Monthly Meetings

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.

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.  

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

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.

The Art of Long Exposure

The landscape changes when the shutter is left open for a longer duration. Long Exposure photography transforms static still images into dramatic, dynamic and ethereal Long Exposure photographs. Long Exposure has been a primary element in my photography for many years now, and is my favorite way to communicate my vision for a place in time to the audience.

My “Art of Long Exposure Photography” presentation focuses on the techniques, compositional tools, the movement of natural elements and camera tools that are unique to Long Exposure Photography. The presentation will review the basic camera gear needed and will cover the wide variety of conditions where Long Exposure photography can have dramatic impact on the final photograph.

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 jump started 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. More information and examples of Travis’ work are available on his website: www.travisrhoadsphoto.com

All Images ©2018 Travis Rhoads

APG Short Talks

APG Member Short Talks

APG Meets October 18th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

293 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601

DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

This month we will conclude our series of “APG Talks” with a potpourri of short talks and equipment demos by APG members Judy Glenn, Al Williams and Wade Sheldon. These will be interactive presentations, so be sure to bring your questions!


Judy Glenn will be sharing her tips and tricks for time-lapse photography and photographing caterpillars changing into their chrysalis and from chrysalis to butterfly.

Judy has a Master’s degree in Physical Education and Health and taught for 19 years. Now, all her time is now devoted to wildlife and nature photography. Her favorite two things to photograph are black bears and hummingbirds. She developed the Hummingbird Trail for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and speaks at the Garden and for gardening organizations about hummingbirds and the trail. She will be teaching a class this summer and offering hummingbird trail walks for the Garden. Check their website in the next few months for dates.

Judy’s website: https://www.judyroyalglennphotography.com


Al Williams will be sharing his insights on exploring the three manual controls of exposure in photography.

Al is an Athens area fine art photographer who is currently focused primarily on purely traditional pinhole, medium and large format fine art black and white photography. He also works in digital and hybrid photography. Rural landscapes, portraits and macro photography are his usual subjects, but he is of the mind that all photographs should really be about light at the most fundamental level. Mr. Williams discovered his passion for photography studying photographic design in the pinhole photography program at the University Of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art in the late 1980’s. He has worked as a commercial portrait photographer and spent a year and a half at Showcase Photographics in Atlanta as the custom color lab technician. He began teaching darkroom photography in 1994 at the original Monroe Art Guild and has continued to share his passion for darkroom photography over the years


Wade Sheldon will be demonstrating GODOX affordable wireless flash and strobe options for on-location lighting. If time is available he will also demonstrate his equipment and technique for affordable gallery print framing at home.

Wade is a marine scientist at the University of Georgia, specializing in scientific computing and environmental data management. He bought his first camera after graduating from college, a Canon T-70 film body, and has been hooked on photography ever since. He currently pursues a wide range of photo subjects semi-professionally, including promotional and event photography for UGA, Cedar Theatre, Bear Hollow Zoo, Athens for Everyone, and various non-profit groups and scientific societies, as well as landscape and general nature photography. Wade’s photos have appeared in multiple Lyndon House juried shows and special exhibits, as well as technical publications and regional magazines including the UGA Research Reporter.

Wade’s website: www.sheldonphoto.net

Mirrorless vs DSLR

Mirrorless vs DSLR – Navigating the Hype

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

293 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601

DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

If you have picked up a photography magazine or visited an online photography forum in the past few years, you have no doubt noticed the huge amount of excitement surrounding the latest generation of “mirrorless” cameras. Although mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILC) have been around for over 10 years now, jump-started in 2008 when Olympus and Panasonic teamed up to develop the Micro Four Thirds system, the large and growing popularity of Fuji’s retro-styled APS-C and Sony’s full frame mirrorless options with both pros and “prosumers” has led to breathless press coverage and prediction of the future demise of the DSLR. Now that Nikon and Canon have joined the fray and announced new full frame mirrorless options you can expect this trend to accelerate.

While the rapid evolution of these photographic tools is certainly exciting, and brings many new photographic opportunities (for example, see Alberto Patiño Douce’s APG talk on “Vintage Lenses on Mirrorless Cameras” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te2mWC7vpXw), sorting through the hype is a real challenge. This month APG member Wade Sheldon will provide an overview of the current mirrorless landscape, and share his real-world experience using multiple mirrorless systems alongside his DSLR for the past five years – the good, the bad, and even the ugly. He will also have his current mirrorless camera (Fuji X-T2) on hand for anyone who would like to see a top-rated electronic viewfinder in action.

Wade is a marine scientist at the University of Georgia, specializing in scientific computing and environmental data management. He bought his first camera after graduating from college, a Canon T-70 film body, and has been hooked on photography ever since. He currently pursues a wide range of photo subjects semi-professionally, including promotional and event photography for UGA, Cedar Theatre, Bear Hollow Zoo, Athens for Everyone, and various non-profit groups and scientific societies, as well as landscape and general nature photography. Wade’s photos have appeared in multiple Lyndon House juried shows and special exhibits, as well as technical publications and regional magazines including the UGA Research Reporter. You can view some of Wade’s recent work on his website at www.sheldonphoto.net.

Download Presentation (Acrobat PDF)

Easy Portrait Tips

Easy Portrait Tips

APG Meets August 16th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601
DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

A presentation discussing ways to improve your portraits, focusing on composition do’s and don’t’s, natural light, light direction, and simple modifiers.

Karen Cannon is a photography enthusiast taking a hobby way too far.  She got her first DSLR in late 2014, completed the Professional Photography Certificate continuing education program at the University of North Georgia in 2016, and is currently working on an Associates Degree in Photography at Gwinnett Technical College.  Her goal is to figure out how to defy the laws of physics and fit a full service portrait studio into a small house with low ceilings.

Images ©2018 Karen Cannon

Composition – What Does it Mean to You?

Presentation & Discussion
by Martin Bozone

APG Meets July 19th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601

DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

APG this month will not be just a presentation of slides, bullets, and photos. Learning other people’s photography philosophy and methods is very helpful, but getting your hands dirty can be a lesson that sticks. This time we will combine a presentation with a round-table discussion about composition.

Martin Bozone will be the presenter/facilitator for the presentation/discussion. The purpose of having a discussion and critique is to bring to light what Martin believes is the key to composition. And the key is You.

He is asking members and visitors alike to bring one or two photo print outs of your own or someone else’s you like (pro, friend, magazine, etc.) for compositional discussion and a critique. (Otherwise, we will get out really early.) Please join us for a great night of learning.

Topics for discussion

  • Composition: One person’s definition. What’s yours?
  • Composition: Rule of Thirds
  • Composition: Other composition theories to utilize. Yes, there are several others besides the rule of thirds.
  • Tools to use in composition
  • Critique

For submitting photos, email them to APG or email Martin at mbozone@gmail.com.

Martin is a graphic artist by trade. Having been in the graphics field for 33 years, Martin has gained extensive Photoshop and Lightroom skills. He is presently the art director for a corporation in Newnan, GA. Sixteen design awards are among the highlights of his career. Martin has been taking photos since he was a wee lad but his photography has been just a tool utilized in his day job. Recently, he decided to get serious about his own personal photography and became a member of Georgia Nature Photography Association, Athens Photography Guild, and other groups and clubs. Martin has had the privilege of placing in seven GNPA competitions and the annual APG Photo Competition. He has been published in Birds and Blooms and three regional bird calendars, and has been accepted into four state art shows.

Images ©2018 Martin Bozone