Monthly Meeting – October 14, 2021

Photo Credit: Chuck Rogers

Our October Monthly Meeting will be **IN PERSON** on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 6:45 pm at Atlanta Tech Park.

We are meeting in Peachtree Corners at Atlanta Tech Park at 107 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

We are planning to live-stream our events and continue to record them and upload to our YouTube Channel. We hope you will join us in-person for our meeting or online if you are more comfortable in a virtual space.

The monthly club meeting is a free event for anyone who shares a passion in photography, from the total beginner with your phone to a professional with multiple gear sets. Please join us and invite anyone who may be interested in exploring and learning about photography!

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of Finding A Photo Opportunity Where There Isn’t Any“. This month’s entries will be a show and tell to help you improve your skills. See the October Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than October 9, 2021.

We hope you’ll join us. Details on how to join the in person meeting will be provided in an email to registered members.

The October speaker will be Chuck Rogers and the topic will be “My Life in Photography”.

Chuck Rogers
Chuck Rogers

The Peachtree Corners Photography Club is excited to announce that our guest speaker for the October meeting will be Chuck Rogers. Chuck has received international acclaim for his iconic photos of the early days of the US space program and for countless other stunning images. During just 1 of his 12 years at NASA, he photographed 100 launches or attempted launches. In addition, the US government bestowed a special honor on Chuck for his work with NASA: a derivation of his Explorer 1 photo was used in the design of a US postage stamp. In 1963, Chuck photographed President Kennedy with the Saturn rocket at Cape Canaveral. For National Geographic, he photographed the first launch of a missile from a submarine. 

At the 1978 Peachtree Road Race, Chuck positioned himself strategically just past the finish line in Piedmont Park. Among all of his photos, “Rain After the Race” is his most famous. It was licensed to Nike for two runs of 25,000 posters each. Eventually, Chuck’s photo appeared on Nike billboards around the world. Chuck is an outstanding speaker and has a wealth of amusing stories about his life in photography. Chuck and his wife Vee live here in metro Atlanta.   

Check out some of Chuck’s incredible photos below:

Hope you will join us for the October meeting on Oct 14th!

Monthly Meeting – September 9, 2021

Our September Monthly Meeting will be **IN PERSON** on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 6:45 pm at Atlanta Tech Park.

We are meeting in Peachtree Corners at Atlanta Tech Park at 107 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092.

We are planning to live-stream our events and continue to record them and upload to our YouTube Channel. We hope you will join us in-person for our meeting or online if you are more comfortable in a virtual space.

The monthly club meeting is a free event for anyone who shares the passion in photography, from the total beginner with your phone to professional with a multiple gear sets. Please join us and invite anyone who may be interested in exploring and learning about photography!

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of “Smartphone Photography”. This month’s entries will be a show and tell to help you to improve your skills. See the September Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than September 4, 2021.

We hope you’ll join us. Details on how to join the in person meeting will be provided in an email to registered members.

The September speaker will be Tom Simpson and the topic will be “Finding Photo Ops Where There Aren’t Any, or What if there’s no ‘There’ there?”.

About Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson

Tom has served on the Board of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) in various roles and is a Past President of GNPA.  He has also been Chapter Coordinator for the Roswell, Smyrna, Decatur, and Alpharetta GNPA Chapters.  Tom is a biologist and, following service in the Army Chemical Corps, his career included faculty positions at Middle Tennessee State University, Wake Forest University, and Agnes Scott College. He then spent 35 years in environmental consulting. 

Tom’s photographic interests cover a wide range but are centered primarily around nature, including landscapes, wildlife, and macro photography, with a particular focus on birds in flight and nature video. He has photos published in the book entitled The Natural Communities of Georgia and the Journal of the National Wildlife Federation. In addition, Tom has a collection of prints on permanent display at a local Uptown Café gallery.

We have all found ourselves planning a shoot when things did not go as planned. Maybe the weather turned bad, you got a late start and missed the best light, things at the site have changed since the last time you were there, or the place was filled with other people, ruining your perfect shot. What now?   

Tom will discuss some of the options you can consider to deal with a potentially ruined photo op. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of shooting the scene anyway and using your skills in post processing to make the shot “work.”  But there are many situations where your creativity and ability to “see” can flip the less-than-good opportunity to a successful one.  Have you gone out on a shoot with fellow photographers and then when you compare your results say, “How did they capture a shot that I didn’t see at the same location”?

A key to making a photo op successful in most situations is not your gear but rather using your ability to “see” that opportunity.  Tom will demonstrate some ways of improving your ability to see and create perhaps an even better opportunity than you had planned.  He will also show a few ways you can shift your approach by using a couple of video techniques to turn a fair photo op into a better one. 

In this presentation, Tom will discuss with examples the following:

  • How to train your eyes to “see” photo opportunities that can improve what might at first seem like a bad photo op.
  • Some techniques for using Photoshop to transform a poor opportunity into a great one.
  • A method for shooting to help you “see” those special opportunities you might otherwise have passed over, or “The Mindful” Eye.”
  • A couple of video techniques that may allow you to turn a bad opportunity into a good one. 

Hope you will join us for the September meeting on Sept 9th!

Monthly Meeting – August 12, 2021

Our August Monthly Meeting will be **IN PERSON** on Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 6:45 pm at Atlanta Tech Park.

After 14 long months, we are having an in-person meeting for the August club meeting. We are meeting in Peachtree Corners IN A NEW LOCATION at Atlanta Tech Park at 107 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. We look forward to seeing old friends and new members! We gained 51 new members since we went virtual so it will be a pleasure to see everyone in person!

We are planning to live-stream our events and continue to record them and upload to our YouTube Channel. We hope you will join us in-person for our August meeting or online if you are more comfortable in a virtual space.

The monthly club meeting is a free event for anyone who shares the passion in photography, from the total beginner with your phone to professional with a multiple gear sets. Please join us and invite anyone who may be interested in exploring and learning about photography!

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of “Black and White Photography”. This month’s entries will be a show and tell to help you to improve your skills. See the August Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than August 7, 2021.

We hope you’ll join us. Details on how to join the in person meeting will be provided in an email to registered members.

The August speaker will be Amanda Gardner and the topic will be “Smartphone Photography”.

About Amanda Gardner

Amanda is a highly energetic wedding and corporate photographer, born and raised in Atlanta. She has watched Atlanta grow from a small southern city to the flourishing art-savvy place it has become and is enjoying the people and culture moving along with it.

Having a strong passion for photojournalism, living in the south has provided the perfect backdrop to be a visual storyteller. The people and their stories drive Amanda to be a better photographer, she believes knowing an individual’s story, their past or sharing a laugh with them for 5 minutes is only going to improve the image.

In 2010 she received a degree in commercial photography and began working as a teaching assistant at Gwinnett Technical College in the photography department. She began teaching photography at Showcase in 2012, and transitioned to Atlanta School of Photography in 2018. In addition to teaching she has also had the opportunity to spearhead the photography program with a colleague, for the City of Milton. She has had the privilege of working alongside several heavy hitters in the Atlanta photo community and credits them for her technical abilities and knowledge. Amanda has received a PPA International Silver award and Best Image award in China, and also had the opportunity to work at the PPA International Print Competition for several years. She is in her 15th year as a wedding/event photographer and loves to share stories from her own personal experience. She thrives on sharing her craft, knowledge and learning with others while inspiring them to HAVE FUN! Her motto is to do what you enjoy and enjoy what you do!

Alongside photography you can usually catch Amanda with her family at a local disc golf course, camping or busting a move on the dance floor at a bluegrass festival.

In this presentation, Amanda will discuss the following

The most important camera is the one you have on you! In this fast paced and engaging class together we will cover:

  • Basic mobile phone functions: exposure, focus, self timer and more
  • Create unique images using portrait mode, panorama, flash, and HDR
  • Lenses and accessories for mobile phones
  • Creative editing and post production. What’s new in the app world!
  • How to fit mobile phone into our style and storytelling as photographers

Monthly Meeting – July 8, 2021

Ansel Adams - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming - 1941

Our Monthly Meeting will be online on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at 6:45 pm.

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of “Pet Photography”. This month’s entries will be a critiqued to help you to improve your skills. See the July Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than July 3, 2021.

We hope you’ll join us. Details on how to join the online meeting will be provided in an email to registered members.

The July speaker will be Ludwig Keck and the topic will be “Black and White Photography”.

Black and White Photography is an artform all its own, it is about forms and shapes, patterns and textures, but above all it is about light and shadow. Ludwig Keck will discuss the unique aspects, challenges and rewards of this genre and demonstrate how to translate and process images using several tools with particular attention to Nik Silver Efex, the legendary tool for creating Black and White photography art.

Ansel Adams – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – 1941
Ansel Adams – The Tetons and the Snake River – 1942

Monthly Meeting – June 10, 2021

Our Monthly Meeting will be online on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 6:45pm.

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of Post-Processing Show and Tell this month will be a “show and tell” format. See the June Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than June 5, 2021.

We hope you’ll join us for our June Meeting for 2021. Details on how to join the online meeting will be provided in an email to registered members.

The June speaker will be Tracey Luttgens and the topic will be “Pet Photography”.

About Tracey Luttgens

Tracey Luttgens, has always had a love for the arts and studied Art History, Photography & Graphic Design while in college in the early 90’s. She began working as a professional photographer in 2000 and was primarily an infant, child, and family portrait photographer from 2001 to 2011. In addition to the arts, she’s always had a passion for animals, whether they have fur, scales or feathers.

Over the years she has shared her life and home with dogs, cats, parrots, small rodents, reptiles, fish and enjoyed hanging out with many barnyard animals from her relatives farms.Prior to moving to Georgia, she volunteered at Brookfield Zoo and was selected to work in the Hamill Family Play Zoo area, entertaining & educating children as well as adults on many of the animals on exhibit. To further her understanding of behaviors and assist in photography of dogs, she became a certified dog trainer in 2013. A skill which has been valuable for both her and her clients. In 2015 she opened her own studio Heart Spot Portraits, a boutique studio specializing in pets and the people they love!

Tracey has been a contributing photographer for Atlanta Pet Life Magazine, is a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America), is currently up for election to be on the PPA council, and is the Executive Director for GPPA (Georgia Professional Photographers Association) where she works with the board and other professional photographers creating social networking events, assisting fellow photographers in their businesses & strengthening the Georgia photography community. In addition to all that, she is an official HeARTs Speak artist member, and donates her time & talents to local rescue groups furthering the HeARTs Speak mission of “working to create a world where no shelter animal goes unseen”!

In this presentation, Tracey will cover tips & tricks for better pets sessions:

  • How to work safely with different types of pets in studio and outdoors
  • Working with an assistant or pet parent
  • Basic posing and props for pet
  • Ways to get attention for that great expression

Check out Tracey and her Pet Photography:

We look forward to seeing you at the June meeting!

Monthly Meeting – May 13, 2021

Our Monthly Meeting will be online on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:45pm. 

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of “Take a Selfie” and this month will be a “show and tell” format. See the May Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than May 8, 2021.

We hope you’ll join us for our May Meeting for 2021. Details on how to join the online meeting will be provided in an email to registered members.

The May speakers will be Joe and Liz Victorine and the topic will be “The Technical and Artistic Approach as a Cinematographer”.

About Joe Victorine
My love for the moving image probably came genetically from my cinephile father. For 18 years I have been able to develop extensive technical knowledge working in a wide range of aesthetic disciplines including fashion, commercial, documentary, branded, narrative and music video, and I take pride in being a true collaborator, crafting a specific and individual look for each project.

As Director of Photography, I’ve had the privilege to lens the camera for some of the most notable personalities and brands including Nina Agdal, Miguel, Gigi Hadid, Imaam Hammam, Mick Jagger, Michael Kors, IBM, Toyota, Vogue, Chevy, Kate Spade, Budweiser, Nike, 7up, Spotify, Lincoln, Gap, Cole Haan and more. This work has taken me to 6 continents on projects big and small, and I’ve filmed over 100 commercials to date.

Recent projects I’ve DP’d have won a 2018 Webby, been shortlisted for a 2018 CLIO in cinematography, and won a Bronze CLIO in 2017, and also been featured as Ad of the Week on AdWeek. In 2018, I was the cinematographer for Budweiser’s Super Bowl web campaign with the legendary Clydesdales.

I’ve had the honor of working on notable documentaries including camera operating on last year’s hit documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”, and the 2014 Oscar winning 20 Feet from Stardom, as well DPing the feature length film “Bookers Place: a Mississippi Story” which screened at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and received rave reviews from the New York Times and Variety.
I was raised in NYC and now live just outside the city near an abundance of trees with my lovely wife and two daughters. When I’m not on a shoot, I can be found tinkering with my cameras and bicycles, running and kayaking.

My presentation will include a breakdown of my technical and artistic approach as a cinematographer on 3 separate commercial projects, from working with directors, to lighting and camera selection, to crafting a visual style that fits the brand.

Projects:

About Liz Victorine
Producer Liz Victorine is currently Head of Production at Coastal. Her experience lies in commercial, branded, and corporate content plus a second skill set in production sound mixing where she had her start in NYC film. Recent projects include Hershey’s “Story Time” for TV Land and “Starstruck” for boutique sneaker co Koio.

Meet Joe and Liz Victorine

We look forward to seeing you at the May meeting!