Wade Sheldon

April News

New & Improved “APG Social” in April

6:30PM + 3 Photo Creative Challenge + Ask Me = SOCIAL TIME!

APG is looking to grow and improve for you. With this though in mind, we will be rearranging the order of our meeting and combining a few activities.

Starting with the April meeting, the Creative Challenge , the Ask Me help session and the Social will be combined into one activity. It 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 6:30 pm. 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.

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.

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • Sandy Ellis has a show at Athens Academy in the Bertelsmann Gallery Feb-April. There will be 3 other artists in the show.

Stay up to date with APG

DRONES in Photography

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

Learn how adding a drone to your photography toolkit can expand your creative possibilities.

At the April APG meeting, Michael Gonyea will discuss the benefits, rewards, and challenges of using drones to capture a photographic vision. 

Michael will take us through the processes of getting certified with an overview of the knowledge required to pilot a drone legally as either a hobbyist, or as a commercial entity. He will expand upon the photographic capabilities of drones and help us make purchase decisions based on drones with either fixed or interchangeable lenses.

All images ©2019 Michael Gonyea

Michael Gonyea is a Bogart, GA photographer who has owned an aerial imaging company, Sky G Aerial Imaging, since the fall of 2016. In that time, he has used many different types of drones to capture aerial photos for residential and commercial real estate, local businesses, events, construction and utility companies, and not to mention finding time during vacations to get those unique aerial views obtained by a rare few. 

For more information about Michael and Sky G Aerial Imaging, visit his website at www.skyg-aerialimaging.com.

March News

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • OCAF Southworks Juried Show now Open for entering: https://ocaf.com/art/ 
  • Lyndon House Juried Exhibition Opening Reception: March 7th, 6–8 p.m. All are invited.
  • Sandy Ellis has a show at Athens Academy in the Bertelsmann Gallery Feb-April. There will be 3 other artists in the show.
  • Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market on Chase Street, Athens, will host a solo exhibit of APG Member John Weber‘s photographs January 9-March 4. According to the artist, the exhibit’s theme is Visual Words.

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 half-hour, 6:30 – 7:00 PM. 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. Its 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.

B&W Photography

B&W Photography — Learn to see and think in monochrome to create stunning B&W images

APG Meets March 21st, 7:00–8:30 PM
The Lyndon House – 211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601


DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

We know the classic images of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and the modern classics of John Sexton and Vincent Versace. Their black and white images are still striking because of their use of light and composition. Early photographers did not have the option of color, digital processing, and the other capabilities we use for image making. How can we build on classic ideas for B&W images using today’s tools?

What is the difference between a black and white image vs. a color image? What gear do you need? How do you learn to “see” in monochrome tones? What camera settings help to optimize your images? What post processing tips can enhance monochrome images? There is a lot more to B&W than reducing saturation or removing the color.  

At the March APG meeting, Eric Bowles takes us through all these things and more to help you make great black and white photographs with today’s digital equipment. While the presentation will be directed toward nature photography, the principles Eric presents will be applicable to any genre of photography.

All images ©2019 Eric Bowles

Eric Bowles is an Atlanta-based nature photographer predominantly working in the Southeast. He is a photo educator providing photo tours, workshops, and training both independently and through Nikonians Academy. Eric’s work has been exhibited in galleries, purchased by corporate and individual collectors, and published in books and magazines. He provides individual instruction for photographers of all skill levels.  

Eric’s specialties include landscape, wildlife, macro, and close-up photography, as well as infrared image making using modified cameras. He is the director of Nikonians Academy. Eric is a Board member and past committee chair for North American Nature Photography Association and a Board member and Vice President of Georgia Nature Photography Association. He is a frequent visitor and speaker for photography groups throughout Georgia and the Carolinas and co-host of the NANPA Webinar series. For more information about Eric, visit his website at bowlesimages.com.  

February 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 half-hour, 6:30 – 7:00 PM. 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.

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • OCAF Southworks Juried Show now Open for entering: https://ocaf.com/art/ 
  • The Plaza Arts Center 2019 Photo Show and Exhibition now open for entering: https://plazacenter.org
  • Lyndon House Juried Exhibition Opening Reception: March 7th, 6–8 p.m. All are invited.
  • Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market on Chase Street, Athens, will host a solo exhibit of APG Member John Weber‘s photographs January 9-March 4. According to the artist, the exhibit’s theme is Visual Words.
  • Judy Glenn will have orchid and other photographs displayed in the back of the Gardenside Room through March at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in conjunction with the Orchid Madness event.
  • Sandy Ellis has a show at Athens Academy in the Bertelsmann Gallery Feb-April. The opening will be Feb. 24th from 1-3. There will be 3 other artists in the show.


Your Help is Needed!
The APG leadership team has been in place for a good five years. Its 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) and Treasurer (Chuck Murphy). What we need if not filled in the meantime:
  • Facebook: Post events for meetings and photowalks. Make sure those who want to join the Facebook group, based on questions they answer when trying to join the group, are in Athens and are photographers.
  • 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 information 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 around 6 pm. (We are currently using the Lyndon House Windows based computer so you don’t need to bring your own.)
  • Photo walks: Work with those who would like to do a photowalk to help coordinate and give guidance. Get the info to Communications to post in the newsletter and to Facebook to create an event.
  • Shows: Look for opportunities throughout the year to have APG photo shows. We’ve done these at local restaurants and the Oconee Library. It’s a good bit of work but we can give tons of guidance.
  • Communications: Develop this newsletter each month. Occasionally put out a newsletter for a special even like a photo show. We have templates for just about everything, will train you, and we have every step documented. We use Mail Chimp so its really not that hard to do.
  • Website: Maintain and post announcements to our website. This could be combined with Facebook or Communications. WordPress knowledge is a must.

The Approach

The Approach – Photography Workflow Start to Finish

Presentation and Group discussion by Martin Bozone

APG Meets February 21st, 7:00–8:30 PM
The Lyndon House – 293 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601

DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

This month, the Athens Photography Guild meeting will not be just a presentation of slides, bullets points and photos. While the meeting does include a presentation, it will be combined with discussion from our members. Martin Bozone will present and facilitate our meeting regarding workflow in photography.

Workflow…What is workflow you ask. In photography circles, workflow tends to be thought of as a series of steps used in post-production (or editing) of images in Lightroom, Photoshop or another photo editing software program. However, Workflow has many definitions. If you search the internet, each website that you visit will probably provide a different meaning. Workflow could also be thought of as personal routines or habits or standard operating  procedures in business.
So where will our meeting focus? What type of workflow? That is for you to decide. The goal is for each individual to hear about others’ workflows and discover ideas that will help to develop their own photography “Approach” or workflow.

With the presentation, Martin will discuss the “Approach” he uses for the majority of his photography. Since he has found that a workflow method renders the best shots, he will talk about planning a photo, capturing the image, editing a shot in the post-processing stage and finally, what to do with the final photograph. The floor will be open during the presentation for comments and views from others. Attendees will also have an opportunity to share their own personal workflows.

[Download the Presentation (Acrobat PDF)]

Martin Bozone is a graphic artist by trade. Having been in the graphics field for 33 years, Martin has gained extensive Photoshop and Lightroom skills in that time. Sixteen design awards are among the highlights of his career.  Martin has been taking photos since he was a wee lad but photography has simply been a tool utilized in his day job until recently. In the last five years, he got serious about his photography and became a member of Georgia Nature Photography Association and Athens Photography Guild and other groups and clubs. Martin has had the privilege of placing in seven GNPA competitions and twice in the annual APG Photo Competition. He has been published in Birds & Blooms plus three regional bird calendars and been accepted into four state art shows.


All Images ©2019 Martin Bozone

January News

Upcoming Contests and Notifications
  • 44th Juried Exhibition at the Lyndon House. Drop off dates are Jan. 24, 1:00–8:00 pm and Jan. 25, 10 am–4 pm. More info here. Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is the Guest Juror.

APG Photo Contest

APG Annual Photo Contest

The January meeting is Thursday the 17th from 7–8:30 pm in the Community Room of the Lyndon House. This will be our Sixth Annual Photo Contest with cash prizes. This contest is for APG members who have paid their 2019 dues. Please arrive by 6:00 if you plan on paying your 2019 dues ($10) at the meeting.

::  RULES OF THE CONTEST (PLEASE READ ALL) ::

  • The contest is open to all APG members who have paid their 2019 dues (you can Download the form here, fill it out, and bring it to meeting with $10 cash or check.)
  • One or two printed images allowed per paid member.
  • Images must be at least 5×7 prints with a maximum presented 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 gallery show, published in a magazine, won awards in an APG or other photography group contest, or sold more than two times in any gallery or art market should not 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.
  • Wow is an image which stops you because it is unusual or otherwise noteworthy. It can be a grab shot or one where patience won, or took special preparation and the image succeeds. Heavily manipulated images count.
  • Jurors will be APG 2019 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
FIRST PRIZE :: $150
SECOND PRIZE :: $100
HONORABLE MENTION  (3) :: $50
At their discretion, judges may award an additional honorable mention.
WOW! :: $50
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.

Member’s BBQ & Potluck

Please read all bullet points
even if you are not a paid member.

APG Meets December 20, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

This is our annual BBQ & Potluck dinner for paid members and their guests. This is one of the benefits of joining the group!

If you have not already signed up then please R.S.V.P. to Judy Glenn (jglennpacs@yahoo.com) as soon as possible, but no later than December 15th.

  • Each paid member is allowed to bring one guest (let Judy know if you are bringing a guest).
  • APG will provide meat, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils. Those attending need to bring a side dish and/or dessert.
  • No Creative Challenge but please bring your five favorite family-friendly images from 2018 (no nudes, please) so we can loop them during the dinner. If you are participating, you can bring your photos on a flash drive, or email them ==> the day before the meeting <== to athenspg@gmail.com. The format should be .jpg, 10 (80%) quality, no more than 1600 pixels on the longest side, sRGB color space embedded.
  • If you are not yet a 2018 paid member you may pay $10 at the meeting and join us. You still must R.S.V.P. to Judy Glenn by Dec. 15th. This only covers your admission to the potluck dinner. Everybody will still have to pay $10 in January to cover their 2019 membership and participate in the APG Photo Contest with cash prizes.

November 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 half-hour, 6:30 – 7:00 PM. 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.

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • Lyndon House 44th Juried Exhibition
    The Lyndon House Arts Center and Lyndon House Arts Foundation, are pleased to announce Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, as the Guest Juror for the 44th Juried Exhibition.Lauren Haynes is Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Her most recent projects at Crystal Bridges include The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art (co-curator) and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (institutional curator). Prior to joining Crystal Bridges in October 2016, Haynes spent nearly a decade at The Studio Museum in Harlem. As a specialist in African-American contemporary art, Haynes curated dozens of exhibitions at the Studio Museum and contemporary art institutions in New York. Haynes is a recipient of a 2016 Gold Rush Award from Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and a 2018 Center for Curatorial Leadership fellow. A friend to the state of Georgia and its contemporary art scene, Lauren Haynes recently was nominated as the first in a series of Visiting Curators with Flux Projects in Atlanta as well as just contributed critical writing for a publication featuring an Augusta based exhibition by artist Michi Meko.

    Please save the date! Entry days are Thursday, January 24 and Friday January 25, 2019. Please watch for further information regarding submitting your artworks for consideration.

    https://www.accgov.com/8450/44th-Juror-Announcement-Call-for-Artists