Wade Sheldon

May Meeting Canceled

APG hopes this message finds all members and their families well and healthy.

Although the Covid-19 virus situation is believed to be leveling out, the Lyndon House is still asking that all guilds further suspend meetings. APG will continue to follow protocol and cancel our meeting for May.

We will continue to monitor the situation to see when the group can meet again. Your understanding is appreciated and please know that the board has your best interest in mind. 

Stay safe and know we look forward to seeing you on the other side of this crisis. 

Watch FaceBook and the APG website for further updates…

March News

Monthly Photo Challenge
Landscape or Macro photos  
Send your photos via email to athenspg@gmail.com no later than noon on the meeting dayYou can also bring your photos before 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 3 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.
March 2020 Cover Image

Focus Stacking

*UPDATE: The March and April APG Meetings have been cancelled*

Athens Photography Guild Meeting
March 19th, 7:00-8:30 pm
APG Social 6:30 pm 

Focus Stacking – How it can improve your photos

Have you ever struggled with getting your landscape photos absolutely tack sharp from front to back, even at f22 or higher?  Or maybe you want to be able to get a large flower bloom (or several blooms) in sharp focus while still retaining the beautiful soft bokeh that your lens is only capable of at its widest apertures.  Focus stacking is the technique used by many of the top professional photographers to achieve those goals.

Come join us as Horace Hamilton, former president of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA), shares details on how to get those results and shares examples of what can be achieved through focus stacking.


Horace Hamilton 
Past President of Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA)
Past GNPA Board member
Chairman of GNPA Field Trips
Past Chapter Coordinator GNPA Gwinnett

Horace is an award winning photographer with over 40 years experience with an emphasis on nature photography. He is the founding coordinator of the Gwinnett Chapter, currently the largest in GNPA. He has been a jurist for several photo exhibits and competitions including the Booth Photography Guild, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts, Gwinnett Master Gardeners, Georgia Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Cherokee Camera Club, Sweetwater Camera Club and numerous GNPA events. Horace has also conducted several training classes for GNPA as well as presentations to camera clubs across the state of Georgia.

Aside from working to improve his own photography, Horace’s primary focus is to assist other photographers in their efforts to improve their skills.


February News

Monthly Photo Challenge: Winter or Holiday photos  
Send your photos via email to athenspg@gmail.com no later than noon on the meeting dayYou can also bring your photos before 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 3 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 2048 pixels on the longest side.
Copyrighting

Protect Your Photography with Copyrighting

Athens Photography Guild Meeting

February 20th, 7:00-8:30 pm
APG Social 6:30 pm 

You’ve poured your heart and soul into making an image, how can you protect it? Or maybe you’re watching a friend grab images off the web for a project, how can you protect them? We’ll do a quick run through what copyright is, how it protects you, how to register your images and what rights you have to how your images are used (along with what rights your friend does not have). Am I a lawyer? No, nor have I played one on TV, but copyright protections are a fundamental issue to people who create works – you need to understand those protections.


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-Tribuneand 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 Magazineand 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.

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.