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Focus Stacking

*UPDATE: The March and April APG Meetings have been cancelled*

Athens Photography Guild Meeting
March 19th, 7:00-8:30 pm
APG Social 6:30 pm 

Focus Stacking – How it can improve your photos

Have you ever struggled with getting your landscape photos absolutely tack sharp from front to back, even at f22 or higher?  Or maybe you want to be able to get a large flower bloom (or several blooms) in sharp focus while still retaining the beautiful soft bokeh that your lens is only capable of at its widest apertures.  Focus stacking is the technique used by many of the top professional photographers to achieve those goals.

Come join us as Horace Hamilton, former president of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA), shares details on how to get those results and shares examples of what can be achieved through focus stacking.

Horace Hamilton 
Past President of Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA)
Past GNPA Board member
Chairman of GNPA Field Trips
Past Chapter Coordinator GNPA Gwinnett

Horace is an award winning photographer with over 40 years experience with an emphasis on nature photography. He is the founding coordinator of the Gwinnett Chapter, currently the largest in GNPA. He has been a jurist for several photo exhibits and competitions including the Booth Photography Guild, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts, Gwinnett Master Gardeners, Georgia Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Cherokee Camera Club, Sweetwater Camera Club and numerous GNPA events. Horace has also conducted several training classes for GNPA as well as presentations to camera clubs across the state of Georgia.

Aside from working to improve his own photography, Horace’s primary focus is to assist other photographers in their efforts to improve their skills.

B&W Photography

B&W Photography — Learn to see and think in monochrome to create stunning B&W images

APG Meets March 21st, 7:00–8:30 PM
The Lyndon House – 211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601


We know the classic images of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and the modern classics of John Sexton and Vincent Versace. Their black and white images are still striking because of their use of light and composition. Early photographers did not have the option of color, digital processing, and the other capabilities we use for image making. How can we build on classic ideas for B&W images using today’s tools?

What is the difference between a black and white image vs. a color image? What gear do you need? How do you learn to “see” in monochrome tones? What camera settings help to optimize your images? What post processing tips can enhance monochrome images? There is a lot more to B&W than reducing saturation or removing the color.  

At the March APG meeting, Eric Bowles takes us through all these things and more to help you make great black and white photographs with today’s digital equipment. While the presentation will be directed toward nature photography, the principles Eric presents will be applicable to any genre of photography.

All images ©2019 Eric Bowles

Eric Bowles is an Atlanta-based nature photographer predominantly working in the Southeast. He is a photo educator providing photo tours, workshops, and training both independently and through Nikonians Academy. Eric’s work has been exhibited in galleries, purchased by corporate and individual collectors, and published in books and magazines. He provides individual instruction for photographers of all skill levels.  

Eric’s specialties include landscape, wildlife, macro, and close-up photography, as well as infrared image making using modified cameras. He is the director of Nikonians Academy. Eric is a Board member and past committee chair for North American Nature Photography Association and a Board member and Vice President of Georgia Nature Photography Association. He is a frequent visitor and speaker for photography groups throughout Georgia and the Carolinas and co-host of the NANPA Webinar series. For more information about Eric, visit his website at  

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.

Off Camera Flash

• • • Third in the Member Requested Series • • •

June2016_speakersIt’s Canon vs Nikon night as APG members Wade Sheldon and Tim Rogan cover how to configure and use the respective off camera flash systems. Covering Canon is Wade and covering the Nikon CLS system is Tim. Come watch the gray hairs demonstrate how you can control your flashes completely from your camera. But that’s not all. If you haven’t invested in either of these systems there will still be a segment for you as they demonstrate a couple of inexpensive triggers that work on any system. Lastly, they’ll show a variety of modifiers that can be used to shape the output of the these flashes.

Wade is a marine scientist at the University of Georgia, specializing in scientific computing and environmental informatics. He bought his first camera after graduating from college, a Canon T-70 film body, and has been hooked on photography ever since. He currently pursues a wide range of photo subjects semi-professionally, including promotional and event photography for Cedar Theatre, Bear Hollow Zoo and various non-profit groups and scientific societies, as well as landscape and general nature photography. Wade’s photos have appeared in a variety of technical publications and regional magazines, including the UGA Research Reporter. You can view some of Wade’s recent work on his website at

Tim is a graphic artist, a photographer, and a techno weenie who reads the manuals. His day job is design and corporate photography (people, places, and products), but at night its all live bands. His first roll of film was shot using the family box camera. In the military he bought a Yashica 35mm and started learning photography. When it died he went on to a Nikon F2 and the Nikon GAS has never stopped.

All photos ©2016 Wade Sheldon or Tim Rogan

All photos ©2016 Wade Sheldon or Tim Rogan


Wade’s Presentation: Canon Off-Camera Flash
Tim’s Presentation: Nikon Off Camera Flash

Smartphonography including live demonstrations

Come learn how to get the most out of processing images on your smart phone.

Wendy JacksonWendy Jackson recently relocated to Watkinvsille from Charleston, SC. She was a hobby photographer growing up in Connecticut. Once in South Carolina however, children and work only allowed time to take photos for her real estate job. When she moved to Georgia her intention was to continue to focus on real estate photography, but the animals and the beautiful area she lives in captured her creative heart.

Wendy will mostly be covering the vast array of apps she uses to edit and manipulate her iPhone photos, including Photoshop Express and Lightroom mobile. More of Wendy’s work can be seen here.


Wendy Jackson PhotosPhotos ©2015 Wendy Jackson

Wendy Garfinkel-GoldWendy Garfinkel-Gold studied photography and graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, and the University of the Arts. She worked as a graphic designer in the advertising world for 23 years and, in 2014, started developing her own photography business.

Wendy will be discussing and showing examples of her iPhone 6 work with her favorite apps, Hipstamatic and Oggi (Hipstamatic’s social app). She’ll also do an overview of her favorite apps for editing, as well as work up at least one photo live. You can view samples of her iPhoneography here.

Wendy Garfinkel-Gold PhotosPhotos ©2015 Wendy Garfinkel-Gold

Bonus: Shopping list for some apps that will be covered.
Snapseed ||| Enlight ||| Stackables ||| Distressed FX ||| Mextures
VSCO Cam ||| Diana ||| Vintage Scene ||| Photoshop Express
Lightroom Mobile ||| Typic ||| iWatermark ||| Hipstamatic
Pic Stitch ||| TimerCam ||| iLoader ||| You Doodle Plus

Focus Stacking (High- & Low-Tech Methods)

Part 1: Focus stacking: high- & low-tech methods of acquiring a stack of images by Jena Johnson

Jena Johnson The first time I witnessed the magnified beauty of insects through the lens of a microscope I knew I would spend my life involved in learning more about this beautiful and fascinating group of animals. I earned my Masters degree in entomology at Clemson University then went on to work as an entomology laboratory technician first at the University of Wisconsin and now at the University of Georgia.

For many years I photographed insects with a 35mm film camera but when digital cameras became more affordable a few years ago my passion for insect photography was reignited. I photograph insects for the pure joy it brings me.

More of Jena’s work can be seen on her web site:



Part 2: Description and demonstration of post-processing techniques for increasing depth of field in macro and close-up images (as well as telephoto landscapes) using both general purpose and specialized software packages by Wade Sheldon

Wade SheldonWade is a Marine Scientist at the University of Georgia, specializing in scientific computing and environmental informatics. Wade picked up his first Canon SLR right after college, and immediately put it to work documenting his work and family life. Wade’s science and environmental images have been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and government reports (including the UGA Research Reporter and ACC Leisure Services Magazine), and accepted into several Lyndon House juried exhibits.

More of Wade’s work can be seen on his website: Wade’s presentation can be downloaded here.


Part 3: Brief overview of low tech ways (including 1 free way) of getting macro shots without focus stacking by Chuck Murphy and Tim Rogan.