Wade Sheldon

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. 

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.