Wade Sheldon

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. 

May News

New & Improved “APG Social”
6:30PM + 3 Photo Creative Challenge + Ask Me = SOCIAL TIME!

Beginning with last month’s meeting in April, 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 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 6:30PM. 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.

April’s 3 Photo Creative Challenge

“Up High or Different Perspective”Send photos from different view points from down low or from high above.

Open Category – Share one 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 “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 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.

Stay Up to Date with APG

Fine Art Portraits & Still Life

APG Meets May 16th, 7:00–8:30PM
The Lyndon House – 211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601


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


Learn how to use simple lighting techniques to create a dramatic portrait and continue the creative process in post-production.

At the May APG meeting, Joyce Dumas will discuss how she creates dramatic portraits and still life through lighting, styling, and post-production techniques. Joyce will demonstrate how to use one source of light, as well as the resultant shadows, to add drama to a portrait or still life. She will also take us through the post-production steps she uses to continue her artistic vision for the piece.

All images ©2019 Joyce Dumas

Joyce Dumas, who lives the North Georgia mountains, has a career background in both photography and writing and finds she is happiest when she can combine the two crafts. “I find myself thinking about how I’m going to write about a photography experience while I’m in the field shooting. When I sit at the computer, writing about the shoot leads me to thinking about how I can do things differently next time. It’s a symbiotic relationship that hopefully improves the techniques of both.” Joyce has shown her work in regional galleries as well as at juried fine art shows throughout the Southeast. She co-founded the Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers guild, chaired the BRMP National Photography Exhibit, and served on the board of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.

The photography of Joyce Dumas can be viewed at her online gallery, JoyceDumasPhotos.com and her blog about photography can be found at JoyceDumasPhotos.blogspot.com.

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