Field Trip: Newman Wetlands Center

Field Trip: Newman Wetlands Center

In October, in lieu of our monthly meeting, join GNPA for a members only field trip to the Newman Wetlands Center. The Newman Wetlands Center, located approximately 20 minutes south of Atlanta, offers a variety of opportunities to photograph the diverse flora and fauna of the southeast wetlands. As we stroll the board walk that circles the wetlands, we will keep an eye out for woodpeckers, songbirds, hawks, herons, wood ducks, turtles, frogs, lizards, and insects of all sorts.

Expect to walk up to 1 mile. Wear comfortable walking shoes. You may want to bring water, snacks, or lunch. Depending on the weather, you may need bug repellant and sun screen.

Equipment: Tripod, multiple lenses from Macro to Wide-Angle to Telephoto. Polarizer or other filters are also recommended.

Remember, as with any field trip, do not leave anything out in your car while on the trails. Keep any possessions in the trunk of your car. And always take a trash bag to pick up and clean while on field trips. Leave only footprints.

Due to liability issues, you must be a current GNPA member to participate in a GNPA fleld trip.
Please be aware that if you have registered on the Meetup site, but have not registered on the official GNPA website, you are not yet a GNPA member.

To join GNPA, go to the GNPA Website to join and register, www.gnpa.org.
Print your Name Badge/Membership Card as identification. We will be checking against the Field Trip Roster. Thanks. Remember, for liability concerns, no guest or non-GNPA members can accompany or register for any field trip events.

Safety first. Nature photography includes inherent risks which all participants must evaluate for themselves as to the safety of any activity based on their personal abilities. Be constantly aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards which could result in injury to you or others. No photograph is worth your health. Do not place yourself in danger.

By registering, you are agreeing to the standard GNPA Warranty and Liability release.

ANCIENT BARNS PHOTOGRAPHED IN PEAK FALL COLOR!!!

ANCIENT BARNS PHOTOGRAPHED IN PEAK FALL COLOR!!!

Start:  Monday, October 21st thru Thursday, October 24th

Location: Western North Carolina

Spaces:  6 max

ANCIENT BARNS PHOTOGRAPHED IN PEAK FALL COLOR!!!  OCTOBER 21-24, 2019

SIX (6) GNPA MEMBERS WILL HAVE AN exceptional OPPORTUNITY TO PHOTOGRAPH  SOME OF APPALACHIA’S OLDEST BARNS SURROUNDED BY PEAK FALL COLOR IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA LED BY GNPA AND APPALACHIAN BARN ALLIANCE!

 Leaders:  Oct. 21-24. Horace Hamilton, GNPA

                 Oct. 22. Taylor Barnhill, Appalachian Barn Alliance  

All food, travel, lodging and other expenses are the responsibility of the attendee. Contact info will be shared with all attendees (with your permission) so that you may arrange for carpooling if you wish.

 Description:  The pioneering history of the Appalachians is rapidly disappearing.  GNPA has partnered with the Appalachian Barn Alliance to provide six (6) of our members with an outstanding opportunity to photograph beautiful scenes of several of these historic structures surrounded by peak of the season fall color.

 Day 1:  Horace Hamilton will lead the group in photographing two barns selected to take fullest advantage of late day light, and (hopefully) incorporating a beautiful sunset.

 Day 2:  Taylor Barnhill of the Appalachian Barn Alliance, and an architect with deep knowledge of the structural designs of these barns, will lead a dawn to dusk day of photographing barns along with sharing stories of the barn’s history. Barns will be selected for uniqueness and for the most photogenic settings.  Horace Hamilton will be available to assist with questions on composition, camera settings etc.

 Day 3 and 4:  Horace Hamilton will lead the group on a full dawn to dusk day (Oct. 23) and a half day (Oct. 24) of more barns, farm buildings and abandoned homes.  Each of these locations will be carefully chosen for its uniqueness and to maximize the complement of fall colors with these old structures.  We will conclude with lunch on Thursday Oct. 24.

Bonus:  Attendees will receive a document detailing other photo opportunities including waterfalls, sunrise/sunset opportunities and night skies opportunities. (Moonrise varies but is after midnight from Saturday Oct. 19 through Thursday Oct. 24.) 

Lodging:  Info to be provided by Horace after registration.

Transportation:  Carpooling in North Carolina

Organizer name & email:  Horace Hamilton, horaceh@charter.net

Pricing:  $250 (Paid in full, no deposits)

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds after registration

How to Edit Your Photos Like a Pro in Lightroom and Photoshop by Matt Kloskowski

How to Edit Your Photos Like a Pro in Lightroom and Photoshop by Matt Kloskowski

Hello GNPA members. Since we didn’t have EXPO and we’re not having meetings, I thought this might be fun.

Matt Kloskowski will give GNPA a webinar, here are the details:

Sign-up Link for everyone: https://www.bigmarker.com/matt-k/How-to-Edit-Photos-Like-a-Pro-Meterite-Camera-club Also found on the GNPA Facebook URL page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/49391238555/permalink/10158291731038556/

Note the URL may contain other club names, due to some webinars being combined.

REMEMBER TO SIGN UP! THIS IS NOT THE LINK TO THE EVENT. YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THIS LINK TO GET ACCESS.

In this live webcast with Matt Kloskowski, you’ll learn some great techniques for editing your photos in Lightroom and when to jump over to Photoshop to help out. This will be a late beginner to early intermediate level presentation, but really… it’s just about having some fun with your photos and improving your editing during this time indoors.

1) This is absolutely free. All you need to do is sign up. Each person in the club needs to sign up.
2) This will be recorded but you’ll need to sign up to get the recording (even if you can’t watch live you’ll still get it)
3) Mark your calendars, but the system will automatically send you reminder notifications too.
4) You’ll be able to enter the webcast room about 15-20 minutes before the webcast starts.
5) There will be an area for Q&A once you log in to the live webcast on the day of your webinar.

Matt’s Story

Hey… I’m Matt… And… I AM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER. Well, at least not a working pro, and I never have been. I’m just a guy that likes to shoot, edit – and likes even more to help others do the same.

I’m a Tampa Bay based photography educator who’s day to day job is running this website, and creating courses and presets to help you with photography and photo editing.

I’ve lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1991 and will probably never move (I love the beach!). I have a beautiful wife of 20 years and two sons (18 and 16) who I’m extremely proud of.

Okay next… I’m kind of opening up here about my past a bit. So here goes… For years, being in the photography industry (but not necessarily being a full-time working pro), I really tried to establish myself as a photographer because, well, it seemed like that was the “cool” thing to do.

But I knew people really came to me for my education. And interestingly enough, that’s what I love to do the most…above anything… to teach, educate and help people make great photos.

So a few years ago I decided to own that role, and be very intentional about it. My goal is to bring you the best photo editing tutorials, as well as to help you get better at capturing great photos as well.

Back in 2016, I decided to take owning that role even further and went out on my own here at https://mattk.com to help people learn photo editing and photography.

I have ZERO ego attached to my photography and everything attached to my teaching and education. Because of that, I hold nothing back. No secrets, no insider tips that I keep to myself.

In fact, the absolute best thing that I could ever see / hear is that some one who took my course (or watched my videos) becomes better than me. That means I’ve succeeded in my job as an educator, and well… stories like that just make me really happy.

Special Thanks to Lee Friedman, GNPA Alpharetta Chapter Coordinator for setting this up.

Captive Wildlife Photography

Captive Wildlife Photography

“Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!”
Captive Wildlife Photography with Jeff Milsteen

Don’t have the time or money for an African safari? Or, maybe you just want to practice on some willing and approachable subjects before heading into the wild? Either way, Atlanta is home to a world-class zoo and aquarium where you can shoot — er, photograph — wild animals to your heart’s content! Join us as Jeff Milsteen presents an entertaining and amusing program on photographing captive wildlife.
Although the program will focus primarily on tips and tricks for overcoming the special challenges associated with photographing wild animals in captivity, many of the techniques covered will apply to photographing truly wild animals. Jeff will also spend some time exploring the history and ethics of wildlife photography, captive or otherwise.

Jeff has been an avid photographic enthusiast for over 30 years. He is a past president and five-time Photographer of the Year of the Southeastern Photographic Society. His work has been featured in a number of publications and exhibitions, most recently in a solo exhibition entitled “Shuttered: The Art of Abandoned Places” at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. His work can be seen online at www.milsteen.smugmug.com.”

This will be an online Zoom event. After you RSVP you will receive the Zoom link to connect.

Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

Meet at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge Parking Lot for sunrise at 6:30AM.

We’ll do some birding and wildlife photography at the Ibis Pond.

We will be practicing social distancing throughout the trip… No carpooling, Stay 6′ apart from one another, and you can bring a facemask. No lunch meetup is planned after the trip.

Do be prepared for the weather and sun and keep safety in mind. Alligators and snakes may be hanging out near the water’s edge. Hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and rain gear are some things you may need.

It’s about 2 miles round trip of hiking to the Ibis Pond from the Parking Lot. It’s a little less than 1 mile around the Ibis Pond, so about 3 miles of hiking total. There are no restrooms in the parking lot or on the trail. There is also a butterfly/bee garden near the Ibis Pond if you like Macro Photography.

Keep in mind that GNPA Field Trips are for current paid GNPA Members only. For joining information, see: www.GNPA.org

Griffin Chapter: Videography for Nature Photographers

Griffin Chapter: Videography for Nature Photographers

WOW!!! Have you ever wished you could capture the movement and actions of the wildlife or other nature events you see? If so, then this is where you will learn how to do that.

At 6:30 PM, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at the Griffin Chapter of Georgia Nature Photographers Association in Griffin, GA, Tom Simpson will present Videography for Nature Photographers. This meeting will be held in Conference Room (#109) of the Spalding Senior Center, Griffin, GA. Members as well as interested potential members are invited. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Tom has served on the GNPA Board in various roles and is the current Past President for GNPA. He has also been Chapter Coordinator for Roswell, Smyrna, Decatur, and Alpharetta GNPA Chapters. Tom is a biologist and following service in the Army Chemical Corps his career has included faculty positions at MTSU, Wake Forest, and Agnes Scott College followed by 35 years in environmental consulting.
His photographic interests cover a wide range but are 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 on the Natural Communities of Georgia and the Journal of the National Wildlife Federation and has a collection of prints on permanent display at a local Uptown Café gallery.
Tom will present on how to apply video to enhance your creativity as a nature photographer including hybrid photography, time lapse photography, video focus stacking, image extraction from individual video frames, use of a pannng slider, and examples of how video expands opportunities to capture “natural events” that might otherwise be missed by standard single shot images. He will also review various methods for post processing and enhancing production of your final video
For more information about the Griffin Chapter of GNPA, please visit our Meetup page at, https://www.meetup.com/Grifin-Chapter-GNPA-Meetup/

For more information about Georgia Nature Photographers Association, please check out their web site, www.gnpa.org and click on the “central chapter”.

July 16, 2020: Tom Simpson presents “Videography for Nature Photographers”

July 16, 2020: Tom Simpson presents “Videography for Nature Photographers”

The GNPA Smyrna Chapter is excited to have Tom Simpson present Videography for Nature Photographers via Zoom Webinar. All GNPA members are invited to attend. You must be a current GNPA member to attend and must register on the GNPA website (see instructions below).

Tom will present on how to apply video to enhance your creativity as a nature photographer including hybrid photography, time lapse photography, video focus stacking, image extraction from individual video frames, use of a panning slider, and examples of how video expands opportunities to capture “natural events” that might otherwise be missed by standard single shot images. He will also review various methods for post processing and enhancing production of your final video.

Tom has served on the GNPA Board in various roles and is the current Past President for GNPA. He has also been Chapter Coordinator for Roswell, Smyrna, Decatur, and Alpharetta GNPA Chapters. Tom is a biologist and following service in the Army Chemical Corps his career has included faculty positions at MTSU, Wake Forest, and Agnes Scott College followed by 35 years in environmental consulting.

His photographic interests cover a wide range but are 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 on the Natural Communities of Georgia and the Journal of the National Wildlife Federation and has a collection of prints on permanent display at a local Uptown Café gallery.

How to Register:
1. Log in to your account https://www.GNPA.org.
2. Scroll down to see WEBINAR SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION.
3. Click on the Registration Link for this webinar.
4.Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the webinar.
5. When it’s time to attend the webinar, click on the link in the confirmation email.

To join the GNPA, see https://gnpa.org/membership/membership-types-and-join/

To download the Zoom Client use this link: https://zoom.us/download
Otherwise, you’ll have to download it when you try to join the meeting.
Youtube video on Zoom Setup and Use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTSJ0YDoF7o
You do not need to use your own video cam or sound mic to attend.