Monthly Meetings

Member’s BBQ & Potluck

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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

Thinking like a Film Photography

This month we’ll explore how thinking like a film photographer can improve your digital images.

APG Meets June 21, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601

DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

Digital photography allows more people than ever to enjoy creating photos. Even if you never go near a roll of film, strategies used by film photographers, who are literally paying for every single shot, can save you a lot of precious time. And a basic understanding of film photography makes it far easier to understand basic editing of your digital images. Al will be discussing 1) ways that a film photography mind-set can improve anyone’s photography, and 2) the exciting new opportunities and possibilities offered by traditional and hybrid work flows.

Advanced photographers can capture images today that were physically impossible to shoot on film. But film is still alive and doing rather well. Traditional silver gelatin photography and alternative chemical processes are still attracting many young artists and advanced enthusiasts. Plenty of high schools still use the traditional darkroom to season their students’ chemistry and physics lessons. Hybrid photography is offering possibilities unimaginable to a college student studying photography in the pre-digital age. With a bathroom and a film scanner, a full traditional darkroom is unnecessary..

BONUS: If you’ve never witnessed the magic of seeing an image appear on a white sheet of paper, or if you’d just like to see the darkroom facilities available at Lyndon House Arts Center for open studio members, Al will be giving short darkroom demonstrations from 5:00 pm until the meeting. The Lyndon House dark room is upstairs. Go down the back left hallway and the photo room is on the right.

Al Williams 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. He especially enjoys teaching parent/child private lessons as it offers a unique experience for them to develop a shared interest… and the children always seem so well behaved.

All images ©2018 Al Williams

Photo Critiques & My New Gear

This Month is a Double Header:
Photo Critiques & My New Gear

APG Meets May 17th, 7:00–8:30 PM at The Lyndon House

DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

PHOTO CRITIQUES: Have an image you like but know it needs some enhancing? Or one you like but want to see how others feel about it? How about a scene that overwhelmed you, but the image isn’t quite cutting it? Now is your chance to see your image through the eyes of other photographers.

1) See how others view your images. What does it say to them? Is there more that can be done with it? You don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to. Just listen. We’ll be gentle. Promise.

2) Maybe you want to find a different direction to take your photo. Hear what other photographers would do if they were working on it. We’ll throw out all kinds of suggestions from our perspective and make those changes live.

MY NEW GEAR: Have you bought something unusual that you are finding useful in your photography adventures? Bring it and do a short demonstration. Time allowed will depend on the number of items that are brought in.

The Art of Seeing

The Art of Seeing

APG Meets April 19th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House
211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601

DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

Growing into photography pre-digital allowed me to learn how to shoot somewhat differently than people learning now. No LCD previews, manual focus lenses, the limitations of 12, 24, or 36 exposures, and the wait to either develop my film or send it to the local film processor meant photography was generally a slower, more methodical process. But the good news is it trained me to see the shot – the finished photo – before I even moved my finger to the shutter button.

When driving around, something will often catch my eye. Stopping to look, even before reaching for my ever-present camera, I’ll determine if there is or isn’t a photo to be made there. Is this a worthy shot? If so, which lens will make it work? Is it going to work best in color or B&W? I don’t own any of the major post processing software so what you see is what is coming out of the camera. This month I will share how you too can learn to visualize the shot first and shoot second.

Ben Slaboda studied Visual Arts and Photography in college. Since then it’s been a passion and sometimes an obsession. From the late ’70s through the ’80s, he ran a working studio and opened four camera stores. All of that has passed now, but the passion remains.

All images ©2018 Ben Slaboda

Building a Photography Website

Building a Photography Website to Show and Sell Your Photos

APG Meets February 15th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

DESSERT SOCIAL STARTS AT 6:30 PM

Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram are popular options for casual photo sharing, but they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to showcasing serious work. Image quality is compromised by heavy compression (and cropping in the case of Instagram), and the stripping of copyright metadata plus over-generous image use policies make image theft a serious concern. Dedicated photography social media platforms like Flickr and 500px are better suited for showcasing images and building a following, but they provide few options for customizing and organizing galleries and building your brand. And like other free options in the online world, policies and options can change with little notice or services can go away entirely leaving users hanging.

Building your own photography website provides many advantages over photo sharing on social media. You get complete control over style and gallery layouts, as well as the ability to add text and blog pages to your site to inform visitors and build your brand. You can also use your own custom web domain name, and many photography website platforms provide options for selling prints or digital use rights. But where to start? This month Wade Sheldon will describe some of the options for getting started building a photography website, providing an overview of classic options like SmugMug and Zenfolio, as well as specialized gallery hosting sites like 22Slides, Photoshelter, Adobe Portfolio and Format. He will also compare these options to general website building platforms with gallery support like WordPress, Wix and weebly. After the presentation there will be time for discussion for people to describe their own experiences and ask questions.

Wade Sheldon is a marine scientist at UGA specializing in scientific computing and environmental data management. He has over 18 years of professional experience building and managing websites and databases for major research programs, and also manages the APG website. He  operates a part-time photography business specializing in nature and event photography. His gallery-oriented website is www.sheldonphoto.net, currently hosted on SmugMug.

(Download the presentation in Acrobat PDF format)