November 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 half-hour, 6:30 – 7:00 PM. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Ask Me!” hat.

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • Lyndon House 44th Juried Exhibition
    The Lyndon House Arts Center and Lyndon House Arts Foundation, are pleased to announce Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, as the Guest Juror for the 44th Juried Exhibition.Lauren Haynes is Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Her most recent projects at Crystal Bridges include The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art (co-curator) and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (institutional curator). Prior to joining Crystal Bridges in October 2016, Haynes spent nearly a decade at The Studio Museum in Harlem. As a specialist in African-American contemporary art, Haynes curated dozens of exhibitions at the Studio Museum and contemporary art institutions in New York. Haynes is a recipient of a 2016 Gold Rush Award from Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and a 2018 Center for Curatorial Leadership fellow. A friend to the state of Georgia and its contemporary art scene, Lauren Haynes recently was nominated as the first in a series of Visiting Curators with Flux Projects in Atlanta as well as just contributed critical writing for a publication featuring an Augusta based exhibition by artist Michi Meko.

    Please save the date! Entry days are Thursday, January 24 and Friday January 25, 2019. Please watch for further information regarding submitting your artworks for consideration.

Building a Photography Website

Building a Photography Website to Show and Sell Your Photos

APG Meets February 15th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House


Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram are popular options for casual photo sharing, but they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to showcasing serious work. Image quality is compromised by heavy compression (and cropping in the case of Instagram), and the stripping of copyright metadata plus over-generous image use policies make image theft a serious concern. Dedicated photography social media platforms like Flickr and 500px are better suited for showcasing images and building a following, but they provide few options for customizing and organizing galleries and building your brand. And like other free options in the online world, policies and options can change with little notice or services can go away entirely leaving users hanging.

Building your own photography website provides many advantages over photo sharing on social media. You get complete control over style and gallery layouts, as well as the ability to add text and blog pages to your site to inform visitors and build your brand. You can also use your own custom web domain name, and many photography website platforms provide options for selling prints or digital use rights. But where to start? This month Wade Sheldon will describe some of the options for getting started building a photography website, providing an overview of classic options like SmugMug and Zenfolio, as well as specialized gallery hosting sites like 22Slides, Photoshelter, Adobe Portfolio and Format. He will also compare these options to general website building platforms with gallery support like WordPress, Wix and weebly. After the presentation there will be time for discussion for people to describe their own experiences and ask questions.

Wade Sheldon is a marine scientist at UGA specializing in scientific computing and environmental data management. He has over 18 years of professional experience building and managing websites and databases for major research programs, and also manages the APG website. He  operates a part-time photography business specializing in nature and event photography. His gallery-oriented website is, currently hosted on SmugMug.

(Download the presentation in Acrobat PDF format)

January News

Upcoming Contests and Notifications
  • 43nd Juried Exhibition at the Lyndon House. Drop off is Jan. 25, 1:00–8:00 pm and Jan. 28, 10 am–4 pm. More info here.