May 2019

May News

New & Improved “APG Social”
6:30PM + 3 Photo Creative Challenge + Ask Me = SOCIAL TIME!

Beginning with last month’s meeting in April, the Creative Challenge, the Ask Me help session and the Social have been combined into one activity. APG Social time will start at 6:30 but you can join in at any time. It will be casual and just be members and attendees discussing each photo.

There are several reasons for doing this. Your time is an important one. APG wants to utilize your time better and efficiently. Another reason is that the challenge has not received the attention it deserves lately because of longer presentations. The final reason is to promote a stage for discussion of the photo settings, setup, composition, techniques, equipment and craftwork as well as “Ask Me” questions. APG wants to forge a comfortable environment for novices and veterans that is easy to show your photography, share your knowledge, ask questions and learn.

Here’s what we need to ask of you to foster these changes…

  • Email your photos to athenspg@gmail.com early. We ask that you send your photos as early as possible and no later than 12 noon the day before APG meets.  If you must bring photos on a thumb drive, we will work them in but try to come extra early. 
  • Limit your photos to one of the following: 3 Creative Challenge Photos or 2 Challenge pics plus 1 open category or 3 Open Category photos. This is to help us get all photos shown before the meeting.
  • Label your photo files with your name plus the challenge name. As an example: Martin Bozone_APG BlackWhite.jpg. Include information on location, settings, setup within the body of your email. We want to display this info with the photos on screen.
  • Email a JPG (the best file format) with a 10 (80%) quality setting, at a file dimension of no more than 1600 pixels on the longest side, and in a sRGB color space embedded.
  • Try to be at the social at 6:30PM. You are welcome to join in at any time but we want to you get your money’s worth. Also, if bringing a thumb drive be there even earlier.

April’s 3 Photo Creative Challenge

“Up High or Different Perspective”Send photos from different view points from down low or from high above.

Open Category – Share one of your favorite images in any genre you would like to show.


Ask Me: Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the SOCIAL TIME, 6:30 – 7:00PM. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Ask Me!” hat.


Your Help is Needed

The APG leadership team has been in place for a good five years. It’s time to rotate the crops. We all started with zero knowledge about our positions, but have everything well documented for you to hit the ground running. It would be good if two people could share each position. We’d like you to remain for no more than two years if possible.

We have filled the President (Martin Bozone), Treasurer (Chuck Murphy), Facebook (Alan Black), and newsletter (Michael Gonyea) positions. What we need if not filled in the meantime:

  • Membership: Collect the new member paperwork and payment. Record it in a spread sheet. Send a pre-written welcome letter. Get the money to the treasurer.
  • Advertising: Send our monthly meeting info to the flagpole magazine.
  • Speakers: Work with Martin to line up speakers for the year. (We are close to having this year full already.)
  • Projector: Run the computer during the meetings. Collect the photos for the challenge. Collect the speaker’s show. Requires you to get to the meeting early.

Stay Up to Date with APG

Fine Art Portraits & Still Life

APG Meets May 16th, 7:00–8:30PM
The Lyndon House – 211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601


APG 6:30PM Social – New & Improved!
6:30 + 3 Photo Creative Challenge + Ask Me = SOCIAL TIME!


Learn how to use simple lighting techniques to create a dramatic portrait and continue the creative process in post-production.

At the May APG meeting, Joyce Dumas will discuss how she creates dramatic portraits and still life through lighting, styling, and post-production techniques. Joyce will demonstrate how to use one source of light, as well as the resultant shadows, to add drama to a portrait or still life. She will also take us through the post-production steps she uses to continue her artistic vision for the piece.

All images ©2019 Joyce Dumas

Joyce Dumas, who lives the North Georgia mountains, has a career background in both photography and writing and finds she is happiest when she can combine the two crafts. “I find myself thinking about how I’m going to write about a photography experience while I’m in the field shooting. When I sit at the computer, writing about the shoot leads me to thinking about how I can do things differently next time. It’s a symbiotic relationship that hopefully improves the techniques of both.” Joyce has shown her work in regional galleries as well as at juried fine art shows throughout the Southeast. She co-founded the Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers guild, chaired the BRMP National Photography Exhibit, and served on the board of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.

The photography of Joyce Dumas can be viewed at her online gallery, JoyceDumasPhotos.com and her blog about photography can be found at JoyceDumasPhotos.blogspot.com.