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APS is now on "Meetup"

Join our Meetup group to follow our scheduled competitions, programs, field trips and other club activities. The Atlanta Photographic Society's Meetup group is for both club members and guests.  Our Meetup group's name is "Atlanta Photographic Society."  

Please Join our Meetup

Member Happenings - Photography, Friends, and CoffeeMorning Cup by Brandon Ward

"Photography, Friends, and Coffee" will take place the first Saturday of each month at APS President Mike Shaefer's home located in Ansley Park in Midtown Atlanta, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. 

From 9:30 AM to 10 AM we will chat, sip coffee or tea, and enjoy donuts or a surprise treat courtesy of the host. Starting at 10 AM, the critique session will begin. Members and guests are encouraged to bring at least one, but no more than three prints for discussion. Generally the critique will end at ~10:45, but this is a casual gathering and the group will "go with the flow." The remaining time will focus on photography topics of interest to the group.

This is a very causal gathering so show up when you can. Members are encouraged to let Mike know if they have a topic for an 'APS quick share'. He will include their brief topic in the agenda, but if you want to share an idea or experience at the last minute that is fine too. Mike will have PS and Lightroom available if a member wants to share a tip with others or even a single individual. 

To attend, please email Mike (Mike5467@sbcglobal.net) ,or call his cell number 812-459-0577. He will provide the address to meet. You can also sign up on Meetup. Mike will contact you.

Equipment Corner

ColorMunki

The Atlanta Photographic Society's X-Rite ColorMunki device is available to Club members only for their personal use to calibrate monitors and printers/papers. The checkout period is ~1 month (bring back to the next club meeting in ~1 month).

A color managed work flow is essential to ensure that what you see on your monitor is accurate, and that what you print is what you see on your monitor. It's also necessary for accurate viewing of your images on other monitors.

For more information on the ColorMunki, tutorials, etc. please see the X-Rite web site. You can also consult with Don Stephens or other club members with experience using the ColorMunki.

Tips, Techniques and Learning Corner

Photography Fundamentals Videos

A wonderful series of 24 half-hour videos covering the fundamentals of photography is available for checkout to  club members only for their personal use for photographic learning/education.

The checkout period is for ~1 month ( bring back to the next club meeting in ~ 1 month).

Whether you are a beginning, intermediate, or advanced photographer you are sure to take away at least one new gem of insight that you can put to use to improve your photography from each of these outstanding lessons.

Ultimate Photo Guide Videos

This excellent series of 10 short (4-6 minutes each) videos from Outdoor Photographer and Digital Photo Magazines cover a great introduction to photography for beginners, and are a good, quick review of the basics.  You can view them all in about one hour.  It is available for checkout to club members only for their personal use for photographic learning/education.

The checkout period is for ~1 month (bring back to the next club meeting in ~ 1 month).

The Digital Photography Book

Scott Kelby's superb book is a very handy longtime favorite.  It's highly recommended by both your President, Jim Harrison, and our Competition Chair, Al McLeod.

It is also available for checkout to  club members only for their personal use for photographic learning/education.

The checkout period is for ~1 month ( bring back to the next club meeting in ~ 1 month).

Your inkjet paper purchases can now benefit the Atlanta Photographic Society! Just click on the Red River Paper link, order your favorite papers, and the club receives 5% of the purchase amount.

Red River Paper was founded in 1997 and has become a trusted supplier of exceptional photographic inkjet papers to customers around the world. The company offers products that often exceed major retail brand quality with a savings as much as 40%.

 

Wings Camera & Digital

Wings Camera & Digital has been serving Atlanta's photography needs for an amazing 103 years!

APS members will get Full Camera Cleaning for $24.95 (regularly $29.95). Use APS2015 for Discounts. Thanks Mike!

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by Janerio Morgan

Paper Presentation PDF

NOTE: Right-Click and download the PDF and view the PDF from your desktop instead of the browser, so you can click on the website links to view the many resources.

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More Awards - PSA Projected Image Division

APS members Brandon Ward and Darryl Neill each received an Honorable Mention for images entered in the Photographic Society of America's (PSA's) Projected Image Division (PID) competition.

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Special May Program: Problem Solving in Photography - Jim Zuckerman

Thursday, May 25, 2017

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

After the Event Report: 

It was a fantastic program by Jim Zuckerman! A great rendition of the "how to's" for an incredible variety of photographic situations. Jim's many tips will, I'm sure, be used by all. Take home: beautiful women are much preferred as photo subjects vs. poisonous snakes! 

Thanks to all our members and guests for a great turnout. Hope to see everyone again June 8th for the "Essence of Atlanta" theme competition.

Open House Special Event - (You need not be a member to attend.)

Renowned professional photographer Jim Zuckerman will talk about how he has dealt with numerous challenges while traveling and shooting. He will also weave in some interesting stories, like the stupidest thing any photographer has ever done!

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The Ideal Camera

At the February 2017 APS competition, we saw examples of how good cell-phone made photographs could be. However, shooting pictures with a phone is a very poor substitute for a satisfying photographic experience where the photographer controls the results.

There’s a lot to be said for photography as a thoughtful, deliberate pursuit.  To sum up my humble opinion, my ideal camera gives me complete creative control, while still being portable and handy.

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Image Manipulation: Part Two

Part Two describes a wide expanse of photographic manipulation, from basic and moderate adjustments, through extensive and extreme manipulations.  It concludes with thoughts on the roles of photographer and viewer, and a challenge for all photographers to define, and refine, their individual image-making philosophies.

Part One: Image Manipulation - A Battle Between Good and Evil?

Part One: A Literature Analogy describes a broad range of literature: history, historical fiction, fiction and fantasy, as a means to relate to our similarly wide modes of photographic expression.

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Image Manipulation - A Battle Between Good and Evil?

Photographers are wont to argue the merits and demerits of image manipulation.  This two-part article explores the benefits and limitations of photographic image processing and manipulation through an analogy with human communication by literature. 

Part One: A Literature Analogy describes a broad range of literature: history, historical fiction, fiction and fantasy, as a means to relate to our similarly wide modes of photographic expression. 

Part Two: How does all that literature relate to photography?, follows in the next installment.  This segment describes a wide expanse of photographic manipulation, from basic and moderate adjustments, through extensive and extreme manipulations.  It concludes with thoughts on the roles of photographer and viewer, and a challenge for all photographers to define, and refine, their individual image-making philosophies.

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Don’s Digital Advice

Long-time member and retired professional photographer Don Stephens shares a bit of history, discusses some basic choices available for recording and processing images, and provides several wise recommendations. According to Don, "Opinions are like belly buttons, everybody has one” (except, of course, for Adam and Eve who had none). I am a very opinionated person."

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More PSA Award Images

The 2017 Photographic Society of America - Projected Image Division competitions have begun.  During the first round two Atlanta Photographic Society (APS) members, Marc McElhaney and Brandon Ward, have received Honorable Mentions for their creative images.

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