APG Announcements

June Meeting is ACTION! Tips & Tricks for Better Sports & Action Photography

Our speaker is Phillip Faulkner. Phillip teaches Action and Sports Photography at UGA’s Center for Continuing Education. He has a degree in Photography from Gwinnett Tech and currently freelances for UGA’s athletic department. You can see some of his outstanding sports photos at dawgprints.net/sports.

There are special challenges in making a great sports photo. Since these are often “once in a lifetime” opportunities, it’s important to do the best job possible of capturing that shot. Phillip will tell us some of the tips and tricks of the trade, including how to position yourself and set up the shot, capture the image, and then process it for maximum impact. Whether it’s your son catching that touchdown pass, your granddaughter scoring the winning goal, or your dog jumping into the air to fetch a ball, you’ll learn how to make a better photo of the event.


First is the 39th Juried Exhibition at the Lyndon House. Entries are due Jan 30th & 31st so not much time left to get your work properly prepared. The Lyndon House is a huge supporter of APG so I think it would be good if we supported them. Look up the juror’s museum and you’ll get a good idea of the kind of work he might choose.

More info here: http://athensclarkecounty.com/5766/Call-for-Artists-39th-Juried-Exhibition


The second one is the Eatonton Putman Arts Foundation. Entries are being accepted March 10-17.

More info here: http://theplazaartscenter.com/uploads/2014AmateurPhotographyRules.pdf


Third is OCAF: Southworks 18th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition

Deadline is Feb 28th and for this one the submissions are electronic.

April 12 – May 10, 2014

Deadline for entry: February 14, 2014


(706) 769-4565


APG’s First Annual Photography Contest Awards


January’s meeting was our first annual APG member photo contest. If you missed it then you missed a large body of stunning photography. I think everyone was blown away. After the members voted for their first, second, and runner up choices, the awards went to Jason Machen (First Place and Honorable Mention), Tim Rogan (Second Place), and Steve Binkley (Honorable Mention).

Of his first place image, Jason said, “‘The Red Muse’ illustrates that you do not have to have super expensive, huge megapixel cameras to make a photograph. This photograph was made with a Nikon D80 with available light. I am not very talented with Lightroom or Photoshop so this image is pretty much as shot with maybe a little burning in of the edges. I love using window light any time that I can. I call it God’s light and my flash just a cheap imitation.”

Of his Honorable Mention, Jason said, “‘Waiting’ illustrates that I am more of a “relational” photographer than a conceptual one. Most of the personal images I make are discovered; that is, I see something in the way the subject moves or looks and I go with that. I was setting up for a studio photograph and the model was just sitting pretty much as you see, smoking a cigarette. I saw how wonderful she looked. I changed my attention to photographing her there. Of course the lighting was challenging because it was just the overhead light and I did not want to blow out the highlights or lose the shadows. I did have to make changes to the camera and took the diffuser off the light, and moved some of the junk showing in the frame. Again this image has very little work in Lightroom.” Jason added, “I really was surprised and much honored to have my images picked. The images submitted by others were really superb and I did not see how mine stood a chance.”

Of the Second Place St. Simons Pier image, Tim said, “I’ve never planned for, bought gear for, and set out to do a shot like I did with this one. It is a 4-minute exposure (with the tide coming in), f/22, ISO 100 shot. No blur or smoothing was added in post. The gear I bought to be able to create this was a digital timer and a 10-stop B+W neutral density filter. That filter is so dark that I had to set up everything, lock down the focus, and then put the filter on, trusting that I hadn’t changed anything in the process. I first processed this as a B&W in NIK Silver Efex Pro and then didn’t like a couple of posts on the left edge of the frame. When I reprocessed it without the posts, I tried fading the B&W layer over the color layer. That is when I came up with these creamy colors.”

Of his honorable mention, Steve had his past wrapped up in it. “The Kodak 35 camera in this still life was manufactured in 1942 and belonged to my father. The Kodachrome slides are pictures he took of my mom in 1943 and 1944. The B&W prints of her and my dad were taken during the same period. The two “cowboys” in the other photo are my younger brother and myself. The still life was arranged on a desk that belonged to my father when he was a small boy. Needless to say, this photo has great significance to me and I’m pleased that others found pleasure in seeing it.”

Thank you to all who participated and showed up to the meeting. This was a huge success and we look forward to doing it again next year.

APG October Meeting

October meeting is Thursday the 17th from 7-8:30 pm in the Community Room of the Lyndon House. The guest speaker will be APG MEMBER JOE MYERESS.
Joe will be putting on a show and demonstration that will help you “Make Your Images Pop” through the use of Photoshop or Lightroom plugins and filters. Joe plans to show just how quick and easy it is to either enhance, or totally change, the look and feel of what you capture in the camera.

Joe has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. While serving in the US Navy as a photographer, Joe spent two years documenting special events at the White House during the Bush administration. Joe now leads the photography team at a national computer and electronics chain.
To check out Joe’s website, visit www.joemyeress.com

September APG Meeting


Meeting is the 18th from 7:00-8:30 at the Lyndon House. Wingate Downs will share ideas on what we can start doing now to make better candid photos. Rumor is he’ll have ideas for you no mater what kind of candid photos you make.

Creative challenge is B&W. Please see the sidebar for more information.

View full announcement here: APG September Newsletter


Lisa Wheeler to exhibit art at Sautee Nacoochee Community Center

Abandoned Rural America

An exhibit of photography, drawings, paintings, and the written word dedicated to the American small family farm.

Georgia artists and photographers; Peter Muzyka, Lisa Wheeler, Charles St John Dyer, Don Jolley, Blake Smith and Eugene Swain present works in egg tempera, oils, pen & ink, photographic prints, and 3D models.

==>THIS FRIDAY<== Opening Reception Friday, June 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm 

Video Presentation at 7:00 pm

Exhibit runs from June 14 – July 28, 2013 at the Sautee Nacoochee Community Center

Hours: Monday through Saturday-10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday-1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

For information and directions call: 706-878-3300

Visit www.abandonedruralamerica.com for information on upcoming exhibits


New areas of our website coming!

We are in the process of adding some new areas/features to our website!  Currently we are in the process of adding two new areas specifically: Member Profiles (for those members who would like to have their photography information/website link and examples of their work displayed on our site) and a “Field Trips” section.  The field trips area will be where we will share shots from our various group outings.

The first posting will include shots from our most recent field trip to Watson Mill State Park.  If you have a few shots you would like to share from that day please email them to our site administrator Michael Luthi.  Also, if you have recommendations of other things you would like to see added to our website please feel free to email those to Michael as well or post a topic for discussion in our Forums section!

Recap of April APG Meeting

Don Byram talked about a few up coming items.

  • First of all, we are planning a Photo Yard Sale at the Lyndon House.  No date has been set yet, but we are hoping for a summer weekend date.  Start dusting off that no-longer-used equipment!
  • Second, the Lyndon House’s video projector is dead.  They plan to buy a new projector in July when they receive their funding.  So, for the May and June meetings, we will be using our old projector.  We plan to hold off on buying our own until we see what they buy.

Don then talked about where APG is heading in the future.  Because of time and other commitments, Don is stepping down as the point person.  Going forward, instead of having one person trying to put together the monthly meeting and getting the APG name out into the local market, we will have 4 people dividing the work load.

  • Joe Myeress will be the new point person
  • Michael Luthi will maintain and develop the new APG website.   www.athensphotographyguild.com
  • Tim Rogan will be creating and sending out the newsletters as well as adding website content.
  • Chuck Murphy will be doing local marketing.  Getting us in the local papers and spreading the news about APG.

We plan to have more open discussions, more short training programs and more location shooting.

The BIG news of the night: our NEW website.   www.athensphotographyguild.com

Michael has spent a lot of time and effort building the new site.  And it shows!  The best part- the Members Forum area.  This is where APG members can discuss, post images, buy/sell, and keep in touch with other APG members.  The area is for APG members only.  This means you don’t have to worry about non-members making crazy posts, or rude comments when you post images.   This will be a safe area.  Michael will keep an eye on this closely.

We had a short training program on selling your images online.  Joe spoke about how he sells his work on Fine Art America.  www.fineartamerica.com


For our May APG Meeting:

Lisa Wheeler and Pete Muzyka discuss their “Abandoned Rural Georgia” program.

“SPRING” is the topic for the Creative Challenge.

Bring your questions or items of interest

More Opportunities to Exhibit Your Art!

Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers
2013 Juried Photography Exhibit
Entry Deadline: July 12, 2013
Exhibit Dates: Sept. 7 – Oct. 13, 2013
Info: www.blueridgearts.net
Phone: 706-632-2144

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Call for Artists

Call for Artists

Allied Arts Annual Juried Exhibition
Oconee Artist Exhibition XXX
Entry dates: Friday, April 19, 2013
Exhibition dates: May 5 – June 7, 2013
Phone: 478-452-3950

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
A Sense of Place 2013
Entry deadline: May, 2013
Exhibition dates: Sept. 13 – Oct. 18, 2013
Phone – 706-722-5495