Monthly Meetings

APG Photo Contest

The January meeting is Thursday the 16th from 7–8:30 PM in the Community Room of the Lyndon House. This will be our 7th Annual Photo Contest with cash prizes. This contest is for APG members who have paid their 2020 dues. Please arrive by 6:30 if you plan on paying your 2020 dues ($20) at the meeting. 


  • The contest is open to all APG members who have paid their 2020 dues
    (you can Download the form here, fill it out, and bring it to meeting with $20 cash or check – please arrive by 6:30 if paying at the meeting.)
  • Up to a maximum of two printed images allowed per paid member.
  • The contest will have prizes awarded in 3 categories: NATURE, PEOPLE (portraits, street), and OTHER (abstract, urban, etc).
  • Images must be at least 5×7 prints with a maximum presented/framed 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 show, published in a magazine, won awards in an APG or other photography group contest, or sold more than two times are not eligible to 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.
  • Jurors will be APG 2020 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.

The following Cash Prizes to be awarded in each of 3 categories:


Judges discretion may award a non-cash award Honorable Mention.
If you need prints made locally we recommend our sponsor Robert at Lowery Gallery and Print Services ( Give them a week to turn the print around.  

BBQ Potluck Social

Who: Member plus one guest 
When: December 19, 2019   6:30-8:30 pm
Where: The Lyndon House Community Room
Main Dish: Bar-B-Que (APG supplied)
Side Dishes: Bring one but submit form below

If you are coming, please let us know and what you are bringing by submitting the “APG Holiday Social Sign-Up Form” below  

Join us at the APG Holiday BBQ Potluck Social for our last meeting of 2019! This members’ event will take place in the Lyndon House’s Community Room (where we regularly meet). Current members are welcome to bring one person in addition to themselves.

APG will supply the BBQ meat and sauces. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or drink to share. To help us better plan for seating (and anticipate your yummy dishes), please add your name, guest’s name and side dish on the sign-up form below. 

Please RSVP and note the side dish you will bring by filling out and submitting the “Holiday Social Signup Form”. To view and fill out that form, click the link below and it will take you to the form.

Using Manual Mode

Using Manual Mode A Group Discussion

November 21st, 7:00-8:30 pm
APG Social 6:30 pm 
The Lyndon House – 211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601

Manual mode on a camera allows photographers to determine the exposure of an image by letting them select an ISO value, an aperture value, and a shutter speed value. By selecting these values, you have ultimate control over the look of the photo, but you must have an understanding of how ISO, shutter speed, and aperture affect your photograph.

This is the goal of this month’s APG meeting – to give a basic understanding of exposure and how you can change the look of photos with manual mode settings. We will have a presentation and group discussion on manual mode that will be for the novice as well as seasoned photographers.

The APG president, Martin Bozone, will give the presentation and facilitate the group discussion on the following topics:

  • Reasons to shoot manual mode• Understanding the exposure triangle
  • What you can achieve with certain ISO, aperture, and shutter speed values
  • Baseline settings for shooting different situations and techniques
  • Issues, questions or achievements with photos sent in by members
  • If you want to find new and exciting ways to improve your photograph, you don’t want to miss this APG meeting

Please send photos for discussion about using manual mode – either photos where you successfully used manual mode, or photos you have questions about how manual mode may have improved them.

Photographing Africa

Photographing South Africa with Jen Ludlum

Jen will share some of her experiences of photographing South Africa including how and where to travel, the differences of traveling on your own versus group-led safaris, give an idea of budget needed, photos ideas, and leave time for Q&A. She promises to inspire you to move a trip to Africa off of your bucket list and make it happen.

(c)2019 Jen Ludlum

Speaker BioJen Ludlum

Jen Ludlum’s interest in photography heightened when she joined her first camera club while living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2008-09. Since then, Jen has traveled back five times to the country she fell in love with. She has another trip planned for early 2020. Jen has had her photos featured in Africa’s Getaway Magazine, the cover of South Africa’s Department of Tourism Annual Report, and was a weekly finalist in Africa Geographic’s Photographer of the Year competition. Jen is the co-founder and current president of Missionvale USA, a non-profit organization supporting those less fortunate in South Africa.  She is also active in the Art Festival scene in Georgia selling her photography throughout the year. Check out her work at

APG Photography Critique

Have you ever wondered how you could do something different to make a photo better or wanted another opinion on a photograph? Now is your chance!

The Athens Photography Guild is pleased to have Mark Johnson from the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication spend the evening with us providing feedback and a constructive critique of images submitted for this event. Of course, members will also give their thoughts and insights.

The goal is for you to leave with two or three insights provided by Mark and APG members. Things such as new ways to envision the shot, new techniques, or something as simple as settings on your camera.

If sending photos, see the “How to Send Your Photos for the Critique” section below. Please note that if you prefer to remain anonymous I will not include your name on the PowerPoint.

How to Send Your Photos for the Critique
Email your photos to We ask that you send your photos three days before the meeting and no later than 12 noon the day before APG meeting (Sept 18th) If you prefer to be anonymous, indicate that prominently in the body of the email. 

What we ask:

  • Limit your photos to two images. This is to help us get all photos shown before the meeting. Any category is appropriate and welcome. 
  • Label your photo files with your name, title, plus “critique” in the file name. As an example: Martin Bozone_NC Waterfall_APG Critique_01.jpg. 
  • Include any pertinent information: location, settings, setup etc. Please include this information within the body of your email.
  • Send JPG files with a quality setting of 10, and a file dimension of no more than 1600 pixels on the longest side.

Speaker Bio
Mark Johnson 
Senior Lecturer, Journalism
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Georgia

Mark teaches photojournalism, multimedia journalism, video journalism and graphic design courses in addition to serving as the Chief Technology Officer for the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a frequent speaker for the Georgia Press Association, National Press Photographers Association, and is on the visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute. He has also served as the Education Chair and an Interim Executive Director of the National Press Photographers Association.

Mr. Johnson has been a visual storyteller since the late 1980s, working as a stringer for the Associated Press and Agence-France Presse. He has spent time as a staff photographer at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and MetroWest Daily News, as an assistant chief photographer for Community Newspapers Company, photo editor of the Utica Observer-Dispatch, and director of photography for SchoolSports Magazine and He holds two degrees: a B.S in Photojournalism and a M.S. in Photography from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.

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.

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. 

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, and her blog about photography can be found at

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