Wade Sheldon

January News

APG Communications
athenspg@gmail.com

APG Photo Contest

The January meeting is Thursday the 16th from 7–8:30 PM in the Community Room of the Lyndon House. This will be our 7th Annual Photo Contest with cash prizes. This contest is for APG members who have paid their 2020 dues. Please arrive by 6:30 if you plan on paying your 2020 dues ($20) at the meeting. 

::  CONTEST RULES  ::

  • The contest is open to all APG members who have paid their 2020 dues
    (you can Download the form here, fill it out, and bring it to meeting with $20 cash or check – please arrive by 6:30 if paying at the meeting.)
  • Up to a maximum of two printed images allowed per paid member.
  • The contest will have prizes awarded in 3 categories: NATURE, PEOPLE (portraits, street), and OTHER (abstract, urban, etc).
  • Images must be at least 5×7 prints with a maximum presented/framed size of 24 inches on the long side. They can be framed, matted, gallery wrapped, metal print with mount, printed with white border around the image, or just tacked on to a mat – anything that visually separates the print from the table.
  • Printed images are brought to the meeting and taken home at the end of the meeting – images cannot be stored for later pick up.
  • If you cannot attend, a friend can bring your images on your behalf and will be given the prize money to give to you if you win.
  • Images can be recent or older, but must be taken by the member.
  • Images that have already won awards, been commercially published or sold multiple times are not eligible. For example, images that have been accepted in ANY juried show, published in a magazine, won awards in an APG or other photography group contest, or sold more than two times are not eligible to be entered.
  • Images should be “family friendly” (No Nudity, please!)
  • If photographer’s name/watermark appears on the image, mat, or frame IT WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. You will be allowed to cover it up with a post-it® note, etc, but it must be completely and opaquely covered.
  • Jurors will be APG 2020 paid members present at the meeting.
  • Cash awards will be presented at the meeting. Only one cash prize per member. If you win the point count for more than one prize, the lower of the two prizes will revert down to the work with the next highest point count.

ALL ENTRIES ACCEPTED IF RULES FOLLOWED
The following Cash Prizes to be awarded in each of 3 categories:

FIRST PRIZE :: $75
SECOND PRIZE :: $50
THIRD PRIZE :: $25

Judges discretion may award a non-cash award Honorable Mention.
If you need prints made locally we recommend our sponsor Robert at Lowery Gallery and Print Services (www.giclee.pro). Give them a week to turn the print around.  

BBQ Potluck Social

Who: Member plus one guest 
When: December 19, 2019   6:30-8:30 pm
Where: The Lyndon House Community Room
Main Dish: Bar-B-Que (APG supplied)
Side Dishes: Bring one but submit form below

If you are coming, please let us know and what you are bringing by submitting the “APG Holiday Social Sign-Up Form” below  

Join us at the APG Holiday BBQ Potluck Social for our last meeting of 2019! This members’ event will take place in the Lyndon House’s Community Room (where we regularly meet). Current members are welcome to bring one person in addition to themselves.

APG will supply the BBQ meat and sauces. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or drink to share. To help us better plan for seating (and anticipate your yummy dishes), please add your name, guest’s name and side dish on the sign-up form below. 

Please RSVP and note the side dish you will bring by filling out and submitting the “Holiday Social Signup Form”. To view and fill out that form, click the link below and it will take you to the form.
http://bit.ly/APG-POTLUCK

November News

Monthly Photo Challenge

APG will not have the challenge for this November meeting. The challenge will resume with the February 2020 meeting.

Instead, please send photos for discussion about using manual mode – either photos where you successfully used manual mode, or photos you have questions about how manual mode may have improved them. The goal is for attendees to expand their knowledge so send either or both types.

Send your photos via email to athenspg@gmail.com no later than noon on the meeting day (Wednesday, November 21st)You can also bring your photos at the time of the meeting on a thumb drive but please come early to the social and find an officer with a name tag to have them added to the mix.

What we ask:

  • Limit your photos to 1 or 2 images. This is to help us get all photos shown. Any category is appropriate and welcome. 
  • Label your photo files with your name, title, and month in the file name. As an example: Martin Bozone_NC Waterfall_November.jpg. 
  • Include any pertinent informationquestions, successes, settings, setup, etc. Please include this information within the body of your email.
  • Send JPG files with a quality setting of 10, and a file dimension of no more than 1600 pixels on the longest side.

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 “Questions? Ask Me!hat.


Stay Up to Date with APG 

Using Manual Mode

Using Manual Mode A Group Discussion

November 21st, 7:00-8:30 pm
APG Social 6:30 pm 
The Lyndon House – 211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601

Manual mode on a camera allows photographers to determine the exposure of an image by letting them select an ISO value, an aperture value, and a shutter speed value. By selecting these values, you have ultimate control over the look of the photo, but you must have an understanding of how ISO, shutter speed, and aperture affect your photograph.

This is the goal of this month’s APG meeting – to give a basic understanding of exposure and how you can change the look of photos with manual mode settings. We will have a presentation and group discussion on manual mode that will be for the novice as well as seasoned photographers.

The APG president, Martin Bozone, will give the presentation and facilitate the group discussion on the following topics:

  • Reasons to shoot manual mode• Understanding the exposure triangle
  • What you can achieve with certain ISO, aperture, and shutter speed values
  • Baseline settings for shooting different situations and techniques
  • Issues, questions or achievements with photos sent in by members
  • If you want to find new and exciting ways to improve your photograph, you don’t want to miss this APG meeting

Please send photos for discussion about using manual mode – either photos where you successfully used manual mode, or photos you have questions about how manual mode may have improved them.

October News

Monthly Photo Challenge: Animals or Landscapes

Send your exotic or domestic photos of animals or landscapes to be displayed and discussed.

Send your photos via email to  athenspg@gmail.com. You can also bring your photos on a thumb drive but please come early and find an officer with a name tag to have them added to the mix.

Note that APG is switching the Monthly Photo Challenge back as it was before. We will have the speaker, then view everyone’s challenge photos.

What we ask:

  • Limit your photos to 3 images. This is to help us get all photos shown. Any category is appropriate and welcome. You are welcome to participate in the monthly challenge or  show the group something that inspired you. 
  • Label your photo files with your name, title, and month in the file name. As an example: Martin Bozone_NC Waterfall_October.jpg. 
  • Include any pertinent informationlocation, settings, setup etc. Please include this information within the body of your email.
  • Send JPG files with a quality setting of 10, and a file dimension of no more than 1600 pixels on the longest side.

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 “Questions? Ask Me!hat.


Something New!

Got any unused cameras, tripods, or other photo gadgetry you’d like to turn into cash? Bring it to our meeting on Thursday and deposit it on APG’s new Buy/Sell/Swap/Free table! If you want to tag it before arriving at the meeting, go ahead and label your item(s) with your name and asking price, but we’ll also have tags on hand if you want to just tag your gear at the meeting.

Chuck Murphy is in “de-accumulate” mode, and promises to bring a number of free and bargain-priced items to get the ball rolling.

Photographing Africa

Photographing South Africa with Jen Ludlum

Jen will share some of her experiences of photographing South Africa including how and where to travel, the differences of traveling on your own versus group-led safaris, give an idea of budget needed, photos ideas, and leave time for Q&A. She promises to inspire you to move a trip to Africa off of your bucket list and make it happen.

(c)2019 Jen Ludlum

Speaker BioJen Ludlum

Jen Ludlum’s interest in photography heightened when she joined her first camera club while living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2008-09. Since then, Jen has traveled back five times to the country she fell in love with. She has another trip planned for early 2020. Jen has had her photos featured in Africa’s Getaway Magazine, the cover of South Africa’s Department of Tourism Annual Report, and was a weekly finalist in Africa Geographic’s Photographer of the Year competition. Jen is the co-founder and current president of Missionvale USA, a non-profit organization supporting those less fortunate in South Africa.  She is also active in the Art Festival scene in Georgia selling her photography throughout the year. Check out her work at www.jenniferludlum.com.

September News

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 “Questions? Ask Me!hat.

Your Help is NeededWhere we need your help: 

  • 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.
  • 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 

APG Photography Critique

Have you ever wondered how you could do something different to make a photo better or wanted another opinion on a photograph? Now is your chance!

The Athens Photography Guild is pleased to have Mark Johnson from the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication spend the evening with us providing feedback and a constructive critique of images submitted for this event. Of course, members will also give their thoughts and insights.

The goal is for you to leave with two or three insights provided by Mark and APG members. Things such as new ways to envision the shot, new techniques, or something as simple as settings on your camera.

If sending photos, see the “How to Send Your Photos for the Critique” section below. Please note that if you prefer to remain anonymous I will not include your name on the PowerPoint.

How to Send Your Photos for the Critique
Email your photos to athenspg@gmail.com. We ask that you send your photos three days before the meeting and no later than 12 noon the day before APG meeting (Sept 18th) If you prefer to be anonymous, indicate that prominently in the body of the email. 

What we ask:

  • Limit your photos to two images. This is to help us get all photos shown before the meeting. Any category is appropriate and welcome. 
  • Label your photo files with your name, title, plus “critique” in the file name. As an example: Martin Bozone_NC Waterfall_APG Critique_01.jpg. 
  • Include any pertinent information: location, settings, setup etc. Please include this information within the body of your email.
  • Send JPG files with a quality setting of 10, and a file dimension of no more than 1600 pixels on the longest side.

Speaker Bio
Mark Johnson 
Senior Lecturer, Journalism
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Georgia

Mark teaches photojournalism, multimedia journalism, video journalism and graphic design courses in addition to serving as the Chief Technology Officer for the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a frequent speaker for the Georgia Press Association, National Press Photographers Association, and is on the visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute. He has also served as the Education Chair and an Interim Executive Director of the National Press Photographers Association.

Mr. Johnson has been a visual storyteller since the late 1980s, working as a stringer for the Associated Press and Agence-France Presse. He has spent time as a staff photographer at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and MetroWest Daily News, as an assistant chief photographer for Community Newspapers Company, photo editor of the Utica Observer-Dispatch, and director of photography for SchoolSports Magazine and SchoolSports.com. He holds two degrees: a B.S in Photojournalism and a M.S. in Photography from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.

August News

New & Improved “APG Social”
6:30pm + Three Photo Creative Challenge + Ask Me = SOCIAL TIME!
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. It will be 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 ask you to do…

  • 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 DramaticLight_01.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.
  • 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.