“The Art of Composition” with David Akoubian

Doors will open at 6:30 pm. 6:30 to 7:00 pm will be time for socializing. Presentation will begin at 7:15 pm. Overflow parking, if required, will be at the Elementary school about 1 block from the Arts Center on Mayfield Road.

Members as well as guests are invited to join us.

When we look at an image, we only briefly look at the technical aspect needed to make the image. Instead, we study the image for the elements that are contained within the frame. We visually move through the image on a path to our subject. Join professional Nature Photographer David Akoubian, as he details the thought process involved in composing an image and then finding the perfect light for that image. David’s background as a painter and illustrator serves as his base for creating images with his camera. Come listen and hopefully be inspired to try some creative techniques in your photography, whether it be landscape, macro or wildlife.

David has been a photographer since 1972 when his father presented him with his first camera, but his career in photography started in 1992. David learned his craft originally as a painter and from his father who shares his love of nature and photography. Early in his career he traveled with, learned from and taught beside some of the masters of nature photography including John Shaw, Art Wolfe, Galen Rowell, Bryan Peterson, Pat O’Hara, and Rod Planck. David has been teaching photography since 1994 in the classroom and leading workshops around the United States. David presents and leads workshops at many of the country’s top photographic conferences such as the Photographic Society of America Annual Conference, as well as many camera clubs across the United States.

His photographs and articles have appeared in publications such as Nature Photographer, Audubon Magazine, Blue Ridge Country, Birder’s World, Outdoor Photographer, Backpacker Magazine, and many local publications. His work has appeared in several feature books, calendars, as well as in instructional guides. David is a Tamron Image Master.

“The Dumas Method of Flower Photography” with Joyce Dumas

“The Dumas Method of Flower Photography” with Joyce Dumas

Doors will open at 6:30 pm. 6:30 to 7:00 pm will be time for socializing. Presentation will begin at 7:15 pm. Overflow parking, if required, will be at the Elementary school about 1 block from the Arts Center on Mayfield Road.

Members as well as guests are invited to join us.

Joyce is a professional flower photographer and educator on flower composition and unique approaches to flower photography. In her presentation, she uses her work to illustrate photographic techniques in the hopes that other photographers will find something they can use in their own photography, whether the subject is a flower or not. In discussing flower photography she will cover lighting, composition, selective focus, focus stacking, and post-processing.

Joyce Dumas, a co-founder of the Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers, has been involved in photography on various levels for 40 years. She was a photojournalist and reporter before becoming a magazine editor and then a freelance writer/photographer. When Joyce moved into the North Georgia Mountains with her family, the beauty of the mountains inspired her to concentrate on nature photography. Joyce teaches photography and digital imaging, gives presentations throughout the Southeast, and has written two photography textbooks.

The photography of Joyce Dumas can be viewed at her online gallery, JoyceDumasPhotos.com and her blog about photography can be found at JoyceDumasPhotos.blogspot.com.