Monthly Meetings

Photo Critiques & My New Gear

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Photo Critiques & My New Gear

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


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


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


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, currently hosted on SmugMug.

(Download the presentation in Acrobat PDF format)

Capturing Soap Bubbles & Snowflakes

Tips and Tricks to Photographing and Videoing Frozen Soap Bubbles & Photographing Snowflakes

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


 Remember blowing soap bubbles when you were a little kid? Did you know they make beautiful frozen sculptures? Have you ever seen the detailed beauty of a snowflake? Come to February’s meeting and hear Judy Glenn share her tips and tricks on how to photograph snowflakes and frozen soap bubbles, and how to video bubbles as they start to freeze!
There is something to learn for all skill levels. She will discuss everything from photographing a snowflake with a cell phone to using a DSLR and focus stacking. Judy will also share a few bubble recipes.
She wants this meeting to be an interactive meeting where members share their suggestions. We can all learn from each other and Judy is just beginning to master this new genre of photography.
If you want a sneak peek on how to video frozen soap bubbles, you can check out Judy’s YouTube video here:
Judy has a Master’s degree in Physical Education and Health and taught for 19 years. Her time is now devoted to wildlife and nature photography with black bears and hummingbirds being her favorite subjects.
She developed the Hummingbird Trail for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and speaks there 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 also blogged for and created a few slideshows for them. The slideshows can be viewed here and here.
She hopes to get her website ready in a few months, but until then, you can find her through these social media links:
Instagram, Facebook, Google +, Flickr, Twitter, Pinterest, Blogger, and YouTube.

5th Annual Photo Contest

APG Photo Contest

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January meeting is Thursday the 18th from 7–8:30 pm in the Community Room of the Lyndon House. This will be our Fifth Annual Photo Contest with cash prizes. This contest is for APG members who have paid their 2018 dues. Please arrive by 6:15 if you plan on paying your 2018 dues at the meeting.


  • For members who have paid their 2018 dues. (See Membership Dues below. Download form here, fill out, and bring to meeting.)
  • One or two printed images allowed per paid member.
  • Images must be at least 5×7 prints with a maximum presented size of 22 inches on the long side. They can be framed, matted, gallery wrap, 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 must NOT have been juror accepted in ANY show, anywhere, published in a magazine, or sold more than two times at any combined number of shows/markets/galleries. If not sold more than two times images presented at a gallery or market for sale, or APG shows, or shown at an APG meeting are acceptable.
  • 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 2018 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.
At their discretion, judges may award an addition honorable mention.
WOW! :: $50
If you need prints made locally we recommend our sponsor Pixel and Ink Studio.
Give them a week to turn the print around.

Member’s BBQ & Pot Luck

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

This is our annual BBQ & Pot Luck dinner for paid members and their guests. This is one of the benefits of joining the group! This year we will also be adding a photo exchange.

  • If you have not already signed up then please R.S.V.P. to Judy Glenn ( as soon as possible, but no later than December 18th.
  • 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 2017 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 1024 pixels on the longest side is sufficient. Please, no more than 2048 on the longest side. sRGB color space is fine.
  • New last year – If you are not yet a 2017 paid member you may pay $10 at the meeting and join us. You still must R.S.V.P. to Judy Glenn by Dec. 18th. This only covers your admission to the pot luck dinner. Everybody will still have to pay $15 in January to cover their 2018 membership and participate in the APG Photo Contest with cash prizes.
  • In addition we’ll be adding a photo exchange. We will have two tables going. Participate in one or both:
    Exchange 1: Bring a photo – take a photo. Bring a photo up to 10×10. Take another participant’s photo.
    Exchange 2: Negotiate with another member for their photo. Or get a three- or four-way exchange going. Bring photos up to 10×10.

Photo Critique & Enhancements

This month we go back to the ever popular photo critiques and enhancements.

APG Meets November 16, 7:00–8:30 PM at The Lyndon House Arts Center

Dessert Social at 6:30 PM

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 you 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.

**IF we can find someone to work up the suggestions live then we’ll do that as well. If you are good at either Photoshop or Lightroom, and can work up suggestions live, please let us know.**

Street Photography & Ethics

This month we present David Noah discussing ethics and what to consider when doing street photography.

APG Meets October 19th, 7:00–8:30 PM
At The Lyndon House Arts Center

Does candid photography do any harm to the subject? What is a likeness? Do we own our image? Can street photography add more to the world than it takes away? This talk will open up those questions and perhaps generate a discussion about the issues.

David Noah is a photographer and writer living in Winterville, GA, who struggles with the ethical issues raised by street photography. He is retired from UGA, and has a background in the visual arts. He has been an art teacher and a professional printer. He currently has a one man show at the Mattie Fay gallery in Atlanta, and a piece in the latest Athica juried show in Athens.

All images ©2017 David Noah

Photography in the New Era of Film

Creating modern art while going old school.
This meeting is all about creating photographs while using film.

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

Jordana Dale will be sharing her thoughts about the use of film in this day and age, the resurgence of film in the industry, and why she feels more fulfilled in her art and work because of using film. There will be time for Q&A about her work or film in general. She will also show some slides and bring in both digital and darkroom made prints.Jordana has been creating art since childhood and studying it since 2003. She received a certificate of professional photography from the New York Institute of Photography in 2008 and a BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia in 2014 .

Driven by her passion for exploring the human condition, through themes of dissonance, inter-personal relationships and intimacy, Jordana Dale has crafted a unique voice through her photographs. She strongly believes that art is not accidental, but something created with intention and purpose with an audience in mind. While she enjoys creating unique and moving pieces of art, she is also comfortable and adept with fashion photography, formal portraits, weddings, engagements, and headshots with both adults and children.

All images ©2017 Jordana Dale

Meet Your Neighbours

Meet Your Neighbours–the Unseen World in Your Own Backyard

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APG Meets August 17th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

Chuck Murphy and Jena Johnson are Georgia’s representatives to the international “Meet Your Neighbours” (MYN) photography project. This initiative involves over 70 photographers on six continents taking photos of their local plants and wildlife in a specific, uncluttered style. These photos are then shared on the website for the enrichment and enjoyment of viewers around the world.

Jena and Chuck will discuss and demonstrate the joys and challenges of doing MYN-style photography required for participation in the project. They will share the details of the equipment they’ve purchased and built to create their photographs.

This APG presentation ties into the exhibit of Chuck and Jena’s Meet Your Neighbours photos at the Georgia State Botanical Garden’s visitor center, starting with the opening reception on Sunday, August 27th, 2-4 PM. The exhibit runs through October 8th.

Jena enjoys macrophotography and works as an entomologist at UGA. Chuck is an award-winning nature photographer. Their works have been displayed in many local art venues and have also been published in a variety of local and national print media.

All images ©2017 Chuck Murphy & Jena Johnson