from Gravelly Point lies Reagan National Airport (DCA). This park is so close to the runway it makes an excellent spot for photographing aircraft. During the workshop we will experiment with capturing aircraft in flight, whether it’s a hand held long exposure or singling out a specific part of an aircraft. Use a wide angle, use a telephoto, use a tripod, use your imagination, the great part is there are no rules. Leave the Rule of 3rds at home!

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch On Your Own

1:30-2:20 PM Introduction to Lightroom 6 Part 1–Bill Royce
Join Bill Royce in the first of two introductory sessions. Part One will include: Why Lightroom?  A list of advantages: Primary differences between Lightroom and Photoshop/The library function/Basic editing demonstration to include fixing common image problems/The map function/Exporting to the printer, image files, and other destinations
2:30 – 3:20 PM An Introduction to Lightroom 6/CC Part 2 – Bill Royce Meeting Room
In Part II, Bill will discuss an overview of Lightroom updates to include major functions such as face recognition, HDR, panoramic stitching, etc. Conversion of color images to monochrome. Emphasis on use of color channels and tonal controls for optimum image quality.  A brief demonstration of selective desaturation of a color image using Lr, and selective re-colorization using SEP II. Time permitting a demonstration of SEP II to develop an M Monochrome image (no color information)

3:30 – 4:20 PM Phone Booths and Fishing Boats: Recent Work from Ghana and Thailand: Frank Day
Frank Hallam Day has been active as a fine art photographer in Washington DC for many years. In this session, Frank will discuss his latest projects.

4:30 – 5:20 PM Moments, Moments, Moments! with Chris Usher
Join Chris Usher, A discussion on what I consider to be the core trinity of successful photographs – Light, Composition, and most importantly, MOMENTS!  I will break down these components and discuss methods that I have found to increase the impact of your image

5:30 – 7:30 PM Reception with Cash Bar & Light Hors d ’Oeuvres Hotel
7:30 PM Dinner on Your Own

Friday, October 16th 

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Registration

8:45-9:30 AM Leica on Loan

8:30 – 12:30 PM  Photo Walk with Robert McNeely ($25: Washington Mall)
Henri Cartier-Bresson has provided us with a handy phrase, “the decisive moment” to describe when all the elements of a photograph come together.  The search for the decisive moment, recognizing it,  and perfecting the ability to capture it with your camera is a never-ending challenge.  I look forward to spending time in Washington, DC with a like-minded group of Leica enthusiasts as we chase the “decisive moment.”

8:30 – 1:30 PM Spouse Event: Monument Tour (Extra Cost)
Washington D.C. is a showcase of some of the most majestic monuments and memorials in the country. This tour is tailored to offer you an historic journey through our rich heritage in a quick and efficient way. The tour will take you by essential monuments, museums, memorials and the attractions that you cannot afford to miss. Here's your chance to relive a little history.

9:00-12:00 PM Aerial Photography with Chris Williams (Pro-Workshop registrants only)

12:00 -1:00 PM Lunch on Your Own

1:00-1:50 PM Non Leitz/Leica Accessories: From the Beautiful to the Silly – with Ed Schwartzreich A Room
When I got into Leica about 25 years ago, I realized straightaway that my budget did not allow for having more than a basic outfit, let alone collecting much of anything. (It took exposure to the highly-infectious collectors in the Society, and the gracious assent of my spouse before I deigned to start a modest collection). In those days I saw a niche that no one had bothered with: accessories for Leica that were made by third parties. These were usually cheap items, often intriguing things made by inveterate tinkerers, occasionally simply silly, at times very useful. My first Viewfinder article, in 1994, was about two of these oddball things. More such articles followed, but with the rise of digital Leicas, the appearance of aftermarket accessories has dwindled. Analogous to cleaning out one’s sock drawer and finding little things that had disappeared over the years, I now empty out the bottom of my accessory cabinet and show you my collection. You will undoubtedly recognize many of them.

2:00-2:50 PM Latest Leica Historical Research - with Jim Lager
For many of us, Jim Lager represents the “H” in LHSA. Join our renowned LHSA expert as he leads us through the latest historical research of Leica gear as seen through the hardware, packaging, advertising, and the nuts and bolts of what made Leica what it is and what it has become. Don’t miss his historical perspective on the mystique of the Leica brand.

3:00 – 4:50 PM Board of Directors Meeting

3:00 – 6:00 PM Tour the Ford Theatre (on your own)

7:00 – 8:30 PM An Evening with Robert McNeely
In this captivating program, Robert McNeely will speak on classic images and how they have shaped his photographic awareness. The images range from Edward Weston's beauty (Pepper), Elliot Erwitt's humor, Kertez's emotion, and Cartier-Bresson's "moments" as well as others.
Saturday, October 17th 

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Registration

8:00-9:00 AM Leica on Loan Hotel Lobby

8:15 AM-9:00 AM LHSA Business Meeting & Election

9:00 -10:30 AM Trade Fair

10:00-10:50 AM Member Stories Meeting Room
On Saturday morning, Oct. 17, we will devote an hour to hear stories about our members and their advice. Please sign up; you will have 10 minutes to tell a little bit about yourself and share a photography tip that you have found helpful to your photography. Here's your chance to share your expertise and make everyone's life a little easier!

11:00 – 11:50 AM Stump the Experts – with Ed Schwartzreich & Jim Lager Meeting Room
Join Ed Schwartzreich and Jim Lager as they stake their reputations on all things Leica. In what has become a popular annual event, this session will be entertaining and educational. Members are asked to bring some rare Leica equipment, literature or paraphernalia to test the knowledge of Ed and Jim. See if you can “Stump the Experts!”
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch on Your Own

1:30 – 4:00 PM Leica Lens Shoot Out
Bill Rosauer, Viewfinder Editor, will be doing another live demonstration of Leica lenses at this year’s annual meeting. Bill’s live bokeh demonstration was very well received at Dearborn, and this year he will be doing a variation on that theme. He will be looking at legacy lenses to see how they perform on the recently introduced Leica Monochrom camera. The new Monochrom has set even higher standards of resolution and high ISO performance, giving new life to our cherished legacy lenses. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lenses to participate in this event. See how these lenses stack up to one another in this comparison “shoot out”.

1:30 – 2:20 PM Fall Photo Judging with Robert McNeely Meeting Room
In this session, Robert McNeely, will comment and judge images submitted for the 2015 LHSA Photo Contest. Winners will be revealed at the LHSA Banquet.

2:30 – 3:20 PM Anatomy of a Project: The Convergence of Music, Photography & Prose – with Richard Rejino, LHSA Executive Director
Explore how photography can be combined with other creative mediums to enhance your storytelling. Using his highly successful “What Music Means to Me Project” and other projects, Richard will illustrate how he combined his three greatest passions, music, photography and writing, and turned them into a book, a museum exhibit, and a means to communicate the transformative power of music.

6:00 – 6:45 PM Cocktail Reception

6:45 - 7:45 PM     Banquet & Awards

7:45 – 9:00 PM Keynote Address with Robert McNeely
In his keynote address, Mr. McNeely will reflect on the role Leica cameras have played in photography, and their effect on the history of photography. Using his time inside the Clinton Presidency as a backdrop, Robert will use many of his own examples to illustrate how he was able to make the images inside the Clinton years with his Leica cameras.

Sunday, October 18th 

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Farewell Breakfast – Hotel Restaurant (On Your Own)



 The 2015 Annual Fall meeting in Washington D.C will take place from October 14-18, 2015. Our hotel is in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, at the beautiful Crystal Gate Marriott Hotel, only minutes away from Reagan Airport and the Washington Mall. The hotel is a perfect location for sight-seeing and great photography opportunities.


Hotel registrations are now open. Don't wait! Reserve your rooms now. Click here to make your reservations.

Our programming this fall will include the following speakers.

  • Keynote Address by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer David Turnley 
  • Professional photographer workshop with Chris Williams
  • Annual Photo Contest judged by David Turnley
  •  Jim Lager presentation
  • Oldest Leitz/Leica working film image capture device contest
  • Richard Rejino presentation on "The Anatomy of a Project"
  • Evening at the DC Leica Store
  • Spouse event
  • Leica on Loan
  • Using Lightroom presentation by Adobe Certified Instructor Bill Royce
  • Trade Show 
    • Future meeting sites include the following: 

      2016 Spring Shoot - New York City

      2016 Fall Meeting - Vancouver, British Columbia

      2017 Spring Shoot - Charleston, SC

      2017 Fall Meeting - Chicago, IL

      2018 Spring Shoot - Santa Fe, NM

      2018 Fall Meeting - Boston, MA

      Thanks for supporting the LHSA!  



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