fine art

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.

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, JoyceDumasPhotos.com and her blog about photography can be found at JoyceDumasPhotos.blogspot.com.

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

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

Photography in the New Era of Film

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

DESSERT SOCIAL AT 6:30 PM
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