Monthly Meeting – April 8, 2021

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

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of “Share Your Edit” and this month will be a post processing challenge format. See the April Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than April 3, 2021.

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

The April speaker will be Noah Buchanan and the topic will be “The Mirrorless Camera”.

Noah Buchanan is an Outside Sales Developer for Hunt’s Photo and Video. He has been working with them since 2016. He loves building relationships with all of his customers and considers many of them close friends. Photography has been a passion of his for the past 10 years and he loves being able to talk about it with everyone! Noah’s main interests in photography revolve around the landscape and unusual scenes in nature. Prior to working for Hunt’s, Noah attended NESOP for 2 years studying photojournalism.

The mirrorless program is designed to inform and educate people on the pros and cons of Mirrorless cameras as well as clear up misconceptions that are commonly known about them. The program will touch on the following topics.

  • Mirrorless vs DSLR
  • Lens options
  • Explanation of the electronic viewfinder
  • Adaptability of old lenses and different mounts
  • Entry level and professional level options.
  • In body stabilization

Check out Noah Buchanan and some impressive shots from his portfolio!

We look forward to seeing you at the April meeting!

Monthly Meeting – March 2021

Desmond Tutu | Photo Credit: Billy Howard

Our Monthly Meeting will be online on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:45pm. 

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of “Aviation Photography” and this month will be a critique format. See the March Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than March 6, 2021.

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

The March speaker will be Billy Howard and the topic will be “Finding Meaning for your Work”.

Billy Howard is an Atlanta based documentary photographer and writer. He received a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship in Mental Health Journalism and a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Photography Fellowship and holds an honorary doctor of literature degree from St Andrews University in North Carolina.

His work has been exhibited with the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, Vogue Italia, and in a solo five city tour of Japan. He has been interviewed on Good Morning America; CBS This Morning; NPR, and other media on his work with people with HIV/AIDS, children with cancer, the visually impaired, teens battling mental health issues, and the disabled. His images were projected on the stadium JumboTron during the opening ceremonies for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games to accompany a tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Howard produced the first full-length documentary photography book on the AIDS pandemic: Epitaphs for the Living: Words and Images in the Time of AIDS. His archives of that project were acquired by Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, and his photographs are in numerous public and private collections including the Library of Congress Photography Collection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the Carter Presidential Center, MOCA GA, and the High Museum.

Howard serves on the board of directors for Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the nation’s largest community based photography festival and loves to photograph his cats.

What you will learn:

Billy Howard has a remarkable portfolio from political figures to children from athletes to scientists. His presentation will share his personal journey and career in photography. His career has taken him across Georgia, the US and the World.

Below is Billy’s personal overview for the presentation you will see:

Estimates are that over a trillion photographs are taken each year. How do we then find meaning and purpose in the photographs we take in such an overwhelming ocean of images? The answer for me is two-fold: on a personal level, I ignore those other trillion photographs knowing that none of them are the photo I am taking at this moment. If it makes me happy, I have succeeded.

On a professional level I work in projects, documenting issues of global and public health on the ground level, meeting people who are themselves dealing with these issues and trying to tell their stories, each one unique and meaningful. More important to me than the photograph is the relationship, which makes the other trillion photographs meaningless.

I look forward to introducing you to some of those people and giving you insights into how the projects developed from funding to publishing. I’ll also probably show you a couple of pictures of my cats.

For more information on Billy Howard and his body of work, please visit: http://www.billyhoward.com/.

Billy Howard

“I work in projects documenting issues of global and public health on the ground level, meeting people who are themselves dealing with these issues, and trying to tell their stories, each one unique and meaningful.”

~Billy Howard,
Atlanta based documentary photographer and writer

We look forward to seeing you at the March meeting!

Monthly Meeting – February 2021

Photo Credit: Jon Berry

Our Monthly Meeting will be online on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:45pm. 

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of “Winter Landscape Photography” and this month will be a show and tell format. See the February Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than February 6, 2021. Details on how to join the online meeting will be provided in an email to registered members.

The February speaker will be Jon Berry and the topic will be “Aviation Photography”. 

Is it a bird? Is it Superman? No, it’s a plane! 

Planes, helicopters, and other aircrafts can be one of the most challenging photography subjects for any photographer. Time, speed, steadiness, and a bit of luck all play a role in the success of capturing an aircraft in action. 

Jon Berry will be presenting on “Aviation Photography” to give up an insight on this complex craft.  

Jon Berry is a Certified Dental Lab Technician and lab owner who has spent years taking intra-oral photos of dental patients. His photography experience crosses fashion shows, beauty pageants, models, weddings to architecture, corporate identity headshots, and product photography. He identifies aviation as a true passion in photography. 

Jon grew up in the “air capital of the world”, Wichita, Kansas! After his first attempt at aviation photography in 1977 at a Blue Angels show at the air base in town, he has never looked back and continues his work in aviation photography. 

What you will learn:

Jon will be showing examples of his photography from various air shows around the country and his passion and experience with aviation. He will be sharing the following:

  • techniques for aviation photography
  • upper body workouts and balance and breathing exercises 
  • how to roll the shutter button
  • settings to use for different aircraft. 

Imagine if you will, standing in the middle of a crowd of people, kids running in and around your feet and legs, while hand holding a super-telephoto lens of 300, 500, 600, or 800mm in length, while panning on a plane passing you at up to 200 to 400 mph… This is aviation photography at its most difficult and yet most fulfilling – but that is not all there is. Helicopters are even harder!  

– Jon Berry, Aviation Photographer

We look forward to seeing you at the February meeting and learning together about aviation photography!

Monthly Meeting – January 2021

Photo Credit: Steve Layman

Hope you can join our Monthly Meeting online on January 14th!

Our Monthly Meeting will be online on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:45pm.  Details on how to join the online meeting will be provided in an email to registered members.

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of “Holiday Lights and Fireworks” and this month will be a critique format. See the January Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than January 9, 2021.  

 
The January speaker will be Steve Layman and the topic will be “Winter Landscape Photography”.  

Each season has its joys and challenges in landscape photography. Winter has complexities with bare scenery as the lush greenery of spring has dulled and the autumn leaves have finally laid to rest on the frigid ground. Snow and cold weather may make it hard to be outside or catch the perfect light.   

Steve will cover the following topics in his presentation on winter landscape photography: 

  • Capturing moods of winter 
  • Techniques for snow photography 
  • Using your telephoto lens for intimate scenes 
  • Finding photo projects close to home 

 
We look forward to learning from Steve and his passion and experiences with nature, winter, and landscape photography. See you there!

Monthly Meeting – December 2020

Our Monthly Meeting will be online again in December

We hope you’ll join us at 6:45 PM on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Details on how to join the online meeting will be provided in an email to registered members.

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of “Wild Card” – anything you wish to share in a show-and-tell format. See the Theme announcement.

Holiday Lights and Fireworks

Our main speaker will be Tracey R. Rice on the topic of “Holiday Lights and Fireworks.” 

Several times every year, we all have the opportunity to take photographs of holiday lights and of fireworks.  As photographers, we are drawn to the light.  But these are actually not easy subjects to capture with our cameras.  If you’ve ever struggled to get your photos of these colorful lights to look like they did to your eye, or if you’d like to try some new techniques to make those “WOW” photos, join us this Thursday night.  Tracey will outline how to plan your photo shoot, capture great content, and tips for post-processing your holiday lights and fireworks images to make beautiful art. 

This announcement will be updated with more information. Please check back.

Photo by Ludwig Keck