Chris Franz

November Meeting is News Photography

Bring your Questions.
Bring your images you want critiqued.
APG meets November 20th, 7:00–8:30 p.m. @ The Lyndon House

Our speaker is AJ Reynolds.  AJ is a photojournalist based out of Athens, Ga., and a staff photographer for the Athens Banner-Herald. He began work in photojournalism as a staff photographer and later photo editor at The Red & Black at the University of Georgia. His images have appeared in the Washington Post, USA Today, and New York Times to name a few.

So what is it really like being a news photographer? How do you keep it fresh? How do you keep it going when it gets heart wrenching? Come and you’ll hear the funny, the serious and the little bit odd. AJ will also share the great things about being a photojournalist versus the challenges. Finally AJ will give some tips on how to quickly assess an area to get that unique point of view.

October News

Athens Academy photo pickup is after 1 p.m. on Friday, October 24th. Don Byram and John Webber will be there to assist you.

Lickskillet (for paid members) is Saturday, October 25th from 10:00–5:00. This is a festival with an arts and crafts flare to it. APG will have three tables to display photos for sale. Images must be protected and have the price on them. Show is at your own risk. You get to keep proceeds from any of your images that sell. We suggest you stick around if you are selling but that is not totally necessary. More info on the event can be found here:

Lickskillet is a family friendly event. Please keep that in mind when selecting photos to sell.

If you cannot pick up your photos from Athens Academy AND are entering them for sale in Lickskillet, then contact Don Byram and he will transport your images. He will not be responsible for any damage. All Lickskillet images must be picked up by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the event. You can contact Don at

October Meeting is Q&A Critiques

Bring your Questions.
Bring your images you want critiqued.
APG meets October 16th, 7:00–8:30 p.m. @ The Lyndon House

In lieu of a speaker for October we are going to pool together our wisdom, our opinions, and yes, maybe our ignorance.

Do you have an image that seems slightly off, but can’t quit put your finger on it? Let us look at it. Someone in the group is sure to have some ideas on how to improve it.

Do you have questions about photography gear, techniques, or methods? Bring those, too. Our group has a wealth of experience from vastly different backgrounds. Surely someone will have an answer or be able to point you in the right direction.

The last time we did this it was a large success so come on out and join in the discussions.

Online Athens – Botanical Gardens Article

Below is a link about the new Hummingbird Trail at the State Botanical Gardens that appeared on Online Athens!

August Meeting is Better Birds, Bugs and Blooms

Our speaker for August is our own Chuck Murphy. Chuck has been an avid amateur photographer for over four decades, and his interest in nature has led him to specialize in birds, bugs, and blooms. He teaches photography courses for The UGA Continuing Education Center, The Georgia State Botanical Garden, OLLI@UGA, and the UGA Continuing Education Center, is the past Program Chair for APG, and is the founder and leader of the Picture This! photo club at OLLI@UGA. His photo tours have taken him to all seven continents and around the world. You can check out his work on his website,

Chuck’s presentation will focus on helping you make better photos of critters and flora, whether in your backyard or Botswana. He’ll cover tools of the trade, making the best photos with the equipment you have, where and when to go for the best photo ops, and tips to optimize your photos in post processing. It’s fun, healthful, and educational to get outside and shoot the best Mother Nature has to offer, so join us if you can for this presentation!

Hummingbird Trail Flickr Page

Judy Glenn has just started a Flickr page for anyone who has photos from the Hummingbird Trail at the State Botanical Garden.  So, if you have any photos that you would like to share they can be posted here: Humming Bird Trail Photos

Scott Kelby – Photowalk

It’s that time again.  Scott Kelby will announce the Photowalk tomorrow but I’m giving you heads up to this year’s walk.

We have already been approved to walk/tour Sanford Stadium again.  So, if you are interested sign up fast.  I would think/hope that it will max out at the 50 quick.

Here’s the link:

Oconee Hill Cemetery
August 26, 2014 (8am-11am)

We have been given permission to photograph at Oconee Hill Cemetery (  This is a rare event that you don’t want to miss!

When: Saturday, August 16, 8-11 AM

Where: Oconee Hill Cemetery near UGA Stadium – 297 Cemetery Street, Athens, Georgia 30605-1701

The event starts at 8am,  If the gate is still closed park outside.  If the gate is open, then park inside to the left of the house.

No Dogs & No Etchings allowed!

Hummingbird Walk, State Botanical Garden
August 2, 2014 (9am-12am) – $15

hb-7-2014-bJudy Royal Glenn, president of the Athens Photography Guild and the creator of the brand new Hummingbird Trail at the State Botanical Garden, will lead a tour of the new trail.

When: Saturday, August 2, 9-12 AM (Cost: $15).

Where: State Botanical Garden, meet in the corner of the main Visitor Center parking lot near the rest rooms. If you happen to show up late and the group has already set out, call or text me at 706-372-5406 and I’ll help you join us.

Bring: Camera with full battery, empty film card and your longest lens, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, water, snacks, etc.

hb-7-2014-cThe Hummingbird Trail was researched and designed by Judy as she pursued photographing the Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the Garden. The trail now has 20 specific markers where Judy has found hummers coming to plants for nectar or resting in trees. Judy has spent countless hours exploring the garden and photographing all the birds, flowers and other critters she finds there. As you may have heard me say before, she knows the Bot Garden better than I know my back yard. She worked with the Botanical Garden staff to create the trail markers and the accompanying guide.

No guarantees–it always takes patience and a keen eye to spot hummingbirds, let alone photograph them, but with Judy as our guide, we’ll definitely have the best chance possible to see them and learn their favorite habitats in the Garden.

If the weather looks threatening, you can call or text me between 7:00 and 7:30 AM the day of the event and see whether it’s still on. If the weather definitely looks bad, we will reschedule.

No need to RSVP, but if you have any questions, please let me know. Judy and I hope to see you there!

July Meeting is Stylized Portraiture & Tips For Better People Pictures

Our speaker is Heather Lickliter Larkin.  Heather is an Athens professional photographer who specializes in children and babies. She has been published at Canon, in Professional Photographer Magazine, Model Life Magazine, and Athens local papers.

Heather will be speaking about how to take better photos of your family. Learn a few tips on how paying attention to your backgrounds and lighting will give you more consistent results.

To see more of Heather’s work click here