November News

Monthly Photo Challenge

APG will not have the challenge for this November meeting. The challenge will resume with the February 2020 meeting.

Instead, 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. The goal is for attendees to expand their knowledge so send either or both types.

Send your photos via email to athenspg@gmail.com no later than noon on the meeting day (Wednesday, November 21st)You can also bring your photos at the time of the meeting on a thumb drive but please come early to the social and find an officer with a name tag to have them added to the mix.

What we ask:

  • Limit your photos to 1 or 2 images. This is to help us get all photos shown. Any category is appropriate and welcome. 
  • Label your photo files with your name, title, and month in the file name. As an example: Martin Bozone_NC Waterfall_November.jpg. 
  • Include any pertinent informationquestions, successes, 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.

Ask Me

Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the SOCIAL TIME, 6:30 – 7:00pm. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Questions? Ask Me!hat.


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October News

Monthly Photo Challenge: Animals or Landscapes

Send your exotic or domestic photos of animals or landscapes to be displayed and discussed.

Send your photos via email to  athenspg@gmail.com. You can also bring your photos on a thumb drive but please come early and find an officer with a name tag to have them added to the mix.

Note that APG is switching the Monthly Photo Challenge back as it was before. We will have the speaker, then view everyone’s challenge photos.

What we ask:

  • Limit your photos to 3 images. This is to help us get all photos shown. Any category is appropriate and welcome. You are welcome to participate in the monthly challenge or  show the group something that inspired you. 
  • Label your photo files with your name, title, and month in the file name. As an example: Martin Bozone_NC Waterfall_October.jpg. 
  • Include any pertinent informationlocation, 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.

Ask Me
Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the SOCIAL TIME, 6:30 – 7:00pm. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Questions? Ask Me!hat.


Something New!

Got any unused cameras, tripods, or other photo gadgetry you’d like to turn into cash? Bring it to our meeting on Thursday and deposit it on APG’s new Buy/Sell/Swap/Free table! If you want to tag it before arriving at the meeting, go ahead and label your item(s) with your name and asking price, but we’ll also have tags on hand if you want to just tag your gear at the meeting.

Chuck Murphy is in “de-accumulate” mode, and promises to bring a number of free and bargain-priced items to get the ball rolling.

September News

Ask Me
Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the SOCIAL TIME, 6:30 – 7:00pm. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Questions? Ask Me!hat.

Your Help is NeededWhere we need your help: 

  • Membership: Collect the new member paperwork and payment. Record it in a spread sheet. Send a pre-written welcome letter. Get the money to the treasurer.
  • Advertising: Send our monthly meeting info to the flagpole magazine.
  • Projector: Run the computer during the meetings. Collect the photos for the challenge. Collect the speaker’s show. Requires you to get to the meeting early.

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August News

New & Improved “APG Social”
6:30pm + Three Photo Creative Challenge + Ask Me = SOCIAL TIME!
The Creative Challenge, the “Ask Me” help session and the Social have been combined into one activity. APG Social time will start at 6:30. It will be a stage for discussion of the photo settings, setup, composition, techniques, equipment and craftwork as well as “Ask Me” questions. APG wants to forge a comfortable environment for novices and veterans that is easy to show your photography, share your knowledge, ask questions and learn.

Here’s what we ask you to do…

  • Email your photos to athenspg@gmail.com early. We ask that you send your photos as early as possible and no later than 12 noon the day before APG meets. If you must bring photos on a thumb drive, we will work them in but try to come extra early. 
  • Limit your photos to one of the following: 3 Creative Challenge Photos or 2 Challenge pics plus 1 open category or 3 Open Category photos. This is to help us get all photos shown before the meeting.
  • Label your photo files with your name plus the challenge name. As an example: Martin Bozone_APG DramaticLight_01.jpg. Include information on location, settings, setup within the body of your email. We want to display this info with the photos on screen.
  • Email a JPG (the best file format) with a 10 (80%) quality setting, at a file dimension of no more than 1600 pixels on the longest side.
  • Try to be at the social at 6:30PM. You are welcome to join in at any time but we want to you get your money’s worth. Also, if bringing a thumb drive be there even earlier.

July News

New & Improved “APG Social”
6:30pm + Three Photo Creative Challenge + Ask Me = SOCIAL TIME!
The Creative Challenge, the “Ask Me” help session and the Social have been combined into one activity. APG Social time will start at 6:30. It will be a stage for discussion of the photo settings, setup, composition, techniques, equipment and craftwork as well as “Ask Me” questions. APG wants to forge a comfortable environment for novices and veterans that is easy to show your photography, share your knowledge, ask questions and learn.

Here’s what we ask you to do…

  • Email your photos to athenspg@gmail.com early. We ask that you send your photos as early as possible and no later than 12 noon the day before APG meets. If you must bring photos on a thumb drive, we will work them in but try to come extra early. 
  • Limit your photos to one of the following: 3 Creative Challenge Photos or 2 Challenge pics plus 1 open category or 3 Open Category photos. This is to help us get all photos shown before the meeting.
  • Label your photo files with your name plus the challenge name. As an example: Martin Bozone_APG DramaticLight_01.jpg. Include information on location, settings, setup within the body of your email. We want to display this info with the photos on screen.
  • Email a JPG (the best file format) with a 10 (80%) quality setting, at a file dimension of no more than 1600 pixels on the longest side.
  • Try to be at the social at 6:30PM. You are welcome to join in at any time but we want to you get your money’s worth. Also, if bringing a thumb drive be there even earlier.

Three Photo Creative Challenge for July

Disasters – Send photos that show the horrible and unexpected – a take on the theme from last month’s presentation by Chuck Murphy about how not to lose your pictures.

Open Category – Share up to three of your favorite images in any genre you would like to show.


Ask Me
Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the SOCIAL TIME, 6:30 – 7:00pm. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Questions? Ask Me!hat.


Your Help is Needed
The APG leadership team has been in place for a good five years. It’s time to rotate the crops. We all started with zero knowledge about our positions, but have everything well documented for you to hit the ground running. It would be good if two people could share each position. We’d like you to remain for no more than two years if possible.

We have filled the President (Martin Bozone), Treasurer (Chuck Murphy), Facebook (Alan Black), and newsletter (Michael Gonyea) positions. What we need if not filled in the meantime:

  • Membership: Collect the new member paperwork and payment. Record it in a spread sheet. Send a pre-written welcome letter. Get the money to the treasurer.
  • Advertising: Send our monthly meeting info to the flagpole magazine.
  • Projector: Run the computer during the meetings. Collect the photos for the challenge. Collect the speaker’s show. Requires you to get to the meeting early.