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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 athenspg@gmail.com. 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 SchoolSports.com. 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.

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

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.

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.**

Full House Reception & Critique

This month we have something special planned for you. Since many APG members have submitted work to the Full House show, and it is the opening reception for the show the same night as the meeting, and there will be food and drink there, we have decided to add participation in the reception to our meeting. We will gather for announcements, then go participate in the event, then come back to critique and talk about the photography in the show.

For those unfamiliar with critiquing, here’s a formal definition: a careful judgment in which you give your opinion about the good and bad parts of something (such as a piece of writing or a work of art)

In other words, describe what dazzled you? What took your breath away? What was it about them that attracted you to them? Was it the angle, the color, the subject placement? We will be keeping it positive. We will then finish with the monthly photo challenge.

The reception starts at 6:00 pm so feel free to arrive early and mingle with members of the other guilds. Remember that if you submitted to Full House then they ask that you bring a finger food for the reception.

More about Full House can be found here.

Image Critique and Q&A

In lieu of a speaker for August we are going to pool together our wisdom, our opinions, and yes, maybe our ignorance.

Do you have an image that seems slightly off, but can’t quit put your finger on it? Let us look at it. Someone in the group is sure to have some ideas on how to improve it. You can show your image anonymously or talk about what bothers you about it. We’ll follow strict rules about making suggestions that are helpful and encouraging. We are going to try and do suggested edits live so bring images that are 2400 pixels or longer on the long side.

Do you have questions about photography gear, techniques, or methods? Bring those, too. Our group has a wealth of experience from vastly different backgrounds. Surely someone will have an answer or be able to point you in the right direction.

The last time we did this it was a large success so come on out and join in the discussions.

Please have a folder for your critique image and a separate folder for challenge images.