Wednesday, April 17, 2013


APG has started a new web site with tons of new features, including a Member's Only forum. From now on all information will be posted to this new site. Come check it out and make sure to update your bookmarks.

We'll see you there as well as on our Facebook Page.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lightoom 5 Beta now released

You'll be able to use this for a fair amount of time. Once the full version of LR 5 is released this will stop working. Remember, this is Beta software so don't bet your prize images on it. Always have a backup.

Get Lightroom 5 Beta Here

Lightroom 5 Beta Download

Adobe's videos of new features

NAPPs videos of new features (also free 24 hour trial of NAPP)

And going on now is Free Live Lightroom (4) Training

Saturday, April 6, 2013

More opportunities to exhibit your work:

Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers
2013 Juried Photography Exhibit
Entry Deadline: July 12, 2013
Exhibit Dates: Sept. 7 – Oct. 13, 2013
Phone: 706-632-2144

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
Exhibition June 22 – Aug. 24, 2013
Proposals due: April 30, 2013
Phone: 404-367-8700

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA)
is organizing a major exhibition of work by the artists of Georgia.
To assemble an exhibition of work being produced today, MOCA GA is reaching out for submissions from all artists residing in the State. To curate this exhibition, MOCA GA has asked three artists who have received MOCA GA's Working Artist Project award to serve as the jurors. The intent of this exhibition is not to do a survey or to find a common theme, but to assemble in one exhibition some of the best work currently being produced in Georgia. By having this open call, we expect to mount an exciting and thoughtful exhibition of work which embraces artists from around our State and at the same time fulfills MOCA GA's mission of producing programs that promote the visual arts and create a forum for active interchange between artists and the community.

Exhibition will be juried by MOCA GA's WAP Fellows
Xie Caomin, Larry Walker, and Martha Whittington

This call is open to all artists 18 years and older living in Georgia.
Deadline is Tuesday, April 16th at 5pm.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Follow us on FACEBOOK

I was made aware yesterday that many of you did not know we had a FACEBOOK page. Here is the link. Please follow us there and tag us in your photos.

A while ago GOOGLE bought my favorite plugin filter company NIK. These filters for Photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom, Elements & Bridge used to cost around $200 each or the whole suite of six filters for around $500.

New announcement yesterday: GOOGLE is now offering the whole suite for $149. If you've bought one of the filters in the past then I'm hearing that the upgrade to the whole suite is free. You can find the NIK filters homepage here.

But wait, there is more. NIK always let teaching photographers offer a 15% discount code and I'm hearing that the code still works. Martin Bailey posted his code yesterday: Use my code MBP15 to get a further 15% off!

So there you have it. My favorite filters at a new price I never dreamed possible. Still not sure you want to use them? They offer a full-working 15 day free trial. You can't beat that.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Call for Artists
Allied Arts Annual Juried Exhibition
Oconee Artist Exhibition XXX
Entry dates: Friday, April 19, 2013
Exhibition dates: May 5 – June 7, 2013
Phone: 478-452-3950
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Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
A Sense of Place 2013
Entry deadline: May, 2013
Exhibition dates: Sept. 13 – Oct. 18, 2013
Phone – 706-722-5495

Monday, March 4, 2013

Call for Artists

Eatonton Plaza Arts Foundation Fourth Annual Amateur Photography Contest and Exhibition Entry dates: March 4-11, 2013
Exhibition dates: April 6-13 2013
Or Call Marsha 706-485-6515

Southern Appalachain Artist Guild National Juried Show
 Entry deadline: July 31, 2013
 Exhibition dates: Oct. 19 – Nov. 8, 2013
 Info: Phone – 706-632-2144
March - Building on last month, Juan Alonso will talk about perspectives.

Last month we learned about the array of lenses we can use and when to use them. This month our speaker will be Juan Alonso telling us how to now take those lenses and use them to achieve an interesting and unique perspective. Juan shoots landscapes, portraits and weddings, and teaches photography and photo related software.

March meeting is the 21st at 7pm in the Community Room of the Lyndon House.

Creative Challenge is Street Photography: People Being People. Get out on the streets. Show us 3-4 shots of your observations. You'll probably have to get out of your comfort zone just a bit on this one. You can email them to APG no later than noon on the 21st or bring them on a zip drive to the meeting.

Special thanks to Ken Pagel for his talk on lenses. As an add on to that, and tying in with Juan's talk, if you have an odd lens you can bring in for the rest of us to look at please do so. Extreme telephoto, extreme wide angle, tilt/shift, microscopic, fish eye, Lens Baby... show us the goods.

SPECIAL NOTE: just finished a week of all photoshop all the time. They are now rerunning all the classes back-to-back: 46 classes and over 66 hours of Photoshop instruction. Go to

Monday, February 25, 2013

LEARN PHOTOSHOP - FREE TO WATCH LIVE - THIS WEEK ONLY All this week on they will have a number of instructors teaching photoshop. It appears they will have two tracks running simultaneously so you can pick which one to watch live. They also rerun these all night so you can pick up the other track at night or rewatch the parts you missed. These start at noon every day this week with new classe taught each day.