Wade Sheldon

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.
Lighting up the Darkness

Lighting Up the Darkness

Techniques used in cave photography

How do you photograph places where you can’t even see your hand in front of your face? Kenneth will show examples and discuss the techniques learned from other cave photographers that have have allowed him to photograph deep underground. Kenneth will also have a show-and-tell of some the equipment he employs.


Ken Storey

Speaker Bio — Kenneth Storey has pursued photography most of his life. Landscape is a constant subject of interest, whether it is a love of pristine areas, concern for challenged environments, or fascination with human interaction with the earth. His great love of the land and environment can be seen in all media. In the last few years, Kenneth has adopted the richness of dark backgrounds and controlled sources of light to focus attention on his subjects, without any background distractions. By moving closer to his subjects, he shows the viewer a still moment. He terms this work light painting photography. He has been a member of the National Speleological Association for over 40 years. So it was natural for him to become fascinated with the special challenges of photographing in the dark world of caves. How do you photograph places where you can’t even see your hand in front of your face? He learned by watching his father, other cave photographers, and by lots of trial and error.  

An Introduction to Architectural Photography

by Travis Rhoads

Learn key principles and concepts that are important
to making successful architectural photographs.

With nearly 20 years in the field of architecture as a profession, Travis Rhoads has been able to combine his passion for architecture with his love of photography. This presentation was created with the goal of making photographers more prepared when they head out to photograph architecture. In practice, Architectural Photography is many things to different people. From Fine Art to pure documentary, there are key principles and concepts that are important to making successful architectural photographs. Join Travis for an overview of the different genres of architectural photography as he covers a variety of methods, equipment recommendations and compositional concepts that help create better architectural images. He will also cover some creative shooting methods and editing techniques to use in the field and in the digital darkroom as well as share some real world experiences and photographs.


Speaker Bio
Travis Rhoads is an international award winning fine art photographer working in a wide range of photographic genres. He has a unique ability to have a conceptual vision of the finished image before the camera is ever turned on. The results are well crafted dramatic black and white images, vibrant and ethereal color long exposures and landscapes that immerse the viewer in the scene. His artistic background extends back to high school where he received awards for his fine art drawings and paintings. In college he studied architecture at The Savannah College of Art & Design where he received a Masters degree. While at Savannah College of Art & Design he also took several photography courses that jumpstarted his passion for photography. His images have found homes across the country, and he is always on the search for his next work of art.

July 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.

Three Photo Creative Challenge for July

Disasters – Send photos that show the horrible and unexpected – a take on the theme from last month’s presentation by Chuck Murphy about how not to lose your pictures.

Open Category – Share up to three 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 “Questions? 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.
  • 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.

June 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 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 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.

Three Photo Creative Challenge for June

Dramatic Lighting – Send photos that show what we learned with last month’s presentation by Joyce Dumas where she used lighting and style to create her style of photos. If you missed that presentation, go to Joyce’s blog at joycedumasphotos.blogspot.comwhere it is featured.

Open Category – Share up to three 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 “Questions? 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 only two months open.)
  • 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 

Don’t Lose Your Pictures!

Backing up your photos is boring, right? Correct… 
Right up until you lose them all due to theft, malware, drive crash, or household catastrophe!

At our June 20th meeting, Chuck Murphy will cover all the unexpected and horrible things that can happen to your photo library, and how you can select the best backup process for your specific needs. We’re all different, right? Different cameras, different computers, small, medium or giant photo libraries, different attempts at backup

There is no “one size fits all” solution for protecting your precious photo library, so Chuck will cover the pros and cons of various backup strategies. You will leave with a checklist to help ensure you will go forward with the right solution for your needs, and once you understand all the threats facing you, it will probably be different from what you are doing now.

FREE! Door Prizes!  Chuck recently upgraded his battery of external backup drives to bigger ones. Therefore, he will be donating at least eight (8!) used but totally functional external hard drives, sizes 2 TB and up, to help you protect your photos and other critical data. We will give these out as door prizes so that some lucky attendees (dues-paying APG members only), will go home with a tangible part of their backup solution in hand. 


Speaker Bio 
Chuck Murphy
had a 40-year career in the software business. In his 12 years of retirement since then, he regularly teaches a course on cybersecurity and protection of your digital assets (like photos!). He’s also the go-to guy for a widening circle of family, friends, and acquaintances when a computer won’t boot up or a file goes missing. He’s never been hacked, and he’s never (yet) lost a photo.