still life

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

Painting with Light

Half art. Half photography. Light painting.
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This month get ready for something quite unique. APG’s Kenneth Story will talk about using a method known as light painting to get his amazing still life images. He will start with how he got into this method, and then go into the tools he uses and the setups he creates for both inside and outside objects. He’ll cover the challenges that he has learned to overcome such as how to steady the object when there is a breeze. Kenneth will finish off with a small scale demonstration of his technique.

Kenneth Storey was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1960. He loved drawing and photography from an early age. The year he graduated from high school, he was nominated for the Page One Award as one of the best young artists in Columbus. The art faculty of Columbus College voted him Outstanding Art Student for his work in drawing, printmaking, and photography.

Ken focused on mastering the art of lithography for his masters at the University of Georgia. His studies included field work as a printmaker and photographer in Cortona, Italy.

Ken continues to pursue photography on his travels with his wife Lisa throughout the U.S. and abroad. Landscapes are a constant subject of interest to him, 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 of his media. A Fellow of the National Speleological Association, Ken especially enjoys the special challenges of photography in the dark world of caves.

In the last few years, Ken has adopted the richness of dark backgrounds and controlled sources of light. By moving closer to his subjects, Ken presents a still moment, captured by light.

He calls this work light painting photography. His intent with light-painted photographs is to remove any distractions of background imagery and focus attention solely on the object(s) before the viewer. Attention is a scarce commodity in the modern world, but Ken hopes to reward the viewer who gives his work some time by sharing the beauty he has found in his subjects.

All photos ©2017 Kenneth Story